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GIBBS AND FORNELL IN "IDENTITY CRISIS"
10th January 2011
My first blog for 2011. I trust you all had a nice break over the festive season.
Today I thought I'd take a look at the interactions between Gibbs and Fornell in the season 5 episode "Identity Crisis".
To refresh your memory, a cadaver Ducky is using as a teaching aid turns out to be the corpse of a murder victim that slipped through the cracks. When he was alive, the victim had been working with the FBI to find a man who created new identities for people as well as totally erasing their past one.
When Gibbs doesn't hear from Fornell over the case, he goes to his office. He finds Fornell in very changed circumstances from the last time they met. Fornell is more boss than agent. His spacious office has almost every single inch covered in files. Fornell: The world's on my shoulders, Gibbs. Gibbs: A world made of paper!
When Fornell discovers his junior agent has ever so slightly mucked things up, he comes out of the office, and back into harness with Gibbs. As per usual, they partner up leaving their junior agents to work together. Gibbs: The door? Fornell: Allow me. (kicks in the door).
This episode is one where we really see just how well these two men work together. The new incarnation of Kolkani aka The Eraser tries to kill FBI Special Agent Courtney Krieger and Ziva. In interrogation, Gibbs and Fornell bring a heightened sense of impending violence to the proceedings. Gibbs: The worst mistake you made? Fornell: You tried to shoot our agents. Gibbs takes Fornell's coat and drapes it over the security camera. Fornell rolls up his sleeves. Both men move towards Kolkani and slam him into his seat. You can almost smell the young man's fear.
These men know each other. Each knows the other won't go too far. Each knows the art of interrogation. Together they are a formidable force.
LAST UPDATE ON 11th January 2011, 6.30AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
DEVOLUTION OF JENNIFER SHEPARD
21st December 2010
Of all the characters that were poorly conceived and poorly handled, Jenny Shepard had to be the worst.
Brought in at the beginning of season 3 as the new director, and having a history with Gibbs, I initially thought the character was going to be interesting and good for the show. To my horror, I was rapidly proved wrong.
It became quickly obvious that Donald Bellasario had designed the character to be adversarial for Gibbs, and as such, it immediately undermined the character's position as director. When underling and boss face off, underling has to lose. If he/she doesn't, then the boss immediately loses ground and respect from other underlings. So Jenny's course of devolution was set from the first moment she was introduced.
By the end of season 3 Jenny was already becoming a train wreck. Gibbs is badly injured and, instead of thinking of his health, immediately throws her weight around to get admittance to his hospital room. Something Tom Morrow would never have done.
Season 4 and the rot really set in. Jenny is fixated on La Grenouille and is out to get him at all costs. We learn everything she has done at NCIS has had one end in mind. To become Director so she could pursue her own agenda.
By the season 5 premiere we think Tony is dead, and it's apparent that Jenny couldn't care less! Her reactions and attitude in "Bury Your Dead" said that loud and clear.
I have previously described the character of Jenny as 'psycho nutbag chick' which I honestly believe she became. It also became apparent to me that to save NCIS the character of Jenny had to be killed off. There was no believable manner to write the character out, except maybe dragged off frothing at the mouth wearing one of those dinky white coats with buckles on the back! Not a good look for the director of NCIS. So death it had to be.
Jenny Shepard had the potential to be so much more than she was, if only a little more thought had gone into the initial setting up of the character and motivations.
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd December 2010, 6.50AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WHY NO AWARDS?
20th December 2010
It's awards season again in Hollywood, and, once again, NCIS has been stiffed. The nominations for both the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards came out last week, with neither NCIS or its stars anywhere to be seen in the lists. How do they justify leaving the top rating, number one scripted drama out of their nominations? They can't.
To me it is glaring obviously that the various Hollywood academies have a leftist agenda. They won't give NCIS or its stars the recognition they deserve because in their tiny little minds NCIS glorifies war. In the words of South Park, it's all a load of tree hugging hippy crap. Or Taliban hugging, in this case.
I have news for them. NCIS is a crime procedural that just happens to be set in a military situation. If they watched it for a few minutes that realization might just occur to them. But then, to most of these people, television is, to paraphrase Sir Noel Coward, for appearing on, not watching.
I did have someone say to me that the violence in NCIS may have prevented it for being nominated. Sorry, but I don't buy into that line. There is more blood in five minutes of Dexter than there is in 45 minutes of NCIS. No need for me to mention that Dexter got nominations, is there?
It is interesting that the awards that are voted for by the viewers have no such agenda. Both NCIS and Mark Harmon have been nominated for People's Choice Awards. NCIS also won Best Procedural of 2010 in an online award run by a television site.
According to Shane Brennan, Mark Harmon has said that Bob Newhart should get an Emmy for his performance in an upcoming episode of NCIS. Sorry Mark, but with the massive anti-NCIS agenda obviously circulating in Hollywood, I've got more chance of winning the lottery than Mr Newhart has of winning an Emmy for his performance. Of course, I hope I'm wrong.
LAST UPDATE ON 21st December 2010, 6.35AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND VANCE IN "ENDGAME"
19th December 2010
In this episode of NCIS we get to see just how strong the relationship between Gibbs and Vance has become. Vance is under the gun, with a North Korean assassin loose in Washington, DC, possibly after both him and his family.
Gibbs is Vance's pillar of strength in the episode.
Gibbs knows something is wrong when Vance turns up at a crime scene. Something he has not done since becoming Director of NCIS. Vance tells the team a little about Kai, then leaves.
Gibbs goes to Vance's office. He coaxes the full story out of Vance. Angry, and afraid for his family, Vance doesn't take much encouragement to talk to Gibbs. Gibbs: Keep talking, Leon. Just keep talking. I want it all. The entire background of Vance and Kai comes out, including the unspoken weight of guilt at his partner's death at Kai's hands. All of this Vance confides to Gibbs.
It is Gibbs that takes control of the security detail when Kai shows up at Vance's house.
Vance struggles against accepting help and security from his own people. He wants to fight this alone. Gibbs understands this. The need to protect your people by keeping them clear of the situation. This understanding allows Gibbs to get through to Leon on a level I don't think another agent could have managed.
Gibbs instinctively grasps the fact that Vance is the one constant in Kai's life. He understands this even before he goes to talk to Ducky about the situation.
When Kai is killed by Jackie Vance, it is Gibbs' team that swings into action. As always, Gibbs has got Vance's back.
LAST UPDATE ON 20th December 2010, 6.35AM AEDT
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