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Episode Review Season 9x22 - Playing With Fire
My thoughts behind the cut.

The 'calm before the storm' episode, I feel in many ways; after the previous episode when the story-line was introduced and we had the meant to be shocking ending that had been telegraphed a mile ahead of it happening, we have an episode that picks up on the major theme of the previous episode, the explosion on navy ships and terrorism and moves us forward a little bit, but in a fairly sedate way. No huge guns or major happenings, just a meander through from beginning to end. No shocks, no surprises, no edge of seat moments, nothing to go 'wow, that's amazing' and nothing to go 'argh, whom can I smack'. A very gentle meander. The most 'exciting' moment was when I dropped my pencil down the side of my reclining chair which led to J having to grovel beneath it because he could see where it had fallen - it had gone all the way through - and had I dereclined the chair it would almost certainly have squished the pencil. And of course Lacey had to help him finally get it out *g*).

There were some nice moments, team moments and pairing moments and a couple of nice sub-plots that were very in character. I didn't find anyone annoying, not in the least - and it was good to see Stan again (and even I recognised him *is very proud*.

I found the whole Ducky sub-theme over his will interesting. It was good to see more of Ducky this week than we've seen in most of this season and it was nice to actually have some relationship moments with Gibbs again - they had been sadly missing for quite some time. However, timing is everything, as they say, and if this whole will business was meant to make us concerned for Ducky's character then releasing the news yesterday that David McCallum had re-signed for two seasons really did take away any impact the whole will thing may have had, in respect of worrying about Ducky. Of course Ducky is the kind of man who would not only have a will, but would indeed keep it up to date, so really even had we not know about David McCallum I wouldn't have been worried. (But, please, please, please just make it sign for two, but there is only one - my dearest hope is that NCIS calls it a day at the end of the next season; the tenth season would be a grand time to go out. I'm just hoping that as Mark Harrmon's contract is up at the end of next season that he'll call it a day - sorry to my NCIS friends who want it to go on and on and on).

The scene at Gibbs's house was a wonderful one. I love that Ducky wants Gibbs to be his executor, because he's a close friend and he trusts him and Gibbs knows him and Ducky wants someone who cares and not just some faceless, nameless solicitor who doesn't know Ducky. And it was lovely that Gibbs said he was honoured that Ducky asked him. It was very nice touch that Ducky asked Gibbs and said he trusted him and very Ducky and very believable - who else would he want other than Gibbs?

The scene in Gibbs's house was also lovely for the bit about the tea, a nice touch to take away the heavy seriousness. And of course Ducky wants leaf tea, but dust tea and brewed properly in a teapot - lovely. The look Gibbs gave him too was priceless (so Gibbs drinks tea, that's interesting in itself). And the follow up when Ducky left a packet of real tea and a teapot on Gibbs's desk - so lovely, so perfectly Ducky and again so nice that Tony was clearly desperate to know why, but of course wouldn't get to know why.

I love the idea he has left bequests to his NCIS friends, that is always what I've thought he'd do, it makes perfect sense, because they are family. The mention for the first time since the second episode of his nephew I found bemusing. I still find it nearly impossible to believe that Ducky would not have mentioned a nephew more than twice, or at least made some reference to him having a sibling, given he talks about everything. Unless the sibling is in effect a half-sibling and either Ducky's mother or more likely father had an affair. And the bulk of his estate will be left to charity, indeed to a Marine Corps charity; as Gibbs said that's nice; really nice. The whole will thing was moving and maybe it is going to foreshadow something for the end of the next season, who knows.

I loved all the Gibbs/Ducky scenes - they were very much in character.

I also loved the wee sub-theme of Tony obsessing over what Ziva's weekend plans were and how it seemed everyone knew about them but him and how irked that made him and how much fun the others were having keeping it from him. So very well done, so very in character and of course Tony was thinking it was something far more than just a pilates weekend with her landlady - so very Tony. And his fake nonchalance when he let Ziva know he had finally found out - I do wonder which poor person he hounded or tricked into telling him.

