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NCIS – Kill the Messenger

Wow. This episode had almost everything you’d want. At first glance we’ve seen the set-up before, but they worked it differently. I mean, any script that has DiNozzo being rude to the President of the United States – however unintentionally – makes for a pretty good start.

Both Daughter and I thought the bad guy would be someone else. We’re not saying we were wrong. He might come back and be bad another time, in which case we’ll be ready for him.

DiNozzo and Delilah was quite something, although I have difficulty imagining Delilah and McGee getting up to you know what. Then we had Director Vance and another sub-plot. And was that a new mailman? He needs to be more careful.

This was good. Keep it up, please.

NCIS – Twenty Klicks

Old enemies are the best. They could be dead, but still good.

So, start of season 12 of NCIS. What do we think? It was OK. Not the best we’ve seen, nor the worst. I can sort of see where we might go with this, whether long term or merely for the next week or two. Although I really do need to grasp the Rock-Paper-Scissors thing. It still fails to make sense.

Nice to see everyone there for the first episode. And I did find that Kevin character suspicious looking last time, but still don’t know what to make of him. Intentional? Or just using someone again?

Bishop, Vance, DiNozzo and Ducky

The Finnish/Russian forest looked awfully sparse and light. Also DiNozzo must have taken up apparating. And why rely on a minor agent getting favours from another agency? Surely in times of real need someone like the director of one agency could ask for help from one of the others? Small quibbles, though.

It was OK. No funny lines that I recall.

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An NCIS for every year

Well, almost. For some reason I skipped season one. I felt we knew all the episodes by heart, and more. But once I’d started picking from NCIS season two, Daughter and I worked our way through one episode for every season during our second holiday week.

It was meant to soothe us and keep us happy. And it did. I think I might have chosen one that Daughter Really Did Not Want To Watch, but who cares? Not me, obviously.

Abby and Jethro

The odd thing was that I picked at random, sort of. Episodes which I felt we’d watched less often. But there was a pattern to them. One day Daughter asked if I was in a Fornell mood. Well, one is always in a Fornell mood, but I hadn’t noticed he kept popping up.

Then there was the stupid, unhelpful police officer they clashed with one year. I didn’t realise he’d turn up a couple of seasons later, in the exact episode I chose. I have less eye for detail than I thought I did. But I have Daughter, and that’s what matters.

If anyone wants to know what we watched, it was Vanished, Deception, Escaped, Dog Tags, Nine Lives, The Inside Man, Ships in the Night, Enemy on the Hill, Phoenix, and Under the Radar.

Now I’m too busy to relax with more of the same, or I would.

NCIS – Honor Thy Father

Sob.

They got their funeral attire out again. They do look good in it, and this was a funeral worth celebrating, if that’s the right way to put it.

Season 11 funeral

This last of the season episode had obviously been forced on the scriptwriters, but sometimes that makes things come out best. This worked. We had family – more than one father – and we had ordinary crimes and terrorism, and a get-together with an old adversary, as well as a feel-good human act of generosity. No silliness from DiNozzo. Just team work of the best kind. Very satisfying, all in all.

Bishop, DiNOzzo, McGee, Palmer and Ducky

So, no particular cliff-hanger for the autumn. They can do whatever they like. They probably will.

You could tell that Jackson’s old truck would be significant, but not how. The same goes for the supposedly unloaded rifle. Always a useful thing to have nearby. We learned some more about Gibbs’s very distant past, and it didn’t feel wrong. It was totally him.

I suppose he will build another bloody boat now.

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NCIS – The Admiral’s Daughter

Not the wittiest of titles, perhaps, but what an episode! Maybe not among the very best, but so much more fun than we’ve tended to get on average. And these days that counts.

A DiNozzo-centric story, but still good. Possibly because it was. When DiNozzo is good he’s good. And just watching him with all the senseless party people on that bus, and him not enjoying himself. Wow! And he got to go to Paris, and not even that set him off in the usual way.

McGee

Didn’t know septic tanks were that huge, and how could McGee cheat? Come to think of it, with a septic tank, I would too.

Ducky playing games seems an unlikely thing, and must have been mostly there for plot reasons. I have to admit that like Ducky I had no idea there was a limit to the number of apps you can have. I mean, what’s the point?

Palmer was being equally clever and dense, just as Palmer should be. (Can we have that home made baby now, that I’ve been requesting?)

Did anyone see the big revelation about the admiral’s daughter coming? It was unusually well hidden, I thought, and made for a much better ‘adventure.’ (How do women walk, or run, for miles, wearing shoes like that?)

DiNozzo and AmandaThis leaves me hopeful(ler) for next week, and even for season twelve. At least the last episode hasn’t been building up for weeks and months. It will have to work on its own. (Or has it?)

NCIS: New Orleans – pure speculation

There is a team in New Orleans, they call NCIS, and it’s been the ruin of many a poor crook…

Sorry. I’ll stop while I can.

I was reading about New Orleans  a week or so ago. It seems as if the place has picked itself up after Katrina, and there’s a lot of good stuff happening. Before that article I hadn’t stopped to think about why CBS might pick New Orleans for their next spin-off attempt.

It sounds as if there are tax breaks for making films, which could be one reason. Or it could simply be that it’s the new exciting place to go. Or that they can support the rebuilding of the city by sending over a successful hit show.

I’m obviously speculating now, before the new NCIS reaches the small screen near you this week. Whereas I wasn’t too impressed by last year’s LA spin-off, I have no reason to be pessimistic about this one. I reckon a ‘real’ NCIS spin-off might stand a better chance. Gibbs has more power than Callen.

Let’s just hope it’s not too hipster-ish, but more genuine New Orleans. And I see both Fornell and Franks are appearing.

NCIS – Rock and a Hard Place

Could have done with a Gibbs-Palmer hug. But I expect that was too much to ask for. Gibbs did the stern, almost angry, thing instead. (I still think a home made baby would be by far the best under the circumstances.)

Bishop and Palmer

I could pick out the bad guy from the word go, but then mystery is not what’s important. It’s the show as such, and what a show!

Slightly weird plot, but enjoyable. Amusing parallels in the case and in the so called real life for the team. Palmer about to have a baby. Keith Carradine’s character discovering he already had one. Palmer running out, followed by DiNozzo running on a totally different kind of errand.

DiNozzo and Manheim

As the guy at the beginning said; ‘what could possibly go wrong?’

The wedding of DiNozzo Sr will obviously go wrong at some point, but not for want of McGee’s napkin folding knowledge.

Bishop was behaving almost normally for an NCIS agent. Please let her stay normal. Although if someone could point out that talking loudly as you’re sneaking around a possible crime scene, isn’t the most discreet thing to be doing, I’d be grateful.

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