Tag Archives: Brian Dietzen

NCIS – Blood Brothers

Well… the NCIS Thanksgiving episode. It was a bit Saving Private Ryan, wasn’t it? It didn’t take me long to work out how it would end. I pointed out to the Resident IT Consultant that ‘this can only end well.’ I didn’t say, but thought, that with his English accent, the landlord should not expect things to be fine, at all. How very predictable.

Although, I do realise that we need the feelgood factor at this time of year.

Had wondered if Bishop was going to go for a real break, but it seems she simply needed to storm off, meaning we got to see her Oklahoma background. And were those potatoes she and Gibbs were peeling at the end? I was a bit concerned, as it appeared they were about to start the meal. Those potatoes should have got themselves peeled a lot sooner.

Bishop and Gibbs

While on culinary matters, I hope Palmer’s triple bird isn’t a common thing for people to eat, and worse, cook? It truly belonged in autopsy.

Did I miss something about DiNozzo’s love life? Why did he have to pal up with Fornell for cremated turkey?

And to think it was only a year ago that we finally met Jake, with Bishop being heroic and the airport security woman bemoaning her delayed cranberries. There must be more to this Jake issue. We’ve been made to like him too much.

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NCIS – Stop the Bleeding

NCIS - Stop the Bleeding

A bit of an anticlimax, no? Even this old cynic who did not expect Gibbs to be completely dead, felt that perhaps it was all too fast and easy. OK, they made use of the four months missed, but still. His hair had time to grow, making him look most un-Gibbsy.

But we could see Mike Franks again, and we were treated to our third or fourth Kelly. And was that Mark Harmon’s Airstream?

I did like Dr Taft, despite his chatty behaviour being a little to daft to be real.

NCIS - Stop the Bleeding

Some lose threads left hanging. The question is whether they will be dealt with, or simply forgotten about.

It’s nice that they are back. All that remains to be seen now is whether they can change gear and make season 13 something really special.

NCIS – Neverland

Really? Is it bullet proof vests again, or not? As the Resident IT Consultant said the other day, it gets tiresome – if lifesaving – to have people go down and then get up with the aid of kevlar.

I have not been following speculation on what will happen in NCIS season thirteen. I suppose it is the unlucky number, but you wouldn’t kill off your leading man just like that. Would you? We are meant to spend summer in a state of nerves, worrying about Gibbs. I don’t think I can do that. I mean, I won’t. I don’t see the point.

Who was the American girl they followed at the end? Sometimes I reckon it’s not me being slow, but script writers forgetting we need thread to tie bits of episode together with. And Morse code. Honestly? You need to know it for it to work on the subconscious.

I do quite like Officer Teague. She’s a proper NCIS kind of character, with none of this over-romantic young and beautiful/handsome actor pretending badly. They don’t get them right very often. Is she bound to die? I don’t think so, but you never know.

One question is whether they already know what will happen at the start of the next season. Sometimes it seems they write a cliffhanger and then go away and brainstorm a solution two months later.

And did they ever stop to think about having yet one more baddie with a British accent? If this continues, I suppose we’ll soon find that Ducky has been an enemy spy all these years. Very deep cover.

NCIS – Troll


It was about time we had a ‘to be continued,’ although I didn’t see it until we were actually there. At first it looked like they would go with the obvious ending for this type of scenario, but I came to the conclusion they’d done it too many times. I’m guessing they did too.

McGee and DiNozzo

The Bishop marital issues were perhaps a little tiresome, but necessary for the plot. Rather sweet that ‘Mr Bishop’ is getting on quite so well with Gibbs. The others just haven’t tried; I’m sure he’s dead easy to get on with.


Great to have Dorneget back, even with his unlikely change of career path within NCIS. Nice to have the scene of the first death back, too. You sort of feel at home when they re-use sets. And when I am thin and younger and more beautiful I’ll have a dress like Abby’s, with that very necklace.


We’re nearing the end of season 12. Has anyone not signed a contract for season 13?


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NCIS – We Build, We Fight

Wow! Again.

This was one strong episode from a strong season of NCISs. Directed by Rocky Carroll, no less. Apparently the man is difficult to work with, or so he thought.

We Build, We Fight

Interesting plot about a gay marine, which I believe the cast felt strongly about. And it shows. Plenty of homophobic characters as you’d expect, and very nicely dealt with. After the teary end to the story about our dead hero, I felt we were due something to cheer us up, and I was right.

Baby Palmer and admirers

It was a baby we needed. Palmer and Mrs Palmer (give the woman a cheese burger!) finally have a little baby Palmer. Even Gibbs smiled.

They had better not kill Hollis Mann off! Lovely to see her back. Not so lovely when you think about Gibbs and his reaction to her presence. Ducky would appear to be on the right track.

Hollis Mann

(This is the only kind of visit to autopsy that I will tolerate from Hollis Mann.)

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NCIS – Check

So, from comedy to tragedy in just over forty minutes.


Too much coincidence, even for an episode based on too much coincidence. Two ex-wives. I didn’t much like the latest one. And from a time point of view, it didn’t make much sense. But it’s fiction.

What I think I object to most, is that once you’ve seen this, it’ll be hard to watch again, and never in the same way. And it will be harder to watch certain older episodes again, too.


It’ll be interesting to see what others think, and where the script writers go from here. This season’s running theme is obviously going to continue. We’ve had long term adversaries before. This one is more inexplicable.

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NCIS – Semper Fortis

It’s just great. It was great before, and it continues being great. And I’m not only referring to Abby’s love life. (Am I the only one to wonder if there had been a friendly suggestion of buying flowers? Especially black ones.) NCIS season twelve is just great. It’s like being back in season one.

Bishop, McGee, Gibbs and DiNozzo

Now, if I was in the US and in a position to do something for someone who had been injured (not likely, but still), before this week’s episode I wouldn’t have known it’s illegal to help and that you are much better off letting people die. And if you turn that around, there are others who will let me die in order that they don’t end up in jail. I’m not surprised the scriptwriters picked up on this, or that it’s a very Gibbsy kind of thing to try and change.

Gibbs and Dillon

And I do feel it was interesting to see the cameo by [the real] SecNav in the diner, in this particular episode. Coincidence? Not to mention the fact that I recognised him immediately, five years after his first appearance.

'Ray' aka SecNav

Great casting of Laura Seay as the Navy Corpsman in trouble. I don’t always like who they pick, but she was perfect for this part.


Despite picking such a touching topic for the show, it’s fun to see that they can still put such emphasis on Abby’s love life, including the scene in the men’s toilet, in the midst of being serious. Bishop is taking a leaf out of Ziva’s book.

McGee, Bishop and DiNozzo

Hang on! Am I beginning to like her? And what do we make of Burt? Is he good for Abby? There is time for him to turn, and there is time for her to ditch him. Even if it’s later than the two month rule.

Flowers for Abby

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