Tag Archives: Brian Dietzen

NCIS – Love Boat

At last, an almost normal episode! Back on a ship, even if it’s called Love Boat. It sort of brought back the N in NCIS.

Glad to see Gibbs must have wrestled his leather jacket off Fornell. Made him look slightly less formal, but not necessarily more Gibbsy. And what’s the matter with all these people? They get seasick! They work for the Navy!

Palmer, Gibbs and Quinn

Good to see they actually had a female commander for once. Also that she wasn’t quite as barky as so many of the men have been over the years. And we had a small child, a celebrity, love affairs, as well as general sneakiness.

McGee really needed to get his act together, and I was starting to feel this would drag on all season, but luckily you can use that lift for almost anything. Great to have Delilah back. Much better than just talking about her.


Still not enough of Abby or Ducky, even if Palmer was allowed out on his own. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend, or a one-off. We need to make friends with everyone, and soon.


Facelift? I don’t know. Gibbs looks almost his old craggy self at times. But there is definitely something film star-ish about the man.

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – season 14 start

‘What’s wrong with his face?’ Daughter texted me last week, as we both watched the new NCIS; same time, but separately. I wasn’t sure who the ‘he’ was, being busy wondering about McGee’s face. Seems she was mostly intrigued by Mark Harmon’s eyes, which appeared to have shrunk.

So, had I not been a regular viewer, but had stumbled onto an episode like the second one, I’d have wondered where I’d ended up. There are too many new faces for a show we come to for our long-standing relationship with the team. Old friends, as they have been for many years. Ziva leaving was tough, but she was one person.

DiNozzo was also only one person, but they have dealt with the loss of his mega-personality by giving us two new agents. It’s too much. They are very nice, I’m sure, but this feels like returning to the school or the job you left a few years ago, expecting – hoping – for everything to be the same and finding it’s not.

And it’s not. Not at all. Especially with both Gibbs and McGee as the old squadroom faces not looking quite themselves. Gibbs in a suit on an everyday basis is too formal.

Bishop, McGee, Torres and Quinn

I’m hoping things will normalise. So far we’ve had one introductory episode, letting us know who the people who joined are, except I don’t feel we learned anything much. Too bland, too handsome, no real background. And one episode that looked quite promising to begin with, but lost its zing about halfway.

This way I reckon we’d do better to concentrate on Palmer in jail.

And Gary Glasberg has died. He and his writing will be missed.

(Photo © CBS)

NCIS – Family First

Nature – i.e. the rain outside – cried with us as we watched the end of DiNozzo. As expected, a little bit bad and sad, and a little bit good. They can’t kill everyone off, but at least this way some characters won’t be coming back other than as ghosts. (I honestly didn’t think they’d do what they did.)

Abby, McGee, Bishop, Palmer and DiNozzo

I’ll miss Trent Kort. Why did they have to make him all right for a while? Think of the time he called on Gibbs as his only friend and ally, in Dead Reckoning. That was fun.

Fornell isn’t dead. He’s merely got beautiful toenails. Let’s see if they let him back again or not. I’m wondering if this Tess is intended to become the new Fornell? Though I believe the character is meant to have to prove herself in order to remain.

I quite like MI6, Clayton Reeves, who is going to be our next DiNozzo. Similar and different at the same time. They could – probably – not go for another female agent (except the loan of Tess from FBI), so they went black, and foreign.

Wonder if we’ll see DiNozzo Sr again? It’s odd when one actor’s decision to leave affects another actor’s possibilities.

DiNozzos Jr and Sr

The shrink is slowly growing on me, but I hope Dr Taft will return some time too.

As I said, it ‘rained’ a little in the house as we watched. Halfway, when we found out that … and met .., even I felt I might blub a little. It’s tough saying goodbye.

Ducky, DiNozzo and Palmer

So no summer cliffhanger, and it’s only through news articles we know about Clayton. Here’s to a peaceful summer break, with a few sniffles over Tony, but otherwise just looking ahead to what season 14 will bring.

Season 14! Doesn’t that sound impossibly advanced?

NCIS – Scope


OK, it was touching, just like someone on social media said this morning. NCIS episode no. 300 needed that little bit extra, without being excessively sentimental.

Focusing on Gibbs and snipers, daughters and dead wives could easily have backfired, but they kept their heads above water. And they did so while supporting MusiCorps, which seems to be a real charity, doing good work.

