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THE BONE YARD
31st January 2010
This season 2 episode written by John C. Kelley is a perennial fan favorite, and one of my all time favorite episodes. To refresh your memory, there is a mole in the FBI feeding information to a Mafia don....and the FBI thinks it is one Tobias Fornell. Framed and arrested, Fornell commits suicide, and Gibbs is out to clear his friend's name.
A superb NCIS episode packed with humor and drama.
The best scene has to be the opening scene in the NCIS gym. Tony takes on Gibbs in the boxing ring and gets a lesson in fighting, and humility. Kate and McGee wrestle, with McGee coming off second best. Until Kate plants her foot in a very delicate part of McGee's anatomy.
The scene in the paternity clinic was hysterically funny. Kate and Tony are about as trashy as it gets, but so very, very funny.
Hard to go past the scene in the lab where Tony is declaring he threw the fight against Gibbs...and Gibbs is standing behind him. Tony tenses up, waiting for the head slap which doesn't come. Until Gibbs is leaving the lab. "It's no fun if you know it's coming."
Executive Co-Producer Chas. Floyd Johnson put in a cameo appearance as the Medical Examiner who attends Fornell's suicide.
The Bone Yard left us with one of the great unanswered questions in NCIS history. How did Gibbs and Fornell fake Fornell's suicide?
This episode is jam packed with wonderful lines.
Tony: You learn how to box in the Marines?
Gibbs: Nope. The Corps doesn't teach boxing.
Tony: Your loss.
(Gibbs then demolishes Tony in the ring)
Gibbs: They teach fighting.
Tony: What about Mr Potato Head?
Gibbs: No. He stays. With a bit of luck he'll spit on my shoes.
Kate: Looking for a chance to slap him?
Gibbs. No. Shoot him.
Gunny DeLucca: Are you deaf or nuts?
Gibbs: A bit of both.
Ducky: He means well, but I often have an urge to slap him. Is that wrong?
Gibbs: I do it all the time.
Ducky: So I noticed. But only to the back of the head.
Gibbs: A slap to the face would be humiliating.
Gibbs: McGee. What's the connection between small time hood and super computer?
McGee: I don't know.
Gibbs: Oooooh. Wrong answer.
McGee: But I'll go find out right now.
Gunny DeLucca: Is there some secret to getting on his good side?
Tony: There's no secret.
Kate: He doesn't have one.
Gibbs: Not much of a view.
Fornell: Kind of reminds me of your basement.
Gibbs: Not dark enough.
Kate: You slept with my sister.
Tony: I thought she was you.
Kate: She weighs 300 pounds!
Tony: We make a good couple, Kate.
Kate: Yeah. For the Jerry Springer Show.
Gibbs: No brothers. No uncles. My father passed years ago. I do have three ex-wives whose names and addresses I will happily pass to you. Ooooh. He hung up.
LAST UPDATE ON 1st February 2010, 6.47AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
LEAST FAVORITE EPISODES OF SEASON 1
30th January 2010
Time to look at my least favorite episodes of season 1. There is actually not too many from the season that I don't really like. And certainly none that I can't stand to watch again.
- Marine Down. Not one of my favorite episodes. I find it rather slow and boring. Though the scene on the firing range when Gibbs tapes Tony's hat and Kate's PDA to the targets is very funny.
- Bete Noire. This episode just irritates the heck out of me. Mostly because of Kate and her inability to stab Ari. It was a stupid and incredibly lame plot device.
- Split Decision. Gibbs shot at point blank range and laying "dead" on the floor had me virtually in hysterics. I then freaked totally when the "corpse" came back to life.
- Reveille. Slow, boring and frankly not a great season ender.
LAST UPDATE ON 31st January 2010, 11.10AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
In line with several discussion threads past and present here, and on other sites; it was interesting to note how certain characters always find empathy among viewers whereas others swing freely between empathy and antipathy, others simply antipathy, and lastly indifference.
To a certain extent this is a clear reflection on how we react towards people in real life. I mean take for example 2 friends you meet up with a 3rd person new to both of you, one of you will immediately feel empathy while the other will feel antipathy. It's strange because you'd expect your friends to think like you when it comes to new/other people yet it often isn't the case for any number of solid reasons or simply instinctive reaction.
Take for example, Gibbs the majority of people feel a certain empathy towards him, likewise Abby and Ducky; yet Tony and Ziva provoke extreme reactions of empathy or antipathy, leaving nobody indifferent. Hollis Mann on the other hand caused a lot antipathy among viewers, Jenny was somewhere between the 2 rather like Tony and Ziva. People are sometimes indifferent towards Ducky, McGee and Palmer, certainly there seems to be no fervent feelings of empathy or antipathy although they have their followers and detractors.
A strange case perhaps is Vance, where people began by having a lot of antipathy towards the character to then slowly and progressively change to empathetic feelings towards the character.
The same can also be said for the ships, everyone seems to accept McAbby (McGee+Abby) yet TIVA (Tony+Ziva)provokes heated debates both ways, i.e. pro and contra, others are rejected directly, e.g. Gabby (Gibbs+Abby), usually followed by the comment of it being an 'incestuous' idea, my mind is unable to grasp this latter consideration. Then again it's this difference in opinion, which makes us accept or reject certain characters and/or relationships.
However, what I fail to understand in all these debates is why the actor/actress is frequently brought into them, since all they do is portray said character, lending body and voice to a script, i.e. they and the characters are totally separate, therefore if we're debating a character and said character's relationship(s) with another character then the actor should be left out of it per se. The actor has nothing to do with any argument regarding character empathy/antipathy or 'ship' established by fans and fanfiction writers, however, weird/offensive/appealing they may seem, since the merely portrays said character for which he/she gets paid a sum of money, end of story. Another kettle of fish would be a discussion on the actor's capacity/incapacity to give a good portrayal of the character created by the scriptwriter, now that is totally separate from the character or the 'ships' formed/desired between the characters.
This entry is what comes from a brain addled by translating on pollination, high speed trains and machine-tooling :-)
Y con esto y un bizcocho se acabó lo que se dió.
LAST UPDATE ON 30th January 2010 9:05 PM CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
FAVORITE EPISODES OF SEASON 3 REVISITED
28th January 2010
Today I'll take a look at the responses to my blog on my favorite episodes of season 3. It seems that season 3 is one of the favorite seasons with fans. Yichelle pointed out that season 3 "...had the best team dynamic (IMHO) where it was genuinely funny and believable."
Apart from the ones I listed are favorites are:
- Honor Code. The mini-Gibbs stole almost everyone's heart.
- Undercovers. TIVA fans all time favorite episode.
- Frame Up. The scene with Tony interrogating himself and getting headslapped by Gibbs got quite a few mentions.
- Boxed In. Gave us glimpses into both Tony and Ziva's backgrounds.
- Hiatus I & II. This got a lot of mentions, purely for the amazing talent of Mark Harmon. Gibbs' grief left and continues to leave viewers red eyed and with lumps in their throats.
LAST UPDATE ON 29th January 2010, 6.26AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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|MargyW||The Bone Yard - Blog Entry||6||Nov 22 2010, 1:31 AM EST by AussieLinda|
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My blog entry today is on the season 2 episode The Bone Yard.
Any feedback/discussion would be great
|MargyW||Least Favorite Episodes of Season 1||16||Feb 8 2010, 8:19 AM EST by rosecake|
|Sorgiña||Character empathy/antipathy||10||Jan 31 2010, 7:57 AM EST by rosecake|
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My entry today is on the above subject my brain being addled by translation topics various and rainy weather - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
Anyhow, feedback on the topic is welcome as always.
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