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11th August 2010
Roger Director was a consulting producer for NCIS primarily during the second season. He also wrote two excellent scripts during that time.
The first one was "Terminal Leave". This is the one with the navy pilot who accidentally killed civilians in a bombing run. She is about to leave the navy, and terrorists have sworn to kill her. This episode gave us the classic scene of Tony and Kate sharing a bathroom. Not that Kate is too keen on sharing, as Tony just waltzes in while she is in the shower. A good, solid NCIS episode that stand repeated viewing.
The second one is "Call of Silence". This episode must rank as one of the greatest episodes in NCIS history. The storyline is beautiful and poignant. Charles Durning's portrayal of Cpl Ernie Yost earned him an Emmy nomination. Three scenes immediately come to mind when this episode is recalled. Kate dancing with Cpl Yost in the squad room with tears in her eyes. Tony and McGee are watching both also a little choked up. The scene in interrogation with Gibbs striking sulfur matches, playing the Marine Corps documentary on Iwo Jima to recreate the atmosphere to help Yost remember, with a little verbal input from a Japanese war veteran, is the single most powerful scene in the episode. As Yost remembers exactly what happened, we see the tears in Kate's eyes, in Faith Coleman's eyes....and in Gibbs' eyes. The last scene in the Japanese restaurant where Yost and the Japanese war veteran toast each other in saki was just the perfect finishing touch.
It is almost as if with "Call of Silence" Roger Director created his masterwork. According to IMDB he hasn't written anything else since.
LAST UPDATE ON 12th August 2010, 6.35AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
10th August 2010
This season 1 episode saw Gibbs and Kate investigating the possibility of a saboteur on board a nuclear submarine. "Sub Rosa" is also the episode that introduced us to Agent Timothy McGee.
This episode was on of the best of season 1. Another strongly plotted episode that flowed smoothly and had great cast interaction. Kate spilling Gibbs' coffee. McGee calling Tony "sir", then calling Gibbs "sir" and getting growled at. The look on McGee's face was hilarious.
The scene where Tony throws a rock through the whale-hugger's window. The rock throwing was scripted, but Tony's football play commentary was adlibbed by Michael.
The emergency blow scene on the submarine. Kate thrown against Gibbs murmurs "Wow". Gibbs' deadpan response of "Yeah. That's what they all tell me" came close to getting him hit by Kate. The smirk on the C.O.B.'s face spoke volumes.
Shooting the dead eco-terrorist out of the torpedo tube was a great plot device.
Best scene of all was McGee telling Tony that he'd got a tattoo to impress Abby. Tony rendered stunned and speechless. A classic NCIS moment.
As befitting a great episode, "Sub Rosa" had some great lines.
Tony: I've never experienced Gibbs without his morning coffee. We're in unchartered waters here, Kate.
Gibbs: Better get Michael Jackson outta here before he ralphs.
Gibbs: Everyone has something to lie about.
Tony: Have you ever had the slightest urge to tattoo your buttocks, McGee?
Kate: Do people react that way because we're NCIS, or is it just you?
Gibbs: I like to think it's just me.
Gibbs: Yeah. That's what they all tell me.
Captain: It's going to get hot in here.
Gibbs: Ahhhh. Used to taking heat.
Tony: Can a guy be cute to you without body art?
Gibbs: C.O.B., I don't have to tell you what the most important thing now is.'
C.O.B.: Get the ice cream back in the freezer.
Kate: I wonder what he said to make Tony speechless.
Gibbs: He told him he got a tatt on his ass.
LAST UPDATE ON 11th August 2010, 6.29AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
DUCKY AND PALMER
9th August 2010
This is one of the more interesting relationships in NCIS. Palmer joined NCIS as a replacement for Ducky's injured assistant Gerald.
Unlike Gerald, Jimmy Palmer is genuinely interested in the stories Ducky has to tell. Realizing, no doubt, that Ducky's years of experience and stories contain much for him to learn.
Ducky is fond of Jimmy. Even if in the early days Palmer did exasperate and, at times, anger him. Ducky asks Gibbs if it is wrong to want to smack Palmer across the back of the head. Naturally Gibbs tells him no it isn't. Palmer's insensitivity in the season 4 episode "Driven" leads to one of Ducky's rare outbursts of anger. It is a measure of Palmer's cluelessness at this point that he has no idea what it is he has done.
In season 5 we finally get to see just how much Ducky cares about Palmer. In the episode "About Face" when Ducky hears the gunshot, his response is to scream "Jimmy!" and run back to where he left his assistant. This is the first, and I think only, time Ducky has called Palmer by his first name. Palmer certainly cares for Ducky too. In season 6's "Broken Bird" he cradles Ducky in his arms after Ducky has been stabbed. Palmer's anger and distress are clear on his face.
In season 7 we get to see the measure of pride that Ducky has in the young man he views as a son. He allows him to perform his first autopsy. Albeit on a squirrel. Then later in the season, he allows Palmer to follow his instinct about a small puncture wound on the corpse. Handing Palmer the scalpel and acting as his assistant. At that point, Palmer realizes just how much professional as well as personal respect Ducky has for him.
This is one NCIS relationship I am looking forward to watching grow in season 8 and beyond.
LAST UPDATE ON 10th August 2010, 6.37AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
8th August 2010
The team suspects foul play in the death of a Petty Officer, when their investigation into his car crash leads them into the dark and violent world of underground street violence.
This episode was one of the best of season 6, in my opinion. It was NCIS at it's best. Interesting plot, old fashioned sleuthing, great lines and everything flowed well, and linked together smoothly. Things that stick in the mind are Tony, Ziva and Gibbs' reactions when Ziva accidentally puts a photo of Tony playing air guitar up on the plasma. McGee practicing his "psycho face", though I admit the look leaned more towards slightly retarded than totally psycho!
Tony eyeing off the "cougar" Tabitha, and his reaction when McGee manages to put him down with his offhand comment "I always thought cougars like young guys". McGee's "Meow Moment" and I loved it. We need more McGee Meow Moments.
Gibbs totally bewildered by IM speak. Asking Abby to decrypt it.
The final scene, however, with Ziva playing air guitar and laughing was probably the scene that comes most readily to mind when you ask someone about "Road Kill".
One thing I really did love was the continuity from "Dagger". Gibbs went through "Road Kill" with his finger in a splint, steri-strip above his eye and bruising from the shoot-out in the previous episode.
I mentioned great lines. Here's a small sample.
Ducky: It appears the deceased had an unfortunate accident before he had his unfortunate accident.
Tony: I smell road rage.
Ziva: And I smell Big Wong.
Gibbs: Ahhh damn! Neighbors.
Tony: You don't look surprised. You get a lot of murders on Wisteria Lane?
Abby: I am the Energizer Bunny of Forensic Science. I never sleep and I never give up.
Tony: He was last seen...
Gibbs: Standing right behind you, DiNozzo.
Abby: Hairy, sweaty neanderthals pounding the pudding out of each other for giggles.
McGee: Have you ever lost a fight?
Gibbs: Not sure I ever won one.
Tony: Four hundred bucks for a traffic violation and fifty years for murder.
Tony: Reminds me of my first apartment in college. You can almost smell the IKEA.
Tony: Somebody just murdered our murderer.
Tony: Why does it always have to be rats and boats?
Abby: Oooooooh! McGee! I got a ding!
LAST UPDATE ON 9th August 2010, 6.38AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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