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these season started out perfect just like last year Season Finale then its like NCIS saw their ratings going up and freak out so they went back to Tiva
Bogey - Tony is my favorite character, but he really has been written as the team's weak link for several years now. Ziva and Gibbs are written as super agents. I wish they'd give Tony his "cool" back (see seasons 1 - 4) and let someone else be the fallible, mistake making character for a change. It makes the show so predictable when the same character is always written as clueless, while certain others are always perfect. In the earlier seasons of NCIS, the writing was more adventurous. Tony got to be brave and brilliant as well as funny. Even Gibbs was wrong sometimes and had to eat a little crow. Although the humor has not been quite as demeaning since GG took over as showrunner, Tony is still sacrificed to make others look smarter, and for (often very weak) attempts at humor.
Loved Vance from the beginning, thought the chemistry between he & Gibbs was great. Rocky nailed it in this ep. Tony still drives me nuts though, I often find him the "weak link" in this show. Would have liked more Ziva and McGee.
CJ - I don't know. I only know the show lacks energy this season and it began last season. Don't know what's up. It's unfortunate because the cast of NCIS is my favorite ensemble cast.
Loved the episode the good so, it made good use of the other characters and gibbs was very investigative, the jlc episodes she just got to go
Absolutely loved the Vance plotline- & Rocky so hit it out of the park....
Also enjoyed the idea that for once a relative was actually guilty & paid for the crime rather than having it swept under the rug or blamed on another suspect a la Mother's Day.
The only part I didn't like was the incorrectness about the first scene as well as how it was played out throughout. & I'd disagree with the idea that Ziva & McGee noticed the difference because they know their team mate well. At this point, the two noticed differences in Tony because they worry that if he's not the comic relief, he'll make them look back....
This weeks episode was better than last weeks..........
I'm not liking Gibbs and the Dr.......but perhaps it will grow on me.
Interesting seeing Tony trying to find himself.....
Not enough Abby and McGee....
Interesting to see a little more into Vance. Gibbs and Vance understand one another....but yet can be a bit adversarial like last night......
Good episode, but too predictable to go down in the books as best of season. Rocky Carroll's interpretation of Vance is spot on when the spotlight is on him. He conveyed the subtle emotions of heart break so fantastically well in that final scene with his brother in law. I got shivers. Also, the moment about Tony's investigative methods with Gibbs was pure Kodak. However, the case itself lacked momentum and I stopped caring about 40 minutes in. Common theme for season 9. I know NCIS is character driven show but the cases should not be a simple vessel for character interaction. The story is just as important as the characters in it.
am not a Vance fan I always liked Jenny better but this episode made me like him, I loved the Vance took his brother in-law in and thought Michael was innocent and wanted to protect him, and wanted to be there for Michael. now Jackie wasn't that happy an she knew right off Michael was up to no good. I liked When Tony tackled the guy that was a good one and I liked when Gibbs asked Tony who he thought was guilty. and when Abby came up and said the finger prints matched Michael and when Vance came home he had to tell his kids to leave the room and then Michael told him the truth and when Tony and Gibbs took Michael away, and when Vance sat down and tears in his eyes was sad and when his son came in and talked to him and he asked son to teach him to play the video game. this the best Vance episode
I enjoyed this ep, and was glad to see more of Vance and his family...I was loving the ending, too, when Vance wanted to play a video game with his son, and the sad look on his face was just heartbreaking. I thought Rocky hit it out of the park in this ep, as his scenes with everyone, including Gibbs, were emotionally-packed and fascinating.
I don't mind that Tony was the butt of the jokes, because he's such a superficial guy, he deserves whatever comes his way...he is the Kirk to Ziva's Spock. I was glad to see some prime Abby time in this ep, as she's my favorite character, along with McGee and Ducky. Without those three, I wouldn't bother to watch the show at all. I love Rizzoli and Isles, too, so to the commenter who said it is great that Sasha was able to move on to a great role as Maura after NCIS, I totally agree with you. She is a great actress.
Good show!!! I still have some questions though like when Michal said that he didn't know what happened and that the petty officer attacked him first so wouldn't that be self defense??? Or did Michal say that to get Leon to believe him??? I’m happy Tony is not going to try things with Wendy that makes me very very happy. The whole yaba yaba thing was funny as all heck!!!
I loved this epi. It was heartwrenching and the police work was really good. I agree with most of you that Vance has never been a favorite, but Rocky did great in this one. We also need to see more of Abby--love her--and quarky after forty is still quarky leave her alone. I do find in odd that none of the major characters are in a relationship. I work closely --very closely-- and am the only single one out of the 7 person troup. Lets get Abby and Tim a couple of interesting love interests.
I forgot to say that among my most favorite episodes was when Tony, McGee and Gibbs go to rescue Ziva. Tony's monologue (almost) throughout the interrogation was hilarious, and yet very strong. And "the man" ...Gibbs... clinched the rescue with his amazing sniper ability. He is so cool under pressure!
