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I watched it when it aired and missed lots of details because of the way Franks' living person and ghost were woven into the story. Just watched it again on demand and I teared up. Truly one of my favorite characters on the show (they all are really even the ones who are no longer on). I think this is a terrible mistake on the part of the writers if this is the last we will see of this character. If it was the actor's choice (Actor Muse Watson is on Twitter and has his own website), then I respect it. But as much as one can feel a loss of a TV character, I FELT this one :(

Sue-ann

@ Adam -- This is the definition of "supercilious".

su·per·cil·i·ous   /ˌsupərˈsɪliəs/
[soo-per-sil-ee-uhs]

–adjective
haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.

So, what were you really trying to say about the previous 128 posts by people who actually do care about this program and the figments of some writer's imagination? (Now, THAT is supercilious.)

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Talking about characters who are the figments of some writers' imaginations? Fascinating and surreal but then supercilious in the end.

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Loved this episode. Hate to see Mike Franks go, so I hope they bring him back in "ghost' form for Gibbs to talk to. Mike was a great character, he will be missed! Can someone explain the swan story to me, I am confused. What was Ducky getting at? And why did Gibbs say perfect when Ducky said the swan doesn't sing when he dies...he doesn't make a sound. I've been trying to figure out the whole purpose of this story

Tonygurl

hi editor. sadly its true Jesse Stern is leaving NCIS he said it was his swan song. but hopefully w someone who stays true to the charters and the fans

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Ohh news...I just read on the Insider Blog that Jesse Stern is leaving as writer and producer NCIS..ahhhh...so sorry...I loved all of his stories..Truth or Consequences, Cloak, Heartland..lots of good ones...I will miss him as I am sure his BFF Michael Weatherly...and how appropriate "Swan Song" is for him then eh ? Bye Jesse. You AND Mike Franks will be missed !!!!

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I am thinking that Mike may very well be ill and he knew it. He came into Gibbs house coughing and we have always seen him in the show smoking. But, I thought maybe when he was out in the middle of the street in the rain and realized that P2P killer was there watching... maybe..just maybe Mike took him on thinking he could take him down to save Gibbs in the house from getting hurt? So, Mike stepped up and took one for his probie ? I like to think that was what Mike was thinking. Bless you Mike Franks. Ziva will not save Barrett as she is captured by the same P2P killer that Barrett didn't take down at the end of the scene. I think that either her two clown team mates recover from their wounds to run to her rescue or Gibbs and team save her. Not that I want her saved. I can't stand the sight of her stupid face! I want her gone fast, but not killed. I want to see her shamed by all her stupid mistakes and orders not taken and for Tony to turn on her, realizing she is responsible for Ziva being in trouble. That could be a good scene - who doesn't love intense angrey Tony ??? I do !! I'd be satisfied with that and I might be on the road to forgiving Tony for his bad decision in the first place since One Last Score!!! There is only one more person to be killed - next week - and I have a feeling it may well be CIRay!!! But not killed by Tony..boy Tony seems to kill all of Ziva's boyfriends. That can't be good...By the way, IS this Jesse Stern's last writing assignment ? Why ? He's usually the best ? and fyi I do not think the B Team (ha like BAD Team) will be gone gone gone by end of Season 8 !! Here's hoping

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Swan Song was every bit as gritty and yet emotional as "Kill Ari," where Kate was killed, "Hiatus" where Gibbs resigns, and "Judgement Day," where Jenny was killed. It shows that while all of these agents are tough as nails professionals, they are after all human -- with human emotions. Decker's insurance policy is what Franks brought to Gibbs. I think we will find that Franks knew his time was near and he wanted to go out like Jenny, in a blaze of glory, rather than as a sickly invalid in a hospital bed. Kudos to the writers.

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I think that NCIS is a great show!!! In the Swan Song, I think one of the reasons that the Team was so upset is that they know how much Gibbs loved and respected Mike. Part of what they are feeling is sadness for Gibbs, who they love like a father. They know that he is devistated and in pain over Mike's death. I have all of the DVD's from all 7 seasons and continue to watch and enjoy them. Each time that I watch an episode, I see something that I missed before. I hope that NCIS is on for a long, long time.

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Oh, and seriously, on the Baltimore flashback episode - what great references (Pacci - my stomach will be the death of me, ugh who can forget the elevator scene?) and Tony "who wants to be a Navy cop?" Totally loved it loved it loved it. Definitely a wonderful episode.




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