Posted by: ncisfan1985 | February 1, 2011

Freedom in the Lockup

Okay, so as you can imagine by the title, I’m gonna cover BOTH NCIS and NCIS:LA because they were both incredible episodes tonight!

NCIS’ “Freedom”

The three things that I loved about this episode were: (1) the case, (2) McGee’s identity theft story and (3) Tiva.

First, the case.

This is the first episode I think this season where I actually really liked the case.  Domestic abuse (both physical and emotional) between spouses is a real issue a lot of people face and the way NCIS (the cast, the writers, etc.) handled it during this episode was phenomenal!  The case centered around the death of a Marine who, as the case unfolded, had been abusing his wife.  After threatening to take custody of their child away from her, she finally snapped.  Though, she didn’t snap like the team was suspecting.  She just took their child and ran away.  The REAL culprit, was the pool hall owner, a friend of Georgia’s, who, after hearing how distraught she sounded before she took Jake (her son) and ran, confronted the husband and beat him to death with one of the pool cues.  I liked how, when they thought it was the wife that killed the husband, the team was unsure of whether to press charges because they understood why she did what she did.  Now, murder is murder but in this case, you could bring in the idea of self-defense; that she was defending herself from the abuse and accidentally killed her husband.  This, if the jury found evident, could bring a murder charge down to manslaughter or some other lesser charge.  Fortunately, because it was the pool hall owner, that didn’t even come into play.

Second, McGee’s identity theft.

Question, when will McGee’s credit problems end?  First, his crazy ex-girlfriend rang his credit card bill through the roof and now he had a fourteen year old boy, who’s the son of his landlady, try to meddle in his personal life!  Though I must admit, the sentiment was kinda nice, LOL.  Of course, McGee’s identity theft spawned the ridicule and teasing of Tony.  I absolutely love McGee/Tony scenes, they are hilarious!  (I wonder how many takes it takes for them to actually shoot one full McGee/Tony scene because, if I was there, I’d be dying every take. LOL)

Third and finally, Tiva.

After two episodes where the Tiva scenes weren’t as up-to-par as the beginning of the season’s Tiva scenes, this episode was great!  The tension between the two in the first pool hall scene was very palpable, Tony’s jealous of Ziva and this Ray guy is very evident.  He’s been getting very snarky when it comes to mentioning Ray.

Also, in closing this section out…

– It was very nice to have Jimmy Palmer back.  I love his scenes with Ducky and I can’t wait to see what he would do if and when he takes Ducky’s place (though that is a sad thing to think about, sorry!)

– I loved Ziva’s hair in this episode.  I’ve always loved the sleek and straight look that she dons every once in awhile; it’s a very sexy look for her.

– Since we’re getting a lot of the character’s backstories this season, I loved the little hints we’ve been getting about Tony’s backstory.  Can’t wait for the episode where we finally see how Tony got his start!

NCIS:LA’s “Lockup”

There are four things I liked about this episode: (1) the case, (2) Nate’s return, (3) LL Cool J’s performance and (4) Deeks/Kensi.

First, the case.

This whole episode was phenomenal!  The case dealt with an unknown terrorist plot/terrorist cell whose leader’s brother was in prison.  After being taken into protective custody by NCIS, Mo (who was involved with the group that kidnapped and ultimately killed Dom) is placed by NCIS into a prison so that he can get close to a man by the name of Abdul who is suspected of planning a terrorist attack.   After being assaulted by Abdul’s crew as a part of his initiation into the cell, Sam gets personally involved, going undercover as an orderly to stay close to Mo and keep him safe.  As always, a twist comes into play when it is discovered that Abdul isn’t planning a terrorist attack here, he’s planning on breaking out of prison and going to his brother, whose the leader of a more dangerous terrorist cell.  After much stellar acting, Sam helps Mo, Abdul and another terrorist out of prison and Abdul is on his way to his brother.  Unfortunately, Mo was a casualty as a result of Abdul no longer needing his assistance.

Second, Nate’s return.

