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.
@boonies -- I don't agree with you mostly, but it's tastes/opinion stuff I can't argue. Do agree that I don't like when Tony is presented like you cited, but on one of the DVD sets the show's head honcho says Tony interprets and plays his character like a clown. Anyhow, just jotting this reply to point out that the mass spec only working for Abby has been a running joke/plot device for many seasons and if it had worked for McGee, that would have been unrealistic to the suspend belief aspects of NCIS story telling (I think anyway).
@Watcher -- Hey, you said it much better!
@BW&R -- You could be right about everything (Visualize and/or Stiles must have a major role to play in finding Red John!), so don't take this as a disagreement, but you keep saying something that I don't know where you're getting: The bodies were only just discovered on the farm; nobody, until the examiners, in the present, determined they were murdered, knew that they were murdered. There was no clue that any foul play took place on the farm when Visualize owned it.
Also, it was established that all those who were there after it was drawn knew of the smiley face, but it was not established anyone ran and told Stiles about it (does Prez Obama know if there's any graffiti on the wall of the local social security office in your or my town?).
I think Stiles has a clue or two he can/will pass on to Jane.
@B&W&R -- The bodies weren't discovered at the time -- and the "cult" did say, and of course it would be true as in every cult, members leave and are never heard from again. So they didn't go searching for bodies. We have to guess how long RJ was a member and at what age and if he returned to the compound and church or just left completely himself (and did he kill the first 2 or did the speed freak)?
@MickeyG -- I might be misremembering this, but I believe back in the first season Hodgins said the money for the Jeffersonian was from a charitable family trust fund, maybe setup by a previous generation, and that the managers had no clue the current heir worked for the Jeffersonian and he wanted to keep it that way. If I'm remembering correctly, the trust fund, not being in his hands (as a personal account), wasn't touched.
I do admit I'd like to see them follow up on the Hodgins family finances.
I can also see how Red John as a young man could have passed through Visualize and, in retrospect, Stiles might have a suspicion who he was, without necessarily being positive he had his suspect's actual and verifiable name/ID. A powerful man, maintaining his group's reputation, especially with the person gone, might very well only ponder that speculation, be convinced, and do nothing. It also would be logical to assume Red John didn't make a recording in the Visualize program about how he killed someone, even if his tape was such that he was unable, possibly, to conceal his nature from a listener like Stiles.
I thought the prison break of Lorelei was presented as Stiles has the contacts to know, if he wants to ask, which prison a specific prisoner is in and has the contacts to arrange an escape -- which wasn't some people tunneling, but was with a cooperation that Stiles could have used to get anyone out. So, Lorelei's connection to Red John didn't have to have anything to do with it.
I too think they are making it up as they go along (and they have to be loving our "Paul is dead" detective work (where everyone tore apart Beatles lyrics, like "one and one and one is three," and played all the albums backwards looking for clues).
And I still don't believe Stiles is a Red John accomplice or accessory, either!
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