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SHOW DIRECTOR TONY WHARMBY
5th May 2010
Tony Wharmby joined the NCIS production team as a director in season 5. Since then he has directed some of the show's more memorable episodes.
- Requiem. Powerful episode with Gibbs helping a childhood friend of Kelly's. A dying Gibbs sees Shannon and Kelly. Probably the most moving scene in the episode.
- Stakeout. First episode back after the Writer's strike crippled American television. Good episode with lots of humorous moments.
- Internal Affairs. One of the most important episodes of season 5. Most memorable for the smoothly flowing interrogation scenes.
- Last Man Standing. Premiere episode of season 6. We find out why the team was dramatically split up at the end of season 5. Gave us a new story arc for season 6.
- Heartland. Gibbs goes home. Probably one of the most popular episodes of all time.
- Silent Night. NCIS' first Christmas episode.
- Knockout. A Leon Vance back story to a degree. Also set up for future Vance-centric plot line(s).
- Legend: Part 1. The episode that introduced the NCIS: Los Angeles team and began the wind up to the season 6 finale.
- Semper Fidelis. The penultimate episode of season 6. In reality part one of a two part finale. Tony kills Michael Rivkin.
- Reunion. Ziva has been rescued, back in the USA, and dealing with the trauma of her captivity in Somalia.
- Outlaws and Inlaws. Probably one of the best episodes of season 7. Welcome return of Mike Franks. This episode set up the story arc that the season 7 finale appears to be based on.
- Jet Lag. The much talked about "TIVA" episode.
- Mother's Day. We meet Shannon's mother. Gibbs botches an investigation and that irritating bloody lawyer is back.
- Obsession. Russian spies, a missing reporter and an infatuated Tony.
LAST UPDATE ON 6th May 2010, 6.26AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
4th May 2010
This season 7 episode saw a return to the "old" NCIS with a strong storyline, lots of plot twists, sunken treasure, and bucket loads of humor.
A dead navy diver washes up on a Virginia beach. When Gibbs and Tony visit his house they run into agents from CGIS (Coast Guard Investigative Service). Both teams have to work together as it becomes increasingly obvious that neither team will cede jurisdiction on the case.
The opening scenes with Tony, McGee and Ziva frantically looking for the keys to the van which Tony thinks he may have dumped in the trash. His horror at the possibility of having to go dumpster diving is hilarious. Turns out Gibbs has found the keys on the elevator floor. He casually chucks them down on the squad room floor leaving Tony, McGee and Ziva to fight for possession.
There is a slightly weird note cast with Ducky walking along the beach towards to corpse singing "I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside". The same scene has Tony ribbing Jimmy about his new girlfriend and oysters as aphrodisiacs.
Abby's increasingly strange behavior is explained once we discover Caf-Pow have changed the formula.
There is a sweet scene in autopsy where Ducky is gently mourning the demise of his new relationship. She kept trying to change him and put his mother's silver in the dishwasher.
The final scene in Vance's office where he is gently ribbing Gibbs about working with CGIS is a great Vance/Gibbs scene.
"Jurisdiction" also has a lot of great lines:
Tony: I bet she has you shucking all night long.
Gibbs: Stoic? My house is stoic?
Ducky: Dead men do tell tales. Some tell more than others.
Abby: What are you doing here?
Gibbs: I work here.
Abby: Maybe I'll just keep banging my head.
Gibbs: No. Don't do that. I need what's in the head.
Tony: I envy your brain sometimes.
Gibbs: Yo Ho Ho.
Tony: It's time to walk the plank, matey. Arrggghhhh.
Ziva: You are my friend.
LAST UPDATE ON 5th May 2010, 6.21AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
MCGEE AS BOYFRIEND MATERIAL
3rd May 2010
Of all the males in NCIS, Timothy McGee is probably the best boyfriend material of the lot. Of all of them, he has had the most stable home life, even though he was a navy brat.
McGee is a gentleman. Any woman who was fortunate enough to date him would find herself gently and romantically wooed. This is a man who as well as writing novels, also writes poetry.
He's a geek. Which is good. Name me a household that isn't full of electronic gadgets these days. Once upon a time a man who was handy with tools was considered a good catch. Today it isn't so much "can he mend a fence?" as "can he tune my digital television?"
The down side to McGee as boyfriend is his uncanny ability to attract female fruit loops. Women who steal his credit cards, flaky polygraph operators, that sort of thing. This could result in a woman being stigmatized by McGee's colleagues, ie she's attracted to McGee therefore she has got to be nuts.
McGee's other downside is the torch he continues to carry for Abby. Any woman in McGee's life is going to find herself competing with Abby for McGee's attention. Though perhaps once he's in a stable relationship, that torch will be dimmed and finally extinguished.
LAST UPDATE ON 4th May 2010, 6.25AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
ONCE A HERO
2nd May 2010
In the season 4 episode written by Shane Brennan a decorated former Marine falls to his death at a hotel in Washington, DC. The team works to clean the veteran's name after they discover suspicious activity surrounding his death...including a dead girl in one of the hotel's rooms.
A good premise with a couple of very good scenes. It's a good episode of NCIS, but not a great one.
Gibbs' interrogation of the Congressional Aide, Nelson, is a very good scene. It has all the power and dramatic strength I have come to expect from the interrogation scenes.
The scene in autopsy between Ducky and Palmer with Palmer trying to distract Ducky to allow Michelle Lee to sneak out is great. Ducky's story as to why bread and water was considered a punishment was very interesting. I understand the KGB got similar results using a straight jacket and a cork, if "Riley: Ace of Spies" is to be believed.
The best sequence of the episode would have to be Michelle Lee undercover trying to get the goods on the sex trade operation.
"Once a Hero" had memorable lines.
Gibbs: Do you believe him?
Jenny: He's a politician. What do you think?
Gibbs: DiNozzo! Stop eating the evidence.
Ziva: You look run over.
Tony: You mean run down.
Ziva: You need servicing.
Jeanne: Has anyone ever told you you're an idiot?
Tony: Yeah. My boss. All the time.
Gibbs: There's more than one reason to kiss a girl.
LAST UPDATE ON 3rd May 2010, 6.18AM AEST
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