September 4, 2012 Critique of NCIS “Playing With Fire”

“Playing With Fire” certainly presents fans with stellar drama. A summary of past events precedes this episode that originally aired on May 1st. A vendor is furnishing the government with faulty and dangerous electrical wiring, creating explosions on Navy ships. Sailors are dying and Mark Harmon is in high gear to find out who is behind the murders. It is great to see NCIS special agents doing what they really do aboard Navy ships.
As usual these NCIS co-workers, who are family to each other, stick their noses into each other’s business. McGee’s giant face from the USS Brewer in the middle of a bout with seasickness is good for laughs, as is Tony’s constant poking into Ziva’s weekend plans. Tony and Ziva’s trip to Italy raises the stakes as Special Agent Burley’s life is endangered as he tries to stop the terrorist. But the innocent lieutenant’s death is no laughing matter. As we write this posting for our blog, our country’s finest soldiers are in harm’s way across the globe. Our prayers go up to God for these patriots.
Ducky is deeply moved by the dead sailor’s children and he decides to fund their college scholarships. In the final two scenes, suspense escalates. It’s a bit creepy as Gibbs cleans his gun while Abby shuffles into the lab. His rushing out foreshadow his mission to exact justice. Then he hustles into the squad room where everyone is standing on their feet. We think even Alfred Hitchcock would be proud to put his name on this show. And putting Harper Dearing at the top of NCIS’ most wanted list means Gibbs won’t stop until he stops Dearing in his insane quest to kill.
Are you going to watch the Season 10 opener? Let us know what you are looking forward to seeing. Here are a few tidbits we’ve uncovered that should get your mind flowing. All the actors including Mark Harmon are returning. Robert Wagner will be featured as will Joe Spano (Tobias Fornell). Watch for Billy Dee Williams to saunter on the screen to give us an idea of why Gibbs has the name, Leroy Jethro. In the first show, Ziva and Tony are in the elevator after the terrorist bomb has exploded in the Navy yard. The team will be hunting down Harper Dearing. What other surprises may be in store?
Be Blessed,
Diane and David

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  1. MaryAnn Frerichs September 5, 2012 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I’m just plain looking forward to new shows. I want to see how they proceed from where they left off. The show is a favorite of our whole family.
    As a side note, I’m looking forward to getting the YA book I won during the bookfun birthday bash, hoping to share it with my soon to be teenage daughter.

    • danddmunson September 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      MaryAnn: Thanks for your comment. Your book is en route. There is a wee bit of NCIS in that book, and much more in “The Joshua Covenant.”

  2. Teresa Hanger September 5, 2012 at 2:57 am - Reply

    I definately plan to watch. I’m looking forward to new season’s shows. Did anyone see “Tony” AKA Michael Weatherly on Major Crimes. A lot of humor and he was a big part of it.

    • danddmunson September 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

      Teresa. We looked for Major Crimes, but couldn’t find it. Maybe we’ll catch a rerun. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Deb Ragno September 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    We are looking forward to the new season of NCIS. I’m hoping for no love interests for Gibbs, maturity for Tony, more dribs and drabs of Ducky’s wisdom. Oh, and of course Abby’s enthusiasm, Ziva’s malaprops, and McGhee’s professionalism. And not to be overlooked, Jimmy’s naivety and the director? Well, he’s got too many secrets, maybe it is time for his past to be put to rest.

    • danddmunson September 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Deb: Thanks for the post. Do you agree with Anna? Please no romance between T&Z?

  4. anna September 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    will begin to watch S10 but will stop watching if they move ahead with any type of T/Z romance or continue to make Tony look like an idiot.

    • danddmunson September 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Anna. Let’s hope any relationship between t&z is a friendship and not romance. Why mess up a good thing. D&D

  5. Susan Christensen September 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I gather the reason for Tony and Ziva stuck in the elevator was for a juicy scene for NCIS fans. but it really bothered me. I would think that, especially NCIS agents, would know not to go into an elevator when you just got bombed and the place that you work at is on fire. Otherwise, I can’t wait till the season opener, I wish it was sooner.

  6. Barbara Amrhein September 13, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    David & Diane, I love your blog and read all your books (some of them more than once), and have most of them. I have a question for you, do you know if the character Dr. “Ducky” Mallard in NCIS is based on the medical examiner, Dr. Mallard, in the Dorothy Simpson mysteries?

    • danddmunson September 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Barbara. Good question. We watched NCIS for quite some time before we discovered that David McCallum’s character was Dr. Mallard, thus the nickname “Ducky”. It was even longer before we discovered Dr. Mallard’s first name is Donald. How funny! That’s why we like this show so much. These writers are so clever. In response to your question about Dorothy Simpson, we don’t find any evidence that there is a connection between the two Dr. Mallards. It’s possible though that deep in the recesses of an NCIS writer’s mind, he/she might have read a Simpson mystery and doesn’t even remember the similarity. Dorothy Simpson is an English author of murder mysteries featuring police inspector Luke Thanet. We’ve not read any of her novels ourselves. Anyone out there a fan of hers? Do you have any more insights?

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