NCIS Round Table: "Housekeeping"

at . Comments

Our NCIS review broke down this week's episode of TV's top-rated show in great detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for a weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from the NCIS winter 2012 premiere, "Housekeeping."

Join in below, as we analyze various aspects of Tony, Ziva, E.J., Stratton, and more ...


Describe this episode in one word (or two).

Steve: Complete package.

Matt: Thoroughly entertaining.

Eric: The best.

NCIS RT - depreciated -

What was your favorite quote or scene?

Steve: Gibbs getting his mojo back (not that it was ever really gone, but he kicked it up a notch this week) and making sure SecNav Jarvis did his job. You have to love that Gibbs will interrupt the Secretary of the U.S. Navy at dinner and not take any B.S. I also enjoyed the gunfight, strange as that sounds, since it was uncertain if Stratton would escape or if the team would emerge unscathed. In most episodes, the bad guy goes down hard and fast; there was real suspense here.

Matt: It feels like a copout to say all of it, but the flow to the entire episode, and way the dialogue melded with the mystery and action, was seamless and made for one of the best installments of the season.

Eric: Is this even a question? Regardless of whether or not you want them to become romantic in earnest, Tony and Ziva have great chemistry and that was on full display at the end of the episode. Darn you, Ray.

Do you like E.J.?

Steve: I think her character was often overly criticized, and this episode might temper that somewhat. Even though I'm glad she left, it made sense how everything played out and her departure was on a good note.

Matt: Not particularly. I don't hate E.J. per se, or Sarah Jane Morris' portrayal of her, but the character felt uneven and even a little unnecessary to me. I'm very interested to see Jamie Lee Curtis' arc this spring.

Eric: As Steve said in his review, she redeemed herself on multiple levels. She's no longer driving a wedge between Tony and Ziva, but driving them together. Nor was she being shady and running her own agenda usurping Gibbs' authority. She proved she's a team player, even if she's less of a heavyweight than we thought. Wouldn't mind seeing her again.

Is this the last we've seen of Stratton?

Steve: The Phantom Eight storyline had a lot of potential, and could still play out in other ways, but after Stratton went rogue and got caught, it's difficult to see how. Maybe the writers have something up their sleeves.

Matt: Flip a coin? He was a very good villain this week and in the season premiere, so perhaps there's more to explore (the interrogation scene hinted as much, but what can he really do when he's locked up, and aren't Gibbs' secrets already known to Abby, Vance, etc., at this point?). If I had to guess I'd say this is it, and probably for the best.

Eric: I'm kinda thinking no, right? Like Steve, I didn't see him going down so quickly, and the way he taunted Gibbs certainly made it feel like the door was being left ajar for this story to continue ... somehow.

One unanswered question from Tuesday would be:

Steve: Where the heck was Vance?

Matt: How did Stratton fall for the safe house bait?

Eric: How much do you love Gibbs and Abby (not really an unanswered question at all, there's a very clear answer, I just had to work it into this Round Table somehow)!

Will Ziva say yes to Ray!?

Steve: Given the nature of his work, and especially after he went off the griddle for seven weeks and she was a split second away from writing off the entire relationship, it seems hard to believe she'll accept.

Matt: Yes, because she'll be caught up in the moment. Marrying him is another story, however.

Eric: I think she will, but as Matt said, that's just the first step to "forever." She may reconsider down the line, or very quickly, especially if it forces the issue with Tony a little. Here's hoping!

What's your take on these issues of the week on NCIS? Discuss below!

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Dear Gary you know TPTB was fire from the show because of Tiva and now if you don't fix these you will be fire as well YOU ARE NOT ON THE CW your on CBS Stop being a 16 year old girl and starting being a MAN for once your life


Thought this was the one of the strongest episodes of the season. Great to see the writers seem to be willing to make definative action when it comes to the Tony/ Ziva dynamic! It's such a complex relationship that has a lot of potential for great story-telling. Heres to more like this one!


I really enjoyed reading this. The TIVA scene at the end was nicely done and I loved every minute of it. TPTB did a great job with not only the TIVA scene but with the rest of the episode as well. I've been enjoying the forward movement of TIVA. I really do hope that Ziva says no to Ray during next week's episode. I don't want them dragging this out. Get it over with and move on. TPTB, I fully believe can give us TIVA and still keep Team Gibbs and the solving cases front and center, which I want them to do. I love this show and this season has been really great so far. I can't wait to see where things go from here and what is in store for the SF.


Agree with J. Why is it that Ziva is the only one getting action scenes now? Why not Tony anymore? He used to get danger and hero scenes. Now they all go to Ziva and GIbbs. It looks like she's going to take the suspect down in A Desperate Man too. Wonder why the writers are pushing her forward again. Don't they care that some fans want to see other characters be the hero too. I was hoping that once Shane Brennan left ZCIS might turn back into NCIS. Guess I was wrong.


What Gibbs say to kate back in Yankee White keep poping in my head all day when she did it at her job he said " You Pull that crap at NCIS I wont give you the chance to quit". and Let not forget Weatherly almost quit NCIS back in season 7 because of Tiva and how they were portraying his character


lets just hope there are more episodes like housekeeping and of course more tiva,did anyone notice they both seemed to fit together.


It was a good wrap up with EJ's storyline. Though didn't really like the character but she redeemed herself.  Still miss Jeanne... She & Tony really loved each other.
I've had enough of the teasing between Tony & ziva. Recently she's been a BULLY to Tony. From the way I see it, that's not how you should treat some which you may have feelings for. Coz it was clearly not a 'playful' bully.
On a side note, Tony do care for ziva. He will always be there to protect his team members no matter what. The same goes for Ziva. But that's where it ends.  I've also been wondering why Ziva has been central to the action. Even Tony has been relegated to some kind of backseat. How about Mc Gee? Abby? 
I miss their scenes & interaction. Of course, not forgetting dear Ducky & Jimmy.  It seems that the show is slowly moving towards Ziva having more of the action, even at the expense of decreasing the screen time for Gibbs.  This show is about Gibbs & team!!!


The writer better fix these or there REAL fan are going to quit watching


A very good episode this week. Loved the ending scene with Tony and Ziva, CdP and MW have such great chemistry together that the writers should take advantage of it.


I am still reeling over this episode! There was such a large step forward on the Tiva front (which I hope isn't followed by three equally large steps back, which is often true to the writers). I look back and piece together all of the subtle moments that have happened over the course of this season and last regarding them and... well, I'm just hoping they take it in the right direction and get CI-Ray out of there! Can't wait for the next episode! "Do you really consider me to be... in your life?" Yes! Yes Yes! Brilliant scene. Brilliant episode! Can't wait for me! :)

Tags: ,