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And due to spoilers abounding, this will all be behind the cut. Including my awesome error catch with which I have screen shots.

Phoomph #1: Gibbs Looking a Bit Angsty

Gibbs. Truck. Old style country music. Old style diner. Gibbs knowing the couple coming out the diner.

The theme song from Cheers popped in my head. But then we all *knew* that Gibbs had a place like this that he went to. And of course he has a black woman named Elaine who knows him well. :)

And Elaine is waiting on that proposal… Gibbs can get the ladies just as well as Tony. Proof.

Hooded figure, gunshot… life flash.

So on the freeze frames of the life flash. We see Gibbs' dad. Young Gibbs (aka Young Harmon). Shannon in the dress shop. The grave for Joan Matteson, born 01/21/1958 and died 04/03/1977. Y Gibbs and Shannon at train station. A 'just married' sign on the back of a car. Baby being born. Gibbs and Kelly on horses with Shannon ahead of them. More Gibbs/Shannon/Kelly. Gibbs and Shannon kissing. Sniper!Gibbs. Gibbs following the explosion overseas. A sign for NIS Evidence Yard, Camp Pendleton.

Wow… Gibbs in on crutches looking at wrecked car with blood stain on shattered windshield. More blood inside car. Franks.

Kelly with Shannon and a small chalkboard where Kelly has drawn her and Maddie.

Gibbs on crutches at cemetery.

Oooo… Internment of Shannon Gibbs (472), February 29, 1991. Internment of Kelly Gibbs (473) February 29, 1991. And there is an error!!!! 1991 was NOT a leap year.

More shots of Shannon and Kelly and Gibbs holding Shannon's hand.

Hernandez in a truck. NIS Special Agent Mike Franks in big letters on a window. Mike and Gibbs. Gibbs' blue eye. Gibbs and Vance pre-series. Tony getting splattered by Kate's blood. Ari in the basement and Ziva. Gibbs and Jenny.

Tony being the hero in Requiem! Go Tony!

Coma!Gibbs. Dead guy.

Dead guy in autopsy. Gibbs and Jack walking in snow towards house, by the way, his house number is 2547. Tony and McGee. Abby being held on Gibbs' couch. Gibbs touching Abby's lips as he leaves for his Hiatus. Gibbs at Mexico. Lighter with Marine emblem. Another Marine emblem. Marines carry coffin with draped flag. Gibbs with dead Franks. Marines doing funeral gun salute. Abby. Gibbs in autopsy with Ducky, Palmer and dead guy. Burning car in Heartland. Another autopsy shot. .338 Lapua shell casing. Gibbs with Vance in office.

Tony, McGee and Ducky working a crime scene in snow. Gibbs with Jenny and Abby at Kate's burial. Tony, Ziva, McGee. Tony and Ziva watching Gibbs in interrogation. Tony and McGee at office. Gibbs and McGee. Gibbs and Tony in interrogation. Autopsy with Ducky. McGee, Ziva, Gibbs. Abby sitting alone in interrogation. Tony, Gibbs, Ziva.

D'Awww… Gibbs walking away as Tony stands outside the NCIS HR office. :)

Gibbs in front of a white board with Domino written behind him. Funeral. Gibbs and Abby in lab. A car. And several other scenes at the very end that went by so fast by pause/click thingy had issues.


Moving on.

Gibbs can stop a moving bullet! And I cringed that they had Tony and Ziva sitting together. And Young Gibbs kissed Matteson. So that must have been pre-Shannon. An AU perhaps where Matteson lived?

Franks as Jacob Marley.

Opening credits.

Gibbs sees everyone in the diner, including the dead ones. Hee Steak, coffee whiskey on the menu, a few of Gibbs' favorite things.

Palmer let in Ari!!! Hi Ari!

And now we are to the actual case in real time.

Dead Petty Officer!!!

Pretty easy scene between them. Nothing overt.

I heart Palmer.

And they work the scene.

Phoomph #2: Gibbs all wide-eyed

Love Ari and Vance playing chess! So good.


And now it's time for some AU play. Kate's desk is still Kate's. With lots of pictures of Kate and Tony.

Now I will go on record and say that Kate/Tony as a solo pairing never would have happened, no matter the changes. They worked too well as siblings. /end record.

But yay for no Kate death. I would have gotten behind that!

Run Tony! And I love McGee in the black Abby-ish coat!

Using the scenes from SWAK didn't quite work for me, but they did try. And I wonder if MW was thinking of an upcoming birth in that scene.

And Tony with the wedding ring!

I cringed when Tony said Tiva. *sigh*

Case… blah blah blah.

And a McGee side story that has Tony all worried about what's up.



Gibbs: Who knew Palmer had abs like that?


Anne Gibbs. Gibbs' mom. D'Awwww.

