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NCIS Review: Probie Paradise

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"Prime Suspect" centered around a barber who was worried his son might be a serial murderer. 

When Gibbs showed up for a haircut, he asked him to discretely investigate, with the hope of clearing his child as a suspect. The team took it on while investigating an unrelated case, involving a Marine who was suspected of stealing $100,000 from the cash sales office where he was assigned and then fleeing to the Bahamas with his girlfriend. 

Tony and Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget were sent to the Bahamian resort to bring him back.

Vance, Gibbs, Ziva and Tim

Frankly, I had a problem with the outcome of the "Dead Rose Slasher" case, in which we learned that the original set of murders were done by a guy who died in a bar fight and that a copycat was on the loose and murdering women three years later. It stretches the imagination to conclude that a TV reporter did the deed. Tim asked the question I was asking:

You think he became the copycat to resurrect his career? | permalink

The show was otherwise light and a bit surprising with all of the relational subplots - and there were so many of them. 

Tony convinced Dorneget that Vance had resurrected a long-defunct GS11 NCIS exam, for which he needed to memorize an enormous book of regulations. This was surprising on two fronts: 

  1. That Ziva conspired with him in this.
  2. That Vance and Dorneget conspired to provide payback to Tony, which took the form of a rejection of Tony's Bahamas expense report and a notification that his expenses for the past two years were being audited. 

Mad respect to Vance for playing a prank, which I think might be a first.  

Another interesting subplot involved Abby, who was desperately worried about Vance... to his frustration. His gentle deflection of that worry in asking Abby to help his daughter with her science project was intelligent, believable and understanding. In fact, his assertion that his daughter needed a "strong woman" in her life felt true. I liked that, as it seems that Vance is evolving past the cold and implacable director we're used to seeing. 

Along with the prank, this means we're going to see some more layers to his character in the future. He told Gibbs that he's back - but where is Deputy Director Craig? 

The third subplot (or maybe it was an extension of the first one) had to do with the trip to the Bahamas and Tony's submitting him to a "probie" by trying to get him to run errands and by instituting a 3:00 a.m. wake up call. Their bickering provided yet another "Tony the clown" moment when the girl they were monitoring concluded they were a gay couple. Not complaining, though, because it actually was funny. 

Two of my favorite NCIS quotes from this episode came from Tony. First:

Tony [to Ned Dorneget]: What in the name of Brooks Brothers are you wearing? You look exactly like what you are: a pubescent federal agent. | permalink

But the one that got me laughing out loud was:

Vance: Where is he?
McGee: It's haircut Tuesday, Director Vance.
Tony: Yeah, the bowl should be coming off his head just about now. | permalink

Abby's reunion with Ramsey Boone - her college roommate - was interesting. You have to wonder if we'll be seeing more of him; he certainly seems to be her speed and shares her science geek enthusiasm.

Episodes like this are so welcome - when almost all of the cast gets a small but meaty role to play. (Except Palmer this time, of course. He's the Cheshire Cat of the series it seems: sometimes there, often times not.)

So what did you think of the episode? Did you buy the outcome of the "Dead Rose Slasher" plot? Has your impression of Vance changed? What are your thoughts on Ziva and Tony teaming up to prank Dorneget? 

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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I am a day 1 ncis fan and I have been reading the comments on this site for a while and I find it so insane that people on here can't distinct from fiction and reality. All of u people that refer to tiva or accuse the writers of only concentrating on the (character) Ziva is hilarious to me. People, it's a t.v. show and if you are truly a fan your comments wouldn't be criticizing any character. When u do that you are slighting the same show you claim to love. Once the ( character ) Ziva was added the show obviously began to become more popular, the ( character) Kate chose to leave the show, please let it go? If you hate it so much just stop watching it, evidentely a lot of people like what the writers and producers are doing, I'm going to keep watching because I love the show and all of its characters. Me lie, women lie, numbers don't . Remember it's fiction people.

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Dear Costume Director, a long sleeve linen shirt and long pants....at a Carribean resort? Really? I guess you've never been there. On a different topic, what a HILARIOUS coincidence that there was a minor gay subplot directly affecting both NCIS class clowns...on the same broadcast night (On NCIS: LA, Deeks had to play gay to attract a villain's interest).

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Can't wait till next week. Looks like McGee gets to go to Afghanistan with Gibbs! This is going to be the episode that MW directed called Seek.

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@gatorgal @ Mitch Thank you for your support and your advice. I am going to try and follow what you have both said and skip their comments and ignore them. This will take some effort because I have just never experienced such irrationality and hatred before. So, ok, I will take a deep breath and try to move on! Thanks for the luck, I'm going to need it!! :)

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@Guest comments 1, 2, and 3: I totally agree with what you have said. I have learned from reading here, and at another site, that there are certain posters who constantly post only negativity and never seem to enjoy the show. I see their names and do my best to skip their posts.

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@ guest:
Good Luck! I've tried that tact numerous times and these people keep posting the same diatribe over and over, and not just on this site: they take their pity party to the other review sites as well. I have often slapped hands for the language used against other posters and I have sent an email to the handlers of this site to censor such posters, to no avail. I have quit posting on spoislersforncis because the same four commenters have taken over the site, using the same language as here: Tony is Ziva's "purse", referring to "Mary-Sue" and fanwanked. They have no imagination and only have one speed. Forget about them and ignore them.

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we practice what we preach? Would you talk to people in person the way you talk about them on this page? I highly doubt that if people met anyone from NCIS (cast or crew) that they would spew to their faces what they spew on these pages. Can't we make this a positive place instead of such a negative one? Does this have to mean you have to love every episode? No. But man, we all need to chill out and enjoy the show for what it is-a fictional show with fictional characters that don't change our lives one way or another regardless of what happens in an episode. It is sheer entertainment. One group of fans should not have to continually defend a character they like because all of you have to constantly say negative things. I have never once said a mean thing about a character or an actor on these pages. Is it that hard to be considerate of others feelings? Not all opinions have to be negative ones. And once again, if that is too hard to do maybe you should just stop watching the show.

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posted a comment on here that has gushed on and on about her. I don't say "Ziva was so fantastic this week" or "Ziva is just the best thing about this show" or "Everyone else needs to step back and let Ziva shine and stop being so mean to her" etc, etc...Most comments you find on these pages from people who like Ziva are defensive ones because all the haters go over the top in bashing her. Seriously, can't we have one week where you refrain from the hate and say what you liked about the episode instead of what you hated? Try viewing the show by picking out what you like as you watch it. I am not saying love Ziva or even like her, but find something that you like about the show and report that here. Can't people talk about their favorite moments and what made the episode work for them? We all teach our children to look for the good in people and to be kind with our words and to follow the edict of if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all, so shouldn't we practice what we preach? Would you talk to people in person the way you talk about them on this page? I highly doubt that if people met anyone from NCIS (cast or crew) that they would spew to their faces what they spew on these pages. Can't we make this a positive place instead of such a negative one? Does this have to mean you have to love every episode? No. But man, we all need to chill out and enjoy the show for what it is-a fictional show with fictional characters that don't change our lives one way or another regardless of what happens in an episode. It is sheer entertainment. One group of fans should not have to continually defend a character they like because all of you have to constantly say negative things. I have never once said a mean thing about a character or an actor on these pages. Is it that hard to be considerate of others feelings? Not all opinions have to be negative ones. And once again, if that is too hard to do maybe you should just stop watching the show.