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NCIS Review: The Agent and the Admiral

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Number-one on the list of Things We've Learned About Becoming NCIS Agents? Have a bad relationship with your dad. 

Ziva? Father murders man who might recognize him while on U.S. soil. Check.

Gibbs? It's a little better now. But both men are still a bit crusty with each other. Giving it a check.

Tony? I suppose if bedding Tony's neighbor on Tony's bed is any indication, then... check.

And now we've learned that Tim has a "son of a bitch" father who thinks his son is an "overpaid paper pusher". Big time check.

Gibbs With Tiva

At least this paternal dynamic gave the NCIS team an opportunity to show its family colors as Gibbs, Abby and even Tony (in an awkward way) found ways to encourage Tim to face his dad. Tony struck a real note when he said that fathers start out as heroes but then later on disappoint. Maybe, in a way, Tim's dad was weirdly correct when he and Tim had this exchange:

McGee: Your family was the Navy.
Admiral McGee: Still is, boy. | permalink

"Squall" introduced us to Tim's father as the Admiral of a ship on which a doctor was killed. It took the full episode to discover that Admiral McGee was suffering from stage four cancer (we're not told what kind), and that his advancement to a cabinet level post at the White House would be in jeopardy should anyone find out about his illness. 

So he was keeping the diagnosis a secret from everyone except his aide - a man with ambitious hopes, who was worried that the doctor who was treating the Admiral might spill the beans, thus impeding his own parallel advancement to the White House. Therefore, of course the only logical response was to kill the doctor. I suppose a late night conversation over some wine and cigars never occurred to him.

There were two rare dynamics in the show tonight, both involving Gibbs. One, his laughter at McGee's choice of movie outings with his "little brother" Adam. Gibbs' laughter is such an unusual event: when it happens, it's worth noting. If we had a drinking game around that, we'd all be teetotalers.  

The second was Gibbs' paternal instincts and defense of McGee. I have to say: it was enjoyable watching him defend Tim against his father, especially with an NCIS quote like this:

Admiral McGee: My relationship with my son is none of your damned business.
Gibbs: You make him think he's nothing. You're the one with nothing. | permalink

Almost makes you want to stand and applaud doesn't it? We know McGee is the salt of the earth - anyone who would try and negate a Big Brother like him the way his father did would not only be disrespectful, but as wrong as he could be. I don't care if the one doing the disrespecting was sick or not - wrong is wrong. Period. Full stop.

Having said that, you have to admire the work done by Jamey Sheridan as McGee's father: his portrayal of a charismatic boor was outstanding. I think that when an actor can portray a character which affects the viewer the way his did, it speaks loudly of his ability. 

When are the writers of NCIS going to stop teasing us with the Tony/Ziva deal? First, we have Tony making remarks about the weather girl (to Ziva's annoyance), and then we see Tony getting a little irritated at Ziva's brief flirtation with Agent Stan Burley... until Burley mentions that he's engaged. In real life, guys would need to either make a move or move on; you don't keep this tension going (generally) for this long and expect the girl to remain interested. 

Or maybe you do. What do you think?

Final notes:

  • Where the heck did Petty Officer Wyath think he was going when he fled from Tony and Burley while the ship was on lockdown? He was going to run away to... where, exactly?
  • ADHD cocktail? I don't think that's a thing, actually. Any one of the meds will do it. You don't need five of them to achieve the purpose for which they were intended in the story.
  • It looks as though the next episode (titled "Chasing Ghosts") will be airing on April 9.
  • Our NCIS roundtable is up!

Your turn. Do you have a higher opinion of Admiral McGee, now that that he and his son are talking?  What's your take on Tony and Ziva? 

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Gatorgal

@ Michael wrote: "when CSI hook up Sara and Gil Grissom everybody started quitting and leaving the show and some of them started doing drug because their pay was cut because o shipping." Let me get this straight: Gary Dourdan's leaving the show and drug problems happened because TPTB put Sara and Grisson together? The things that come out your brain never cease to amaze me. And by having TIVA, the writers would be lying to the fans again? I have no clue what that means, since they been promising TIVA this whole season. Go back to High School and graduate, will you?

