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I have collected a list of every nickname Special Agent Timothy McGee has been called throughout the entire series of NCIS. If you caught one that I missed or want to show off your favorite, hit the comments!
- Agent Hot Britches
- Captain Cook
- Captain Planet
- Dr. McFrankenstein
- Elf Lord
- Iron Fist
- McAnal Probie
- McGee Party-of-One
- McGrizzly Adams
- McSnooop Dogg
- McSteve Austin
- Nanny McFeeble
- Nubile One
- Pensive One
- Prince of Darkness
- Probie Pan
- Probie Wan Kenobi
- Prodigal Probie
- Scout Boy
- Sleeping Beauty
- Slim Tim
- Thom E. Gemcity
- Tiny Tim
- Wee Willy Webelos
Other nickname-related phrases:
- Get a McMove on!
(Very) Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo’s few nicknames:
- Bubble Butt
- Poster Boy
- Lover Boy
*These are listed in no particular order*
This review is spoiler-free! If you are unsure of whether or not to try out this new show, this review just might be for you.
The story revolves around a woman from New Jersey who is trying to make it in an incredibly competitive New York law firm. While the partners discuss their current major case, Martina Garretti speaks up, letting them know that their “murder weapon” was actually a simply fashion accessory. The fact that she knows this show us a few major things about her: she isn’t afraid to put herself out there, she knows an incredible amount about fashion (and probably spends way too long getting ready in the morning), and that she knows how to apply her skill set. Martina is just a first year, so the fact that she was such a useful asset to the firm was a big deal, she was placed as a third chair on another murder investigation. This is a huge advancement for someone who has just been working at a firm for a few months.
The rest of the episode follows Martina trying to defend a high school student accused of murdering her professor, who she was supposedly having an affair with. Martina is incredibly passionate about her work, she makes sure that no stone is left unturned and is there for Ellie like no lawyer is ever there for their clients. The case itself is actually quite interesting. What makes it interesting is its complexity, which makes it incredibly unlikely that a young, inexperienced first year would solve the case while the other lawyers can’t.
While Martina is trying to solve the case, she is also trying to keep her huge Jersey family in check. Her niece wants to get a tattoo, but her mother is firmly against it. This storyline was incredibly bland and didn’t add anything to the show. If anything, it detracted from the law. The only real purpose that I can see is that it showed that Martina had to struggle, not only with work, but with a complicated family life. The family members need to be distinguishable from one another in at least a few characteristics for this to be a positive addition to the show.
Martina is clearly much smarter than she’s given credit for. But she isn’t giving the other attorneys–or the viewers–much reason to give her credit. She is incredibly ditzy and unorganized and, as stereotypical as it may be, her drawl isn’t helping her out. If she can make herself seem as smart as she is, she might be a more realistic character.
If you want to see a show with some interesting legal cases and a lawyer who cares far too much than s/he should, go check out Suits!* But if you want another legal drama that runs during the fall season, Made in Jersey is a mediocre choice.
*The Good Wife doesn’t fall under this category because Alicia isn’t anywhere near as passionate about her clients as Mike Ross and Martina Garretti are. Great legal drama, though!
This review is spoiler-free! If you are unsure of whether or not to try out this new show, this review just might be for you.
As someone who has watched Sherlock, I can’t help but compare the two shows. But I’m going to do my best to keep an open mind and remember that Elementary and Sherlock are completely separate entities. So, unlike just about every other review of this show, I’m going to avoid the topic of BBC’s Sherlock.
The show begins with Sherlock Holmes’ first day out of rehab. His new sober companion, Joan Watson meets him at his house to help him make the transition back to the real world as smooth and natural as possible. She is supposed to be staying with him for six weeks, but since a show that only spans six weeks (besides 24) would either be a failure or a mini-series, Watson will clearly stay for longer. She will, no doubt, fall in love with Sherlock’s way of thinking and puzzle-solving and stay on as his sidekick for a long time. I say “fall in love with his way of thinking,” because the creators promised that there will be no chance of the two of them getting together romantically.
We don’t learn too much about Joan Watson in the pilot. We know that she was a surgeon who left her job to become a drug sitter, which is quite unusual for someone who has never had issues with drugs. She is easily intrigued (she quickly caught interest in Sherlock’s way of thinking and the case he was investigating) and fairly quick to anger. Hopefully her personality will expand soon, because right now, she is neither interesting nor relatable.
