Last night's NCIS was a bit more emotional than usual, and showed us a side of Gibbs we rarely see. Whether that's a good thing or not is being hotly debated by fans.
Check out our "Mother's Day" review for our critic's take on the episode. Below, our staff members delve deeper into Tuesday's NCIS in our weekly Round Table Q&A ...
1. How would you rate last night's episode overall?
The Barnacle: Not quite up to par, but still good. Gibbs and the mother-in-law had some terse moments, but clearly both cared for Shannon. Love Palmer and Ducky too.
L.J. Gibbs: Personally I thought it was excellent. Not any more so than usual, but the same sharp writing and dialogue. Plus, more Gibbs back story is never a bad thing.
M.L. House: I wasn't a huge fan. There were definite high points, but the show can do better than this. The mystery was fairly bland and Gibbs' actions questionable.
2. Did Gibbs do the right thing letting Joann off the hook?
M.L. House: No. Despite what he says about what Shannon would've wanted, Gibbs let her get away with murder basically. More incredibly, Vance looked the other way too!
L.J. Gibbs: Yes. Loyalty means a lot to Gibbs, and despite what Joann did, throwing her in jail would accomplish little. Besides, maybe he is aware of things that we're not.
The Barnacle: An ethical gray area if ever there were one. Obviously Vance should have taken him off the case, but did you really feel like a "killer" got away? I doubt it.
3. Gibbs and Hart ... great chemistry or like watching paint dry?
L.J. Gibbs: I enjoy both characters, but I don't know if I see a future for them. Well, beyond her stonewalling him every time he needs to get a confession from a witness.
M.L. House: Their scenes are great when the legal sparring is at a fever pitch. Romantically, I don't see it yet. Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised in the coming weeks.
The Barnacle: Rena Sofer is great, and I love the way neither of them seem to fully understand what their "relationship" consists of either. Ambiguity can be sexy, too!