I was so glad to see Peter Cambor back on the screen!  His portrayal of the psychologist Nate was something that I dearly missed on the show and I hope, now that his assignment is done, that we will see a lot more of him in the episodes to come.  Nate factored into this episode because he went undercover as the psychologist at the prison to keep a close eye on Abdul.  I loved how, when they realize that Sam is about to be made, Nate takes charge.  My favorite scene of his in this episode was when he put the potential tattler in a sleeper to keep him from spilling Sam’s real identity.

Third, LL Cool J’s acting chops in this episode.

I have to say, as far as this season is concerned, this episode was one of LL Cool J’s finest!  I loved every single scene he was in and he really makes Sam his own.  I love how concerned he is for Mo and how he put himself in harm’s way in order to do so.  Two of my favorite scenes of his from this episode were when he picked the fight with the white guys just so he could look good in front of Abdul and the last scene when he’s dealing with his emotions over Mo’s death; he really made you feel the pain he was going through.  Dare I say this performance by LL Cool J could grant him an Emmy nomination?

Fourth and finally, the antics of Deeks and Kensi.

Like Tiva in NCIS, Deeks and Kensi are one of the main reasons I tune into NCIS.  The chemistry between the two is very palpable and very early Tivaish, if you want to compare the two.  Also like Tiva, Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah have a great relationship outside of the TV show as do Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo.  Some of my favorite scenes in tonight’s episode with them were: the donut scene, the warehouse shootout scene and the pole dancing class scene.

Other little things I liked or am just commenting on:

– Where was Callen?  Sam needed Callen and I’m actually hoping we get a scene in next week’s episode where Sam lashes out at Callen for not being there when he needed him.

– Hetty is always doing things behind the team’s back and then springing it on the team when they’re ultimately faced with a crisis.

– I liked that we got the sense that there was something romantic that went on between Nate and Nelly.  Now, NCIS:LA has another avenue to explore.

I think that is all for this week’s episodes.  Thanks for tuning in and reading; until next week!

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Posted by: ncisfan1985 | January 18, 2011

I’m baaaack!!!!

Okay, I can’t really explain my long absence but I finally got inspired after watching tonight’s episode.

Now, before I go on, I’m gonna try something different and just point out what I liked and what I didn’t like.  I had originally set out to do this in the beginning but I ended up just writing recaps of the episodes and didn’t really give my opinion.

BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM…

“Recruited”

This episode dealt with the whole “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the Armed Forces that was ruled unconstitutional just recently.  To briefly sum it up, boy named Paul Simmons is interested in joining the Navy but he’s gay and doesn’t know what he will face if he does join.  He meets the recruiter, Navy Petty Officer First Class Simon Craig, (also gay) and he helps him along by giving him some advice.  Paul’s father, thinking that there’s something hinky going on between the two besides just talking, confronts the recruiter and kills him.

Personally, I didn’t really like the case.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Guy Wilson who played Paul Simmons did a superb job.  He was very believable but somehow the rest of the case felt flat to me.

What I did like, however, was the story going on outside of the case.  Bob Newhart came in playing Ducky’s predecessor, Dr. Walter Magnus (the Ducky before Ducky).  Throughout the episode, the mystery as to why he is there at NCIS is slowly built up until the conclusion at the end when Magnus confirms to Ducky that he has Alzheimer’s and he came to NCIS in hope of remembering what he did, all those years ago.  This particular story had me almost in tears.  Bob Newhart did an incredible job protraying the retired autopsy doctor.  The ending, where Ducky and the team show Magnus what he did by showing pictures of all the victims that he helped solve their murders and the families that he helped get closure, was a very touching moment.

It was great seeing Vance back and the friendlier tones between Gibbs and Vance were surprising, but in a good way.  I also like that the episode ending with us wondering if Vance might resign his position as Director of NCIS.

The one thing about tonight’s episode that I’m borderline on is the Miami Man.  As a Tiva fan, having Miami Man be a potential snag in Tiva finding their way to each other is not something I look forward to.  However, I am not giving up hope that “Ray”/Miami Man is a male relative of Ziva’s or, like some people think, not really a man at all but Ziva’s mother.  I do know that there is something that she is hiding from her teammates about him and that, my friends, is the intriguing thing about it and is why I’m gonna keep watching to see where this story takes us.  Besides, Ziva’s just been through hell with the whole Rivkin thing.  Just doesn’t seem right to have her thrown into another mysterious relationship. (I know, Rivkin was in Season 6 but it still seems kinda fast.)

