Best episode of the season. Joe Spano stole the show as Tobias.It looks like they filmed the stadium scenes at the LA Coliseum where Mark Harmon starred for UCLA in the early 70's. It must have brought back some memories for him. Too bad they couldn't had a scene where Gibbs ends with a football in his hands as a little inside reference.
I can just see the production meeting:" Hey October 31 is a Monday. Let's do a Halloween-centric episode. Who can we get as a guest star? Jamie Lee Curtis isn't available? How about that Elm Street guy? Put in a scene with Danny and his daughter trick or treating. And find a funny costume for Max." I can't wait for the Christmas show. Yes it's a TV show, but can somebody answer why did the bad guys pick a sacred burial ground to dispose of bodies? They couldn't find a less conspicuous place in all of Oahu? With all their resources available at the funeral home? Also what kind of a leader is Steve? One of your team is knocked unconscious and you don't insist demand they be taken to a hospital?
I agree it would be nice to see Ducky have some sort of relationship outside of NCIS at this point in his life, but alas, this is TV and the writers have only 46 minutes to cover the two phases which make up every episode. First the case of the week or else continuing the season long story arc which this season concerns the Phantom Eight and the Watcher program. Second phase and my favorite the interplay between the team as they go about their work. Unfortunately this leaves very little time to develop any life for the team outside of work. So about the only time we get to see friends and family is when they somehow get involved in NCIS business. But at least the producers have the good sense to cast old favorites like Ralph Waite, Lily Tomlin, Robert Wagner, and now Cheryl Ladd as guest stars.
janet you are absolutely right, it's a TV show. As I said I love the show. I accept the factual errors ( NCIS Hq. is onboard Quantico not the Washington Navy Yard ), the fact it is filmed in SoCal ( the mountains in the background,tall buildings- none in DC by law, recognizable SoCal landmarks, etc) but the idea of an old rustbucket freighter sailing from Beirut to Norfolk by itself with no crew by just being aimed in the right direction as Poppa Terrorist said is a bit too much for me.
Love the show and the characters, but the writers need to put a little more effort into the case of the week. This ship supposedly leaves Beirut, the crew jumps off and the ship somehow continues across the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gilbralter, across the Atlantic to Norfolk by itself?Also these ships have diesel engines, diesel fuel will burn but doesn't explode like gasoline. Also how do they get to Norfolk so fast from D.C.? It's 200 miles. Yes I know Ziva and Gibbs drive fast.
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