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NCIS Review: Casserole Comfort

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While this somber episode didn't complete the Parsa story arc as I'd hoped, it did provide more insight into the family nature of the NCIS team, especially when one of their members is hurting.

Tony & Bishop

NCIS Season 11 Episode 13 carried on where the last previous installment left off: Delilah awakened after surgery to find McGee at her bedside.

Their conversation was short-lived, though, as she had to be sent back to surgery as a result of some internal bleeding. Shortly afterwards, McGee went back to work, despite not yet being cleared by the Navy psychiatrist.

Though he carried a heavy secret, McGee appeared fit and ready for duty. The only clue to his turmoil showed up in his body language: he carried his angst in his neck, which made him appear slumped over, most notably when he walked anywhere. 

Gibbs picked up on it right away and advised him to take it easy. At that point, I had no idea whether he was still in shock over Delilah being hurt in the blast or whether he blamed himself (which as it turns out he did).

We saw yet another side of Tony, who couldn't figure out just how he could help his friend and colleague, so he landed on making him a casserole. I thought that was perfect. He couldn't keep sitting around trying to figure out what to do for him; this was the best he could come up with. Something personal, appropriate, useful and above all, warm.

Yet, there was nothing that could get through to McGee: not Gibbs' constant reminders that he was more important than his job, not Abby's hug and not Tony's casserole. His secret wouldn't allow him comfort of any kind.

McGee wasn't looking for sympathy and in fact tried hard to show himself as being unaffected and ready for work - only because he didn't believe he deserved any kind of warmth or comfort from anyone. He thought it should have been him who was hurt in the blast. It should have been him who was paralyzed and not Delilah.

That's devastating stuff to consider. 

What would he do without Gibbs and his words of wisdom? Gibbs' advice to just talk to Delilah, and in effect just be there for her, was his salvation of sorts: confronting the reality of her horrific injury and holding her hand was far better than avoiding it.

McGee's heartfelt request to Gibbs at the end was tender and gripping.

Boss, would you mind sitting with me?

McGee

Final thoughts:

  • Parsa is still in the wind. Finding his driver and learning that Parsa was on a train bound for Miami, but that he was getting off it before the city, brought the NCIS a little closer to the terrorist, but not by much.
  • Abby's discovery that the two bolts that were found in the wreckage didn't match factory parts stretched my ability to suspend disbelief to the snapping point. 
  • Parsa's driver saw himself as somewhat of a moral person, and certainly not a terrorist. Really? I suppose some people have the ability to rationalize their behavior beyond belief too.
  • Tony's flirting with Martinez at the NSA seemed out of place. Granted, he didn't know at the time that Delilah was paralyzed, but still: everyone was concerned about McGee.
  • Did you catch the movie reference between Tony and Sofia, starring Robert Redford and Debra Winger? Tony referenced it out loud. It was the 1986 film "Legal Eagles."
  • Speaking of Tony and Martinez: they are both attracted to each other, yet are annoyed with each other too. What does that mean for the future?
  • Bishop is coming along nicely, learning more about her boss (mostly from Tony) and discovering more about the team as well. And Gibbs has no problem pulling her down from her lotus perch on the desk.

UPDATE:

  • There is a new Gibbs rule!  I missed it the first time around.   It showed up when Abby met Gibbs when he was leaving the elevator.  Rule #62: Give people space when they get off of the elevator.
  • Check out our NCIS Round Table discussion for this episode.

What did you think? Were you shocked at the news about Delilah? Is Tony a stand-up guy for Tim or what? Is there anything else he could or should have done for his friend?

Tony has either met the one person with whom he should never have a relationship, or the one person in the world who understands him. What does the future hold for them?

 

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    Nikitac

    As a big fan of Ziva I can handle her leaving. She wanted to move on & do other things. Sounds like a few here should do the same. Miss her yes but all the other is overboard IMHO. For fun imagine Ziva coming back only as a trainer / expert to train Bishop to defend herself. Think positive ! Build Ziva a memorial site or whatever but the show goes on with or without us & some just sound stuck. BTW hello everyone.

    Nikitac

    Oh & yes to lightening the eyebrows. The length of her hair is age appropriate but those brows gotta be modified. Finally I liked Bishops comment to Tony when she had ear plugs in too. Great. Does that set a tone perhaps?

