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I agree not the best episode ever but it's always nice to see Ralph Waite on the show. Can't think of anyone better to play Gibbs father. I too am sure they're working up to some exciting future episodes.
As for Tony, being an only child he never got the chance to pick on a brother or sister so enter McGee and Ziva, likely candidates for his childish pranks. I would like to see him a little more serious but not totally because he is so good at comedy. Still love this show.

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Wanda - SPOT on!! I couldn't agree more. Aside from the one "Tony only fan" who keeps changing their "name" on here, I agree that MOST fans like to see a balanced MIX on the show. NOBODY wants to tune in to see a 43 year old wannabe Playboy trying to constantly relive his troubled youth by pretening he's still an X-rated Peter Pan, as Kate accurately used to call him. Pathetic, indeed!! We are SOOOO done with that on NCIS!! Ziva is one of THE best, most exciting things that has EVER happend to the show, and even Mr. Harmon said that recently. I would NEVER watch NCIS if only "one" character was featured more than the others, and neither would anyone else!!

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It's really not MW's fault that the writers go out of their way to make him obnoxious and the butt of every joke. Even the so called Tony centric episodes aren't particularly flattering. He's actually quite wonderful in the few decent scenes written for him, and does amazingly well with the usual crap written for his character. Ziva, on the other hand is flattered several times per episode, has all the tragedy and action, and yet is still lame all by herself. The character can't carry off a subtle story line so they all have to be full of action, super girl moments, explosions, gun battles, and new personal tragedies. Otherwise, she's as dull as dishwater.

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Agree with Dani, Kath & Nat; you 3 have hit on what MOST fans probably feel about NCIS. I'm not ashamed to say that I was bored by parts of this ep. It wasn't one of the more memorable ones, & the case WAS indeed weak!! That's been happening a lot; it's almost like the writers take greater care with the "big" ones like SP or SF, but the in-between eps get crappy writing. And Dani you're SOOOO right about Tony. He doesn't NEED anymore attention, and personally MOST fans are starting to get sick of him, and his antics. Tony's problem is that he's boring by himself. He's MUCH more entertaining feeding off of McGee, and DEFINITELY great whenever he shares the spotlight w/ Ziva -an AMAZING Duo..the best I've seen on TV in ages!! And if I were Tim, I would have PUNCHED Tony right in his face for his butthole behavior ind taking his food. How MUCH more childish can Tony get at age 43??! Pathetic!!

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Agree with Mel. Tony got almost no focus aside from the infrequent one and done episode from seasons 5 - 9. He hasn't had anything yet this season and even when an episode is touted as Tony centric, half the time it's more team oriented while Gibbs and Ziva still wind up with the most flattering writing. MW is many fans favorite, but I have read posts from many of his fans who either no longer watch the show, or are losing interest, because even though he gets second billing ALL of the big, multi episode, most dramatic stories ALWAYS go to Gibbs or Ziva. I guess that's great if these two are your favorites, but Tony fans mostly get Tony involved in a B or C plot, cast as the idiot, inferior agent.

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@Kath; I agree with you and Nat - the case WAS the weakest part. I got distracted while watching it -it did not keep my attention. Also I disagree with Mel. Sorry Mel, but if you've been paying attn since "S5", you should know that Tony has actually SHARED the focus with literally EVERY major cast member - whether co-sharing with Ziva, Gibbs, or even McGee. And S8 was LARGELY the "Season of Tony" - especially by mid-to-end season, when EJ (who EVERYONE hated) showed up. One Last Score was a shameless "Tony tribute", and MW certainly put HIS character in the best light possible. Tony has had PLENTY of attention; I'd like to see Tim/Abby get some more now.

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@NCIS Fan re: Abby's outfit

I thought it was a Halloween costume.

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@ Sue Ann
Rank: Recurring Character
November 1st, 2012 2:47 AM

It was made clear early in the series that Gibbs wants to use hand tools to do his wood-working, not power tools. He would never accept, nor ever use,

Well, Sue Ann, or whoever you are, the Shopsmith Gibbs bought roughly approximates all the tools I mentioned, except for the planer. So your statement is false. And a wood lathe has already been shown in the basement. Its all moot. I've figured out what he's making.

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Kath, I disagree that the past two seasons were Tony heavy. S8 Tony had one ep, Baltimore, where his character took center stage, and one ep, False Witness,where Tony had a good amount of the B story(although it was more of a team ep). That's it. S9 Tony had a bit more focus, I agree,but after having little focus for five seasons (since S4), I hardly think that's unfair. The Tony character has been with the show since the very begining, Michael Weatherly is given second billing, so I would expect more focus than his character got in S5 thru 8, actually. That said, I think the show does try to spread the wealth as far as the main characters go. Gibbs will always take center stage. Ziva had a good amount of attention in S6 and 7, and has the bulk of spoilers so far for S10. I do think fans of Abby, McGee and Jimmy have legit complaints as far as their contribution to the show, but so far this season we've gotten a bit more McGee and Abby, so maybe this will get better. I like all the characters, personally,so am happy to see them all get a chance to shine.

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@Kath

Why do you think the last two seasons were overwhelming emphasis on Gibbs, Tony and Vance? I can kind of see Gibbs but the last time we had a good tony storyline at that time was season 4 and it was not till Michael Weatherly was thinking about quitting NCIS that they finally did a back-story on him. As for Vance he still a new character to the show and there so much we still don't know about him so of course we are going to see some stuff on him not as much as we did Jenny but some.

However I do agree with you that I think they learn their mistake from season 7 which was the Tiva season and that there should not be a whole season about ONE character even though NCIS has so far been a disappointment these season I have a feeling it’s going to pick up.




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