NCIS Review: Gone, But Not Forgotten

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Reviewing last week's NCIS, I said that it's rare for an episode to feature an extraordinary case, yet superb character development. Well, maybe that's not true.

The CBS smash did it again on "Gone." Moreover, there was a good splash of humor, making for a nice, well-rounded episode.

Normally, the cases on NCIS involve a dead Marine, Naval officer or some other member of the military and that's it. But here we got a little more. Navy Captain David Wade ends up shot to death, but that's not the immediate concern.

The big problem is he died trying to prevent his daughter, Lydia and her best friend, Rose Martin from being kidnapped.

The man is most definitely a hero, but unfortunately, the kidnappers manage to get Rose. So, the top priority for all of NCIS is to find this missing girl, with time more critical than ever. They have 48 hours at the most.

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After realizing that the kidnapping is focused on human-trafficking, Gibbs turns to an old foe, Miranda Pennebaker, a woman with questionable morals but major connections.

Gibbs makes the right decision because she leads the team to the kidnappers who were planning on selling Rose and shipping her to God knows where. Miranda is an interesting character. She's a woman with a very shady past, but one who I think is truly trying to change and become a straight arrow. With the smile on Gibbs's face at the end (and as we know, Gibbs rarely smiles), I think he sees this in Miranda as well. I have a feeling we'll be seeing this character again before too long.

Last week, we were treated some exceptional character development from Gibbs and this week it's Ziva and Abby's turn. 

Poor Lydia, with her father dead and her mother deployed halfway around the world, really has no one to turn to. So, Ziva and Abby offer to stay with her, basically be not only her guardian but her friend until her mother returns home. I'm sure you've noticed before, but most of the characters on NCIS don't really have much of a life. 

The only real exception is Jimmy Palmer ever since he got married, and perhaps Abby with her new-found brother. However, even though these characters may have no real family, they are the ones who truly know the meaning of friendship. Ziva does an exceptional job relating with Lydia, connecting with her about how she lost her siblings, Ari and Tali. And Abby is just hilarious trying to cheer Lydia up by talking about how awkward she was in her high-school days. Within just hours after her father is murdered, Lydia is able to laugh and comment to Abby that they probably would have been friends in high school. 

Those were just some really cool scenes, and we get to see sides of Ziva and Abby that we hadn't before. 

Of course, the icing on the cake took place at the end with the big mystery "date" of Ziva's with this Schmeil, who we are told is a well-respected Hebrew man.  Tony is all up-in-arms and obviously jealous, and then... Schmeil Pinkhas walks through the door!

He's not some hot dude that Tony expected, but an old, wise man that has known Ziva since she was a child and was just there for a visit. Of course, we fans knew something like that was coming, but it was still funny as hell to watch Tony sweat it out. But the best part was yet to come, as this Schmeil knows DiNozzo Sr. Was I the only viewer who yelled "Holy sh*t" at the TV when he said that?!?

And, oh, yeah, the old man wants DiNozzo Jr. to come along with him and Ziva, because as he said, "DiNozzo, let's party!" Oh, yes, like father, like son!

There is one big upside of this: Ziva and Tony did get a date, right? Even if this weird Schmeil was in the middle of it? We'll take it.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (245 Votes)

RIVER SONG!! Omg she was in it! Oh and ziva and tony get together already! Your killing me!;))


Dear Kit: Would you be kind enough to illustrate how my request for respect and tolerance of each other "masks rudeness and nastiness toward certain characters?" Please be kind enough to edify me, I am not attempting to be snarky; I really want to know what I wrote that prompted you to judge me so harshly? Thanks.


@Janet Hi. I know. I almost didn't bother to stoop to their level of "trying to play victim", but it was so amusing, I couldn't help it. My intent was to - like Dani insightfully pointed out - steer things back to a TEAM discussion. It's funny because "Gone" was about Ziva & Abby mostly, and they both shined brighter than any other team members!They were fantastic! The probably is w/ some lurking posters on this board (such as "Not Your Mother") trying to disguise their rudeness & nastiness towards certain characters, with zero success. Once a Hater - ALWAYS a Hater. Haters will never be welcome here - and they WILL be dealt with openly each & every time!! Leave your negative character commments to your own private forum, where NOBODY gives a crap anyways!!!!!!!!


@dani@kit hi you 2 i found out its best to ignore the hatefull comments by a few on this site,yes everyone has an opinion and everybody has a right to dislike a player but when they write hate in every comment they post its hard to ignore makes you wonder who these people are and whats with them but they will always be haters in this world so please friends ignore them maybe they will go away.


Deja vu and Not Your Mother are not attacking anyone. They are simply asking you to behave with civil maturity and to keep your comments confined to the show, rather than hurling hostile personal insults just because someone expresses that they don't like a character or the writing and you do. It's fine to disagree but your insults and bossiness are completely irrelevant and inappropriate.


Dani, please.... We are all trying to get along here and its starting to get hostile again. I am asking you as nicely as I can to PLEASE be kind in your posts. If you don't agree with someone, you need only write, "I don't agree and here's why.." As you would ask that we respect you, we ask that you respect us.


@DejaVu Rather than trying to pass the blame onto others, why don't you take your OWN advice & "Re-Read" what YOU first posted. I don't need to "read" anything; neither does Kit. YOU chose to go after Kit in her post by thinly veiling your little digs at certain characters you don't like, such as Ziva - and others picked up on THAT. We KNOW you don't like Ziva, but you're forever outnumbered, since the rest of the majority DOES, and we DON'T appreciate constant, negative posts like yours about characters WE love. Kit's post was a POSITIVE attempt to de-toxify the negativity and steer things back around to the TEAM, which most of us on THIS board appreciate. Well done, Kit.


@Dani - Please reread (carefully) my post. I didn't attack any poster on this forum. You and apparently Kit think that personal attacks are fine, since whenever someone posts something ABOUT THE SHOW that you don't agree with, it's open season on the POSTER. People like you are the reason many fans stay away from this particular forum. Too many nasty childish self congratulatory "real fans" who can't handle differences of opinion.


@Kit BRAVO, Kit!!! You don't need to dial ANYTHING back - Like Ziva said to Palmer, you're FINE!! You have EVERY right to respond to someone attacking YOU first, for no other reason than "I respect Tony and nobody else on the show". ALL - I repeat - ALL the characters deserve our respect as fans, and NONE of them would be ANYTHING without each other. As was said...they are a TEAM, and NCIS would have gone off the air LONG ago, as a One-Character show. So Well Done!! :-)


ALL the characters work together to solve crimes on Tuesdays. Let any fan talk about the character they like, without interference. I do see negativity on these Round Tables. Let's just discuss the show and the characters.

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 8 Quotes

I appreciate that, Tony, but don't try to compete with my Schmeil.


Male friends only want to sleep with you. Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally.