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NCIS Round Table: "Extreme Prejudice"

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Our review of the NCIS Season 10 premiere broke down the season finale of TV's #1 show in detail.

Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Matt Richenthal and Eric Hochberger have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of events from this week's installment, "Extreme Prejudice."

Join in below, as we analyze the resumption and conclusion of the hunt for Dearing, the elevator scene, the lasting psychological repercussions of the attack on NCIS and a whole lot more ...

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Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three, or four).

Steve: Ten seasons in, still the best (I realize that's six words).

Matt: Underwhelming, overhyped, yet solid.

Eric: Thank goodness it's back! (But kind of agree with Matt).

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Best quote or scene from "Extreme Prejudice"?

Steve: Any scene with David McCallum. Usually a supporting player, he proved what a superb actor he is. In the aftermath of Ducky's heart attack, you could just feel the anxiety and uncertainty on top of the pain.

Matt: This may be an unpopular choice, but for me it was the climactic meeting of Gibbs and Dearing. The tension was palpable thanks to the slow pacing and eerie setting, and then Dearing got what he deserved.

Eric: Three words: Kick. His. Ass. Or four words: He hurt my family.

Biggest gripe with the episode?

Steve: If they were expressly ordered to proceed with "Extreme Prejudice" (below), why didn't Fornell's FBI team take Dearing out when they had the chance? Also, how did he escape out of a window that small?

Matt: Too little Tim? All episodes can't feature all the team members equally, but hopefully he isn't marginalized over the long term. McGee's the man and deserves his due ... especially after that shrapnel wound.

Eric: Some may have thought the Gibbs-Dearing showdown at the end was appropriate in a way, but I didn't care for it. He went down too easily/quietly for a mastermind capable of that kind of terrorism.

Tony and Ziva in the elevator: Just right, or just do it already?

Steve: Just right, I think ... great elevator scenes this week. If it ain't broke ...

Matt: Regarding this week, I would've liked to have seen more dialogue in the elevator. I felt like it just got going by the time they were rescued. Still not sure they should ever be a full-fledged couple, however.

Eric: You know, I think the will-they-or-won't-they attention given to Tony and Ziva is overblown. It's just one component of a terrific ensemble show. That said, it's now Season 10, and I wouldn't mind seeing them explore a real relationship, as long as it didn't completely overwhelm the rest of the cast. Just go there already, Gary.

NCIS team MVP of the week?

Steve: Ducky and Palmer share this week's honors. Not only were their scenes together some of the best, but it was great to see the old man return and aid his understudy, uncovering that critical clue.

Matt: Gibbs devised the strategy change that led him to the elusive suspect, then took him down ... case closed! It's a team effort, I know, but the fearless leader truly took the lead in this particular case.

Eric: I can't really give it to my girl this week, since she was so shaken up. I want good back too, Abbs. I guess I'll go with a total copout of an answer and give it to everyone equally, by virtue of surviving!

Miscellaneous thoughts on the season premiere?

Steve: Nice to see the newly-promoted Brian Dietzen in the opening credits!

Matt: Hopefully they use the bombing as an excuse to re-paint those orange walls.

Eric: Loved the closing voiceover scene with Gibbs watching over his family.

What are you most looking forward to this season?

Steve: In the immediate future, how the team works through the lingering psychological trauma now that the Dearing case is officially closed. Down the road ... finding out why Gibbs is measuring the basement!

Matt: Hopefully a return to the show's core dynamics, which are still present for the most part, but do lack from time to time. Also, the exploration of PTSD and our heroes overcoming even greater obstacles.

Eric: One word, after seeing next week's promo: ABBY!

What's your take on these issues of the week on NCIS? Discuss below!

