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This was an excellent episode, highlighting David McCallum's talents and showing the group getting just a little bit closer to whole (still cant vouch for Dir. Vance, or Gibbs).
My favorite moment was in the "bullpen" when Ducky realises that he has had his one chance and he smiles, shrugs, sighs and says he is going down to the lab.
Gibbs' embarrassed look, and Ziva's amused, yet loving smile said it all!
Emmy nomination for David McCallum for supporting actor in a dramatic series would be MOST appropriate for this episode.

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can you belive it you know who is now spreading hate on the castle site my god whats wrong with him or her seems doesnt like couples getting together

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@Luanne: Who knows? Abby Angst is NCIS canon anymore. She's the only character on television that not only de-evolves, but actually regresses. If this show goes on much longer, Crabby Abby will start showing up at work wearing a onsey, clutching a My Little Pony doll and demanding to be burped. Its time for Gibbs' little girl to grow up already. I love this show, but some things have just been done to death.

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What happened to Abby to keep her from crossing the line into the Autopsy
room??

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I felt the NCIS writers may have (finally) heard the ground swell of fan complaints about how far away from the original premise the show has gotten. This one episode seemed to be closer to "classic NCIS" and its first 3 seasons than it has been in several years. Head slapping, busting eachother, more of the regulars and much fewer guest stars, they solved the crime but kept eachother and us laughing all the way. I hope the trend continues.

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Great episode; Binder is one of the better writers for the series. He knows the characters very well.

Classic Ducky...MVP all the way. This was HIS party; he rightfully ran the Point. I loved him throughout. I loved Palmer getting his first "foray" to Gibbs' basement - and how he abruptly left - hee hee!!!

I think the PTSD arc will not have as much to do with "The team", as it will with the actual Marine that is being featured. I kind of think that's what these first three episodes were for: to focus on the team getting better. Any "team recovery" going forward will be more indirect than not (with McGee being the possible exception)

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

Steve Binder's episode, good of course.

2. Best quotes or scenes from "Phoenix"?

Ziva: "we are whole again" and the look Gibbs gave her after that.
The Gibblets ganging on Palmer and Gibbs' arrival, making them look like mischievous pranksters. Very funny.

3. Biggest gripe with the episode?

Some slow moments, in the middle
Tony calling Ducky a hoot.

4. Discuss Ducky's performance in his new capacity.

Well, he had tons of help, thankfully (and thanks to Gibbs mostly), but he did manage in the end. So... good job!

5. Is the team really whole again?

No, as Terrie said, PTSD arc incoming.

6. NCIS team MVP of the week?

Gibbs for allowing Ducky to get better, and helping him along the process.

Terrie

1. Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three, or four).
I agree with Matt's assessment. "Good but not the best"

2. Best quotes or scenes from "Phoenix"?
Ducky........

3. Biggest gripe with the episode?
Where was Vance?

4. Discuss Ducky's performance in his new capacity.
This was definitely Ducky's week. He was the best thing
about the episode.

5. Is the team really whole again?
Being as there is an PTSD arc coming I'd say not.

6. NCIS team MVP of the week?
Do you really have to ask.....Ducky ..no brainer.....

7. What the heck is Gibbs building in his basement?
That and how the team is coping with the big kaboom are the questions of the season thus far..........a couple of the theories I'm seeing are plausible but I can't pick one yet.....we'll see.

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I loved this episode, from start to finish. So much goodness in here. :) Ducky was awesome, and it was so nice to see everyone back to their usual selves by the end of the episode. All is well in the world of NCIS again... for now, at least. :)

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I agree, Alex...Why can't it be another boat? I love his boats. Maybe his eventual retirement boat? Don't see why it'd be a memorial. They already built a stone one.
They're basically half-logs now, but I'm sure he would plane them down. I'm not a boat builder but I'd think the center bottom piece has to be a pretty sturdy affair to hook all the ribs to?




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