That is quite possibly the saddest episode ending I've ever seen on this show. I kept waiting for Abby to tell Gibbs what he told her at the beginning of the episode. "I got your back. Always have. Always will."
I feel sad for Abby, she thinks of Gibbs as a father-figure and has had a bit of a can-do-no-harm image of him. Now she knows he committed a crime and possibly covered it up. He always told her to do the right thing, which turning him in would be, but... it's Gibbs!
As for why she didn't say it, they did that probably to hold the suspense to next episode... because we don't know what she's going to do.
I think Abby might want to drink some whiskey and work on a boat so she can think straight. I mean after all that I would be torn up inside.....But since NCIS revolves around Gibbs(mostly) you can't just get ride of him. So I don't think he's going any where.
Overall, I thought it was a good episode. Not bad as a season finale. Lot of questions that need answering, but only one real cliffhanger moment. I just really hope that they're not gonna do it. That would be way sad.
Also, Franks continues to be completely badass. Love that guy. I don't think the cartel ever had him at all. I didn't believe for a second that he'd let them take him alive.
I was actually very surprised when I saw that Tony was tailing Alejandro, I knew immediately that the Director sent him to kill Alejandro, not observe and report. You can see in Tony's face that he was sent to end a man. That was pretty badass, and I was pretty pumped when DiNozzo stepped up and made those few shots at Dean, good shootin my boy.
What I'm wondering is, are they gonna kill off AJ (I think they should. I don't like her). Gibbs makes a point of saying that the gun had 9 bullets, 1 in the chamber, 8 in the mag. 8 shots have been fired so far. And at the end there, it looks like that last bullet is gonna get put to use. But Gibbs found one random bullet in that folder he was reading in his basement. Does that maybe mean that the gun is now empty?
It's an interesting thought, but normally when a show ends on a cliffhanger like they did, two people struggling over a weapon, trying to kill each other kind of thing, the protagonist usually lives. Otherwise they would go all hog and kill the protagonist, esp if it's a minor one, for the shock value. Kate was shot in the head, Jenny, well, it was kinda teased but there was pretty much no doubt that she was dead on that one, they had been setting that up for awhile.
Yeah, I know. The only other team member that has been framed is Ziva in that episode where Gibbs retired and she happened to be driving right by the scene of a Mossad hit. Well, actually the entire team got framed for, or at least suspected of, La Grenoille's (cannot remember the proper spelling) death near the end of Jenny's time as NCIS Director. But I mean seriously, if you're gonna bring out the "Agent gets framed" plot again, target someone who IS NOT DiNozzo, please? Just for a change of pace?
I was actually just watching the episode about The Frog's death, and that's what made me think about it. For most of it they lead us to believe that Jenny is the main suspect while they interrogate the team. Then it turns out it was Tony they suspected all along because the daughter decided to make up a story about Tony killing her dad and tell it to the FBI.
Don't forget that everyone thought McGee killed that off-duty police officer, and he even believed it for a moment; and that his sister was also framed for killing a sailor, and she believed it as well.
Yeah, I forgot McGee's sister until your post, though I remembered McGee's frame-up shortly after making my reply to Data. Kate was never framed to my memory (and obviously she cannot be anymore), and neither have Abby or Palmer. Ducky was accused of a refugee's death that happened in his past, with him even believing that he did it until the team found his boss from when he worked at the camp's medical tent.
An NCIS game is slated for release late October. Maybe as DLC they could release a case where the team tries to figure out how Gibbs got a full-size sailboat out of his basement after it was completed.
I thought the whole point of those ships in a bottle was that the ship stayed inside the bottle. The only thing I could come up is smashing the bottle as JayCee said, but that would destroy the boat as well. It seems kinda large to easily get up the stairs without turning it on its side (though the rudder might cause problems there), and even then I imagine that it would be heavy enough that Gibbs would need a second person to lift the other end (though for that I suppose he could've enlisted the help of a random person walking through his front door). I don't know, I just trouble wrapping my head around it.
It's a quote from an episode, the one I just mentioned, actually, where they think Tony killed the Frog. They're in Gibbs' basement and McGee asks Gibbs, how do you get the boat out? And Gibbs says, "Easy, McGee, you just break the bottle." If we're supposed to take the metaphor literally, it sounds like he removes a wall to get it out.
You can break the glass without breaking the boat. Also, Gibbs told the the boy he was watching over, after his father was kidnapped, that he was going to remove part of the wall and use a ramp to help pull it out. No reason to lie to the kid. It makes the most sense and probably most plausible. Not hard for him to hire someone to help him, and if he used a ramp he could have easily used a truck to pull it out. It was also built in parts, making easier to remove.
Aww, man! I'm a bit disappointed. Ok, I knew she was gonna turn out to be bad news, just because new people on NCIS, especially love interests that get actual screen time, always turn out to be bad news somehow. I was just hoping they'd build up to it over at least a couple of episodes this time.