It was also nice to see Tim in action again and not just stuck behind his desk all the time. But poor Timmy being sent on to the ship when he still suffers from sea-sickness. As much as I did love to see Tim actually doing something, I have to question why Gibbs would send him. It wasn't as if he had to send him, he could just as easily have sent Tony or Ziva, given the sea-sickness it was more than a little cruel and Gibbs isn't cruel. And it jarred a bit given how caring Gibbs was in latter scenes.

I did love that he actually snapped at Tony when Tony was teasing him in MTAC about what he'd been through and how Tony actually looked abashed. Tony does care that was obvious when the call ended and also by the look on his face when Tim did snap back at him, it would be really nice if he could for once show he cares in a caring way rather than his Tony way - but then I guess it wouldn't be Tony if he did. I loved how Gibbs waited around until Tony had gone and quietly told McGee what he should eat for the sea-sickness and also how he didn't react at all whilst Tim was throwing up, whilst Tony acted as if he was in the same room as him. A great scene and very well played by all three men - and very in character from all of them.

It was good to see Stan again and I liked the gentle flirting between him and Ziva and how he made Ziva an officer and Tony a mere enlisted man. Such fun; I loved Tony's mild jealousy of the way Stan was flirting and yet not wanting to show it and also him being somewhat miffed about Ziva being an officer whilst he was merely an enlisted way. And unlike many times in the past when something has happened he doesn't like, his reaction was nice and subtle and underplayed and so very believable. Just a mild sulk for the officer vs. enlisted thing. I thought it amusing (and a nice bit of pay back) that he was actually feeling a wee bit queasy (well more than a wee bit) and they were still in dock. I loved the little exchange between him and Ziva about if Ziva tells Tim that Tony felt sick then he'd post the photos of her in her bikini for all to see - he still keeps them and not just for leverage, I feel.

J had the code figured out almost immediately - he said it was exactly what it was. A message written in English, but then changed into Korean and thus it wouldn't make any sense at all to anyone reading Korean, because it wasn't meant to.

I thought the most chilling scene of the episode was after Tony had knocked out the bad guy and Gibbs was talking to him about evoking the Patriot Act and in effect taking away every right he may have had. It was well played out as in many ways it was underplayed, we didn't have Gibbs in full angry mode, but it was all the more chilling because of it. I also liked the fact that rather than come up with some 'I'm against war' or anything else the baddie admitted to doing it all for money. That was really well done.

And that brings us nicely to Harper Dearing. Do I think he is the bad guy? Hmmm, I'm not totally convinced at this stage that he is. I'm probably wrong, but I think that despite him being AWOL for a year that he may well be the red herring. It may even be the CEO of his company who is the real criminal. Yes, we have the whole AWOL thing and it may well turn out that Dearing is in Switzerland and the southern twang and the DNA on the envelope matching his son's and Gibbs had stuck his photo up on 'the wall', but I'm not convinced he is the master-mind behind this. I think there's more to it than that, it would be a wee bit too simple I feel if he was the bad guy - now watch me be proven wrong. But if he is the bad guy - why? What is his motive and how (if at all) is it going to be tied in with the 'Black ops' crew?

Definitely the fill-in, calm before the storm episode that really didn't advance the plot that much, but just enough to keep us interested. But instead it gave us team and pairing moments.

Actually the episode had a very family feel to it throughout, and it was far more family/team orientated than it was case related, with the Ducky and Gibbs and Ducky's will scenes and Gibbs caring about Tim and telling him what to eat for seasickness and Gibbs taking Abby and Tim coffee and Danishes and gently waking them up. And Tony being in the dark about Ziva's weekend plans. Also Tony genuinely caring about Tim, but not being able to tell him, so resorts to teasing and Tim snaps and Tony realises he's gone too far - so perfectly family. Also the reappearance of Stan, who was very much family as we know from the first episode in which he appeared.

