NCIS Round Table: "Restless"

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Our official review of NCIS broke down "Restless" in great detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger gather for a Round Table discussion of the episode.

Join in below, as we discuss various aspects of the NCIS team's latest adventures ...

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What was your general take on this week's episode?

Steve: Excellent. The case kept me guessing, and I enjoyed the developments with Tony, especially the dynamic between the vulnerable DiNozzo and Gibbs as father figure. Always stellar.

Matt: Solid. A good lesson we saw with Lindsay and Tony, albeit on different levels, people go to great lengths to reinvent themselves, whether they're aware of it or not. Well played, NCIS.

Eric: It was great to see the team back together this week after the EJ/P2P case seemed to take over the show. I thought it was a good episode. Interesting enough case, plenty of laughs to go around and some genuinely sad/sweet moments as well. Why fix what ain't broke?

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Favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Steve: Palmer pulling a Ducky on Ducky, earning an even icier, confused Gibbs glare than usual!

Matt: Tough call, but I'll take Ziva walking McGee away from the groupĀ  mocking him. Poor guy.

Eric: Ziva's butchered idiom: "Get your sheep." Fairly close ... it's not like she said rhinoceros.

Do you prefer mature Tony over goofy Tony?

Steve: What's great about this show, and what keeps it so realistic year after year, is that the characters are allowed to be real. Tony is so much more than a one-note, McGee-harassing frat boy. This episode tied in well with Tony's mental state after the season premiere and his evolution in general. He's quite a bit more complex than he lets on, and viewers are starting to see more of it in recent seasons.

Matt: Calling him mature is almost too simplistic. He's more vulnerable and introspective than in years past, but if you think about it, there's always been more to Tony than the superficial exterior. He's just less guarded and more willing to examine his own behavior now, which is neat to see.

Eric: As long as the zingers and obscure references don't stop, I'll allow a little maturation.

Better rule: Gibbs' #6 or Palmer's #1?

Steve: "Never say you're sorry." That may work for Gibbs, but Tony will break it.

Matt: Gibbs' wisdom is unmatched, but really, how do you compete with Jimmy here?

Eric: Pipettes can never be too clean. THAT is Palmer's top rule. Amazing.

Are you excited for Lily Tomlin guest starring next week?

Steve: Yes. Not quite as excited as I am to meet Gibbs' ex-wife, which I'm very curious about (and will also include an appearance by Fornell), but Lily's great and the promo looks funny.

Matt: How can anyone not be looking forward to a McGee episode!

Eric: McGee's grandma winks at Tony in the promo. Enough said.

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