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NCIS Review: Hero Comfort

Having gone through the adoption process where the birthmom changed her mind after us having our daughter for one week, I was very impressed that NCIS would tackle this outcome let alone have the emotions be very accurate. It is a roller coaster ride and Brian Dietzen nailed his part. The line about who could fault a mom for wanting to raise her own baby was one I clung to. Kudos to NCIS for tackling open adoption at all, but also for being willing to show that it doesn't always end perfectly. Fortunately for us, we got our daughter back at 4.5 months and she is a perfect fit to our family and a testimony to God's grace and perfect plan. Hopefully the show will continue the story line in a realistic light and that good things will come for the Palmers.

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Bones Review: Will You Marry Me?

Ugh...end it now! Seriously - how can anyone believe the Pelant could do ALL of the things he was shown doing? Not that they can't all be done, but all by one person? I understand suspension of disbelief, but this was a lot. I think the only "good" parts in my mind were Angela and Hodges scene, and the ending scene - although I don't know how hard it would have been to just say somewhere in there either with the eyes or written word Pelant's name and all would be understood. It allowed for good dramatic tension between Booth and Bones, but it was too contrived for me. I long for the stories of old that played out without all the heavy-handedness that this season has had - Bones has been dropping further and further down in my must-see list with every week, and this did nothing to make me want to think about Bones all summer waiting to see what happens. Sigh :(

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I actually think it worked better in this order - having shown this one first and then last week's episode now would have really had people wondering how Beckett could think that Castle doesn't appreciate her (IMHO anyway). And, like Beckett's hairstyles, the flashback clips really show how much more fit and handsome Castle was back then (again, IMHO). It was one of the better clip-style shows and I appreciate that. Also loved that Gates knew (seriously, how could she not???) Anyway not a bad episode. I just hope that it doesn't make the continuity seem off since it's hard for me to see how she can go right from "I love you" to possibly thinking they aren't going anywhere, he doesn't appreciate her, etc. that has been hinted at.

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This episode was amazing! I really believed Marina Sirtis in this role - she did an excellent job! (Now all we need is Jonathan Frakes coming back to direct an episode with her in it to complete the ST:TNG ship circle.) And her tie-in with Eli David is interesting as well. I will look forward to her returning. I liked the Tiva interactions all along the way - from Tony giving Ziva her Bodnar space, to his supporting and focusing her at the bar, and finally to his encouragement of accepting who she is now and finally expressing that in such an intimate conversation in the car...the chemistry between the two of them is palpable. Oh, and Tony's hand reaching out for hers after the crash...epic! And that final scene - not unpredictable but definitely shocking in light of the conversation that just took place. I certainly hope these two can finally just be happy one of these times. I also enjoyed seeing Ducky pissed off - David McCallum is such a fine actor. And Vance and Gibbs playing well together. All in all, except for McGee's lack of subtlety, this episode was jam-packed with goodness from start to finish. Anxiously awaiting next's week resolution (love and hate those cliffhangers at the same time!)

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Bones Review: Mommy Dearest

I agree with the reviewer 100% here. It's not that we are bashing the story lines the are attempting and saying that they aren't good ideas (who's going to bash a child tumor story?), but it's the heavy handed way in which they are presented that is bad. It seems the writers are unable to be subtle and let us figure out what they are trying to get across - instead they have to best us over the head with it and that makes it not a good vehicle for the point they were trying to get across. I still watch the show, hoping that it will get back to quality story lines (I'm thinking of the one this season about the 9/11 vet victim), but week in and week out, this season has overall been a big disappointment. Especially since we are promised a Pelant return, but little to no mention of him to keep the story progressing at a logical pace? Sigh, I miss my Bones of a few years ago...

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My first reaction was that he was going to be revealed as McGee's brother!!! Wow, what a resemblance. More than likely he is going to play a role in this whole tracking down Bodnar thing. We'll have a much better idea after Berlin on the 23rd I presume.

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NCIS Review: Hunters and The Hunted

OK...was I the only one kind of PO'd that Ziva kept Tony from the investigation while inviting McGee into it? I know, I have seen possible explanations of why this is (keeping Tony distant so she doesn't have to deal with feelings, etc.), but I think with the "new elevator them" that this just doesn't seem right. It reeks of "we've been here and done this before lack of trust" thing. I certainly look forward to the resolution of this thread, but I was a little underwhelmed at this episode. The parallels were pretty spot on, but a little forced and heavy handed - they pretty much beat us over the head with them instead of allowing us to draw our own conclusions. Anyway, I'll reserve further judgement until I can rewatch it again tomorrow, but my initial impression was kind of meh.

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Ohhh...my two favorite shows ever. TNG and NCIS - I certainly hope that this works out as well as it seems like it should.

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Bones Review: Blood Diamond

I love Caroline - I would gladly give you Daisy and Fisher for her more often. I like Wendell, Finn and even Arastoo (although he may have lost some of his interestingness after being with Cam, personally). But this season has just been rather blah all around. Stuff seemed disjointed and a little off tonight still, despite the better Booth story line. Angela was almost non-existent and there has been little mention of their kid or the financial situation post Pelant. No mention of Parker recently either. With not many episodes left before the end of the season, I would have expected a bit more on the Pelant side of things if only a mention of what they are doing to track him, etc. Oh well, I can only hope that it picks back up soon.

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Castle Review: A Mob and a Mistress

That was a great episode! I think it adds yet another layer of depth to Kevin. He always seems to be the softer of the two partners, but he can be a badass when necessary. And he looked smokin', even more so after that transformation. LOVED the shorter hair and he should definitely keep that, and perhaps some of the wardrobe too! Next week looks like it could be really good (or really a trite ripoff, but I'm hoping for the best because AM usually brings it).

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