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NCIS Review: Gone, But Not Forgotten

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Reviewing last week's NCIS, I said that it's rare for an episode to feature an extraordinary case, yet superb character development. Well, maybe that's not true.

The CBS smash did it again on "Gone." Moreover, there was a good splash of humor, making for a nice, well-rounded episode.

Normally, the cases on NCIS involve a dead Marine, Naval officer or some other member of the military and that's it. But here we got a little more. Navy Captain David Wade ends up shot to death, but that's not the immediate concern.

The big problem is he died trying to prevent his daughter, Lydia and her best friend, Rose Martin from being kidnapped.

The man is most definitely a hero, but unfortunately, the kidnappers manage to get Rose. So, the top priority for all of NCIS is to find this missing girl, with time more critical than ever. They have 48 hours at the most.

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After realizing that the kidnapping is focused on human-trafficking, Gibbs turns to an old foe, Miranda Pennebaker, a woman with questionable morals but major connections.

Gibbs makes the right decision because she leads the team to the kidnappers who were planning on selling Rose and shipping her to God knows where. Miranda is an interesting character. She's a woman with a very shady past, but one who I think is truly trying to change and become a straight arrow. With the smile on Gibbs's face at the end (and as we know, Gibbs rarely smiles), I think he sees this in Miranda as well. I have a feeling we'll be seeing this character again before too long.

Last week, we were treated some exceptional character development from Gibbs and this week it's Ziva and Abby's turn. 

Poor Lydia, with her father dead and her mother deployed halfway around the world, really has no one to turn to. So, Ziva and Abby offer to stay with her, basically be not only her guardian but her friend until her mother returns home. I'm sure you've noticed before, but most of the characters on NCIS don't really have much of a life. 

The only real exception is Jimmy Palmer ever since he got married, and perhaps Abby with her new-found brother. However, even though these characters may have no real family, they are the ones who truly know the meaning of friendship. Ziva does an exceptional job relating with Lydia, connecting with her about how she lost her siblings, Ari and Tali. And Abby is just hilarious trying to cheer Lydia up by talking about how awkward she was in her high-school days. Within just hours after her father is murdered, Lydia is able to laugh and comment to Abby that they probably would have been friends in high school. 

Those were just some really cool scenes, and we get to see sides of Ziva and Abby that we hadn't before. 

Of course, the icing on the cake took place at the end with the big mystery "date" of Ziva's with this Schmeil, who we are told is a well-respected Hebrew man.  Tony is all up-in-arms and obviously jealous, and then... Schmeil Pinkhas walks through the door!

He's not some hot dude that Tony expected, but an old, wise man that has known Ziva since she was a child and was just there for a visit. Of course, we fans knew something like that was coming, but it was still funny as hell to watch Tony sweat it out. But the best part was yet to come, as this Schmeil knows DiNozzo Sr. Was I the only viewer who yelled "Holy sh*t" at the TV when he said that?!?

And, oh, yeah, the old man wants DiNozzo Jr. to come along with him and Ziva, because as he said, "DiNozzo, let's party!" Oh, yes, like father, like son!

There is one big upside of this: Ziva and Tony did get a date, right? Even if this weird Schmeil was in the middle of it? We'll take it.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Deann

I loved this episode, and found the storylines and the acting to be superb. I loved Shlemiel, and I adored Ziva and Abby teaming up to help that poor young girl who lost her dad and her best friend all at once. I thought that Ziva gave some wise advice, and Abby was great with a frying pan!
I also really loved the end of the ep, where Shlemiel got Ziva and Tony to go out with him and party! Hurrah!
Episodes that are wonderfully acted, scripted and directed like this are why NCIS is the top rated show on TV.

Tiva

I felt bad for that teen girl having her father killed trying to protect her friend and can't remember who took her friend. I like her and Abby talk it I liked how Abby knocked out that guy with the frying pan. Tony trying to see who Ziva was going out with and her found out his was name Schmeil and he started singing he Leavern and Shirley was so funny and at the end when the guy showed up he was an older man and he Knew DiNozzo Tony's father.

