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One of the prisoners - the guy who got sent to the brig for getting into a bar fight - was a Navy mole.

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You're right - it's not harmless. The way it was presented in the episode certainly made it seem that way - I suppose the writers were looking to downgrade the severity of the illness in relation to the worry about cancer.

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NCIS Round Table: Has Tony Evolved?

You know, I complained about the "class clown" persona of Tony a few seasons ago - and it continued to bug me quite a bit. With the end-of-season episodes, we saw that change, and for a while there we saw Tony as the silent, deadly, take-charge agent we knew and loved from before. I feel like the Tony character has turned the page, all last season and into this one. While he still comes off as a doofus at times (and yeah, that still bugs me), he's not quite as over the top in that regard as he used to be. I think there's room for hope. When Vance got the worrisome news about his health, my immediate thought was: well maybe this means Gibbs will have to take over as director, and Tony can now lead the team. So the news that Vance was okay was bittersweet: I didn't want him to go out that way (wouldn't wish that on anyone, frankly), but I'd still like to see him go. Maybe get promoted out of there or something. Wasn't Vance's boss only on an acting assignment? Does that mean there's a vacancy begging for a new occupant?

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I wonder if Eddie was being used by the writers to make a point: that many cops believe in the "thin blue line" and always prefer to give their brothers/sisters in the force the benefit of the doubt, no matter how damning the allegation against them. She's a good cop, but sees her work very much as the bad guys versus the good guys - and the good guys are always the cops.

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Danny was being true to himself. He's hard-nosed and has trouble believing that anyone has the will or capacity to change. He's seen way too many con-artists, and that has colored his perception of all ex-cons. I think he can be forgiven, particularly as Erin does have the capacity to understand people a little better than he does, and won't change either. The brother and sister are a lot like oil and water.

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Key point: when the Reagons are having their after-dinner brandy or whatever, they're off the clock - and that's what Frank meant. When you're on the job, you're sober, and not drinking at all.

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Thanks, Kathleen. Didn't know that.

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No, MGG didn't direct this one. It was written by Erica Messer - the Criminal Minds showrunner and executive producer, and directed by Glenn Kershaw.

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I wondered about that too. Maybe it was a case of scaring away the wolf's pack, based on the "where there's one, there's probably more" principle.

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I'm getting the sense that Frank is seriously thinking about stepping down from the Commish job. That discussion at the dinner table with Erin was a little foreboding, wasn't it? Particularly when he gave that unqualified statement "I hate the job" (or "my job" - I can't recall which way he put it).

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