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I'm setting into the S2 changes a bit more. Overall loved this episode. Really liking the new Mackenzie - still a bit goofy but showing more of her strong side. And the scenes with Sloan and Don were great. I wish there had been more screen time there. I agree that Will's woo-ing of Nina was a bit much, but I actually liked the Obama/Osama joke. It was funny tie-in to the actual episode when he was so high he kept confusing the two.

Things I'm not liking - Jim's story arc away from the office/team, and Maggie about to leave the office/team. The stories are all too segregated for my taste. And while I love Hamish Linklater, his character is a distraction for me. I want the original team back together. But overall, it's still one of the best shows on TV right now.

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I still love the show, but I curse all those who complained about season 1. I'm not liking the changes so far. The team is completely disjointed. In this ep, we have Jim in New Hampshire, Don on the Troy Davis story, Neil on Occupy Wall Street, Maggie on Africa/recovery from the video scandal, and the new guy on Genoa. This episode almost lost me, until it came together at its traditional 'inspirational song, team bonding' end. That's my favorite part. But I think they're going too far to fix whatever people thought was wrong. Bring the team back together!!

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this season is painful for me so far. i came on board a little late and i was actually a bit glad to hear that boris has died (just in the sense that the hard-to-believe storyline was finally over)but then he pops back up, as always. and i'm not liking the storyline with the cop and molly. i feel like they are trying to force in a young person to replace tucker and libby from earlier seasons, but it's not working. it just seems like a random, disjointed season, without the charm of previous seasons.

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I never understood all the criticisms from season 1. I feel the show got picked on simply because it was a Sorkin show. Was it perfect, no. But it was still one of the smartest, most entertaining shows on TV. I'm reluctant to see what the changes will be in S2. So far, I'm not sure I'm on board with the season long arc about the screw up. We spent all of S1 watching Will recover from his meltdown and the team try to 'right the ship' and do the program they want. And now they've screwed it all up and I feel like we're back to the beginning. Guess we'll see how it goes from here!

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Fairly entertaining episode. The Victorias Secret plug was pretty shameless, but also amusing. Episodes without the extraneous characters (Doris, Catherine) just flow better - it's more of the old rhythm and dynamic that worked so well, and nothing feels forced. Although, I do find it odd that they start a story and then forget about it for a few episodes (are we done seeing Mary and Doris rebuild their relationship?).

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Totally agree...I really enjoyed the crime story - fun to see someone getting the best of McGarret and rattling his cage. But of course, we all knew he'd win in the end!

The Doris/Catherine storyline was ridiculous. Catherine should not be getting her own storylines separate from Steve and/or the team...she's not that big of a character. And the scene where she scaled the hotel balcony was almost laughable. I don't get why they can't just have her be Steve's love interest and leave it at that. And I wish they'd focus more on Doris' relationships with Steve/Mary and less on her spy stuff. I think they're wasting some potentially good character development storylines there.

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I like this episode. I thought it highlighted the core team and the crime drama, while still showcasing the other characters as secondary story lines to keep things interesting. I found it a nice change that Catherine wasn't forced in if she wasn't needed.

One thing that did confuse me a bit was Mary's "daddy's girl" scene at the grave site. In her first appearance on the show (in Season 1), she has a scene with Steve where she talks about resentment for the Dad because she and steve were invisible to him - he never showed them any emotion or attention. She didn't even attend his funeral. I realize that doesn't mean she didn't love her Dad, but it seemed like another instance of the character/story line inconsistencies. All in all, good ep.

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I initially didn't think I was going to like the episode. It reminded me too much of the Season 1 ep where Chin had the bomb around his neck and couldn't move, and then they did a 'flashback' to the hours leading up to the moment with the bomb - it seemed like a complete copy cat. Plus, any time a show has a Kardashian make a guest appearance, I'm tempted to turn the channel! But the second half of the episode was great. Glad to see Danny finally get a good story line, the 9/11 tie-in was intense, and the ending was sweet.

I'm still not getting the addition of Catherine - she didn't offer any information the team couldn't have found without her, as they have done in many other episodes. Glad to see Mom is finally coming back next week!

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i've said this before and i don't mean to harp on it, but i just don't see the reason for Catherine being on full-time. the producers/writers seem so determined to add another female character that they cram them in, regardless of if they actually serve a purpose. i like Catherine but i don't see the point of her being a regular. if they wanted to show steve's softer side, they could've used his mom and that storyline to do that. it would at least make sense for the direction of the show and tie in to what's happened in the past. i think the fans have been pretty vocal about wanting personal relationships to remain secondary story lines. it's good to explore the characters, but put the focus back on the team and their jobs.

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I'm sorry - I don't get what you see with Lori at all. She still adds absolutely nothing to the show for me. This was the first episode where she actually pitched in with some 'profiling' info on the case, and she's not even doing what she is supposedly there to do - act as a watchdog for the team. It was Kono's first week back with the team and she had very few lines and screen time, which was disappointing. And they never really showed how Lori and Kono interact with each other as people. Who cares if there is only one girl on the team? It doesnt matter to me what the male/female ratio is, as long as there is chemistry between them. Definitely a missed opportunity for some great mcdanno scenes during the fight. I'm losing interest fast.