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NCIS Review: Third Eye Dead

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When the monsters of the world continually get away with murdering innocent people and destroying lives, it is cathartic to see them finally get their punishment. 

In this case, a bullet to the forehead was Parsa's final reward, offered up without hesitation by Gibbs. 

The intensity of the last Parsa chapter in NCIS Season 11 Episode 14 can't be overstated.

It was hard to watch the Navy Seals storm Parsa's compound through the various jittery helmet cameras: it forcefully brought to mind the takedown of Osama Bin Laden. This was one of those times when it was easy to forget that this was a TV episode and not real life: there was real worry for the Seals as we saw them hunting through the darkness for their "jackpot." And real relief, too, when they announced that they had him.

Even if that relief was short-lived.

Bishop's tragic flaw was finally revealed in all of this, though it's difficult to put a label on it. Her entire six-year hunt for Parsa became an obsession - one which Parsa recognized and capitalized on. Their interactions - him giving gifts and clues and her learning chess from him - was reminiscent of Clarice and Lector in Silence of the Lambs.

The nature of their give and take dynamic was briefly displayed when they were trapped together.

Parsa: It's been a long time, Eleanor. I've thought about you.
Bishop: You should have stopped by the office. Said hello.

These are people who knew each other well.

Bishop was also revealed as someone who lacked trust in her superiors, perhaps for good reason. She didn't tell her NSA boss about her private discussions with Parsa because she feared they would remove her from the case. And she transferred that fear to Gibbs when he tried to probe her for the information she was clearly keeping from him. 

Gibbs represented yet another boss who would sideline her. Funny how prophetic that started to be, in both cases.

Yet Gibbs saw through her. He saw the dedicated professional that she was. She just needed a chance to let her guard down with him. The fact that both of them are headstrong and stubborn meant that neither of them was willing to back down. We saw through Tony and McGee's eyes how tense that made the whole office.

Tony's explanation to McGee on how to proceed got me laughing out loud:

Tony: Having flashbacks to my childhood. Reminds me of Sunday dinners with dad. Stepmoms two and four.
McGee: What should we do?
Tony: Same thing I did as a kid. Keep your head down, wait to be excused, you go to your room and play with yourself.

Wasn't it interesting that Gibbs saw in her a potential asset to his team, while she saw him as an obstacle to be overcome in her obsession to get Parsa? Tony played the mature big brother to her in the washroom, patiently mapping out Gibbs' take on things.  To wit: don't tell him he made a mistake. And don't play him because he's not playing games. I liked that. Maturity meets questing inexperience.

She's learning as I'd hope sh would; she's not a person to be taken lightly. Fortunately for her, Gibbs has no problem with her focused strength, as uncertain as she sometimes appears.

And now she's part of the team! (Probationary, of course.)

Final notes:

  • Tony on relaxation: Baths are for kids, but men....men soak.
  • Once again, Tony has come alongside McGee as a brother. His reference to Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed actually helped Tim.  Go figure.
  • McGee reciprocated by inviting Tony to join him and Delilah for a movie night. It seems that the undercurrent of ongoing resentment from McGee toward Tony is a thing of the past. If so, I'm all for it.
  • Given Bishop's obsessive nature, Rule Number 11 (from Gibbs' rule book) seems crucial. She seems to understand that - which is good, considering she spent six years obsessing about Parsa. 
  • Though Parsa is gone, his organization is still out there - which means NCIS is not done with the terrorist group.
  • Bishop is realizing her role as a team player, rather than a solo one. And Tony and McGee's food gifts indicates their acceptance of her into that team. How great is that?

What did you think overall? What are your thoughts on Tony and McGee's friendship? What about Tony as Bishop's big brother? Gibbs and Bishop's dynamic - how will that play out in the future?

While we understood that Bishop and Parsa seemed to share the same obsession - with each other - what we don't know is what Parsa's plan was going to be for her, had he never been caught.  What do you think he had in mind?

 

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So I looked up the spoiler for 250 the women tony father is dating will have a connection to a case from tony past a lot of fan think it might be Jenna.

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@ Michael

No, it said in addition to the Daddy drama there will also be a case the team has to solve, as usual.

