6. Best Foreshadowing: On NCIS: Los Angeles, it's generally safe to assume that the week's case — no matter how complex and bloody — will be solved within the hour. So color us surprised when the team left the missing-persons case of kidnapped fellow agent Dom unfinished. Is he dead? Alive? We have no idea. Now that's how you plant a plot seed.
Post by navyresgirl on Jan 26, 2010 23:18:42 GMT -5
I may change my vote after I re-watch but for now I gave it a 8.0. Too "T-word" heavy for my tastes. Had the focus not been so geared toward "did they or didn't they" I think I would have rated it higher. I was more interested in the case which had me guessing for the 1st 35 minutes of the episode but T/Z distracted me too much.
Would liked to have seen more of Gibbs and McGee, their scenes seemed a bit flat.
Did love the scenes in interrogation with Gibbs confronting the "Madam" and Gibbs asking Ducky "Are you asking me out on a date, Duck?"
Edit after re-viewing: Sticking with my 8.0 rating.
The end scenes with my two fave men on TV was just brilliant and RJ certainly added something special as the senior DiNozzo, not just the similar looks but well he delivered it the only way RJ Wagner could with the right mix of charm and smarm.
"Charm and Smarm" - excellent description, Swingcat. Now on to my problem. Every time I read these great comments I want to go and watch again. Thank goodness it's still up for viewing on CBS and IMDb and when it's not there anymore my Season 7 pass with iTunes.
Post by navyresgirl on Jan 12, 2010 22:53:36 GMT -5
I gave it a very enthusiastic 10! So many great moments.
Just a few: * Tony and Senior having drinks (Tony non-alcoholic beer) and the reference back to being left alone in that hotel in Hawaii while his father flew back to the mainland with a woman. And being dumped in a boarding school when he was only 8. Since this is the same year his mom died it had to be a very traumatic and lonely time for "Junior". I loved the control Tony had over his emotions. They flared up once but he got them reigned back in very quickly. A true sign of maturity.
* Gibbs taking Senior to the conference room (armory) to give him a "talking to" (I'd hoped for this scene and was thrilled it was in the episode). "He's the best young agent I've ever worked with." WOW! I loved that comment. For me it's right up there with "But now you're making things right and me proud" (from Bounce). Another high point of the scene was Senior finding out for the 1st time that his son nearly died 4 years (and some odd months) earlier. He really did look stunned. So telling that Tony never called to tell him.
* What Tony did for his father. When Senior was told that the bill was paid I thought it might have been Gibbs. Not for Senior's sake but for Tony's so he didn't have to carry out his intention to "end the game". I thought Gibbs thought Tony would regret his taking his father down and was saving him from that regret.
* Tony showing up at Gibb's house with a six-pack of bottled beer (the real deal instead of non-alcoholic), Gibbs having a large steak ready and knowing Tony well enough to know that he'd paid the bill and purchased that rather expensive airline ticket ("Why'd you do it, Tony?" - not "Did you do it?"). Loved the "Sometimes it's better to keep what you know to yourself" remark by Tony and the "Amen" response by Gibbs (his chat with the Senior DiNozzo). Especially loved the clink of the beer bottles with neither man looking at the other - they just knew.
* Even liked the scenes where Senior successfully charmed Ziva and Abby. Bothered the heck out of me but I think it was suppose to. They saw him as charming but we, the viewer, knew him for his true self. I was glad that only Gibbs saw through it.
Post by navyresgirl on Jan 5, 2010 22:33:23 GMT -5
I liked it. I really liked it. Just a few points to start but I'll have more on Wednesday.
Gave it a 9.5 and this pleases me to no end because it was written by Jesse Stern and so far his episodes have been some of my favorites.
I have to re-watch for my Observations post over on IMDb but here are a few from memory: ;D * Actually squeaked when Ducky and Jimmy drove up on the ATV ;D * Jimmy storytelling while he was doing the autopsy on the squirrel * M Allison Hart and her total disrespect by calling the agents "Mr." - whoa! * McGee in Super Geek mode and Abby being "tortured" by him repeating repeating repeating repeating himself to her - unable to stop himself * M Allison Hart again and that pretty nifty twist at the end * Gibbs and Tony alone in the squadroom and Tony finding that crucial piece if info
Can't wait until Colonel Bell shows up with Hart in tow. The fireworks shold be spectacular.
Post by navyresgirl on Dec 17, 2009 18:15:19 GMT -5
I teared up when watching on Tuesday night but was sobbing to beat the band when I re-watched on Wednesday afternoon. I pretty much cried from the autopsy scene (when 'Kangaroo Cry' began playing) all the way through to the end of the episode: Ducky, Chaplin El-Sayid and Col/Rev Ellis - that salute just tore at my heart. Tony and Delores - with Ziva looking on. Tim and Fisher - with Abby and Carol looking on Leroy and Jack - Twin Santa Clause's. and the greeting in the credits to our troops.
