In the latest NCIS episode, Torres remains committed to therapy with Dr. Grace Confalone, demonstrating positive changes by abstaining from alcohol. However, the journey to recovery proves challenging, and Torres faces the need to take additional steps.

During a therapy session, Grace warns Torres about the transient nature of the “pink cloud” experience he is currently enjoying. She emphasizes the importance of establishing a support system, finding a sponsor, and opening up to others, aspects Torres has been slow to address. Despite acknowledging the significance of these steps, Torres is resistant, citing his preference for handling matters independently.

Grace highlights Torres’ history of being hurt and abandoned by those close to him, including his father, Bishop, and Gibbs. She urges him to recognize the caring individuals still present in his life and emphasizes the potential risks of isolation in recovery. Torres, however, remains skeptical and questions Grace about her seemingly impersonal office.

In a vulnerable moment later, Grace shares the story behind a photo in her office, taken by a soldier she treated during the Gulf War. The soldier, initially known for his humor, reached a breaking point and disappeared without a trace. Grace kept the photo as a reminder not to let another patient down, revealing her deep commitment to her profession.

As the team becomes involved in a case related to a lost treasure, Torres and Grace find themselves locked in a cage, reminiscent of a past experience with Bishop. Grace’s patient holds the key to the case, and they need her expertise to locate him. Torres, witnessing Grace’s dedication to her patients, begins to reconsider his stance on seeking support from his team.

By the end of the episode, Torres decides to inform his team about his decision to quit drinking, expressing his desire to lean on them as family. This significant step indicates a shift in Torres’ mindset and a willingness to embrace the support around him. Encouraged by Torres’ decision, Grace takes her own advice and reconnects with her husband, demonstrating the reciprocal nature of support and vulnerability in the process of healing.

By chrysos