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16th May 2010
This season 6 episode is one of my all time favorites. To refresh your memory, a bank on Quantico base is robbed, but the robbery turns out not to be exactly what it seems.
This episode introduced baby agent Dwayne Wilson. Good looking and likable, his one outing made him something of a fan favorite. I, for one, have been hoping for his return ever since. How about in season 8, guys? *looks hopefully at writers*
The scene in the break room with Tony and the vending machine is a classic. Especially when Vance walks in and catches him.
This episode also has a couple of classic Gibbs and Vance scenes. One where Gibbs is objecting to being given a baby agent, and right at the end where he is gently supporting Wilson as an agent. Actually, I found the whole Gibbs/Vance dynamic very interesting in the episode. It was subtly done, but to me it very much appeared that Vance foisted a baby agent on Gibbs and made him do an assessment of him, to get Gibbs to start trusting his judgment again after Langer. The closing scene where Gibbs places Langer's ID on the memorial wall in the bar shows that Vance's ploy has been successful.
The scenes between Tony and Dwayne in the evidence garage were excellent too. We learned Dwayne's motivation for becoming an NCIS agent. Like many people I was set wondering if the NIS agent who proved Dwayne's father innocent of murder was one Mike Franks.
Ducky and Gibbs in autopsy was also a brilliant scene. Gibbs has asked Ducky to work up a profile on Dwayne. The profile Ducky gives Gibbs is actually a profile of himself.
The scene at the cemetery is also excellent. Most notable for Dwayne's thinking outside the square to stop the bad guys getting away, then his protection of the elderly lady who would have been caught in the cross fire. The smile of approval Gibbs gives Dwayne at the end says it all.
"Collateral Damage" also has some brilliant lines.
Tony: You don't introduce them to your weird Uncle Jethro until at least the fifth date.
McGee: What kind of idiots rob a bank with thousands of Marines and half the FBI there?
Tony: Director Vance! I was just...
Vance: Explaining your theory of theft in the workplace?
Gibbs: I don't need him.
Vance: You need all the help you can get.
Tony: Rule number 13. Never, ever involve lawyers. Things are bound to turn nasty.
Ziva: If you ever want to handle anything ever again, remove your hand from my mouse.
Dwayne: Why did you become an NCIS agent?
Tony: For the guns and the babes.
Dwayne: You're kidding, right?
Ducky: Married four times. Divorced three.
Gibbs: Nice try Duck.
Tony: Nobody has teeth that white unless they have something to hide.
McGee: Tony has his own style. Sort of Dirty Harry meets Keystone Cop.
Vance: You didn't write anything.
Gibbs: Recommended. Write that.
LAST UPDATE ON 17th May 2010, 6.27AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
GIBBS AND DUCKY REVISITED
13th May 2010
I got such a good response to my original blog, that I though I would revisit the subject. Not that I need an excuse to talk about two of my favorite characters.
The piece of my original blog that caused the most discussion was my comment about Ducky not telling Gibbs about his mother's death. By far the majority of respondents agreed that this was a jarring note. Yes, Ducky's comment about being surrounded by death did mitigate the situation somewhat, but most felt that if Ducky and Gibbs were as close as they always were, then Ducky would have told Gibbs.
HardKore71 summed it up best: "But I have a hard time buying that Ducky of all people wouldn't have mentioned it to Gibbs or Abby that his beloved mum had passed. C'mon writers you couldn't have come up with anything better than that nonsense? Ducky is the only one Gibbs confides in when he has moments of doubt or inner turmoil. Ducky knows that just as he knows Gibbs will always be there for him."
Says it all, really. Thank you all for your response to my original blog.
LAST UPDATE ON 14th May 2010, 6.36AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
EVOLUTION OF TOBIAS FORNELL
12th May 2010
The character of Tobias Fornell has come a long way since we first saw him in the series premiere "Yankee White". It was obvious that the character was meant to be one time only. Sneering and snide, he was a disposable antagonist for Gibbs. But Joe Spano being the actor he is, he fleshed Fornell out so well in one appearance that TBPTB decided to keep Fornell around.
First thing was a name change. In "Yankee White" Fornell's first name is Tom. This is changed to Tobias. Possibly to avoid confusion with the other recurring character, Director of NCIS, Tom Morrow.
