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NCIS Cut Scenes on USA Airings

I was just watching Sub Rosa (McGee's first appearance) and was shocked beyond belief...

I already knew that USA was cutting scenes from the episodes because I caught one missing awhile back while watching Yankee White. That missing seen was annoying, but not shocking.

In the original airing of Sub Rosa, Tony and McGee arrive at a potential suspects house to find nobody home. McGee asks what they need to do next and Tony responded with the fact that they needed to get inside and look around. McGee whips out a cell and starts muttering around search authorizations while Tony picks up a rock and starts dancing around like he's ready to play football and then throws it towards McGee where it just happens to go through the window.

The USA airing I just watched skipped straight from McGee looking at his phone to the rock flying through the window with no in between. It was a startling cut and completely changed that scene.

Why must they cut things.... Why?

EDIT to add Script Scene:

TONY: Well, either no one’s home or not answering.
MCGEE: What should we do?
TONY: Get inside, look around.
MCGEE: We’ll need a Command Search Authorization. This is civilian property, Sir. We’ll have to go to a local judge to get a search warrant. (TELEPHONE BEEP TONES)

Cut from USA airing...
TONY: Or play football.
TONY: Go deep. Go deep! Oh, look at him! He breaks free! Go man, go! He’s looking for McGee! It’s a play action to attack and even to balk and he can’t find McGee! He’s covered! He’s in the open! He’s broken clear!
TONY: He’s still got it.

End cut only the glass breaking was shown, but not Tony's line above...
MCGEE: That’s breaking and entering.
TONY: No, that was breaking. This is entering.


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Apr. 14th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
Because the amount of commercial time is constantly growing. Also, there's more commercial time, IIRC, in syndicated airings of shows than in first run airings. We've lost roughly six minutes (I think it's six minutes) of show since the early 70s, I think it was.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)

I know... but I can still complain and whine about why they do this to us... can't I... ;-)

The Yankee White scene I noticed was where Tony first talks with Kate and he uses the model on the cover of the magazine to say why crime scene sketches are important.

However, they left the line Kate says to Gibbs just a bit after that:

KATE: I may not know the finer points of investigating like sticking needles in liver or measuring swimsuit models, but I do know enough to hold the stewards who prepared and served the President’s lunch.

So new people wouldn't get to know why Kate brought up measuring swimsuit models because they didn't get to see Tony's:

TONY: No, I’m serious. Can you tell if she’s (looks at magazine) 5’4” in a 35-C, or 5’7” in a 36-D? You can’t, not from a photo. That’s why we do sketches, take measurements. (pushes her back out of the way) Thanks.

And they also cut out the nice follow up between Tony and Ducky:

DUCKY: I thought your photo analysis was brilliant, Tony. But wasn’t 36-D a bit of wishful thinking?

TONY (looking at magazine again): You think?
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah! Some of the cuts work and some don't. Much as I loved him messing with McGee's head with the weird football dance, that was an easy cut to make. The Yankee White one? Not so much.
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
YANKEE WHITES is my favorite, I watch that over and over again. I noticed to from watching the dvd, that when they show it on USA you don't here tony talking about the model. When I first saw it on the DVD I was like, I never saw that part the times I watched it on USA
Apr. 19th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Besides Kate's comment losing meaning - that scene is a beautiful mix of Competent!Tony and...Frat Boy "Oh my god is that a swimsuit edition?" Tony. Or, the Tony we know and love. :P
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Huh? *blinks* But that makes no sense! If they were trying to promote an anti-breaking-and-entering stance, they wouldn't have shown the glass breaking...

Apr. 14th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
I know... it actually made the scene look worse that it originally was from the "how to take Tony" viewpoint. There was no lead in to him just hurling a rock through the window and then reaching through the broken glass to open the door.

I edited the post to mark the cut points of scene.

It just kinda irks me.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yikes, that really does make Tony look like a thug.

It irks me, too!
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about doing a meta on how McGee and Tony interact from the beginning to current eps and so I thought it was fun that USA was showing Sub Rosa today and now I'm all annoyed because of that.

Apr. 14th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
That'd be interesting to read...

You should just have a massive DVD-a-thon and forget the TV stuff. :)
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
I may have to do that...

I've been thinking a lot on how McGee and Tony interact and how they are with each other this season, because McGee is really bothering me and I want to know why. (of course all the characters are bothering me this season, but I know why they are bothering me.... McGee's bothersome is harder to pinpoint.)
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... everyone's bothering you?

I have to say, Gibbs is bothering me. He seems to be becoming Gary Stu (shooting down a helicopter was kinda jump-the-shark material, I have to say!).

Can't think of anything McGee's done that's particularly upset me, but then again I'm not attuned to his every breath like most of NFA. XD
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
I think it's the fact that in just about every episode we get a different "side" of the characters that is the only side hyped in that episode. But that's the writers...

The helicopter shoot out bothered me to no end...

This season, Heartland and Agent Afloat are about the only eps where I've like the episode as a whole. All the others, I liked parts of the episode and in many cases parts taken out of context, but not the whole episode.
Apr. 16th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I'm with you both there. I'm an unrepentant Gibbs girl and this season I've been so annoyed. I loved Heartland and AA, but I'm with ya both.

McGee making the Jeanne dig to Tony in Love & war really bothered me. He seems so much harder and cynical this season.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Most likely tejas is right- commercials earn money, so therefore they want to show as many as possible. It's sad, isn't it? I've noticed other cut scenes recently. Sometimes they don't even pay attention to what they've cut, it's just at X minutes in they go to break.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know... :-(

I hate that they have to do it for the money. At least I have the DVDs to watch for the full scenes.

Apr. 15th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
I just got seasn one of NCIS a few weeks ago, it was under 25 dollars. I really want to get season 3, I think that season was cool, introducing Ziva and Director Sheppard.
Apr. 14th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
It's annoying. In the UK, Channel 5 cut the entire episode Bete Noire from the first season. They didn't give any reason for the cut. Anyone not having seen it would have been at a loss at to the significance of the references to the 'terrorist' in later episodes and probably would have wondered what on earth Revielle was all about.

I've noticed a few cuts of other episodes too - mainly gun scenes (not particularly violent though) and mostly due to watershed problems. The cuts do detract from the episodes. I hate it.

On the plus side. We're finally getting Season 5 DVDs (Region 2) in June and Season 6 starts on FX on Friday. One happy me.
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Missing Bete Noire would be a very, very bad thing! Wow. That's like a whole set up for so much of the show. Wow.

DVDs are definitely a good thing.
Apr. 14th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Reason #1 to NOT watch something you Really Like on USA or SciFi channel. Ever. They have, actually, gotten better than they used to be, Believe it or not. Can't wait to get cable internet, so I can use DL's.
Apr. 15th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I should know better.

Usually I put the older episodes on on USA while I'm working on something else, so it doesn't really bother me. I just happened to be watching this one today.
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
I hate cut scenes, it's always something cool you like. Sometimes it's the cut right and you can notice a skip runing the scene for you.
I like SUB ROSA. I have the first season on dvd of NCIS.
Apr. 15th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hm.. I first saw that particular episode in syndication on the History Channel up here in the Great (not so) White North. I am happy to say that the scene was in it when they aired it, but I have seen episodes cut. The primary one I notice it for is The Simpsons (which sadly I know all too well). The Network in question does a "coming up on the news in an hour" blurb, so they cut the show because, heaven forbid they eat up valuable commerical time to do it...
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