"Midnight Train to Georgia" was originally done by Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was a long time ago (like 1970's-1980's), but a many-time-repeated classic comedy bit was the three Pips would be guests on a variety show without Gladys Knight (and then while the music for Midnight Train played over the speakers, the Pips would do all their swaying in unison and harmonies and back-up moves with no front singer). I think, since the show focused on Pips style moves, that the writers were recalling that.
It was a fun episode. One thing that I didn't accept is that Phil would have been conned into buying a suit that small. He's always shown to be very good at selling -- so how could he be conned into buying something that didn't come close to fitting?
Also wanted to speculate on Gibbs' ethics (and not at all with any sure sense of rightness regarding this thought) that Gibbs killing the drug lord who killed his family did not violate the sentiments of Semper Fi, that it certainly was illegal, but it was outside the service, not using naval-marine resources as if they were yours to use or the service they belonged to wasn't important in your own eyes (as, say, Franks determining his mission was higher than the service he was a part of). Like maybe the line Gibbs referred to in "Where do you draw it?" meant where do you draw the line when it comes to using and stealing from the Navy-Marines for what you think is the right thing to do???
@DaleR -- Important point (I think): it was Gibbs' first wife who told him about the rules when he first met her at the bus stop (I think it was). A thing I thought this episode did really well (as in an ethics lecture to draw your own conclusions from) is that Franks decided he needed to take the law into his own hands and that what he was doing took precedence over his Naval service and all the oaths he swore to them (I don't know if Franks was Marines like Gibbs). Gibbs felt guilty about the girls who died because he didn't violate his oaths and sneak; however, he still didn't as he saved the current group of women in front of his superiors -- completely different.
The premise was good and the episode was Ok. What bothers me, mostly because I don't know where they're going with it, is that this season it seems the writers are trying to show what incompetents DiNozo and McGee are, that they could never interrogate a suspect or solve a crime, but only stand there like the stereotype of a helpless woman. So far, it's very lucky Gibbs has been able to bring in outsiders, like the super agent lie detector "girl"-in-previous-episodes. I'm one of those Tony fans who like it when he is allowed to show why he is Gibbs' senior field agent and why he was given Gibbs' team when Gibbs quit, so I'm a little lost at what they are doing to DiNozo and McGee???
Typo: in previous post meant "3-Wheeler." @Miranda Wicker - I didn't like the mother-ghost episode or revising her story to, in my mind, make her more mundane and less exceptional. Besides, I always found it much more fun (and even thoughtful) for Brennan to be discovering people and human moments (through Booth and the supporting cast), rather than say she knew/experienced all that and rejected it consciously and is slowly re-accepting it. Grumble-grumble ...
@Terrie -- The girl in the car wasn't the "FBI gal," who is actually a CIA gal. When Red wanted bodyguards there were 2 a man and a woman (the CIA gal was a 3rd person added by the FBI). The girl in the car with Red was his female bodyguard who is loyal to him.
We are all raised in some culture, which is different from not just country to country but town to town, family to family, & generation to generation. It's a stretch to imagine a little American girl from only 20 years ago (although not 50+ years ago) would keep a picture of a wedding dress -- so no doubt a sentimental gimmick to make a point about how broadly one might define bucket lists -- but there was long ago such a "Little House on the Prairie" concept as girls having "hope chests." I do remember a long ago Leonard Pitts column when he was disappointed that his 2 year old daughter, her age when he and his wife picked out a 2-Wheeler with her, was concerned that the one she liked was for girls & not boys (when he couldn't figure where that came from already in a 2 year old)! Just saying there are influences on all of us that we embrace, overcome, or pass by & think about (television if nothing else).
I also wanted to say that this was a great episode. And, Spader was great in Boston Legal and he's great in this!
I don't think that the woman in the picture was so young. That is, I would have guessed her age to be anywhere from 20 to 35. I suppose she could have been a teenager, but I didn't think she was that young ... but did think she might be Liz's real mother, and that Liz was placed with the family that raised her as their own (and probably by Red).
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