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@ "snorting" patricia Well, since you're the ONLY one from the Land of Clueless who seems to be attempting to try & resurrect a prhase from the Dead...."Snort away". We're all sure YOU'LL find plenty of Ziva-flavored slop in your piggy trough to feast on. Bon appetite

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I’m with the majority, here, that this season 10 premiere was over-hyped and underwhelming. Seems to me like they simply wanted to give the ratings an explosive boost by raising our expectations… I may be a lone wolf, here, but I’d been on tenterhooks about McGee from half May to the end of September with little or no spoilers/promos about Tim McGee/Sean Murray – as if he was non-existent. Then, FI-NAL-LY, they shussed us Tim-fans saying he was more injured than the other characters and we were promised more Tim. ??? The only really nice Tim scene we got was when Gibbs showed his concern and touched his cheek!!! Wow! All of a sudden he cares! And then we learn it was ‘nothing a band aid couldn’t fix’. Had it been Gibbs…we’d have had several episodes seeing him wear a sling. Didn’t like Abby’s remark, either. Her behavior irks me more and more, anyway.
About the taking of Dearing and the bungling FBI: all’s already been said. I just can’t get why they portrayed the FBI agents as such morons.
@Carol (September 28th, 2012 12:15 PM): “During the years McGee, Gibbs or Ziva would not be alive if it were not for Tony� – My reply: You forgot about Tim saving Tony’s life (Leap of Faith); Tony would’ve fallen to his death had Tim not sprinted towards him and heave him back to safety! But I like Tony DiNozzo/Michael Weatherly, too.
I want Don Belissario back...

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@Patty
That sound a lot better then what we got

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Patty Thanks I agree

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whats this new word that ziva haters have made up :fanwank is it a word or did it come from some mindless person .NCIS is a show its not real and ziva is not real but cote de pablo sure is real and beautiful i might add.hi nat and tiva hope you enjoyed episode 1.

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Patty: I'm curious. How did you see the actual script that had Tony's line cut out? Is it somewhere on the Internet? How can I see it? I'll make a comment after you reply.

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They probably cut that scene so Ziva would be the only one overtly showing concern for Gibbs. Any Tony business always takes a back seat if there is a way to feature Ziva instead.

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(oops didn't realised this part was cut out) If you're not satisfied, there actually was a deleted scene between Gibbs and Tony. When Gibbs walked towards the elevator, Tony followed. And their conversation(from the actual script) Tony : Taking things into your own hands.. not always the best idea. Just tell me you've got this one.
Gibbs : I've got it.
Tony : Then we'll be here when you get back. I know. I've no idea why they cut this scene out, or maybe they changed the whole thing during shooting. But I would've LOVE to see this scene play out. I'm sure those who love Gibbs/Tony scenes(including me) would be more than satisfied if this scene was showed. Oh well. Fingers crossed for great Gibbs/Tony scenes in the future episodes.

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Continuing from previous post... As for TIVA, oh yes WHY NOT? I mean, they've been on it from Season 3 to now? I would love to see their relationship progress into something more definitive. I'm sure it will be fun. But I do agree that TIVA shouldn't be the main focus, just a part of the whole show. And with how NCIS was run and how the season premiere was, I'm confident that that wouldn't be a problem. So sit back and enjoy what they're going to throw to us, I'm sure it would be great! Overall, THANK YOU NCIS for coming back. I've miss you so much. xx

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I LOVE Tony and I think he's the best character in the history of TV shows ever! But I do agree that the season premiere was Gibbs' show, not Tony's. Harper Dearing and Gibbs really are alike in some ways, they both did what they thought they had to do for their family. Dearing was a murderer and killed lots of people, and Gibbs wasn't all innocent too since he killed Pedro in Mexico. They both made a similar mistake in that way, and for the finale showdown to be between them and them only, it was perfect. Kudos to Gary for that. It wasn't easy to create a great final showdown. As for Tony not saying anything when Gibbs was gearing up. Obviously, Tony was concern, but he also understood that Gibbs needs to do this alone. Hence, not saying anything. I always say the looks Gibbs and Tony gives each other often outweighs what they actually says out loud. If you're not satisfied, there actually was a deleted scene between Gibbs and Tony. When Gibbs walked towards the elevator, Tony followed. And their conversation(from the actual script) Tony : Taking things into your own hands.. not always the best idea. Just tell me you've got this one.
Gibbs : I've got it.
Tony : Then we'll be here when you get back. I know. I've no idea why they cut this scene out, or maybe they changed the whole thing during shooting. But I would've LOVE to see this scene play out. I'm sure those who love Gibbs/Tony scenes(including me) would be more than satisfied if this scene was showed. Oh well. Fingers crossed for great Gibbs/Tony scenes in the future episodes.

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