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Those of you who read this regular series know that I very much like the drama program NCIS.  The character development is outstanding, but the inside jokes are superb.

This is a short piece, but I just had to share it.  It connects NCIS with Doctor Who!  Yes, two of my favorite things sort of rolled up into one.

More after the artful, orange design.

Some folks do not like Donald P. Bellisario, but I really appreciate his inside jokes and associations with other TeeVee shows.  He must be a Star Trek fan, because several episodes are rife with references to some of its iterations.

In one episode, Conner Connor Trinneer, who played the chief engineer on the first Enterprise, NX-01, was a bad guy.  In the very same episode Tim Russ, who played Mr. Tuvok on Voyager was also a guest.  But the zinger came when one of the main cast asked the Ziva David character about the Vulcan death grip!

Another time the Caitlin character asked the Gibbs character what Ducky (the medical examiner) looked like when he was younger.  Gibbs said, "Like  Illya Kuryakin "  That was a wonderful reference, since the great actor David McCallum played Illya Kuryakin in the old series The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

On yet another, one of the suspects was at a costume party dressed as a Klingon.  One of Tony's statements was, "I hate Klingons", taken from Kirk from the motion picture Star Trek:  The Search for Spock.

When Bob Newhart guest starred, they even gave him a telephone monologue!  That is class.

But tonight took the cake, as it were.  One of the guest stars on this episode was Alex Kingston, noted from the series ER and Doctor Who.  She played a character named Miranda Pennebaker, the name not being the joke.  On Doctor Who she played River Song, a very mysterious character.  It turns out that she was the child of Amy Pond and Rory Williams.  OK, still not so clear, but her other name was Melody Pond.  Now comes the inside joke.

Twice during NCIS tonight she used the phrase, "...keep my toe in the pond."  What a subtle but decisive reference to her tenure on Doctor Who!  I really respect the writers of NCIS for making these references.

I expect to see Kingston again in the series, since she is a redhead, and Gibbs is drawn to them.  What other references will we see?

Am I making too much of this?  I do not think so.  As Gibbs himself says, "I do not believe in coincidences".  NCIS is a very, very well written series that has outstanding character development.  Adding the inside jokes just makes it more cerebral for me.  I know that Abby is sort of unrealistic as a forensic scientist, but what the hell!  If I had her job I would be unrealistic, too.

What a fun episode!

Warmest regards,

Doc, aka Dr. David W. Smith

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  •  Tips and recs for (30+ / 0-)

    really clever and deep TeeVee?

    Warmest regards,

    Doc

    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

    by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:31:34 PM PST

    •  Folks, thank everyone! (2+ / 0-)
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      This little piece just made the Recommend List!  I am told that I can not add that tag any more, but know that I appreciate it being there, and YOU did it with your clicks!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:31:31 PM PST

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  •  Ex-Wife? (6+ / 0-)

    I wonder if Miranda is one of Gibb's ex-wives. Wouldn't it be fun if she became a recurring character! And when the weapon dropped from her sleeve into her hand, I thought for a moment it was a sonic screwdriver. She dropped several mysterious clues to a past with Gibbs. I was glad to see she was playing another kick-ass tough character. Fun!

    Zen is "infinite respect for all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility for all things future."--Huston Smith's Zen Master

    by Ree Zen on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:54:36 PM PST

  •  inside jokes? . . . (6+ / 0-)

    sorry, must've missed them while ogling DiNozzo.

    •  LOL! He is not my type (3+ / 0-)

      (I prefer women, like Abby) but Weatherly is a very nice looking man.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:12:02 PM PST

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      •  Abby is the kind of woman (4+ / 0-)

        I'd gladly and regularly knock a few back with while we share notes on what a bumbling jerk her colleague and my boyfriend DiNozzi is. :-))

        •  I think that the Tony character (5+ / 0-)

          is really a very nice and caring person behind a facade of being really sure of himself, but in reality being very insecure.  I would like to go to dinner with all of them, even if Gibbs would not show up.  He did for Thanksgiving on one episode, but the only bread that he could find to bring were crackers at Ducky's house.