A well balanced episode, nothing to make me jump up and down, but nothing to hate. Some very nice moments indeed - very family orientated. And also some nice pairing moments for Gibbs/Ducky and Abby/McGee in particular and a wee bit of DiNozzo/Ziva.

Favourite Scenes:
- Gibbs and Ducky in Autopsy to begin with when Ducky hides something and tells Gibbs he does have something personal he wishes to discuss with him.
- Gibbs and Abby in her lab.
- Gibbs and Ducky at Gibbs's house talking about Ducky's will.
- Tim, Ziva and Tony on the ship talking about Abby's plans for Jimmy's bachelor party.
- Tim and Abby in her lab when we learnt what Ziva's weekend plans were.
- Gibbs finding the teapot and tea leaves Ducky had left him.
- Gibbs coming in and finding Tim and Abby asleep in her lab and bringing them coffee and Danishes.
- Tony and Ziva on the ship when Tony is having a minor sulk about not being an officer.
- Gibbs and Ducky in the squad room when Ducky gives him a copy of his will and tells him how he's leaving his money.
- Gibbs and McGee in the squad room going through all the Harper Dearings.
- Scary Gibbs putting Dearing's photo up on the wall.

Things we learnt/had confirmed:
- Ducky does apparently have a nephew.
- Tony still has the photos of Ziva in her bikini.
- Ziva does pilates.
- Gibbs likes John Wayne films and knows them.
- Gibbs drinks tea!

Minor Irks:
- The mentioning again of Ducky's nephew. It does not ring true to me that he's never once mentioned a sibling in all this time, given how he's talked about his parents and everything else under the sun.
- No Jimmy.
- Tim being sent to the ship when Gibbs knows he suffers from sea-sickness.
- Abby mentioning having people work on the DNA in the lab - what lab? And why?

Pairing of the week:

Character of the week:

Actor of the week:
David McCallum

Storyline: 8.00

Enjoyment: 9.00

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aries11 From: aries11 Date: 2nd May 2012 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
I missed the first ten or fifteen minutes. The first scene I saw was Ducky and Gibbs's will scene. I thought it was very well-done. I don't blame Ducky for thinking about his future, and I thought that his decision to leave most of his money to the Marines Corps scholarship fund was a good one.

It was very nice to see Stan Burley, again. While I'm not a huge fan of S1, I did like the episode he was in. I'm also very glad he didn't die!

I think not seeing the beginning made me not really care as much about Ziva's weekend plans as Tony did! LOL. Frankly, I was more concerned about Abby's plans for Palmer's bachelor party and was slightly disappointed not to hear more about that. In fact, the lack of Palmer himself was rather irksome, too.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 2nd May 2012 13:30 (UTC) (Link)
It was a very well done will scene. They do act very well together and it was nice and the tea bit was fun. Oh, indeed - wills are vitally important. He's a good man. I'm glad he has left some bequests to the team.

I love S1 as you know - I'm very glad they didn't kill him off!

Ah, yes, I can quite understand that. I'm in two minds re: Abby's plans, I must say. I just hope she doesn't go too crazy. And yes, Jimmy should have been in the episode.
angstytimelord From: angstytimelord Date: 2nd May 2012 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
Again, I didn't bother to watch as soon as I saw that, once again, there was NO Brian Dietzen. He's been treated so shabbily by the people who run the show -- I really, really wish he'd leave this crap in the dust & get a role on a show that would treat him with the respect that he deserves.

Sounds like I missed yet another DiDouchenozzle fest. He's ruined the show for me, so I'm glad I didn't waste my time. Love McGee, but at this point, it's FAR too little, too late. NCIS has lost me as a viewer for good by treating Dietzen like shit.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:43 (UTC) (Link)
And again I didn't think you'd watch it - I really hope there is a change next season (please let it be the last) and we see more of Jimmy.

