Our NCIS review broke down the latest installment of TV's #1 show in great detail.
Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for their weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from this week's controversial "Secrets."
Join in below, as we analyze Tony's psyche, real-life superheroes and more ...
Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three).
Steve: Entertaining, vintage NCIS.
Matt: Incomplete; foreshadowing.
Eric: Unexpected, amusing.
What was your favorite one-liner from the episode?
Steve: It was more of a several-liner, but Ducky nailed it in the morgue with his psychoanalysis of Tony. That was such a great scene. I also loved Tony and McGee in the car, and how their relationship has evolved over the years. Tony's definitely going easy on Probe-a-licious of late and even gives him props now and then! McGee is a good listener.
Matt: Tough call! Abby's reference to her "costume," Ducky recanting Palmer's devastation, and Tony addressing the RLSHs with the megaphone to name a few. I also enjoyed the repeated "People get not hungry."
Eric: Steve's cheating so I will too: Gibbs' bow to ICU. No words were necessary.
Did you like Wendy? Why or why not?
Steve: I did, very much. She was entertaining and multi-layered, funny and a little shady ... a great window into Tony's life back in Baltimore. You can see how they had a strong connection back in the day. I don't think she's a good fit for him in the future, however, if that's what she was angling for. If Tony's going to be with anybody, why not the person everyone seems to notice he has such strong feelings for? How many people have to say it! Take a hint, man.
Matt: Not particularly. Perrey Reeves did a nice job and I enjoyed the episode, but I felt that to a point, the writers were tweaking Tony's character a bit to make a story fit. I know we haven't met her before and there are always things about the past we don't know, but he's the overgrown kid with commitment issues - did that all stem from Wendy spurning him? The actors were both solid and the script flowed well, but something about Wendy's character and Tony's relationship with her felt just a little off, like revisionist history.
Eric: Reading the comments on Steve's review, I think some of the fan hatred towards Wendy is a bit over the top. That said, Wendy was lying from the start and did dump DiNozzo in fairly harsh fashion. Not an endearing figure by any means, or a good way to win over 20 million Tony fans. I did like the way she mixed it up with the team, but the cat/mouse relationship he and Ziva have is far superior.
Where do you think (or hope) Tony and Wendy's story is going next?
Steve: She will probably be back again, and maybe that won't be the worst thing - if Tony is going to deal with his past. Wendy was the cause of a lot of his issues, apparently, and that's something he needs to make peace with. This didn't happen definitively Tuesday, clearly. Maybe she'll make an additional attempt to reconcile with him and then he'll finally let her go.
Matt: I'm not sure how Wendy will play into it, but this episode was telling in that it reinforced was Tony missed as a child and has been yearning for all these years - a loving, unconditional and uncomplicated female relationship. He may have seen Wendy as that person but their split was obviously a big setback. My advice: No to Wendy AND no to Ziva. Romantically that is. These high powered career women are a recipe for disaster, as Gibbs has shown us. Tony needs to find a nice girl outside the team ... and preferably law enforcement and/or journalism.
Eric: Was anyone else thinking what I was thinking regarding the inclusion of Wendy's son, who looks nine-ish, and the repeated reference to the fact that she the broke up with Tony almost 10 years ago? Wendy didn't exactly excel at truth-telling, and something tells me that the boy may be Tony's. I hope not, but if nothing else, the closing scene definitely did not end this chapter (as we saw with E.J.) of Tony's increasingly complicated life. I just think there's more to this that Wendy hasn't revealed yet. The episode's title was "Secrets," after all.
Case of the week: Cheesy or entertaining?
Steve: Both. Many of the show's best episodes, to me, are among the more intense. If every week were like this one, the show would lose some of its appeal, but lighter cases can be be a ton of fun once in awhile. I laughed early and often and that's always a major component of NCIS, as integral as character development and crime-solving.
Matt: Cheesy, but as Steve said, a brief respite from life-and-death matters is healthy.
Eric: Entertaining! Maybe it's the computer programmer in me coming out, but I loved seeing the crime-fighting, community organizing nerds take action and interact with our favorite special agents. I knew Ray Wise had to be behind it all, too. That guy is so awesomely shady in everything he does.
Which NCIS character would make the best real-life superhero?
Steve: McGee. You know he secretly wants to join their cyber fraud division.
Matt: Ziva. She's basically achieved action-hero status already this season.
Eric: Abby, obviously. Is this even a debate?! One question: If Abby were to become a RLSH, would she have to start dressing up in conventional clothes and wearing her typical "costume" underneath them?
What's your take on these issues of the week on NCIS? Discuss below!