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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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I'm sorry, but based on all of the definitions of the term "Mary Sue", I really don't see Ziva as being one. I guess it is a good slur to use against her when all else fails.

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Nat: Sorry about the misquote. You are correct. This line came from 7 2 Reunion. Tiva will be a good idea if both characters (Stars) agree.

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I agree with Eric...the elevator scene was intriguing, but GO for it already!!!!...just don't make their new relationship the focal point of the series, just a pleasant aside....have enjoyed NCIS since the beginning and continue to do so. NCIS LA is great too!

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I didn't see anything insulting in your comments, so do not take it personally, please! You don't like Tiva - got it! But..really? So,Mary Sue, spoiled rotten kid,elevator crap...are fine with you. But me saying that I am accepting PO but not rude comments or saying that CBS are paying for all that polls for a reason is somehow bothering you? BTW I never said anything about insulting actors.Best regards!

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Well, the discussion was civil for 2 days. I was actually shocked it lasted that long.
I don't understand why some people can't just chime in with their opinion and not get so defensive. You claim you have respect for differing points of view, then you have to throw in a nasty comment. Why? No one insulted you, no one insulted the actors, it was a discussion on how people felt about the episode and that's what people were doing. The original article talked about the elevator scene, people were sharing their thoughts. Point/counterpoint, for/against, love it/hate it. That is what a discussion is.

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I can really understand the honest position of people who don't want see any romances, or picturing Ziva or Tony with someone else. With all my respect! But I really do not understand hateful comments. Don't understand WHY we have to look at show through your eyes? Why do you think you are smarter? Why do I have to like only plain fluffy white characters if I prefer more complicated ones?
I don't see any chemistry in Bones, so what ? Do I have to bash show?
Sorry, didn't know there is a limit!

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Sorry, but it was TV line Poll, not some small site's or forum's poll.
I agree with you - the majority of the viewers are just enjoying the show. Active viewers are posting and voting. But we can have some ideas what about viewers are thinking. Otherwise CBS and other companies wouldn't spend money on analytics and public affair. SO, ratio somehow close to the reality. Of course who doesn't want to see Tiva want to believe that the majority of people who don't vote or post don't like Ziva and don't want to see Tiva .Why? What kind of logical assumption is that? They are calling us small group. Well, how small are this group if on CBS page is already 152,000 likes on the Tiva post?
Honestly, I think if all 20 ml. viewers were voting we will get more then 6 or 7 % ( correct me) who doesn't. care, less then 86% (just checked!) who wants Tiva , but also certainly less then 7% who is against ! I can really understand the honest position of people who don't want see any romances, or picturing Ziva or Tony with someone else. With all my respect! But I really do not understand hateful comments. Don't understand WHY we have to look at show through your eyes? Why do you think you are smarter? Why do I have to like only plain fluffy white characters if I prefer more complicated ones?
I don't see any chemistry in Bones, so what ? Do I have to bash show?

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write the premieres and the finales. That said, I thought the Ducky and Palmer scenes were lovely and I thought the Tony and Ziva scenes were just right. I'm really looking forward to seeing where that relationship is going.

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I found the episode mediocre, and I don't think it's because the episode was overhyped or overspoiled. It just wasn't well written. The subplot with the FBI agent was ridiculous and unnecessary and the subplot with the sister-in-law and the graverobbing was just as bad. I guess the reason for the time jump was to have the team on hand, but the team didn't really do much. I think the episode would have worked better if Gibbs had just gone after Dearing right after the bombing, and we could have had some more emotional scenes among the team, dealing with the wreckage and concern over Gibbs. The episode could still have ended with the gauzy moments at the end with the dedication and the building reopened. I don't see what the point was of giving McGee any injury at all; it looked serious but was dealt with him offscreen in a few seconds. Glasberg has some good ideas but tends to ruin his episodes with too much plot and too little resolution. I wish he'd consider letting someone else write the premieres and the finales. That said, I thought the scenes between Ducky and Palmer were wonderful. I thought the Tony and Ziva scenes were just right. I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes. I think Gibbs is building his real boat this time, one he won't burn or give away.

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There is no way to know exactly what the percentage is for pro/anti T&Z (I hate combining names). The 85% would be the percentage of the people voting on the poll.
Chances are, if you frequent sites that are ship friendly, it will seem like EVERYONE wants it to happen. Other sites are very anti ship, so it seems that no one wants it to happen.
20 million people watch the show every week. If even 10% discuss it on the net, that's still just a drop in the bucket.
No one, whether for against can claim to know the true numbers.
Internet polls are not exactly accurate. There are too many ways to manipulate them.