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NCIS Review: The Agent and the Admiral

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Number-one on the list of Things We've Learned About Becoming NCIS Agents? Have a bad relationship with your dad. 

Ziva? Father murders man who might recognize him while on U.S. soil. Check.

Gibbs? It's a little better now. But both men are still a bit crusty with each other. Giving it a check.

Tony? I suppose if bedding Tony's neighbor on Tony's bed is any indication, then... check.

And now we've learned that Tim has a "son of a bitch" father who thinks his son is an "overpaid paper pusher". Big time check.

Gibbs With Tiva

At least this paternal dynamic gave the NCIS team an opportunity to show its family colors as Gibbs, Abby and even Tony (in an awkward way) found ways to encourage Tim to face his dad. Tony struck a real note when he said that fathers start out as heroes but then later on disappoint. Maybe, in a way, Tim's dad was weirdly correct when he and Tim had this exchange:

McGee: Your family was the Navy.
Admiral McGee: Still is, boy. | permalink

"Squall" introduced us to Tim's father as the Admiral of a ship on which a doctor was killed. It took the full episode to discover that Admiral McGee was suffering from stage four cancer (we're not told what kind), and that his advancement to a cabinet level post at the White House would be in jeopardy should anyone find out about his illness. 

So he was keeping the diagnosis a secret from everyone except his aide - a man with ambitious hopes, who was worried that the doctor who was treating the Admiral might spill the beans, thus impeding his own parallel advancement to the White House. Therefore, of course the only logical response was to kill the doctor. I suppose a late night conversation over some wine and cigars never occurred to him.

There were two rare dynamics in the show tonight, both involving Gibbs. One, his laughter at McGee's choice of movie outings with his "little brother" Adam. Gibbs' laughter is such an unusual event: when it happens, it's worth noting. If we had a drinking game around that, we'd all be teetotalers.  

The second was Gibbs' paternal instincts and defense of McGee. I have to say: it was enjoyable watching him defend Tim against his father, especially with an NCIS quote like this:

Admiral McGee: My relationship with my son is none of your damned business.
Gibbs: You make him think he's nothing. You're the one with nothing. | permalink

Almost makes you want to stand and applaud doesn't it? We know McGee is the salt of the earth - anyone who would try and negate a Big Brother like him the way his father did would not only be disrespectful, but as wrong as he could be. I don't care if the one doing the disrespecting was sick or not - wrong is wrong. Period. Full stop.

Having said that, you have to admire the work done by Jamey Sheridan as McGee's father: his portrayal of a charismatic boor was outstanding. I think that when an actor can portray a character which affects the viewer the way his did, it speaks loudly of his ability. 

When are the writers of NCIS going to stop teasing us with the Tony/Ziva deal? First, we have Tony making remarks about the weather girl (to Ziva's annoyance), and then we see Tony getting a little irritated at Ziva's brief flirtation with Agent Stan Burley... until Burley mentions that he's engaged. In real life, guys would need to either make a move or move on; you don't keep this tension going (generally) for this long and expect the girl to remain interested. 

Or maybe you do. What do you think?

Final notes:

  • Where the heck did Petty Officer Wyath think he was going when he fled from Tony and Burley while the ship was on lockdown? He was going to run away to... where, exactly?
  • ADHD cocktail? I don't think that's a thing, actually. Any one of the meds will do it. You don't need five of them to achieve the purpose for which they were intended in the story.
  • It looks as though the next episode (titled "Chasing Ghosts") will be airing on April 9.
  • Our NCIS roundtable is up!

Your turn. Do you have a higher opinion of Admiral McGee, now that that he and his son are talking?  What's your take on Tony and Ziva? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Dreamrose

So happy to see Stan Burley again! He really should stay out of cargo holds; he seems to have rather bad luck when pursuing suspects in them. Last time, he nearly got killed! I certainly wouldn't mind having him back again in the future, providing they don't decide to kill him. That would just be plain rude!

Wolfshades

@Jeremy: Sir. Yes sir! Mistake corrected. Thank you for that.

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Dear Admiral Mc Douche, MIT has isolated Tim? Well the apple didn't fall far from that tree did it? in case you missed it, the Navy estranged you from your wife, mother, and children. Oh yeah ....sorry you're sick.

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Oh how can I forgot they meantion Wiallimsburg VA How freaking cool

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Way to go NCIS a other 5 star episode it had everything funny moment sad moments and old faces like Stan I like stan. I do have 3 questions though 1 When Ducky Told Plamer that they are all replaceable was that a foreshadowing of one of them leaving ? 2 was I the only one who though it was odd that Vance let Tony not only be in his chair but use his laptop.? 3.Could the CIA and homeland security be helping the person who kill Ziva father who ever it may be?

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I was very worried about this episode disappointing me because I've been waiting for a long time now. It is safe to say that this episode satisfied me and has become one of my favorites. Jamey Sheridan was incredible as McGee's father and I enjoyed his scenes with both Sean Murray and Mark Harmon. Both cast members did an exceptional job. This episode gave a much needed insight into McGee's character. Now, I'd only wish to understand how this episode is related to the finale arc. Hopefully Jamey comes back. I also adored the big brother subplot which tied in nicely with the main plot.

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''MAYBE HE FELL IN THE SHOWER AND CAN'T GET UP''-DINOZZO. AHHHH JUST START THE EP. W/TONY'S JOKES! ANYHOW MCGEE TELLING THAT KID ADVICE ABOUT BULLIES..... HE SHOULD'VE USED THAT ON HIMSELF TOWARDS HIS DAD. JUST CUZ HE HAS THE TITLE OF A NAVY ''ADMIRAL'' DOESN'T MEAN HE HAS TO BE A MASSIVE A-HOLE! NCIS HAS DONE IT AGAIN.........AWESOME EPISODE!

Marissa

Great episode. I was so glad to finally meet McGee's dad. My first impression of him was that he's a total jerk and no matter what McGee does will never be good enough for him and he's disappointed in him. Near the end it showed that he does love Tim and cares about him and cares what he thinks about him but still wants him to stand up for himself and do something he thinks is useful. The minute Vance asked the admiral why he was so interested in McGee's future and he avoided the question I knew he was dying but I didn't know what from. I wonder if we'll ever find out what cancer he has. Tony was funny as usual. Ok I just got to say it Palmer really needs to learn when to shut up sometimes the main reason he's funny is not because of his jokes but because no one laughs at them because he makes them at the worse possible time. Can't wait till the next episode.

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IT'S ADMIRAL MCGEE,NOT ADMIRAL GIBBS!!! FOR THAT MISTAKE,DROP AND GIVE ME 50 PUSH-UPS,THEN TAKE A TOOTHBRUSH AND GO CLEAN THE LATRINES
FOR YOUR DETAIL,SAILOR!!

NCIS Season 10 Episode 19 Quotes

Admiral McGee: My relationship with my son is none of your damned business.
Gibbs: You make him think he's nothing. You're the one with nothing.

McGee: Boss do you think I made the right decision with my father?
Gibbs: To be the bigger man? Maybe it's time he learned from you, McGee.

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