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First - Hello my dear Janet. I have so missed you as I rarely post here anymore. I see you are still trying to straighten out 'Michael'...It will never happen. He/she just makes these comments to irritate the hell out of the real fans. Still spreading lies about Ziva and wishing Kate back..what a loser...I have asked him politely to go watch cartoons - but they are too complicated for him. I thought this was another solid, wonderful episode. Great story - great Team effort - Great Tony / Ziva and Ziva /Abby scenes. Season X - fantastic!!And Miranda - now there is someone I would love to see back - she and Gibbs had a real spark and she was wonderful... Best part of all - as the reviewers said - Ziva's OLD friend...Charming, sweet and fun..just the best one to spring on Tony.... I can not tell you how much I love this show and everyone on it!!

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-continued- The amount of sap and schmaltz presented within the characterization and story-telling was akin to that of the levels present on the lowliest of daytime soap opera. That this series is seen as being one of the best American television has to offer, unfortunately speaks volumes for the current state of the networks.

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& been outright mean to him for years. If the writers really wanted to make inroads, they’d address that laundry list. They can start with Boxed In and go from there up through the seasons. There's so many to choose from. They created the bad canon so it's up to them to fix it. Still, I’d prefer they keep the family dynamic and leave the soap opera to daytime tv. I thought the actress who played Lydia did a fantastic job. I was looking forward to Alex Kingston's guest spot but was disappointed. It just didn't ring true. The final analysis for me though is while I detest tiva more than words can convey, there's still enough good for me to ignore it and enjoy an otherwise well-orchestrated show.

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Loved everything but the Tiva. Harmon is firing on all cylinders. Love the emotion we're getting from him this season. Cheered when he punched Diesel in the face and told McGee he tried to wait. Great moment. Good to see Abby out of the lab, even though it was with Ziva. Still wishing to see a little more competent Tony of years gone by and less juvenile dumbed down Tony that seems to be done in order to make Ziva shine but the bit with him impersonating Ducky on the phone was cute. Felt like the writers put this together in an effort to place Ziva in a more favorable light for some of us anti-tiva’s. I just wish if that was the case, they’d really address it. Go ahead & script it into canon that he’s suffered so much head trauma over the years he’s forgotten the awful things she’s done to him or perhaps let him see the shrink that finally diagnoses him with the low self-esteem from which he must suffer in order to pursue someone who’s belittled, disrespected & been outright mean to him for years. If the writers really wanted to make inroads, they’d address that laundry list. They can start with Boxed In and go from there up through the seasons. There's so many to choose from. They created the bad canon so it's up to them to fix it. Still, I’d prefer they keep the family dynamic and leave the soap opera to daytime tv. I thought the actress who played Lydia did a fantastic job. I was looking forward to Alex Kingston's guest spot but was disappointed. It just didn't ring true. The final analysis for me though is while I detest tiva more than words can convey, there's still enough good for me to ignore it and enjoy an otherwise well-orchestrated show.

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I have never before watched an episode of NCIS. The reason I tuned into this episode is because I happened to see a trailer for it announcing that the incredible actress, Alex Kingston, would be guest starring. She proved to be a bright and shining light in the midst of one of the darkest tunnels of drivel I have ever viewed. That this dreck has received such glowing reviews from others here signals just how accustomed viewers are to settling for the poor quality programming currently presented by network television. The acting, other than by Kingston and Mark Harmon, was absolutely awful. The writing was abysmal. The identity of the perpetrator (from the bowling alley) was obvious from the moment he appeared on screen. (No other possible suspects were introduced.) The main instigator (the collector of slave girls) was never even featured on screen other than a photo. The amount of sap and schmaltz presented within the characterization and story-telling was akin to that of the levels present on the lowliest of daytime soap opera. That this series is seen as being one of the best American television has to offer, unfortunately speaks volumes for the current state of the networks.

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Wonderful episode. It brought out good points in all the characters. Love that Ziva pulled one over on Tony. Ziva and Abby so cute working together.
Can't help but love these people.

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I enjoyed the episode! Loved seeing Ziva and Abby together. Ziva was so good with Lydia and Abby was great with the frying pan. Miranda and Schmeill(spelling?) were wonderful characters.

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awesome episode!! it really touched my heart to see the motherly love both abby and ziva gave to that girl. it was really sweet, i really loved the happy ending. Everything bad should end that way. I also loved the jealousy from tony when ziva mentioned a mystery man. The tiva filled ending was very cute as well, it gave me butterflies in my stomach!! ziva looped her arm into tony's!!! how cute!!! anyway great episode, but what episode of ncis isn't?

NCIS Season 10 Episode 8 Quotes

I appreciate that, Tony, but don't try to compete with my Schmeil.

Ziva

Male friends only want to sleep with you. Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally.

Tony
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