On the flip side of the coin, we learn quite a bit about Sherlock. He used to be a consultant for Scotland Yard, which gave him the freedom to work as he saw fit and he didn’t have to answer to anyone, which would clearly be a major difficulty for him. As Arthur Conan Doyle intended, Sherlock is hyper observant, he can determine an occupation from the calluses on one’s hands and will notice if the tiniest detail doesn’t add up. But he isn’t afraid to fact check, Google is his friend. He can keep a ridiculous assortment of facts in his head, he’s writing an entire book without writing anything down! Manipulating people comes easily to him, and he doesn’t hesitate to do so in any situation.
One thing about Sherlock’s brilliance that really irked me was that so much of what he deciphers would be impossible, even for a savant to do. He figures out the exact outcome of a baseball game, down to the plays. He would have to know every single statistic about every player on the field and be lucky for that to happen. But sometimes it’s the little things that drive me the most crazy.
Since this is a police (more or less) show on CBS, you should definitely expect a standard procedural with some elements of Doyle’s work. If you are a big fan of either procedurals or Sherlock Holmes (or both!), you should definitely tune in. If you tend to only follow serialized shows, this is not going to be your new favorite show. I have very little doubt that Elementary will become a hit, seeing as crime procedurals are what CBS does best. And if Watson becomes a genuine, loveable character and the writers manage to keep the cases interesting, I think that Elementary has a real shot at being a fun, captivating show.
The episode opens with Castle waking up alone. You can see the dejection on his face when he thinks that his perfect night with Detective Kate Beckett was a dream. But she then walks in, wearing his shirt and holding a mug of coffee. She sits beside him in bed and they look absolutely perfect in the golden glow of the sunrise. If I weren’t so happy to be seeing this scene, I would have probably rolled my eyes at the hackneyed scene. The moment is ruined when Castle hears the front door opening, his mother has arrived from her vacation early. He sends Beckett to hide in the closet while he deals with his intrusive mother and deeply hungover daughter. Castle deals with Alexis as Kate sneaks out the front door. Castle stops by her place to apologize, he isn’t used to the idea of having a real relationship, especially not one with her. But she treats him exactly the same when Ryan shows up unexpectedly. So they agree, unsurprisingly to keep their relationship a secret. How they plan on doing this is beyond me. All of their mutual friends are detectives, and very good ones at that.
Ryan is the only member of the team who still has his job, so he is left to investigate by himself. He, of course, is still going to share any information he unconverd with Castle and Beckett. He may have (As Esposito believes) ratted on them to Gates, but he did it to protect them, not to screw them over. He still cares immensely for them and he knows how important this case is to Kate. Ryan managed to get a hold of a copy of the missing photo from Montgomery’s wedding album (this is news from last season), this is who they believe Maddox is after. And Kate is thrown for a loop when Castle announces that this is who he was secretly meeting with throughout the last year.
Esposito isn’t working with the other three on the case, I’m assuming it is due to his anger at Ryan “betrayal.” Instead, he goes to a friend of his from the army and asks him to hack into the DOD database to get information on Maddox. When he tells Ryan that this isn’t doable, he could lose his job (and be arrested), Espo reminds him that he took a bullet for him. I know that Javi wants to get Maddox desperately, but the fact that he would stoop so low really annoyed me. He has never been by-the-book, not even close to it, but to threaten a friend was far worse than I expected of him.
After hours of searching, Castle and Beckett discover that the man that Castle worked with is named Michael Smith. What an uncommon name… Maddox figured this out before them. Smith was tortured, but he was still alive. As the paramedics wheeled him away, he whispered “86 mmm” to Castle. Castle starts digging through every file he can get his hands on to decipher this code. Beckett tells him that it’s worthless, he’s just grasping at straws. His touching response to this was that as long as there were straws to grasp at, he would grasp at them to save her. And just as they were about to give up, Castle spots a file with an address that begins 86 M. Beckett thanks him, she knows that she never would have gotten this far without him. This kind of blew me away, Beckett has never spoken like this to Castle. Either sleeping with him made it easier for her to express herself, or this was a poorly written line. You pick. And the fact that he found this file was complete blind luck, it was so farfetched that it genuinely detracted from the story.
Maddox followed them to the building, held a gun to their heads, and tied them up. Castle tells Kate “At least we had last night. We should have done that 4 years ago.” And all of the Caskett shippers (me included) felt the desire to throw something at the screen. Yes, they really should have (I’m aware that the show would have sucked if that happened, but just let me have this one, will ya?). Esposito finds the building too (Seriously? By himself?) and unties the two. They catch Maddox before he takes the file out of the safe. Even with two guns pointed at him, he decides to grab the file and make a run for it. He, didn’t know that the safe was rigged to blow. Both Maddox and the file are now forever lost.
