NCIS Round Table: "Psych Out"

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Our NCIS review broke down the latest installment of television's #1 show in great detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for their weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from this week's episode, "Psych Out."

Join in below, as we analyze Jaime Lee Curtis' character, Gibbs' psyche and more ...


Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three).

Steve: Psychologically combative.

Matt: Different, but solid.

Eric: Excellent, intense.

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What was your favorite one-liner from the episode?

Steve: Gibbs asking Vance if he spent "private time" with Ryan at school. It's precisely the kind of question Gibbs would just walk away uncomfortably from if the situation was reversed, and he seemed to revel in that.

Matt: Gibbs saying "goodnight" to Dr. Ryan after finding the bug in his basement, then promptly smashing the thing. Not really a one-liner in the zinger sense, but a vintage Gibbs reaction.

Eric: "You're not from accounting." Or basically that entire exchange between Ryan and DiNozzo.

Best scene?

Steve: Eric makes a good point below. My second favorite was probably a series of scenes, with McGee out of his element and scrambling to do detective work without the aid of phones or computers. Old school. Reminiscent of "Power Down" and always fun to see the team in action without the technological tools that are exaggerated for TV anyway.

Matt: Gibbs confronting Ryan, both at the school and at the party. "I like parties, when there's something to celebrate" was a great retort after his hooded overcoat was dissed. Those two know really how to push each other's buttons. Cut from the same cloth, you could say.

Eric: Can we change this to second best scene so our answers actually vary? It's obviously Gibbs confronting Ryan at her son's school, smiling ever-so-slightly knowing he's regained the upper hand, or at least leveled the playing field. Sometimes saying nothing says everything, and with her flustered reaction, what more was there to add?

Gibbs and Ryan: Do you see the connection?

Steve: In a romantic sense? I expressed plenty of skepticism in my NCIS review Tuesday night about why that might not work. That being said, I thought Jamie Lee Curtis was terrific and I'm already looking forward to the March 20 episode when she returns, so that says a lot. JLC and Mark Harmon have such a great on-screen rapport and watching them square off - and then team up - was a treat.

Matt: As the old adage goes, you do not do pancakes with the woman who bugs your home. No, in all seriousness, for all the talk about how Gibbs and Tony love powerful women ("there's nothing more attractive than a woman with a gun," etc.), remember that the true love of Gibbs' life did not fit that bill. Time to look outside federal agencies for love, Jethro.

Eric: Hey, why not! At least it's someone his own age. JLC is awesome with MH as Steve said, and she proved she isn't all bad. On second thought, she's not redhead, unlike Borin ... who I love and who's also at least 20 years younger than Gibbs. Now that I've completely undermined my own argument, next question please!

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What, if anything, was out of place this week?

Steve: Dr. Rachel Cranston. Her first episode was terrific, but here she was largely overshadowed and her connection to Kate - her original reason for being introduced - had no special relevance this week.

Matt: Team interaction. Everyone has their moments, but I feel the show has been lacking a bit in terms of true team building and crime-solving of late, with episodes focused predominantly on 1-2 characters. Don't get me wrong, those episodes have been good, but I guess I'd like to see more of a balance in coming weeks.

Eric: Steve's right about Rachel. I like her character and how we were introduced to Kate's sister, but bringing her in alongside another major guest character felt out of place. Also ... Abby! I miss my girl. And finally, a lack of Activia plug. That would have just been hilarious ... though it's probably best for the show's integrity that there wasn't one.

Any additional observations?

Steve: Gibbs was a little more alive this week, perhaps coming off the 200th episode. For much of this season, he's been a bit morose and angst-ridden. He was paranoid and uptight, for sure, but only because of the case. He seemed to get his mojo back a bit, even when faced with an adversary who challenged him so much professionally.

Matt: I love NCIS, but it has to be careful not to make its plots too soap-like. Right now, the balance is strong in that the "fantasy" of certain relationships (namely Tiva, but also Gibbs/Ryan) lingers but does not overshadow the bulk of the program. As I said in my previous answer, it's all about the team and their work, with personal anecdotes and sprinkled in and evenly distributed.

Eric: Good dialogue, interesting plot, believable character development ... it's why we watch.

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

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i liked the episode only part I didn't like is that TONY OWNED MONEY but other rise a good episode I like JLC on this episode she has good Chemistry with MH. I don't mind Wendy that much I can take her or leave her.


Any good Tiva moments coming up on NCIS? — Melissa
ADAM: If it's Tiva tension you're after, don't miss next week's episode, which features Tony's ex-fiancée Wendy (guest star Perrey Reeves, aka Entourage's Mrs. Ari). "There's a whole lot of lip-locking," Michael Weatherly teases. "I think Ziva understands there's a real threat." But even though Weatherly thinks something is brewing between Tony and Ziva, he doesn't believe they will ever be a couple. "Who knows? Maybe they secretly try a kiss just to see what it might be like," he says. "But putting them together? I don't think it is a good idea for our show."


@ Janet Your not part of the 20 million your more of the 1 percent im part of 23 million real NCIS fans


@kat you have to realise michael watches a different ncis than us 20,million each week


I got to say nice to see Vance again I really forgot he was a part of the show we need to see more of him


Wendy story helped NCIS out. Where in the heck did you get that Michael? 75% of the fans comments I read want Wendy gone after one show bc they couldn't stand her. The other 25% didn't mind Wendy but don't want her to come back but maybe once to bring another couple together.


oh my god La are you sure your not michael who the hell is cody de panal its coty de pablo think its a good thing you stopped watching @La.


I did not like the connection with gibbs and ryan too, especially if someone is bugging your home, i won't be watching the next episode with her in it


As good as Harmon and Curtis were at flexing their professional chops -- why, why WHY do the writers keep falling back on and pandering to one of the oldest and most pathetically illogical stereotypes in television and film, which is - any type of interpersonal relationship between characters, whether it involves sex or not - is ONLY interesting to the audience if there is the constant threat of intense physical, emotional or psychological pain for the show regulars, especially of the Fatal Attraction "bunny boiling" variety as with one of Ducky's recent flirtations???? The best show on television does not have to be this lazy......


Is it me or is matt a little bit of a hypocrite? anyways it seem like NCIS has learn from their january mistake and is trying to get their fans back 200 help and so did wendy now we just need to see some good ol gibbs and tony moments like we did in Yankee White

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