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16th March 2010
I must admit I was worried about this episode. The build up to TIVA-overload almost made me decide not to watch the episode. However, I have a solemn duty to watch every NCIS episode at least once so I watched. I am glad I did. Fast paced, snappy dialogue and quirky plot devices made Jet Lag an excellent addition to the canon.
Tony and Ziva go to Paris to escort a whistle-blower home, meanwhile a murder in Washington D.C. being investigated by Gibbs and McGee has links to the whistle-blower.
No really stand out scenes, but many great moments. It was terrific to see the warm banter between Ducky and Gibbs reassert itself. This feature has been sadly lacking through a lot of season 7.
Two quirky plot devices delighted me. The use of kitty litter to kill the smell of decomposition. Interesting idea. Also saturating the pillow with peanut dust to kill the whistle-blower who had a severe peanut allergy. Not sure that either would work, but I love the concepts.
I love the character of Holly Snow. This lady has zing. There is way more sexual attraction between Holly Snow and Gibbs than there is between Margaret Allison Hart and Gibbs. The scenes in the interrogation room fairly sizzled. The look on Gibbs' face where Holly purred "You like it rough, don't you?" was wonderful. I am very much looking forward to seeing Holly Snow again in the episode Guilty Pleasure. The only thing that makes me hesitate at the idea of Gibbs and Snow is the inevitable comparisons that will be made to Grissom and Lady Heather in CSI.
As for the much heralded TIVA, sorry, but I didn't see it. All I saw was the usually bantering and one-up-manship that the two characters always indulge in. So they had to share a hotel room. Whoopee. I have a newsflash for you. Sharing a hotel room with a member of the opposite sex doesn't mean you have to engage in unreconstructed nookie.
Jet Lag did give us some memorable lines.
Gibbs: Grab your stuff McGee, we're going on a trip of our own.
Vance: Somewhere exotic?
Gibbs: Yeah. Downtown.
Ziva: Tony prefers Bambi. Where the mother dies.
Ducky: It's been a long time since I've been to Paris....or to the theater.
Gibbs: You asking me on a date, Duck?
Ziva: Plastic silverware is not a safe as you think. I once killed a man with a credit card.
Tony: Merci beau-coup. Live Long and Prosper.
McGee: Did you hit your shoulder?
Gibbs: No. The car did, McGee.
LAST UPDATE ON 17th March 2010, 6.26AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
TO TAKE PART OR NOT TO TAKE PART
Beware the Ides of March. The quote seemed appropriate given the title of my blog entry today. I may not have written too many blogs of late, but that doesn't mean to say I'm not around or impervious to what's going on, quite the opposite. Some times it's good to take a step back a look on from the ringside to see who fights clean and who swings kidney punches whenever they think the referee isn't looking.
As a matter of statistical interest we have gone from 5000 members in July to just over 7500 in this last week, i.e. some 5000 members have joined in the last 12 months, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if we surpassed the 8000 mark before the end of the season.
Yet, despite this enormous influx of new members participation, in terms of regular participation remains in the hands of a mere 15 or 20 people excluding Mods. I'm hopeless when it comes to figures and maths but even I know that is an extremely small percentage in comparison to membership numbers.
This is particularly unnerving considering this is a site, which can boast a large number of activities for its members, ranging from discussion threads to fan fiction, to episode detail completion in one of several languages. I know there are now more than a few Spanish speaking members here, yet nobody is willing to translate the episodes except myself - and I know I'm way behind, but I translate into English not out of, although of course, they could be direct summaries in Spanish; plus the time factor. In German, there are only a couple of members who actually do any work there, and I know this is not a small group, same goes for French and to lesser extent Italian.
We have regular polls - not weekly I know, because when I've changed weekly the numbers of people voting is minimal, regardless of the topic.
Then of course we have other members at the other end of the scale who seemingly over-participate, which is not really the case, but of course when you see the same half dozen participating day in day out that's the impression you get.
I know this is not the first time I've soapboxed this problem, and it probably won't be the last until I can spur more people on to take part.
I realise some people may be shy, but hey! we're all anonymous here, so really shyness shouldn't come into it.
You don't like taking part in discussions, then you can perhaps create some fan art, perhaps write a story, answer anyone of our opinion pages, complete the music page, etc.