Anyway, thanks for hanging in there; sorry for the long hiatus and I hope I wrote something useful and not just gibberish because I kinda just wrote this off the top of my head.  Didn’t really think about it.

Until next week!

Posted by: ncisfan1985 | October 3, 2010

Review of “Worst Nightmare”

Episode Title: “Worst Nightmare”

Episode #: 8×02

Case: The case involved the kidnapping of a young girl, Rebecca Mason, from her school in Norfolk.  Both of the girl’s parents are Navy Lieutenants away on assignment leaving her in the care of her grandfather, Nick Mason, an ex-covert operative.  As the case progresses, the NCIS team is met with many setbacks, mostly that of the bodies of the supposed kidnappers.  Turned out, however, that the bodies were that of the members of Mason’s old team when he was a covert operative.  The kidnapper ended up being a member of the old team wanting to cleanse himself of his past sins, including the time when he was a part of the team.  In order to do so, he felt the need to kill off the other members of the team and had left Mason for last.  At the end of the episode, the NCIS team duped the kidnapper into thinking that they had killed Mason, which led to the kidnapper releasing the location of Rebecca.  After the location was given, Mason revived himself and the kidnapper was arrested. At NCIS, Rebecca was reunited with her parents.

NCIS team: In this episode, three interns from Waverly University were there watching what happened in the life of an NCIS agent.  I forget the names of the interns but, the girl was assigned to autopsy.  With her vast knowledge of Scotland and her willingness to help in autopsy, Ducky was impressed.  Palmer was jealous though, considering that he thought that Ducky was going to replace him.  He then went around to the other members of the team, hoping that he could be of use somewhere else.  Another intern was assigned to the lab, which Abby did not appreciate, considering what has happened with her other interns (Chuck, etc.).  I loved how she made him wear bells and lectured him on how not to be creepy!  The other intern, which Tony dubbed “mini McGee” was the most helpful during the case and, at the end of the episode, Gibbs ended up handing him a signed application, only needing him to fill it out. Speaking of Gibbs, the fact that he didn’t shun the interns and even offered mini McGee a position on team was quite surprising.  Will NCIS be getting another agent?  Will it be good or bad for the show.

Head Slap Counter for Season 8: 1.  This was the first episode of Season 8, I believe, that Gibbs head slapped someone.  Considering it was the first head slap of the season, I believe Tony was the right recipient since he is usually the recipient of them anyway.

Posted by: ncisfan1985 | September 24, 2010

Review of “The Spider and the Fly”

“What took you so long, cowboy?” – Gibbs

First off, I just wanted to apologize since this has taken me longer than I would have liked for me to write this up.  I have been working on it, don’t get me wrong, it’s just I keep on wanting to add more and more to it and, from the draft I have written on Open Office, it’s not even halfway through yet.  So, I’m going to take what I have written and try to simplify it the best way I can.

So, without further to do…(drum roll)

Episode Title: “The Spider and The Fly”

Episode #: 8×01

Case: The body of a dead reservist is found in an open field next to a helicopter and the pilot, who is also dead.  On arriving at the scene, the team is lead to believe that the two men killed each other, based on the findings of two different shell casings.  However, the guns are missing and, when viewing the footage of the recent helicopter flight, they find that Paloma Reynosa is back in town!  Upon further investigation of the dead reservist’s body, the team is able to pinpoint the locations that Paloma has been to within the past four months, which is up and down the East Coast, meaning she’s been securing the success of the Reynosa drug route.  This also means that she’s back to tormenting the NCIS team.  There was also another case, not much detail on it except that it was a drug dealer that was a part of the Reynosa drug route who Paloma had killed in his own meat store.