          Sometimes fantasy is a good thing.  In this case I am sure that it is.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:35:00 PM PST

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        •  You know that (0+ / 0-)

          Major Mass Spec is an Agilent, formerly Hewlett-Packard, right?  I could make wonderful music with her, cleaning the ion source.  Remember, I used to do that.

          Some bread, some good Stilton, and a bottle of wine and Abby and I could make that instrument sing again!  Just keep the farting hippo away!

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:11:03 PM PST

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      •  Gibbs for me. (4+ / 0-)

        I guess I'm showing my age. Although I loved Ilya as a child.

        Though I don't think I'd turn Abby down.

        It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

        by sboucher on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:44:45 PM PST

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        •  Interesting! (2+ / 0-)
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          In a story world, I would be happy to be friends with all of them.  Of course I love Ducky, and Tim, but I identify more with Gibbs.  Complex, difficult, but damned loyal and a fierce defender of those who he loves.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:47:45 PM PST

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          •  Oh, I thought we were talking about (2+ / 0-)
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            our types, like who we would go for.

            If I were to identify myself with one of them, Abby and I share several aspects, none of which has to do with science, computers, or any other part of her job.

            If I could have a glass of wine with just one of them, it would be Ducky.

            It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

            by sboucher on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:54:03 PM PST

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            •  David McCollum (3+ / 0-)
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              is one of the most wonderful people who draws breath.  Married forever to the same woman, he always brings humor and pathos to his roles.  He REALLY is from Scotland, so that accent is not false.

              Warmest regards,

              Doc

              I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

              by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:59:34 PM PST

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    •  I missed a few jokes (3+ / 0-)

      ogling Ziva. She seems like a harsh mistress, but I don't think I would mind.

      I love this show. Sometimes Abby and Tony prattle on too much and I don't like the head slaps, but it is obvious why this is consistently the #1 show.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:24:05 PM PST

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      •  Hers is a GREAT character! (1+ / 0-)
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        So complex, but so open.  Do you think that she and Tony will marry?

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:42:38 PM PST

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        •  Rule #12, Doc.... (3+ / 0-)
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          ..."never date a coworker"...

          One never knows, though, where the story line will take us...

          "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

          by Jack K on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:04:45 PM PST

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          •  Agreed! But let us parse this rule. (0+ / 0-)

            "To date" can be construed as having casual sex with someone, and I personally know that this is almost always destructive.  Thus the rule.

            But Gibbs and I are very much alike:  hopeless romantics.

            If Tony and Ziva really love each other, Gibbs will be the father to give her away (what an old, obsolete gesture!) and Ducky will be Best Man.

            I think that he would approve.  But it might be necessary for Tony and Ziva to go to different teams.  I smell a spinoff, where each of them lead a team by day and sleep together by night, with Harmon sort of being the Mike Franks character who is IN the picture more often than OUT of it.

            Should we start writing CBS for more?  I would like to be the creative person about it.  LOL!

            Warmest regards,

            Doc

            I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

            by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:42:36 PM PST

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            •  I don't think Tony and Ziva (1+ / 0-)
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              will ever have a relationship. It keeps up the sexual tension for them to go as far as they do without going further.

              It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

              by sboucher on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:48:13 PM PST

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              •  But I can tell that they (0+ / 0-)

                really, really love each other.  And there was more than one reference about them being sexually involved.

                Warmest regards,

                Doc

                I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

                by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:00:55 PM PST

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                •  Yes, of course they do, very much. (1+ / 0-)
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                  And there's been a few times they've been thrown together physically under various guises.

                  Yes, there's a physical attraction; yes, there have been innuendos. But that's all part of the tease.

                  Ziva takes her relationships very seriously, so I doubt there would be a one-time thing.