Post by navyresgirl on Dec 15, 2009 21:36:05 GMT -5
Phil, It would be in her psychological profile if she ever mentioned it - could have been a simple "essay" type question "Is there anything you wanted as a child and didn't get?". And as Tony said he had legal access to the file due to his security clearance.
Lots to love in this episode even knowing right off the bat who "done it".
* Tony's initial reaction to who at NCIS he drew in the Secret Santa draw. * Tim (with Ziva egging him on) outing Tony to Delores. * Gibbs and Jack - Mark and Ralph are incredible together. * Carol - Abby's friend. Would love Meredith to return. * McGee "fibbing" to get Satellite time - he did make a good Santa. * Ziva kicking butt - especially knowing that Cote calls herself a Girly Girl. * Ducky and Jack together working on the hand-made toys. * My relief when it wasn't dementia. * OH and the big one for this Ohio girl living in South Florida - LOTS OF SNOW! (on that note - thanks guys/gals for putting falling snowflakes on this site.)
I'll have more for this list after I re-watch for my Observations on Wednesday.
Ziva had a sister, Talia "Tali" David, who was killed in a Hamas Suicide Bombing, she died young about sixteen years old. ( I think, I got this from Kill Ari part 1 or 2.)
Ziva also has a biological brother who is , Malachi Ben-Gidon, ( check out the picture back in Last Man Standing and AliyahI think that is him, if I am not mistaken.) Whom was her team leader back in Mossad after she left NCIS, note: Good Cop, Bad Cop.
Yes it was Kill Ari: Part 2 - Tali was 16. Ziva to Tony: "Her name was Tali. She was 16 and the best of us."
Per Shane Brennan (TV Guide or Ausiello) interview the kids in the photo with Ziva are Ari and Tali.
Okay, this episode made totally no sense to me. I do like Tony in competent cop mode though.
I got lost in the analytical nature of the case - I'm just not smart enough to follow the stuff hidden in art (kinda go the colors as letters but after that me ears glazed over) but still enjoyed the team moments.
Post by navyresgirl on Nov 25, 2009 21:28:16 GMT -5
I liked it better than I thought I would. The previous episodes written by Mr. Steiner did not impress me but as a stand-alone episode this one rated an 8.5 for me.
The Honorable Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy is a natural. His comic timing was perfect.
Liked the opening - two kids outside playing tag in a cornfield.
Maddie Carroll was great as Angela - not too precocious. NCIS is very good at casting children.
I liked Ziva lying to Angela about never having killed someone - even if Angela knew she was lying.
Loved seeing Mrs. McKenna again (previously seen in Hide and Seek) and that Gibbs remembered that she likes Orange Pop (Orange Crush).
Ziva on Tony's shoulders - and her grabbing his hair like a horses mane and his reaction to it.
Ducky still using Drawer 107 as a food freezer.
Dinner at Ducky's. I was sure Tony, Tim and Ziva would show (Abby had already accepted) but I wasn't sure Gibbs would since he doesn't seem to have shown up for Tony's MTAC screening of It's a Wonderful Life last Christmas.
Post by navyresgirl on Nov 19, 2009 19:50:55 GMT -5
I put shows in a couple of categories: Serious and Humorous so I'm not comparing something WOW! in the drama category to something that makes my sides hurt from laughter.
I rate it a ten - mostly funny with a few poignant moments.
I'm 50 so was in my teens during the heyday of the 1970s cop shows and I was a major addict. All the references to some of my old favorites made me grin all over myself.
I loved Gibbs connection with Lt Paxton's husband. They both had hero wives. Shannon could have looked the other way when she saw the hit by the drug lord but she didn't . She like Emma was a hero.
Snappy dialog: (this, for instance) The "Team Gibbs Kids" on autopilot: Tony: "Fax is dead" - to send the BOLO Ziva: "Phone is dead" - to call the Hubby Tim: "Computer's dead" - to check the bank and credit card records
Abby trying to make her own Caf-Pow
Lots of Gibbs smiles - watching his team trying to figure out the mimeograph. Ziva jumping when the mimeograph tried to "bite" her.
Tony clicking on Tim Tim clicking on Tony
Gibbs calling Jimmy "Jim"
"Team Gibbs Kids" in the rather unkempt squadroom. All make statements that being "unplugged" is rather nice. - then the power comes back on for real. Tony: (when his computer comes on) It's alive!
I think what Tony meant when he was talking about taking orders from Fornell in Semper Fidelis was his first time he got framed for murder. It was Fornell and Sacks that took over the investigation when they found out that Tony was the suspect that "killed" the woman. I don't think the FBI had any reason to push Jeanne to her decision to accuse Tony of murdering her farther.
I always thought that this remark referred to Frame Up as well.
I didn't go there in my thinking because Fornell merely investigated (along with S(l)acks). With the La Grenouille case he was in control in tracking down Jeanne and bringing her back to the US. Until a trial there was really no reason not to just take her statement in Africa and let her continue her humanitarian work.