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FAMILY SECRET REVISITED
27th January 2011
This season 3 episode is something of a fan favorite I discovered after my original blog.
Most of the discussion seemed to center around Michael Weatherley's basketball skills - or lack thereof. The general consensus seemed to be that it might have been a good idea to teach Michael a few skills before shooting the scene.
The scene where Gibbs rams his point home about who is in charge of the investigation by staging a sit in in Jenny's office got lots of favorable comment. It is just so very, very Gibbsian.
I think though, that everyone (myself included), really loved the scene where Gibbs smacks himself across the back of the head. It was just so unexpected and so delightful.
I don't think I saw one piece of criticism of the episode. Everyone seemed to agree that "Family Secret" was wonderfully entertaining. NCIS at it's best.
LAST UPDATE ON 28th January 2011, 6.30AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
LEFT FOR DEAD
26th January 2011
It is really difficult to find a stand out scene in this season 1 episode. Because almost every scene stands out. "Left for Dead" is one of the best episodes of season 1.
To refresh your memory, a woman who digs herself out of a grave comes to the attention of Gibbs and the team when she talks about a bomb on a navy ship. Problem is, she has amnesia and cannot remember which ship, or even who she is.
The subplot of Tony needing a place to stay is a delightful humorous counterpoint to the intensity of the main plot. Poor Tony, no-one wants him.
The scene where Tony rings Gibbs to wake him up and we discover Gibbs has fallen asleep working on his boat, is a delight. Only Gibbs when taking a mouthful of coffee and discovering it is cold, would reheat it with what appears to be a soldering iron.
The final two scenes are the ones that really show the strengths that this, at that time, fledgling show had to offer. Jane Doe recovering her memory and blowing up herself and her boss/lover. The aftermath with Kate agonizing over her wrong decisions, Tony wanting to help, and Gibbs gently inferring he cannot do anything to help. This scene showed the strong bond the team had formed.
Small piece of trivia. Sherilyn Fenn who played the Jane Doe had worked with Mark Harmon previously. She had played Dillinger's moll opposite Mark as John Dillinger.
"Left for Dead" had some excellent lines.
Ducky: I don't have a body.
Gibbs: Go find one, Duck.
Gibbs (imitating Kate): Her eyes, they just pleaded for help.
Tony: I love that look in a woman's eyes.
Abby: I suppose you want to know what chastity belt this opens?
Gibbs: Do I look like DiNozzo?
Gibbs: I love to hear that word out of your dark lips, Abs.
Tony: She woke up from a dirt nap in Rock Creek Park and did a Dracula.
Gibbs: Have you ever made a mistake, Tony?
Tony: According to you or me?
Gibbs: Did anyone make you feel better?
Gibbs: My door's unlocked.
Tony: I know.
LAST UPDATE ON 27th January 2011, 6.19AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
JIMMY PALMER & MICHELLE LEE
24th January 2011
This has got to be one of the weirdest relationships in NCIS history. The lawyer agent who can't shoot and the autopsy gremlin. Not a match made in Heaven by a long shot.
It is one relationship that I have never been a handle on. Yes, I know that is was explained that Michelle was using sex with Jimmy as a cover for her various nefarious activities around NCIS. This gives an excellent cover for her being in the wrong building, but does not explain the heavy duty bonking that went on in autopsy and the back of the incident response van!
I think what puzzles me about the relationship is that neither character is what you would classify as a risk-taker. Both coast along in life, not prepared to reach out too far in case they fall. Psychologically speaking, however, people who indulge in sexual activity in public or semi-public places tend to be risk-takers of massive proportions. Half of the thrill for these people is the possibility of being caught in the act. Think about the number of people who get caught joining the "Mile High Club" for example. These people have aggressive, in your face personalities. Something that neither Jimmy or Michelle have/had.
Because there was nothing to the relationship except physicality, it soon palled. Jimmy broke it off, feeling used. He realized just how used during the events of "Cloak/Dagger".
Never a relationship designed for longevity, it was a relief for everyone when it ended.
LAST UPDATE ON 25th January 2011, 6.40AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS & ZIVA IN "REUNION"
23rd January 2011
Some of the most emotional interaction between these two characters occurs in "Reunion". The team have rescued Ziva from captivity and she is back in the NCIS fold.
On her return to the USA, the first person Ziva feels the need to explain herself to is Gibbs. She visits him at his home, clearly unsure of her welcome. Ziva: Hello, Gibbs. The door was open. Gibbs: It usually is.
She has brought him a gift. A chisel. The sort of gift she knows he will appreciate. The gift is not for rescuing her, but for leaving her in Israel. Ziva has had a long time to think, and she knows Gibbs was right to leave her behind, even though, initially, she felt betrayed by his actions.
Gibbs knows Ziva is waffling and skirting the issue of not trusting Tony. Ziva only obliquely refers to it: I had forgotten who I can trust. Leaving for a crime scene, Gibbs tells her: You need to talk to Leon Vance. I've told him to expect you. He's not the only one you need to talk to. As per usual, Gibbs has smoothed the way for one of his own.
There is no other interaction between them until towards the end. Ziva is once more in Gibbs basement. She knows there is something wrong. That Gibbs has pulled back from her. Gibbs raises the specter of Ari. Gibbs: You had orders to kill your brother to earn my trust.
At this point, Ziva almost breaks down, in a way she didn't do after her rescue. Ziva: Eli is all but dead to me. And the closest thing I have to a father is accusing me.
Gibbs accepts Ziva's story, but curiously, does not hug the distressed Ziva. Something he would have done in the past had the situation warranted it. Clearly Gibbs still has some reservations at this point.
LAST UPDATE ON 24th January 2011, 6.40AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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