They had waited to do the surgery until the tumor had hit the optic nerve. It seemed like there could have been various types of brain damage, but perhaps because it hit the nerve, that part was more sensitive. I dunno.
I wish Rick and co. had asked how they built this refuge. Those walls Aaron described were incredible. But he also said that nothing could be heard in or out, so how could they hear the kids playing? They were all by the gate?!
It was an intense episode with some humor tossed in. I loved that Diane said, "Holy 4th of July weenie roast" when she found Gibbs and Rebecca asleep on the couch, just as Fornell had when he found McGee and Diane. (And why was everyone so suspicious? In neither case did it look like the couple had had sex.) Also, Gibbs' "Guess I picked the wrong week to quit coffee" homage to Airplane. As soon as they said the shootout in the diner was staged, I thought of Jenny, but until Diane and Gibbs were there, I didn't expect a Kate-like death. So awful, though the way they put in his memories (granted, the proposal one was from a recent episode). I'm pleased that he wants to tell Fornell, but he'd better do it quick, because Fornell will (or maybe already has) heard it from someone else soon. I was very touched by Jimmy refusing to do the autopsy; he and Ducky have had to do too many of their "own." But I was taken out of the moment trying to recall if Jimmy and Diane had ever met, much less were friends. It seems all of Gibbs' ex-wives invite him to their weddings. Hell, Diane and Tobias even asked for his blessing for their remarriage (so Diane's death makes me feel so sad for Tobias; and is his daughter his and Diane's? Uh oh). Rebecca's invite is the oddest, though; they'd had no contact (as far as viewers know) and she was marrying the man who assisted in destroying their marriage! Making atonements is one thing, asking him to the wedding seemed a bit cruel. Scared for future episodes!
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