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DEAD AND UNBURIED
21st March 2010
I had forgotten just how good this season 4 episode was. A missing Marine's body is found in a vacant house after he was deployed to Iraq but never showed up for duty. It turns out the Marine in question was wooing and fleecing willing women. As more and more women come out of the woodwork, the team has quite a task ahead of them to find out exactly what happened.
This episode had several excellent scenes. One of my personal favorites would have to be Ducky giving a lecture on carpet, then coming out with the classic line "Personally, I prefer a good shag." The expressions on the faces of Gibbs, Tony and Palmer are hysterical.
Gibbs breaking up a cat fight in the squad room between two of the dead Marine's fiances was funny to watch. Even funny was McGee filming it on his cellphone and showing it to Abby. The horrified expressions on their faces when Gibbs catches them made it funnier still.
Gibbs making Tim strip off his bloodstained shirt as evidence. Ziva leaning back in her chair and eying McGee in a manner best described as lustful. Tony's jealously which results in him stripping of his shirt to give to McGee to wear. Ziva hardly says a word the entire scene. She doesn't need too. Her face says it all.
The most powerful scene, however, is Ducky in the squad room forcing a confession out of the husband of the dead Marine's married lover. Probably one of the best Ducky scenes ever.
As befits such an exceptionally good episode, the lines were exceptionally good as well.
Ziva: You shouldn't have licked your chops like a hungry wolf.
Tony: McGee and I watched the sunrise together. It was very Brokeback Mountain.
Gibbs: How long to put on a clean shirt?
McGee: Ten seconds. Longer with buttons.
Abby: You shaved your mustache. I liked you with a little hair on your face.
Gibbs: I still have my eyebrows.
Ducky: We're looking at a baseball bat or golf club, possibly wielded by a disgruntled female.
Jenny: Two fiances. Is that a Marine thing?
Gibbs: Oooooo. That's need to know too.
Ziva: Tony just put his hand in another man's pocket and it made him very happy.
Ziva: Just like the Chippendales. Without the bowties or muscles.
Ziva: Can Gibbs arrest God?
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd March 2010, 6.31AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
JETHRO AND JACKSON
20th March 2010
We first met Jethro's father Jackson Gibbs in the season 6 episode "Heartland". Jackson Gibbs immediately struck a chord with fans. Jackson is hurt by his son turning his back on him. He shows his hurt by less than subtle attempts to undermine Jethro's authority with his team. Belittling Jethro in front of McGee and Ziva when McGee calls Jethro "boss".
Jethro's own hurt is also to the forefront. The bitterness as he remembers Jackson turning up at Shannon & Kelly's funeral with a date.
Yet Jackson still loves his son deeply. Witness him having fixed up the old car that was Jethro's pride and joy, and then giving him the car at the end of "Heartland". This is the point where you know reconciliation is a possibility.
Jethro reaches out in the season 6 Christmas episode "Silent Night". At the end of the episode he calls Jackson to wish him Merry Christmas.
By the next Christmas, things have progressed to the point where Jackson comes to stay with Jethro for the holiday. Even though Jethro isn't sure his father will accept the invitation. When Jackson does come, he nearly drives Jethro insane in the squad room. Jethro doesn't realize that his father isn't a loner like him. Jackson needs company where Jethro does not.
Jackson's behavior worries Jethro to the point where he asks Ducky to evaluate him. Then contacts the sheriff of Stillwater to found out what happened to his father. The scene in "Faith" where Jethro reaches out and places his hand on his father's shoulder in a gesture of comfort tells you that this relationship is repairable. Father and son are going to make it.
LAST UPDATE ON 21st March 2010, 11.10AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
MIND GAMES REVISITED
18th March 2010
My blog on the season 3 episode "Mind Games" struck a chord with readers. Everyone who responded loved the episode. For many people it is one of their all time favorite NCIS episodes. As it is one of mine.
A number of people commented that it was a great buffer episode between the events of Kill Ari and Ziva becoming a member of the team.
This episode did something that the majority of NCIS episodes don't do. It drew a line in the sand that said this side good; that side evil. Team Evil being represented by serial killer Kyle Boone. No-one was reluctant to admit that this character often scared them during the course of the episode. HardKore71 commented..."The parts that really freaked me out are when Gibbs was looking at Boone through the plasma and Boone turns and looks up at the camera with that evil knowing glance that Gibbs is watching him. And the scene where Abby walks into the observation room in interrogation telling Gibbs she wants to see what the monster looks like and Gibbs quietly replying "Have you seen the pictures?" "
For me, I think the scariest Boone moment was right at the end. When the calculating, sneering persona becomes unraveled, when Boone sees Paula Cassidy is alive and realizes his elaborate machinations have failed and he is going to be executed. When I think of "Mind Games" that is the scene that immediately springs to my mind.
My thanks to everyone who took part in the original discussions.
LAST UPDATE ON 19th March 2010, 6.26AM AEDT
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
EVOLUTION OF TIMOTHY MCGEE
17th March 2010
Tim McGee would have to be one of the characters with the most growth throughout the series.
When we meet McGee he is a gauche young agent based at Norfolk. Nervous. Unsure of himself. Calls Tony sir! Even in the introductory episode "Sub Rosa" we discover McGee has hidden depths. He and Abby hit it off immediately when they speak on the telephone. Young McGee going so far as to get a tatt on his butt to impress Abby.
When McGee transfers to headquarters we really begin to see changes. He is still very nervous and unsure of himself. The bullying from Tony and from a lesser extent from Kate, doesn't help his confidence at all. McGee bumbles his way through season 2 very much the team's klutzy comic relief.
Things change with the death of Kate and the arrival of Ziva at the start of season 3. Tim no longer sees himself as the new kid and his confidence begins to grow. Slowly at first, and with some backsliding, Tim begins to mature. "Twisted Sister" shows us the strength and loyalty that lie at the core of Timothy McGee.
Tim gains more confidence too, when he becomes a published author. This is something he can do which Tony cannot. Tony is the yardstick that Tim measures himself by.
The real quantum leap for McGee comes in the season 6 episode "Caged". Held hostage in a woman's prison where a guard has been murdered, Tim takes control of the situation and saves the day. Real confidence has been born in him. He does not need anyone to protect him anymore. As Tony says at the end of this episode "Who would have thought McGee would grow a pair inside a woman's prison?"
Through out the rest of season 6 McGee grew to maturity as a field agent. Season 7's "Truth or Consequences" saw him a part of the elaborate plan to rescue Ziva from terrorists in Somalia. By this point Tim has stopped comparing himself to Tony and is comfortable within his own skin.
LAST UPDATE ON 18th March 2010, 6.32AM AEDT
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