I am sorry that JLH is leaving; I have really enjoyed her character, and it was interesting to have a character transfer in with useful complementary experience to bring to the table. I understand about the baby, but I hope she comes back.
One of the great joys in life is watching David McCallum. I just saw an old episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the other night, and now we get to see him in the present day. He has aged spectacularly, and his work load is very light; this past season, even a lot of his "Ducky" episode was the young man portraying him in his youth, not the current Ducky. I would be bereft if they lose him for dramatic purposes. Should he retire of his own free will, or for health reasons, I would be VERY sorry, but not angry. (signed, Aging Fan Girl) As far as Delilah is concerned, I am indifferent. Losing Zoe would also make no impression on me. I would not recognize either character or actress, if one of them rang the door bell on my house. I do not think that Dorny is involved enough to come back as a ghost (à la Mike Franks), as someone had mentioned in the review comments earlier this week, but he certainly would fit the description of "fan favorite". People have been amused by that character since its inception, and he has a long continuity to provide background. I do not see Gibbs playing racket ball. Something else is going on, but I cannot imagine Jake would die. He is too new. Should it be Vance, I would again be ticked off. While I do not particularly like the character, I have gotten used to the way NCIS runs under him. Not interested in learning a whole new set of quirks. Losing Fornell would be devastating to Gibbs, and to his daughter. It would also be a mistake, IMHO, from the point of view of future story lines. It is just too useful to have a senior FBI agent be so close to Gibbs that he occasionally moves in with him. Losing McGee or Tony would be horrendous and in my opinion, idiotic. Losing Gibbs would end the show -- people watch to see Mark Harmon. Abby is supposedly the most popular television character in the world. Not likely. The other Abby, Borin of the Coast Guard, has been making a lot of appearances on NCIS New Orleans. Unlikely. The show went to a huge amount of trouble to insert Bishop into the team. I cannot see them taking her out now that she has somewhat been accepted. I would not care if they did, though. (And I am NOT a Ziva fan, so do not go there.) The ex-Army girl friend Hollis Mann has never really fit the description of fan favorite. Alan Dale, the former director, has not been around enough for fans to miss him when/if he is gone. Palmer and/or his wife and child is a possibility. McGee's grandmother, Lily Tomlin, or Tony's dad, Robert Wagner, are certainly possible, and LT would fit the description in her own right, not so much that of her character. Mr. DiNozzo brightens the show, though. As Tony seems to have somewhat resolved his issues with his father, it would probably be the logical and cruel time to kill off the character. Abby's brother has not been on enough to qualify. Were they to kill off Ziva, I can't imagine how they could keep it quiet in this world of Twitter, etc. I do think that killing off popular characters just to provide a cliff hanger is kind of cheap. It does seem like laziness on the part of the writers and show runners, because they cannot think of anything else interesting to portray. That said, I think the most likely place for lightning to strike is in the morgue.
Pritchett went into politics, I think they said. Councilman or something. He is no longer on the job.
My last job sucked. I was there 15 years, and I would still be there, had I not been forced to retire during the Great Recession. There are many valid reasons for staying in a dreadful job.
I hope they get someone better than the person who ran it this past season. I was largely bored, and not with the marriage. With the cases. There was at least one episode, and perhaps two, which I never even saw. I did not even bother to watch them online. I will see them when I get the season's DVD later. Probably. I used to re-watch each season several times after I got it, and go back and re-watch them all when each new one came out. I have not opened the one for the previous season, nor ordered the one for this season, yet. This show used to remind me of the great movies between William Powell and Myrna Loy. No longer. I don't want it cancelled. I want it to return to its roots.
The character of the father-in-law aside, the comment at the end made me cry. My mother suffered from Alzheimer's the last years of her life, and four years before she died, she had already forgotten that she ever had a daughter. She only remembered the sons. It is a very odd feeling to have your mother look you in the eye and talk to you as though you are someone else entirely. However, it was a comfort to me to consider that she no longer remembered me, when in the last couple of years, I was unable to go to the state where she lived and visit her. I missed her, but she did NOT miss me. And I was glad of it. Asner's last comment reverberated with me. It also reminds me of Glen Campbell's last song. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You". The writers would seem to me to have some experience here, and it was good to see two such capable actors portray this terrible situation. There was power in their scenes. The little boy who plays Jack is certainly growing up fast ....
Did noone else catch the delicious comment, "It's like The Towering Inferno in here!"? Robert Wagner was IN The Towering Inferno -- his character was one of the first to die .... That was a treat for the viewers, such as they do on Castle frequently.
I really wanted to slap McGee. He is too old for that nonsense.
Said I, seriously. I loathed Paget Brewster's character, and I thought her a poor actress, from the Ali McGraw school of acting. TIlt your head sideways and open your mouth a little and pant. JLH is a great improvement. She emotes, and does not just pant.
Nick Stokes is not being killed off; he went to San Diego to run their CSI unit there.
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