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Two birthdays

Happy 7th birthday to mee!! I mean, to CultureWitch. I know my readers are whispering in the ranks and saying she’s been even lazier this past year. It just looks like that. Other things have got done, just not so much culture.

Gibbs

And as for the 64-year-old Mark Harmon, we hope he is alive and well as Leroy Jethro Gibbs. I don’t think it should be time for him to leave just yet. In fact, the retirement age has gone up in many countries, and if Mark is to take a leaf out of David McCallum’s book, he can’t leave now. Happy Birthday to Mark as well!

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 – The Lost Boys

Nooooo! They can’t do that to us!

Except that they have. I was going to say that if they keep killing recurring characters, we won’t have any left. But if they instead kill a new character, we wouldn’t care even half as much. Good psychology, but otherwise not so nice.

Also very clever because at one end we were meant to think something had gone really bad (for one of ours) and at the opposite end, it did. Twice, or at least, almost.

Bishop, Abby and Di Nozzo

Abby left her lab, and I think that was Mark Harmon’s shirt that Gibbs wore towards the end. Not a Gibbsy shirt to my mind. And someone very unlikely actually called him Gibbsy to his face!

It’s odd how they bring back formerly bad guys and we find we sort of like them, although I was puzzled by how keen the bad girl from only a few episodes ago was to help. I suspect they enjoyed bringing back prisoners in orange so much at Christmas, that they had to do it again.

And the children; last week’s wasn’t saved. Perhaps this week’s boy will be, unless he’s already suffered too much.

In the midst of this we had the hilarious script from Abby, delivered by Bishop and DiNozzo, which was so spot on. As well as Dorneget’s alter ego Gilroy Lebbs, or however you spell it.

A last spilled pen…

McGee and Dorneget

It was the usual with the new character who turned up at the end. If she’d been thought of before, then her son wouldn’t have been like he was. Or so I reckon.

Bring on the end of season 12! I don’t want it to end, obviously, and it’s about a week too early. But all good things come to an end, and season 12 was it.

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Troll

Palmer

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.

Dorneget

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.

Abby

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

Gibbs

(Photos © CBS)

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.)

(Photos © CBS)

NCIS – Check

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

Gibbs

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.

Gibbs

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.

(Photos © CBS)

Christmas with NCIS – Love and death

Poor McGee. We could tell early on that not all was well. But it was a strange kind of episode, and while snowy, it was basically a little too sad for Christmas.

McGee

OK, they rolled out some old villains and half of Gibbs’s rules, and saved on the filming by giving us plenty of flash-backs to rules in the past.

McGee and Abby

McGee

It can be nice to revisit old stories, but this felt like too much photo album and too little new real episode. Not so much of a Christmas one if you ignore the snow.

But it was based on families. Fathers and sons.

Bad Santas

Sam Hanna

That went for LA as well. Flimsy-ish script, but with many personal touches. Very sweet, pretty surprising, but where on earth do they go from here?

Deeks, Kensi, Hanna and Michelle

Granger sharing more than a drink with Hetty. I believe that was an innuendo I spied there.

Granger and Hetty

Nell and Eric? Really? And Deeks and Kensi too.

Eric and Nell

Kensi and Deeks

Even Callen.

Callen

This much happy ever after cannot work. What were they thinking? It’s lovely, but what do they do now?

(Photos © CBS)

Happy Christmas from me to you!