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@ MissUnderstood

@Michael: However, since the episode is entitled "Dressed to Kill" maybe this new woman will try to kill Sr. or Tony or she is already a murderer and just so happens to kill the person whose death the team is investigating. But I didn't get that she would be involved in the case from the spoiler necessarily. This was the December spoiler> "And along with a riveting crime to solve, Tony will discover there’s a new mystery woman in his father’s life.”

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@ Michael

Direct quote from the first spoiler regarding this ep: "This woman could potentially be Tony's new stepmom, and a big part of the story is her age and the awkwardness that brings to Tony," Executive Producer Gary Glasberg told TV Guide about the double-DiNozzo romance, adding, "Prior to meeting her, Tony tries to find out as much as he can about who she is." I have not read one comment that anyone thinks this could be Jeanne-she would have to be brain dead to not recognize the name. On the other hand, almost all comments are bashing this scenario but only because the article makes it sound like Tony wants to date this woman as well. As I said before...ICK!

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@ Michael

Oh and fyi, I just looked it up too. No where does it say it is a woman from Tony's past. It says that it is a woman that intrigues him and he tries to
find out as much about her as
possible and then discovers
she's dating his dad. Since he
would know Jeanne by sight it
wouldn't be her he would be
trying to find info about. We all
know you are obsessed with
Jeanne but your wish for her to
come back isn't going to happen!

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@ guest

y interpretation of the spoiler is that his Dad tells him about her and he is bringing her to meet him, and THEN Tony tries to find out about her, but I could be wrong. Not looking forward to Tony and Sr. sparring over the same woman if that is how the ep plays out.

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@ Michael

Who is Jenna? Do you mean Jeanne? I highly doubt that they would bring her back.

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@ guest

Go watch season 4 to find out

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@ Michael

I think it's safe to say Jeanne isn't coming back, because in Internal Affairs, Jeanne says to Tony that she wishes she'd never met him. Not only that, but in S6 EP16, they thought Jeanne might be framing Tony for murder.

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@ Michael

Find out what? That her name is Jeanne instead of Jenna? You make no sense.

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Does anyone know when the 250th episode will be shown? It is interesting to hear that the Season Finale will be TONY. I like when Tony is the central figure. For those who think that there have not been good episodes this season for Tony, see ONCE A CROOK, about his rookie cop days. Will Michael Weatherly be directing an episode this season? Does anyone know which episode it will be?

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@ Carol

They postponed Michael Weatherly's directing. I'm not sure if he's not going to direct until next season or if he will later on this spring. Once a Crook was Tony centric, but of course it had to center around Ziva. I would really love to see a Tony centric ARC that truly centers around Tony and not have lots of Tony pumping up someone elses big drama.. There hasn't been one since season 4. Since season 4, all the finales have been either big Gibbs stories or big Ziva stories. I'll be pleasantly surprised if tptb really do give us a Tony finale, and be in shock if the story isn't about him dealing with some personal screw up.

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@ Pat

Hardly. To refresh your memory:
Season 1- Ari holds Kate hostage.
Season 2- Ari kills Kate. Season 3- Gibbs gets amnesia and quits.
Season 4- Tony and Jeanne are held hostage in the hospital.
Season 5- Jenny is killed.
Season 6-Ziva and Michael and Tony.
Season 7- the Reynosa cartel and Gibbs.
Season 8- The Port to Port killer.
Season 9- Harper Dearing bombs NCIS.
Season 10- The team quits and Parson goes after Gibbs. So that is 2 season finales around Kate, one around Tony and one around Ziva and one around Jenny. The rest focused on Gibbs and the team. So, not Ziva centric at all. Plus Michael had the season openings of 5 and 9 focused on him. And those had nothing to do with Ziva. And of course most finales are Gibbs centric as MH is the star of the show and makes double what everyone else makes.

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@ guest

Well I would have to say that season 10, with Ziva having just killed Bodnar was also very much a Ziva centered story being carried into season 11. Had CdP not elected to quit the show, I seriously doubt that we wouldn't have had more trauma and drama associated with her murder. Tony was merely used to pump up Ziva's big drama in season 6. The last few have either been Gibbs centric, or team centric with heavy Gibbs and Ziva focus.

