Thank you for mentioning the weather! This has bugged me from season 1. I grew up in New England, and we certainly did not run around in sleeveless shirts and dresses all year round. Plus, jackets were a necessity, usually starting in September. And then in winter-winter, scarves, gloves, hats, etc. Granted, you usually wear the same coat or coats all winter, so finding new ones for each episode would be unrealistic. Wait? Did I say that? When has realism ever stopped this show?
Pretty impressive that the cops can tell if someone is using their memory or their imagination with a lie-detector test! I thought those measured heart rate and temperature or blood pressure—and Ali was certainly hooked up for those things to be measured. They'd need an MRI to see which parts of her brain lit up when answering various questions. Maybe her real name is Bethanny Young... I agree with the reviews over the last several weeks that Ali has been played inconsistently. She has looked worried and scared when no one was around, which belies her being in charge (of the situation, of the girls, of whatever). Then at other time, this episode for instance, she smirks while looking away and then looks serious with others (Emily and Ali and the text message). I can't manage to keep track of all the various clues, but that goes on for me in the books, too!
I was disappointed about the illegitimate child cliffhanger. As said in the round table, it feels like General Hospital! G-S is already pretty incestuous, so to speak. I guess Dr. Pierce should be thankful that Ellis put her up for adoption given what Meredith went through. While it gives the message of "life goes on without Cristina," it took away from her leaving. People had already called Shane going to Zurich with Cristina, so it wasn't much of a surprise. But it looks like he went to the airport with her and just got on the plane, which, especially these days, is not going to happen. (Plus, he was wearing the same color scrubs when he got her for the meeting at the end...the only clothes he had?) I had no clue whether Leah was a good surgeon or not; she certainly seemed to be a good doctor in this episode. I thought the cutting of an intern was nicely done by telling her she needs another specialty. Richard was very nice and gentle about it, and he's probably right. And it's not like she couldn't stay at S-G; after all, there appear to be other departments when they decide to show them!
I thought the season was okay but not great. Given that the writers had to change what was going to happen (or how it would happen) at what seemed to be the last minute, however, it was really impressive. I don't know what let Cote de Pablo leave, but I felt annoyed with her and missed Ziva less because of the disruption. I was mixed about Bishop; she was intriguing at the beginning when she was merely being "borrowed" from the NSA. As someone wrote, her character is too flat; we don't know anything about her really. Someone else wrote about the focus being too much on Gibbs. I have often felt that way, but not in the way that was meant: Gibbs is often the target of enemies. Even this last episode was more about taking down Gibbs. It may have detracted from the Gibbs losing his father storyline, but I was disappointed in much of that As for Gibbs being single: he hasn't gotten married in at least 11 years!
I'm not sure I'm "looking forward" to the finale (too sad), but I'm pleased they are honoring Ralph Waite (great as Gibbs' father) and showing an important point in people's lives. My only concern is that not having a cliffhanger may make the Bishop-haters not return, since there won't be a "what happened?" to see.
Finally! Some impact from Callie's car accident. She was so injured that her recovery took months, yet she has no lasting effects (not even a scar from having gone through the windshield)? It was rarely mentioned after the plane crash that Callie knew what it felt like to not be able to do what you used to and Arizona knew what it was like to take care of someone. I have no feelings either way about them having another child, though I thought for a second that Arizona was going to ask Alex to be the donor!
Yup, I got teary, too.
Ann, I've noticed the decrease of reruns on USA, too. Since that's how I caught up with 9 years of NCIS, I hope they bring them back more. I am concerned about the final episode not leaving us hanging. I'm glad they'll say goodbye both to Ralph Waite and to him as Gibbs' father (this will be very important for Gibbs' character), but people seem so ambivalent about Bishop that I worry that they won't tune in in the fall to find out what happened, as they/we have in previous years.
I loved the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory line. But I found it annoying that Burke only parceled out pieces of information to Cristina—like the big piece that he would be leaving! I always found Burke narcissistic, and he was patronizing to Cristina; I was surprised she put up with it.
I was struck by how much Peter was like Will physically; some of their mannerisms and movements were so similar.
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