If you have to play an evil character you may as well play the part to be utterly evil. Good job Tobias Menzies
The Originals' Plot Twist depends, if you've not seen TVD is a Plot Twist, BUT If you've seen TVD is not.
No Daniel Grayson from Revenge, just Papa Grayson?
I really, really liked this episode and I think it was one of the best so far this season. I agree with ebau's post in that I saw it primarily as a love letter from McGee to his dad. The flashbacks were McGee's memories that illustrated how his dad's rules and Gibbs' rules and tough love had helped him become the man that he is today. The murder-case-of-the-week was the secondary story line. I was totally unprepared for the actual death of his father at the end. After I recovered from the shock of it, I thought it was a very appropriate end to this episode with McGee finishing reading the letter to his dad and then placing it in the casket was a heartbreaker. I cried like a baby right along with McGee and even after the credits had run because I have found myself in a similar situation once upon a time.
Malcom Merlyn is what we used to refer to, when I was in the Navy, as "quite bastardly". You also forgot Isabel Rochev (AKA "Rampage") from "Arrow" Season 2. Calling her a "bag of cats" would be a compliment.
They should have sent Jen home, but she is "special" (not), so she hung on for another week, despite her lousy organizational skills.
Another episode where Jackie uses her impending motherhood to bully her brothers. It's just not funny. It wasn't enough that she couldn't make the obvious godfather decision herself, she had to take everyone else's Christmas gifts too. And Marjorie thought it was great! Sean and Arthur were sweethearts. Why must the female characters all be so unlikable?
Snow and Charming? That's an embarrassing choice.
No SAMCRO movie, perhaps, but Kurt Sutter *has* announced his intention to keep the IP alive via novels and such until the prequel begins in a couple of years featuring the "Original Nine". THEN there's the next series after that, featuring Abel as head of SAMCRO. Sons is gonna be with us for a long, long time.
I have to agree with Doug, in that the ep seemed rather disjointed. The last group of clips at the end were used very effectively, and that scene was one of the few that really worked for me. The rest of the clips seemed a bit random and out of place, and as far as explaining the rules, just never hit the mark. It also bothered me that they promoted this episode so heavily as a "gift to fans". Showing clips of past episodes does not make an episode special, especially when most of the clips were mostly just wasted by being thrown out throughout the ep. I did like the "idea" of McGee writing this letter to his father, and also reminding us that he is in fact a writer, but it just never lived up to the potential after an interesting start. And I never saw McGee as being very caught up in Gibbs' rules. Tony and Abby, yes, as we've seen throughout the series, have always been very knowledgeable and obsessed about Gibbs and his rules, but not Tim, so seems a canon stretch to have McGee as the gate master into the rules.I also found it an odd choice as a Christmas episode. Sean Murray did a nice job, but for me, the episode was mostly a miss.
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