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WHO COULD IT BE?
10th May 2010
We've been told that in "Patriot Down" a colleague's murder will shock the team. We know it isn't one of Team Gibbs, because we've been told it is someone we haven't seen for a while. So I thought I would draw up a short list.
- Mike Franks. Unlikely, as the production team, and Shane Brennan in particular, are not suicidal. Mike is one of the show's most popular characters and killing him off would guarantee a viewer backlash.
- Nikki Jardine. Hasn't been seen since her brief story arc in season 5. Could have been reassigned south of the border, down Mexico way.
- Cassie Yates. Hasn't been seen since season 2, from memory. Worked closely with the team in the episode "SWAK". From memory she was working a drug case at that time. Would be a logical choice to be working a drug case in Mexico.
- Stan Burley. A long shot. Was Agent Afloat in a season 1 episode. A former probie of Gibbs'. The case they worked was also a drug case. Again, could possibly have been reassigned to Mexico.
- Daniel Keating. Has not been seen since his assignment to Team Gibbs in season 6's "Last Man Standing". Another long shot. He has most likely been reassigned to the Geek Squad in the basement.
- Lara Macy. In my opinion she is the most likely murder victim. She worked the case with Gibbs suspected of killing the drug dealer. Decided it was justifiable homicide and swept it under the carpet. A logical target for the cartel.
LAST UPDATE ON 11th May 2010, 6.24AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
LEAP OF FAITH
9th May 2010
A naval officer attempting to jump is shot dead where he stands. The team must discover why someone would want a suicidal naval officer dead.
This season 5 episode introduced us to the germ-phobic Nikki Jardine. It was also a good, solid NCIS episode. Several standout scenes and the great subplot of Abby having been offered a job in the private sector.
One scene that always comes to mind with "Leap of Faith" is McGee and Tony at the psychiatrist's office. The psychiatrist finds them fighting over Tony's cellphone and mistakes them for a gay couple come for marriage counseling. The expression on McGee's face always makes me laugh.
Another stand out scene is Abby sitting at Gibbs' desk impersonating him. Until she realizes he is standing behind her and he is not impressed! You get the feeling that Abby is very close to getting the smack Gibbs threatened her with in season 3.
The scene in Abby's lab when Gibbs' suggests maybe she should take the job is terrific. The stunned reactions from the team that Gibbs would come out and say it. Oh, and Tony get two head slaps within the space of about two minutes. Not to mention getting roughly shoved out of the elevator by McGee. Poor Tony was not having a good day...and it got worse.
Thus leading to the last great scene. The chase of the murderer through the parking garage. She deliberately sends Tony over the edge, leaving him hanging on for dear life with at least a 50 foot drop beneath him. It's left to McGee, who is terrified of heights, to lean over the edge and haul Tony to safety.
"Leap of Faith" had some great lines too.
Gibbs: Want to talk to your wife?
Arnett: She left me.
Gibbs: Yeah. Been there.
Tony: She did leave him something.
Ziva: A sad statement on the state of matrimony.
Tony: No. A pink toothbrush.
Ducky: I'm fast, but I'm not that fast.
Tony: It's okay Timmy. Timmy, we're in a safe place.
McGee: NCIS. We're special agents.
Tony: Very special agents.
Jimmy: Did you hear about Abby's new job?
Ducky: Worst kept secret in NCIS.
Gibbs: Hey! Break up the dog pile. This is a murder investigation.
(Gibbs head slaps Tony)
Tony: What was that for?
Gibbs: Spreading rumors.
Tony: I love you, McGee. I promise never to give you a hard time again.
LAST UPDATE ON 10th May 2010, 6.23AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
WHY YOU LIKE MIKE FRANKS
6th May 2010
It seemed appropriate with the character of Mike Franks returning in this season's finale, to revisit the subject of why people like Mike Franks.
Everyone who responded loves the character. Det.Beckett even going so far as to pose the question "Are there actually people out there who don't like Mike Franks?" I would have to say that, based on the responses I received, the answer to that question is a resounding no.
The heart of gold that beats under that gruff exterior is what most fans like. Mike Franks may grumble and curse, but he will never let you down.
I found two exchanges of dialogue being quoted quite a lot. For many people these exchanges typified Mike Franks:
Franks: Next time you're having guests, Probie, have some Scotch in the house.
