NCIS: Season 8, Episode 1

Spider and the Fly (21 Sep. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Spider and the Fly (original title)

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Paloma's goons shoot up Jackson's store, but he escapes, then he stays with Jethro. A helo lands, and two die, as do an agent and another person. Rivera takes matters into his own hands, but he produces an unintended and unexpected result.

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Paloma confronts Jackson in his store, in Stillwater, Pennsylvania; her goons shoot up the store, but Jack escapes; the next four months he stays with Jethro and a pair of protective agents. The gang watch for Paloma; then they investigate an unplanned landing of a helo in West Virginia; the pilot, a reservist, died; Gibbs sees that Paloma was one of the passengers. Franks walks into Gibbs's house, then a dead body shows up in Frederick, Maryland. Rivera goes to Vance's office, asks to make a deal, and leaves something behind, and Paloma calls Gibbs. Dolls start turning up, and an agent dies; Jack, Franks, and Jethro go fishing; Vance invites Rivera for a chat, so they talk, but news interrupts, then McGeek intervenes. Rivera takes the matter into his own hands, and he produces an unintended and unexpected result. Franks goes back to Mexico, and Jack and Jethro go back to Stillwater. Vance files Abby's report, then he moves on to another case. Written by DocRushing

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The first part of the opening scene in Gibbs' shop is meant to be the same moment shown at the end of "Rule Fifty-One". However, it has clearly been re-shot. In the previous version, Mr. Gibbs faces (the yet-to-be-revealed) Reynosa with a smile and a happy "Can I help you?" Here, he stands sideways to her, no smile, and asks the same question with suspicion. See more »

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Abby Sciuto: Ducky, what if this doesn't work? What's going to happen to Gibbs?
Dr. Donald Mallard: In 1940, Winston Churchill sat in his bunker, smoking one of those majestic cigars, waiting for news that the first German bombs were decimating London. 'Let us, therefore, brace ourselves to our duties' he said over the radio, 'and so bare ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say 'this was their finest hour''. The hour is upon us, Abby. All we can do is wait and see.
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La Muerte
8 March 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

So, the long-awaited (well, at least in USA) final part of the epic four-parter arrives. Does it deliver the goods? Well, yes, but not without some problems.

The first part was about Gibbs and Abby, the second about Gibbs and Ms. Hart, and the third about Gibbs and Vance. Season 7's cliffhanger ending might reveal what this one is about. Also, considering what the plot of the arc is about, the choice is appropriate.

It's rather puzzling why the writers opted for time between the seasons to pass within the series in sync with the real world (after the resolution to the cliffhanger), since they then need to come up with contrived stories outlining what each character has been doing for the past *four* months (the time elapsed is actually stated in one scene). This is a distracting fault that eats up too much of the running time in what is an otherwise excellent episode and a fine conclusion to the arc, with a poetic twist that echoes an old adage. Also, the climax is a bit too convenient a coincidence in terms of timing - unless one believes it was decreed by fate. But wasn't there a specific hit TV show about fate already?

Also, since this is the *conclusion* to an arc, it should by definition concentrate on climaxing the arc, not haphazardly sow seeds for future episodes. Couldn't that have waited until the second episode of Season 8? This is supposed to be the BIG finale. It almost seems the show-runners felt the need to bait the audience, as if they feared that with the arc coming to an end, part of the audience would only stick around if new questions were raised. This speaks of either poor judgment or lack of confidence. A shame - what could have been a 9/10, becomes "only" an 8/10.

As an afterthought, since the series has already reached its 8th year, one really has to wonder, what is Pauley Perrette's secret? She must be the envy of many, many actresses. Not only does it seem that she hasn't aged at all in 7 seasons, but in real life, she was actually 41 when this was filmed! Maybe the fact that Abby, The World's Perkiest Goth™, sleeps in a coffin has something to do about it...

While on the Women of NCIS, it is only fair to mention Cote de Pablo as well. Over the five seasons she's been in the show, some people have complained that the character of Ziva is an unfavorable portrayal of a non-native American. Are the other characters really superior to hers? Not really, when you start comparing them. Her character has actually developed the most over the seasons! Regardless of the characterization of Ziva, Cote de Pablo is of rare, both radiant yet soothing beauty. The show-runners were incredibly lucky when they found her to join Pauley Perrette. Together, they form perhaps the most formidable double-team in American TV today when it comes to pulling in male viewers for a TV show.


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