NCIS - Scope

Only the other day I pondered why Gibbs sleeps on the sofa just inside his front door, and not in a bed like so many of us do. And Delilah has clearly got over McGee talking work at dinner a few weeks ago. A Valentine’s gift from Di Nozzo Sr to Di Nozzo Jr? Naturally. And thank god that therapist is married! I’m guessing they needed to settle our concerns.

NCIS - Scope

But why are men so stupid over war wounds?


Even Abby’s ridiculous Caf-Pow novelty failed to make her look silly, and actually worked as it was meant to. Humour without idiocy.


Everyone got to be in on the action, which is only fair for a 300th, even when some of them haven’t been there that long. Apart from the sniper aspect, the plot managed to steer clear of too much team coincidences, while also being military enough, almost like in the early days.

NCIS - Scope

I can barely believe I’ve watched all 300! Some of them embarrassingly many times. Here’s to – I don’t know – the next 30?

NCIS - Scope

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Déjà Vu

We liked this one, Daughter and I. It’s rare to sit through a whole episode actively thinking ‘this is good.’ And we both knew who ‘did it’ too.

There were even some scenes on ships, which we used to have so much of in the early years and now hardly ever. (As they said on LA the night before; the N in NCIS stands for Naval, so you might as well expect some boats.)

Didn’t quite get Bishop’s letter to President Truman. Apart from some weirdness, I felt it changed tack towards the end.


But you could tell that there would be this nice warm feeling towards Gibbs, and this really did change the meaning of sleeping with the boss. (Although, if those were all McGee’s clothes, he has a very limited wardrobe for someone living in DC. Get the boy a wooly jumper!)

DiNozzo, Gibbs and McGee

Nice to meet McGee’s rubbish friend again, even if a corpse in the rubbish is slightly lacking in originality.

Generally lovely, though.

(Photos © CBS)

Sister City, parts I and II

I’ve not watched NCIS: New Orleans for the best part of a year. That didn’t seem to matter much when my hand was forced this week. I did get a five minute summary from Daughter on what has happened in New Orleans, but I’d say that apart from one new character, who seemed all right, it was mainly Brody’s hair (which I didn’t like) that was new. So was Gibbs’, in a new hair-old hair kind of way. Thank you.

It’s clever to combine two episodes like this; one after the other, the way the two shows would come anyway. Better than the old ‘to be continued’ routine, and presumably good – even necessary – for New Orleans. Might be an idea to do more crossovers.

Luca and Abby

I liked Luca Sciuto, despite him being a little annoying, not to mention naïve, and I could just about suspend disbelief over yet another team-related involvement in the ‘crime.’ But I checked, and it looks as if the two episodes were not only written by different people, but had different directors as well. Which shows, and is why I have more or less given up on the New Orleans show. It’s just too weird.

How many recurring characters can they get away with killing off? It was obvious what was going to happen, since we clearly couldn’t lose Luca before we even met him. Someone had to die. (I suppose they will have to introduce replacement recurring characters; someone who might be bad, but whom we learn to like as we get to know them.)

Snake venom is always good. As are decapitated hippos (toy variety).

As I said, I liked it, but the first episode was the stronger one, and it makes me wish they could have done it in the reverse. Somehow.

NCIS – Spinning Wheel

Ahh, that was sweet. And it’d be churlish for me to pick holes in the Christmas episode, so I won’t. Much. Let’s hope Nicholas turns up some more, and that he won’t have to suffer more health issues. I’d even thought about model Mallard trains a couple of days before.

There’s one good thing about it being Christmas. We know it has to end well for most, but a token corpse or two. Although Bishop’s marital problems don’t seem to be going the way I’d have expected. Perhaps they feel her being married is a burden, so Jake has to be got rid of?


It was nice of them to give Ducky an outing of his own, despite the improbability of so much happening to the team members. I suppose they realise they have officially made their ME over 70 now? Less than David McCallum’s age, but don’t they have to retire?

And I’m feeling so Christmassy I will let the state of Ducky’s father’s home alone, as I will the London streets, the double decker bus and the luxurious looking hospital corridor.

Was intrigued about seeing Angus Clarke again. I do understand them wanting to have him and the young Ducky, because they are just so Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. But last time we were told they never saw each other again. (Which is no worse than the discrepancies between Gibbs and Fornell then and now.)

Young Ducky and Nicholas

Let’s hope this was a Christmas episode of goodwill that will last longer than just Christmas. A bit like the new puppy that is for life.