Here's the thing -- and I apologize ahead of time if I come off as some kind of cretin -- I've never been interested in this show and have never watched even a minute of it accidentally. I don't even know when it's on ... but I never knew these girls were so good looking and good figures and I'm going to find out when it's on and tune in at least once. To me that says the ad was very effective!
I didn't think it was anything special, but she only had so much time and she didn't do herself a disservice. I mean that she was reaching a broader audience and did fine.
It's probably the economy (or just me??), but the ads were nothing special this year. I don't even think there were so very many new ones.
Also, I'm sure the critics of NCIS being called to a car accident are correct that nationwide some murderer's have gotten away with it due to bad police work -- so one has to accept the drama and suspend belief in this case to approve, sure, which, I think, viewers do or don't based more on their overall impression of any episode where it's questioned. If lots of the ep threw one, this would. If one was drawn in, one would accept it.
Since I loved the episode, I had no problem imagining the locals immediately saw the air bag failure and the odd blow on the side of the head, splatter pattern, and backed off and called in NCIS.
cont. In a culturally classic movie from 1950, meaning it was likely seen by every "American" kid and made an impression, "Cheaper By the Dozen," the original film, when the father dies at the end, the mother says to sell the car since only the father could ever get it to run. Maybe they should have gotten it fixed instead, but it's touching the way they play it.
This episode was all about Abby and I think it was meant to be as touching as that. The equipment won't run without Abby, might as well close the lab down because she's irreplaceable!
It's been too long since I watched all the episodes in order to be able to point out which episodes involved the cranky mass spec -- but, in the past, Abby has gone over the top yelling at people to get away from it, to not touch it because it has to be coaxed to work. Why do they have a machine that is in sub par condition? I don't recall them stressing budgets, but a normal government bean counter would tell her to send her samples to a lab, I would guess -- but, since it is fiction, no matter the cost of a new machine, they likely keep this machine for the "humor." Doesn't anyone else remember references to this machine?
And, Abby has never totally failed the team for an entire episode -- but she has often been distracted and not given the case the serious attention it has deserved, whether she's taking hundreds of dolls apart for no good reason or figuring out if the crop circles were made by aliens (or whatever scifi junk experiments she was doing, with McGee gathering samples for her, thus taking both of them off the case Gibbs needed them on). So, I think you can justifiably criticize NCIS for playing up the character's "lovable" eccentricities (Tony the clown, McGee the geek, Ziva's English, Abby and her coffin, Gibbs and his rules, Ducky and his stories, etc.) -- and question whether this time they went to far with Abby; but I do think this was a mid-life crisis for the character, at least.
How they manipulated the story for that flashback was for the adult, mature, worldly Abby to realize as the windshield brought back that long ago memory, that Nikki was still never going to see her grandfather again, that Abby's clever solution didn't change that. Her whole life thus hinged on an empty gesture ... which I think is significant, even significant enough for Abby to fail the team.
Abby is all about people. She's the one who has made the NCIS team into a family. She's the one who comes down on Ziva for not being grateful enough to Tony for all he did to track down where she was (which actually was mostly giving orders to her and McGee, but she, as per her personality, gives more credit to Tony being the driving force). She's a mother hen -- and surprise! she always was. That's what we got to see. That's also how I took what @JustSayin was saying.
@Boonies -- I don't think it was a minor disappointment. I think a little girl who was decidedly pleased with her cleverness from creating a magnifying glass to tracking down all the parties involved to where she would make "THE" decision about what she was going to do with her life, which was even re-enforced by her switching stuffed animals so that the little girl could keep the memory of her grandfather.
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