                  But then again, I don't write the scripts. What do I know?

                  It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

                  by sboucher on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:06:17 PM PST

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                  •  You know no more than I (0+ / 0-)

                    insofar as the scripts go.  But I sort of see where things are going, since the series is drawing to its end.

                    Warmest regards,

                    Doc

                    I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

                    by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:12:43 PM PST

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            •  No, I think she'd pick Ducky, 'cause Gibbs (1+ / 0-)
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              would be conducting the ceremony. I can see McGee as best man, and maybe Fornell being a groomsman too.

              LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

              by BlackSheep1 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:52:10 PM PST

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              •  I forgot about (0+ / 0-)

                Tobias.  His is actually a very good character.  The actor who plays (well, played) Mike Franks is Muse Watson, and he went to college not 20 miles from this, my new abode in the Blugrass.  Berea College, to be specific.  I like the Franks character very much.  Gibbs on lots of alcohol and nicotine.

                Warmest regards,

                Doc

                I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

                by Translator on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:36:59 PM PST

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      •  I *love* the head slaps. (3+ / 0-)
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        Has anyone ever put together a full list of Gibbs' rules?

        It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

        by sboucher on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:46:54 PM PST

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    •  I think the reason I like Gibbs better is (1+ / 0-)
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      he's a grownup. Don't think DiNozzo ever really will be.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 02:49:41 PM PST

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      •  That is part of Tony's charm. (0+ / 0-)

        It is also why he is so vulnerable, still looking for Daddy's favor.  They storyline cleaned up their relationship sort of later on, and Tony started to grow up a bit after that.

        Gibbs is a grownup because of circumstances.  Because Shannon and Kelly were never part of his later adult life, he never became really mature.  I speak from experience.

        I was lucky enough to have a loving, close relationship with my mate and my children until I really screwed up after almost 30 years of marriage.  I became mature then, but for naught, then.  I so much identify with Gibbs, because he is the fictional tortured soul and I am the real one.  Please do not get me wrong, I am quite fine emotionally now, but I was not always so.

        He still lives with his demons.  Mine are expelled, at least for the most part.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        Warmest regards,

        Doc  

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:45:17 PM PST

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  •  tonight's show was a great episode (8+ / 0-)

    I love Abby anyway, but the frying pan -- yes. Absolutely, that's what I would expect in Gibbs' kitchen.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:23:15 PM PST

    •  Cast iron rules! (4+ / 0-)

      I have a skillet exactly like that one!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:29:21 PM PST

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      •  as do I. eom (1+ / 0-)
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        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:25:57 PM PST

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        •  I used mine last to (2+ / 0-)
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          cook the cornbread from which I made the dressing for Thanksgiving to whom I took some to my neighbors who raved about it.

          Cooking cornbread also is the very best way to keep a skillet seasoned.  At least in my opinion it is.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:28:54 PM PST

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          •  heh. I used ours to cook the Thanksgiving (1+ / 0-)
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            sausage, bell pepper, shallot, and mushrooms to go in the dressing ...

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:42:57 PM PST

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            •  Sometimes folks get aggravated (0+ / 0-)

              when I mention her, but Ashley and I cooked dinner last night for her family.  I did not use my skillet, but DID show her how to make biscuits and dumplings from whole cloth.

              I think that Gibbs would cook with his true love.  I know that he does plumbing, and, interestingly, her father and I did some at her house a couple of times recently.

              Warmest regards,

              Doc

              I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

              by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:52:29 PM PST

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  •  People, PEOPLE!! Let's be careful out there for (4+ / 0-)

    the sake of us rabid NCIS fans out here in that gentle wonderland known as the Pacific Time Zone!!

