NCIS Round Table: "Restless"

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Our official review of NCIS broke down "Restless" in great detail. Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger gather for a Round Table discussion of the episode.

Join in below, as we discuss various aspects of the NCIS team's latest adventures ...


What was your general take on this week's episode?

Steve: Excellent. The case kept me guessing, and I enjoyed the developments with Tony, especially the dynamic between the vulnerable DiNozzo and Gibbs as father figure. Always stellar.

Matt: Solid. A good lesson we saw with Lindsay and Tony, albeit on different levels, people go to great lengths to reinvent themselves, whether they're aware of it or not. Well played, NCIS.

Eric: It was great to see the team back together this week after the EJ/P2P case seemed to take over the show. I thought it was a good episode. Interesting enough case, plenty of laughs to go around and some genuinely sad/sweet moments as well. Why fix what ain't broke?

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Favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Steve: Palmer pulling a Ducky on Ducky, earning an even icier, confused Gibbs glare than usual!

Matt: Tough call, but I'll take Ziva walking McGee away from the groupĀ  mocking him. Poor guy.

Eric: Ziva's butchered idiom: "Get your sheep." Fairly close ... it's not like she said rhinoceros.

Do you prefer mature Tony over goofy Tony?

Steve: What's great about this show, and what keeps it so realistic year after year, is that the characters are allowed to be real. Tony is so much more than a one-note, McGee-harassing frat boy. This episode tied in well with Tony's mental state after the season premiere and his evolution in general. He's quite a bit more complex than he lets on, and viewers are starting to see more of it in recent seasons.

Matt: Calling him mature is almost too simplistic. He's more vulnerable and introspective than in years past, but if you think about it, there's always been more to Tony than the superficial exterior. He's just less guarded and more willing to examine his own behavior now, which is neat to see.

Eric: As long as the zingers and obscure references don't stop, I'll allow a little maturation.

Better rule: Gibbs' #6 or Palmer's #1?

Steve: "Never say you're sorry." That may work for Gibbs, but Tony will break it.

Matt: Gibbs' wisdom is unmatched, but really, how do you compete with Jimmy here?

Eric: Pipettes can never be too clean. THAT is Palmer's top rule. Amazing.

Are you excited for Lily Tomlin guest starring next week?

Steve: Yes. Not quite as excited as I am to meet Gibbs' ex-wife, which I'm very curious about (and will also include an appearance by Fornell), but Lily's great and the promo looks funny.

Matt: How can anyone not be looking forward to a McGee episode!

Eric: McGee's grandma winks at Tony in the promo. Enough said.

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No....Michael and Annie will never stop hating. I have seen same names on other sites saying the very same thing over and over and over again!
Ziva is some sort of threat to them.
Ziva is somehow disliked by them.
Janet good on you standing up for our girl the way you do.
I just wish they would go back to the haters on the CBS thread...oh ya, that fell apart because people do not like reading this stuff and will not continue reading it - so they leave - the the site closes down.


a better person then you


only michael brings race into it my god what kind of person are you.


Hi Janet thanks for sharing. and Michael no I don't like Vance because I don't trust him not because he black my aunt is married to a Black Man.


I dont see why Vance has so much hate unless its because he black I mean what were they going to do Lauren Holly quit the show


hi tiva hows it going,my favorite five are 1st tony.2ndgibbs.3rdziva.4th.abby then mgee and ducky.palmer,me to i dont like vance.


questions Ziva said she going to visits a female friend in south american could the person she be meeting be her sister how do we know her sister is dead


I have to say one thing about with us NCIS Fans some people like Ziva I do too and some people don't like her. but everyone is surly talking about her. I do Like Ziva but shes not my favorite shes my 4th Favorite Tony is my favorite he always has been Abby is my 2ND then Gibbs is my 3rd favorite McGee is my 5th then Ducky and Palmer. I don't like Vance tho. who are everyone eles favorites.


Poor Poor Janet your such a sheep


annie she was still voted the best anyway we must agree to disagree.

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