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@ guest

And in Once a Crook the focus was more on the past case and how Tony feel he messed it up. Ziva's name wasn't mentioned per "no one will say her name." Hardly a Ziva centric episode. In true NCIS fashion we were never given a definitive reason for his insomnia.

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@ Pat

Which is sad considering all of the crap he put up with

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@ Pat

I don't know, I thought the PTP episodes that arced into the Phantom Eight situation with Tony and EJ was pretty Tony centric I thought. But it was all him, if that is your sole criteria I guess. I think Tony has more premieres than finales.

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@ Pat

Only Season Six "Aliyah" was truly about Ziva. Season Ten was more Gibbs than Ziva, although the Bodnar incident was given as the impetus to scrutinize Gibbs. The remainder were all Gibbs with a shout out to Jenny and Franks.

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@ Carol

The 250th episode will air on March 4.

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@ PatrickC

It's called "Dressed to Kill"

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@ MissUnderstood

The first episode of the pilot spin-off arc is called "Crescent City" and will air March 25th.

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@ Carol

There had been plans for MW to direct around Christmas, but the birth of his son Liam put that on hold. I heard he would not direct this year. Haven't heard a date for the 250th or the episode title, but the episode following is " A Rock and a Hard Place."

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I saw the picture of what bishop look in NCIS gear smoking hot I truly can not wait,

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@ Michael

Looked like a girl in a hat to me.

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many people are saying how tony has grown up this season--with mcgee he talks to him with a brotherly affect. he will still pop off his jokes every now & then------------------my thoughts about tony changing when he left israel & we all know ziva stayed, there was no choice in the matter cote was leaving the show,but the i-will list that he started on the plane to go back home to me was he saw that ziva wanted to change & that he himself was going to do that writing his own i will list--treating mcgee more friend then probie--all the yrs before.he went to group therapy sessions--& met other people that went through heart ache so -on & so-on.he bettered himself--because ziva told him more then once he was a good person-i think it was she that made tony take a better look at himself & grow out of his frat boy tony.if you started a i-will list im sure that there would be things that you may want to change about yourself -- that was what i saw with tony growing into a listener instead of a know it all--as that is the way he always came across--i think tony will grow -- i think his old partner got him started---mic

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OK ... have you just forgotten how Ziva was introduced because you love her that much? Ziva was brought onto the team by Jenny, who basically said, "Hi -- here's your new liaison. Have fun!" No one had a choice. It wasn't "let's see if she fits in with the team". It was just >Poof< there was Ziva. A sexy super ninja assassin with magical contacts everywhere who instantly bested Tony in pretty much everything. Talk about characters fading into the background. Ziva shoots Ari and is suddenly a trusted member of the team that everyone just has to accept, no questions asked. And really, the Ari storyline started with Gibbs and Kate the season before and ended with Ziva? Seriously ... it's the exact same formula.

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@ Michael

Are you actually talking to anyone? She still wasn't an NCIS Agent until Gibbs and Vance approved her application years later, whereas Gibbs just handed it to Bishop without a new application after three months.

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@ Barfingaswespeak

Doesn't matter it still apply

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@ Michael

Two totally different scenarios.

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"Tony: Having flashbacks to my childhood. Reminds me of Sunday dinners with dad. Stepmoms two and four.McGee: What should we do?Tony: Same thing I did as a kid. Keep your head down, wait to be excused, you go to your room and play with yourself." = I hope to GOD this is not a prelude to the 250th episode, in which Tony and his Dad are rumored to be fighting over the same woman. I so do not want that to be true. ICK!

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@ MissUnderstood

I too fear that the 250th will be yet another in the line of Senior episodes the gist of which is seeing Tony comically squirm while his "friends" watch in amusement. Everyone but Tony seems to get sympathetic writing and real drama. Tony gets to be the object of humiliation. It occurs to me that this spoiler about a Tony heavy season finale may just be damage control because he's once again going to be the butt of the joke in the 250th and tptb are trying to minimize the bitching by Tony fans.