Love NCIS. Some of this season's episodes have been a little disjointed or contrived, and somewhat hurried. I'm guessing there are new writers who are not particularly familiar with the tried-and-true way the show has been done in the past, and maybe haven't quite found their groove. I too would like to see more McGee. Concerned about what has happened to his voice and general health. I loved when Ziva was tougher. I love Tony's silly side, but one of my favorite episodes in another season was when he saved Gibbs and Gibbs' daughter's friend from drowning by diving into the water to pull them each out of the car. Would be glad to have a friend like Tony. And he is very good looking. Abby is great, very talented, and I love her interaction with Gibbs. They are a good team. Would like to see more of Ducky and Jimmy. They are funny together. When is Jimmy getting married? What happened to Abby's brother? A few unfinished things this season.
Okay, I admit do not like Tony (too superficial) love McGee!! My ideal ending has mcGee hooking up with a playboy centerfold who belongs to Mensa and he meets thru Abby! Let's get Jimmy married already!! Yes Vance has a rockin' spouse, no surprise!! And, This is not Gunsmoke!! All things in TV land do come to an end! I love Rizzoli And Isles and it pleases me to think a good actor (Sascha) can move on!! McGee is doing a commercial for heavens sake! Say a fond goodbye!!
Well crafted episode with the spotlight on Vance--admittedly, not one of my favorite characters. Even showing a more humanistic side in this episode, he still has a long way to go to prove he's really a member of the team and not just a weekly pain in the butt. The writers seem to be having a problem balancing out their scripts--maybe they should actually WATCH some of the marathons and see how superb the earlier episodes were and how well balanced they were. As for Abby--love that broad! She doesn't NEED "grownup" clothes--she is who she is and doesn't really give a fig about anyones opinion, other than Gibbs.
I agree with those who say it was not the most energized episode, but it was good enough to entertain me. Tony's overreaction to the purloined performance review was fun stuff as well as pure Tony. I like Vance, but I am weary of the soulful looks he and Gibbs share, really weary. Michael was playing Vance for years and yes, it was past the time for Vance to leave him to face the consequences of his actions. I am sure Vance's LA house sold for mucho money and he got the DC area house for a song from a contact, or his wife came from money.
Really enjoyed most of this episode. Loved Vance and Gibbs both walking a tightrope. It was good to see Jackie-good character. Was surprised that Michael was guilty. Rocky C. was amazing. The man can act!!!
My one issue was- sad to say again Tony. This poor man has more issues than anyone I've ever heard about. It has become the "crisis" of the week for Tony. Why?? Tony is a great character-yes he needed to make some changes-grow up a bit but this season is just getting stupid.Please PTB give the man a break and the fans who use to enjoy him.
Sorry to point out a couple of errors.
You said: Ziva and Tony are annoyed by Tony... - I think you meant Tim.
The person Tony tackled is a Petty Officer (Brian Smith) not an Officer.
I really loved that the show actually let Michael Thomas be guilty.
I really liked this episode. I'm not a big Vance fan but he was great and yes I did tear up at the end. Still!! No McGee, no Abby, no Ducky and I don't like Palmer so he was not missed.
Come on writers get the cobwebs out and put together some more good shows.
Enjoyed the episode. I was ready to hate it, as I was sure it would be all about Vance/Gibbs, with no team again, but the story was involving and the team at least had some involvement in the case. And Rocky was great.
I loved the review, and agree with all your observations about Tony. The yabba yabba and humor is part of who he is, and without it the team, as well as the show, would be boring. The writers just need to find that balance of humor and serious with the character, as well as the show. Loved Abby, and glad to bid Wendy goodbye,as she served her purpose, and hopefully Tony can move on .
thought this episode was fantastic-love the way vance is truly the father figure for them all-and the team being his petulant children-Mr. Carroll 2 thumbs up to you!!!!
I've been waiting to see more Vance! LOVE his wife Jackie, we definitely need to see more strong women who aren't on power trips (seems like the writer's have cookie-cutters for guest stars, that can get irritating!) Overall, a great episode, look forward to many more!
I remember reading a Michael Weatherly interview where he said NCIS planned to write shows this year to fill in more personal history about the team members. That is a hard thing to do without becoming a soap opera.
Small snippets of history are okay in the plot....just not a whole show. The criminal activity should always be in the forefront of the show and not become lost in too much side dramas.
Remember NCIS visited JAG in its last season, twice, as a transition into their new NCIS show and JAG was phased out. Sure hope that isn’t happening here with NCIS-LA being the newcomer.
Do you know whether any NCIS writers have been moved to NCIS-LA? I look forward to watching NCIS each week. At times, the show could use more energy. I wish Ari were around to cause some tension/energy. He was one smooth antagonist.
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