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NCIS Round Table: "Rekindled"

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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 our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from Tuesday's episode, "Rekindled."

Join in below, as we analyze Tony's past, the introduction of Jason King, the reintroduction of the Phantom Eight, some possible returning guest characters for the season-ending run and more ...

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

Steve: First-rate.

Matt: The whole package.

Eric: Superbly crafted.

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What was your favorite quote or one-liner from the episode?

Steve: It's hard to pick one in particular, but McGee had some quietly great moments. He'll always be the resident nerd and take flak, but he can dish it out too, and has been portrayed in a more mature light lately.

Matt: The entire exchange with Tony's boots, but in particular Gibbs referring to him as Heffy. The straightforward, unimpressed manner in which Gibbs calls out Tony's ridiculousness always gets me.

Eric: Ziva's comment feigning surprise about Tony having made it through puberty. I know some fans didn't like it, but it got a laugh from me. Besides, DiNozzo would've gone there if the situation were reversed, and he lobbed that one right over the plate ... I think he of all people would've been disappointed if she didn't tag it.

Best scene?

Steve: The whole thing was so good, you could pick nearly anything. I really enjoyed how McGee and Ziva asked Tony what happened and were genuinely proud of him. Tony's expression as he told them "it's more complicated than that" before the flashback was worth a thousand words, revealing the guilt he still carries from that day.

Matt: The elevator scene with Tony and Jason. That conversation was years in the making, even if they never thought they'd cross paths again, and it was handled with the perfect sensitivity and realism.

Eric: Loved Abby and Jason in the lab. Even when she's not the focal point of the episode, my girl always makes me smile. Jason may have met his match in terms of enthusiasm for chemical reactions. Aside from the obvious candidates, this week also offered some ancillary characters that brought a lot to the table, such as the creepy arsonist and the shady electronics company owner.

Thoughts on how the relationship between Tony and Jason was presented?

Steve: It was excellent. As I said in my review, this is how an "origin" episode should be done. We learned about DiNozzo's past in a very relevant way in the present through Jason, whose story was compelling. Gaius Charles and Michael Weatherly both delivered perfectly nuanced performances.

Matt: Agree with Steve. We've been cheated on some past introductions of characters from the team members' past, who simply make stray observations about them and expect us to believe them. This was not one of those times, as the story unfolded in a very watchable and believable way.

Eric: Jason King was great, as was DiNozzo and how they "Rekindled" their past throughout the episode. Just well done all around. Hopefully we'll get another chance to see Jason work with the team again soon.

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Who is behind the Phantom Eight murders and the arson spree?

Steve: Clearly I have no idea, but you did get the feeling we hadn't seen the last of the Watcher Fleet. I can't help but wonder if one of the Eight has gone rogue ... as Tony said, there are some bad apples.

Matt: You have to hand it to NCIS for making the banal, confusing intricacies of arson into riveting TV. As for the foe? A highly-skilled one who casts a wide-ranging net. Foreign or domestic? Internal or external? It'll be interesting to see, but I wouldn't rule out the return of Ryan, Monique, E.J. and/or Stratton as NCIS tries to piece this together.

Eric: Has to be international terrorists, right? Who else would want to blow up Navy ships en masse? Speaking of which, the closing scene, while tragic, was a shockingly awesome way to send us into the next chapter of this multi-episode arc, moments after Gibbs realized the microchips and their classified information could be compromised.

NCIS team MVP of the week?

Steve: Tony all the way. The wisdom he imparted on Jason was almost Gibbs-like! It was great to learn why he became a cop, which happened to be the same reason Jason did. Very well done.

Matt: Gibbs was particularly intense this week. Not that Jethro could ever be called jovial or easy-going, but there was a certain enhanced urgency in his actions from the very start that set the tone.

Eric: Abby. And McGee. Now we just need to get them working together more!

Would you like to see more Jamie Lee Curtis?

Steve: I would, but more in a professional sense than as a Gibbs love interest. The PsyOps angle has made for some intriguing cases already, and I'd be surprised if the brain gamer doesn't return again in that capacity. As long as NCIS doesn't become the Ryan-Gibbs show exclusively, I'm fine with it.

Matt: No. I don't particularly like the character and the show finds its groove when it focuses on the team members, not big-name guest stars. JLC is a fine actress, but I think three appearances is enough.

Eric: Okay guys, I'll take heat for this one. Yes. There, I said it. Now, I don't necessarily view this as an "endgame" relationship or see her as a series regular, but there's a lot of potential in her character.

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

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I personnel loved Rekindled i thought it was well written, it kept you on the edge of your seat, now the addition of JLC is not good at all, i think she brings the show and the team down, but now the character Jason he is a keeper, JLC needs to go

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Detective Jason King was nice in Episode "Rekindled". NCIS team must be unhappy with Gibbs decision when they caught lady in black.

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Does anyone think SECNAV Jarvis is a member of the Phantom Eight or has ties to them in some way at least we may get ej back. I am also tried of the gibbs and mexico storyline it need to take a back seat like Ziva did in season 8. Also does anyone think that Dr. Ryan son is dead and that why we have not seen him I wonder why that how she so perfect for gibbs they both lost a child. You know what I would like to see for season 10 a crossover between NCIS Hawaii five 0 and NCIS LA.

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firstly dont know why people change there names when the style of writing stays the same its a cowards way also why do people watch NCIS when its obvious they dont like the show they should realize the main players are gibbs tony and ziva and without them it wouldnt be a finale and thats the way it goes so say i and 20 million fans.

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They had a spoiler that Ducky would have some important business in the SF, so I'm glad about that, but I too think that McGee, Abby, and Tony will be short changed to make way for the usual Gibbs and Ziva dramas that always have to happen at SF time, not to mention the ever growing list of guest stars. I'm really tired of the predictability that every suspenseful multi episode story has to have Gibbs and Ziva at the center. What happened to the team?

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Thanks, Nick. :) And I totally agree, AJA. It's getting REALLY crowded in the world of NCIS. With only about 43 minutes to tell the story, some of the regulars are bound to be short changed. I so wish they'd do a 2-hr finale. I mean I guess these last 4 shows are all related, but I'm afraid each one will feel kinda rushed with all the guests and back stories. I could see McGee, Abby, Ducky, and possibly even Tony being limited. I really hope I'm wrong. Will just wait and hope for the best. It looks like an exciting SF at this point!

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I'm tired of the Gibbs/Hernandez story myself. It doesn't seem like this season finale is going to be about that again, (thank goodness) but rather about some kind of terrorism involving the Phantom Eight, Dr. Ryan so we'll have the obligatory Gibbs SF drama, Monique so we'll also have the obligatory Ziva SF drama, and then of course Palmer's wedding - which is a story that I'm looking forward to. Just hope other team members have some screen time too, what with all the guests and personal dramas.

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@Gigi Hi! Nope he's not dead - just incarcerated (or so we fans are led to believe). That's why I'm wondering "how" he's going to return - maybe they'll pull him back into Interrogation for further questioning?? And yes I agree - Cole most certainly knows about Mexico. Gibbs will never live that down, I'm thinking. The writers may toy with that angle until the series ends...just because they can!

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I don't think Cole died did he? The last time we saw him, he was in custody singing "Down Mexico Way" to Gibbs.

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I thought Cole was killed when he tried to approach the SecNav outside of a reception in a follow-up story. The fact they ran the show tonight makes me wonder whether EJ will be back.