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NCIS Round Table: "The Admiral's Daughter"

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A secret mission for Tony in Marseilles involving the daughter of an Admiral who just wants to party.

A French police inspector who can't decide whether to flirt with Tony or kill him.

A room full of dead NCIS staff.

The body of a man who'd been tortured before being killed and stuffed into a septic tank.

These were the components of NCIS Season 11 Episode 23.

Come join TV Fanatic panelists David Taylor, Christine Orlando and Douglas Wolfe as they discuss this exciting installment of NCIS!

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How would you describe the episode in three words or a sentence?

David:  Spy vs. spy...with help from another spy.

Christine: Tony's Three Days of the Condor.

Doug: The Russian Doll Caper.

What was your favorite scene or quote?

David: The two instances of "Am I being punked?"

Christine: Gibbs smiling at Abby over her having to go into the septic tank and telling her it could be worse. He could have to go in. We don't see Gibbs joking and looking truly happy often but most of his lighter moments come when he's with Abby and they always make me smile.

Doug: I enjoyed all of the whole Tony-Amanda interactions. More so once she revealed herself to be a spy though. An actor playing an actor - I don't think it gets much better. And she portrayed the party girl brat so well, especially when she flipped the bird at Tony. I bought it completely and so was pleasantly surprised when Tony finally confronted her about her lies.

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What, if any, where the problems that you saw in this episode?

David: This ep was so much fun that I watched it twice.  While she didn't get to me the first time, I realized how much Inspector Cheblis bothered me.  Everything...the phoned-in name, the accent that didn't ring completely French, not to mention that she had a thing going on the side....irked me.

Christine: That Bishop would be gullible enough to fall for the fake coin trick more than once.

Doug: This episode was so well done that I couldn't find much of anything wrong with it. The scene where Cheblis confronts Tony and Amanda outside the night club didn't seem real.  Until she shot her partner, they had no reason to believe that she wasn't a good guy. Cheblis could have used their naivety against them, captured them and then shot her partner before killing them both. Still, it's a small point, and it didn't interfere with the suspension of disbelief.

Does McGee have what it takes to torment Bishop as the probie, or is he a lost cause?

David: I think he's too nice a person, except in extremes like in this ep.  I'd sure pull rank if it saved me from plunging into a septic tank.

Christine: I'd agree with David but I wouldn't have expected McGee to use the fake coin and it sounds like he's used it multiple times not just for the septic tank, so maybe McGee's got more Tony in him than I thought.

Doug: I agree with David too. It doesn't fit his character to take advantage of her like that. Remember, McGee is a man full of anxiety at the best of times. He'd be more suited to teaming up with Bishop against Tony.

Tony in Paris
Tony heads to Paris to bring home "The Admiral's Daughter" on NCIS. This is the 23rd episode of the show's 11th season.


Tony took a front seat this time and pretty much ran his own mission.  Is it time he had his own team?

David:  Maybe.  He seems to have just about shed that frat-boy persona and Vance obviously thought enough of him to select him.

Christine: Could he have his own team? Absolutely. Does he want that? I don't think so. Gibbs' team is his family. These people seem to be the only personal connections he has in his life right now. I don't see him leaving that any time soon.

Doug: We saw how the producer and writers dealt with Cote de Pablo's exit. They had to step up their game and create an entirely new dynamic and backdrop for the team, which involved Bishop. I think they succeeded.  So it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to try experimenting with Tony and giving him his own team. There'd be a temptation to create a spin off series - but that wouldn't be necessary. I'd like to see it happen, because it would preserve the continuity of his maturing role.

We've seen Abby doing a forensic analysis on a number of large objects: at one time she took a car apart and in this episode she had to work with a full-blown septic tank. Is there anything more we can fit in there?  

David: Well, next week, their NCIS colleagues in LA run into a submarine. Maybe a crossover ep would push that envelope.

Christine: The septic tank was more than enough for me. As she said, blood and brains are one thing but that…ewww.  

Doug: When I saw that monstrous septic tank sitting there, I just couldn't believe it. The lab is like a clown car - it doesn't matter what you put in there, there's always room for more. Maybe it's time to let Abby out of the lab and out into a back parking lot or some place a little more realistic for examining such evidence. And does it all need to come to the lab for her investigation?

NCIS Season 11 Episode 24 finale will focus on the death of Gibbs' father. What are your hopes for the episode?

David:  I don't know how many episodes have featured Waite but I haven't seen very many.  With limited information, I just hope they do justice to Waite as an actor, and that Gibbs tosses aside his stoicism and lets the team give back when he needs it most.

