7. Was certainly better than the previous one and a pleasant return to casefiles that have nothing to do with the annoying Mossad plot, but it could have been better. I thought they overdid the 'Tony as goof-off' elements in this, and really thought that he turned inexplicably dumb at the end when Ziva was clearly up to something, but I was pleased to see Gibbs actually interact with Abby for like the first time in forever. And yay for Palmer!
Post by navyresgirl on Oct 21, 2009 17:02:26 GMT -5
8.5. Had some great moments (however I really prefer the story arc episodes that are team centered rather than case centered).
What I liked: * Jimmy Palmer "solving" the method of murder and the ensuing "welcome to the team" Gibbs slap (when he leaned over for a kiss). A compliment of the highest order. * Mobile Campfire and Gibbs backing up Tony calling Ziva "Probie" - whole new ballgame with her being an agent (not Special Agent yet) instead of a Liaison. * Tony actually coming out on top by winning the Larceny Lotto - then donating his winnings to charity. * The knowledge that Tim wasn't always the good boy he's presented himself to be (Base Commander's bedroom furniture "stolen" from his house and placed on the airfield tarmac ;D). * Imagery of Tim in "skinny" jeans - too tight in the wrong place is my guess - and getting Halloween costumes banned. (Hey, nothing could ever top Abby as Marilyn anyway so I'm good.) * Non-kid friendly Mr.Rogers - complete with sweater - and that there was trouble in his neighborhood.
Post by dcrunnergirl on Oct 21, 2009 20:26:18 GMT -5
I really liked this episode. As others have said, some of the team interactions seemed a bit off but I LOVED the return to the case-driven episode. I REALLY hope we get to see more of that as the season progresses.
Post by tortuga8604 on Oct 22, 2009 2:41:31 GMT -5
I gave it an 8 for one big reason:
If an episode lacks character growth in lieu of doing a good episode that is fun, lighthearted and has a good case then I am all for it and will sit back and enjoy; however, when it, in it's efforts to seem back to normal, contradicts previous character development, I get a little annoyed. For example, Tony and Ziva harassing each other – great, all for it. Loved Ziva getting in Tony's space and taking over the reading of the report Gibbs handed him – classic. And it really annoyed Tony – perfect. But having Ziva harass Tony on a topic as sensitive as him perusing a suspect based on his gut was not the best move in my opinion.
Had this taken place last year, then I would have no issue with it, but it didn't. It took place early on in the season that began with Ziva telling Tony she was wrong not to trust his instincts and confirming that they were good instincts. Then two episodes later a giant reversal!? That just doesn't fly with me. It may have been in fun, but the timing couldn't have been worse. That "gut instinct" is why she is standing there free from a terrorist camp. I think that to use this topic as one for harassment was ill chosen on the writers' part – there is plenty to choose from when it comes to these two and this choice was just bad.
Yes, character development has been contradicted before, but this just seemed to me to be a gross oversight in storyline as well.