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NCIS Review: Teddy and Rabbit

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Just when you think the writers of NCIS couldn't get any better than their last two episodes, they bring us "Hit and Run, and knock every aspect of the hour out of the park. 

This episode was poignant and touching, as it revealed some of Abby's sad back story in a memory from what she considered her first "case."

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This episode centered around a dead Lance Corporal and his girlfriend, both of whom were victims of a scam artist that wanted their money for his Ponzi scheme. 

His attempt to pass off the murders as a car accident fell apart once Ducky observed some inconsistencies with some blood spatter and airbag deployment. Abby noticed the cracked windshield and the air freshener that hung from the rear view mirror - and this mirrored a similar cracked windshield and air freshener she had seen as a child, thereby bringing back a host of recollections that effectively threw her off of her game.

Ziva's grief over her father seemed to be gone. I'm glad the writers had Tony and McGee talk about that, rather than just having her continue on as if nothing had happened - that would have seemed too forced.  Some time has passed, and Ziva's had her time in Israel, which kind of makes you wonder what else she did while she was there.  Perhaps there's a story in the making.

Tony, of course, was back to his old comic self. It might have been good to have seen the scene where he made a comment about the deputy director's hair - rather than just talk with McGee about it.  From that conversation ,we can gather that the deputy director is still the unsure and fairly meek guy he portrayed in "Shiva." But is he really?

The star of this show was obviously Abby. What an amazing character: we got to see that she had always been a highly analytical and caring person, looking out for those who were hurting. You had to admire the portrayal of her brilliance in fashioning a crude sort of magnifier with the plastic bottle and water. 

In many ways her perceived failure to help Ricki with her father and grandfather seemed to have help form her determination to find and do good for others, no matter what. It seemed that the obstinate acrimony between the parents of the dead couple in this episode mirrored the intractable anger between Ricki's father and grandfather. The twin dynamics of those relationships were too much, serving to confirm for her the uselessness of her efforts as seen by this dialogue:

Abby: Have the bad things been outweighing the good things all these years and I just ever noticed?
McGee: What do you mean?
Abby: All I ever wanted was to help people with the truth. And I've done that, but then bad still won sometimes. And I just want to file it away, like it never happened so I can go back to being happy.
McGee: There's nothing wrong with that.
Abby: Yes there is McGee because sometimes the Cutwrights and the Dunns, they just keep fighting no matter what the truth is. And sometimes Ricki never gets to see her grandpa again. If the bad outweighs the good then that means that I'm not enough.
McGee: Abby listen to me...
Abby: And if I'm not enough, McGee, then why even try? | permalink

I was amazed at the subtle and careful scene between Gibbs and Abby at the end. Gibbs made exactly the right move when he saw her sitting on the floor, trying to compose apology notes: rather than stand and talk with her, he got right down beside her, becoming the caring father she needed at that moment. 

We had seen her handle that little cloth heart throughout the episode; hearing her talk about it being from the teddy bear she had tried to give back to Ricki was heart wrenching. And there was Gibbs. Silent, almost unemotional Gibbs... who happened to still carry around a fortune from a fortune cookie that Abby gave him on the first day they met.  A fortune she had given him because she wanted it to be about him, not her.

These last three episodes have set the bar high for the writers of NCIS: it's hard to imagine how they can top them. We haven't seen Palmer for a while; we still have the story of ex-Mossad deputy director Ilan Bodnar to deal with and director Vance isn't back yet, so there's still lots of material with which to work. 

Before opening this up for your views and comments, I'll leave you with this heartwarming exchange between Abby and Gibbs (there are more NCIS quotes for you to check out too):

Gibbs: You do something good now, you're not always around to see the difference it makes later.
Abby: I don't know Gibbs.
Gibbs: Abs, first day we met.
Abby: It was a Thursday, seventy degrees, mostly sunny. What about it?
Gibbs: What did you give me?
Abby: I had Chinese food, and I gave you the fortune from my cookie.
Gibbs: Because?
Abby: Because I wanted it to be about you.
Abby: The fortune. You kept it.
Gibbs: The things you do mean something to people. | permalink

What are your thoughts? We always knew that at heart Abby was an amazing woman - did you foresee an episode as touching as this?

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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (302 Votes)

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While I'm happy that PP got such high ratings, when unlike the last couple episodes, it wasn't spoiled for a half a year or promise major character deaths, the episode fell pretty flat for me. The actress who played young Abby was terrific and PP did the best with a sappy, overly contrived story. How can those of us who have followed NCIS for years, actually believe that Abby would lose her ability to work, due to a random memory brought on by analyzing one of hundreds of car accidents? The premise was weak. We had utterly predictable daddy Gibbs, and the obligatory McGee/Abby scene. What ever happened to the fun Tony/Abby friendship? Seems this season Tony is only used in the obligatory idiot Tony scenes or to prop up the latest Ziva dramas, and this episode was not surprisingly, an exception. I wish this show would hire worthy writers to explore the rich palette of characters available, instead of giving only Ziva and Gibbs the big stories, while PP, SM, DM, and MW get a mediocre one and done, and are the rest of the time, supporting cast for tptb's favored two.