Christine: I'm sure they'll do both the character and the actor justice. I can never not think of The Waltons when I look at Ralph Waite but I thought he was a great fit as Gibbs' father. It will be good to see the show give him a proper send off and I hope it has some ripple effects for Gibbs and the characters closest to him.

Doug: I'm hoping they treat Waite's passing with finesse and don't fall into the trap of being maudlin. I'm not worried though - they've had a long time to work on this episode, and it seems fitting that he's the focus for the final episode of the NCIS Season 11. All eyes will likely be Gibbs as he steers through emotional waters on this.  I expect Tony will once again step up and offer his genuine brotherly support.

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I watched this episode ON DEMAND four times, excellent performance by Michael Weatherly.

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hope they never quit

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I'm not sure I'm "looking forward" to the finale (too sad), but I'm pleased they are honoring Ralph Waite (great as Gibbs' father) and showing an important point in people's lives. My only concern is that not having a cliffhanger may make the Bishop-haters not return, since there won't be a "what happened?" to see.

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Cote de Pablo and Willie Mays. Now THAT is what I call a "non-sequitur."

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HAS ANYONE STOP THE THINK PERHAPS COTE DECIDED TO LEAVE AT THE TIME SHE WAS ON TOP OF HER GAME? EXAMPLE IF YOU LOOK AT HER CURRENT PHOTOS WHILE SHE WAS PROMOTING THE 33 AND OTHER SOCAIL EVENTS: THAT WAS A DIFF COTE. I MEAN WE ALL LOVED THE FACT WHILE SHE WAS PLAYING THE ROLE OF ZIVA WE COME TO LOVE THE ACTION PACK KICK ASS AGENT. A STANGE THING HAPPEND AS IT WLL EVENTUALLY HAPPEN TO US ALL...WE AGE...WE GET OLDER. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO HER CURRENT PHOTOS. WOULD WE STILL LOVE HER IF SHE COULD NOT PERFORM AND LOOK AND LOOK LIKE THE ZIVA WE STILL HAVE IN OUR MIND? JUST THINK OF HOW THE HARDCORE BASEBALL FANS FELT WHEN WILLIE MAYS STAYED LONGER IN THE LEAGUE WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE RETIRED. MAYBE IT WAS TIME FOR HER TO LEAVE.

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@ GUEST

Cote de Pablo is still a beautiful and talented actress. It was her decision to leave and I wish her all the best in her continuing career. However, NCIS should go on with the current cast.

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@ Carol

NO DOUBT! ALL I WAS SAYING THAT WE AS FANS SOMETIMES EXSPECT TOO MUCH. JUST WONDERING IF SHE IS STILL ABLE TO BE THE KICK ASS NINJA RUNNING DOWN AND TACKLING SIX FEET TWO INCH 250LBS GUYS TO MAKE ARRESTS.

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Gotta keep the Binder/Silber collaboration on the front burner next year because they really brought it. What an enjoyably fantastic ep this was. I love this Tony. Smart banter without being ridiculous. And I really, really love that there was some of the old Gibbs/DiNozzo dynamic showing from the earliest seasons. It's gotten so lost along the way. Every character was very well done here and it all worked to support the whole. And how much fun was Meg Steedle. They should bring her back somehow. Well done. After a well-deserved summer hiatus, when next season rolls around, I expect and hope to see more of the same.

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Who was the actor who played the Admiral? I recognize him from a long ago series.

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@ Norma R. Johnson

Daniel Hugh Kelly. I think.

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@ Easton

That's him...he's also been a spook from Hetty's past on NCIS-LA in two episodes.

Terrie

Love the round table discussions! I don't think Tony wants to be a team lead...........I think he's pretty content being Gibbs #2.......Maybe when the show ends Tony can ride off into the sunset with his own team then......... I agree that it would be nice to see Abby OUTSIDE the lab more.

