I want this show!!!! I don't want to let Auggie go. I can't see Annie as a married woman but I want her to be happy with Ryen. He loves her, he's a good man.
My mom died on Christmas Eve so I found this to be very realistic. It did not make me feel worse-death doesn't take a holiday. For those of you who found it to be a buzz kill, I suggest that you don't watch any of the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies as most of those deal with someone dying or with someone who has recently died! Having said that, I thought this was an ok episode. Pauley Perrette was on Twitter all week posting about how great this episode was and how it was like Life Before His Eyes, another love letter to the fans and all our favorites were coming back. I knew right away that it would be a useless, clip show. This is what writers tend to do when they can't come up with something more original. I would rather have a strong, action episode like Newborn King, the wonderful Silent Night with Peter Coyote or You'd Better Watch Out or any of the other emotional and strong holiday episodes NCIS has given us in the past. This just fell short to me. Just like I thought Life Before His Eyes' flashbacks and fake clips to be disjointed and those scenes added nothing to that episode, the same can be said for House Rules. My best friend, who has never seen NCIS, watched Life Before His Eyes and was totally confused by it, as was I. This episode wasn't confusing but the flashbacks just didn't add anything to the episode, in my opinion. My husband was bored with the whole thing. As for the hacker story line, I enjoyed the hackers in their previous episodes but didn't particularly care for them in this one. I find it amusing that Kevin and Henry Kahn were allies when Kevin was part of the group that brought Kahn down in the first place! I also agree that with all the phone calls from Sarah and the flashbacks that Troian Bellisario would have shown up at the end of the episode. However, maybe she didn't think her father would approve or maybe there was a scheduling conflict. I just didn't understand the constant referral to her if she wasn't gong to be there in the end. It was odd for her not to be by McGee's side with all the talk they did about her. And while I like McGee, a whole episode focused on him just isn't my cup of tea. I would have liked to have seen more interaction with the team as he dealt with this very emotional time, especially since Gibbs just went through a similar situation himself.
I don't fault Nigella -- she went with her strength which was a dessert. I thought it might stand out and make the battle for worst duck. They should change the format to make the team challenge a reward challenge only. The winners would still get the guest mentor's help with the individual challenge but the losing team would NOT send anyone home. For the individual challenge, I would have the three worst bites do the Taste-off (even more freaking out) and the winner would be saved, the other two sent home. Under the current team challenge, the person sent home may NOT have made the worst bite -- 75% of the chefs are NOT even judged. My proposal would fairer to the contestants.
Having Neal actually die instead of faking his death would have been a better ending.
If you have to play an evil character you may as well play the part to be utterly evil. Good job Tobias Menzies
The Originals' Plot Twist depends, if you've not seen TVD is a Plot Twist, BUT If you've seen TVD is not.
No Daniel Grayson from Revenge, just Papa Grayson?
I really, really liked this episode and I think it was one of the best so far this season. I agree with ebau's post in that I saw it primarily as a love letter from McGee to his dad. The flashbacks were McGee's memories that illustrated how his dad's rules and Gibbs' rules and tough love had helped him become the man that he is today. The murder-case-of-the-week was the secondary story line. I was totally unprepared for the actual death of his father at the end. After I recovered from the shock of it, I thought it was a very appropriate end to this episode with McGee finishing reading the letter to his dad and then placing it in the casket was a heartbreaker. I cried like a baby right along with McGee and even after the credits had run because I have found myself in a similar situation once upon a time.
Malcom Merlyn is what we used to refer to, when I was in the Navy, as "quite bastardly". You also forgot Isabel Rochev (AKA "Rampage") from "Arrow" Season 2. Calling her a "bag of cats" would be a compliment.
They should have sent Jen home, but she is "special" (not), so she hung on for another week, despite her lousy organizational skills.
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