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9th December 2010
I got great response to my original blog on the season 5 episode "Stakeout", so I thought I'd take another look at it.
The one thing that fans really loved about this episode was the team playing practical jokes on each other. Ziva smearing boot polish on the binoculars, the Tony raising Ziva's insecurity level over how he would pay her back. Culminating in Ziva's chair collapsing. A wonderful chain of running gags that makes "Stakeout" such a delight to watch.
The fight between Tony and McGee is another that everyone loves. Prompted as it is by McGee standing up for himself when Tony is whining about his eggs not being scrambled.
"Stakeout" was lighthearted and fun, for the most part, kept within bounds by the discovery that Ducky has been running tests for someone, and that someone is terminally ill.
A well balanced episode that deservedly has a fond place in the hearts of fans.
LAST UPDATE ON 10th December 2010, 6.31Am AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
8th December 2010
Abby has gone undercover once. This was in the episode "Forced Entry" where she goes under cover as a tech at a sex website. Much amusement is gained by fans from the fact she uses the pseudonym "Miss Gibbs". Abby did a passable job. She got in, accessed the information and transmitted it to McGee.
To me, Abby really wasn't undercover. There was no complex new identity that had to stand up to heavy scrutiny. Simply a fake name and Abby does what Abby has to do.
A number of fans have been saying they want to see Abby go undercover again. I say, no, please don't do that. There are a number of reasons for this. The character isn't a field agent. She isn't trained for undercover ops and therefore would be in extreme danger. Dangerous both to herself and her control officer.
Abby is a highly trained and extremely valuable asset to NCIS as a forensic scientist. Why risk her doing something that simply isn't her field? To be blunt, field agents are almost instantly replaceable - a talented forensic scientist is not.
Lastly, sending Abby undercover could be no more than a highly contrived plot device. NCIS doesn't need that.
LAST UPDATE ON 9th December 2010, 6.28AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
SONGS FOR NCIS
7th December 2010
One thing that NCIS does well is incidental music. Perfectly selected songs that suit the mood of the scene or become part of the scene. I do have one complaint. Most of the time the music is current. Some of us aren't interested in some of the styles of music played, or know the songs or the artists. To this end I make a few suggestions, some serious, some not so, as to songs I would like to see used in NCIS, with a few suggestions as to when and how.
- Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits) - Any scene involving Gibbs and Fornell.
- Mommas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings) - Mike Franks on the loose.
- On the Road Again (Willie Nelson) - Any scene involving the team driving somewhere.
- Send the Marines (Tom Lehrer) - Any scene involving, you guessed it, the USMC.
- I am a Rock (Simon & Garfunkel) - Gibbs alone in his basement.
- Bridge over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel) - Tony and Ziva moment.
- Monster Mash (artist unknown by me) - Abby's lab.
- I'm Normal (Skyhooks) - Any time poor Tim starts to worry that he's coming across as gay.
- My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Willie Nelson) - Mike Franks again. Perhaps in a reflective moment.
- Killer Queen (Queen) - Ziva on the rampage.
- Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie) - The clock's ticking down and something's about to blow...
- Hard to be Humble (Mac Davis) - Tony preening in the mirror.
LAST UPDATE ON 8th December 2010, 6.42AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND FORNELL IN "NINE LIVES"
6th December 2010
This is the first of an on going series of blogs where I will look at inter-character relationships within specific episodes.
In "Nine Lives" NCIS have a murdered Marine on their hands and their only suspect is the Marine's former squad leader. When they finally track him down he is in the custody of Fornell, about to be the star witness in an FBI murder trial.
It is a measure of Fornell's regard for Gibbs that he is prepared to bend the rules a little. He allows Gibbs to interview the suspect, Kale, albeit only briefly and in front of him.
The one-upmanship between the two men is never far from the surface in this episode. Fornell has the upper hand, or so he believes. This is never so clear as it is in the scene in the conference room when Gibbs asks Fornell to come to NCIS. Fornell is confident and sarcastic. Fornell: Whoa. I haven't seen that look since I proposed to your ex-wife. Fornell can't resist being snide when he discovers Gibbs knows about the real FBI case. Gibbs: I did a little research on Azzari. Fornell: School paper?
There is strong empathy between them. When Fornell discovers that Kale has escaped, Gibbs doesn't waste time gloating. The two of them set out to recapture him. Even with the knowledge that Kale got away once and could have got away earlier, Fornell refuses to concede an inch. An attitude Gibbs can understand, even though he can't resist a little dig. Fornell: I stand by the word of my men. Gibbs: Maybe you should stand beside the open bathroom window.
As has happened before, Gibbs and Fornell work well together in interrogation to get the truth of Kale. It says much about how alike the two men are. Under normal circumstances, how often would NCIS and the FBI conduct joint interrogations?
When Kale realizes his lies have cost the lives of his men, he sets out for revenge. Gibbs and Fornell go all out to stop him. Though with a clear shot, Fornell cannot bring himself to shoot Kale. Nor will Gibbs take the shot. Kale guns down Azzari. Fornell kneels beside Azzari watching him die.
The real bond shows in the final scenes. The case has been a debacle, not to mention a public relations disaster for the FBI. A Mafia Don gunned down in the street, in front of television cameras, and it could possibly have been prevented. Fornell is about to be carpeted by the Director of the FBI. The elevator opens to reveal Gibbs. Not summoned by the Director, but coming to support his friend. Something Fornell acknowledges wryly. Fornell: She said you'd be here. Gibbs: Who? Fornell: Our ex-wife.
Fornell confesses to Gibbs something he would probably not say to anyone else. He doesn't know himself why he did not shoot Kale. He blames himself. Not for Azzari's death, but for the fact Kale is facing a life sentence. If he had shot to disarm him, Kale would not be facing the rest of his life behind bars. Gibbs offers what comfort he can, though it is a cold comfort. Gibbs: Kale made his decision, Tobias. He'll have to live with it. Fornell: We all will.
LAST UPDATE ON 7th December 2010, 6.43AM AEDT
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