I can relate to her situation. I know of a similar situation that occurred where once worked with a time critical program that crashed (if the program did not complete its output on time there would have been major fines for not submitting the data on time to the stock exchange). A Female IBM technician (who lived in the area of the computer center) was called in to handle the problem. She showed up dressed casually (t-shirt and slacks), fixed the problem (getting the data submitted on time with about 15 minutes to spare), and was gone by 7AM. The computer center was managed by an outsourced company who complained to IBM about her attire. IBM supported her (even though they had a dress code) due to when it occurring overnight and her being off premises before the start of normal business hours. The short window for the data submission also helped. They said that her clothing choice was within the dress code for that hour while it would not have been acceptable at 10AM (even if dressing "properly" would have caused a submission on-time failure).
"At the end of that story we learned that, yeah, the guy who killed the guy would get jail time, but basically the writer painted him as somewhat of a sympathetic person - someone who wanted to serve but couldn’t." Too bad Robert Heinlien's service idea in his "Starship Troopers" was not in effect which would have taken care of the guy who failed his physical. In that book you had the right to serve if you wanted (note: Serving in the book was a prerequisite for being granted full citizenship). They just had to provide a job that you were capable of doing. The example of such non-military alternate service given was the hypothetical case of a blind wheelchair bound person. He could have been asked to count the hairs on caterpillars. The idea of non-combat alternatives to military service has been forgotten. There are stateside positions that he could have filled with his medical condition (freeing up some fully medically qualified person for other service). Note that I do not justify what he did but given the background at least part of the reason was that the government and the military had failed him by not allowing him to perform some (alternate) service in lieu of a full combat role.
Comment modified at December 21, 2014 18:00
"The second thing is something that always bugs me: remember when Bower first escaped the team when his girlfriend picked him up on her motorcycle? LaSalle drew his gun but then stopped when he saw a bunch of other people in the laneway. Now tell me: was his intent really to shoot a man who was escaping? If he had done so, surely he would have been court-martialed." He might have drawn his gun to try to do something that only gets done infrequently on shows when someone takes shots at a fleeing vehicle - Shot Out The Tires. I cheered earlier this season when on NCIS:LA a car was actually stopped by having its tires shot.
Ducky lost his mother. She appeared in a few episodes.
I agree. She has made a big deal about caring for her students and that she was at heart a teacher.
Even more he wrote the letter to deal with his inability to have the last chance to talk to his father before the father's death due to working the case (note the symbolic act of placing the letter in the coffin).
It has been established that Neal has money hidden away so he does not need to tap Mozzie's money. I am sure that as part of the plan that he took care of the money situation.
I loved how they offered hints that Neil's death was a con and faked for those who could connect the dots before the final reveal. I liked how Neil made sure that Peter would finally figure out the truth by delivering the wine bottle. The shooting of the dummy, the EMT technician (who was the mystery woman in the FBI Photo), and the gun with only one bullet were all hints of the con. Neil knew that Keller was going to turn on him and planned for it (as well as setting him up to be killed when he tried to use an unloaded gun). Given their track record, I think that this was the only way Neil could get free of the FBI since they would probably have once again renege on their agreement. My only question is if Mozzie was in on the faked death or was also fooled (and if not, if Neil also made sure he found out eventually like he did with Peter). Given the smile on his face, I think that Peter appreciated that Neil let him know what really happened as a sign of their friendship as well as understanding why Neil did it (see above for the untrustworthy FBI comment).
"I think that the implication was that they did spend their final time together before the holiday, as a family before he died." My impression was that they were supposed to get together but the case intervened. The letter was to symbolically apologize and explain to his father why he failed to be there. Placing the letter in the casket just, for me, illustrated this. I have the watch the episode again but were there not phone calls from his sister/family that he could not respond to shown? As for it happening at Christmas time, I can top this. Years ago my cousin was getting married. The ceremony was pushed forward 30 minutes and it was only later that we found out why. Her aunt had had a Heart Attack and was dead before she hit the floor. They had to clear the area which explained the quick rescheduling. Think about having to remember the death in conjunction with cellabrating your aniversery.
Comment modified at December 18, 2014 09:00
There are also cases where an episode of an episode gets pulled from airing (temporally) due to it being scheduled to air right after some real world event. The cases I can think of are school shootings. A shot has an episode where a school shooting plays a part and then there is a real school shooting the prior week (or so) and the episode gets postponed due to that. Off hand I can not think of other events but I have the impression that there were other cases about one-off events (unlike School Shooting which happen unfortunately too many times).
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