June 6th, 2010

Nature: Moon (Night)

Fiction. The Power In His Hands (Vance)

TITLE: The Power In His Hands
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
SUMMARY: Set during Rule Fifty-One. Vance has the power to end careers.
SPOILERS: Patriot Down and Rule Fifty-One.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Written for ncis_drabble  'Power' Challenge.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

The Power In His Hands
Nature: Moon (Night)

Month-long TV Meme - Day #06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show.

When nicis_anatomy started to post this meme last month, I promised her that I would do it in June. So I am keeping my promise. From seeing Nici's posts last month, I know several of my answers will be the same as hers.

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Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show.

This is easy. It's 'Lt. Jane Doe' from Season 2 (the best season, IMO) of NCIS.

It works for me on many levels, but let's start with my main ship: it is utterly and totally Gibbs/Ducky from start to finish, and even if you don't ship G/D, but see them just as old, close friends then it's Gibbs & Ducky from start to finish. For most (if not all) Gibbs/Ducky fen it is one of the pivotal Gibbs/Ducky 'pimping' episodes - a 'must see'. Also, it is a real, honest to goodness naval case - as we had all the time in Seasons One and Two.

We have the wonderful 'hat brim scene' when Gibbs and Ducky revert to 'Doctor Mallard' and 'Agent Gibbs' for the first time. This takes place in the squad room when he have the wonderful hat brim scene. As more than one person has said how many men do you know who'd tip back the brim of another man's hat just so he can see his eyes, no matter how close friends they are?.

And we have the lovely double walking hug when shortly afterwards Gibbs follows Ducky down to Autopsy and Ducky explains his reasons for withholding the information, and asks Jethro to forgive him.

In this episode, Gibbs is even more intense, demanding, unforgiving and determined than he normally is. In fact it is fair to say that he is probably more so than he really needs to be. The reason for his intensity is simply down to the fact that Ducky is upset and suffering, and that clearly bothers and upsets Gibbs. So everyone suffers until the case is solved and Ducky can finally find some peace.

It's not just that the episode is Ducky-centric and Gibbs/Ducky (or Gibbs & Ducky) centric that makes me love it so much, it's just a darn fine episode with a good story and some wonderful team interaction and non-forced old style humour and banter that made the first two seasons head and shoulders above the following ones.

It's an episode I can watch over and over and over and . . . and not tire of it.

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