Thank you for that! I had a brain skip last night when I created the poll. It's now been fixed.
The Fornell thing has been corrected (my brain short-circuited last night when I created the poll). : ) The coffee thing was nothing important: Gibbs was due for his checkup and the doc wanted him off caffeine for 72 hours. My guess is that the wanted to do a blood test. Too bad he caved and drank the coffee: now he has to start all over again.
Pretty much agreed with you right down the line, Kathleen. Especially about Lund. I'd really like to see him removed - he's turning out to be a liability to the show. (Or, if possible, write him a little better. Habitual snark from anyone - unless they're an out and out bad buy - really doesn't move the show forward). My wish for 2015: bring back the Louisiana music! That's really taken a back seat since the crossover NCIS episodes and the first two eps of this season. It's what made the show so unique and enticing. Now all anyone on the show does is talk about it (plus the food, which sounds great but doesn't actually ping on viewers who can only watch helplessly as they pile into a meal).
I think Jane mentioned, as they were going down the stairs, that he's happy once more, or "never been happier" or something. Anyway, it gave me a shiver of foreboding when he said it. The only other time he was this happy was right before Red John killed his family...
It's comments like "I'm not sure that you are impartial even now" that make such comments irritating and vaguely insulting. I'm just a person with an opinion, much like yourself. FTR, CBS doesn't pay me a dime. As for the way the show has gone, my opinion is the polar opposite of yours. I like the way they shook things up, particularly since Ziva left. In some respects, they had to, because her loss destroyed their formula - a formula that I didn't like in the first place. I've never watched the series from the beginning, but I'm told that Tony was once a more intelligent and quietly thoughtful character, more than he has been since Ziva entered the picture. If so, then I would agree with you that those early seasons were better, at least in that respect. I don't know. It seems that every time a character gets introduced or leaves the show, the whole writing dynamic changes. It was different show when Jenny was on the scene, then it changed when Vance showed up. Same for Ziva and Bishop. Maybe they're practicing the theory of change: keep moving things around and the fans will show up. NCIS will never approach the Game of Thrones' dynamic of "anyone can die at any time so don't get too attached" - but it would be nice to see a little more uncertainty and vulnerability in these characters.
That's a very good point. I didn't feel anything for McGee's dad either, for the same reason you stated: I didn't know him. On the other hand, while I could appreciate Tony's sadness if and when his father passes, I'm not sure I'll feel much for him either. But for a different reason: the man was a user and a cad who always took advantage of his son. Not looking forward to his death, mind you - but when it happens, I'll keep eating my popcorn.
I just wished they would show us more of New Orleans. Like the night life and the music. (No point in showing us the food - hard to enjoy that over a TV set). And can they please bring back the piano playing M.E.?
Now that you mention it - I can't believe I missed that. You're right.
I knew why they used the flashbacks - I just found that they cluttered up the narrative way too much. It would have been better had they chosen one character as flashback material, instead of a bunch of them. Like they did with the Gibbs-centric episode with Mike Frank flashbacks.
Your reasoning is eloquent and well-stated. I too liked the fact that the writers made the attempt to go down this road - with a story being told through McGee's eyes. Your last two lines in particular resonate strongly with me.
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