When Ryan arrives at Beckett’s house, the three are prepared to attack. When they realize that it’s just him they calm down (besides Esposito, who calls him Judas). He brought the shards of the file that they managed to get. After a couple hours of piecing it together, they realize that Senator William H. Bracken was involved with the dirty cops and the shooting of Kate’s mom.
Since they don’t have any proof and Smith (who lived through the surgery) refuses to testify, Kate decides to take matters into her own hands. During the night, she slips out and we are led to believe that she is going to kill Bracken. This belief is furthered when dramatic music is pounding and there are alternating shots between Kate’s flashbacks and Ryan, Esposito, and Castle running. Rather than killing him, she drops a phone in Bracken’s pocket and convinces him to meet her in the kitchen. She wants the truth, which Bracken insists isn’t something that you often get from a politician. He begins to spew his campaign story, which just angers Kate more. He reminds her that she’s a disgraced cop and he’s a beloved senator, a good guy, people will believe him. And he adds that “It’s not who has the gun, it’s who has the power.”
Kate agrees with that statement, so she lies, telling Bracken that she has the file and she will take it to the public if anything happens to her or her friends. She wants the same deal that he had with Smith (what deal that was is a little unclear). With an evil in her eye that I’ve never seen before, Beckett says “You have no idea what I’m capable of or how far I’ll go.” She hits him with the butt of her gun and walks off to meet Castle.
Gatss, in the first time we hear her say anything kind, says that she admires Kate’s loyalty to Montgomery and that she hopes that maybe one day Kate will feel the same way about her. That seems unlikely. She and Esposito have to serve out the rest of their suspension, but they will be placed back on duty as soon as that ends.
I think that there was far too much going on for a single episode. I’m sure that the writers wanted to capture the audience’s attention in the premiere, but I think that it was just too much. A lot of what Caskett, Ryan, and Espo figured out seemed implausible, but might have been clearer and more realistic if it took longer. This is a frequent issue with procedurals, and I guess Castle shouldn’t be excluded.
I have to say that I’ll miss seeing Tahmoh Penikett (Maddox) playing an incredibly evil character, but it will easily be made up for by Jack Coleman’s portrayal of Senator Bracken. He is an astounding actor, and if you didn’t see that in this week’s episode, you will definitely agree with me within the next few weeks!
It looks to me that every episode of Sherlock is going to be incredibly complicated. It is a neat idea to keep us just as in the dark about Sherlock’s processes as Watson is. However, during this episode there was a decent amount of time where I was genuinely confused about what was going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the show isn’t as straightforward as the average boring cop drama, but it seems to me that it is excessively convoluted. There were many pieces of the story that could have been much simpler than they were and still have had the same effect. Maybe I’m just not used to watching movie-length episodes of television and it will take some adjusting. Having said that, I think I’ll skip recapping the case for this episode.
In my review of A Study In Pink I criticized Sherlock for not being able to read social cues. Turns out I was wrong, I just overestimated his kindness. He knew that Molly was asking him out, he just ignored her because he’s, well, a jerk. In this episode he used this knowledge to his advantage, which helped prove his case to Dimmock. He also understands what makes people tick and pushes those buttons. Sebastian immediately assumes that Sherlock was analyzing him (which he was), but he tells him that he found everything out by talking to Seb’s assistant, just to frustrate him.
Near the start of the episode there is an amazing contrast between John and Sherlock’s life struggles. While Watson is trying to purchase groceries at an automated machine, Holmes is fighting a masked man with a sword in his apartment. Watson seems much more agitated in his terrible situation than Sherlock is. When Watson complains about his day and accuses his friend of being lazy, rather than prove him wrong, Sherlock hides the sword. I’m not sure if this is to belittle Watson’s importance or because he just doesn’t want to tell the tale. It’s hard to tell when it comes to Sherlock Holmes.
It astounds me how much John will do for Sherlock without explanation. Just like Sherlock, he wants to sate his curiosity more than just about anything else, which allows him to ignore the terrible treatment that he receives. Every time Sherlock breaks into a building to investigate, he leaves Watson in the dust, when all he has to do is buzz him in. This is an attribute of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, so I find it to be a very neat touch. But what is really insane is that Watson was arrested for graffiti that Sherlock’s friend Raz plastered up, and Watson didn’t do anything about it (whining doesn’t count).