The Gibbs men and The Wonder Twins: Continuing on from the cliffhanger from Season 7, Jackson Gibbs is in his store, setting up shop, when Paloma comes in looking for trouble.  Having been forewarned by Gibbs, Jackson takes out his rifle and tells Paloma that he knows who she is and that she has to leave.  When she doesn’t, Jackson cocks his gun and shoots out the store’s front door window.  Paloma takes out her gun but backs out of the store, making it look like she’s just going to leave him be.  However, that is not the case.  Outside, two of her men are waiting with semi-automatics and upon her order (“Matalo!” is the Spanish word for “Kill him!”), they open fire on the store.  Once the dust settles, Paloma and her men rush into the store, hoping to find Jackson’s dead body, except…Jackson is no where to be found!  Going to present time, we find that Jackson has been staying at his son’s house for the last three to four months.  There are two agents outside, guarding the house in case there are any sightings of Paloma Reynosa.  As I said in the previous paragraph, for the past four months that Jackson has been living in his son’s house, Paloma has been traveling up and down the East Coast, securing the success of her drug trade business.  When the body of the dead reservist is discovered, the team is once again on alert as they know Paloma is back in town.  Paloma, however, isn’t the only person whose been giving the NCIS team hell; the other half of the Wonder Twins, her brother Alejandro, was also giving them hell.  First, when Tony and Franks were following him in Mexico, he led them into a trap in which Franks got shot at… again!  Then, he personally comes to NCIS and asks Vance for permission to extradite Paloma to Mexico so that she can be charged there, it would be an act of diplomacy.  Vance isn’t quite sure he’s up to no good and tells him that he’ll think about it.  When Vance leaves, Alejandro leaves a recording device underneath one of the chairs in Vance’s office, hoping to keep track of what NCIS has planned.  He also, threatens Abby, which has him thrown out of NCIS by Vance and Gibbs.  When Gibbs takes Abby out to her car, she finds a Mexican Day of the Dead doll on her windshield.  Ducky, who is also leaving, finds one on his.  Just then, Paloma calls Gibbs and tells him to not expect the suffering to end until he is dead.  Having McGee trace the call, he finds that she is right outside his house!  Placing an agent in charge of looking after Abby and Ducky, he leaves for his house.  He tells McGee to get Tony and Ziva and have them meet him at his house.  When he gets there, he finds the front door open and no one in the house.  Hearing a noise from the basement, he moves towards it with his gun drawn; fortunately, it is just Jackson and Franks.  At the same time, Ziva and Tony bust in on the side door and tell him that one of the agents is dead and the other is injured.  Searching through his home, he finds another Day of the Dead doll on top of his fireplace, meaning that Paloma had been in the house!  After this recent attack, Gibbs and Vance go and find Alejandro and have some choice words with him.  Alejandro lies to them and tells them that he has not been in contact with his sister when in fact, he has, and as we see when Vance and Gibbs leave and he gets into a car that Paloma is driving.

This, is when the action picks up.  Gibbs decides that it’s time to end the little game that’s been going on between NCIS and The Wonder Twins.  Vance, knowing the listening device is in his office, brings Tony in and tells him that Gibbs and his father have been moved into a safe house and, until he returns, Tony’s the team leader.  As suspected, they find that Alejandro has called Paloma, informing her of the recent developments.  Vance then calls Alejandro and says he should come in so that they can talk diplomacy.  While talking through the logistics, Tony comes in with a little piece of paper.  After looking at it, Vance places it in the file folder that he has opened on the table, closes it, and tells Alejandro that something has come up and leaves.  After Vance leaves, Alejandro removes the listening device, having no need for it anymore, since Paloma is on her way to finish what she started.  However, he can’t keep his prying eyes to himself and opens up the folder to read what is on the note.  What’s on the note stops him in his tracks, it says “Paloma Reynosa killed”.  Thinking that NCIS might be fooling him, he tries to call and text Paloma to make  sure that she is alright, but McGee is blocking his calls and texts to make it look like she really is dead.  Alejandro then makes his way up to the safe house, and seeing movement and thinking that it’s Gibbs and his father, he opens fire on the safe house.  However, that is not the case, since they both appear in front of him after Tony and Ziva have cuffed him.  Leading him into the bullet-torn house, they find Paloma dieing of a gunshot wound!  Alejandro had killed his own sister and is lead away, possibly to be charged with his own sister’s murder.

