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kch50428 is right. The Round Table for this episode will be posted in a few days. Keep an eye out here on TVFanatic, or on my Twitter account (@wolfshades)

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Yeah, well - maybe not anymore.

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Mel, you're going to love this week's Round Table. I had the same thought as you about the reason for Gibbs treating Bishop differently. We're going to explore that.

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Let's not stir the pot, shall we? I was glad to see that meme go away. No interest in seeing it resurrected. ; )

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I'm a little bummed that the cat didn't stick around. Would have added an element of warmth to his apartment.

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Thanks for the corrective note, Joni. I knew that, but got the names mixed up. Now corrected. Forgot to mention how much I appreciated Bishop's praise of Tony and McGee. She clearly values them, doesn't she? Great to see.

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Too long? Nonsense - I enjoyed reading it! Your last paragraph features well into the observation that a number of women who have been paired with Tony in a few episodes have been anything but weak dependent women. So, while we may have lost that in Ziva's replacement, the nuance of it isn't entirely gone. And who says Bishop will turn out to be weak, at the end of the day? She's dependent upon Tony and the gang right now, in order to come up to speed - but that's a factor her being young, not weak.

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Carol, you mentioned you haven't been watching the show lately. The reason for my statement about Tony's frat boy ways was actually dealt with in this episode quite extensively. Abby called him on it and they had a talk.

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Yes, we agree that Bishop is in no wise as strong a character as Ziva. It's quite likely that when fans thought of a replacement for Ziva they were looking for the same things you mentioned. They expected a strong woman. That they chose someone quite different: a newbie who would require some training to come up to speed; someone who wouldn't be a romantic foil for Tony or anyone (it was no accident that they decided she should be married); someone who was younger and a bit of a nerd - just took a lot of people by surprise. Some didn't like the change at all, for various and compelling reasons. Others (not you) chose to snark at Bishop and the actor who played her. Personally, I liked the change. It's different, and we have enough strong characters on the show already. Some of the guest stars have been strong women - but who says it's an actually requirement for the winning formula to keep NCIS on top? I doubt it. I know for sure the addition of Bishop has made it into a fairly new show - something I find fresh and welcome. The fact that she hasn't been as front and center as she was at the start of the season seems wise. It seems I have to spell this out - again, not to you - for those who see my praise of Wickersham and Bishop as a put-down of Ziva: I liked Ziva, I liked Tiva and would have been enthusiastically on board had she stayed and the relationship developed. Make no mistake though: had that happened, it too would have been new for the show and the fans and there would have been a large contingent of people who just prefer that things remain the same who would have eventually snarked at it. Change often brings that dynamic. I liked Ziva very much - but as Cote de Pablo decided for whatever reason to go her own way - I don't miss her. I think the show is great and even if I wasn't reviewing it, I'd keep watching. My hope now is that the show writers develop Tony's character more. Now that we understand his frat boy ways was propelled by his not getting over Ziva maybe we can see more of the mature dangerous agent we know him to be. The hope is there, and I'm board.

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This episode reminded me of how aggressive and bright the writing is. I've missed it. Now that we know this is the last season, the big question is: how will they end it? Will they end it with Will quitting - as he offered to do in this episode? Or will it end in a hostile takeover? Will it end at the wedding?