I'm really sorry the show has lost you for good - I hope you won't stop writing Tim/Jimmy.
angstytimelord From: angstytimelord Date: 3rd May 2012 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
I don't plan on watching it next season, to be honest. I don't even plan on watching the last couple of eps of this season, because I don't want to see Jimmy ruined by being married off. I'd rather just ignore the show from here on out & keep Jimmy/Tim in my little fanfic world where they can be where they belong -- WITH EACH OTHER!

Oh yeah, I'll definitely keep writing Jimmy/Tim. I love those two as a couple WAY too much not to write them!
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th May 2012 07:58 (UTC) (Link)
As you know I honestly do not think the wedding will go ahead for one reason or another.

I will be very surprised if it happens.

Oh, good.
donutsweeper From: donutsweeper Date: 2nd May 2012 16:05 (UTC) (Link)
However, timing is everything, as they say, and if this whole will business was meant to make us concerned for Ducky's character then releasing the news yesterday that David McCallum had re-signed for two seasons really did take away any impact the whole will thing may have had, in respect of worrying about Ducky

I agree completely. NCIS has *always* had crap timing when it comes to things like this. The best example is the opening of S5 when there's that OMG Tony's car blows up and the devastation in everyone's reactions, but CBS had Tony IN THE DAMNED COMMERCIALS for the episode (even the PREVIEW!) so all the US fans were spoiled and thus it took away nearly all the impact.

Overall, I found this episode boring. Not bad, just *there*

Also- who is Gibbs to decide who one of NCIS' top baddies is? And his motivational speech at the end was just horrid. *sigh*
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
I thought you'd agree re: the timing thing. I was laughable. Oh, yes, I remember you (I'm fairly sure it was you) mentioning that about Tony *shakes head*

It was definitely a 'calm before the storm' or as someone said 'calm before the squib' *g*

Maybe because Vance is away? But yes, it was more than a bit odd.
kytivafan From: kytivafan Date: 2nd May 2012 16:06 (UTC) (Link)
I loved everything about this episode!

The case is shaping up rather nicely and we got some good face time for all our characters (except for Vance who was off attending a NATO conference and Palmer who I am assuming is taking a few days off to prepare for the big day).

I think alot of shippers got some *squee* in this episode: Gibbs/Ducky, Tony/Ziva and even a tiny bit of Abby/McGee.

I thought of you during the whole Gibbs/Ducky scene - I knew you would be extremely pleased with the way that played out (as was I).
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:46 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you did.

It was pretty well balanced for the team this week - which is always nice and I was very happy to see more Ducky.

*Smiles* There were some nice moment.

Aww, thank you *Hugs* I've really missed those kinds of moments and not just with my shipper hat on, but with my friendship hat on.
amphibian8 From: amphibian8 Date: 2nd May 2012 16:14 (UTC) (Link)
This episode felt more like the previous seasons with exception of no Jimmy. I did like the Ducky scenes. I was glad to see more Abby and more McGee as well.

Although it was nice to see Stan, I still have a problem with the writers not thinking that we need more than the main characters to solve a case, although Stan really didn't do anything.

I think that Dearing may be a bad guy, but his motives may not be evil. I do think there are more involved in the plot than Dearing.

nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:48 (UTC) (Link)
It was nice to see a bit more of Ducky, Abby and Tim.

I know; I know. I just wish I knew why the writers/producers can't just give us the team without throwing recurring characters into the mix. He got Tony & Ziva onto the ship - I think that was his main role, oh, and getting injured *g*

Good or bad (and I hadn't seen a trailer when I wrote the review) I'm fairly sure he isn't acting alone.
alidiabin From: alidiabin Date: 3rd May 2012 08:31 (UTC) (Link)
As soon as I saw the Ducky/Gibbs scenes, I though "Nicki is going to squee over this,". I loved them. It really showed the tenderness of their friendship *cough* *cough* and it is fitting the Ducky trusts Gibbs with his last will and testament.

