Finally! We’re back to what almost counts as normal NCIS. Granted, it had Robert Wagner in it, and – probably because – it was the 250th episode. It even had a Naval flavour, what with proper uniform being an issue. No boats, but you can’t have everything. (I know; ships.)
Not bad at all.
There was a lot of DiNozzo hugging going on, but this time there was a good reason for it. What are the odds that Jr kills someone, with Sr as the only witness? Might this have been the last outing of daddy DiNozzo, I wonder?
Bishop was barely annoying this time. She’s learning a few things, and they are definitely giving her the probie treatment. It’s refreshing having a beautiful female agent who is married, and who does not have to be matched up with every available male within miles.
Speaking of relationships, McGee’s sounded pretty normal too. Let’s keep it that way.
And I hate admitting this, but DiNozzo made a very fetching Private Eye. Very. Just don’t anyone tell him that.
So, some great news – for some – and soul mates. Happy 250th!!!
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Palmer and I are knocking on wood, while Ducky and the Resident IT Consultant are of the opinion we are being stupid. Though Ducky at least supplies Palmer with some wood when he needs it.
I do find Palmer’s and Mrs Palmer’s planned parenthood very, very odd. What’s wrong with home made babies? That would be nervewracking as well, but not because you are in someone else’s hands. Or womb. (I hasten to add my knocking has a very different reason…)
Letting Abby guard a ‘suspect’ isn’t necessarily a good thing. Just look at her!
At first I was thinking this episode was really a bit dull. But it improved. Bishop’s conversation with DiNozzo at the beginning made almost no sense at all. And I think that’s a first. Lots of talk, which seemed to consist of only words.
As so often happens, it was the stuff on the side which mattered. Delilah coming into ‘the office.’ McGee busy feeling guilt. Injured marine (?) in a wheelchair. And the question of whether McGee will skydive with Delilah.
If the families of serving soldiers do send bulletproof vests to their sons and daughters in real life, I foresee many upset viewers after this. If it was me, even if I knew I’d sent proper equipment, I’d pause and have a small heart attack. Worthy subject, but tricky situation.
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I was sad to hear of the death of Ralph Waite, better known to many as Jackson Gibbs, father of Leroy Jethro. (I realise he’s even better known for other roles he played, but to me he will always be Gibbs’s daddy.)
It’s that difficult thing, casting people old enough to play parents of actors who themselves are not terribly young. Especially for a show that continues for years, rather than a film that is soon over and done with.
But I’m grateful we got to meet Jackson as many times as we did. And I’m wondering how they will deal with it on NCIS. Ducky’s mother lived on a lot longer than the actress who played her. And Abby’s boyfriend Marty didn’t die; he just broke it off with her.
I hope they will be sensible and do something really good, if only to celebrate the man who keeps a shotgun handy in his shop.
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If the baddie had shot Bishop at that point, I would not have shed any tears.
Don’t misunderstand me; I don’t dislike her that much. But there needs to be some magic to make me feel for a character. Yes, this is fiction. But good fiction makes people care about the characters. I – almost – cried when Kate died. I have sat tense and excited when all sorts of difficult situations have occurred over the years. Even though it is merely fiction.
I believe it’s got to do with good writing. And with creating a believable character.
This was an attempt at repeating Ari’s abduction of Kate. Parsa was no Ari. Nowhere near, in fact. And Bishop is not Kate.
The rest of the episode was good in a standard kind of way. And we did get to go on a ship. Those visits are few and far between these days. For a show based on the Navy, I can’t help but feel that more ‘boats and planes and even helicopters’ would be not just good, but a basic requirement.
Can’t work out what they are doing to Delilah, except write her out, and doing so by just talking about her. It’s not going to be a McGee thing to abandon a girlfriend in such bad circumstances. But they can’t have them get married either. Perhaps in future you should have your exit clear before a relationship is entered into?
Oh, Delilah! It is to be continued, so fingers crossed.
No sooner had I thought the thought that I’m tired of every case involving someone in the team or someone connected to them, than I retracted it on seeing Hollis Mann again. Yay! And soon after, I became worried they will be doing a Paula Cassidy on her. I hope not!
Where to start? Well, I still don’t feel Bishop is right, but I suppose Agent Lee was also rather different, and not too handy with a gun. She’s in the main credits now, which is as much proof that she’s here to stay as anything. And at the end she’s down on the floor, where she does her best work.
It’s good to have characters return after such a long time that not only do you not expect it, but people like Vance need to be filled in. Like, is Gibbs sure Hollis isn’t an ex-wife? I preferred her in uniform, because it made her different from all the other women around Gibbs.
Abby was busy taking her foot out of her mouth, while also making sure McGee knew what was important.
Talking about ex-wives, they did a good introduction for the forgetful and any newcomers who needed to understand about Hollis. But eight years ago Diane was the second ex-wife, not the first. Picky, I know. But why not get it right?
The case I can’t say much about. It’s more politics than Navy affairs. Rather like most things in life. We’ll see. And fingers crossed for Delilah.
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If it’s the Christmas episode you have families and children, and you know it won’t end too badly for most of them. Phew.
So it’s not too much of a spoiler that the sick children don’t die, but it was enough to make DiNozzo reminisce about his brush with the plague.
Vance had family trouble again and, not unexpectedly, it was Abby who sorted him out, while not being aware that she did or that it was important. I suppose we needed something positive in the year that saw Mrs Vance killed. Let’s hear it for optimism, joy, selflessness, kindness (twice) and forgiveness.
I just don’t get what Palmer and his Breena are trying to do in regard to having children. Perhaps I don’t know the facts of life, or maybe this is just an American way of making a family. But I hope it ends well for them, even though poor Palmer was staggered to find Gibbs siding with him, ‘for once.’
And Bishop has family, including a husband, to go to for Christmas. She has seemingly normal relationships. Which is so weird! (I still don’t feel she is right for the team, however nice and normal she might be.)
Nice to see Abby’s friend Carol back. We gained something from when Marty had to be written out. It’s all rather unlikely, but why not?
This was a good Christmas episode, if not exactly the best, and not as Christmassy as some. But at least we looked into the business of Christmas and family through other characters but those in the main team.
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Thank goodness! A really funny NCIS this week! Totally unlikely, but fun. We even had the proximity to Christmas and the Adams Hotel without DiNozzo Sr.
What are the odds that Gibbs and Fornell would have shared a wife, in the first place? And then that Diane keeps turning up. And then that… well, you know. Ex-husbands all over the place and the odd boyfriend. Not to mention McGee. Let’s not mention McGee. I think he’d feel more comfortable if we don’t.
Bishop continued taking disproportionately too much time, but I am allowing for her settling in. She dealt nicely with HR, and learned not to warn people when someone is behind them. (Bishop is clearly on the autistic spectrum, which does bring me back to The Bridge…) Reading the book on autopsies. Honestly.
Young Miss Fornell was an interesting person, and I’d say the screenwriters just about got her age right, considering she was crayoning at the start of season four. Weirdly, I had read about exactly such a contraption as Emily Fornell had, hours before watching. ‘I don’t believe in coincidence!’
Let’s hope all the unlikely stuff that happened this week will be allowed to mature and develop. If not they had no business setting it up.
And I never expected Gibbs could get as tired as he did… Looking forward to what they will do next. So they’d better not disappoint!
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