NCIS Spoilers: Abby Goes on a Date!

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A recent NCIS episode, "Kill Screen," featured a romantic connection between Tim and Maxine, a cute computer game aficionado played by Leverage's Beth Riesgraf.

Well, now it's Abby's turn to go on a date, and McGee's not happy.

"If another girl comes around McGee, [Abby] definitely has a little bit of a jealous streak," Pauley Perrette reports, and now we'll see that "the feeling is mutual."

So what do we know about Abby's new suitor? According to TV Guide, she'll look up to him, in some respect, and "he's a stick-around kind of guy." Interesting ...

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Any thoughts on who ends up dating Abby, and how McGee reacts?

Speaking of yet-unseen NCIS love interests, Ziva's boyfriend Ray (Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano) is connected to the big serial killer case, which kicks off April 5.

That story arc continues through the rest of the season and will also tie in with E.J.'s (Brothers & Sisters' Sara Jane Morris) role. Tony already has a thing for her.

Sound off on how you see these NCIS relationships playing out below. Are you happy with the direction they - and the season as a whole - are taking thus far?

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One of the greatest turnoffs for me is the soap opera. I have nothing against soaps, per se, they are just not my cup of tea. Over the years, NCIS has, to me, increasingly taken on the characteristics of a soap and I must confess to lately skipping an episode or two as a result thereof (I can always tune in "next week" for the resolution having avoided the perfunctory introductory episode). I do not mind it when a minor, secondary issue is raised and recurs six episodes later (Franks immediately comes to mind). Now it seems that the secondary issues have consumed the writing in lieu of original plots and that is understandable: the original JAG first aired in 1995 with NCIS spinning off in 2003; the writers are burnt out! In lieu of creative writing, we now have, e.g., a burgeoning string of Ziva lovers; a gaggle of ineffectual characters sticking in Gibbs's craw; and the now trite, ongoing conflicts, implied or otherwise, between Gibbs and Vance or the persona non grata de jour. I would remove all of this debris and return to the days when emotional or sexual tension existed between Tony and Ziva in the form of subtle (or not so) looks, innuendo, benignly sarcastic, or humorous banter; ditto Abbey and Tim. I don't need the parade of uninteresting and uncompelling passers-by to do the job because (1) they do not do it well, (2) they are an annoying distraction and (3) they have become trite. I do not desire to behold an in-your-face encounter between Gibbs and a confrère-antagonist in every episode, especially where said encounter serves as the dominant theme of the episode. Creative writing would be able, periodically, to arouse the viewer's
recollection that Gibbs does not appreciate micromanagement or extraneous kibitzing by "Agency" personnel. I could go on but, suffice it to say, apparently having exhausted their creative genius, the writers must needs attempt to hook viewers through the use of the soap opera formula which employs a continuous open narrative with each episode ending with an implied (if not stated) promise that the storyline will be resolved (or at least continued) in the next or forthcoming episodes. We all know, of course, that the narrative is either never resolved or it will be resolved - hopefully - six months from now. I suffer commercial manipulation (that substitutes for creative writing) poorly and suspect that I shall skip an increasing number of NCIS episodes until it joins "Fringe" in my used-to-watch archives. Monk


Let's make this clear to NCIS one last time. Leave Ziva alone. Her character background is so rich and yet unexplored, let us start there.. but no, they have to bring in Ray and Tony has to hook up with EJ (biggest waste of time in an NCIS character ) -- I realize the writers believe they are the Great and Powerful OZ, but we have something called the remote control. Thank you. Leave the team be, for petes sake. The best NCIS episodes are always when the team acts like a protective family. Gibbs interacting as a papa bear - or one of them is in deep trouble. The humor, the character relationships.. the secondary is the plot. The plot has been easily figured out since Season Two! But again, who cares, we watch it for the relationships of our NCIS family! I have also noticed this season a lack of Gibbs + Abby.. big mistake. An emphasis on Tony and EJ is a huge waste of time. What are we about to get, Jeanne part deux .. or better yet watch, EJ hooks up with Ray and then Tony and Ziva get jilted? C'mon enough.. let the romances die and lets back up to what we watch it for.. la familigia. Got it? Good. Speaking of Vance.. now that we can get rid of. LOL Sorry.. that man I doth not trust.


Plots have been a bit predictable, even mundane compared
to previous seasons. Far too many "the spouse did it" plots,
office banter a little too repetitious and pointless.


I want to see Ziva in her more deadly role. She was magnificent in her aggression. Quit making her too girly girly.




ihope tony and ziva end up together as well as mcgee and abby.
i do not want to see tony with ej or jethro with that arrogant


Espero que SI haya romance. El que tenemos tan postergado entre Tony y Ziva !! Ya sabemos de la onda entre Abby y MacGee,... pero él es tan tímido que no se anima, jajaja.


confusious you couldnt of said it better i agree with everything you said.


Love, love, love Tony. Don't care who he's with or how he acts, the show would not be the same without him. Imagine the boring coversations the team would have without him... Loved him in the relationship with Jean as it brought out a softer side in him. Hopefully the writers manage to get a little of that spark back into his character with this relationship, however I doubt that this one will be long lasting.....


People are nit-picking the writers for nit-picking the show, in reality those people are just nitpicking the show. So STOP, Kate isn't coming back from the dead and just get used to Ziva. Also, people either complain that Tony isn't mature enough or too mature. Just let it go. Tony maturing is like Gibbs not headslapping.

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NCIS Quotes

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.