You have to love Sherlock’s arrogance; when talking to Dimmock, Sherlock says, “This investigation would move a lot quicker if you were to take my word as gospel.” Though it’s more or less true, no one should have high enough self-esteem to say this. I can’t be too mad at him, though, because he was so astute. When told that Van Coon’s death had to be a suicide he responded with, “[Suicide is] one explanation of some of the facts. You’ve got a solution that you like, but you’re choosing to ignore anything you see that doesn’t comply with that.” Pure genius.
Besides the incredibly contrived plot, it was a pretty good episode. It is quite rare to have such well-formed characters and an intriguing series arc after just two episodes.
I’m rather ashamed that it took me this long to watch Sherlock. So I’ll make up for it by watching both of the first two series this week. I hope that the rest of you are smarter than me and have already subscribed to the BBC’s fantastic adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, so I will skip the recap of the case.
Dr. John Watson was an army doctor in Afghanistan before he took a bullet that put him out of commission. Sherlock Holmes is the same hyper-observant, narcissistic man that he was portrayed as by Doyle and every other adaptation, but in Sherlock he doesn’t seem to be able to understand human emotion or social cues; when Molly tried to ask him out on a date he completely misunderstood. Sherlock calls himself a “consulting detective,” the only one of his kind, he consults on cases when the cops are out of their league. A sergeant, Sally, says that the only reason he consults is because he loves the thrill of the interesting cases; she wouldn’t be surprised if he became a killer himself when he lost interest in the cases.
Holmes and Watson are introduced by their mutual friend (or acquaintance in Sherlock’s case) Mike. Within the first thirty seconds of meeting, Sherlock knows just about everything there is to know about Watson. When Sherlock explains to Watson how he figured everything out, Watson responds “Extraordinary, quite extraordinary.” Sherlock responds calmly, “That’s not what people normally say.” Watson, “What do people normally say?” And with a smile, Sherlock responds “Piss off.” I think that this exchange explains beautifully the characters that Sherlock and Watson are and how close they will become.
The way that Sherlock deduces everything is quite amazing, this was no surprise. But what did come as a surprise is how the show displays his intellect. Text rolls across the screen as Sherlock notices any little thing (like the victim being left handed or pieces of her clothing be wet or dry), which helps the viewer understand what goes on in his strange mind. Along the lines of showing a little extra, as Sherlock and Watson were chasing the cab they showed a map of both routes that were being taken. I thought that this was completely unnecessary, but a very nice addition.
Once the cabbie dragged Sherlock with him to the place that he was planning on assisting his suicide, the story really got interesting. The two geniuses each have an opportunity to live another day, but Sherlock has to understand what is going on within the cabbie’s brain if he wants to live. You know that it’s a good start to a show if during the pilot they already have their audience on the edge of their seats, and I definitely was. Right as it appears that Sherlock is going to take one of the pills, though, Watson shoots the cab driver. With barely any time left before his death, the cabbie blurts out that Moriarty was the one who put him up to it. This didn’t come as any surprise.
I was, however, incredibly surprised that Moriarty wasn’t the man that approached Watson previously. Turns out that was Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. I have a sneaking suspicion that they might be the same person, though… I’m probably wrong, but something about Mycroft seems so evil.
I have to say, Sherlock has lived up to all of my expectations. Bravo, Steven Moffet, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Martin Freeman, I am definitely going to be watching the rest of the series!
Wow, I have to say that this was one of my favorite episodes of Suits. There was constant suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and some truly amazing acting.
The episode opens with a firm-changing decision, who will be the head of Pearson/Hardman, Pearson or Hardman? While the partners are voting, Rachel tries to comfort Mike, but he takes out all of his aggression on her. Cut back to the partners, Hardman wins the vote, with Louis’ help. Harvey tries to convince Jessica that they need to create their own firm to compete with Hardman’s, but Jessica acts rationally; she tells him that they need to wait until the time is right, Hardman will screw up again. As Jessica says that they shouldn’t make any major decisions directly after a loss, Mike is on screen approaching a drug dealer. That was beautifully executed, creating the parallels between her losing control of the firm and Mike losing his grandma and his entire family.
Louis agrees to help Hardman with anything that he needs, he says (with a wonderful pop culture reference) “You made me senior partner. I always pay my debts. I’m a Lannister!” He agrees to get rid of Harvey for him, with only one small objection. Louis approaches Mike and tells him that he can’t prioritize Harvey over him anymore. Mike put up a fight when he was face-to-face with Louis, but when Harvey tries to tell him what to do, he blows up and tells Harvey that he lost and there is nothing that he can do. When he is sent home, he immediately lights up his first pipe (we assume, since Harvey asked him to stop in season one).
