Critique of NCIS Safe Harbor 10/18/11

The title for the 10/18/11 NCIS episode was “Safe Harbor”. Were any of you surprised by the plot twists? Consider how the Lebanese father lied to Gibbs, over and over again, professing his innocence, only to be conspiring with his young son to kill. Based on our years of dealing with criminals (David nailed them and Diane jailed them) we both thought this too-slick father was hiding something.
Abby nailed it this time. By analyzing the substance on Tony’s pants, she found the white gunk was not laundry soap, but glycerin capable of blowing up the entire Norfolk harbor. While the father stoked hatred in his youngest son, the mother demonstrated forgiveness, just as Christ did in his attitude for those who crucified him. Wasn’t it interesting how Ziva and the mother found common ground despite their differences? It was a well written show with realistic dialogue.
What was going on with the Sec/Nav and Director/Leon? Did their back and forth make any sense? Their disagreement seemed a bit contrived. For example, we wonder why Sec/Nav wanted to get to the bottom of the plot, but Leon was willing to let it go. We hope they develop this thread more tightly in future shows, otherwise it was not well written.
Did you catch Gibb’s response to Ziva when she asked him if he was lonely? He said one doesn’t get lonely when they have kids. Are his kids, the team he leads? Let us know your thoughts. If you post a comment about this show, we will put you in a drawing for one free copy of our next thriller, “The Joshua Covenant,” which should be released in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Be Blessed,
Diane and David

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  1. Carol Moncado October 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    I <3 NCIS. I enjoyed this ep. I too loved the common ground between Ziva and the mom [who was on 24 as some kind of terrorist? Or married to one? Or something… I think].

    We all knew Gibbs thought of the team as his kids. Nice to see it finally acknowledged. 🙂

    I don't like Vance. Never have. Really don't like the new SecNav.

    Would love to see some movement on a Tiva front. Also loved the Abby storyline last week and would love to see more of her and her brother too.

    And would love a copy of the book :D.

    • admin October 21, 2011 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Carol. BTW, Did you see our comments from last week? The actor who placed Abby’s long lost brother did look so much like her. Pauley Perrette used to date him, and people thought they were brother and sister. We hope he returns to the show. He has to, he loves animals, like Abby.

  2. Julie Arduini October 22, 2011 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Did anyone catch Gibbs say something to the effect of goodnight but then said, “kid”? I loved that, especially that he said that to Ziva. Abby has always been the favorite and Ziva never had the loving dad figure in her life.

    I read that Gibbs and Fornell’s ex shows up in a future episode. That sounds like fun writing!

    • admin October 22, 2011 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Thanks Julie. We agree this show has great writing, even after eight years. Let’s hope they don’t develop writer’s block.

  3. Deb in PA December 16, 2011 at 6:45 am - Reply

    I’m late in finding your blog but I’m loving catching up on your views of this season so far. I know I’m probably too late for the book giveaway but still wanted to answer your question. Yes, Gibb’s kids are definitely his team members. His character has been developing more of a father image this season than previously.

    • Diane and David Munson December 16, 2011 at 9:15 am - Reply

      The winner of the book is already enjoying it, but stay tuned we’ll have more book giveaways.

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