Uneven but acceptable. The girl school subplot... totally stinky. As I have said before I am not happy with the demonization of Muslims as nut job terrorists. One could say the same about clinic bombing doctor murdering fundamentalist Christians
Last week's worked because they didn't deviate too much from the main story. It was concentrated and intense. This week the Gibbs storyline and Tony's would have been enough. Ziva's role could have been cut back.
Love MW, but I think his 'talk' was over baked. Why was he yelling in the Chapel? For me it would have been more powerful (and less seemingly tlike an attempt to lighten the mood) if delivered with a little more subtlety. While I understand that the director was probably trying to balance the Afghanistan scenes, Tony is often overused as the comic relief.
I know this isn't the discussion thread, but I wanted to respond to a couple of AZ's thoughts.
I agree that Gibbs/Ziva leading the raid was silly. I've noticed that in all the shows where this kind of thing happens -- your main characters are gonna be in the lead, whether it's their "place" or not. So I guess I just ignore it anymore.
I didn't get why Ziva was so ... touched ... by the Sarge. Gibbs stops after he's hit, Ziva leads the charge - but then she won't leave his side when he's dying. I'm not saying she shouldn't have felt anything, but I think her part was overplayed - considering this is Ziva we're talking about. It didn't seem 'real' to me.
Tony's talk with God. I think he liked the way his voice sounded - alone in the sanctuary - when he walked in and called for the Chaplain. So I think he began talking just to hear himself - and it was somewhat humorous, but I felt he became serious - more serious than usual. I thought we were getting more insight into Tony's character than we have for a long time. What I found funny was his hasty exit when he realized the C was there.