Great episode. Well developed story-line. Great idea to have the 5 interns, who have been obviously cast with attention to their differences. They did a great job of playing off one another. The only gotcha was having Hodgins describe the jet fuel as containing both kerosene and ethlyene glycol. That's just B.S. science. Mixing jet fuel(kerosene) with antifreeze makes an incombustable mixture. I don't think jet engines even need liquid coolent beyond using the fuel itself. Synthetic lubricants provide all that the turbine bearings need. It only took one google request to find the wiki concerning jet fuels.
Its interesting that this week's Bones ep also dealt with returning vets' problems. I also appreciated this sympathetic character development of a societal problem faced by these people. This episode was really well done by the writers, as well as all the actors. I also appreciated the pic of a young Michael Weatherly. Though having Ziva be so understanding of Tony does seem a stretch, in light of all her background as a super violent assassin/spy, I also like the chemistry.So the question arises again: do we have the potential for seeing director Vance enter the picture, because of the need for leadership due to the potential size and complexity of this plot line? Here's a chance to show the team's potential growth into a truly sophisticated organization, dealing with international terrorist activities.
So, do we need an acronym for McGee and Abby? How about McGabby? Heh heh. I agree with all of the above comments about how solid this episode was: Good story line, good detail, no B.S. pseudo-science.
In support of the series: Very few shows can carry the complex character development for 8 main roles. This show is the best at large role sympathetic character development right now. We all want it to continue being that, and to lose any character would be a major loss for the show. Any criticism I make is meant to point to how this series could be made even better.The acting on this show is top notch across the board; that's why I never speak to improvements in that area.Sometimes I wonder how much input the various actors have concerning a given scene, a given episode or a given storyline. Only curious, nothing more.
@ Sue AnnRank: Recurring CharacterNovember 1st, 2012 2:47 AM It was made clear early in the series that Gibbs wants to use hand tools to do his wood-working, not power tools. He would never accept, nor ever use, Well, Sue Ann, or whoever you are, the Shopsmith Gibbs bought roughly approximates all the tools I mentioned, except for the planer. So your statement is false. And a wood lathe has already been shown in the basement. Its all moot. I've figured out what he's making.
@ elizmomOctober 31st, 2012 2:04 PM Eutro- haven't you ever been in a shop for one purpose and happen to see something interesting? It's a pawn shop. She takes in lots of different things.As for analyzing Gibbs' basement, you aren't supposed to think so close. Maybe the agents and bad guys should carry water pistols.
Both Ralph Waite and Billy Dee Williams did a great job in this episode. Very believable as two old best friends. And it sure didn't hurt to honor the marine regiment. This episode could easily have been made as a two-episode production.
Ducky is supposed to be a forensic psychologist, and therefore a perceptive friend to Gibbs. Why not have him supply Gibbs with a whole shop, as appreciation for Gibb's help with his estate? Come on team. Think more creatively.
On the other hand, Mark Harmon seems familiar with the Shopsmith multi-tool. It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume he has done wood working for a hobby for many years. On the other hand, the Shopsmith doesn't seem robust enough for the size of projects Gibbs seems to be embarking upon. Again we're expected to believe the stories built up from too sketchy scripting and production setup. It would have been better for Gibbs to somehow acquire a conventional band saw, drill press, table saw, planer and jointer over a period of multiple seasons and episodes, perhaps in similar ways to Ziva giving him that classic chisel several seasons ago.Overall the production seemed a bit shoddy for a first class series.
This whole episode seems to have been a setup framework for the back story, and the side stories. The viewer is left with the impression that too many scenes have been written to force the subplots to fit in. In this case the main plot can be considered a subplot too. It was just too convenient that the woodworking tools were in the same pawn shop as the gun and the medal of honor. Very unbelievable. The scenery and props for Gibb's basement were also forced. One time you see two mostly complete logs on the sawhorses; the next time you see a 12-14 inch board that is too big to have come out of those logs. Oh, and where did the logs go, when the big board was being displayed. Not enough room in that basement to put it all.
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