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NCIS Review: The Steel Bonds of Blood

Becca, I was thinking this entire episode should get an award. I'm still bowled over by it.

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I really enjoyed watching this episode. Seeing Carter giggling as she got into the car with that guy (after slipping him a roofie) certainly got my attention. And Finch giving that lesson on pi was spellbinding. With or without Reese (my preference is with), this is an excellent show. Good writing, excellent acting and directing - it has it all.

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Homeland Season 3: Who's in Charge?

It makes sense for the mole to be Quinn. He's already proven he can be what people expect him to be (witness his eruption at Brody culminating with the knife in the hand), he's given Carrie all kinds of latitude where logically he shouldn't have, and he refused to take out Brody as ordered. Does anyone believe in his suddenly moral objection? What about the fact that he almost killed Brody but stopped while Brody was praying? All kinds of clues there, I think. The pressure is still on Brody though: his flight to Canada just adds a small hiccup to his arrest. He'd have been better off going south.

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I was gobsmacked by the writing on Homeland, and at the incredible detail in the manner in which Brody was betrayed/used. That video changes everything, and there is now no one in his corner at all except Carrie. Not the CIA, not his family or friends. No one. Can't possibly picture a scenario where he gets redeemed. Can't wait to see what happens next. Dexter's storyline flowed perfectly right up until the shocking end. It was all so logical, and therefore compelling when Deb came to the end of logic and reacted according to the only choice she felt she had. Wow.

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Dexter Review: The Beginning of the End

Here it is the 18th and I'm still reeling from this episode. What an amazing amazing show. I totally expected Deb to shoot her at the end. You could see the wheels turning as Deb kept the gun pointed at Dexter, as she heard La Guerta repeatedly tell her to shoot him, and processed the fact that not only would he - the man she has conflicted feelings for - be dead, but that she'd be in jail. She knew full well that shooting him would end her own life, her whole world - so she did the only obvious thing she could. And this is where we see Dexter's world unravel. Top to bottom. Awesome writing.

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I loved it. This episode more than made up for the lamer ones this season - as well as the overacting by Lilly and Marshall as you mentioned. Barney's a class act isn't he? He even made sure his plan incorporated a fail-safe to ensure his best friend was on board with it all. Makes me wonder if we'll see Ted get the jinx-punishment that's coming to him though. :)

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Yeah I don't get it. Raj has all this money, can't speak with women, and has a bit of a flair that is off-putting to the rest of the gang. "Seriously, do you not hear what you're saying?" (not sure if I got that quote from Stuart exactly right). There's a ton of possibilities here for him. Why don't the writers delve into some of that and come up with a unique mate for him? He could have a "normal" girlfriend who is equally weirded out by some of his behaviour. Maybe she's shallow and conflicted between his money and his cuteness over being tongue-tied. C'mon writers. Step up to the plate already! : )

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@Terrie: it looks as though the next new episode will happen on January 16 with "Zugzwang". (Might be wrong - they've moved the schedule around at least once this season.) Good catch!

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Yeah - I agree. That was pretty cool.

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Nikita Review: And the Mole is....

I always hoped Isaiah Mustafa would end up with a decent gig after his Old Spice commercials and now he's done it - he's landed in the Nikitaverse as Cyrus. So cool. Although Nikita brought Alex through her addiction stuff before, I predict the writers will use this problem as a way to bring her and Sean back together.