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@ MissUnderstood

Why do you think that that not even close to what they have plan

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@ Michael

How do you know what is planned? Are you a writer or EP for the show? Don't make me laugh. It was implied in the reports about this episode that this is what would happen and there were a ton of negative comments regarding this potential scenario. Did you not see I wrote "rumored" as opposed to "this is what will actually and truly happen"? No, I didn't think so.

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@ Barfingaswespeak

hah Barfing person- no problems, glad for the support!

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@ Barfingaswespeak

Sorry I didn't write the original, I meant what that she (I guess MissUnderstood is a woman) wrote. My bad, not trying to take credit for comments not from me. I also saw the early posts about this episose and that was how I interpreted it as well.

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I really want to give Bishop a chance, and plan to. I do however agree that her first 6 episodes were way too heavy on the character, her magical deductive skills and better than everyone else plans, her miraculous understanding of autopsy because she glanced over a 600 page book over the week end, and the divine insights that she receives when she sits cross legged amongst her papers. Please don't turn her into another mary sue who can do it all. I hope that we won't be treated to the weekly scene of Gibbs going exclusively to Ellie for advise while Tim and Tony stand uselessly by. I'm ready for Ellie to be a part of the team, instead of Gibbs personal miracle agent. I also hope that as a recent spoiler teased, that the season finale has a "strong Tony element". This would be such a welcome and long overdue surprise. But given how they tease big things for Tony frequently that never actually happen, I'll believe it when I see it.

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@ Pat

I found five episodes a fair trial. I liked 1, skeptical after 2, thinking they had made a mistake after 3, bored and irritated after 4 and fed-up and very sad after 5 because I realized I did not like my favourite show any more. Honestly - how realistic is she? What employer would put up with her behaviour and rudeness in real life? How could she not go to Fletsy for agent training? Remember Kate and Ziva were both trained for security while she is an analyst with no apparent skills? Who sits with papers and pictures all around them and then frowns to magically come up with something brilliant that none of the others could think of? Who behaves like that and who would marry someone like that?

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@ croaker

@ croaker, I hold no brief for Bishop. If she worked for me, I would have fired her. And I have fired people, and yes, I have supervised folks off and on for fifty years. I would NEVER tolerate that continued behavior. However, your last comment, about who would marry someone like her, is not reasonable. There is absolutely no accounting for tastes, and nearly everyone can find SOMEONE to marry them. That actress (despite the blonde hair and black eyebrows, very off-putting to me) is beautiful. There are any number of men who would marry Bishop, and never pay any attention to her behavior. Really, as all the show has let out about her husband is his name, there is no point yet to speculation about her marriage. Her lack of political savvy re: her boss and appropriate work behavior, however, is fair game.

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@ Pat

Yes Pat, it looks like quite a few of us are on the same page when it comes to Bishop. Your thoughts on her mirror mine. I definitely didn't set out to dislike her character but I'm just not warming to her. Oh yes, I would love to see a 'strong Tony element' in the season finale. He's hardly had a look-in since Bishop arrived.

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patrickc i dont think michael knows that about israel--i can bet he doesnt--hes just a ziva basher--but yet he stll watched all the yrs she was on to know so much about her-- i guess hes now a pawn to bishop. mic

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miss understood--that was the best answer to that michael ever---------------------lol lol lol mic im still lol--ing

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I hear the season finale will be about Tony I hope it's him getting his own team

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@ Michael

GG has already said that Tony is comfortable where he is and isn't going anywhere.

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@ MissUnderstood

Maybe his team will be located in Israel :)

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@ MissUnderstood

And your point is

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@ Michael

That he isn't getting his own team, which I thought was pretty obvious when I said he wasn't going anywhere and was comfortable where he was- being a member of Gibbs' team. Didn't realize I had to spell it out. So therefore your hopes will be dashed. Understand it now? If not, I can't help you.

NCIS Season 11 Episode 14 Quotes

Gibbs: What are SecNav's orders?
Vance: Now that we have Parsa - press him for intel. Enough to disable his entire terrorist network.
Gibbs: How hard?
Vance: Whatever it takes.

Welcome aboard, probie.

Gibbs
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