Phoomph #3: Gibbs on a bench with his mom

Awww… *hugs Gibbs*

Jack and Young Gibbs arguing and his mom calling him out on it.

And here's the scene that I need to assist in one of my WIPS:

Gibbs: Dad blamed you for everything and hated you for leaving.

Anne: Trust me. He had one foot out the door already.

Anne: So he drove a few women home. God knows, I put your father through hell. Men that age shouldn't be changing his wife's bed sheets every night. Best thing I did was go.

Gibbs: No. Don't you say that.

Anne: It's true. Of course raising a son is hard, but doing it on your own… Gonna need a couple miracles for things to turn out right.

Back to case…. Blah blah blah (you can tell the case doesn't interest me)

Tony questioning McDevious on the secret. McShe and sex change operation.

McGee has a promotion option and Tony tries to play it off that it's nothing.

McGee asks for advise and tells WWGD.

Ziva slams a kid against a car. Good one Ziva, even if he took a swing at you.

Blank newspaper… The Virginia Ledger dated February 7, 2012. FYI the website address under the banner is www.virginia-ledger.com and that domain is currently available.

More Gibbs with his mom.

Newspaper with story: Injured NCIS agent kills suspect. In other news, Commuters were stranded, the state's economic growth is discussed and apparently the courthouse roof is to be replaced.

Gibbs' mom tells him he made a difference in folks lives. She never wanted to leave him. *hugs Gibbs*

Phoomph #4: Gibbs, McGee and Kid

Riley? Maybe I missed those episodes, because I don't recall this guy.

And Mexico. *pokes at Mexico*

And what would have happened if he hadn't killed Hernandez.

Back to case… blah blah blah

Enter AU…

Not much different from the Kate AU in pairings. Although Tony's sperm was affected evidently since we got a girl instead of a boy.

Intervention in Gibbs' basement. Angry, sad Gibbs is angry. And scruffy. And not the boss.

And they named the girl Kelly. D'Awww….

UPDATE: Okay... As several mentioned on Twitter... They did not actually say Tony or mention Tony at any point during this scene. So, the question is, was Tony even in this reality?

And Hernandez walked out. Can that mean he's done? Please?

And Gibbs' girls were still gone. :(

Back to case. Blah blah blah.

Phoomph #5: Gibbs smiling… all is right it looks like.

D'Awwww…. Gibbs and Kelly moment. And Shannon.

And now I really like my last fic with Guardian Angel Shannon and Kelly.

Daddy! Awwww…. Made me tear up.

And back to case… blah blah blah.

And Gibbs shouldn't have let her testify… And Shannon tells him otherwise. And Kelly.

First no Shannon said was, No Tony!!!!! Of course. :)

And this part made me ball. I have a former co-worker that got that when her husband died in Afghanistan. They had a six-month year old girl at the time and it was the day before Mother's Day. :(

Gibbs wanted both. But it doesn't work like that. Hey, Tony's cup analogy!

And case. Blah blah blah

And now the beginning again. Let's see how it plays out.

And here it comes. Gun. Shot.

Shoulder hit. And it's the kid from the case (shocked!Not).

And McGee's decision. He's staying.

Now it's a dead Marine. And Tony tries to snag a lead from Gibbs. But Gibbs is good to go.

The End.

In closing, as you can tell, I was not even an ounce interested in the case. They didn't do a Tiva AU, which is good and bad. Good because I didn't want to see it and bad because that means they'll still anvil it in the real reality.

Mark Harmon did awesome!

This is an episode where I like certain scenes but not on the whole.

And I also don't feel that Kate and Tony would have happened. I actually saw more of a chance of early!Ziva and Tony than Kate and Tony. They just have that sibling vibe between them. Ziva and Tony I could have seen a one-night stand or a short lived fling back in the day (not present day definitely).

So that's about it… not too bad, but not overall wow either except for certain scenes.

And I really wish I could have gotten all the clips in the super fast flash at the beginning.

And 1991, what a year.


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Feb. 8th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Actually, Bellisario (and Brennan) have commented in the past that putting Tony and Kate together was in the plan for the show. Sasha leaving changed that.

The basement timeline was different from the previous timeline... not only was Kate's baby suddenly a girl, but there was NO mention of Tony at all. So, no conclusion can be drawn that Tony was still the father. For all the ambiguity, it could be that Tony died in the line of duty (although, I HOPE that had that happened, it would have seriously impacted Gibbs in a way to at least be *mentioned*) or he could have never followed Gibbs to NCIS.

Not entirely sure that if Gibbs had never shot Hernandez that he'd ever have joined NIS in the first place.

