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TWENTY point eight two mil­lion. That’s how many peo­ple watched this episode of NCIS when it was on in the US. Seems like a lot. Too many, re­ally. I can’t say if it’s even ac­cu­rate, but what I know of things that are pop­u­lar, I’d say it is. This is the 200th episode, which doesn’t mean any­thing, least of all that it’s a good show, but wouldn’t the taste for an earnest, mil­i­tary-flavoured pro­ce­dural be wear­ing off just a lit­tle bit by now? I’ve never liked this show, so don’t ask me. I don’t like the uni­forms, the se­ri­ous­ness of it, the act­ing. But I’m not the au­di­ence here. This episode is like a re­ward to the ded­i­cated NCIS viewer, as well as a love let­ter to the nom­i­nal star of the show, Mark Har­mon. If he wasn’t one of the pro­duc­ers here you’d think Gibbs was be­ing writ­ten out of the se­ries.

He’s in his ap­par­ently reg­u­lar break­fast place hav­ing cof­fee when, te­diously, he finds he has to draw his gun and an­nounce, per­haps a frac­tion too late, he’s a fed­eral agent. And then, just to keep you all fake guess­ing, it flashes back to the day be­fore, when Ziva and Dinozzo are stand­ing around

High-rat­ing: Agent Gibbs

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