Deann

Loved,loved, loved the Kenzi-Deeks interactions in this episode! They had me LOL'ing all over the place! I especially loved his admission that he was a stripper, erm, I mean exotic dancer! Snort! And I loved that Kenzi smacked him on the rump and said "drop it like it's hot" What a hilarious quote! Especially after she tucked some money into his pants...awesome stuff. I sincerely hope that the relationship between these two continues to heat up. I think they'd be awesome together.
Sam was good in this episode, he really is a big-hearted guy, and though he looks pretty intimidating, he's always so gentle with women and children and older folks. I adore him, and I think LL Cool J does a great deal to keep this show going smoothly and on the air, because he's an excellent actor and impresses me as something of a bridge-builder as a person. I LOVED how Hettie kept telling him all these things were coming out of his paycheck...LOL! Henrietta Lang is the BEST character on NCIS LA. Love her!

Deann

Great, intriguing episode. I loved that Jimmy finally kissed Karen...I was beginning to wonder if their chemistry was just in my imagination. The music was FABULOUS during this ep, I loved the variety of songs and the different ways they were sung. And Jennifer Hudson is the bomb, folks! I could listen to her sing all day (of course, I could listen to the gal that plays Karen, too..what a voice!). I agree with the reviewer on everything else, especially that slimeball Jerry and the totally EVIL Ellis! I hope that Karma makes its way back to Ellis and that he never works on Broadway again! And I hope we don't see him on SMASH unless it is to watch his total downfall, that rat! And Angelica Huston is just a GODDESS...she steals every scene she is in, and I loved that she chose love and I hope she does produce a show herself and rubs it in Jerry's wrinkly face! Oh and I am glad that Ivy and Karen are okay with each other now.

Deann

BTW, I don't think that Tony will ever be anything but immature when he feels like doing so...its part of his charm, and I know a lot of men who are very much like him. They're funny, charming, damaged, sexy and a huge pain in the rear, but when the chips are down, they are THERE for the people they love, no questions asked. Gibbs realizes Tony has his flaws and his eccentricities, and the way that he deals with them is to use the Gibbs slap to the back of the head to keep him in line and keep him focused.
I believe that viewers love this show because of the variety of realistic, wonderful characters that inhabit it, and because justice is served by the end, and all is right with the world, which is very satisfying.

Deann

I loved this episode because it contained lots of scenes with one of my favorite three characters, the holy trinity of Abby, McGee and Ducky! Dr Mallard is just a marvelous character, played superbly by David McCallum. Like Sean Connery, McCallum is still a vital and intriguing man who will never lose his sex appeal or his wonderful witty talent. And I don't blame McGee one iota for keeping Tony from his ticketing pal, because Tony would, indeed, abuse whatever privilege that McGee showed him. That's Tony's way, he's immature and takes advantage because he was raised by an immature man. I think that Tony's being humorous is one of the show's saving graces, because in the midst of death and mayhem, Tony manages to keep everyone together and rolling their eyes, if not laughing at his stupid jokes or immitations or movie quotes. And I though Jimmy Palmer aquitted himself rather well in this episode. Good for him.

Deann

I loved the two parter, and agree with the reviewer that it should get awards for all the actors involved. I though Brolin did an excellent job of being Castle's taciturn spy father...it was rather Shakespearean, actually. I also loved Stana's Beckett getting seriously nasty with that perps girlfriend...she can be a serious bad-ass when needed.
I hope that we see more of Castle's dad, and I would love to see a reunion of him and Martha, and see how he reacts to seeing his grandchild in person! I bet they'd get along like a house on fire!
Great stuff, thanks to cast and crew!

Deann

I thought this episode was a bit slow, and I didn't like the different point of view with Shaw and Cole instead of Reese and Finch, but by the time we were 2/3 of the way through, I was enjoying it. I think that Sarah S from Fairly Legal is a marvelous young actress, beautiful and focused and a great contrast to Reese, though she's just as bad assed as he is! I also was gratified that she finally accepted Finches phone number, and that Bear welcomed her back. I hope that in the coming battle with Root, she will help Reese and Finch kill that complete nutjob of a sociopath. If Root ever got ahold of the machine, heaven help us all. I do think this show needs to do odd episodes in order to grow, and I can hardly wait to see what they come up with next week!

Deann

Though I was all for Fitz at the beginning, he really botched it when he accepted Mellies word that Cyrus was behind everything, and when he shoved Liv into a closet and had sex with her and then told her she was crap and he couldn't see her anymore..what a jerk! Now he's having her surveiled? REALLY? Creepy! And I'm sorry, but the Navy guy that is doing the survelance can't be her boyfriend because their relationship would be based on a lie. She could never trust him. I agree with the reviewer that Cyrus giving Mellie back some of her own medicine was AWESOME. Mellie is such a rattlesnake, I keep hoping something dreadful happens to her. She's a sociopath and completely evil. Meanwhile, I wish David would join Pope and Associates, and get back together with Abby, because it is clear that the two have tons of chemistry!

Deann

I enjoyed this ep, especially since Felicity got all glammed up and really got into helping the guys on their quest for justice. Plus there was a whole lotta romance going on, which is one of the main reasons I watch the show. I think that Diggs is long overdue for a real relationship, and I hope that Oliver gets some serious snuggle time with the hottie cop. But I think that in the end, he might end up going back to Lauren or having a fling with Felicity. Especially since now he can be himself with Felicity because she knows his secret. Also, she calls him on his BS, and makes him a better crime-fighter. And I think Moira is going to get killed if she keeps trying to leave and have the CO of the organization killed off. She's in too deep.

Deann

Oh, and I adored the "pizza shark" that Tony used to get Vance's kids to laugh for a change. Bravo Tony! Those kids needed to be just kids for awhile, and NO, they are not old enough to take care of themselves, they look about 6 and 8, or thereabouts, not even close to being teenagers yet, so there's no way you could leave kids that young alone, especially after their mother was murdered. I enjoy Tony and Ziva's moments together, and I thought this episode had a great moment between Ziva and Vance, as well. Vance and Gibbs also had some great moments, and I completely understand why Vance chose to try and work with Gibbs before taking back his desk from that ninny who is the acting director of NCIS. Great ep!

Deann

I loved this episode, and I think Cote DePablo is a fine actress, very nuanced and lovely, not so obvious and externalized as Michael Weatherly, but that is what makes them such a wonderful contrast as actors. I have a Drama degree, so I think I know a little something about good acting vs bad acting. I honestly do not see much bad acting on NCIS at all, ever. These are actors at the top of their game, which is one reason this show is at the top of the ratings. Good scripts are important, of course, as is good direction. But if your actors stink, consistently, it will slowly unravel the entire show into a hot mess. That just doesn't happen on NCIS. And I have to say that even my 3 favorites, Abby, Ducky and McGee are all superb, even when they've only got a few lines per episode. Abby is a delight every time she's on screen, and David McCallum is a treasure, so accomplished and fascinating.