I recall watching an interview, which I think was a DVD extra on one of the earlier seasons, in which Gibbs was talking about having access to a real agent and how that agent did live in a home with a similar feel, meaning empty, no family and that screamed of divorced work-a-holic and how that informed his choices for his character and the set for his house. Wish I could remember where I saw it. Seems like he pointed out that it was a familiar set of life circumstances amongst older agents. I have all the seasons. Gonna see if I can nail down which one.
Excellent point I hadn't even thought of.
Count me among those not completely sold on all is as it seemed with Jake. You're absolutely right about a clue being given of "He's just a lawyer" but I'm wondering if it wasn't a different clue behind what he told Gibbs at the elevator "Come on Gibbs you know me". I almost felt like that was a plea to read between the lines. Why do I feel this way? Because it was such a tremendous 180. Yes, they've been hinting at marital difficulties for a long time now, at least since the wonderful Grounded, but it still felt off and wrong and like it didn't even connect. On the plus side, the team rallying support for Bishop was nice and it gave EW some good moments to work with as well as giving us another basement scene with a boat at a nice build development and with a new visitor. On the negative side, this Jake thing didn't feel true and I'm a bit tired of the heavy character-centric episodes. I miss a good mystery with punches of character development. However, these are small issues. I love the show and always will. Loved the DiNozzo/McGee moments .. these two are at their best when they've got the bromance on and are working as a cohesive unit. Glad to see Carrie back. I think she's a great asset with Gibbs and I'm very excited for Lindsey Wagner's upcoming appearance. Speaking of appearance, please someone get them to lighten up on MH's heavy makeup. The basement boat scene was just downright distracting it was so obvious in all the wrong ways. I keep waiting for them to address Gibbs' new look - as in explain from a psychological perspective. Maybe they aren't going to? Can anyone connect for me the impetus of getting shot with the sudden new clothes and longer hair? How does one thing manifest the other? I get that a near death experience can profoundly change someone internally but the manner that change has manifested in this exterior way I just don't get. I'm missing a critical operand in this particular 'If/Then' statement that I wish they'd define.
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