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NCIS Round Table: "Prime Suspect"

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Our NCIS review broke down "Prime Suspect," this week's episode, 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 installment.

Join in as we analyze another multi-layered hour of TV's #1 show!

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

Steve: An enjoyable, if unexceptional hour.

Doug: A lighter change of pace.

Eric: Old-school whodunit caper.

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2. Favorite quotes or scenes from "Prime Suspect"?

Steve: Gibbs at the barber shop talking with his old friend. I love any insight into how the man spends his time, even if it's just a few quick scenes of Haircut Tuesday. Also when he called his dad.

Doug: I enjoyed watching Dorneget and Tony fighting it out while Melissa watched them, interpreting their spat as a lover's quarrel. That was fun.

Eric: Vance asking Abby to help with his daughter. It's about time. Also some more subtle moments like Tim tripping over himself to tell people Abby's friend is NOT her boyfriend.

3. What was your biggest problem, if any, with the episode?

Steve: The case and some of the details therein were definitely a bit of a stretch, but that's hardly cause for alarm as any show has to be granted some element of artistic license. I enjoyed it overall.

Doug: Most TV crime shows require a suspension of disbelief, which the audience is happy to provide. I just could not get my head around the notion of the reporter actually murdering anyone (in this case, three) in order to advance his career, unless he's a psychopath. It's understood that psychopaths would have no compunction against doing so, but then again - aren't most of them fairly organized and intelligent? This just did not make sense. I couldn't buy it.

Eric: I agree with Doug. While it made for nice misdirection, there's no way that reporter was so desperate to revive his career that he'd start KILLING people, grotesquely and systematically at that. Really though it's all about the characters and we've had so many great moments this season to make up for any holes like that.

4. Did Gibbs do the right thing in helping his friend?

Steve: Can you even answer that? It was pretty much vintage Gibbs. He stands by his convictions, even if it means breaking the rules. It's not always admirable (though often it is), and it usually gets him in trouble, but that maverick streak is one of the many reasons he's such a beloved character - and leader.

Doug: Morally, he did the right thing. Legally? That seems a little grey. Wouldn't he have been legally obliged to hand over any information to local police? Such as the fact that the barber's son was left-handed - in addition to being a dead-ringer for the artist's sketch? I honestly don't know.

Eric: I understand why he tried to conduct his own shadow investigation, but once he began to suspect his guy was in fact the killer, impeding Metro's case was a bit shady. Just Gibbs being Gibbs, though.

5. Who was the NCIS team MVP of the week?

Steve: Dorneget, for putting up with Tony, and Vance, for pranking Tony. Sorry Tony.

Doug: This one goes to Vance: the way he handled his irritation with worry-wart Abby by asking for her help with his daughter, effectively resolving two issues at the same time. And for pranking Tony. I hope we continue to see him evolving like this: it makes him more accessible and likeable.

Eric: Leroy Jethro. If you're friends with that guy, he's always got your back.

6. Tony's antics in the Bahamas: Funny or over-the-top?

Steve: I love Michael Weatherly at times like this, but hope it doesn't become overdone, because he's capable of so much more. If it's balanced out by some Tony episodes with more depth later, I'm okay with it.

Doug: Vintage Tony for the most part: he was in his element, being on a beach and surrounded by women. Plus, he thought he had his very own probie servant in Dorneget. His misinterpretation of Melissa's interest in him funny but... the shtick is getting to be too formulaic.

Eric: Funny. I know people may have gripes but I laughed!

7. Is Ziva off her game?

Steve: They did lead you to believe that, didn't they? I'm guessing the various hints at that will manifest themselves in the big arc to conclude the season. Ziva's drama hasn't unfolded quickly thus far because they're setting the stage - at least that's my prediction. Can't wait to see how it plays out.

Doug: I can't decide this one. It could be that the writers forgot about character continuity in allowing the detective to read information from her desk: the normal Ziva would have not allowed that mistake. Or it could be a setup for the fact that she really is off of her game. I haven't seen her make any other overt mistakes, so I'd have to say "no" at this point. (Now watch: the next episode will feature Gibbs calling her out on that goof. Or worse: Tony.)

Eric: Maybe, but if so, isn't that to be expected as normal, human behavior?

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

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I seem to recall an earlier episode, maybe season 1 or 2 when Kate inquired about Gibbs' haircut, implying it wasn't a great haircut and the reason were given suggested the barber was an old and feeble family friend. What happened to that barber because clearly the barber in Prime Suspect should still be able to cut hair fairly decently since he is way too young to have been old and feeble 10 years ago. Anyone know?

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@Katya1965 Please tell me how I was angry in my comment about Ziva's role in Kate's death. I stated what I remembered from the episode. That's all I did. There was not any anger. All I did was suggest that people not watch a show that makes them that mad. I wasn't mad. But in your 4 posts you sounded very frustrated so I just suggested that people stop watching something that makes them that upset.

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I am sorry I offended you with my earlier comment and I will refrain from saying what I truly feel about this matter. I just want to enjoy the show for what it is-mindless entertainment.

