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NCIS Season 12 Episode 9 Review: Grounded

Usually Bishop-heavy episodes are kind of "meh" for me (I don't hate her; I just don't feel any emotional connection to her at all, which is a shame because Emily Wickersham always seems like such a nice and professional person in interviews - I wish I did feel something about that character), but this episode definitely goes up a grade for the awesome Tony field work and how well the group back at the office worked together to support him with the intel he needed! Wonderful balance between his humor and his competence, and it was nice that no one was questioning his ability to handle the situation (TSA was questioning NCIS' authority, not Tony's personal ability). I also got a kick out of Gibbs subtly judging Senior for being so unreliable! I'm okay with not seeing Gibbs making snow angels - I think it's one of those things that are better imagined than seen.

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NCIS Round Table: Did Gibbs Keep It Real?

I always enjoy these roundtables, but there are two points I'd like to respond to: Christine's point that Bishop is the "little sister" of the group: having her in that role is one of the reasons why I still have a problem with that character. Not only is that role already filled (by Abby), we now have the only two regular female characters on a show with mostly male characters who are (1) basically in the same role; and (2) both in a role that's less authoritative and calls more for the men to "protect" them. Ziva and Kate were two different characters, but they were both strong characters/"big sisters" who could hold their own with the men. I very much miss that element of the show. Tanya's argument about fans not liking Bishop just because they want Ziva back: while that may apply to a few fans, in general that's not the case. Most fans know that Ziva's gone and not coming back; and arguing that this is the only reason why some fans don't like Bishop is lazy and condescending. If you want to sell us on the character, keep the argument focused on her point out the great stuff we're apparently missing about her.

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I agree for the most part. Some sort of confrontation needed to happen, but the way Bishop acted was a disappointment. If she'd reacted with calm anger and professional indignation, it might have been the moment her character clicked with me. Instead, she shrieked and ran away in tears. This character is supposed to be a genius, highly competent analyst, information expert, experienced with the war on terror, and a married woman from a loving family - it's a disservice to her and the audience to have her act like a little girl.