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20th January 2011
In this season 6 episode DiNozzo leads the team when a case from the past when he replaced Gibbs as leader comes back to haunt them. Written by David North and Steven Binder, "Bounce" was one of the best episodes of season 6.
This episode has interesting role reversal with Tony in charge and Gibbs stepping into Tony's role to a degree. It asked a lot from both Michael Weatherley and Mark Harmon, and both men gave excellent performances. Probably the best scene between them is when Tony loses the plot when it looks like Rennie has been killed. He yells at Ziva and McGee until pulled up short by Gibbs. In contrast to Tony's screaming, Gibbs' disciplining of Tony is quiet and gentle, and he handles Tony with a great deal of sensitivity. Only reverting to usual Gibbs at the end when he knows Tony has got the point. It is probably one of my favorite scenes between the two characters.
The scenes between Tony and Abby were brilliant as well. Abby not coping with changes to her routine. The two of them have quite a little comedy act going in their scenes.
The scene in the evidence garage between Palmer and Tony is a bit of a puzzler. It infers a closer relationship than what we had previously seen between the two men. I can only guess that it has it's basis in something written for an earlier episode that never actually made it to the shooting script.
"Bounce" has a number of wonderful comic scenes. Ducky and Palmer discussing Circe de Soliel. Ducky torturing Tony in autopsy with details about the corpse. Our Medical Examiner actually has quite a sadistic streak. Gibbs, Ziva and McGee betting on which interrogation technique Tony will use. Gibbs coming out of the bet $40 better off.
"Bounce" had some particularly good lines:
Tony: McGee. Say words.
Tony: Funny. When I got up this morning those last four shots seemed like a bad idea.
Gibbs: Quit while you're behind, Palmer.
Abby: I don't want to tell you what I found on there.
Tony: Yeah you do.
Abby: You know me so well.
Tony: McGee. Stroke my plumage.
Tony: I get it, McGee. He loves bunnies and raises rainbows and I put him in prison.
Tony: Boat. Bourbon. Basement. I get it now.
LAST UPDATE ON 21st January 2011, 6.40AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
TIME TO BRING BACK COURTNEY KRIEGER
19th January 2011
The season 5 episode "Identity Crisis" is one of my personal favorites. It also gave us an interesting character in junior FBI agent Courtney Krieger. Now into season 8, I think the time is right to bring Courtney back.
The character had a lot going for her. There was an attraction between her and Tony which would be interesting to explore.
More interesting was the possible friendship between her and Ziva. Ziva disliked her when they met, but by the end of the episode that dislike had evaporated somewhat. She had Courtney's telephone number and Courtney wanted Ziva to teach her how to fight.
Interesting too was that after initially earning a chewing out from her boss, Fornell, she had earned his respect and praise by the end of the episode.
In the space of one episode, this minor character went from being nervous and annoying, to calm and confident. What would the character be like now?
I would like to see that question answered by the return of FBI agent Courtney Krieger. NCIS works enough with the FBI that it would be easy enough to slip her in. Maybe even transfer her to NCIS. If Langer could do it, why not Krieger?
LAST UPDATE ON 20th January 2011, 6.27AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
DUCKY AND MCGEE
18th January 2011
While not a relationship that gets a lot of emphasis put on it, Ducky and McGee get along pretty well together.
NCIS would have a doctor or medic of some description on staff, but when McGee has a problem, he prefers to go to Ducky. In season 3's "Mind Games", I think it is, McGee get's poison ivy extremely badly. It's Ducky he goes to for help, not the agency's medical officer. He trusts Ducky not to gossip about his problem (which includes poison ivy rash in an extremely delicate place). Ducky dispenses comfort, advice, and an anecdote from his own past.
They don't usually have a lot of interaction, even at crime scenes. Though there are a couple of notable exceptions.
In "Ignition" it is Ducky who notices that McGee has more or less taken charge when the corpse is found and suggests subtly to Gibbs that it might be time to let McGee run a case. Even if he does chew McGee out for moving the corpse before he has had time to examine in.
McGee's attitude to the corpses purely as evidence, probably a defense mechanism on his part, really infuriates Ducky later in season 7. McGee is carrying the head of the corpse in a bag. Ducky goes ballistic and rips a startled McGee a new one.
Their attitudes mean that they will never be close friends, but most of the time the two of them get along quite comfortably together. It would be nice to see a storyline bringing the two men closer together, even if just for one episode.
LAST UPDATE ON 19th January 2011, 6.41AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND FRANKS IN "OUTLAWS AND INLAWS"
16th January 2011
In few episodes of NCIS is the bond between Gibbs and Franks as strong, or gets as much pressure put on it, as it does in "Outlaws and Inlaws".
When two mercenaries turn up on his beach gunning for him, Mike Franks grabs his daughter-in-law and his granddaughter and heads to Gibbs' home to keep them safe. Mike knows that his probie will do everything he can to keep Layla and Amira safe.
Gibbs is worried about Mike. He is concerned that Mike may have committed cold blooded murder. Though Mike has no concerns about Gibbs investigating him. Mike: If you're going to be investigated, it's better to be by a friend. Gibbs: Thanks for the honor.
The cover story that Mike has concocted almost fools Gibbs. Causing Gibbs a fair bit of anguish. Gibbs: You want to know who the real bad guy is here, Mike? Go look in the damn mirror. The anger and the pain in Gibbs' voice as he delivers that line to Mike is clearly apparent.
It all comes out the Mike isn't the swift reacting cowboy of the past. The mercs got the drop on him. His carefully constructed cover story and staged crime scene was to protect Layla, who killed the men who were threatening Mike and Amira. It is Gibbs who blows that story out of the water. By his memory of the past and an early case he had worked with Mike on as his probie.
The scene where Gibbs gently confronts Mike over the false story is one of the best Gibbs/Franks moments in NCIS history. Gibbs gently untangles the threads of the story, using the past case to let Mike know that he knows the truth. The relationship between the two men changes quite profoundly at this point. Mike has always considered Gibbs his probie, now you see the realization in Mike's eyes that Gibbs will never be his probie again, but will always be his friend.
LAST UPDATE ON 17th January 2011, 7.10AM AEDT
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