There has been so much back and forth about the strength or weakness of Abby's flashback here that I thought I'd mention that the NCIS round table is now up. This is discussed there between us as well. Enjoy!
Dani (and everyone) I truly appreciate your comments, even - maybe especially - when you disagree with me. When it comes to subjective opinion there is no right and wrong, I can't tell you how many times I've disagreed with a film reviewer and thought maybe they had too much wine before seeing the show they reviewed. I thought "did we even see the same movie?" There's a lot to learn from those who disagree. Sometime I'm swayed and my mind changes; sometimes my opinion becomes more entrenched. In this case, perhaps enjoyment of this episode is dependent upon the experience that the viewer (or reviewer) brings to the table. I thought there was a lot of nuance to Abby's story, for which I had to give props to the writers. There's going to be a round table for this episode. Stay tuned: it should be interesting.
Me too, Blu. The family dynamic always hovers in the background when the team is investigating a case, but the emphasis over the past three episodes has been great to see. In real life, past memories can be as easily triggered by something as seemingly innocuous as a sound, such as the far-distant drone of a lawnmower during the summer, or the scent of a perfume. So it wasn't a hard stretch to believe that the combination of the cracked windshield and the air freshener could provoke a memory for Abby. It's actually quite a good thing to see the wide variety of opinions on this episode. It means (I think) that the writers are doing something right when this happens. Some found it cloying and way too sweet, while others like me found it endearing and amazing. The worst thing possible would be for everyone to not care at all - that's the death knell of any series. Or movie for that matter.
This third episode has redeemed the show for me, just a little bit. I think maybe it was the scene where Karen found Hank passed out in a pile of after-party bodies that may have done the trick. That's the guy I remember: always getting into trouble and being caught at it by the love of his life. It's a formula that has worked right from the get-go in Season 1. Tim Minchin is a pretty amazing guy (check youtube for some awesome songs by him), so I was relieved to see him show up again, not only as Hank's enabled, but as Karen's boss. I agree with you Chris about Charlie's outcome. (No pun intended): it's a great premise for some scenes you know we're going to see later on down the road.
I still have a hard time seeing her as part of the team. But....it takes a long time for any new person to gain that status. So I can maybe cut her some slack for a while. What do you think?
It seems like Blake is making her way to the center with everyone else, but doing it slowly. That's a good tactic on the part of the writers, I think. As for Reid: this story arc was fairly intense, which may give some reason to believe that the show focused on him a fair amount. Back when Hotch lost his wife, it was just as intense, and the show focused pretty much on him as well. It's the way it goes. @Annie: thank you for that important plot point. I had forgotten that the early male victim had his eyelids intact.
We're so used t seeing Hank f*** up that it was a major treat to see both Karen and Becca be the bad girls for once, Becca with the one night stand whose name she couldn't remember, and Karen going to an interview all stoned. Perfect! Great review!
@mj: it translates to "you are not alone".
Interesting to see so many different thoughts on all of this. Is Jackie dead? I'm pretty sure she is. The look on Vance's face said it all - plus, if she wasn't he would have needed to clue Gibbs into it. There's just no valid reason to fake her death. I used to think Mossad sanctioned the hit, until I read this very logical comment from ruben0527:-------Mossad typically engages in targeted killings; it would typically not be so reckless in the effort - spraying a house with gunfire, risking serious damage to Israel's relationship with the US by potentially killing the NCIS Director and, as happened, his wife - it doesn't make sense for this to have been a sanctioned Mossad effort. ------- So now I don't know.
Becca, I was thinking this entire episode should get an award. I'm still bowled over by it.
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