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NCIS Review: Mike Franks' Swan Song

@ Carey -- Gibbs is the godfather to Mike Franks's granddaughter, so I expect that his character is well aware of her location, and will keep an eye on her situation and protect her mother, if she needs it (She did shoot the killer herself in Mexico that one time.) @ Brennan -- Palmer is a peripheral character, despite having a Palmer-centric episode. I'm not saying I don't agree with you. I'm saying I see why they have not so honored him. However, if you buy the DVD's, you will see that the actor who plays Palmer is included in the group interview and discussion parties that they have on each set of DVD's. He's a sweet guy, and his interaction with David McCallum in those interviews is also priceless, just as are their interactions in character, in the morgue, or at crime scenes. I like him, too. @ Maka -- Ziva is changing with experience. She cannot continue to be an emotionless killer forever. The P2P killer is a graphic example of what happens to a human being who is dehumanized and kept that way. Over the decades of his existence on the tv shows and movies of Star Trek, Mr. Spock changed and grew. It is normal for all emotionless creatures, including Ziva. She is becoming a more rounded human being, and that is a good thing, both for a human, or for a character. Ziva's story arc opportunities are more varied now that her character is deeper. One of the reasons that NCIS has lasted eight years, with more years coming, and why the parent show JAG lasted ten years, and why a previous Donald Bellisario program, Magnum PI lasted so long is that the core characters change as they age and have experiences. They are not two dimensional. Life happens to them as it happens to all of us. That is why we keep being interested; we want to see what happens next, not how they redo the same thing differently.

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Ralph said that the doctor told him the knee would heal in two days. If that is accurate, then his chances are as good as anyone's, and the voting was a matter of personal choice. I'm pleased to see two of the older actors still in the running.

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NCIS Review: Mike Franks' Swan Song

It was very sad -- I am tearing up right now just thinking about it, and how Gibbs is going to feel. But they set up Franks to appear to have lung cancer or emphysema. Both are terrible, ugly ways to die. The way he went out, while painful at the moment, was much more fitting for a warrior than slow painful drugged death in a hospital. It reminds me of the good death Jenny chose -- she went out fighting, not sick in bed, drugged, dying by inches. They both died to save Gibbs. Gibbs will keep on keeping on, because not doing so would dishonor those who gave their lives for him. That is the kind of man they've written Gibbs to be. On another note, Mark Harmon was on Letterman last night after the show, and pretty much all they talked about was his football career and his father's great football career. Seems to me I read that Harmon just won most popular actor award, and the show won most popular show of all time. But no ugly chest-beating and bragging. Just talking about his dad, and how much football had meant to himn as a kid. There are a LOT of reasons why NCIS is the most popular drama on tv, and I think that the good character of Mark Harmon is one of those reasons. He's just this good guy. The rest of the cast also appear to be good people. Harmon said that the cast and crew are all folks who know what it is like to go to a job they do not like, and they know how good they have it. It shows.

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Castle Review: "Pretty Dead"

I'm even worse, Rick. I see Teri Polo from her days on Northern Exposure, after that show jumped the shark. :-) I am very afraid that it is going to be the Captain who gets killed. I love the way that actor can portray a range of expressions with his wonderful face, without saying a word. If he goes, I am going to miss that.

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In the books, which follow a different story line than the tv series, Debra found out fairly early in the series. She does not like it, but she has accepted that Dexter is a killer. The way that the author has led her to the discovery and to her acceptance makes perfect sense. Perhaps the writers on the show could take note?

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Who Will Die on Bones This Week?

Oh, please! Let Sweets be the one who gets killed! I just re-watched the first Lance Sweets episode on DVD, and I still loathe that character! Otherwise, Daisy would be nice. Take them both ....

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I teared up and dripped during both of Ralph Maccio's dances. I so admired his bravery for being out there at all! But I did not vote for him. I think he will be voted off this week. He said the doctor told them that the leg should be healed in two days, but what if it is not? Either Romeo or Kirstie (probably) would get voted off in his place, and they can keep dancing without the audience holding its breath. I don't think Ralph can. A few seasons back, George Hamilton had leg issues which inhibited his ability to move, and he did not last. This is an endurance test, as well as a dance competition. I just don't think he can endure. But he really won my heart last night.

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Who Will Die on Bones This Week?

Hart Hanson should do what Andrew Marlowe tells him. At six years, this has reached ridiculous.

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I agree with Angela. The so-called Moonlighting/Cheers curse is used by imagination-dead writers and producers, when they cannot figure out a way to sustain interesting and complex characters without the drama of will-they/won't-they at their disposal. The writers should go back and watch some of the best movies of the 1930's, the ones with William Powell, Myrna Loy, Carole Lombard, and their ilk. It can be done, but apparently it takes better writers than now exist in Hollywood to do it. These people have destroyed an entire season with this felgerkarb, and now they are supposedly handing us another switch? Lack of imagination is killing this program, and removing the fan base hand over foot. I am disgusted.

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I like Deeks, but I watch this show for Hetty. The rest of it, phtah. I said before, and I still maintain, they cannot possibly be stupid enough to dump an Academy Award caliber actress for a nobody, unless Linda Hunt WANTS to leave. And why on earth would she?