Pretty much, yes. Maybe not as much but still a diss. Tony is an investigator, not a security guard. Guess he now can add that to his resume, right underneath "class clown", but before "desperate frat boy".
I see it as a diss because Vance never told him what he was to do until they got to the washroom door, leaving Tony to feel proud that he was being included in the discussion - right up until that point. Total disrespect. For that matter, they could have used an MP for the job (or whatever the equivalent of that is for the Navy). They didn't need him. (Sorry I forget: was it Vance who told him, or Gibbs?)
I've noticed that a number of shows do this. Does your PVR allow you to extend the recording schedule? Mine does - I can set it for five minutes past the hour, fifteen or three hours. Use it all the time (the five minute choice)
Any episode that, if you removed it, wouldn't really be missed. The Shiva episode was critical, for example: it evolved some of the characters: like Vance, and like Tony. Some shows have full seasons of filler: marginally entertaining but ultimately inconsequential. Other shows - notably Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D or Person of Interest - have virtually no filler episodes. Each show has consequence and involves change. Sure we saw evidence of Mishnev in this episode but when you think about it: did we really? He was concerned about hiring a scientist. And his friend the counselor just wanted her back so she wouldn't spill any secrets to America. The scientist just wanted asylum. Big yawn and big deal. Filler.
He really rubbed me the wrong way in this episode. I've been hoping to see some sort of endearing quality make an appearance but so far - there's been nothing. If they turfed the character, I wouldn't miss him at all.
I wonder if that garotte thing was a way of getting some movie references in so that Tony could wax eloquent about his knowledge. I saw that same garotte type used in "The Counselor" and thought it insane back then - so hearing Tony make reference to the movie was, for me, quite interesting. Maybe one of the future episodes could feature a villain with a briefcase containing something mysterious and shiny - and Tony could reference "Pulp Fiction".
You know - I forgot about that diss....about Tony being assigned bathroom guard duties. I agree with you - that stinks.
Every time they give us a filler episode or - more importantly - paint Tony as the class clown, they're going to lose points. But that's okay - everyone else is free to give their own ratings too, as they've obviously done here. I don't expect perfection, I expect to be entertained, or at least not bored. Perfection is hard to obtain anyway - which is why I so rarely give out five points.
It was a relief to see Penny moving away away from the "always drinking" persona and being responsible for once. And it shows that, unlike her attitude to the Cheesecake Factory, she is taking her job seriously. Can't wait to see how her future at the new job unfolds.
Are you kidding me? Haven't you read what I wrote in the past? I love Bishop. However, the writing was sloppy in this scene.
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