I also found it very fitting the Ducky would donate to a scholarship fund, he values education.

It was definately the calm before the storm.

It did have a family/team feel, and all the throw backs to previous episodes made me quite happy.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:50 (UTC) (Link)
It was nice to see those scenes - they have been missing for so long. Friendship or more, it was way past time we had some Gibbs & Ducky moments. Dear Ducky.

Indeed he does.

Oh, I'm sure it was - we have one of these eps every seasons.

I hadn't really realised how 'little' the case impacted until I started to write the review, then I realised how team/family orientated it was and in effect what small a part the case played.
vampire_gherkin From: vampire_gherkin Date: 3rd May 2012 11:34 (UTC) (Link)
I too think the episode was more balanced and felt more like the "real" NCIS of older seasons, seeing how (apart from Palmer) everyone of the team was actually involved, though Ducky didn't really have much to do and the will thing to me seemed more like an "okay, we've realised we should give him some more screen time, so while this is not at all related to anything we're just gonna throw it in for good measure"-thing.

I still dislike that McGee was sent to the ship, esp. as it was evident by the sick bay thing that it wasn't really a very sensible idea, and it did feel like they wanted him out of the way, but then he came back pretty quickly, so... *shrugs* I think the snapping at Tony was very in order, but I was sad to find that Tony apparently didn't learn from it, seeing his and even Ziva's arrogant, smug grins when he handed him the barf bags, and then Tim's hurt look... =( (Anyway, since when does Tim call Ducky "Dr. Mallard"?)

Being the McAbby shipper I am I absolutely loved finally seeing them together again, though I think Abby could've been a bit more worried/concered for him and his seasickness and Tony's mocking rather (in fact I thought she was going to say sth. like "Tony can be so rude sometimes" regarding that matter rather than pointing out his noseyness). Gibbs could've brought Caf-Pow, but well... at least he genuinely seemed to care in the 2nd scene, where I actually would've love to see Tim and Abby both slightly snuggled up on the futon rather than Tim awkwardly on the desk. Why were they asleep when allegedly they had woken up Gibbs, anyway? That timing never made sense to me and in a previous episode it even was the same.
I loved Tim's cute smile when he peered into the bag Gibbs had brought, we definitely get to see that far too little, esp. seeing how it's the cutest of all, far more cute than Tony's.

Despite loving the McAbby scenes I still don't see why Tim couldn't have gone to Naples to get some more field work and why it's always Tiva, but then again they should've just send Italian agents in the first place, which would've been easier and quicker.

But what I found confusing, Abby came in to her lab (also yay for seeing more of that and from different angles!) to find Gibbs cleaning his gun and was wearing one outfit, in fact the one she apparently is wearing for the stunt double scene in the finale, but then not much later when Gibbs announced who the terrorist was she was wearing something completely different. And it also doesn't make sense that she would have some else work in the lab (which lab? not her's I'm sure) to determine if the unknown DNA is a partial match to Dearing's son, because for that no lab work is needed, it's simply a comparison of profiles (numbers in fact) and the partial match would've already shown up when she ran the DNA through the database the son was in.

Much like you I also didn't find the case was overly intersting, but then again most of them haven't been or were unbelievably predictable in the last few seasons and for some reason the finale cases never seemed to have me overly excited anyway, so I prefered the episode for it's team focus and balance. In fact, much to my surprise, I quite liked the episode apart from a few irks, as it was rather balanced again, like last week, which is something the show definitely needs. The few guests they still had were not overly dominant or prominent in the episode, so yay for that.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 12:59 (UTC) (Link)
At least we should have Jimmy in the final two episodes. I'd agree with you partly that the will thing did have the 'what else can we give Ducky to do', but it did also tie in with the death of his mother and the finalising of her estate and thus him remaking his will. It had an element of consistency in it (which NCIS normally lacks!)

