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NCIS Round Table: "Enemy on the Hill"

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Our official NCIS review broke down Tuesday's terrific episode in great detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger gather for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion. Join in below, as we analyze various aspects of the team's adventures ...

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Best episode of the season so far?

Steve: They've all been good, but "Enemy on the Hill" was hard to top. Tony was at his best - both as an investigator and as comic relief - while Gibbs was the father figure Abby needed. Interesting case too.

Matt: After the season premiere, each of the next three weeks have featured one of the team members in a pretty heavy storyline. Gibbs, meanwhile, has increasingly been letting them take the lead. The overall direction of the season feels different in that sense, but in way that's been organic and enjoyable.

Eric: Pauley Perrette stole the episode and makes this a definitive yes from me.

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What was your favorite quote from the episode?

Steve: Gibbs telling Abby there's more to family than DNA. Given the millions of people out there who were adopted by loving parents, I'm sure this melted more than a few hearts. For a man of few words, Gibbs always seems to pick the right ones when his own NCIS "family" needs them.

Matt: So many good options. For me it's a time between Tony and Tim's phone duel to reach Gibbs fastest, Gibbs' half-condescending rapport with Sportelli (I love when he goes head-to-head with other law enforcement) and the comments to Ziva after she blew her assignment.

Eric: DiNozzo calling the landlady a turkey vulture. I had never heard that one before.

What was your favorite scene with Abby, and what will she do next?

Steve: One thing I liked was that Abby knocked and Gibbs mentioned it. That spoke volumes about her mental state at the moment, and how discombobulated the whole ordeal made her. It's the little details like that - ones that make little difference to the basic plot but show a real respect for the characters' continuity over eight-plus seasons - that make the show so enjoyable to me. I can only hope we haven't seen the last of this storyline.

Matt: I loved the reflection of her brother's face enmeshed with hers. Very cool visual, compounded by the fact that Daniel Louis Rivas could pass for a Pauley Perrette sibling if you didn't know better (I love that they dated and she recommended him for the part, by the way). This has been well received by so many people, I find it hard to believe we won't see these two meet again, with Abby being more forthcoming next time.

Eric: The end scene, hands down. It definitely got a little dusty in my house. My only question is whether Gibbs knows more about Abby's past than he let on. As Tony said, Gibbs knows all ...

Where was Palmer this week?

Steve: Probably at a cake tasting with Breena and/or irritating their wedding planner with his rambling.

Matt: I don't know, but my man Jimmy was certainly missed. It's funny how you take for granted his usual scenes with Gibbs and Ducky in the morgue, but there's definitely a void when they're gone. On a related note, I was glad to see Ziva play a bigger role in the case this week. It felt like she was on the sidelines for a while.

Eric: What I want to know is where Brian Dietzen is every week in the opening credits!

Next week's episode synopsis says Tony and McGee will try to find the ideal woman for Gibbs. Is that even possible, and who do you think it is?

Steve: I've always enjoyed recurring Coast Guard redhead Diane Neal as Abby Borin, who just happens to be making an appearance in "Safe Harbor." Makes you think!

Matt: After losing the love of his life, it's easy to understand how Gibbs was never the same. Tony and McGee have a difficult task ahead of them ... one I can't wait to watch them attempt, don't get me wrong.

Eric: If I were a single woman I'd simply answer, "me."

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    Also just remembered Chip that was Abby's lab assistant that Director Shepherd forced upon her was Michael Bellasario.

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    I believe I read somewhere the red headed lady in the convertible that was always picking up Gibbs in Season One is actually McGee's (Sean Murray's) mother in real life. Sean Murray's mother is Donald Bellasario's fourth wife. And the person that played McGee's sister is his step-sister in real life.

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    Maybe we get lucky and Ray and Ziva will get married

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    hi tiva,editor i liked jeanne she brought out a soft side of tony dont know if i would want her to return.im still hoping that tony and ziva get together even if its the last episode of ncis.

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    There's too much water under the bridge to me, for Tony and ZIva to become romantically involved. I like them better as caring friends and coworkers who respect each others talents and abilities, and want what is best for the other. After the way Ziva has been written to look down on and disrespect Tony for the last couple years, I'd be happy if she could just seem to respect him, and not have the need to one up and insult him. It seems like so far anyway, that GG is moving away from the mean snarky dynamic that prevailed in the bullpen scenes for the last couple years. Go GG!

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    Editor you do make a good point. I kinda liked her the reason I didn't hate her she showed Tony that he could love someone. yes she got on my nerves but I like how Tony changed a bit into a man who loves a woman and was faithfully. you know who I liked but she died was Paula Cassidy she was good to Tony, and thats when Tony told Jeanne he loved her when she died and yes she fell in love with DaNardo and not DiNozzo, but like I said I like Tony when he loves a woman. I like season 4 because it bring a good side of Tony. I like to see that side of Tony with someone. I want with Ziva but I don't see that happening.

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    I thought Jeanne fell in love with Tony DiNardo, not our Tony DiNozzo. So, naturally, her heart got broken. Never liked her character anyway. She pushed Tony into saying he loved her. And she pushed him into getting a place with her. She never met any of his friends. She always wanted her own way. She had just broken up with John. What sort of relationship did she have with Tony ? Oh ya, UNDERCOVER. I never watch any of Season 4 just because of her.

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    I agree it did mess with her head I blame Jenny for that I know she didn't know or want Tony to fall for Jeanne but he did and Jenny just wanted Justice for her father. but both Jeanne and Tony got caught in the middle and Jeanne was lied to by both men she love. but I stop liking her when she lied about Tony. I still think Jenny was the one who did it but I don't think they will ever tell us if she did it or not.

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    I agree that Jeanne should not have accused Tony. (Duh). But I did feel sorry for the character. I mean she fell in love and was planning on living with Tony. Then she finds out he's not who he says he is that he's lied to her all along, and that her Father is not who she thought he was, and then he's murdered. It obviously really messed with her head. I loved the Jeanne and Tony scenes prior to the whole thing falling apart, and I loved the development in Tony's character that season. But yes, I'm all for Tony having a mostly off screen relationship. I liked EJ, but we still don't know what happened to her. Anyway, this season it seems that Palmer, Ducky, and Gibbs are going to have romances.

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    I don't think Tony and M. Allison Hart I didn't like her. she was too into her job. I kinda liked Jeanne until she lied about Tony killing her father. but I think Tony needs to be with some else




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