This isn’t a review. It’s not a recap. It’s not a critique. It’s not much of anything except my observations and random thoughts had while watching the latest (tonight’s, here in the US) episode of NCIS. And it assumes if you read this, you have at least some familiarity with the show and its characters. There may be more of these post in the future, on this and other shows. Take that as a warning or announcement.
–Dead female Navy officer who was having an affair with a married man. Classic television!
–Ah, I did see that little exchange between DiNozzo and Barrett. I want to like Barrett. There are some things I DO like about her, but I do not like how they’ve set her up. Last week’s episode really made it seem as if we were to believe that she has gained most of her success as an NCIS agent through sexual means – flirtation, coercion, who knows what else. That has nothing to do with DiNozzo, except that, y’know, they’re sleeping together.
–So, instead of DiNozzo paying attention while being briefed, he’s preoccupied with Barrett talking to some other man. :/
–They are really dropping the hints that Barrett isn’t welcome, aren’t they? They’re not even hints, they’re anvils. She is there to “shake things up” one way or another. I wish NCIS would, honestly, give it a rest and let the audience figure things out without the giant cluehammers.
–Now the dead Navy officer’s sex partner’s wife is in the picture, and it looks like she knew of the affair. Instantly looks suspicious. Okay, expected that as well. You cannot have a plot like this without the jealous, potentially murdering spouse. This will turn out to be a red herring, I’m sure.
–Ah, not a big fan of the “big dumb oaf” joke.
–They are always talking about Barrett these days. Ziva seems particularly peeved. Yes, I know that the show likes to shove DiNozzo/Ziva UST at us. They are not subtle. I am not in favor. I find it annoying, if I’m going to be honest, especially when we get inappropriate and annoying “jealous” conversations. Ack, and then they do the same thing in reverse with Barrett sniffing around DiNozzo re: the stakeout they were just on together. *forehead slap* Over and above all of this is Gibbs’ rule of no fraternization, so all this sex talk and jealous and insinuation is pointless.
–New agents in town, and the first thing we get from one is 1) he’s the recipient of DiNozzo’s silly joke and 2) he instantly starts dating Abby? Is this a crime show or a soap opera? Now McGee’s jealous, and maybe it wasn’t a date but just a nice person showing someone new in town around. Or it was a date. Too much flirting to know for sure, that on-again, on-again Abby/McGee thing, you know.
–It’s David from Numb3rs! (Yes, I know it’s not David. I must have missed seeing Alimi Ballard’s name in the credits. Happy to see him!)
–What you working on? Wood. (Ah, throwing a bone to the slash fans in the audience?) Now it’s time for the “talk” between Gibbs and DiNozzo. It’s almost like a little boy seeking his father’s approval. Aww, Gibbs is disappointed that DiNozzo’s dating a coworker. Annnnd it was totally that, but what a lovely conversation. Even if I don’t necessarily agree with Gibbs and his dictatorial dating rule, I also know that NCIS is all about Gibbs and if Gibbs’ gut is telling him Barrett’s no good for DiNozzo, she will, ultimately, be no good for DiNozzo. That’s how NCIS goes. Gibbs is actually right – dating Barrett has already affected DiNozzo’s work.
–Quirky nerd character in 5-4-3-2-1…
–While I have issues with Ziva, I love that I can always depend upon her kicking some serious ass. Literally.
–Just like the Mounties, the NCIS always gets their man.
–Okay, who did that eye belong to?!
And it’s over. Huh. Went fast tonight, and of course we’ve got no new episode next week. Any NCIS fans out there want to add your comments – you’re welcome to!