I find it odd that Tim was sent to the ship - cruel really and Gibbs isn't cruel, so why send him? I'm glad to hear you agree that him snapping at Tony was in order. Sadly Tony never learns :-( The Dr. Mallard was a bit odd, I do recall it being used before (I'm fairly sure it was Tim it may have been Tony) at a crime scene when someone non-NCIS related was there. But it seemed really strange here.

I really do hope Abby & Tim get back together - it's so obvious they belong together; look at how it always goes wrong when they are with anyone else and how they dislike the other being with someone else! Gibbs does care, which makes sending Tim even odder. Oh, I agree, Tim does have a wonderfully cute smile.

I've said this more than once about why it's always Tony and Ziva who are sent off - it's really crazy that that happens.

Ah, yes, the different clothing - another thing NCIS aren't good at! And you're right the whole lab mentioning thing was more than a tad weird!

I think they try far too hard with the season finales and hype them up so much and as such they don't come off. Arcs rarely do well, I don't know why they haven't learnt that by now. I fear the next two weeks are going to be dominated by certain guest stars and my guessing is Ducky, Tim and Abby will lose out badly - Jimmy might not lose out given the whole wedding thing. But the others will *sighs*
ceindreadh From: ceindreadh Date: 3rd May 2012 20:27 (UTC) (Link)
I find it odd that Tim was sent to the ship - cruel really and Gibbs isn't cruel, so why send him?

McGee is an NCIS agent, which means that part of his jurisdiction is on ships. If he ever wants to progress to the point of leading his own team, he can't avoid working cases where the crime scene happens to be on water. I thought it was actually a good sign that Gibbs was sending him out on his own to work a crime scene.
(and as somebody who suffers from motion sickness, I do sympathize with him)
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th May 2012 08:02 (UTC) (Link)
Given all the times and places he could have sent him and didn't it seemed really odd to choose the worst place. It's high time he was sent out more with either Tony or Ziva.

And he's been sent out on his own before now.

Although one does also have to ask why didn't he take something before he went on the ship? We've seen him on ships before now and he's actually been okay - mainly because Gibbs has always thrown him something to take. He knows he's sick; he knows he can prevent it, so why not take something?

Ah, yes, because this is NCIS and they don't do consistency *g*

I'm sorry to hear you suffer from motion sickness :-(
vampire_gherkin From: vampire_gherkin Date: 4th May 2012 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
But then Ducky's mother died years ago, didn't she? So for me it was bit unexpected to suddenly bring that up again, even if he may just have finished selling the house etc.. In those cases I always think a bit more talking and mentioning beforehand would be great to actually casually bringt it up again (also good for fans who only recently started watching) and then bring it up so it's more organic. The same would've applied for Abby donating a kidney because she'd never mentioned anything like that before or that there was that kid in church, so it too appeared out of nowhere and apparently went nowhere as it doesn't seem the "arc" is really arching and we've never heard her even mention the whole adoption thing again, which, especially seeing how upset she was, I find totally out of character, like the entire story and behaviour of everyone involved, actually.

Exactly, and in all of the alternate scenarios for the 200th episode they were together, too, so that really must be a sign they're meant to be, right? ;) Yet all they give us is the same jealousy scene over and over again while trying to force another love interest down our throats, if they're not too busy trying to establish Tiva or Ryan/Gibbs chemistry, which unfortunately I cannot see.
Probably the Danish were either a) because of Abby or b) because Gibbs did feel a bit guilty about sending Tim to the ship and then making him stay in the lab all night etc., but anyway, it was good to see.