Throughout season 1 the character is in a adversarial role to NCIS. If someone is going to queer NCIS' pitch, it will be FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell. He seems to delight in it. Fornell especially delights in taking digs at Kate Todd.
By season 2 things have changed. Fornell is now Gibbs "best enemy". "You're the closest thing I have to a friend", Fornell tells Gibbs in "The Bone Yard".
By this point, Fornell's character has evolved so that we see him, not an an irritant to NCIS, but a man dedicated to his job and to his country. He is no longer the opposite of Gibbs, but in character very much like him. So much like him that they have even been married to the same woman.
Fornell has become more introspective. In "Nine Lives" he agonizes to Gibbs over the murder of Azzari by Kale. He is not sure, even in his own mid, whether or not he deliberately allowed Kale to kill Azzari, or whether he just could not bring himself to shoot Kale to save Azzari. Fornell carries the weight of others deaths upon his shoulders.
One thing that has also evolved is the relationship between Fornell and Gibbs, which I blogged about earlier (link to blog). Season 7 has moved the relationship to a new level. Some have likened it to an old married couple. I see it as the sort of bickering that occurs between best friends. Fornell: It's a big deal for you, isn't it? Me driving your car. Gibbs: Why? You've already slept with my wife!
Whatever it is, the relationship between the two characters has formed a big part in the evolution of the character of Tobias Fornell.
LAST UPDATE ON 13th May 2010, 6.26AM AEST
SUBMITTED BY MargyW
11th May 2010
I have got to say that this is one of my favorite episodes of season 7. Classic NCIS with a convoluted plot and lots of humor.
The opening scene with Tony and McGee carrying on in a manner reminiscent of a lover's tiff was wonderful. Though I'm a bit worried about McGee's need to pick sprinkles off an iced do-nut.
"Guilty Pleasure" saw the return of Holly Snow. Please can we have more of Ms Snow in season 8 and beyond? The on-screen chemistry between Mark Harmon and Dina Meyer sizzles. The character of Holly Snow slots in comfortably with the others. Nothing fazes her. The small scene between Holly and McGee when he asks her what her verbal shorthand meant was a delight to watch. As was the scene with Holly and DiNozzo as they are setting up the hotel room for the meeting. Also great to watch was the scene between Holly and Abby. Abby both fascinated and repelled and Holly's perfect understanding of the situation.
The scenes between Vance and Gibbs were back to their usual sparkling form. Vance's horror at Gibbs' plan to use Holly to catch a hooker, then his acceptance and finally his amusement at the whole thing. His comment as they entered MTAC to track down Holly by her anklet, literally had me collapsed with laughter.
The standout scene had to be Gibbs coming to the rescue. Shooting the lawyer (note to writers: can the next lawyer shot be Margaret Allison Hart, please?) and saving Holly's life. It was very much the classic "cavalry to the rescue at the last second" so beloved of movies.
I didn't much care for the last scene of Gibbs and Holly having dinner. It seemed very contrived and awkward and was the only dud note in the entire episode.
"Guilty Pleasure" supplied so many wonderful lines that it is difficult for me to select a just a few.
Ziva: You two are having a seven year b*tch.
Tony: You were funnier when you were fatter.
Holly: My rates have always been reasonable, Special Agent Gibbs.
Vance: You want to do what?
Gibbs: It's sex Leon. There's nothing easy about sex.
Holly: Act like you've done this before.
Tony: What makes you think I haven't done this before?
Holly: You're wearing underwear straight out of the package.
Tony: Daddy's going to make wee-wee.
(Holly, McGee & Gibbs watching on monitor)
Holly: Did he really just say that?
McGee: Yeah. That's him improvising.
Gibbs: And they say you can't make money with a Liberal Arts Degree.
Holly: Where are we going?
Gibbs: Taking you home.
Holly: Tucking me in?
Gibbs: I didn't chain her to my leg, Leon.
Vance: Why not? Other men have paid good money to do that.
Gibbs: You stay with her. Anyone tries to get in, shoot them.
Ziva: Things were hanging out? That's disgusting!
LAST UPDATE ON 12th May 2010, 6.28AM AEST
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