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DAVID MCCALLUM AS DR "DUCKY" MALLARD
13th March 2010
When I heard that veteran actor David McCallum was to be part of "NCIS", I knew that this series was going to be something special. I first came across David McCallum in reruns of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and fell totally in love with Illya Kuryakin. My elderly mother finds it vastly amusing that my two pin ups are together in my favorite TV show. At one point in my teens my bedroom wall was covered in pictures of David as Illya Kuryakin and Mark as Bobby Caldwell!
David has had a long and distinguished career. From a small part in "A Night To Remember", about the sinking of the Titanic, to playing Judas Iscariot in "The Greatest Story Ever Told", to Ducky Mallard in "NCIS". David McCallum has captivated several generations with his talent. Apart from Illya Kuryakin and Ducky, I adored David in an English children's series called "Sapphire and Steel", playing a sort of elemental spirit engaged in repairing tears in the space/time continuum.
David brings that wealth of experience with him to "NCIS". In Ducky Mallard, David has created probably his most loved character. Though according to an interview I saw done early in "NCIS", apparently Mark was really excited to meet him and burbled about how excited he was to be working with "Illya Kuryakin", much to David's amazement. So maybe I should say that Ducky Mallard and Illya Kuryakin are equally as loved.
David's talent and the warmth that he has endowed Ducky with have assured him of another generation of devoted admirers.
LAST UPDATE ON 14th March 2010, 10.47AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
FAVORITE EPISODES OF SEASON 2 REVISITED
11th March 2010
Time to take a look at the episodes of season 2 that resonated with you. When I did my blog on the subject a couple of months ago, I got some pretty good response.
Five episodes got the nod as favorites. Two were 'Doppelganger' and 'Chained'. However, there were three episodes that got the most response, so I am sure I can say with out fear of contradiction that the three favorite episodes of season 2 are:
The Bone Yard: The fake suicide of Fornell has made this episode an all time fan favorite.
Call of Silence. Probably one of the most beautiful episodes of NCIS ever made. The two scenes most frequently mentioned are Kate and Cpl Yost dancing in the squad room, and the scene in interrogation where Gibbs is striking sulfur matches to recreate the sense of Iwa Jima.
SWAK. Apart from the the beautiful scene where Kate walks out of the isolation chamber and into Ducky's arms and begins to cry, the appeal of this episode really boils down to one scene. The scene in the showers. Ummmm, do you think we could possible have another one?
LAST UPDATE ON 12th March 2010, 6.25AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND DUCKY - EXAMINATION OF A FRIENDSHIP
10th March 2010
The oldest established friendship on NCIS is that between Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Dr Donald "Ducky" Mallard. It has been intimated that they have been friends since Gibbs joined NCIS. Not that I think that is correct. Seeing as Ducky didn't know about Shannon and Kelly. If Ducky had been with NIS (as it was) at the time, he would have known the circumstances that brought Jethro into NCIS.
Their friendship is warm and close. However, there are a few cracks in it. After the season 4 episode "Driven" where Ducky apologized for his treatment of Gibbs and Gibbs apologized for not confiding in Ducky, the small cracks began to show.
Gibbs is unaware that Ducky and Jordan Hampton are close friends. In "Broken Bird" he gets a shock when he goes to Ducky's home and finds Jordan there. Then in "Double Identity" Ducky doesn't even tell Gibbs that his mother died! This obviously isn't the monolithic friendship we all thought it was. I cannot conceive of not telling my closest friends when my mother dies. I'll both want and need their support when that happens.
We can perhaps cut Ducky some slack, with the worry over his mother, but there is now an edginess to the friendship that I don't like. In "Faith" Ducky is brusque to the point of rudeness at Gibbs' home. "Nothing personal, Jethro, but I don't think he came for your uplifting Christmas cheer. Martha Stewart you're not." The line was amusing, but the delivery wasn't lighthearted. It was almost cold. Again, we could blame that on worry about his mother, as only two episodes later we learn she is dying. It is human nature to lash out at those closest to us when we are worried and afraid.
Perhaps now that Ducky's mother has passed on, the wonderful friendship between Ducky and Gibbs will come back to being what it was. I certainly hope so.
LAST UPDATE ON 6.28AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
FLESH AND BLOOD
9th March 2010
Written by the team of George Schenck and Frank Cardea, "Flesh and Blood" is the 150th episode of NCIS. There is an assassination attempt on a Saudi prince, and it looks like the father of Tony DiNozzo is mixed up in it somehow. Or is he in town for another reason?
This episode would have to be one of the best episodes of season 7. Michael Weatherly worked brilliantly with Robert Wagner who played Anthony DiNozzo, Snr. I personally believe that Michael's performance in this episode is even better than the one he turned in in the season opener "Truth or Consequences". The scene in the hotel restaurant, with Tony's anger and bitterness spilling out, was riveting.
Two more equally powerful scenes were Tony and Gibbs in MTAC, and the final scene with Tony at Gibbs home. I loved the fact that Gibbs knows Tony so well that he knew that it was Tony who had paid his father's hotel bill and the airline ticket.
I was a little disappointed in the scene in the conference room between Gibbs and DiNozzo Snr. Mark's performance was tight and brilliant. I'm afraid Robert Wagner was lacking a bit of emotional power to me. I was comparing his performance, perhaps unfairly, with Ralph Waite's brilliance as Jackson Gibbs. Robert Wagner didn't make me feel what I felt I should be feeling in that scene. The raw pain Anthony DiNozzo, Snr must have felt at being criticized by the man who, deep down, he knows his son would prefer was his real father. To be honest, I got nothing from Robert Wagner in that scene at all.
However, that was the only disappointment in an otherwise great episode. Had to love the return of the word 'hinky'. I have to admit I was missing it. Sort of signaled a return of the old Abby. Loved the flirting between her and McGee in her lab.
Of course, with Schenck and Cardea writing, there were many excellent lines.
Ducky: Now if the explosion had knocked his socks off that would have been something, wouldn't it?
Ziva: Prince Sayif is an overbearing, sexist, gold plated pain in the tush!
Abby: I got something.
McGee: So have I.
Abby: What have you got?
McGee (with a smirk): Show me yours first!
Tony: I'm flashing back. Boarding school. The Headmaster wants to talk to my dad.
Gibbs: Tony likes to hide behind the face of a clown, but he's the best young agent I've ever worked with.
DiNozzo Senior: I should tell you to piss off, but Junior thinks the world of you, so I'll keep this civil.
DiNozzo Senior: I love you, Anthony. I love you.
LAST UPDATE ON 10th March 2010, 6.31AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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One of my favorite moments in the series was when Gibbs was asked what Dr. Mallard looked like when he was young and he replies ?He looks just like "Illya Kuryakin". Does any one know which episode I'm refering to?
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