NCIS Round Table: "You Better Watch Out"

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Our NCIS review broke down "You Better Watch Out," last week's episode of TV's #1 show, in detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Douglas Wolfe and Eric Hochberger have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of various events and topics from this solid installment.

Join in as we analyze the return of Tony Sr. and many other aspects from the episode ...


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

Steve: Lighter and often quite funny.

Doug: Touching.

Eric: Surprisingly tender.

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2. Favorite quotes or scenes from "You Better Watch Out"?

Steve: I loved Tony Sr.'s arrival at NCIS and immediate hug/greeting of Ziva, plus chastising Tony for not inviting her over. Also, Tim's back-cracking attempt and trip to the dump both killed me.

Doug: Oddly, it was the scene where Ziva rested her head on Tony Senior's chest, smiling. Such a warm moment for them both.

Eric: The reveal of Senior's ring, because I'm a softie at heart. And the fact that Tony has a fish, and that Abby fingerprinted her relatives as an adolescent. Raise your hands if you're surprised!

3. Biggest problem with the episode, if any?

Steve: Only Tony Sr. getting it on in Jr.'s bed with the neighbor. That's against protocol even between fathers and sons with normal relationships! I'm with Jr. on that one. That said, you have to give the old man credit for trying a lot harder to bond with his son this time than in his previous appearances.

Doug: There were a couple of characters that I would have liked to have seen explored further. Obviously the length of the episode was limited but I'm sure the writers may have something more for us in future episodes. The first was the new girl, Special Agent Ashley Winter: She's so smirky and as one commenter noted, she looked like she was hiding a secret. You get the sense there's a whole story behind her character (always the mark of a great actor), and so I hope to learn more about her. I noticed that instead of being angry when Gibbs first denied her access to evidence, she smiled. That's interesting. The other character that we didn't see enough of was Tim's MIT friend Stewie. Really liked that offbeat former-teacher-who-now-works-in-trash guy.

Eric: No problems, other than I wished it had been a little longer, for the reasons Doug said.

4. Biggest surprise: Tony's apartment being immaculate, or McGee being the MIT mascot?

Steve: Actually going to take Tim on this one. Tony's apartment actually made sense to me, he's far more "grown up" than he lets on. McGee, I wouldn't have guessed was into sports ... beaver suit or not.

Doug: Tony's apartment, hands down. McGee comes from a strong geek background so the mascot thing seems about right (as opposed to being one of the players). The apartment reeked of "sanctuary" - spartan and honest, and neat to a fault. Where Tony has to deal with messy relationships and messy criminal scenes, with Gibbs hitting upside the back of his head so often - there was the one place where none of that was present. He kept it pristine for himself, and so you could easily see himself coming in the door, throwing off his jacket and sighing. I like how they wrote that - it's logical and it kind of explains Tony a bit more.

Eric: Tony, but man what I wouldn't give to see Tim the Beaver in action.

5. Have you enjoyed the strong emphasis on family members this season?

Steve: I have. While this was not my favorite of Robert Wagner's appearances I did like that he wasn't there working some angle. Overall, it's been a great season to get to know the characters better.

Doug: Totally. Having that emphasis - not just for each of the characters' families, but with the increasing familial sense they have with each other - you just find you care about them more.

Eric: Definitely. Loved Abby's brother and the "other" Leroy Jethro (not family but like family), and even Diane again. Looking forward to Eli's return and meeting McGee's old man, The Admiral!

6. NCIS team MVP of the week?

Steve: Tony and Tim (tie). For all the good-natured abuse these guys take, including from each other, it never gets in the way of their crime-solving abilities, and they're great as partners.

Doug: It almost seems obvious to say Tony. So I'm going to go with Tony's apartment as MVP instead. I mean look at it. It's a bachelor's dream. Even the twin bed. I loved pretty much every single thing about that place. (Maybe not the goldfish - though when you think about it, even Kate was pretty much low maintenance right?).

Eric: Abby, for her choice in Christmas music! And Stewie, for his memory of the date of the break-in at the dump. Who said that MIT education wasn't put to good use!?

7. What's on your NCIS Christmas list for 2012-13?

Steve: Something a little more hard-hitting. With the exception of "Shell Shock" and "Gone" it's been lighter fare this fall. Not that it hasn't been terrific most weeks, but I'm ready for something heavier.

Doug: They've teased us for so long about Tony and Ziva that I think it's time for them to either take them off the table, or let their relationship progress. (I'm in favor of the latter). Also, in last week's episode, when his ex said that Gibbs shouldn't be alone, he asked "who says I'm alone?" That's a teaser right there - or he was just being mysterious and existential or something. I know he considers the team his family but maybe it's time one of his past love interests came back into play. Also, what's Leon's story these days? And let's see a story that revolves all around Mr. Palmer's new life too. On the criminal side, it would be good to see the team tackle more terrorists. Seems far more enjoyable when they go after truly dangerous types who have criminal intents, rather than just the one-offs - of which we've seen so many.

