While it may feel old, the relationship between Tony and his father is evolving fairly realistically. No, Senior won't stop being a flirt (Emily) or dismissing some things, but Tony was excited to see him. And you can see that Senior is hearing and responding to much of what Tony says, directly and indirectly. When the child has been the grown up in a relationship for that long, it's going to take a while for the changes to solidify. (Yeah, the apartment right above Tony's was too much, but on first thought, it might have seemed like serendipity to Senior.) Interesting that Zoe is as terrified of the word "committment" has Tony is! They seem good together, and it seems the show is focusing more on Tony's growth as a person (talking and not just running), which I like. Of course, I still love his "Mc" names!
They had waited to do the surgery until the tumor had hit the optic nerve. It seemed like there could have been various types of brain damage, but perhaps because it hit the nerve, that part was more sensitive. I dunno.
I wish Rick and co. had asked how they built this refuge. Those walls Aaron described were incredible. But he also said that nothing could be heard in or out, so how could they hear the kids playing? They were all by the gate?!
It was an intense episode with some humor tossed in. I loved that Diane said, "Holy 4th of July weenie roast" when she found Gibbs and Rebecca asleep on the couch, just as Fornell had when he found McGee and Diane. (And why was everyone so suspicious? In neither case did it look like the couple had had sex.) Also, Gibbs' "Guess I picked the wrong week to quit coffee" homage to Airplane. As soon as they said the shootout in the diner was staged, I thought of Jenny, but until Diane and Gibbs were there, I didn't expect a Kate-like death. So awful, though the way they put in his memories (granted, the proposal one was from a recent episode). I'm pleased that he wants to tell Fornell, but he'd better do it quick, because Fornell will (or maybe already has) heard it from someone else soon. I was very touched by Jimmy refusing to do the autopsy; he and Ducky have had to do too many of their "own." But I was taken out of the moment trying to recall if Jimmy and Diane had ever met, much less were friends. It seems all of Gibbs' ex-wives invite him to their weddings. Hell, Diane and Tobias even asked for his blessing for their remarriage (so Diane's death makes me feel so sad for Tobias; and is his daughter his and Diane's? Uh oh). Rebecca's invite is the oddest, though; they'd had no contact (as far as viewers know) and she was marrying the man who assisted in destroying their marriage! Making atonements is one thing, asking him to the wedding seemed a bit cruel. Scared for future episodes!
I waffle in thinking that Ali is A. She has shown a good amount of fear when she's alone (or possibly alone) in earlier episodes. There would be no reason for her to feign fear when she's alone (unless Mona had cameras on her, too!). So even if Ali is A, there's someone after her (as we were led to believe in the first place). I liked seeing Mrs. Grunwald, and it was sad to hear about Mona's unhappy soul. Her shared look with Ali was strange, but Hannah's response to the contipation observation was great.
It seems that they're bringing in the twin theory. Apart from Ali's Ghost Mona-produced memory, the DNA from the body found originally (Bethanny) would have matched Ali's since they were identical twins. (Ought to have stuck to dental records in this case!) Also, in the picture that Jason showed Ali, she obviously didn't remember the day of that ski trip because it was Bethanny in the picture. I'm not sure if Jason knows if this is Ali or Bethanny (not using name changes that were used in the books!).
Have you all forgotten that Tara is gay? What, she doesn't count?
I enjoyed the episode, and I cried for Daryl when Beth was killed; she was able to get as his "truths" (that he had just followed Merle around before and that he was angry that he couldn't save everyone at the prison). A couple pieces of confusion, though:1. What did Beth "get" about what Dawn was doing?2. They kidnapped Beth, but then what happened? How did she get hurt?
I enjoyed the episode and seeing Beth's growth, especially with creepy Officer Gorman in Dawn's office. I did find myself confused about why Gorman would not want Dawn in charge when she generally allowed him to do what he wanted to. I was waiting for Beth to say she could help with the medical side of things because her father was a vet and/or to tell Joan (?) that her father had lived when his limb was amputated. So are they just looking for help to run their hospital? Beth was kidnapped by them, so was she really saved by them (she may have escaped the car). I'd like to know what that was about, but I'm not we'll learn that. I didn't think about Carol faking injury/unconsciousness until I read it here, and I think that's an excellent supposition and totally a Carol-Daryl type of plan.
I agree that it's a shame when shows don't address the loss of a major character. I think they spent more time on Jackie Vance! In this case, I suspect that when (and probably how) the actress left influenced the avoidance of it. And *finally* it is addressed with Tony. (Actually, when Abby and McGee told Bishop it was complicated, my mind went automatically to the Frog's daughter, whose name I can't remember.) I'm surprised, though, that Gibbs didn't address it with Tony sooner; Gibbs could tell when Tony was going through a "dry spell" several years ago and told him so. Even if Gibbs still misses Ziva and/or is angry with her, his character would have been able to address it. According to Gibbs' rules, Tony and Ziva would never have been able to get together; one of them would have had to leave the team—and that would never happen unless someone was leaving the show. (BTW, Gibbs' trip to the "What if" world had Kate and Tony together.) I'm glad Bishop's married (and can't wait to see Jamie Bamber as her husband!).
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