I know I'm rehashing but I have to respond. I am female and I like Bishop much better than Ziva, though Kate was my favorite. Yes Ziva could kill you a thousand ways with a paperclip yada yada yada but I just couldn't get past the fact that she was such a.. um, witch. I watched what she did to Tony and her teammates and there just wasn't anything to admire there. It would never enter Bishop's mind to have a team dinner and leave one person out or ask for a team member to be kicked off the team or any of the many, many other things Ziva did. Bishop is at least a good human being, smart, trustworthy, devoid of deception, guile, smugness, superiority, and she's the very definition of team player rather than believing she's the only one necessary on the team. I do however agree that Bishop needs to be more field and fight trained but that's so easily solvable. McGee was in the same boat for a long time. Ziva was fearless warrior but a poor human being. So as far as having a representative for the female population on tv, if given only these 2 choices, I'll take Bishop who has far more character any day over a character that's fierce but lacking in admirable qualities. but why can't we have both strength and character in one? I read another post here or on the review in which someone referenced Sarah Mackenzie as a strong DPB female. Now that's a strong female lead who represented women well.
The suit thing was absolutely predictable but you gotta admit, that was a really fine looking suit. T is known for the suits and I find they get boring and I'd like to see the character more casual sometimes but I thought this one translated exceptionally well on my screen.
You nailed all my thoughts on this ep. I agreed with every bit of your assessment. Originally, my initial response to this ep was "benign filler" but on the second watch I gained a bit more appreciation for what we were given. It was impossible not to love the Tony and Tim bits and never let it be said Tony can't take a joke. He took as much pride and credit for their having pranked him as if he had hatched the plan himself. He's been teaching more than just about the field work and he feels a sense of accomplishment in their accomplishment of pulling one over on him. I also loved the little scene in front of the plasma in which Tim is talking watching Gibbs eye his cutout while Tony watches Tim watch Gibbs. NCIS can do these bits so well and that speaks to longevity these actors have with their characters and each other. And the strong, serious Tony moments like in interrogation are so few and far between I really get excited when we get one. We're only given brief hints over the last 12 years but Tony's got his own dangerous side and I love it. And Gibbs' building of Ellie .. I love Gibbs in his own teaching moments as well. I'm reminded of the men's room scene in Monsters & Men in which Tony tells Bishop that "Gibbs doesn't expect that you'll tell him everything, but he needs to trust that you would." Ellie's still learning about trust and about Gibbs. During that pivotal scene you quoted between Gibbs and Bishop, I think there was some hint of a parallel theme working here reaching back to Tony's words to Bishop. Gibbs doesn't share everything either but he needs her to trust him anyway.
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