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DUCKY AND KIDS
21st November 2010
Another in my occasional series of blogs on how various characters relate to aspects of the outside world. Today I'm going to take a look at Ducky and children.
By the very nature on his position, Ducky doesn't have a lot of contact with the living. His contact with small humans within the confines of NCIS has been minimal at best.
Two do come to mind. The first is the blind girl, Sandy, in "See No Evil". Ducky helps cheer her up with a candy bar. Not outright giving it to her, but letting her hear the wrapper rustling and guess what he had.
The other occasion is "Witch Hunt". The little girl who was abducted missed out on trick or treating so Abby, with the assistance of Ducky, takes her trick or treating around NCIS headquarters.
When you think about it, for a man who has no children, Ducky is very good with kids. The ones who come into his orbit seem to take to him immediately. Though he may have had more contact than we think. Though it appears that Ducky was an only child, early in season 1 he refers to having a nephew. So maybe he does have siblings and therefore nephews and nieces. Maybe they are in Scotland. Maybe one day we will find out.
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd November 2010, 6.32AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WHY GIBBS DIDN'T LIKE PAULA CASSIDY
18th November 2010
Interestingly, most of the responses to my original blog ended up being on the theme "Why Gibbs didn't like Paula Cassidy". Not my original intention, but hey, you go with the flow, as the saying goes.
It really boiled down to the fact that most of the time Paula was a sloppy agent. Her work ethic wasn't good. For her, the first few times we met her, "close enough is good enough" seemed to be her mantra. To a man who gives 110% to whatever he does, this did not sit well with Gibbs.
She screwed up at Gitmo in "Minimum Security" by allowing herself to be fooled by the translator and the prisoner. This women is supposed to be an investigator. She suspected something going on, but couldn't bring herself to file a report against the translator.
In "Heart Break" she neglects to file a report against an Ensign, the situation escalates and the Ensign ends up dead. Suicide by cop and in this case the cop was Kate. Leaving her distressed and miserable...and Gibbs absolutely furious.
A couple of people commented on Gibbs throwing Paula's purse on the floor in "Mind Games". From memory, she put it on Kate's desk. Still angry, still grieving, Gibbs lashed out. Remember in the next episode, "Silver War", Gibbs goes off when Ziva wants to sit at Kate's desk. In Gibbs' mind, anyone else using Kate's desk is disrespectful and just downright wrong.. And I suspect there was still a fair bit of denial at Kate's death going on as well.
LAST UPDATE ON 19th November 2010, 6.39AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
VANCE AND ABBY
17th November 2010
This is another relationship on NCIS that I find interesting.
Abby has major respect for Vance's computer skills, and it appears that, as well as returning Abby's respect, out slightly stuffy director has succumbed to the spell of Abby's personality and it actually fond of her.
Initially a little stiff and formal, wordless objecting to her calling him Leon, it didn't take long before she was calling him Leon and he wasn't turning a hair at it. The stunned reaction of the NCIS: LA team in "Kill Shot", when Vance is talking to Abby on the phone and she calls him "Leon" shows that nobody normally takes those sort of liberties with the director. Except for Abby. And Gibbs. Oh, and Hetty. But the last two knew him reasonably well before he became director. We have had no indication that Abby knew him well prior to his appointment to the post on the death of Jenny Shepard.
That Abby has enormous respect for Vance shows in "Knock Out" when Vance tells her not to tell Gibbs anything. She is torn between her loyalty to both men.
Vance's fondness for Abby shows in "Borderland". When she is called to his office, Abby is terrified that he knows about all the times she has used NCIS resources for her charity work. Vance's secretary reassures her that it's not about that....besides....Vance already knows about it! Vance knows Abby is using NCIS resources for private use and doesn't mind, in fact, by not doing anything he is effectively giving her permission to continue. The same goes for "Faith". Being director Vance would have to know about every use of MTAC for satellite communication. He knew what McGee was arranging on Abby's behalf....and condoned it.
Vance has become almost as protective of Abby as Gibbs as. He was furious in "The Spider and the Fly" when Rivera obliquely threatens Abby. His response is controlled, measured and radiates danger. Vance: Someone get Senor Rivera out of here before he gets hurt. Rivera: By whom? Vance: By me!
Vance has come a long way since "Internal Affairs" when he told Gibbs that he "didn't believe in close relationships between management and staff." We can probably thank Abby for this. She has a way of breaking down everyone's barriers and getting to their heart.
I look forward to seeing the relationship between Vance and Abby continue to grow throughout season 8 and beyond.
LAST UPDATE ON 18th November 2010, 6.46AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
16th November 2010
It is actually hard to find stand out scenes in this season 8 episode. Not because the episode isn't good, but because just about every scene is really good.
I loved Tony and Tim discussing baseball. It was great to see them close without sniping at each other.
Have noticed one thing. Gibbs has now started to call McGee "Tim"...unless he is annoyed with him then he gets "McGee".
Tony losing his voice. The expression on his face when he drinks Abby's Caf-Pow. And the expression when Ducky tells him not to talk for 24 hours. I loved Michael Weatherly in this episode. He turned in a brilliant comedic performance without Tony being the complete frat boy idiot he can often become.
Loved the little quirk of the home grown terrorist group stealing money from Al-Qaida. Nice little twist there.
Ziva trying to explain to the young girl, Kristin, that father's sometimes do stupid things...and her realization that she is talking about her own father as much as Kristin's.
The final scenes at the park. The dreamy eyed expressions on Tony and Tim when the lights go on, and Gibbs and Ziva playing catch. The smile on Gibbs' face when, in reference to baseball, Ziva says "My father taught me." Gibbs knows that Ziva is starting down the road to recovery. She has started to acknowledge Eli again.
"Dead Air" had some good lines.
Gibbs: Gotta keep that dream alive, Tim.
Gibbs: Got an app for doing your job, McGee?
McGee: Gator wasn't killed for something he said.
Tony: He was killed for something he was about to say.
Ducky: Murder. Intrigue. Suspense.
Gibbs: Urban legend did not murder three people.
Tony: Congratulations. I think you're pregnant.
Tony: Assassin rogue Mossad agent. Sometimes I miss that little minx.
Ducky: I would have for your ego to write a check your body can't cash.
LAST UPDATE ON 17th November 2010, 6.30AM AEDT
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