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Review: NCIS - Jet Lag

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 27th 2010 12:45AM
ziva_tony_NCIS_jet_lag(S07E13) So there they were in Paris -- Tony and Ziva. The situation was ripe for romance, right? Was NCIS finally going to "go there" and let fans have a Moonlighting moment for their favorite characters?

Not so fast. Before you could say Champs Elysees, the two were boarding a jet at Charles de Gaulle airport to complete an assignment that turned into murder in the air. Fortunately, the mystery on the airliner trumped the one on the ground and made for a good episode.

It seemed way too coincidental that Gibbs and McGee were investigating a dead Marine who just happened to be a part time hit man and his next target was Tony and Ziva's charge, the Pollyanna whistleblower do-gooder who was a hopeless romantic. Too bad she was not going to get a happy ending. But suppose the cleaning lady hadn't found the dead Marine's body? See, there would have been no connection and that was too contrived for me.

The mystery on the plane was a lot better. The reference to Murder on the Orient Express was apt, although there were too few suspects. Neeley was too obvious, so was the guy with the earphones who looked vaguely like a terrorist. I suspected the little woman with the knitting needles because if Ziva could be a killer, why not her? And -- by the way -- do airlines allow knitting needles on planes these days? No liquids allowed, but knitting needles are okay?

With Ziva and Tony watching everything, it seemed like Nora was safe, so the bit with a pillow laced with peanut dust causing an allergic reaction was very smart. I didn't suspect the flight attendant, because the idea of her doing hits on the side was a stretch. Apparently the airlines don't pay very well.

On the D.C. front, Gibbs had a good encounter with Holly Snow, the madame who was implicated in the killings. I liked the way Gibbs put the screws to her in his steely way that let her know he would lock her up and throw away the key. He might have felt different if she was a redhead.

But the most interesting part of the show wasn't the peanut allergy or the stewardess killer or even the kitty litter to cover the smell of the body. It was Rule #12 -- never date a co-worker. Have Tony and Ziva respected the rule, or have they crossed the line? They weren't saying, were they?

Tony lied to McGee about using the couch, and Ziva lied to Nora about Tony using the bed, so what actually were the sleeping arrangements in the Paris hotel room?

Other points of interest

-- "There's something on the wing. Classic Shatner on The Twilight Zone." Tony couldn't resist.

-- The male flight attendant looked a little like Leonard Nimoy. Meaning Tony was on a Star Trek jag, Shatner and Nimoy references in the same show.

-- The dead Marine got to hear all about the Phantom of the Opera from Ducky. And Jethro got an invitation to go to the theater ... I think.

-- Another nice bit from Ducky was his filling in for Tony with the pop references at the crime scene, i.e. Janet Leigh in Psycho getting killed in the shower.

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ted

Allison - 'the idea of her doing hits on the side was a stretch." - why do you say that? It would be a great cover a reason to be in many different places!

February 09 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Quentum

Allison (writer). Yes, knitting needles are allowed on the plane
http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/editorial_1252.shtm

January 30 2010 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William E. Jones

As usually enjoyed "Jet Lag" episode. I hope Tony did not hurt himself when he injected the epi. Yep, he took out correctly but the shot where he is injecting, the epi pen is upside down. However,the demo pen works the way he did it. My wife, the Allergist saw it right away.

On another note, did any one get the epi pen scene shown twice? We did and that means about 9 minutes missing.

January 28 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

It was contrived, but it was still really fun!
Knitting needles are still allowed on planes; I just checked regulations. I always bring knitting when I fly.

January 27 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Yes, it's a been contrived, but it's still really fun!
Yes, knitting needles are allowed on planes. I've knit on planes several times.

January 27 2010 at 9:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Gunter

It's TV so you have to jam a whole story into 48 minutes.I give allowances for that when it comes to convenient or easy story connections etc.Yes the cleaning lady and the stereotyped possible airplane suspects weren't top notch but it's TV.

I did have one problem.Tony and Ziva were lured away from the whistleable chick.She comes out all sick from the peanut dust BUT she had been left alone unguarded and asleep.I doubt that's "protocol".

As for Tony and Ziva I did not get a "we had sex" vibe but I did get a "we're getting closer to having sex/we kinda like each other vibe".It's a lot like being a school kid.You like a girl,she likes you but you play this game of acting like you don't like each other and are irritated etc until you kiss and then it's all different.I thought the whistleblower's constant comments about them were all part of the "plan" to build us up to...something.I also thought her character was written specifically to add to that part of the story.She didn't have to be like that for the airplane story etc.

I like the little touches that they add now like the kitty litter all over the floor.

January 27 2010 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zippy_zip74467

I thought I had missed the part of the two sleeping in the same bed. I hope they keep the Tiva out.
All though I liked the eposide, I felt that I was watching a rerun.
They did the same thing on "Chuck," and "Human Target."
"Chuck" was too slapstick, "Human Target," was the most exciting, but I guess, "NCIS" was the most 'realistic.'

January 27 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

Loved the episode and love Tony/Ziva.

January 27 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alana

I think what the writers were saying with the Tony/Ziva sleeping situation was that both characters lied about sleeping on the couch, therefore they both slept on the bed. That's not to say any hanky-panky went on, but they leave the door open for interpretation.

I didn't guess who the other hitman was until it was revealed, though I did figure out that the fiance was up to no good. All in all, I very much enjoyed this episode.

January 27 2010 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scot

I was forced to watch this episode after abandoning the series this season because it sucked so bad. I should have stayed away. This episode blew so bad, I can't recall one I actually wanted to turn off before.

Bye NCIS. This season, you have lost me forever.

January 27 2010 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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