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@Annalynn: Yes. She absolutely looked like Ziva - which is why Tony sort of did a double-take when he came into the bullpen. Notice that the camera only showed the back of her head at first? I'm certain that was on purpose.

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@Lila and Terrie: got mixed up between Section and Station Chief. The latter are found in the CIA, not the FBI. Thanks for the heads up - now corrected.

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@J. and Hege: thank you for your correction! Updated.

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So, are we going to ignore the electric chemistry between Jamie and Maria? I think stuff's brewing there - and the only ones who don't yet realize it is the two of them. Kudos to the writers for teasing this one out.

I think too that Erin and Jack are having a little more than a one-night stand. The hostage scenario brought out his honest feelings. (God I'm such a romantic)

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@John Michael Herndon: thank you very much for your generous and positive comment, and for providing a small glimpse into the set dynamics of this engaging show. Your observation about the cast and crew mirrors some of the comments made by Matthew Gray Gubler and Joe Mantegna in earlier interviews. Seems like they're a great group to work with!

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People sometimes clap in a movie theatre at the end of a good film. I always thought it was ridiculous: the actors and director aren't there to receive the applause, so what's the point?

Last night as the screen zoomed out on Walt's face as he lay on the ground, while the police moved toward him, all wary with their guns out, I applauded. What an amazing series. Has Vince Gilligan set the bar too high for other programs? We'll have to see. Anyone who would meet that bar must first have a vision, and the will to see it through from A to Z, as he did.

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I loved the show. But you know what put the icing on the cake? It was when Howard (supposedly while in an estrogen haze) took Sheldon and Leonard to task for their petty squabbling. It was a solid dramatic moment when he nailed the root of their rage: that Sheldon missed Leonard. That one hit home, and the actors portrayed the gravity of that comment perfectly. Nice to see.

Man, I've missed this show over the summer. You can only watch so many reruns before it starts getting old. :)

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Poppysmom: normally I'd agree with you. When something in business doesn't appear to make sense, the quandary can be resolved by asking the question "who profits from this?" And by observing the maxim "follow the money". Typically though, terrorist organizations operate on what they see as altruistic principles. The only way this particular scenario works is if they're using the money from their business partners to find their real goals (e.g, freedom for rebels from 'x' country, fighting the establishment, etc.). Which may well be the case.

@Terrie: thank you for noticing the next episode date. Fixed.

@Lurker: thank you for that new term. I've no idea whether that's original with you or not but I'm using it from now on. Gibbsmacked. Love it.

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@gatorgal: thanks for the catch. Fixed.

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Batista and Quinn pretty much telegraphed their understanding that Dexter deliberately killed Oliver Saxton. And we knew that, especially given the fact that the camera caught him pressing the panic button *after* he deliberately stuck the pen into his neck. It couldn't be more obvious. Batista and Quinn looked at each other to see if they understood what they saw, and then silently agreed with each other when Quinn said "well it was OBVIOUSLY self defence. I wish i'd done it." All in all a mediocre ending. Of course it suffers by great comparison with another wildly popular show whose season is ending in a week's time. *cough*