As for the Tiva, if it was ever going to happen, it did have a better shot at being a one-night stand early on and then have done with it. But, you're definitely right about any concept of them in a relationship now: too much water under the bridge and way too much lying and distrust.

All in all, every time there is mention of Shannon/Kelly/Mexico I keep hoping it will be the last time, and then it pops up again. Hopefully, this really will be the end of it.

All in all... while I enjoyed the episode overall, I wasn't blown away. I know many people who saw it were, and I'm glad they were, but for me... not so much. The parts I did enjoy, I enjoyed the hell out of, though.

... and 1991 must have lasted 3 years in NCIS-land. :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
I updated to add the whole, Tony wasn't mentioned, thing. I just kind of assumed, but I know Gibbs would frown on assumptions. :)

And I remember hearing something about the Kate/Tony plans. I guess I'm glad it never came to be. The only pairing that I think I would truly be okay with seeing on screen would be Tony/Abby if there was a pairing between the main characters.

Tiva did have that shot a long time for a one-nighter, but not now. Definitely not now.

Maybe we can bury Mexico and Tiva somewhere deep. Jimmy has abs, he should be able to help us dig! :)

I'm with you. It didn't blow me away. I had parts I really liked and the rest was just meh.

And 1991 was a magical year. I think I had plot bunny about Gibbs being cloned by the asgard from Stargate and the clones sent to 1991 to do everything that was done that year.

I like the theory one had on Twitter, that it was Gibbs' mind putting a date for their internment that could never have existed because in his mind he didn't want it to be. Was someone thinking that deep for that less than a second clip?
Feb. 8th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Riley... was from the Enemies Foreign and Domestic 2-parter. :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
I was right... I didn't see those episodes. :)
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, wish I hadn't seen them, either.
Feb. 8th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
That was a good review. I think Mark Harmon did an amazing job, but I don't think this was the best episode of NCIS ever or anything like that. I think I expected more of this other-world in the episode. I loved the scene with Shannon and Kelly. It seemed just a little strange that he didn't kiss Shannon. I realize that's not the point, but he's missed them for so long and he doesn't hug them both and kiss his wife? /random.

Kate/Tony ... I wish Sasha could have come back for this (the hospital attire was just a bit obvious), but I don't think they would have been perfect on the show. Ziva's better for Tony and Kate seemed more like Gibbs' type.

Thanks for the analysis of the clips at the beginning. I would not have caught all of that on my own.
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Mark Harmon did excellent with what they gave him. It could have been much more.

The whole Kate insertion thing just didn't sit right with me. Because I *knew* it was from SWAK. I think had Sasha actually been there to film new stuff it would have flowed much better. Plus, Kate and Tony never would have got to the baby stage.

And I still didn't get all the clips at the beginning either.
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
He's just amazing.

Oh, totally. I was really hoping she would be there to film. No, I don't think they would be at the baby stage yet, but it's all they could rig, I suppose?
Feb. 8th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
The death date has been shown before...I have it in my timeline, and it always makes me scratch my head.
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
I just caught that in the episode of Hiatus too.

Although, it was on the marker as date of internment which would be the date of death. Oh, 1991... how magical are thee?
Feb. 14th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
LOL very very magical ;)
Feb. 8th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
The actor who played Pacci was supposed to show up. I saw Pacci briefly in the freeze frames quick show but not in the coffee shop. That made me :(

Overall, the episode wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I don't have any desire to watch it again. I do have the vain, fruitless hope that this is the last mention of Shannon/KElly/Mike/Mexico though
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
I thought I saw him a few times and was like, did I?

I don't think the whole magical year of 1991 will ever go away in NCIS world.
Feb. 8th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, you just caught another canon error! In SatF, Paloma's making the call from the 500 block of laurel. (Random Trivia - Laurel ends at Gibbs Dr.)
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Hee! And I didn't even know it. :)
Feb. 13th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
*beams* Crazy, huh?

They're not very good with canon LOL
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
You're good! LOL

Kate/ Tony never would have happened.

Gibbs didn't recognize Kelly because she had blond hair, not brown. :P

Rolfing: http://www.rolf.org/about

Ari and Vance playing chess was brilliant.

KNEW the kid was the shooter.

Loved Gibbs' mom.

Didn't love the ep but it was okay.
Feb. 13th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
And to think, I didn't get all the clips from the high speed life flash.

I wish that there had been more with Ari.

Gibbs mom was nice.
Jennifer Gross
Oct. 27th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Gibbs' mom
I know this is about eight months too late, but I haven't been able to find the answer. When Gibbs' mom says, "A man his age should have to change his wife's bed sheets night after night," or a close approximation of that, what is she talking about? Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi!
Nov. 25th, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: Gibbs' mom
It was never truly answered in the show what she died of. Our guesses could range from a rare disease to cancer. *shrugs helplessly*
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