Eric: As the resident Jewish member of the NCIS Round Table panel, nothing! But seriously, I enjoy Ziva's take on Christmas, and if we call it a holiday wish list, I'd say a couple of big multi-episode case arcs, because those episodes are often the best, to balance out the (admittedly awesome) character-centric episodes of late.

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

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Hi. Been a fan forever. I'd love to see Jamie Lee Curtis' character reappear. That's unfinished business! Besides, I love her....been a fan since Halloween. I think they make a beautiful couple.
Don't want to see Ziva and Tony as a couple. I think they love each other as friends.
Enjoyed all the comments!
Happy New Year all.


#3 in the TV Guide user poll is NCIS. They must be doing something right.Keep up the good work NCIS.


I agree with you Michael. It's been pretty disappointing so far and I hope it'll pick up. It just seems to have lost its mojo and energy. The plots, characters, and actors are just tired. I guess it's bound to happen in that many seasons, but I had hoped it wouldn't.
A lot of the stories are just ridiculous (moonrocks??) and the clever humorous bits are few and far between. Crossing my fingers that it gets better.


2012 wa not a good year for NCIS season 10 with only maybe 3 epsoide being good let hope 2013 is better


Loved the episode. The only thing it was missing was a kiss on the cheek for abby from gibbs. I was suprised about Tonys apartment, even the bed but when i thought about it and when he explained it, it totally made sense! I was upset as tony when he caught senior in his bed. I mean seriously?! We know what senior is like but that is just WAY out of line!! I loved the ending! I would love to see abby and Zivas places. And absolutely another zabby undercover op thing! Im loving the family aspect this season has, so keep going along with that but i really want to see tiva move forward. Even if that means they dont hook up, it needs to be explored more. Im sick of waiting and hoping for little bits, moments in each episode, that just turn out to be extended information rather than them getting anywhere. If that makes sense at all.
I want Gibbs to be happy. I dont really like him getting any new love interests, for me his last chance with love was Jenny. But thats just me. And when gibbs says whos says im alone and puts on the ncis cap, you know he isnt alone and hes fine with it. I hope.
I really want to know what Gibbs is building! Whuch means i want the season finale to come but at the same time i dont. How on earth are they gng to top last seasons finale?? Im quite nervous about that!


maybe it's time one of his past love interests came back into play. Hollis Mann has been in Hawaii long enough... bring her back to Gibbs' life!


Have they ever been to Ziva's place? After the one that exploded I mean


Once again, given the rare opportunity for some actual depth and drama, MW knocks it out of the ball park. I guess they mostly use him for comedy because he's so good at that too, and because when it's Ziva or Gibbs turn to have the drama (which it almost always is) they need to dispel the grim mood that these two tend to evoke. I wish they'd give us a hiatus on constant, in your face tragic Ziva dramas and give us the subtle variety shown in You Better Watch Out. This episode was fun, emotional, and sweet - believable.


My opinion is basically similar to Blu, except I would like to add a few other comments. The tree was beautiful, the packages were a nice touch and I could almost taste the Snickerdoodles. Tony's apartment is similar to my condo, including the single bed. This indicates that Tony is a very private person inside. Loved the piano, and the fish named Kate. He always did have a reverence for her. Hope Robert Wagner continues to come to NCIS.
Tony fans, Did you know that Michael Weatherly spent the hour LIVE TWEETING and it was fun. He asked some story line trivia and we also were able to make comments and ask questions. He is interested in giving his time to his fans. I don't know if I heard this right, but 12/26 Tony will be hosting the USA marathon and all episodes relate to Tony.
In my opinion, Tony (MW) keep up the good work.


All we have left is Abby Place right?

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 10 Quotes

Stewie: This was one crazy dude in college. Really knew how to have a good time.
Tony: Shut up. No way.
Stewie: Did he tell you he was the school mascot?
Tony: No! What was the MIT mascot?
McGee: Really. Does it matter?
Tony: Oh yes it does. Stewie?
Stewie: A beaver. He was Tim the Beaver our senior year.
Tony: Please tell me you dressed up like a beaver.

Tony Senior: What can I say? I'm me. I'm not gonna change.
Tony: I know. I know you're not gonna change. And I don't know why I was smiling because there's nothing funny about this. Dad this is my home. I told you my rules, okay? And you broke them. It was a mistake having you here for Christmas.
Tony Senior: You want me to leave.