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TONY'S MENTAL HEALTH REVISITED
17th December 2009
I think I got just about the most response ever to my blog "Has Tony had an Emotional/Mental Breakdown?". It certainly caused some spirited debate, which is always good.
Opinion was divided on my premise. A lot of people agreed with me that Tony has had some form of breakdown. Det.Beckett: "...your post is very convincing as far as applying the broader term of mental breakdown to account for Tony's recent behavior." Others were equally quick to defend Tony's mental stability. HardKore71: "Tony has gone through some emotional turmoil he probably hasn't faced in his adult life and is having a hard time coping with it, but do I think he has snapped over it? Absolutely not..."
I hate to point this out, but a hard time coping with emotional turmoil is a sign of an emotional breakdown. Breakdown signifies that the coping mechanisms have failed.
I still believe Tony has had a breakdown. I also believe that we will learn many of the reasons for his behavior when the episode "Flesh and Blood" airs on 12th January 2010. Anthony DiNozzo, snr has a lot of explaining to do in regard to his parenting skills, or lack thereof. I believe that our Tony will begin to move forward after this episode. Begin to rebuild himself and move forward.
Once again, thank you to everyone who responded to the original blog.
LAST UPDATE ON 18th December 2009, 6.32Am AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
A LOOK AT THE THREE DIRECTORS
16th December 2009
NCIS' three directors have all been very different people, who each left their mark upon the agency and the people under them.
- Tom Morrow. Tom was the first director of NCIS that we met. His background was never explained to us. He is obviously a man of integrity and honesty, who has the respect of his peers, as he is able to get his own way in the face of opposition from both the Secret Service and the FBI. Tom Morrow was aware of NCIS' underdog status amongst other federal agencies. "Morrow: Did you have to slam the door in the FBI's face? Gibbs: There were more of them than us. Morrow: There is always more of them than us." This director Gibbs respects and trusts him to do the right thing by his people. It is notable that this director Gibbs treated as a superior. He addresses Tom Morrow as "sir". Tom Morrow left to take up a position as a deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security.
- Jenny Shepard. A career NCIS agent. Trained by Leroy Jethro Gibbs, later his lover, and then dumped him when he no longer fitted into her 5 year plan. Most likely a "politically correct" appointment to raise the number of positions of women in government offices. Probably made director of NCIS simply because if she failed in the role, then NCIS wasn't an agency with a high public profile and it wouldn't be a PR disaster for the government. Clearly not suited to a leadership role as she was more interested in pushing her own agenda than in the welfare of her agency. Could not delegate effectively. Could not leave Gibbs and his team to do their jobs without interference. Frankly, she was a bad choice for director. Her obsession with Rene Benoit showed her to be mentally unstable. Was gunned down in an abandoned diner in California.
- Leon Vance. A career NCIS agent. Training unknown. Was deputy director stationed at San Diego when we first met him. Had worked with Gibbs prior to becoming director of NCIS. Persuaded SecNav Phillip Davenport to give him the position, on the understanding that he would "clean up" NCIS. Had an unsteady start at NCIS due to there being a mole in NCIS and Vance not knowing whom he could trust. He has since built a solid working relationship with his most senior agent, Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Not as "hands on" as Director Shepard. Is content to allow his people to work their cases without interference. Only becomes involved when asked, or when a case has political considerations. Is proving to be a good choice for director.
LAST UPDATE ON 17th December 2009, 6.31AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WAY TO GO!!!
Last night's episode 7.10 Faith was Nº 1 just like the 9 previous episodes this season. Definitely a good way to end the year, not to mention consolidation and guarantee for the February sweeps, and another season after this. Even if as Ms. Chozik predicted n her Wall Street Journal article on Friday 11th December, that American Idol would occupy the Nº 1 position in the New Year; NCIS has already sown its seeds and held the fort without weakness on any flank, I sincerely believe this will have no effect whatsoever on our favourite series. However, I for one, would like to prove Ms. Chozik wrong, unfortunately that's not up to me but to US audiences, and the US members on this site recruiting new fans by droves over the Christmas period.
In the meantime, we must sit pretty and await the new episodes in the New Year, starting on 5th January 2010.
Y con esto y un bizcocho se acabó lo que se dió.
LAST UPDATE ON 16th December 2009 7:00 PM CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
15th December 2009
The season 3 episode "Head Case" was written by NCIS' Grand Masters George Schenck and Frank Cardea. This episode starts with the team raiding a vehicle chop shop, and the discovery of a decapitated head in the trunk of a car eventually leads to a chop shop of a totally different kind.
"Head Case" was one of the best episodes of season 3. Plenty of drama and humor in equal measure. The humor especially welcome due to the darker nature of this episode.
I loved Gibbs covering the real nature of the investigation from the widow of the man whose head they found, by claiming that he was being given menial tasks because he had annoyed the new female director. The scene where Jenny finds out about the cover story from the widow is hilarious. Even Ziva is looking for a place to hide.
Tony and McGee arguing and then Gibbs performing a double head slap was also a fun scene.
We get little snippets about some of the team in this one. We learn that Palmer loves WWF, as does Ducky's mother! That someone Ziva cared about was killed by Hamas and that their head was express delivered to Mossad. It was then that Ziva decided she would never be taken alive.
With George and Frank at the helm, there was never going to be a shortage of good lines.
Abby: Lay some tissue samples on me Duckman.
Ziva: I didn't know your nickname was Honeybuns.
Gibbs: Only Naomi and I call him that.
(After Tim gets information by hacking)'
Tony: I wonder what the penalty is for that?
Gibbs: Less than for reading your emails on my time, Honeybuns.
Tony: Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Probie?
McGee: Yeah. We've walked into an episode of X-Files.
Jenny (about Gibbs): He's like the Hope Diamond. A valuable gem, but he comes with a curse.
Abby: There's really no foreplay with you, is there Gibbs?
Gibbs: You been talking to my ex-wives again?
Ducky (re: chicken's blood): It's not an uncommon substance to find at a voodoo ritual.
Gibbs: Or at a KFC.
Tony: Hi Boss. I was just about to call you.
Gibbs: What a coincidence. I was just about to put my boot up your...
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Today's blog entry is on the season 3 episode "Head Case".
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