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tengo un hermano mayor 2 años, somos muy unidos, la mejor relacion consanguinea del mundo......y jamas....¡jamas¡ nos miramos como tony y ziva, jamas hacemos insinuaciones como ellos..definitivamente tienen algo diferente a las demas parejas romanticas, sean ficticias o no...ojala si avance su relacion..por cierto...alguien puede decirme si es cierto que cote de pablo no renovo contrato para el temporada 11? o donde puedo buscar?

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I don't know what more can be said about how horrible Tiva would be there really nothing that has not already been proven or said about how horrible it would be. I think if it does happen then it show how lazy the writer are and that they have lie to the fans AGAIN!.I also believe it would be very sexist toward not just men but woman also, for men it make it look like the only good thing we are good for is sex and a punching bag for woman. As for woman it will show that the law and rules do not apply to them and they can do whatever they want and sleep with whoever they want. But something eles it will do is make NCIS boring because what will make them different from Bones or Castle both show who have had a up and down season once their main star hook up. Just look at what happen when CSI hook up Sara and Gil Grissom everybody started quitting and leaving the show and some of them started doing drug because their pay was cut because o shipping.

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I love Tony, he is sexy, funny, good looking!!, and just great
but please quit making him so-so-so silly, he is a great detective and
intelligent, MAKE HIM FUNNY BUT NOT SO DAMN SILLY----- PLEASE-------

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i think most fans know that tony and ziva will get together and i think its coming soon.

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@fan1 - I could not have put it better myself if I tried. You have encapsulated there relationship perfectly. I too can't wait for their relationship to progress to the next level. Just hope Ziva hangs around for season 11.

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I also don't think a brother would get upset about his sister having a date for the opera, or a Schmiel in her life or a flirtation with Stan, or brush her hair out of her face as Tony did to Ziva in the very first episode this season. If they do, that is a pretty strange brother and sister relationship. Ziva has a sibling relationship with McGee and Tony has a sibling relationship with Abby. Tony and Ziva will never be a brother and sister. I can't wait to see where these two end up as I think they will probably, finally, have the romantic relationship they deserve and one a lot of us have been waiting for.

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In my opinion, no one on television today has better chemistry than Tony and Ziva. The sexual attraction has been there since day one of season 3 when Ziva "slouched provocatively" at McGee's desk while talking to Tony. It was proven more in "Undercovers" and "Boxed In". It has continued to grow in every season since then. There is nothing remotely like a brother and sister relationship between these two. Brothers and sisters don't act like betrayed lovers as Ziva did in season 4 while watching Tony with Jeanne. Nor would a brother oogle his sister in a bathing suit and then keep those pictures up in his room when he was an agent afloat. Brothers and sisters wouldn't ask each other on a continual basis over the years if the other was jealous of their current lovers. Nor do I think a brother would tell his sister, after he traveled across the world, that he "couldn't live without you, I guess" and then tell her not to ask any questions she didn't want to know the answers to. I also don't think a brother would get upset about his sister having a date for the opera, or a Schmiel in her life or a flirtation with Stan, or brush her hair out of her face as Tony did to Ziva in the very first episode this season. If they do, that is a pretty strange brother and sister relationship. Ziva has a sibling relationship with McGee and Tony has a sibling relationship with Abby. Tony and Ziva will never be a brother and sister. I can't wait to see where these two end up as I think they will probably, finally, have the romantic relationship they deserve and one a lot of us have been waiting for.

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Douglas I hate to belabour ths, but what Tony/Iva dal? I see no romantic connection between the two of them. They're fun, they laugh and they're like Brother and sister. Eww. I can't see them in a relationship at all. Nothing is wrong with the writers. It's you. You need to let it go.

Gatorgal

RE: McGee and his car crash. I have never heard of any theory that someone died in that crash. Another made up anecdote. McGee had amnesia due to his head injury, not because of some psychological suppression of a fatal incident. Which was the point of bringing it up when talking about Gibbs' head injury and his amnesia. And for all we know, that car was from Penny, not his Dad. I would imagine his Dad was mad about it and Tim's crash just proved his point.

NCIS Season 10 Episode 19 Quotes

Admiral McGee: My relationship with my son is none of your damned business.
Gibbs: You make him think he's nothing. You're the one with nothing.

McGee: Boss do you think I made the right decision with my father?
Gibbs: To be the bigger man? Maybe it's time he learned from you, McGee.

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