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NCIS – Homefront

‘The scriptwiters are crazy,’ Daughter said after watching NCIS – Homefront, and after watching it myself, I have to agree.

Who?

Did they really kill..? OK, having looked at next week’s episode description, maybe not. Or at least not yet. But how very dare they?

No DiNozzo at all, which I suppose was meant to break us in for the time when there will be no DiNozzo. Thought I’d never say this, but it was actually a bit boring without him.

They upset a lot of fans by having the First Lady as herself (well, probably even more so had she acted some other part…), which I had no problem with at all. I’d been sort of looking forward to it after I heard, although I would have liked it better still if she had been sprung on us without warning. There is nothing quite like surprise. After all, the President himself had already been on the other end of a phone line, so the next logical step was to have someone in front of the camera. First the real Director of NCIS. Then the real SecNav. Twice.

I thought Mrs Obama did really well, considering she was up against real actors.

Michelle Obama

And I can understand why they did it. It’s a worthy enough charity and they obviously want to be seen to support it, which I agree with. But I would rather they had written a fun plot to support the support, so to speak. This was at most a rather pedestrian episode, with a weird child and not much else.

McGee

I can see how Gibbs’s house can’t be a ‘safe house’ much longer. Every villain in town must have heard they take people to his house by now. I recommend blinds. Possibly locks on the door. Caution, even.

Abby was too flaky, even for Abby, with her #LivingRocks. And nothing quite beats a setting in ‘good old England,’ pubs and all. Hard to distingush between England and Ireland, really. Sheep. Shotguns. Green valleys. That kind of thing.

Fornell and Vance

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NCIS – Scope

Gibbs

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?

Gibbs

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

Palmer

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

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NCIS – Decompressed

Wow! That was an episode to take you back to the beginning! Almost, anyway.

Gibbs, McGee, Ducky

Locked-room mystery on a ship, with the agents helicoptered across, and Ducky doing a remote autopsy. Great stuff. Add to that a bit of Valentine’s agonising (seriously, tofu hearts?) and I’d say the scriptwriters have nailed it.

Decompression sounds truly awful, and here you can see how unappetising it might be to share your small chamber with a corpse for four days. Whether it’s better or worse once you’ve tried to autopsy your ex-workmate, I have no idea.

NCIS - Decompressed

I thought the captain looked fishy. But the lawyer obviously took the biscuit for any fishyness, admitting to having been born without empathy. And with three equally bad looking potential murderers, the question was who to pick.

That mess room looked awfully familiar. It reminded me of the submarine in season one, and that is a very long time ago. I really must watch all the episodes in chronological order, again, some time. Shouldn’t take more than a year. Or two.

The question is, dare I hope for similar quality next week?

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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.

Gibbs

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.

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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?

Ducky

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.

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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