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people to worry about rather than the supposed wrong doings of a ficitonal character. But please tell me this-if Ziva was as incompetent and as big of a screw up as you all say she is why does someone like Gibbs keep her on his team? Why did Director Vance approve her application for being an NCIS agent (and that was after he knew all the terrible things she had done)? Why would Tony agree to be her partner if he didn't trust her? And why oh why would they all put their lives at risk and travel across the world to Somalia to save her? If she was that much of a screw up they should have just left her there to die. But no, Tony and Gibbs led the "attack" to go and get her and bring her home. You know why? Drama and entertainment. That is why these things happen. The writers want to keep people watching. Every character is exaggerated more than they would be in real life. Everyone has their part and they all contribute to the show. I have nothing bad to say about any of them. I am sorry I offended you with my earlier comment and I will refrain from saying what I truly feel about this matter.

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I do not have any explanations for Ziva's screw ups because I just don't care that much about it. I was stating how I remembered the episodes of "Kill Ari" parts 1 and 2. I didn't spend my time memorizing dialogue and re-watching episodes so I could prove my points on this page. I love the show and I am a dedicated fan but I am not going to argue with people over why Ziva is bad or not bad. She isn't real. She is a fictional character in a fictional world. I don't take the things she does personally. She is an actress that is acting scenes out that are written by a writer and directed by a director. Ziva is not real. I don't have the energy to worry about that stuff. I watch the show for the entertainment it gives me. I love all the characters. The things they do don't bother me because they have no control over me or my real life. To be that obsessed that you are memorizing lines and picking out scenes to defend your point is ridiculous. I have a life and I have real people to worry about rather than the supposed wrong doings of a fictional character. But please tell me this-if Ziva was as incompetent and as big of a screw up as you all say she is why does someone like Gibbs keep her on his team? Why did Director Vance approve her application for being an NCIS agent (and that was after he knew all the terrible things she had done)? Why would Tony agree to be her partner if he didn't trust her? And why oh why would they all put their lives at risk and travel across the world to Somalia to save her? If she was that much of a screw up they should have just left her there to die. But no, Tony and Gibbs led the "attack" to go and get her and bring her home. You know why? Drama and entertainment. That is why these things happen. The writers want to keep people watching. Every character is exaggerated more than they would be in real life. Everyone has their part and they all contribute to the show. I have nothing bad to say about any of them. I am sorry I offended you with my earlier comment and I will refrain in the future from saying what I truly feel about this matter.

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What Ziva was responsible for was to bring her brother home or kill him AFTER he had gone bad by killing Kate. @Fan1 We MUST be watching a different show. What I saw was - Gibbs: Ms David, Whose get cut off if Ari's not a Mossad mole but a terrorist?
Ziva: Mine I suppose, since I'm his control officer. Gibbs believed Ari was bad. Eli believed Ari was bad. The only one who didn't was the one who was responsible for him. If she's not responsible for Kate's, death she's definitely incompetent at her job. I, too, look forward to hearing your further explanations for Ziva's other screw ups.

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@fan1 I thought the usual Ziva-hand-waving-of-the-facts would happen. I disagree with your assessment of what went on re Ari and the events of Reunion. However, I'm looking forward to you addressing all the other areas where she screwed up and giving us your Gospel According to Saint Ziva version of them. And I'm not mad - I'm amused. You sound pretty angry, though. Maybe you should take your own advice and stop hanging out on sites like this if you can't take people having different opinions to yourself :-).

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stop watching. You all spend a lot of time getting heated over a made up character who really shouldn't have that much influence over your lives.

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Kate is dead because Ari was a rogue Mossad agent who went against Eli's orders by killing Kate. Ziva was never on the show until Kate was already gone. What Ziva was responsible for was to bring her brother home or kill him AFTER he had gone bad by killing Kate. She was ordered, by her father, to kill Ari to gain Gibbs' trust. She took the assignment in order to protect her brother, not kill him. When she learned of her brother's true intentions, she killed him in order to protect Gibbs. If you would watch the episode in season 7 called "Reunion" all of this is explained to Gibbs. Of course, she would protect her brother and believe her brother over a stranger as Gibbs was at the time. When she heard Ari confess to Gibbs that he had in fact killed Kate in order to get back at Eli for raising him to be a killer, Ziva took the shot that ended his life. It's funny how you Ziva haters all seem to be watching a different show then the rest of us watch. If she makes you that mad, stop watching. You all spend a lot of time getting heated over a made up character who really shouldn't have that much influence over your lives.

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Plus I'd also believe that Ziva was off her game just because she was jealous Tony was sent on a special assignment and she wasn't. Flirting with girls in bikins, no less. They've shown us before that Ziva loses focus under those circumstances. Or maybe the show IS trying to show us that Ziva is off her game this time. LOL

NCIS Season 10 Episode 17 Quotes

Tony: Couldn't help noticing you're sitting here all alone. I thought maybe you'd want some company?
Melissa: Sure. Your partner won't mind?
Tony: Partner?
Melissa: I assumed you two are a couple. Just... your shirt. So...pink.

Ramsey: Looks like we got a lot of evidence to get through, huh?
Abby: Yeah.
Both: All-nighter!

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