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NCIS Review: DiNozzo Digging Deeper

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Rule #6: Never say you're sorry.

This week's NCIS was a good one, with the team back working together and trying to piece together the mystery of a U.S. Marine who arrived for homecoming, only to collapse dead in the foyer.

The investigation led us to the Marine's foster sister, who it turned out was awfully confused about who she is - something to which one of Gibbs' team members can increasingly relate, it appears.

Tony Digs Deep

"Restless" was a conventional NCIS episode in the way the plot unfurled, but certainly didn't pretend the events of the spring and summer, culminating in last week's premiere, didn't exist for Tony.

DiNozzo is still affected by the events of last week's episode - not just because Gibbs' head slaps hurt more when you're coming off a concussion. Tony's starting to reexamine his entire existence.

Throughout the case, which conjured up high school memories for all the NCIS agents, he grew increasingly fixated on a classmate he humiliated back in the day and felt he had to make amends.

Ever tell a lie, or at least alter some details of a story so many times you start to believe it? Well, when Tony went to apologize and "Stinky John" towered over him, you knew something was amiss.

Tony was really the one hanging from the flagpole in his underwear, not this guy (a humorous, yet disturbing visual). At some point, he flipped the story, and can't blame his recent bout with amnesia.

My favorite scene of the night was the last one, when Gibbs suggested he could keep this to himself, but the solemn DiNozzo knew he had to come clean. For his teammates, but also for DiNozzo.

What else do you think he's embellished over the years, and to mask what insecurities? A question for another time, but Tony himself probably doesn't like the answer and what it says about him.

I think we all love the class clown version of Tony, but his maturation in scenes like this is neat to see, with Michael Weatherly brilliantly portraying a character in flux, in search of who he is.

Nice Dress Abbs

As for the week's murder investigation, it took the obligatory turns before leading to a satisfying conclusion. The fact that it centered around foster children and parents offered an unusual angle.

PFC Hill was the man, by any measure. His adopted military family said so. His military superiors said so. So the fact that he was hacking into the Virginia Social Services database seemed off.

That and someone injecting him with a sedative prior to killing him, of course.

The team ultimately found that Hill's foster sister Lindsay, 17, is actually 27 and has a history of being taken in by foster parents, fleeing just before 18th birthday, then relocating and starting over.

While most of us would likely not want to keep reliving high school until we're 27, Lindsay's mental scars cause her to habitually continue this pattern of deception so she can never leave childhood.

Tragically, it was Lindsay's theft of money from her uncle's robbery "business" that indirectly got PFC Hill killed. But in spite of that and the lie she'd been living, the family didn't turn its back on her.

It's great to see there are people like that in this world, taking in troubled kids and standing by them come what may. Gibbs, of course, was the unsung hero in making sure this reunion happened.

Overall, the episode returned to the show's team-oriented, murder-investigating roots while providing the character exploration and exchanges we love. Pretty much why we tune in year after year.

A few quick notes and observations on "Restless" before turning it over to you:

  • Abby had three homecoming dates because she couldn't say no? Somehow it makes sense. How much do you wish you were one of them (guys)? How much do you love her (everyone)?
  • Maybe Tony can open up to McGee during the mud wrestling match?
  • “This seemed like a much better idea in the shower.” Don't they all?
  • Ziva saying they were trying to "get your sheep"? Awesome.
  • Gibbs' glares at Palmer will never get old.
  • Episode head slap count: 1. Season: 1.
  • Gibbs' rules mentioned: #6. Season: #3, #5, #36.

What did you think of this week's NCIS episode? Comment below!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Editor, agree totally about Kate; she was snarky and self righteous and did nothing but look down at Tony and question Gibbs. Ziva is a very unique character and adds so much to the dynamic of the team. I started watching the show via re-runs in season 5, and the first thing I noticed was that there were two females, and one was annoying and the other funny and engaging. I wouldn't even watch the Kate eps initially. I also find it sad that some feel you are either a Tony/Gibbs fan, or Tony/Ziva. I love all the characters, and although Tony is my favorite, and I think Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon are golden together, I adore Ziva and Tony/Ziva as well. I just love the show and enjoy watching and talking about all aspects of it. Too bad there's so much hate for certain characters and their fans.

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hi editor hows it going loved your comment and yes ziva is here to stay.

