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5th December 2010
I have to admit that this is one of my all time favorite NCIS episodes. To refresh your memory, Gibbs' Marine service number is found written in blood at a crime scene, and once again his past comes back to haunt him, but in an unexpected manner.
Some of the best scenes in this episode involved Gibbs and Mike Franks. 18 years previously Mike had smuggled a woman and her son out of Colombia to the safety of the USA. The woman, Rose, had helped an injured Marine on a black op, saving his life. That Marine was Gibbs. Mike believed that her child was Gibbs' son, though as we learn at the end of the episode, Rose was already pregnant when she rescued Gibbs.
The other really good scenes involve Gibbs and Leon. Leon wants to know what is going on, and gets a copy of Gibbs USMC record, which is top security due to his involvement in black ops. Leon shows his respect for Gibbs by showing him the file, and asking his permission to read it, which Gibbs tacitly gives.
The very best scene, however, has to be the shootout at the end. Disdaining cover, Mike stalks across the open floor of the derelict building shooting the bad guys. The expression on Gibbs' face as he watches him says it all. Not to mention Leon's horror at a former NCIS agent shooting people.
"Deliverance" had some really good lines.
Ziva: You need a secretary.
McGee: Or a therapist.
Gibbs: Or both.
Tony: Skin. Blood. The guy was strapped up here for a while. That's why I prefer the fur lined handcuffs.
Gibbs: You couldn't sweet talk the flight attendant out of any of those little bottles?
Mike: He wasn't my type.
Ziva: There is a smurf war.
Tony: Snoopy loves Chiquita. I have a question. Which on of you sleeps on the dog house and which one is the banana?
Mike: Your sweat was on that roof. Your pee was on that roof. Your blood was on that roof. You want to tell us what happened on that roof?
Gibbs: There's some good stuff in the last five pages.
Gibbs: You done?
Mike: Done watching you shave with a butter knife.
Gibbs: This is a really bad time, Leon.
Mike: This is about to get real interesting, Probie.
McGee: Case closed. My case and you being on it.
LAST UPDATE ON 6th December 2010, 6.36AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
2nd December 2010
I got great response to my original blog on this episode, so I thought it was time to revisit the subject.
Interestingly, a number of respondents named this episode as the one where they began to seriously dislike the character of Jenny Shepard. The moment that caused this change of attitude is when Jenny lashes out at Ziva and McGee over the death of the man they were following. The fact she spent a large chunk of the episode sulking and having a personal pity party because the op was falling apart also really angered a lot of fans. The head of a Federal agency has no business behaving like a spoiled brat when things don't go her way.
The damage to the friendship of Gibbs and Tony in this episode was heartbreaking for many fans. Though it has grown stronger since. No-one liked seeing Gibbs' hurt at being lied to, or Tony's guilt and misery at doing the lying.
The opening scenes with a man kidnapped by what appears to be a team of bad guys, but is actually our team, was universally approved of. As were the scenes on the plane. Especially where they discussed what star signs they were.
Over all, "Blowback" as a whole is an episode most fans enjoyed watching. Even if most of them want to slap Jenny into the middle of next year when they do.
LAST UPDATE ON 3rd December 2010, 6.34AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
DIRECTOR - ARVIN BROWN
1st December 2010
Arvin Brown joined the crew as director in season 5. His hand has been at the helm of several of the best episodes through the course of seasons 6, 7 and now 8. Let's take a look at each episode.
- Corporal Punishment. Written by Jesse Stern and introduced the popular character of Damon Werth.
- Murder 2.0. Season 6's Halloween episode. Notable for first really showing that Vance actually does care about Gibbs and trust his gut. Leon was prepared to evacuate the Washington Navy Yard because of Gibbs' hunch about the killer.
- Bounce. DiNozzo in charge! In the hands of another director this episode could easily have slipped into farce. Instead it balanced humor and drama excellently.
- Faith. Daddy Gibbs comes for Christmas. Strong episode. Arvin did the commentary for this episode on the season 7 DVDs. If you haven't watched this one with commentary, I recommend it. You will learn a lot.
- Flesh and Blood. Introduction of DiNozzo senior. Snappy and face paced episode. Again, excellent balance between humor and drama.
- Royals and Loyals. Excellent episode involving the British Royal Marines. This is one I would like to see with a commentary on the season 8 DVDs.
- Broken Arrow. The return of DiNozzo senior. There was much praise for this episode by fans when it aired.
LAST UPDATE ON 2nd December 2010, 6.39AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WRITER - JEFF VLAMING
29th November 2010
Jeff Vlaming was a producer for the first 9 episodes of season 1, and also wrote two of those episodes. Jeff Vlaming gave us (either alone or with another writer) the wonderful episodes "The Curse" and "High Seas".
Both episodes were written at a time when the show was finding it's way and looking for recurring characters. Jeff gave us two wonderful NCIS agents who were, unfortunately, never seen again. Agent Owens in "The Curse" and Stan Burley in "High Seas".
Both of these episodes are firm fan favorites, so it is a pity that they are the only ones Jeff wrote for NCIS.
Both "The Curse" and "High Seas" showed what became the hallmark of NCIS. Good solid drama leavened with wicked humor.
Jeff Vlaming added a touch of the macabre to his scripts. The mummy in the cargo pod in "The Curse", and the naked guy in the walk in freezer in "High Seas".
When you look at both scripts it's kind of easy to see how he has progressed to writing 22 episodes of the series "Fringe".
LAST UPDATE ON 30th November 2010, 6.36AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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