Gibbs: Ah, you couldn't sweet talk the flight attendant out of a few of those bottles?
Franks: He wasn't my type.
Franks: DiNozzo, you should have told me you were coming.
Tony: I called and you didn't pick up.
Franks: I'm not going to pick up the phone, I'm a fugitive!
Tony: So what do you want me to do?
Tony: Why would I knock? There's no lock on the door.
Franks: Someone may be on the other side with a gun.
Tony: Why would someone be standing on the other side with a gun?
Franks: Because there's no lock on the door!
I am very much looking forward to seeing Mike Franks again in "Rule Fifty One" and hopefully we will get to see Mike more than a miserable two times during season 8.
LAST UPDATE ON 7th May 2010, 6.33AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
CAST NEGOTIATIONS - SCAREMONGERING
In recent days, there have been several press articles regarding the re-negotiation of contracts of some of the cast members, which have fuelled speculations no end. I have yet to understand why people get so upset about these things. Firstly, any negotiation is a two-sided endeavour where parties will cede ground in order to reach an agreement, and given the success of the series, the cast members can logically wield more negotiating power if they wish to continue or the other party if they don't want cast member to leave. Of course, there will be people who ask too much in the same way there will be those who offer a pittance. Basically it all boils down as to whether the negotiating parties are interested in continuing their relationship.
MW (one of the cast members whose contract is up for renewal) has publicly expressed he's very optimistic about returning next season, CBS are having him attend the Monte Carlo TV Fest next month in addition to taking part in the autumn presentation of their programme schedule. This is a clear example of both parties willing to continue their business relationship, that doesn't mean to say there won't be any haggling over the negotiation table, since that goes without saying, likewise ground will be ceded on both sides to their mutual interest.
As to other members currently in limbo re. their contracts with CBS, namely SM and PP, we have yet to see, although undoubtedly 'unofficial' negotiations will have commenced long before their contracts have finished to see what's in the offing, in the assumption everyone wishes to continue or is debating on whether to continue.
Nevertheless, it has to be remembered actors are freelancers, i.e. they are not obliged to remain anywhere once their contracts have finished, and if they want out before the end then agreement must be reached with the employer. Likewise, the TV channels, producers, etc., hiring them are free to decide when to terminate a certain character for any reasons they might allege.
Just because an actor leaves a series it doesn't mean the end of their career.
Of course another feature comes into play here too, that of worrying the audience or fanhood (I think I just invented that word - LOL) by making it appear the members of a top series, in this case NCIS, are on the verge of disappearing due to channel cutbacks, and of course the media hype this up, leeches that they are, out for their drop of blood.
Logically nobody wants the main cast to change or for the series ever to end, but nothing stays still forever; and to believe everything the media says on these matters is like letting the carrion crows feed on you at their will.
So just sit back and consider matters from a logical viewpoint: NCIS is the Nº 1 series at the moment and CBS flagship - now this is a unique series in that the cast works together like a well-oiled engine or team, there are no divas, they enjoy working together, cast and crew - so we hear in all the interviews. Therefore, it's unlikely any of the main cast would wish to abandon ship at present, and MW at least has made it very clear he wishes to continue. As SM has just recently become a dad for the second time so he's less visible, but it's unlikely he wishes to leave either. PP is the unknown factor here, but again there is nothing to indicate a priori that she would be likely to leave. CBS is unlikely to wish to change major cast members because it would place their flagship series in the firing line with a series risk of losing fanhood (like this word, so I'll repeat it).
It has been commented on this site that ratings are dropping, which is true, but so are AI's ratings dropping and at a much greater rate. I'd say these rating drops are not so much a reflection of quality being lost but the fact programming tends to be dictated to by sporting and political events, causing the series and other programmes falling on the same day to be aired in fits and starts. Moreover the gap between NCIS and AI has reduced considerably; and no other programme comes anywhere near these two, so I'd say we have nowt to worry there either.
There are 3 episodes left till season 7 ends, so just sit back and enjoy; and no doubt we'll soon be hearing good news regarding cast renewals.
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LAST UPDATE ON 5th May 2010 11:45 PM CET
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My little speculation on the likely identity of the murder victim in "Patriot Down".
I welcome your feedback.
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