Oh yes, they definitely do try to hard. That's probably why they've moved away from the original NCIS in the first place because they wanted to improve it and failed. As they say: Never change a running system. *sighs*
In fact I think every episode or storyline that was hyped up and promoted as being super-duper-amazingly breathtaking I found pretty mediocre, so that by now when I hear that kind of advertisement I'm like "Yeah, sure... I'm willing to be positively surprised, but I don't exactly expect much, let alone that it's soo great.". Also I generally prefer the over and done with cases where the only things that link the episodes are the team character interactions and possibly their personal "arcs"/stories. Sure, every once in a while a little case-related arc may be fine, but most of the time I could do without them.
Oh yes, I think think especially Ryan is such a dominant character she just snaps everything up and rules the episode and pushes everyone else to the wall, which is really not good for a team centric show in which she just guest. I also don't know why her original 2 episodes got expanded by so much... especially seeing how Ducky is qualified for that psych-stuff, too, so that would be a great way to direct more screen time to him. And other guests... well, I certainly don't like Dornegat, so him and Ryan alone are likely to ruin the episode for me, but then other guests, too? *sighs*
Actually by now I don't expect to be seeing too much of the wedding, either, I fear it will be degraded to some kind of side plot that will potentially link in to the terroristic peril and threat, but my guess is it will be overshadowed by the alleged tragedy and such, which I would very sad because Palmer really deserved a great, happy wedding. (Is his father in law actually coming back? That might be able to serve as an indicator for whether we're going to see the wedding or not...)

And yes, Tim may be with NCIS, but as nakeisha said, he would've had plenty of opportunities to go anywhere else, he also could've gone to Colombia or Naples, yet the only time they finally send him out for once is on a ship, and I think that's cruel because it's deliberately making him sick despite there being other opportunities. It's not like he had been the only one available or they'd all had to go and he couldn't have helped anywhere else.
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 5th May 2012 11:07 (UTC) (Link)
No, she died two years ago and that would fit in quite well with how long it can take to finally tie up an estate, even simple ones!

Ah, yes, the Abby and the kidney thing. NCIS does this far too often; throw in things like that and then never mention it again or never give any hint of it beforehand.

I loved that they were together in 'Life Before His Eyes' and yes, I'd say that does indeed prove they should be together - and they should. Gibbs and Ryan . . . I can't see it either. I don't get why they keep trying to force relationships that aren't going to work. Ryan lies to Gibbs, that is not going to work.

It was a lovely touch that Gibbs brought them breakfast *g*

*Nods in agreement* with everything you say about not changing what works and preferring non-arcs with the link being our team. And I totally agree on how the hype can kill an episode and like you I find the more they tell me it's going to be shocking, etc. etc. the less 'shocked' or surprised I am. And I suspect this season will be the same as GG is hyping it up so much again. And yes, Ducky is qualified to do psych-stuff, so we certainly don't need Ryan. I don't know about Jimmy's father-in-law to be and whether he's in the final episode - I must see the cast list. But I don't think I saw his name under 'recurring'. I think it was just Ryan, Breena, the bad guy & someone else we've seen whose name escapes me. I will be surprised if the wedding happens.
katje0711 From: katje0711 Date: 3rd May 2012 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
I loved the Gibbs/Ducky scenes and completely thought of you during them! ;)

I thought it was a bit odd when Gibbs threw the bag of tea on the floor after he found it on his desk.

Tony really is nosy, isn't he? lol Agent DeNosy. LOL
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 3rd May 2012 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
*Smiles* I'm glad you liked them - and thank you.

I thought he'd dropped it back on his desk - but I have only watched once.

He really is. Hee. I like the name!
kate2 From: kate2 Date: 3rd May 2012 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
actually this isn't the first time we see Gibbs drink tea...do you remember when Abby finds out she is adopted...She discovers that Gibbs drinks tea when she comes to see him...He was drinking while reading some heavy duty book...it was this season right?
nakeisha From: nakeisha Date: 4th May 2012 07:56 (UTC) (Link)
I remember the episode and the scene, I didn't remember Gibbs was drinking tea.

Yes, it was this season.
kate2 From: kate2 Date: 4th May 2012 10:03 (UTC) (Link)
He has already finished it or it was sitting there not unlike this past episode.
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