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Keith-vlasak

How they manipulated the story for that flashback was for the adult, mature, worldly Abby to realize as the windshield brought back that long ago memory, that Nikki was still never going to see her grandfather again, that Abby's clever solution didn't change that. Her whole life thus hinged on an empty gesture ... which I think is significant, even significant enough for Abby to fail the team.

Keith-vlasak

Abby is all about people. She's the one who has made the NCIS team into a family. She's the one who comes down on Ziva for not being grateful enough to Tony for all he did to track down where she was (which actually was mostly giving orders to her and McGee, but she, as per her personality, gives more credit to Tony being the driving force). She's a mother hen -- and surprise! she always was. That's what we got to see. That's also how I took what @JustSayin was saying.

Keith-vlasak

@Boonies -- I don't think it was a minor disappointment. I think a little girl who was decidedly pleased with her cleverness from creating a magnifying glass to tracking down all the parties involved to where she would make "THE" decision about what she was going to do with her life, which was even re-enforced by her switching stuffed animals so that the little girl could keep the memory of her grandfather.

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Its almost like the writer can't or have forgotten this is a show about crimes and murder

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@Just Sayin...WRONG! I totally "get" the Abby who did her job for the past 10 years through Kate's death, Gibbs getting blown up and leaving, Jenny getting murdered, Tony being framed for murder, Ziva being taken prisoner, Ducky being kidnapped, McGee getting taken hostage, etc etc etc. What I DON'T GET is an Abby who goes to pieces and leaves the team in the lurch when they really need her just because she can't handle some minor disappointment from 30 years ago! If you "get" that then you really don't know the character.

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@boonies:

1) Not sure about this. NCIS investigates ALL deaths of naval/Marine personnel. Once NCIS started digging, an unfortunate traffic accident looked less and less likely.

2) Apparently, the configuration of the windshield crack stirred up a memory.

3) Yeah...I don't get this one either. I cringed a little when she confronted the grandfather thinking she could solve family problems with a toy. Sure she was an idealistic kid, but how do you NOT pick up on adult vibes?

4) Agreed--and the father of the Marine was a macho, chauvinistic pig who deserved to lose his wife.

5) His class clown antics get on my last nerve too.

6) Yeah...strange. He HAD to have taken his share of chemistry classes; he should have known how to use it.

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I think they are trying to push couples to much this year. Right now Tiva is way overboard and now it looks like they are going to try to push McAbby. Ok Tiva will happen because it has been pushed since Cote came on the show. But McAbby? I am sorry not a good couple. McGee follows Abby around like a lost puppy and Abby just uses him for her own good. McGee needs to stand up to her and they need to bring in a new person for McGee to have a relationship with that can last. Though I hope they don't bring back Dr. Ryan for Gibbs that was a train wreck from the start!

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If you didn't get the episode, you don't get Abby. Plain and simple.

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I didn't care for this episode. It felt fragmented. I think the writers missed the boat on this one.

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Sure, in the end the feud was unrelated (Although one can say the victims got killed because they were seeking a way to get away from both families), but you don't just put down a lead just like that. So in the end I think I may have went on a rant there, but you are free to criticize my answer and point out if you may have felt offended. Still, I tried to be as logical as possible.




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