Mike wakes up to Rachel knocking on his door, he was going to be late to his grandmother’s funeral. She helps him get ready and comforts him, once they get to the funeral she pushes him to give a eulogy. She clearly still has feeling for him and she makes you really root for her and Mike. Right when it looks like something might happen between them, a new woman is introduced, Tess. You find out that they have been friends since they were seven, and of course, they dated for awhile in high school.
Though Mike’s eulogy is short, it is incredibly sweet. He tells a story about when he was really scared and wet his bed. His grandma (who he lived with since he was little) took him to her bed and rather than just comfort him also joked, “don’t you wet this bed, because I have to sleep here too.” She was always there for him through the very worst and knew how to make him feel better. This was a truly moving performance by Patrick J. Adams. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear for Mike.
To Louis’ surprise, Harvey actually did the task he was given. The only help he had was Donna, who had much more work thrust upon her than should have been her duty. Back with Mike: he and Tess are catching up and Mike leans over to kiss her, and she kisses him back. After what seemed like too long, she pulled away and told Mike that she was married.
Harvey finally goes to visit Mike and ask him to come back. He was very astute and tried to do the best thing he could for Mike by keeping him at work and his mind off of the fact that his grandma was gone. Rather than pull Mike back to work, Harvey does what he knows Mike would appreciate, they get high together. Harvey finally spills some information about his parents to try to bond with Mike. They head back to the office to pee in Hardman’s office (mature, right?), but they stop and decide to get the can-opener instead (nice throwback, but I still want to know what it is!). They catch Louis trying to break into Harvey’s computer. Mike has to stop Harvey from punching Louis, which would have made the situation so much worse.
Mike suggests planting weed in Hardman’s office to get him removed from power. Then Harvey comes up with this crazy idea that Hardman had actually planted the file from the case involving the cars and had hired Tanner to screw over Harvey. Harvey meets Tanner at the gym and they get into a boxing match, if Harvey wins then Tanner will answer one question. I’ll skip the play-by-play, but Tanner reveals that the document was a fraud.
Mike finds the proof that the document was a fraud, so he kisses Rachel (who just happened to be in the room). She is thrilled, but stops him because they shouldn’t get involved immediately after his loss. She tells him it wouldn’t be smart, so he responds “But being smart hasn’t made either one of us very happy,” and walks off.
During a forum to try to fire Harvey for refusing to do a drug test, Harvey turns the tables. He admits to being high the night before, but also announces that Hardman falsified the evidence and Jessica calls for a vote to remove Hardman. Mike came in with the proof that Hardman was a fraud, so he was told “This is a partners only meeting.” He quickly and cleverly responds “So have Tanner sue me.” Though the evidence wouldn’t hold up in court, all they needed was to convince the partners. Hardman is removed from power (Yay!). Mike confides in Harvey, telling him that the “proof” that he had was bullshit, he actually wrote the affidavit and signed his own name on it.
They couldn’t end on such a high note, though. Mike invites Tess back to his house and, even though she’s married, she decides to sleep with him. Rachel knocks on the door, and when Mike opens it she says “I don’t care about being smart.” But as soon as she says that, Tess walks by wearing only the bedsheet. Not only did I hate this last scene because I want Mike and Rachel to be together, but it was also incredibly cliched. I expect more from Suits than the extremely obvious ending.
Almost all finales have key moment as one of the very last scenes, but in this one the vote was one of the very first scenes. I thought this it was a nice twist to make the partner vote one of the first ones, it puts less pressure on the ending. Not to mention, the rest of the episode was planned out amazingly around it. However, it was quite a stretch to make Harvey realize the entire scheme while he was high.
This was quite an interesting episode for Louis. He starts off by voting against Jessica but votes for her by the end. I think what had the biggest impact on him was Donna telling him that he betrayed his team. The fact that Donna considered him part of “the team” meant so much to him. And the realization that Daniel really had just used him turned Louis further against him. I was also quite surprised (and proud) of him when he didn’t crash Jessica’s celebration party. He thought about it, but knew that it was their victory and he would have to get back into their good graces.
And I have to mention the beauty of Donna’s lines (as I probably will during every single one of these reviews). Harvey and Jessica reassure each other by repeating that “If you go, I go.” To which Donna responds “I already went and came back.”
Overall, I have to say that this was quite an amazing episode. I’m so happy that USA Network did a split season, I don’t think I could wait until next summer. January, hurry up and come sooner!