Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Okay, you're right, this is supposed to be a Harry Potter blog.

But the writers of my favorite TV show, NCIS, pulled a surprise out of their hats that rivals JKR's sneaky it-was-in-your-face-all-along-why-didn't-you-see-that-coming type of surprise, and I couldn't help making some comparisons.

I was sitting there thinking, "Benoit." Right, her name's Jeanne Benoit, and both of the names are pronounced very Francais, even the nurses say her last name the way the French would say it (Ben wah, not the Americanized Ben oyt that you'd expect). But she's American, her mother (who we met in a previous episode) is American. Why didn't I stop and take it one step further to wonder where this very very French name came from, when right in the same episode there is another person with a French accent, a French nickname.

But no, I got distracted. They're going to pull another "Kate" -- I was sure of it. Then the nurse starts talking about the Angel of Death (also the title of the episode) and there's this little girl who's holding an angel doll, first she's at the airport when the kid gets hit with the cab, then she's at the hospital, standing right behind Tony but Tony doesn't see her. No, they're not going to kill Tony off, are they? But he's going to be so sad if they kill Jeanne off (though I guess it would settle his feelings of ambiguity over whether or not to move in with her). Or is it going to be the Director -- someone was in her house, a left-handed scotch drinker (I'm left-handed, do I pour with my right or my left hand -- there they've got me distracted again!).

There's the picture of the Director's father. Yes, she does have his eyes (though Gibbs said it backwards, that he has her eyes). I'm not good with eyes, is this man someone we've already seen and I don't recognize him? That will be something to watch for when I re-watch it (my DVR's recording away so I can watch it again later!).

Here come the real spoilers. If you haven't seen this episode yet and want to be surprised, don't say I didn't warn you, STOP READING NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED!

So, no one dies (unless you count the heroin mule, Dr. Benoit's patient). Tony pulls off a great save, sliding across the floor to get the gun and shooting the bad guy in the shoulder after Jeanne stabs him with a scalpel. Meanwhile, Abby's in the lab sleeping on the floor (why doesn't she have furniture in there?) and her computer's working to match the scotch drinker's fingerprints, and the Director's Daddy's picture comes up. Upstairs Tim is looking to find who ordered the NCIS staff's lie detector tests. He talks like McGee, even more technical than I can understand about how and where he's tracing this, oversees and back and into some black ops and he lost me even before that, and then Gibbs talks about a stake-out and if you can't find the person you stake out their "girl" and tells McGee to search the Director's name (Gibbs had lost me at that point as well) and before we see Daddy's picture on Abby's computer we see McGee's search has come up with Daddy as well, though I at least am not yet sure what that part really means.

We see the arms dealer the team has been tracking on and off all season, La Grenouille, talking to his henchman and looking at photos of Tony and Jeanne and discussing whether Tony would do anything because he loves Jeanne. The henchman says Tony has a different "skirt" every few weeks and the relationship means nothing.

So then, the big surprise, all of you reading this have probably figured it out by now, and I can just hear my husband (who will watch the recorded version with me at some point) saying, "I knew it, I mean, they're both French!" but I didn't see it coming. Jeanne is apparently La Grenouille's daughter, and we see him meeting Tony in his limo and butchering his Italian last name (despite his ability to say it correctly earlier). Now what's Tony going to do, dating the daughter of an international arms dealer? And is he safe, being that he's in this criminal's limo and (as we established when he entered the morgue to take care of the bad guys) unarmed?

We'll have to wait all summer to find out.

I laughed for about 5 minutes, I was so delighted to be surprised like that. Great job! Great show!

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