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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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Sorry, I can't see M. Allison Hart and Tony either. She seemed like a climber with more ambition than heart or scruples. I liked EJ as a girl friend but liked Jeanne more. Jeanne was professional and smart, but also very feminine and affectionate. I wish Tony could have a mostly off screen relationship with Ms. Right. He's of the age where it needs to happen so he doesn't wind up married to his job. JMO

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Your Highness (L'Empress), I sure hope you're wrong....Miss Sofer is a talented woman, but I turn off things she's in, and her character here is not just sharp, she's sharp to the point of brittle, she'll cut you! I thought they were angling her in as a love interest for Gibbs(?!). Tony would need to be combative just to get a word in! Jeanne was perfect for him, and perfectly played; he needs that softness, that playfulness.

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I love these roundtables, and enjoy reading everyone's comments. I have to admit that initially, except for the Abby parts, I couldn't get into this ep at all. But after a re-watch, I get it. Suddenly Tony's over-the-top silliness made sense(McGee:"We have to keep Tony away from the new coffee machine."), and I really appreciated both the crime storyline and the team. I also loved the "mirror-image" shot through the window of Abby and her brother(as one of the critics mentioned). In fact, lately I've really been appreciating the camera shots of William Webb, like the shot of Tony's eyes through the mail slot (and the camera work on the hospital scenes in the premiere were primo,IMO). It's always valuable to re-watch these eps, as you often miss a lot the first time around. Anyway, loved the Abby scenes the best, and I'm looking forward to more on this storyline. And btw, for the people who asked where Vance has been, Rocky Carroll said on twitter recently that we will be seeing more of him soon.

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GIBBS BELONGS SINGLE CA'T SEE HIM MARRIED AGAIN I LIKE THE CGIS LADY ABBY BORIAN THAT WILL APPEAR IN TUES-10-11 SHOW------------------

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I love anything about Abby's more private life -- like her black lace umbrella and her coffin. But this one was lovely; the writers must really enjoy Abby. The perfect woman for Gibbs -- we haven't met one yet. And I can't say "me," because he's a little young for me. But the perfect woman for Tony -- you won't like this. Shortly after an episode where Tony listed what he was looking for in a woman -- professional, smart, beautiful -- M. Allison Hart returned, and I thought, "there's Tony's woman!"

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Continuity rocks, with Abby and Gibbs (and if Gibbs didn't know more before he soon will! 'cause "Abby's the favorite"), Tony's Kaplan reference and "Probie" (remember Franks still called Gibbs that), Gibbs' attitude w/Sportelli, and even Abby 2nd being a redhead, but please, while we all want Gibbs happy at the end of the series (when Tony gets his own command with McGeek as HIS Tony, wouldn't that be somethin'?), I vote against another relationship at this time. Dates would be fun to watch, with them talking the way he might have with Jenny early on, I don't know. Oh, and of course, the wedding with all of the bachelors...who catches the garter??

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Gibbs actually has seemed to like and respect the Coast Guard CIS Abby. There was always a little rivalry with the Army CIS, Hollis Mann, but I could see him with the Coast Guard lady. (She is kind of young for him, though.) I was glad to see them send Hollis Mann to Hawaii. I could also see him going back to the redhead with the convertible type woman from season one, the one whose name we never even learned. Really, there are enough romances on this show. It is a detective show, not a soap opera ....

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Best Episode so far?: Hard to say on a show that never really has a bad episode. It's definitely a stand out episode in my book though. 2.Favorite Quote: Again hard to say, there were so many good ones. For an emotional kick to the gut any and every thing between Abby and Gibbs. For classic funny moment I have to say I never heard of Turkey Vulture before. Gotta love DiNozzo quips. LOL 3.Fave scene- It's a tie between her scene with her brother and her scene with Gibbs at the end. Her scene with her brother was so heartwarming and kind of sad. That was great casting, I'm so glad that Pauley campaigned for her ex to play her brother.He was perfectly cast, he looked eeriely similar to her. I loved how he was equally as lovable and sweet and clearly good hearted. It must run in the family. It was a very touching scene and even though I wanted to see his reaction to the truth I loved the scene for what it was.
As someone who gets all warm and fuzzy everytime Gibbs and Abby have a father/son moment I loved the scene at the end. It was perfectly executed, from her knocking on the door instead of bolting in, to GIbbs' well timed words, so few but so meaningful,to her burrowing in his chest like a daughter with her father. It was sweet and made me smile. I never had that personally but I live vicariously through those moments with those two. : ) 4. Palmer was planning the wedding of course! I missed him.
5.There is no ideal woman for Gibbs. I like my Gibbs single with slight mingling.

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This ROUND TABLE discussion is wonderful. You 3 guys know this show and it is so refreshing. Love all your comments and it is nice that they are all different and very positive.
I agree, the Tony/Tim phone call - too funny
Abby and Gibbs final scene was the very best. Does Gibbs know more than he lets on???????? WoW that would be very interesting.

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in Rocky Carrol Contract it state he only to appear in a couple of show

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