Oops ... lost my thread - but I intend to watch last night's episode again.
Last night's episode was very good. The beginning threw me for a minute with the melee in which SecNav Jarvis was killed and Morrow was injured. I had expected that the episode would begin with the shot fired by Gibbs in the Season 10 finale. With regard to the shot taken by Gibbs, as mentioned in another post, I believe he target is the person who steps out of the car and not Fornell. As Abby used to say, there's "... something hinky ..." about Parsons and McGee's girlfriend. I believe there is more to be revealed about both of them. So far, Glasburg et al. are doing a good job in handling the departure of Cote de Pablo. We'll see how things are wrapped up next week, but I'm hoping that an opening is left so that, should be willing to do so, Ziva can be woven back into the storyline on occasion. No matter how well it's handled though, Cote de Pablo will be missed terribly. Overall, last night's episode was not disappointing. Prior to next week's episode, I intend to watch "W again before next Tuesday's episode. In watching a second time, I tend to catch on to additional details that will come into play in next week's episode.
The episodes for the past two weeks seem more like "sweeps week" or "season finale" story arcs. It makes me wonder what they are planning for the rest of this season. I see that folks have commented on Ducky's grandfather line, but no one has mentioned its significance. As NCIS does fairly often, the scriptwriters sneak in little tidbits from previous roles or the personal lives of the actors. With David McCallum, in "The Man From UNCLE" two-part episode, "The Concrete Overcoat Affair", Illya Kuryakin was faced with the machine-gun wielding Stiletto Brothers. As he plotted a way to distract them, he asked, "Whose grandfathers are you people?"
Again, I was cut short.Anyway, the post-premiere storyline for Ducky was like the post-premiere story line for NCIS itself. It was nearly lost, but it recovered. There will still be recovery issues that will run through stories this season.I think it is nice to see an occasional Ducky-centric episode. To take him out of his milieu and give him a chance to do something different made for an unlikely situation but an interesting story.
Sorry, I was cut short again.About Tony, he was disrespectful towards Ducky. To his credit, he made up for it by singing Ducky's praises after the interrogation.Mr. Palmer is called Mr. Palmer because he is not a doctor. He was in school at the time of Broken Bird; one can only guess that Palmer was attending college on a part-time basis. In Ducky's absence, though, Palmer was - if you listen to the episode again - acting coroner.The business of Ducky's will was just a part of the pre-finale heart attack on the beach storyline. The story a
After reading through the comments, it seems like some things need to be clarified,Yes, Palmer and Breena are married now - Breena agreed to their getting married a little earlier in the day so that Palmer and Ducky could return to Washington because of the Dearing case. Gibbs may not have the most pleasant manner, but he did have an appropriate reason for sending Palmer out of autopsy so that he could talk to Ducky. Gibbs was confronting both a friend and a co-worker. Gibbs needed to know why Dr. Mallard had Cmdr. Roberts' body exhumed; he didn't want to disagree or argue with Ducky in front of Palmer. Gibbs had two choices; he could either send Palmer out of autopsy or hecould take the conversation with Dr. Mallard to the elevator conference room. I'm not a Tony hater, so no one needs to get ruffled about what I'm going to say. Tony may be looking for acceptance, but a person looking for acceptance doesn't gain it by being condescending or disrespectful. If you w to Dr. Mallard was unprofessional. To his credit, Tony redeemed himself when he commented on how well Dr. Mallard did with the interrogation.
My post was cut short. Palmer and Breena didn't elope. Breena agreed to change the time of the wedding because Palmer knew (pre-explosion) that Ducky and he needed to be in Washington. What is Gibbs building? A memorial plaque was shown outside the NCIS building in the first or second episode. Maybe Gibbs is getting an early start on a crib for the newlyweds. By the way, NCIS has a way of slipping references to the actors' prior gigs and personal life into the episodes. There were two nods to McCallum roles. In the exhumation scene, the comment about grave-robbing was a link to "Frankenstein, The True Story" in which McCallum, as Dr. Henry Clerval, waited while protege, Viktor Frankenstein, did the grave-robbing. At the end, Ducky said to the agents, "La fin de l'affaire," a subtle reference to McCallum's UNCLE days when each episode was called an "affair".
Some good points were made, but a few were missed. The episode was different and terrific; in performance terms, second to Ducky was McGeeâ€™s firing range scene. After adjusting to working an investigation outside the autopsy realm, Ducky did fit in and enjoyed working with the team. There is no need to keep Ducky locked in autopsy, and he can profile suspects as Kate Todd did. Tonyâ€™s "old coot" remark didn't help Ducky, who questioned if he still belonged at NCIS; and, going into interrogation, Tony had no faith in Ducky. Ducky could connect with Finney through his music; the younger agents could not. To his credit, Tony went back to the bullpen singing Ducky's praises. Since Brian Dietzen is a regular, Palmer will have more to do. This episode could be a foreshadowing of things to come. Ducky is "a natural" with interrogations; allowing Ducky to work outside of autopsy occasionally might be possible. Palmer and Breena didn't elope. Because of the Dearing case, Breena agreed to change the time of the wedding as Palmer knew (pre-explosion) that Ducky and he needed to be in Washington. What is Gibbs building now? A memorial plaque was shown outside the NCIS building in the first or second episode. Duckyâ€™s moving in with Gibbs would be odd since Ducky has money and can buy another house to suit his needs. Maybe Gibbs is getting an early start on making a crib for the newlyweds. NCIS has a way of slipping references to the actors' prior gigs and personal life into the episodes. There were two nods to McCallum roles. In the exhumation scene, the comment about grave-robbing was a link to "Frankenstein, The True Story" in which McCallum, as Dr. Henry Clerval, waited while protege, Viktor Frankenstein, did the grave-robbing. At the end, Ducky said to the agents, "La fin de l'affaire," a subtle reference to McCallum's UNCLE days when each episode was called an "affair".
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