@zagsfan - Lucy Liu in "Payback"?
@PHXcowbot - I was writing my post while yours was being uploaded, which wouldn't appear on my computer until I pressed "Submit Comment" and the page refreshed -- so, please just take my comment as supporting "oblivious," not ignoring what you said!
Sheldon was oblivious in this episode -- and I even think (as I go over the course of events as I write this) that he was consistent, at least this episode. Sometimes his being oblivious is cruel, which I think it was here. The other characters can talk to him when he's oblivious, even if he isn't usually convinced (and sometimes he is, even if he misses the point, like at Amy's door). The problem I sometimes have with Sheldon is when he is intentionally nasty and cruel because of his ego, by which I don't mean when he assumes he's smarter than everyone else, but when he thinks someone hasn't show him his due (like when Howard was assigned Sheldon's unused parking space and Sheldon's ego demanded the nastiest un-friend behavior).
"Midnight Train to Georgia" was originally done by Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was a long time ago (like 1970's-1980's), but a many-time-repeated classic comedy bit was the three Pips would be guests on a variety show without Gladys Knight (and then while the music for Midnight Train played over the speakers, the Pips would do all their swaying in unison and harmonies and back-up moves with no front singer). I think, since the show focused on Pips style moves, that the writers were recalling that.
It was a fun episode. One thing that I didn't accept is that Phil would have been conned into buying a suit that small. He's always shown to be very good at selling -- so how could he be conned into buying something that didn't come close to fitting?
Also wanted to speculate on Gibbs' ethics (and not at all with any sure sense of rightness regarding this thought) that Gibbs killing the drug lord who killed his family did not violate the sentiments of Semper Fi, that it certainly was illegal, but it was outside the service, not using naval-marine resources as if they were yours to use or the service they belonged to wasn't important in your own eyes (as, say, Franks determining his mission was higher than the service he was a part of). Like maybe the line Gibbs referred to in "Where do you draw it?" meant where do you draw the line when it comes to using and stealing from the Navy-Marines for what you think is the right thing to do???
@DaleR -- Important point (I think): it was Gibbs' first wife who told him about the rules when he first met her at the bus stop (I think it was). A thing I thought this episode did really well (as in an ethics lecture to draw your own conclusions from) is that Franks decided he needed to take the law into his own hands and that what he was doing took precedence over his Naval service and all the oaths he swore to them (I don't know if Franks was Marines like Gibbs). Gibbs felt guilty about the girls who died because he didn't violate his oaths and sneak; however, he still didn't as he saved the current group of women in front of his superiors -- completely different.
The premise was good and the episode was Ok. What bothers me, mostly because I don't know where they're going with it, is that this season it seems the writers are trying to show what incompetents DiNozo and McGee are, that they could never interrogate a suspect or solve a crime, but only stand there like the stereotype of a helpless woman. So far, it's very lucky Gibbs has been able to bring in outsiders, like the super agent lie detector "girl"-in-previous-episodes. I'm one of those Tony fans who like it when he is allowed to show why he is Gibbs' senior field agent and why he was given Gibbs' team when Gibbs quit, so I'm a little lost at what they are doing to DiNozo and McGee???
Typo: in previous post meant "3-Wheeler." @Miranda Wicker - I didn't like the mother-ghost episode or revising her story to, in my mind, make her more mundane and less exceptional. Besides, I always found it much more fun (and even thoughtful) for Brennan to be discovering people and human moments (through Booth and the supporting cast), rather than say she knew/experienced all that and rejected it consciously and is slowly re-accepting it. Grumble-grumble ...
@Terrie -- The girl in the car wasn't the "FBI gal," who is actually a CIA gal. When Red wanted bodyguards there were 2 a man and a woman (the CIA gal was a 3rd person added by the FBI). The girl in the car with Red was his female bodyguard who is loyal to him.
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