Sue ann

Random thoughts: You did not mention it, but wasn't this the first episode with no crossover personnel from NCIS? And they didn't need them, either. I thought it was very interesting, and I liked Pride's wife a lot. More than I did their daughter. The assistant to the medical examiner continues to not impress. This series is showcasing New Orleans beautifully; I expect their tourism numbers will go up a lot if this show survives.

Sue ann

I speak only for myself. I don't hate her. I dislike her a lot, and I think the character is poorly written, and portrayed by a mediocre actress. When the focus is off of her, I do not mind her as a placeholder or spear carrier. Pretty much the same as I regarded Kate.

Sue ann

I agree. Abby's nose in Tony's business really annoyed me; had she done it to me, she would have gotten thoroughly chewed and spit out. It really is no business of hers, and being Tony's friend still does not make it her business. Unless he asks for help, the proper thing to do is to keep off the grass. I really did NOT like this episode. I sort of liked the ATF agent. But then, I was never a Tiva shipper; I never thought she was good enough for Tony. Of the females he's been shown to date, this is the first one who did not make me vaguely ill.

Sue ann

I always love this show, but I thought that this was their best episode in a while. It had pretty much everything, including the charming moments when Finch spoke to Bear over the phone to get him to eat his breakfast. Everyone played a part, and Lionel did not only get the paperwork this time. I truly did NOT see it coming when Finch paid off the Chinese man who had "mugged" them. Clever. And it is always a delight to see Elias; I am a big fan of Enrico Colantoni. I suspect that his character will continue to get slowly sucked into doing good rather than evil; bit by bit, unwilling though he may be. That is fun to watch. Root was not there; I do not hate her the way some seem to do, but I also did not really miss her. I noticed her absence, and forgot it. The hour was full as it was.

Sue ann

I also noticed when Beckett called Castle a fellow cop. Interesting. It was pretty obvious that the two captives were in the shower room where it had started; there was no suspense there. That has been already done in several other programs that I watch in the last few years, and undoubtedly in quite a few I don't watch. I figured when Ryan and Esposito came busting into that shower room, that they used the same time warp device that DiNozzo used to get to FInland on NCIS, and that Gibbs used to get to the ship in the Atlantic, also on NCIS. That time travel device is making the rounds. Now it has jumped networks! I agree with Roni O. Something is still missing. I used to watch the seasonal DVD's of past years several times a year. I haven't bothered to watch last season's yet, and I don't know when I will bother. I started being appalled when they brought in that Pi and turned Alexis into a bitch. It still does not feel right. But Martha still looks fabulous -- whomever is her dresser really picks the right colors and fabrics to make the lady look wondrous.

Sue ann

She really struck me as a robot, also. Or, lobotomized.

Sue ann

Tommy and Michael both have sizable fan bases. I never even heard of Jonathan before, and I still do not know who he is. Even I, a non-fan of NASCAR, have heard of Michael Waltrip. And I have known precisely who Cheech and Chong are since they first started. However, I am sitting out the voting this season, and just enjoying the dancing. Jonathan may or may not have gone home early, but these things usually shake out so that the best dancers make it to the finals. Usually.

Sue ann

I think that Pride went through the same time warp to get to the ship in the Atlantic Ocean to meet with Gibbs, that Tony went through on NCIS to get from the Navy Yard to Finland to pick up Gibbs and McGee. Apparently NCIS has a patented time warp they are not sharing with the rest of us....

Sue ann

That actress is (I think) Heather Burns. Her most memorable role, for me, was as the slightly ditzy shop assistant in You've Got Mail, with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. It was nice to see her again.

Sue ann
NCIS Round Table: How Cool is Ducky?

How boring that would be! And how un-Abby-like! She is a true naïf, and has maintained her charming innocence since the second season, anyway. She did not quite start out like this, if you go watch the season one DVD's. She used to be more sophisticated and provocative. Not a lot, but a little. Her voice is not quite the same, either. This was deliberate on someone's part, and not likely to change at season 12. Not when it is the number one drama on this planet.