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25th April 2010
This season 3 episode, written by Gil Grant, is a good one. To refresh your memories, a murdered petty officer is discovered by the team to have been leading a double life, but the man's dying message lead them in an entirely different direction.
"Switch" is a good, solid episode. It doesn't have many stand out scenes, but the entire episode is coherent and pacey, making for a fun episode to watch.
By far the best scene is Gibbs and Ziva in the elevator. The expression on Gibbs' face when Ziva turns the elevator off is a classic. It's a strong scene that really sets the guidelines and foundations for the strong relationship between Gibbs and Ziva throughout NCIS.
The secondary story, almost more of a running gag, of McGee being the victim of identity theft weaves well throughout the episode.
Tony drooling over the Hawaiian shirt collection was good. As was a very unhappy McGee forced to impersonate the victim and is wearing an Hawaiian shirt. McGee hates Hawaiian shirts.
And let's not forget the scared monkey throwing canned goods at Tony.
A very angry Gibbs taking Tony's cellphone and dumping it in his container of soda was a great scene too.
"Switch" has some marvelous lines as well.
Palmer: It's alright doctor, I have a merit badge in hiking.
Ducky: I have a driver's license, Mr Palmer. It doesn't mean I'm going to turn up in Indianapolis in my Morgan.
Tony: How about you kiss my highly experienced buttocks?
Ziva: Don't I even get a slap on the head?
Gibbs: Don't push it.
Ziva: Is Tony always this juvenile?
McGee: Only on days ending in day.
Tony: He's such a...
Tony & McGee: Wimp!
Gibbs: I'd hate to start smacking you like I do DiNozzo.
Abby: You wouldn't? You would!
Gibbs: It won't be on the back of the head.
Ziva: I thought I might be able to help you with that.
Abby: Do you have a degree in Forensic Science?
Ziva: No. But I'm very good at jigsaw puzzles.
LAST UPDATE ON 26th April 2010, 10.28AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
LEAST FAVORITE REGULAR CHARACTERS REVISITED
22nd April 2010
A couple of months ago I looked at the regular characters that were my least favorites. The ones whom a lack of screen time for them doesn't particularly worry me.
I got a large amount of feedback on the subject and discovered that, unlike the recurring characters, there is more spread of "least favorites" amongst the regulars. Interestingly, the only characters that NO-ONE considered to be their least favorite were Gibbs and Ducky.
Of course there were a number of people who dislike Leon Vance. That one was a given. Kate Todd had a large number of people who didn't care for her either.
Abby's brat behavior in season 6 placed her on a number of people's least favorite list.
Ziva copped a fair bit of flak too. Duchessa's description of her as 'Ninja Barbie' had me in hysterics.
Tony's sexist, childish behavior earned him a place on the least favorite list.
McGee didn't appear on the list very often, and when he did it was more a case of least interested in the character, rather than the character not actually being liked.
Thank you all for your feedback on my original blog.
LAST UPDATE ON 23rd April 2010, 6.32AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
THE UNIQUENESS OF NCIS AS A SERIES
Something which we've all heard Harmon and others members of the cast say time and time again, is that this is an ensemble series, i.e. it's about working as a team. It's also a constant to hear there is no one person more important than the other in the cast. This fact has been ratified yet again in this week's edition of the TV Guide, by Rocky Carroll, Sean Murray, Michael Weatherly and David McCallum; and I quote (sic):
- RC: 'You've got to have somebody who's actually playing and calling who can see the field. We're all part of the same team, but we've got one guy who has vision saying: 'This is where we're going'. It's not a hierarchy thing. And you can go to any set in its first season, and maybe second season, and you'll see a respect and camaraderie. But if you go back to that same set in its sixth or seventh season ....
- SM: People won't be in makeup chairs with you.
- RC: They won't do interviews together.You'd have to interview them separately.
- MW:Try running lines with them!
- RC:You wouldn't get this [group interview] for a lot of shows.
- DMcC: That's their misfortune. See what they're missing?
I think this fact alone makes this series stand out among all the rest, and perhaps others could learn from this. I say 'could' as opposed to 'can' because often something so straightforward and logical as working together on the same team, and as such aiming for the same goal, can be as difficult as trying to get blood out of a stone. For some inane reason, and I've put the word in bold to emphasise this point, is that today we have/see excessive amounts of 'diva-ism' as if the world were divided into Prima Donnas and the rest. Maybe it's always existed but today it seems to be rife, as if in order to get on people feel the need to step on others/put them down in order to stand out albeit for 15 minutes of glory. We see it among school kids, soccer teams, work mates in all fields not just in Tinsel Town. Yet there is so much more to enjoy when there is a united effort as in the case of this series, whose members deserve a standing ovation for this fact alone, and may they continue for many more years to come.
PS: Don't forget if your local newsagent has run out of copies of the latest edition of the TV Guide with this interview and photoshoot or you live outside the US. Just go to our photo gallery and click on the words 'original size' below the images to read the full interview.
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd April 2010 7.40 PM - CET
SUBMITTED BY Sorgiña
THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES...
21st April 2010
Have you ever noticed that the female NCIS characters are often more violent than their male counterparts?
Gibbs, Tony, McGee - they all seem to be able to slap the cuffs on a suspect without too much of a struggle. But the women seem to derive great pleasure by being as rough as possible.
Take Kate in "The Bone Yard" when she arrests Little Ricky. He smart mouths her, so she proceeds to whack him repeatedly against the car until he co-operates. Gibbs watches with something akin to amusement.
It must be standard practice in Mossad, because Ziva's arresting technique is just as violent. She's belted people against walls, not to mention slammed them face first into their food. In fact in the season 7 episode "Faith" you can see Tony desperately looking for a place to hide when the foul mouthed Marine makes a lewd suggestion to Ziva. Tony knows what's coming and he doesn't want to be there.
When Abby is being stalked in season 4's "Blood Bath", the men try to protect her. NCIS' women give her the means to protect herself. Primary weapons being a set of knuckle dusters and a taser!
It's not confined to NCIS either. In the season 5 episode "Identity Crisis", FBI agent Courtney Krieger shows she's as antsy as her NCIS counterparts. When the villain takes her gun and fires at Ziva, she spins him around and slams him into the open car door. By the time you see him about to be interrogated by Gibbs and Fornell, it's pretty apparent that she has broken his nose for him.
These women are dangerous!
LAST UPDATE ON 22nd April 2010, 6.20AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
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|MargyW||The Female of the Species... (page: 1 2)||20||May 8 2010, 7:22 PM EDT by Nimueh23|
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My blog today is a fun look at the propensity to violence amongst NCIS' women.
Any feedback/discussion would be great.
1 out of 1 found this valuable. Do you?
|windykat||The uniqueness of NCIS as a series||2||Apr 29 2010, 6:11 PM EDT by Det.Beckett|
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I completely agree with you Sorgina. MH has always always talked about it being an ensemble show. But I feel that it's not just the equality of all the cast, but Mark won't let others bypass the crew either. I remember from an early interview that someone said that Mark would get in line (for lunch or whatever) at the end and didn't matter if it was a cameraman, seamstress, or grip. And he has pushed the cast to be that way as well. So I think the equality of treatment extends throughout the ENTIRE show makers-cast, crew and even extras. Then everyone, cast, lighting, cameras, engineering-ALL want to do their best and not just "phone it in". And it truly shows in the quality of "product".
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