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ALAN J. LEVI
2nd February 2011
Alan J. Levi directed several much loved episodes of the show during season 1. Levi is a veteran Donald P. Bellasario director having worked on Battlestar Galactica, Magnum P. I., Airwolf and JAG prior to NCIS. Since then he has also directed one episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Alan was at the helm of 5 episodes including one of my all time favorites.
- Hung Out To Dry. This is the memorable one where Tony makes an unscheduled parachute jump.
- The Immortals. Internet role playing games and sabotage on the high seas.
- Eye Spy. Unauthorized use of a CIA satellite reveals a nude winter sunbather on the beach....and a murder.
- The Good Samaritan. The wonderful character of Sheriff Charlie who has the hots for Gibbs, and identical twins committing murder. What's not to like about this episode?
- The Weak Link. Probably the weakest of the episodes Levi directed. A man commits suicide by trying to make it look like an accident! There's got to be an easier way to kill yourself!
One small piece of Trivia. Alan had previously worked with David McCallum before, when he directed several episodes of The Invisible Man.
LAST UPDATE ON 3rd February 2011, 6.33AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
1st February 2011
Season 8 returned to Australian television last night after a two month hiatus. To quote the Herald Sun newspaper "Hello Sailor and Welcome Back."
I don't know whether it's the amount of time since we had a new episode, but "Broken Arrow" was brilliant. The chemistry between Michael Weatherly and Robert Wagner just keeps getting better. Every scene they had together was a delight to watch. The final scene in the hotel room with father and son finally talking showed the talents of both actors to perfection. I only hope that Robert Wagner signing to be the voice of Charlie in the new version of "Charlie's Angels" won't prevent him from making more appearances.
The chemistry between Mark Harmon and Robert Wagner bears commenting on as well. This time the characters are less adversarial and seem to share a pride in their "son". Their hotel room scene with the "Casablanca" references was another high point of an episode jam packed with high points.
Tony and McGee monitoring Ziva and DiNozzo Snr undercover. The banter between the two of them was classic. In some ways it reminded me of the van scenes in "Jack Knife". Tony wrong footed and McGee taking advantage of it. Watching McGee eat a nutter butter, however, made feel vaguely like a peeping tom!
I am a bit puzzled by all the fans who carried on about Ziva blowing her cover. Ziva did not blow her cover. It was blown for her. Two totally different things.
Got to love poor Fred from accounting. Freaking out at DiNozzo Senior's hotel bill. Then being told by Vance to pay it. All $9,000 of it!
"Broken Arrow" had some terrific lines.
McGee: We were kind of hoping to hear your version of why Tony was expelled from boarding school.
Gibbs: I think you're just enough of a conman to pull this off.
DiNozzo Senior: His actions speak louder than his lack of words.
McGee: When in doubt, try the internet.
Gibbs: I've got another agent in mind. Speaks a whole lot of languages and looks a lot better in a dress.
Tony: Get it?
DiNozzo Senior: Got it.
Tony: This is it. The beginning of the ending of my career.
McGee: Tony, I think you just got a glimpse of your next stepmother.
Admiral Chase: Does Agent David carry a weapon?
Gibbs: Agent David is a weapon.
LAST UPDATE ON 2nd February 2011, 6.36AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND MICHELLE LEE
31st January 2011
The paths of Gibbs and Michelle Lee didn't cross too much in the beginning. She came in as the team's probie when Gibbs retired to Mexico.
It was obvious Michelle was uncomfortable around him. That he made her nervous. Possibly Gibbs reminded her of a male relative. Of course nearly taking Gibbs' nose off with a misthrown knife wouldn't have helped things along either.
The fact Michelle is lawyer was a major obstacle as well. As Tony commented in "Collateral Damage", Gibbs has several rules that relate to lawyers. Mostly along the line of Shakespeare's "First thing that we do, let us kill all the lawyers."
In season 6 is when Gibbs and Michelle are thrown together by Leon. Suspicious as to which agent is a mole, Leon hands them over as a new team to Gibbs, to see if his gut will give him a clue.
When Gibbs finds out Michelle is the mole and why, he is angry that she didn't come to him when Amanda was kidnapped. I don't think Gibbs could see that Michelle was almost as afraid of him as she was of the man who had Amanda. This all leads to possible one of the most powerful moments in NCIS history. When Michelle hears through the earwig that Amanda is safe, she gives Gibbs a clear shot at the villain...through her body. Gibbs see what she is doing, understands...and hesitates. Michelle looks him straight in the eye and mouths the words "Do it." Michelle knows she is looking at life in prison at best; the death penalty at worst. A clean death at the hands of a man she now trusts is preferable, and goes some way towards redressing the balance. The moment when those bullets rip through Michelle Lee is one of the most heart stopping - EVER.
Gibbs has gained enormous respect for Michelle for her sacrifice. He takes the hardest job on himself. One that Leon should have done. He breaks the news to Amanda that Michelle is dead.
When Leon later asks him, "Michelle Lee. Hero or villain?" Gibbs simply replies, "Both."
LAST UPDATE ON 1st February 2011, 6.32AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
TONY & ABBY REVISITED
30th January 2011
I got a lot of great response to my blog and the over all relationship between Tony and Abby.
This is a relationship that has a lot of fans. It is very much a sibling relationship, but without the rivalry that existed between Tony and Kate.
Everyone has favorite Tony/Abby moments. Det.Becket: "You're like a piercing, Tony. It takes a while for the throbbing to stop and the skin to grow back."
The scene in "Internal Affairs" where Tony gives Abby a pep talk before her interrogation by Fornell:
Tony: Go in there are do what you do best.
Weatherlywatcher49 summed it up best: "...the little things between these two show their love for one another. The way Tony played with her pigtails or Abby smacked his hands when Tony played with her machines....These two are fun to watch and I hope we have more scenes with these two together in this season."
That is something we can all agree with.
LAST UPDATE ON 31st January 2011, 6.18AM AEDT
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