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EVOLUTION OF DR "DUCKY" MALLARD
26th July 2010
One character who has not had quite as much character growth as many of the others is Dr Mallard.
Ducky has changed since the two JAG episodes, "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown", that introduced NCIS to the world. This is a change to be profoundly grateful for, as Ducky with DiNozzo overtones was a little hard to take.
Ducky has been a constant throughout NCIS. He is Gibbs' sounding board, Jimmy's mentor, and a shoulder to cry on for any other team member that needs it. He provides tea and sympathy in equal quantities.
We saw some change in season 4. Ducky was hurt and angry with Jethro for keeping secrets from him. He nursed that anger through almost a third of the season, changing the relationship dynamic, making it cold and abrasive. Fences are mended in "Smoked", with Ducky apologizing for his attitude, and Jethro apologizing for not telling Ducky about Shannon and Kelly. Though patched up, the relationship still has a few cracks.
Season 6 also saw change for Ducky. His past came back to haunt him in "Broken Bird" when he is stabbed through the hand by an Afghani woman trying to avenge her brother's death. A death she held Ducky responsible for. The broken bird of the title is our Ducky. He is pushed beyond endurance when he discovers the aim of the CIA torturer was not information from the captives, but to break Dr Mallard's spirit, and make him their tool. For the first time we see Ducky cry.
The problem is, Ducky hasn't evolved. He has had him moments. Like the death of his mother. The briefly mentioned but never seen new girlfriend. But the writers seem to want to keep Ducky the same. Newsflash for you guys: Nothing ever stays the same. Change is the only constant.
There is a grave risk that with the other characters growing and changing in an accurate and realistic manner, Ducky will be left to stagnate and become a caricature of himself. That is an insult to the character, and to David McCallum.
LAST UPDATE ON 27th July 2010, 6.19AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
25th July 2010
A woman shoots a would-be rapist in self defense, but Gibbs and the team discover that the woman may have lured to man to her home under false pretenses.
This episode is notable for a few things. It is the first script by Jesse Stern (written with John C. Kelley). Mark Harmon showing he still has mad football skill throwing a ball for some kids. Abby going undercover under the pseudonym "Miss Gibbs". And a cameo by audience liaison Harriet Margulies.
It has some good scenes. Tony tricking McGee into drinking Gibbs' coffee. It is notable that Gibbs doesn't get cross with McGee. He knows who the real culprit is.
The reactions to the pornographic email are classic. Kate gets all embarrassed and flustered. Tony goes all wide-eyed. Gibbs licks his lips and swallows...hard! Must have been one heck of an email!
Gibbs, we learn, has something of an education in the classics, when he refers to an eyeless corpse as Oedipus. Hands up everyone who immediately recognized the reference without googling?
We see something of the gentle side of Gibbs when he brings coffee to McGee who is hard at it getting information from undercover Abby. Speaking of Abby undercover, anyone with the season 2 DVDs like to check something for me? When Abby is talking to McGee, a guy is watching her. I may be wrong, but it looked very much like Michael Bellasario, who turned up in season 3 as Chip. This guy is minus hair and mustache but I am 99.9% positive it is him.
Jesse Stern certainly started on a high note, giving us some wonderful lines to remember "Forced Entry" by.
Laura Rowans (about McGee): Is he old enough to be an NCIS agent?
Kate: I swear you two are worse than my brothers, and they are almost psychotic.
Kate: This is sort of how I always pictured Tony's place.
Gibbs: Yeah. Except DiNozzo has better furniture.
Abby: McGee, ready to plunge into the seedy side of the internet with me?
McGee: I thought we'd agreed never to discuss this at work?
Kate: I am going to Hell just listening to all this.
Devon: We offer naked tech support to selected clients. It pays double.
Abby: I like to talk to myself. You got a problem with that?
McGee: I think I'll throw up now.
Abby: She must have killed him after that one special moment.
McGee: He has no idea what a gigabyte is, does he?
Abby: He has no idea what a hard-drive is, McGee.
Gibbs: Considering I've seen better pictures of a UFO, you tell me, McGee.
LAST UPDATE ON 26th July 2010, 6.22AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
20th July 2010
Two sailors from the same ship overdose on meth, despite claims of their never having touched drugs. Agent Afloat Stan Burley calls on his old boss, Leroy Jethro Gibbs for help.
This episode was one of the stand out episodes of season 1. Whilst it didn't have any real stand out scenes, the over all script quality and production meant the entire episode stands out. By this point Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Sasha Alexander were meshing well together with no rough edges.
The subplot of Tony's jealousy of Stan Burley, and his insecurities was well handled. As was the arrest of the Petty Officer in charge of the flight deck crew.
A piece of trivia for those so minded: the rescue of the stricken yacht is an Australian connection. The footage is news footage of the rescue of English yachtsman Tony Bullimore by the Royal Australian Navy off the coast of Western Australia.
The take off from the aircraft carrier with Tony likening the sensation to sex was very funny.
"High Seas" had some brilliant lines. It is actually hard to chose some favorites.
Tony: Five years with Gibbs. I'm amazed he never ended up in a straight jacket.
Gibbs: Or maybe you like hanging out in walk in freezers in your birthday suit.
Gibbs: You try and float this story at your court martial and they'll laugh your ass all the way to Levenworth.
Gibbs: Consciousness will make the interview go much smoother.
Tony: For a crew that doesn't do drugs, you sure do a lot of drugs.
Stan: At least I don't taint evidence.
Gibbs: I tripped! Once.
Stan: As I remember it you had your eyes glued to...
Gibbs: Let's get on with it.
Tony: I have no idea what you said.
Kate: Neither do I. But the intent was sincere.
Ducky: You'll tell Ducky eventually. They all do.
Ducky: Please Gerald, this is not dinner theater.
Abby: What do you want me to do with all this pee?
Abby: The smart money says that is not a tic-tac.
Gibbs: That pouch might be clear, but my gut is in living color.
Gibbs: Aww hell, Stan. You going to get all huggy on me?
LAST UPDATE ON 221st July 2010, 6.24AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WHAT SORT OF WOMAN WOULD SUIT FORNELL?
19th July 2010
Having only been married once (as far as we know), Tobias Fornell is a reasonable catch for a woman. But what sort of woman?
She would have to be able to adjust to being a stepmother. This can be difficult for a lot of women, and, of course, there is the crucial factor of whether or not Emily likes and gets on with her. If she doesn't, any relationship is doomed before it starts. Ability to get on with kids is the first major requirement.
We don't know a lot about Fornell's hobbies. He likes muscle cars. In "Jack Knife" he was like a kid in a candy shop, enthusing about the cars to Abby. He also had a lot of fun giving Gibbs' car a work out, much to Gibbs' distress. So a knowledge and liking for American muscle cars is a must.
Fornell lives alone, so probably doesn't eat well. Talent in the kitchen would therefore be an added advantage.
Also necessary is the ability to tolerate Fornell's disreputable friends (i.e. one Leroy Jethro Gibbs), his long working hours and that damn beard!
Prospective Fornell love interest must also be able to understand the complicated relationship Tobias has with his ex-wife Dianne. Even though they are divorced, he still talks all his problems through with Dianne. Though this could well end if Tobias had the right woman to talk to.
In summation: Good with children, love cars, cook well, be attracted to facial hair, tolerant of long working hours and strange friends.
LAST UPDATE ON 20th July 2010, 6.23AM AEST
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