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@ Terrie

If the show was interested in being realistic, Tony should have been offered and accepted a team long ago. When the writers decided to make Tony into the team joke and eternal weak link so that Ziva could be Gibbs's super duper second in command, the idea that Tony could ever become team lead died. Now that Ziva is gone, they're going to have to decide whether to let Tony be a great agent again, risking the idea that he's ready to be on his own, or keep him inferior and slightly idiotic so that the audience never need question super Gibbs dominance. Sad. Tony will never really get to evolve unless the writers take the brave and novel step to return him to his Don Bellasario days. In those golden years of Tony DiNozzo, the character was allowed to be portrayed as a truly great and brave agent, and it didn't seem to be perceived as a threat to alpha male Gibbs. But that all changed when Shane Brennan took over and turned Tony into a buffoon. I don't have high hopes that Tony will continue to receive the kind of writing he had in The Admiral's Daughter, because as a Tony fan, I've become accustomed to disappointment. I'll be quite frankly shocked if after all these years of idiot Tony, we ever get anything even remotely resembling the early years on a regular basis. After all, how will they write the "comic" moment if Tony isn't humiliated?

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@ Pat

Tony WAS offered a team in Season 4, Episode 3, which was the Rota team. He chose not to accept, and EJ took his place.

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@ Terrie

Tony wants to be Gibbs 2nd. There is a Son and Father relationship there. My thoughts have been that maybe Tony could get a group of probies and they are considered his team. There is an empty cubicle area where E, J, Barrett's team vacated. At the same time, he would still be Gibbs 2nd.

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I have enjoy McGee and Bishop remind me of when Kate and him would hangout, As far as Tony getting his own team I always though that what NCIS LA should have been until they broke apart. I am not looking forward to the finale I feel like they were pushed to do it by the Tiva/Bishop Haters.

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@ Michael

If you can't tell what a tribute to a dead actor is, that's sad.

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@ Michael

I don't understand. What do Tiva/Bishop haters have to do with a farewell for Ralph Waite? I don't see the connection.

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@ Michael

Ralph Waite was a distinguished actor for many years. We will all miss him in his various roles, but especially as Jackson Gibbs. I'm glad that NCIS is showing the respect Ralph Waite deserves. Michael if you don't want to watch, just don't. This episode is meant for those who are true fans of NCIS.

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@ Michael

If your not looking forward to it, then don't watch..................plenty of the rest of us will......and with tissue in hand.............They are not being pushed to do anything by anyone............It's showing some RESPECT for a person that was part of the show............

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I disagree with you guys about McGee. he is loving having Bishop as the Probie. Just like he loved it when Lee was the Probie and while we didn't get to see it we know from his attitude to Lee that she got what Bishop is getting and it's only been McGee doing it.McGee didn't do it to Ziva cause he was too scared. But i don't think it hasn't anything to do with how nice Tim is or how nasty Tony is. It's something they have all gone through, the person on the bottom gets the worse jobs. And i'm sure anyone who has a job like that would say the same thing. It's what they were saying in Bulletproof it's all part of the job. It's not hazing or bullying, Bishop doesn't need to do anything to get into the NCIS club that would be hazing. Nor are they making her do something dangerous just because they can which would be bullying. She is just getting the bad jobs that they all have done themselves, when they were the Probie.

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@ guest

Agreed. I recall a flashback of Gibbs as Franks' 'Probie' in Hiatus pt 2 in which Franks is walking around with coffee cup in hand while Gibbs schleps all the bags and equipment in the rain all the while Franks is making a smart mouth remarks. It's part of the culture and I'd even go so far as saying it is expected. Everyone, in turn has to be their dues. It's McGee's turn to help Bishop pay her dues. Tony has been pretty mentoring to Bishop for most of this whole season. And I don't care what anyone else, McGee wouldn't be the agent he is today without Tony's 'hazing' to season him up for the Gibbs and for the field position.

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@ Easton

So true about Tony and McGee. Remember how awkward and stuttering McGee was when he started? Gibbs would never have the patience to train a person like that, but he knew Tony would steer him right and get him to a confidence level that would let him (occasionally!) stand up to Gibbs.
Tho I dread to think what Gibbs put Tony through when HE was the probie - or maybe *I* do... :-D

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@ guest

I agree with you on this. And also, McGee isn't always perfect or always nice either. Snarky McGee has made several past appearances, though fortunately we only saw him once this season in "Better Angels"

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@ JCL

He was snarky to Tony a lot when *she* was there, but I think it was mostly self preservation - *she* scared him more than Tony did.

NCIS Season 11 Episode 23 Quotes

Vance: If it were up to Admiral Kendall, he'd authorize Seal Team Six to exfil his daughter.
Gibbs: Well, one way to go.
Vance: I'm warming to the idea.

Tony: You know what I think? I think you're not some brain-dead little party girl. I think that all of this is an act. And I think you are some kind of spy, working for Amir and the Iranian government. Am I crazy?
Amanda: Half crazy, Tony. I am a spy. But Amir works for me, and I work for the same people you do.

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