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1st March 2011
"Freedom" by Nicole Mirante-Matthews dealt with the difficult issue of domestic violence/spousal abuse. It was handled with great sensitivity by all of the cast. Kudos to Nicole for tackling such an often misunderstood subject in only her second script for NCIS. The scenes revolving around the abuse were strong. Gibbs and Ducky discussing the abuse, and what happened to Ziva, was excellent. Ziva trying to get through to Georgia Wootten that she wasn't alone.
Two scenes stood out above the rest. Gibbs and Georgia in interrogation. Georgia tells him about reaching her breaking point. The final scene is the arrest of the bar owner, Feeney. He looks at Gibbs and says "Tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing." Gibbs cannot answer him.
The subplot of poor Tim's identity being stolen yet again, and Tony solving the case were very funny. The scene in the squad room with the blow up doll was hysterical. As was the look on Gibbs' face when he walks in and sees it. The final scene there was also making a very sharp comment. Tony identifies the thief and brings him in to confront Tim. The thief is a child and a fairly lonely one by the sound of it. He comments on Tim leaving home at 7am and not getting back until 10pm and always ordering the same takeout. When Tony goes to take the kid to a gaming shop he invites Tim. Tim starts to say he is too busy and then stops. The realization comes to Tim that he is stagnating. That he has nothing in his life except work. The episode ends with Tony, Tim and the boy in the elevator going out to have some fun. This subplot made for a great dynamic between Tony and Tim in this episode.
"Freedom" had some great lines.
Tony: Timmy's got a secret admirer?
Ziva: You know you don't wear jealousy very well. Your face goes all pinchy.
Tim: Since when did banks become so evil?
Tony: Since about the twelfth century.
Tim: My firewall hasn't been penetrated.
Tony: Lubricant helps.
Georgia: I am not a victim.
Gibbs: No. You're not. You're a survivor.
Tim: Thank you, Tony.
Tony: You know I'm here for you.
LAST UPDATE ON 2md March 2011, 6.44AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS & TONY IN "AGENT AFLOAT"
27th February 2011
The relationship between the two men is very strong in this episode. Even though for a chunk of it Gibbs is in DC and Tony aboard the USS Sea Hawk.
The end of the opening sequence when Gibbs looks sadly at Tony's vacant desk says a lot about the cohesiveness of the team. Without Tony there is a big hole in all their lives.
When Gibbs and Tony talk via MTAC, Tony's desperation to get off the Sea Hawk is palpable. Tony:...then he jumps overboard, which is what I'm going to do if I don't get off this ship soon.
Even though this blog is about Gibbs and Tony in "Agent Afloat" I have to mention Vance. Throughout this episode Gibbs is stubborn. He wants Tony back. Not some agent from the San Diego office that Vance wants to bring in. Gibbs stands his ground in the face of Vance's insistence that he select one of the two agents. Vance: Your choice. Gibbs: DiNozzo.
How much Tony has missed his boss is shown when Gibbs and Ziva arrive in Cartagena. Tony's smile is the broadest we've ever seen on his face. He is so happy to have his family near him again.
Gibbs doesn't say much to Tony throughout the episode. He doesn't need to. When it matters, he says the important things. Gibbs: Home, DiNozzo.
Even when they get back, Gibbs is still batting for his boy. Insisting to Vance that they need him in DC.
As the last phoof comes up and the closing credits begin to roll, we see Gibbs and Tony shake hands. An odd, quirky little touch, but a nice counterbalance to the strangling hug that Abby is giving Tony.
LAST UPDATE ON 28th February 2011, 6.22AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
22nd February 2011
This episode, written by Gary Glasberg, is considered by many fans to be even better than the landmark "Call of Silence". I am with the many. This episode just blew me out of the water. Bob Newhart's performance as Ducky's predecessor, Dr Walter Magnus, a brilliant M.E., now suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, was awe inspiring. Mark Harmon commented during the shooting of the episode that Bob Newhart deserved an Emmy for his performance. I agree totally. Even though I had watched the episode online, Bob Newhart's performance moved me to tears. My mom, who does not get emotionally vested in television shows, was sitting there with tears rolling down her face as well.
Gary Glasberg gave us a script that dealt with not one, but two emotive subjects. Alzheimer's and DADT. Both were handled with sensitivity and responsibility. Kudos to every single person involved in the production of the episode.
Along with the two story lines, we also had Vance dealing with the events of "Enemies Foreign/Enemies Domestic". It was a shock to see Vance on a walking stick, and to realize just how emotionally damaged he has become as well. The scenes between Vance and Gibbs in his office were magnificent to watch. Rocky Carroll and Mark Harmon have a wonderful rapport.
Another great rapport was David McCallum and Bob Newhart. Their scenes together were tremendous. The two scenes that retain the most power are the one in Abby's lab where Magnus goes almost catatonic, and the scene in autopsy when he is explaining what is wrong to Ducky.
Gary Glasberg also gave us one of the silliest, most delightful scenes in NCIS history. I refer to Tony and Gibbs singing "The Wheels on the bus go round and round". I defy any NCIS fan not to laugh out loud just at the memory of that scene.
The choice of music was also excellent. The use of Lady Antebellum's "Hello World" for the montage scene at the end was inspired.
As befitting a great episode, "Recruited" gave us some great lines.
Tony: Is Ducky in the pond yet, McGee?
Gibbs: Bringing guests to crime scenes now, Duck?
Ducky: Only ones that used to be me.
Vance: I'm on a strict diet of paperwork and painkillers.
Gibbs: Man has to enjoy his work to do it well.
Vance: It's a hell of a can of worms.
Gibbs: Well, someone's got to open it.
Vance: And it might as well be you.
Gibbs: He's still got a father. Act like one.
LAST UPDATE ON 23rd February 2011, 6.44AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
CHANNEL 10 - TOTALLY CLUELESS
21st February 2011
Here in Australia, NCIS is shown on Channel 10. Last night, they showed, yet again, that they haven't the faintest idea what they are doing with America's top rated scripted show.
Last week they decided to try and catch up as we are nearly two months behind, so as well as the regular Tuesday slot, they showed a new episode on the Monday as well. Would have helped if they had advertised it, as hardly anyone knew it was on and consequently the ratings were less than half of the usual ratings. Which says how many people actually watch Undercover Boss which usually has that slot.
So Channel 10 get their act together. Blitz advertise all weekend that there are two new episodes this week as well. Then some gold plated idiot at 10 gets cold feet. When the newspapers came out yesterday, instead of "Recruited" a repeat of "Nine Lives" is scheduled.
And Channel 10 wonder why they cop abuse from NCIS fans? I have a news flash for them. Stop treating us like morons. Oh and try advertising the show as well. Here in Melbourne the other networks advertise their top rating shows on the sides of the trams and at the tramstops. I have yet to see NCIS advertised ANYWHERE except for the newspapers, magazines and occasionally on the Herald Sun's website.
To add insult to injury, we don't even get a repeat of NCIS next Monday. They've decided to slot House into that time slot.
The lunatics are running the asylum!
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd February 2011, 6.17AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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