And just one further rant before I finish. Recently it's come to my attention that there are people on here who have no qualms whatsoever about going in and altering the fiction works of some writers here, and not precisly in an effort to improve spelling and grammar but to continue the story - this is a violation of copyright, not to mention trespassing on personal property. Same goes with the snagging of fan art to decorate profiles - where possible permission should be requested, and of course the author in question credited. It seems people are not shy when it comes to filching the artistic property of others.
Y con esto y un bizcocho se acabó lo que se dió.
LAST UPDATE ON 15th March 2010 9.00 PM - CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
GIBBS AND FRANKS
15th March 2010
The enduring friendship between the characters of Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Mike Franks is one of the heartwarming aspects of NCIS.
Mike Franks was the NIS agent who investigated the murders of Shannon and Kelly. A rough diamond in many ways, he knew that they would not get enough evidence to convict the murderer, so left the file where the grieving husband/father could read it, knowing full well just what Gunny Gibbs would do. Then, when it was all over, he turned around and brought Leroy Jethro Gibbs into the fold of NIS (later NCIS).
Both men have a lot in common. Both are strong, loyal, and will do what is necessary to get the job done. Though Gibbs is prepared to bend the rules, he never really smashes his way through them the way Mike Franks does. Mike brings me to mind of a bull in a china shop. Or the Mexican banditos in "Blazing Saddles"...to paraphrase: "Rules? We don't need no stinking rules!".
Mike Franks isn't prepared to go out of his way to assist unless it is someone he cares about. He turned Jenny down flat in Judgment Day, until she told him she thought the next target after her would be Gibbs.
Mike also has less scruples than Gibbs. He had no qualms about going through Jenny's purse. Gibbs is more likely to respect the bounds of personal privacy. Having been married four times I am sure he understands that a woman's purse is sacred soil. Touch it and you are dead!
Both men are inclined to be solitary. Though Mike less so now, with his granddaughter, daughter-in-law and her mother, living with him in Mexico.
Where they differ is attitude to life. Mike Franks is so laid back he is almost comatose. Gibbs can relax and kick back, but also needs to be doing. Mike's drinking beer, but Gibbs is mending the roof. I honestly don't think Gibbs' would have lasted living with Mike Franks in Mexico. He would have gone crazy after a couple of months. Just because you're close friends doesn't mean you can survive under the same roof.
LAST UPDATE ON 16th March 2010, 6.33AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
14th March 2010
Silver War was the episode in season 3 that introduced Ziva David as a permanent member of the team. The plot revolves around a modern corpse dressed in the uniform of a Union soldier found in a genuine Civil War era casket.
This episode has a number of good scenes. Jenny in MTAC coping with a furious Jethro, where she quotes his own rules back at him, which only increases his annoyance.
The scene in Abby's lab after she has received the NCIS Dress Code memo is very funny. As is McGee standing open mouthed watching as Abby gets changed.
Our first exposure to Ziva's driving. The entire scene is hysterically funny. To counterpoint that, there is the poignancy of the final scene in the squad room at night when Gibbs finds Ziva sitting at Kate's desk, and she hands him Kate's sketch pad that she found in the desk. Gibbs sitting there leafing through the pencil drawings is a gentle, touching moment.
Silver War has some of the best lines of season 3.
Ziva: I stand corrected. It appears he didn't know. I feel like a donkey's butt.
McGee: Donkey's butt?
Tony: I think she means horse's ass.
Ziva: That too,
Gibbs: Oh that's real nice. Using the rules I taught you against me. Nice touch.
Jenny: I learned from the best, Jethro.
Gibbs: I trust you. You know that, but when we leave this elevator...
Ziva: I know, you start kicking my butt.
Gibbs: I. Do. No. Kick. Butt.
Ziva: I am wondering why there is a 9mm hole in my cap.
Palmer: You could always lie.
Ducky: Have you been spending time with Agent DiNozzo again?
Ziva: I don't know what I find more disturbing. Your eating habits or the fact I believe you.
Gibbs: She almost killed my entire team yesterday.
Gibbs: Driving back from a crime scene.
Tony: Remind me not to piss her off.
Gibbs: DiNozzo, you have no idea.
LAST UPDATE ON 15th March 2010, 6.27AM AEDT
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