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:31:06 PM PST

    •  I know, spoiler alert! (3+ / 0-)
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      It is OK, I have 2 episodes I haven't watched yet so maybe I will forget about the skillet by then.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:36:43 PM PST

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    •  So, so sorry! (2+ / 0-)
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      I used to live in Pasadena, so I should have known.  Perhaps you can use my piece to help you watch for the inside quips.  The funny thing is that I got so interested in the backstory that I really do not know who the bad guys were!

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:37:03 PM PST

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      •  No problem. (2+ / 0-)
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        I will keep a watch out in the future, I caught a few while I watched the show.
        Thanks for these diaries, good to know there are fellow fans out there!

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

        by GustavMahler on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:39:26 PM PST

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        •  I rarely write about (2+ / 0-)
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          TeeVee that I like, but the three mentioned here are always ones that I like.  Good writing is important, and gratuitous coarseness is not.  This program uses language and situations in an adult, not an adolescent, manner.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:45:16 PM PST

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  •  I met Mark Harmon (6+ / 0-)

    a few months ago in an antique shop.  He was totally charming and very natural, no celebrity attitude at all.  

  •  I wonder how hard he had to work for the reaction (1+ / 0-)
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    he gave to that 426 Hemi challenger, in the episode where Gibbs returns to his hometown ...

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:28:43 PM PST

    •  I would not say hard at all, because (3+ / 0-)
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      I know how I would react to such a car!  By the way, I have a 1967 Camaro stashed in my shop.

      Ralph Waite is the perfect actor to play his father, too.

      I think that part of the magic of the series is simple.  The actors really like each other.  My father told me once that if you do what you love with people that you love you will never have to work a day in your life.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:34:28 PM PST

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      •  That's been reported several times (2+ / 0-)
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        by several members of the cast and the writers / crewmembers, in various magazines.

        '67 Camaro, eh?

        That big grin would not be hard for me to find, were I ever to have a chance to drive a genuine Hemi. I do admit I'm a little tiny bit prejudiced toward the 'Cuda / Roadrunners, but that Challenger looks really fine in the show.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:40:24 PM PST

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        •  All I have to do is to (1+ / 0-)
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          rebuild it.  It is as original as they come, and every piece of glass is from the factory, except for the driver's side outside mirror.

          Warmest regards,

          Doc

          I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

          by Translator on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:03:54 PM PST

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  •  Caught the "Illya Kuryakin" episode (4+ / 0-)
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    ...and the deadpan of Mark Harmon delivering that line was priceless!  

    Tonight's episode recalled what a GREAT impersonation of Robert Wagner, who plays DiNozzo's father, that Michael Weatherly has at his command.  Now that's some inspired casting.

    •  Most TeeVee is so vapid! (0+ / 0-)

      This series is inspired, with a sort of poor beginning.

      Warmest regards,

      Doc

      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 12:41:46 AM PST

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    •  I feel like there was another (3+ / 0-)
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      'Ilya Kuriyakin' moment, possibly quite early on in the series - involving his wonderful old mother. Something to do with a photo from that time ( 60s ) and the nifty-wifty old dame saying " ....  doesn't he look just like Ilya Kuryakin "

       Anyone else have that memory ? Or did I make that up ?!

       i miss Ducky's Ma ! I think all the intergenerational casting is remarkable in this show. All the fathers look like their on-screen progeny - Ziva's dad, Gibbs' and of course, Wagner as the original Tony DiNozzo is the best.

      “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

      by Dvalkure on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 09:22:09 AM PST

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      •  I do not remember that specific (0+ / 0-)

        episode, but my cognizance of the program is still evolving.

        Nina Foch, a real looker in her prime, played Mrs. Mallard.  She once appeared in the old The Outer Limits, but not with McCallum who was also on it more than once.

        She also was nominated for an Oscar, in 1954, for Best Supporting Actress.  Maybe her greatest contribution, other than Mrs. Mallard, was in the pilot for the iconic TeeVee show Colombo, where she was the very first one to be murdered in that very good series.

        Warmest regards,

        Doc

        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:59:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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