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    Nikitac

    I'm hoping that Delilah has a miracle & doesn't stay paralyzed. I really liked watching McGee in a Relationship. Delilah is perfect for him too. I also like Tonys role as mentor to Bishop. I like Bishop lots. I was a big Ziva fan but she wants to do something else. Nothing wrong with that. It's nice to have a replacement & Bishop is great. She has to be totally different than Ziva for it to work & I totally like her role. As the Parsa expert she is great & when Parsa is gone she will have the new Tony to mentor her. Really with Ziva we knew what would happen. A few language cliches, she'd kick butt (which I loved!), a few negative remarks to Tony. Now we have a new direction & I'm ok with that. Lol. My family & friends are ok with it too ha. Gibbs called Bishop probie & set the stage. As one who didn't like the search for Ziva shows I'm glad it has moved on. I liked the old Ziva but not fond of her last role where she was becoming someone else. I wasn't big on Tonys part in that either. I love Tonys campfire dialogue with Bishop & also at the airport. "When we say no liquids past this point we mean it". Since I'm new to the group maybe you'll be kind. If not, oh well.

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    I hated that there was a rerun last night, but it made me realize what a blah Ziva was compared to Bishop who is so much more lively and interesting, even tho her character has only just begun to develop. Really like the Parsa storyline and can't wait for its continuation. Hope Delilah recovers.

    Marissa

    Good episode. Can't wait to see what happens with the Parsa storyline because he got away. Toney making McGee a casserole was sweat. When Toney was asking McGee if he wanted him to make him pork chops and that was the only thing that Bishop hear was funny. Can't wait till the next episode.

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    I really liked Cote de Pablo on NCIS and as the show developed I enjoyed the late night chats with Tony and Ziva particularly after a really powerful case. I am not a Tiva person but those two characters managed to bounce good and bad comments off each other while the writers made it work. It was good American TV because the shows were better in those eight years even when neither character was in it. But the Tony people and the Ellie people have kind of ruined it. There are also the guys only people who have been doing this for ever.Fact is it is not the show it was how ever you look at it.

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    um erin--why did tony go to to look for ziva, do you think he wanted to have her say some more knocking him---yea ok if you feel so harse abot her --then perhaps you should feel the same of tony. i liked ziva dont care what you think--your brain is only looking at one thing how much you didnt like her--well she did a hell of a job playing her role & if you didnt like the role she played why did you keep watching--to know all about her. & only see what you saw. you are a sad person,i wouldnt want to get in a conversation with you at all to talk of any thing. mic

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    hey erin, ziva came to ncis with smart ass know it all,yes she did,but she changed for the betters she wanted to learn all she could about ncis, stop with your knocking her. the part she played was what she was when she came lies,being miss judge from her father & it took her a while to ajust as it will for bishop.at the end of zivas storie & a lot didnt make sense the dr told tony that ari was killing good people,dont you think she saw that & admttted that,still tony kept his serch for her, you are always knocking her-- its funny how they all came to love her on the team. get over your ziva bashing or grow the hell up.-- just like bishop has to do---RIGHT. i dont think you have many friends in your own life or you are a person that feels your thoughs & no one else should have there opinion,get over you self, heard that out of tonys mouth directed to ziva too remember that in somalia--my key board needs to be replaced if i mispelled then thats why, but to you it wouldnt matter,you would have a comment about my letter too for that reason.i just dont get where uor head is at--remember when mcgee explained to ziva what that meant. i do hope your like of bishop helps you,perhaps its because she acts in her role inmature. mic

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    um when tonys father came to spend christmas with him,& then got it on with his neiighor didnt he tell his father that he didnt cook--------------for gibbs to allow bishop to sit on his desk--wow that is such a mind blower where is the gibbs we all love, i am not getting why they need bishop she did really nothing in this episode except eat. tony is looking more & more of a newbee himself--sad abby also was the one that figured out how parsa got away.not bishop. dr kranston had the best line about the desk to bishop--the women that sat there kate being her sister & ziva who killed her brother to save gibbs,& gibbs showed her where he was killed in one of the epi--her being there was a good write.i dont know who is writing the stories but i do see tony staeting to act immature--perhaps he needs the hed the head slap from gibbs to make him feel useful, i just dont get the way gibbs is allowing bishop to sir on the floor & his desk & eat as she is working on a case that she relates to food--pehaps the confrence room is where she should be,i would be embrassed to have a higher athority walk in the bull pen to talk to gibbs- im glad they had abby in this epi more ,we havent seen much of ducky & palmer i could care less his also acts like a child with someone who is working with ducky, they dont need him either.ncis has changed & please its not because zivas gon e though i loved her,its the writers & the story line that is all over the place. we can only see where it is going , mic

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    What strikes me as funny about how the Ziva fans are complaining that Ellie is taking over the team and her skills are unbelievable, is that this is exactly the way many fans felt about Ziva. The criticism from these fans saying Tony is being diminished by Ellie seem ludicrous considering the fact that once the show became all about the wonders and tragedies of Mossad Barbie, Tony was unable to do anything without Ziva to correct or save him. While I too am saddened that Tony's role continues to be largely irrelevant as Gibbs now turns to Ellie to solve everything, at least Tony isn't being emasculated by Ziva's nasty smug snark anymore, and the writers seem thankfully, to have dialed back his formerly, weekly humiliation scenes.




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