I enjoyed this episode more than I thought I would. I'm not all that thrilled that the writers have decided to make Bishop's marriage a big plot point but all in all, it was handled pretty well. I hope they don't drag Bishop's angst out for too long because the show already has angstmaster Gibbs suffering on a weekly basis. I don't really want to see Jake undercover or something because I just don't want the entire season to focus on Bishop's drama as well as Gibbs angst. Too much depressing drama. I liked how all the characters got to contribute to the case and all got to be shown as supportive and protective of Bishop. I loved that Tony wasn't used for an idiot moment and enjoyed the little side Baltimore story. I'm still hoping for an entire episode centered around featuring Tony as a great agent without some random accompanying Gibbs drama to hog the spotlight which Gibbs gets more than all the others put together as it is. Undercover Tony would be awesome. Just one please. We haven't seen competent undercover Tony since season 4.
I enjoyed the episode. I really love those extremely rare occasions when Tony is given drama and is written as a brave and competent agent. I really loved the season when Jeanne and Tony had their relationship so I would have been happy if this episode was the start of a continuation of their involvement, but it looks to be a one and done. I was kind of sad that in the one Tony heavy episode we finally get (and likely the only one for the entire season) that Gibbs had to have a big drama as well. Can't they even give Tony one episode for his fans to see him as THE center of the story? Seems like the other characters - Ducky, Abby, McGee, Vance, Bishop - get centric episodes and they get to have their dramas be the central theme without having to share the spotlight. I just don't understand why Tony's one episode with drama and action can't be the big deal just once because the odds are that we'll be back to weak link, silly, insignificant agent Tony for the rest of the season .
Comment modified at November 15, 2015 10:00
This was my favorite episode this season by far. It was so refreshing seeing Michael Weatherly get to do something besides playing the team's useless clown. IMO the writers seriously under utilize the dramatic appeal of this gifted actor in order to give us an unvarying diet of Gibbs trauma and drama. The Tony/Jeanne scenes were lovely, well acted, and understated. It was so nice to see Tony matter both dramatically and in the outcome of the case, although of course Gibbs had to save the day with his incredibly timed helicopter intervention. But of course, the writers made sure that Gibbs still got his usual huge portion of the spotlight. I'm already tired of our weekly shoe horned in reminders of PTSD Gibbs. Really - we get it already. Can we move on now or is every episode going to offer several scenes dealing with the ramifications of Gibbs (most recent) near death experience? Is that really all that matters this season? Kind of seems like it. Will Tony be back to playing the insignificant punchline now that he's had his one and done? I hope not.
Perhaps the crime story will be the A plot. Perhaps Tony's business with Jeanne will be more than a scene or two. And maybe, just maybe, even though McGee will be with Tony in Sudan, Tony will even be written as a competent agent. Perhaps he'll have his competent Tony one and done for the season and then I'm guessing we'll be back to doofus Tony providing the humor and being Gibbs's disrespected whipping boy. The tragic Gibbs health arc however promises to last the entire season and why on earth would Gibbs fans complain? He is front and center 100% of the time and is NEVER made to look like a horses __s.
Comment modified at November 08, 2015 13:00
Sorry if I wasn't clear for you. However if you read my post that was previous to the one mentioning Tony featuring in unflattering c plots you'll notice that I speculated that the Jeanne/Tony portion would be the b plot to the main course - Gibbs health scare.
I didn't say that McGee and DiNozzo going to the war zone was a c plot. It will be the B plot to the Gibbs health scare melodrama. The c plots I am referring to are the ones that comprise 95 percent of the writing for Tony. That is when he's not completely insignificant.
Well Everybody's mother, thankfully you weren't mine, but that's beside the point. I don't object to Tony not being front and center every second, but I do object that the only time that he is, is in a lame C plot designed to make him look stupid. What the writers have essentially done is to kill off cool smart Tony so that we could have a steady and unvarying diet of Gibbs awesomeness, pain, and tragedy. I have no idea what you're talking about as far as Tony's romantic relationships go, but whatever. You seem like someone who makes an awful lot of assumptions and feels completely entitled to decide they are true since they are yours. Your superior authority continues as you then offer unsolicited, self congratulatory advise based on your own conceit.
Gosh - about next week - just when a Tony fan thinks that Tony might get the big drama for the week instead of his usual butt monkey treatment, GIbbs has to have an even bigger dramatic moment. So again next week, it's really all about the pain and tragedies of Gibbs even though the spoilers mention the return of Jeanne Benoit. Jeanne will no doubt be the B plot and a one and done while Gibbs angst and pain will be a small part in a year long arc. Oh well, Tony and his fans don't matter anymore. The round table didn't even bother to mention how ridiculous this week's humor moment at Tony's expense made him look. These moments certainly spell out what Tony has been turned into now and are so numerous and common one doesn't notice anymore I guess.
Comment modified at November 05, 2015 18:00
Nope - I don't think anyone has said Tony is perfect, but Codavaters quoted the actual dialogue verbatim and still shell, you argue that poor widdle Timmy's rash was Tony's fault. Tony tried to warn him and arrogant, know it all Timmy shut him up. So sad.
I think that tptb are trying to write Tony as completely unlikable so he will lose his popularity and they can write his character out. They don't seem to mind one single bit ruining his character while pushing their new golden boy Timmy to the front of the class. I'll be quite surprised if DiNozzo isn't history by season 14. Their attempts to degrade him are ridiculously mean and blatant. I guess they don't care if they lose Tony fans.
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