So, since I just wrote the section on Paloma and Alejandro, I am wondering if anyone was as curious as me as to what Paloma’s end game was?  I mean, in the Season 7 finale, she made it clear that if Gibbs didn’t work for her, she would kill Franks, his friends and co-workers at NCIS and his father.  Yet, the only attempt on killing someone on that list was in the beginning of the episode with Jackson.  Even then, she didn’t thoroughly search the shop in search of Jackson, and when she broke into Gibbs’ home, she didn’t search the house for Jackson or Franks.  So, did she merely want to scare Gibbs into working for her?  What are your thoughts?

Tony  and Ziva, a.k.a. “Tiva”: Before I write this, I must admit I am a huge Tiva fan.  They are my favorite TV couple, ever!  In this episode, Tony and Ziva have some cute scenes, two that I can remember.  The first, is when Ziva comes back from her time in Miami, and the second is when Tony catches her laughing at an email that a male friend of hers sent.  When I rewatched the episode On Demand, I was able to pause the DVD and I could make out all but one word of the email that she was reading.  Here is what it said, for those interested:”I can’t stop thinking about what we talked about the other night.  Of course, I would (meet?) you there.  I’d be a fool not to.  My plane is boarding.  Write me back.  I’m traveling alone.  Too much on  my mind. 🙂 X”  So, this is one mystery that will need to be solved.  Who is Ziva’s mystery man?  Also, is it just me or has their friendship/relationship gotten a lot better than it was in last season?  I mean, it seems like Tony was more open when he flirted with her.   He complimented her, he called her Ziva instead of Probie and they were smiling, a lot, at each other.  Any thoughts?

That is all I have for now, it’s late but I wanted to put this out there so you would know I haven’t forgotten about this blog.  I left some parts out, I was going to add more but this is pretty long and I hope I don’t bore you.

Here are some questions that we can ponder while the season goes on:

1.  (As I mentioned before) Who is Ziva’s mystery man?

2.  Who did Eli David find?

3. What kind of situation is Tony, Sr. in?  Is it a situation that stems from him being broke or is it another situation?

See ya next week, and hopefully I’ll have this out quicker. 🙂

Posted by: ncisfan1985 | September 20, 2010

Questions for the Season 8 Premiere

Can you believe that in one day, the Season 8 premiere of NCIS will air?  I don’t know about you but I am SO ready to get back into the lives of Gibbs, Tony, Ziva, McGee, Abby, Ducky, Vance, and every other character on the show.

So, without further ado, here are some questions that I thought of that I would like to see answered in the Season 8 premiere:

  1. What does Paloma have in store for Jackson? Will she be able to complete her “mission” or is she walking into a trap?
  2. What was Tony’s real mission in Mexico? Was it just recon or did it involve something a little more deadly? Did Tony leave Franks to deal with Rivera alone? If Tony and/or Franks kill Alejandro, will there be repercussions from the cartel?
  3. What was in the package that Paloma gave Gibbs?
  4. Does Hart have the only copy of the Hernandez file? Will she keep it, burn it, or give to Alejandro/the Mexican government? Can she be trusted? If the Mexican government get a hold of the file, will Gibbs be extradited and tried for murder?

See ya tomorrow, Giblets! 🙂

Posted by: ncisfan1985 | September 18, 2010

Hello!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!  This is where I will be sharing my thoughts on anything and everything that is related to NCIS.  Well… most of it, anyway.

I thought I would take the time to introduce myself.

My name is Jessica and I am 25 years old.  I work two part-time jobs: cashier at Chick-fil-A and bookkeeper for a preschool.  I love both my jobs a lot and, in this economy, the money and the hours aren’t bad.  I’m home at night so I am able to watch my favorite shows: NCIS, NCIS:LA and Bones.

The very first episode of NCIS I saw was “Recoil” but I didn’t start watching faithfully until the next season.  During the summers I would catch up by watching the reruns on USA Network.  If you’re a new fan and want to catch up on old episodes, I would highly recommend checking out USA Network.  From Monday to Friday they usually air 3 episodes a day, from 6pm to 8pm, and on holidays they usually air NCIS marathons.

So, keep on the lookout for more posts from me and hopefully I can keep you entertained throughout the season.

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