Wolfshades

Emily told me about the NCIS consultant they have on the show, so clearly they're aware of what they're doing. The bottom line though is exactly as leia suggested: viewers aren't interested in the nuts and bolts of military protocol. They just aren't. And this isn't a crime procedural show like Criminal Minds (which by the way, is a show that isn't exactly on target either, there being no real BAU jet in real life). Fans are more interested in the action and drama than they are the intricacies of military structure and protocol. For example, MTAC is there purely as a device to achieve a sense of importance. The fact is those characters aren't at ALL following protocol when it comes to that room. And people generally don't care - except for those who've been privy to that environment in real life. It's all about the entertainment, not the accuracy. FWIW, I find myself irritated by various computer-related aspects of the show, only because I've worked a number of years (and have had schooling) in that arena. It bugs me when I see stuff that just isn't possible being portrayed on screen. I'll always be bugged by that, but acknowledge that the writers aren't as interested in accuracy as they are creating a scene that appeals to viewers within a limited time frame. Abby's abilities to glean information from minute bits of forensic evidence - all in a very very short time - strikes me as miraculous and magical. It's not real. The characters, the stories and the viewers are all just here to have fun.

Wolfshades

Absolutely there can be a third reason. I agree with you that he caved quickly. The only two thoughts were: he's desperate to save his marriage. Then: wait. No. He values his friendship with Gibbs and takes his opinion seriously. On another note, that comment from Gibbs "your job sucks!" seemed like a non sequitur. Where do you take a statement like that? "Uh, no it doesn't. I happen to like it a lot, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it." Did he mean "your protocol sucks"?

Wolfshades

I agree with you Lee. But then, I've been a fan of hers from the start, most especially when presenting her with her severe quirkiness. Even Emily commented to me on the disparity of opinions regarding that aspect of Bishop's character: some loved it, some hated it.

Wolfshades

The reason I doubt it's Ned is that he's been on the show so few times that he wouldn't really qualify as a "fan favorite". Also, Emily said people (fans) would be "shocked". His death would be a loss, sure - but shocking? Really doubtful.

Wolfshades

It usually is. However my guess is that they wanted to keep the lid on as much as they could this time, since they're killing someone off. It would make it too easy for the fans to guess.

Wolfshades

Thanks! It's difficult not to speculate though, isn't it? I quite frankly love the dynamic between Bishop and Tony. For one we're seeing someone who doesn't treat him as a Lost Boy or clown. A woman who clearly looks up to him and seems to value him for who he is, and not what they'd like him to be. I think if I ever meet Gary Glasberg the first thing I'll do is congratulate him on the genius idea of creating Bishop as a married woman, just so they could take romance off the table.

Wolfshades

Not all, that's true. But a lot. Every time the name "Ziva" is even mentioned on an episode, the comments and tweets come flying in, on wings of anger, disgust, wonder and hope. It's truly a thing to see.

Wolfshades

It's rare but it happens. I know a guy who was a lawyer who quit to work in construction. He took a pay cut but hasn't looked back. Actually, come to think of it, I took a pay cut when I left a large organization to go work for a smaller one. It was like night and day for me: the stress level went WAY down (along with my pay) but for me it worked out overall to be a net gain.

Wolfshades

I know you have some knowledge and experience as an analyst ....is it possible that the writers/Glasberg took advantage of fan ignorance of the classification structure to slip this one past us?

Wolfshades

Oh now that's very interesting!