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How is a miscarriage murder?

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Not quite true. In one of his interviews, Joe Mantegna joked that the real FBI were envious of the plane that the BAU uses. In real life, they don't have one, and have to get around like everyone else.

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My pleasure!

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Probably as many as they want. It's a tried and true fairly formulaic show that's remained popular. The only thing I can see that would change it would be one of the actors wanting out. Which is why so many of us pay close attention to what happens at their contract times.

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First off, I'm not outraged by the hatred toward Bishop - if you'll look back at the Round Table it wasn't me who brought it up. I'm more amused by it than anything. And, I share David's views on it. Secondly, this is the first year I've gotten into the comment section as much as I have. I didn't say much about anything the previous two years, as I was just getting my feet wet with the reviews and things. Third: even if I had, the voluminous hatred toward Bishop is way over the top compared to the criticisms of Ziva. Or at least, that's how I remember it. I don't recall people criticizing Ziva for her damned eyebrows, for instance, the way Bishop's been criticized. Nor do I recall Cote de Pablo's acting chops being criticized at all, the way Wickersham's has been. The amount and 360 degree approach of criticisms and outright hatred of Bishop is on a scale far beyond any thing Cote/Ziva ever experienced. It's been mean and catty. It's impossible for me to compare the two. Ziva/Cote was good for the show. If there's criticism to be made of her, it would have to fall into the writing - and not the actor herself. Same goes for Wickersham/Bishop. Although to-date, I don't find anything wrong or missing the mark with her at all. And while mine is just one opinion, like anyone else's here, I do like to point out from time to time that I've had experience as an actor myself, so know a little bit about what goes into the making of a good actor. I think once the writers give Wickersham a dramatic moment, people may then see what I'm seeing now: an actor who has paid her dues and was well-cast. But I'm not holding my breath: the haters will ever be out there, ready to pick her apart.

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Wishful thinking, sorry to say. :) However.....if every considered thinker in the comment sections made a pact to ignore every mean-spirited post, how long do you think they would last? (Answering my own question here: probably wouldn't make a difference, since there are outright trolls on both sides of the fence) My only hope now is that the writers of NCIS never mention Ziva's name ever ever EVER again. That would then leave the Bishop haters (the venomous ones, not the ones who merely dislike her). But it's far easier to ignore them, I think.

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The short answer is that I've never been tapped to moderate any of the comment forums. My job with TVFanatic is limited (and quite rightly so) to doing the reviews and hosting the Round Tables. I participate in the comment discussions because the topics - and most viewpoints here - interest me. That said - I do see your point. This site is wide open to the world and that means it's going to attract mean-spirited and ignorant trolls whose only ability to argue lies within their immature hope of derailing conversation through ad hominem attacks. They are children who don't have two brain cells they can rub together to make a decent and logical point. Sadly, some of those children are grown men and women who simply have never grown up. My tried and true method of handling them is to either ignore them - or if truly tempted to respond to them, I enjoy ripping them a new one through logic. Nine times out of ten they end up shutting up, as it seems they're not able to use logic to defend their childishness.

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I agree. Those folk are generally nice to provide background on the main characters but need not become front and center. Not at all.

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Yup. I've had that accusation leveled against me - despite the fact that there has been the odd episode where I offered some negative criticism of the show. If I was owned by CBS they would have fired me so fast. But....that doesn't matter to some. Let's not fog their righteous wrath with troubling little things like facts.

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Some who dislike Bishop seem to be reasonable and are able to articulate their opinions quite well - as your points attest. Others though are not, and can't be described as anything other than outright biased and rabid haters. Check out some of the comments on my review for this episode - you'll see a few examples of what I'm talking about there. To paint those of us who like Bishop as "biased" seems arbitrary and dismissive.