NCIS Round Table: "Extreme Prejudice"

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Our review of the NCIS Season 10 premiere broke down the season finale of TV's #1 show in 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 this week's installment, "Extreme Prejudice."

Join in below, as we analyze the resumption and conclusion of the hunt for Dearing, the elevator scene, the lasting psychological repercussions of the attack on NCIS and a whole lot more ...


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

Steve: Ten seasons in, still the best (I realize that's six words).

Matt: Underwhelming, overhyped, yet solid.

Eric: Thank goodness it's back! (But kind of agree with Matt).

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Best quote or scene from "Extreme Prejudice"?

Steve: Any scene with David McCallum. Usually a supporting player, he proved what a superb actor he is. In the aftermath of Ducky's heart attack, you could just feel the anxiety and uncertainty on top of the pain.

Matt: This may be an unpopular choice, but for me it was the climactic meeting of Gibbs and Dearing. The tension was palpable thanks to the slow pacing and eerie setting, and then Dearing got what he deserved.

Eric: Three words: Kick. His. Ass. Or four words: He hurt my family.

Biggest gripe with the episode?

Steve: If they were expressly ordered to proceed with "Extreme Prejudice" (below), why didn't Fornell's FBI team take Dearing out when they had the chance? Also, how did he escape out of a window that small?

Matt: Too little Tim? All episodes can't feature all the team members equally, but hopefully he isn't marginalized over the long term. McGee's the man and deserves his due ... especially after that shrapnel wound.

Eric: Some may have thought the Gibbs-Dearing showdown at the end was appropriate in a way, but I didn't care for it. He went down too easily/quietly for a mastermind capable of that kind of terrorism.

Tony and Ziva in the elevator: Just right, or just do it already?

Steve: Just right, I think ... great elevator scenes this week. If it ain't broke ...

Matt: Regarding this week, I would've liked to have seen more dialogue in the elevator. I felt like it just got going by the time they were rescued. Still not sure they should ever be a full-fledged couple, however.

Eric: You know, I think the will-they-or-won't-they attention given to Tony and Ziva is overblown. It's just one component of a terrific ensemble show. That said, it's now Season 10, and I wouldn't mind seeing them explore a real relationship, as long as it didn't completely overwhelm the rest of the cast. Just go there already, Gary.

NCIS team MVP of the week?

Steve: Ducky and Palmer share this week's honors. Not only were their scenes together some of the best, but it was great to see the old man return and aid his understudy, uncovering that critical clue.

Matt: Gibbs devised the strategy change that led him to the elusive suspect, then took him down ... case closed! It's a team effort, I know, but the fearless leader truly took the lead in this particular case.

Eric: I can't really give it to my girl this week, since she was so shaken up. I want good back too, Abbs. I guess I'll go with a total copout of an answer and give it to everyone equally, by virtue of surviving!

Miscellaneous thoughts on the season premiere?

Steve: Nice to see the newly-promoted Brian Dietzen in the opening credits!

Matt: Hopefully they use the bombing as an excuse to re-paint those orange walls.

Eric: Loved the closing voiceover scene with Gibbs watching over his family.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

Steve: In the immediate future, how the team works through the lingering psychological trauma now that the Dearing case is officially closed. Down the road ... finding out why Gibbs is measuring the basement!

Matt: Hopefully a return to the show's core dynamics, which are still present for the most part, but do lack from time to time. Also, the exploration of PTSD and our heroes overcoming even greater obstacles.

Eric: One word, after seeing next week's promo: ABBY!

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

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Thanks!!! =)


Just to finish the comment: It was a perfect 'Tony' movie reference.


I believe the movie was 'Goldeneye'; and Pierce Brosnan's retort to the strangle move the second time was, "No no no. No more foreplay."


For Stephanie, who questioned about the earth moved comment: "I feel the earth move" is a Carole King song from the 70's , which was a love song- I feel the earth move, under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling down......whenever you're around." Great song, can't remember all of the words. The movie reference was when Ziva had her "strong, muscular, thighs" around Tony's neck and he referred to a character in a James Bond movie who used that move to kill people.


I was just wondering what the quote Tony said "I thought the earth moved" is from!!! Everyone says it was such a good quote because it meant more because it is a movie quote but I don't know what it is from!!! So can someone tell me, please!!! =)


I hope they show the psychological impacts on all the characters, not just Abby. Gibbs seems like he'd be a good candidate for PTSD - being helpless to protect his family (McGee, Tony, Ziva, et al) and not even knowing if they are alive must bring back memories of Shannon & Kelly.
I don't mind Tiva, as long as they don't do what they did on House with Huddy - completely overwhelming all other aspects of the show while making the characters completely OOC.
Wouldn't you think by now that Gibbs would already know the dimensions of his basement?


@Patricia If you are who I suspect that you are, you are about the only one who keeps calling Ziva a "Mary Sue". The only reason it isn't defunct is because you keep using it. Well, you and about two or three other people, depending on what day of the week it is.


@Dani Did you know that the expression "misery loves company" is the unofficial motto of Hell? :)


@Patricia. I have. She scored no higher on the version of the test that I used than any other female character out there. Sorry, but by using your standards, Gibbs qualifies as a "Marty Stu", and I really don't see him falling under that sort of heading either. My guess is that the more you dislike a character, the more a person is going to be inclined to see a character as a "Mary Sue", a "Marty Stu", whatever. Suggestion: try pulling another arrow out of your quiver. You have overused the "MS" one.


@Dani Temper, temper!

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