I didn't notice Amy's absence either until reading it here -- and didn't miss her!
It's possible for Sherlock to outsmart Moriarty regularly by stopping a Moriarty crime without catching him. I hope they go in that direction rather than the comic book evil overload style villain (like Pelant in Bones) who controls the whole universe (mehya-ha-ha-ha-ha).
Gil Thorpe annoys me. I just don't find him funny. Maybe it's because the humor is nasty or maybe because Phil changes when he's dealing with him. I realize that it's me -- but I hope he isn't in every episode now. I kind of think too that Phil, especially with Luke to verify, should have explained his objections by discussing Gil's comments in the car -- and suggest she go into it with her eyes open or stop whining and actually look for a job where she can get the respect she deserves!
Of course, maybe I wouldn't look for and enjoy the senior-field-agent Tony so much if he didn't play the character the way he did. Don't know -- but from next episode previews (and Gibbs question in the basement) I do suspect that in Berlin Tony and Ziva slept together after Bodnar's brother's capture. Another hint of that might have been the hand-holding in the car. If I'm right, that will really drive the Tiva haters crazy -- but, anyhow, I thought this episode was fine between the two, even Ziva being annoyed Tony wouldn't talk to his insurance.
I'm a Tony fan (and NOT a Ziva/Tiva hater at all). In the early episodes especially, Weatherly and the writers played Tony as frat-boy-ish, allowing him to be comic relief, but he was always good and senior-field-agent-ish -- like goofing around with Kate on Air Force One, Ducky and him being photographed behind the President's desk, or answering the phone as he's pretending to be a dead body ... but explaining techniques to Kate, even if he's using a bikini model on the cover of a magazine, or how quickly he determined who the body was (the officer who met with Kate and then died in his car) and notified Gibbs on the plane. But, sometimes these days he's not frat-boy-ish but just irresponsible (like not dealing with his insurance) and self-centered (like calling McGee McGoofUp) and not competent and Gibbs Junior (like Gibbs knew he'd need a cup of coffee because of McGee's rules).
My impression is that the season ending cliffhanger is going to be about an investigation of team Gibbs. If I got that right(???), then it seems the Mossad, Bodner, Orli, car accident will get resolved before this season ends -- but that how will lead to the investigation.
I like Raj and Lucy. I wasn't so thrilled with the texting date -- but liked them this episode a lot. Are you sure Penny's idea of her passion is a good thing -- or is it going to be a let-down? Lost World is the one that frustrates me for ending on a season-ending cliffhanger and never coming back!
I'm sure there will be some great twists ahead, but if it wasn't either Bodnar or Orli responsible for the crash, then wouldn't it have to be some out-of-left-field villain we've never even seen yet? All the hints were that Bodnar is getting framed, but it seems to me we are then left with Mossad as the killers of everybody. I also wondered if Bodnar saying Ziva didn't know the whole story could mean that Bodnar had to kill David (maybe under orders from even Orli) because he was meeting with his Iranian counterpart??
What I liked about the dance beyond Ziva remembering her father's comment and thinking of Tony was that it was deserved even professionally. In some David Drake book he talks about different kinds of soldier personalities, and acknowledges one type is the kind that is willing to charge a pillbox head on -- that, to me, is Ziva, but it's not Tony or Gibbs. She believes she was made and Tony has a solution bang like that. Senior field agent!
I found it on the Fox Bones homepage (by looking at photo captions) as "Arastoo Vaziri"
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