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For me, this episode was a mixed bag, about average. The girl playing "Young Abby" was fantastic, maybe the best part of the whole episode. I have to agree with Dani that the cohesion between what happened in the case Abby was helping to investigate in the here and now and the one from when she was a little girl simply wasn't there for many to pick up on. But the scenes between Abby and McGee, and especially the final one with Gibbs, were very good.

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LOVED this episode, and I agree with the reviewer that it was a 5 star ep with great acting, great script and great storytelling. I have to admit that I cried when Abby was talking about not being good enough, because I know how she feels, as I am also the kind of person who wants to help people and heal them, and over the years it has been difficult for me to realize that I can't fix every situation and I can't heal everyone. People are going to be angry, prejudiced, often cruel to one another, and you can't force them to see reason or be kind. And if you are in the medical profession, as I was, patients are going to die, because you can't save everyone. That is just a fact. So I really understood Abby, and I adored "little Abby" and how caring and kind she was. I also loved how big Abby liked to help seniors, and how Gibbs and her NCIS family tried to help her understand that what she does is enough, and it matters.

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This make me worry about Mcgee and his dad storyline I hope it good

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With all that has happened recently, it's understandable the writers would pull in stories as to why the characters are as they are. I think the episode was very good, especially the young Abby. She's part of the glue holding this team together and sometimes the glue needs to be mended from stress. Her character is loving and emotional and it was good to see that Gibbs kept what would be insignificant to others, a paper fortune, as a reminder that someone cared about him. Sweet story tonight and that's what this is, a story. Still the best show on tv.

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Dani (and everyone) I truly appreciate your comments, even - maybe especially - when you disagree with me. When it comes to subjective opinion there is no right and wrong, I can't tell you how many times I've disagreed with a film reviewer and thought maybe they had too much wine before seeing the show they reviewed. I thought "did we even see the same movie?" There's a lot to learn from those who disagree. Sometime I'm swayed and my mind changes; sometimes my opinion becomes more entrenched. In this case, perhaps enjoyment of this episode is dependent upon the experience that the viewer (or reviewer) brings to the table. I thought there was a lot of nuance to Abby's story, for which I had to give props to the writers. There's going to be a round table for this episode. Stay tuned: it should be interesting.

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(Con'td) ....shut down emotionally. However, the "Young Abby" was AWESOME & stole the show completely from "Adult Abby". I don't think Ms. Perette intended for that to happen as she spent a lot of time self-promoting this episode it seems, but that's exactly what resulted. Well done, Young Abby!!!!

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Sorry to disagree with TVF/Doug, but this time...I simply have to. This was NOT a 5-star episode, & all the viewer feedback I've read on blogs points to that fact. Mostly mixed reviews. People were VERY disappointed with how this ep ended, and the lack of focus by the writer to bring much-needed Cohesion between Abby's "past" cracked windshield, & the one in present day. There should have been a MUCH better link between the two incidents, but all it did was leave the vierwer confused as to what the heck "Ricki's Teddy" had anything to do with her Mom dying in that crash (what HAPPNED to the mother?? HOW did she die??) More importantly, this flashback did NOT justify Abby becoming a temporary vegetable, unable to function on her job, resulting in lying about being sick & instead going to play BINGO with Sr. Citizens??!!! Ridiculous, because the present incident did NOT involve the same people Abby ran into when she was younger. THAT would have made more sense for her to shut down emotinally. However, the "Young Abby" was awesome & stole the show completely from "Adult Abby".

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@MCAL - ROFL I am enjoying your posts, here! I have to give you some credit; you really should not engage with "Michael"; he likes to say dumb things on purpose to aggravate people who actually WATCH the show.. He is one of the ONLY true NON-NCIS fan on here that I know of, because he still doesn't have a clue on how the series has THRIVED all these years. He doesn't understand how this well-oiled machine functions. He.just.COMPLAINS. Season 7 of NCIS became one of THE highest rated, successful seasons of the ENTIRE series. Each S7 episode CONSECUTIVELY scored high ratings - that had NEVER happend before in the series. The audience loved what they were seeing, finally.....on a CONSISTENT basis. New YOUNGER fans started to tune in to watch Tony & Ziva, McGee, Abby, etc. Tell "Michael" to look that up for himself, then do the Math.

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@Michael Sorry for the last post repeating alot. I accidentally hit the enter button.

NCIS Season 10 Episode 13 Quotes

Today's new friend is tomorrow's family.

Abby [reading fortune]

Young Abby: I couldn't fix it.
Young Luca: Fix what?
Young Abby: Ricki will never see her grandpa again.
Young Luca: But you did good. You gave her your rabbit. She won't forget that, Abby. She won't.

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