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NCIS is about a MCRT based out of DC which also (inaccurately) investigates murders. What need do they have for a "ninja"? Sure, the team forgave Ziva... because she's a Mary Sue. "Aliyah" was basically a 45 minute pity party for Ziva despite her boytoy Rivkin completely deserving that two in the chest, and Tony being completely in the right to put them there. Ziva assaults (a crippled) Tony, pins him to the ground, and points a gun at his chest. You do not point guns at people for the hell of it, ever, even if they are unloaded and you know them to be unloaded. Ever. Pointing a loaded gun at your friend is WRONG in every way possible, especially for somebody who has received formal training. She betrayed Gibbs' trust. And yet Tony, who saw his life flash before his eyes, and Gibbs, whose trust is extremely hard to gain and easy to lose, not only welcome her back with open arms but go on a suicide mission to rescue her? Riight. Watch SWAK. Kate was much more respectful of Tony when it mattered, and this wasn't the awesome mature Tony we have today, but the clowning, sophomoric fratboy Tony of seasons past. Kate and Tony were more equals. Ziva is a sociopathic assassin who's emotionally immature and prone to snapping and attacking people (three times makes a pattern), and apparently we're supposed to think this is "desireable"? "Cool"? I hope not.

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I really like Ziva and think there must be more than a few of us. Kate was fine, sure. Off the top of my head, I can think of the pilot, Air Force One episode, the Marine recruiters getting sniped, and going to Gitmo as episodes I rewatch all the time that she was in )and wasn't she the one with McGee when there was a bomb on a car and Tony, with his authority as senior field agent, ordered them off so he could detontate it?) -- but there was also a lot of crap from her directed at Tony that I won't miss (and I especially didn't care for her in the episode when she's acting as Gibbs' bodyguard). Tony and Ziva are more fun, especially scenes where Tony takes her along to beat up the henchman while he chases down their suspect or the one where they're bodyguardinga guy who later turns out was the bad guy and she tells him, when she always follows his orders, but here he obeys her instantly because they're partners and he trusts her, when she tells him to take the guy into the bathroom, has Gibbs on the phone, and aims guns at 2 different doors. Love Ziva! I do think the most recent arcs have featured Gibbs and Tony, which is fine for that, but seem to have cut back on Ziva's involvement ... and I'm wondering why??

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As has been said many many times, Sasha Alexander herself personally wanted OFF the show. I have read that she was thrilled that Donald Bellisario killed her off in such a dramatic way. She even did a guest appearance Season 3, Episode 1 to finish off her storyline. Kate was just hateful to Tony and IMO added very little to the show. She was like background to me. Didn't matter if she was in a scene or not. That some people are still upset about her leaving - shocks me. It was her choice to leave. I think it is more about hating Ziva than liking Kate.
On another note, and funnily enough, Ziva has been forgiven by Tony, NCIS and the whole Team many many years ago for holding a gun to him - but some fans just can't seem to move on as most of us have done. Funny that!
Perhaps catch Sasha on her new show - that might make you a little happier.
Because, she isn't coming back to NCIS.
Ziva is staying - thank goodness !

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ziva the ninja

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Just remember the only reason Ziva was brought on the show was to flirt with Tony and be his (Jenny) but we the fans saw right throw it beside she add nothing to the team. Tony the Cop
Gibbs does the hand to hand fighting
Mcgee the computer nerd
Kate was the profiler
Paul was even better then Ziva they should of keep her

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hi maka i agree with you when you said swak was one of the best episodes and kate shone in that episode but she decided to leave NCIS to get married thats when ziva came in and she is doing a great job in my opinion.

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I like Ziva and I always will I agree she has more episodes about her but I still like her.
yes she wasn't on for two season but she fits in with the cast after words Sasha wanted to leave the show. I like Zivabetter just something about her that's just my opintion and some people may not agree and thats cool too.
Michael was great In SWAK I felt bad for Tony almost dying and Kate stayed with him that was the only episode I really Liked her in

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Actually, Janet, the show worked rather well without Ziva for two years. And then the PTB brutally killed off Kate out of spite. I've yet to see an episode equal SWAK in terms of the team's affection for each other. These days, the show's dramatic punch comes largely from stellar acting by Mark Harmon and Mike Weatherly, and Tony's continuing character development is great to watch. But as for Ziva, after "Aliyah" and the disaster that was, I honestly couldn't care less about her. For assaulting a United States federal law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon she should have been shipped back to Israel and left to stay there.

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