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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.

(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.


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


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.


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!

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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NCIS – Parental Guidance Suggested

It was good to see they were willing to give us a Halloween episode, even though strictly speaking it was a few days short of the right date. And then I worried in case they were about to give us yet more cute children for Halloween, including a murder mirroring Gibbs’s own life.

Thankfully they went the complete opposite way. Nothing beats a good sociopath, especially this time of year.


And luckily for McGee, he wasn’t alone in the wearing of lycra. Bishop is full of surprises.

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Some season 12 thoughts on NCIS

I’m stunned. Episode one was fine. The second was really good, and whereas I prayed for more excellent instalments, I didn’t really believe in the likelihood of that coming true.

But this has been one hell of a season start. Along with NCIS: Los Angeles, which has given us four terrific episodes, I’m beginning to wonder what has got into those screenwriters. This is what you should be doing every time. Always. Keep this up and there will be no need to pension NCIS off any time soon. (Mind you, New Orleans could use some effort. I’ve still to watch the 3rd, 4th and 5th.)

It’s not even as if we have gone back a few years to, say, season eight. We’re almost right back at the very beginning, when things were truly good. When NCIS had something to prove. Becoming the leading show is a bad thing. Not only do fans have to share with others who don’t love in the same way, but complacency sets in, no matter what they say or think.

I was all set to expect this to be the last year. Maybe it will be. But in that case it can bow out with its head high. (Yeah, I know heads are low when you bow, but you know what I mean.) In fact, I wasn’t sure I wanted it to go on. Now I do. The older Gibbs is almost back to being the old Gibbs. The new Gibbs was just wrong.


This week’s episode was set on a ship, for goodness’ sake! That doesn’t happen every day. And Abby Borin is always good. We want more of her, and don’t you even dare think of sending her the way Paula Cassidy went!

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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: New Orleans – Musician Heal Thyself

Hmm. That was a bit of a disappointment, after having enjoyed the NCIS: New Orleans trial episodes in season 11 of NCIS. A first ‘real’ episode needs to try really hard.

Don’t try and tell us what a wonderful man Pride is by having one of his friends murdered. And the victim’s poor father might have been distraught, but soon cheered up enough to compose some music, with Pride joining in on the piano. Unrealistic, and I prefer my agents not to be jack-of-all-trades.

Pride is Gibbs, minus what makes Gibbs special. I still like Brody and LaSalle, as well as Dr Wade (even when they have gone out of their way to make their ME female and black). I could easily lose Sebastian, though.

Wise move to have Ducky join in, even if it was on screen only. The team is small. Gibbs started out with a similarly small team, so I wonder if they will recruit more agents if the show is popular?

The setting is great. Maybe just take it nice and slow and not throw all that is New Orleans at us straight away? Looks like someone has something to prove.