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Things at work that are pissing Rebecca off...

Last week, we got a shipment of chocolates and live roses to sell for Valentine's Day. The chocolates sold quickly enough, but the overpriced rose bouquets didn't really move. And guess what? As of today, the roses are still sitting on the counter! My manager marked them down and is hoping someone will buy them, even though they're all drooping, dying, and more black than red. Oh, well. I don't mind this quite so much because I enjoy the smell of dying roses. (Is that weird? Yeah, probably.)

The higher-ups are making us hold a meeting this weekend to discuss upcoming possible changes. (Call Rebecca cynical, but she's convinced that nothing will actually change.) I didn't mind... until they announced when it would be held: this Sunday evening, during the Oscars!!! I just about socked my manager when he announced that. I look forward to the Oscars every year! Ugh! But I'm hoping I'll still get to see most/some of the show and pre-shows.

We've always had an assortment of good, bad, and random movies in our breakroom. Lately the one that always seems to be on is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I just want to put a brick through the TV every time I walk back there and find it on. There are no words for how much I've come to hate that movie. An hour and a half of nothing but Steve Martin looking annoyed! Just awful. I actually visited its IMDb, expecting it to be full of fellow haters, but apparently and inexplicably, it's a fairly well-liked movie. UGH. I just don't understand the appeal of it. Or of Vance-centric NCIS episodes. Which brings me to...


Notes on episode 10x15 Hereafter
Featuring Deputy Director Craig, last seen in Canary


Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews (Shell Shock: Part 1)

- The bullpen scene kinda grated on my nerves. Tony acted a bit too... stupid for my taste, and I hated the hints that Deputy Director Craig might permanently replace Vance. I'm betting Vance will be back at work and everything else back to status quo by the end of this episode.

? "He has been gone for over two months!" Seriously, it's now been two months since Shiva, and Vance still hasn't returned to work? That happened fast.

- Geez, way to shut out your newly-motherless children, Vance. That was uncharacteristically harsh of him.

+/ Jackie established separate bank account and safe-deposit box with Vance's knowledge. My first guess was that she was planning to divorce him, but I nixed that pretty quickly. I doubt this is going to lead up to any real dirt on the saintly Jackie Vance. And besides, the Vances have been one of the only stable relationships on the show (along with Palmer and Breena). We all know how badly things end when Gibbs or his team gets interested in someone. I discussed this more back in my notes for Thirst.

+ How Vance struggled with saying the word death to Jackie's lawyer. Is the murder still being hushed up? Because it seems like her lawyer would've known/heard about it.

? Who is this mysterious "Rhonda" that Vance is leaving his kids with?

- The base commander wants answers on if/when Vance is coming back to work, and Craig asks Gibbs what to tell him? That's more than a little ridiculous. The Deputy Director should have someone higher-up in the agency to go to. But maybe I'm just being nit-picky. The show has been acting like the agency belongs to Gibbs for a while now.

- Craig's bwuh? Expression when Vance showed up in the bullpen and announced that he would be working with Vance's team. I can understand him being surprised by that, but did he really need to stand there with his mouth hanging open? I liked Craig at first, but he's starting to lose me in this episode.

- "He needs time, Jethro. You know that better than anyone." Y'all know how much God and I love Ducky, but this line irked me. Gibbs and Vance are not the same person, and they certainly don't grieve in the same ways.

+ It was an interesting visual to see Vance taking a desk in the bullpen like any other agent.

- “Would that make him Probie Vance?” “DiNozzo, enough.” Did you notice how Tony kinda winced when Gibbs told him to stuff it? I imagine Michael Wetherly thinking, Geez, why does Mirante-Matthews keep making Tony ramble on like an idiot?”

- The comments about Chuckie's weight were borderline offensive to me.

+ Gibbs inviting Vance into the field with him was an interesting moment.

+ “You could totally rock an eye-patch, Gibbs!” I think I have to agree with Abby on this one.

- Vance told Gibbs that he sent Tony and Ziva on assignment... which turned out to be watching his kids while he moped in the break-room at work. I don't know which scene was more insufferable to me: how awkward Tony was around Kayla and Jared, or Vance whining to Gibbs about how Jackie had hired a lawyer and drawn up separation of property letter. Ugh x 100!

+ Vance interrupting Ziva when she started to say, “Had my father not been here...” Really, Ziva, you could've shot yourself in the foot with that.

+ Tony making a shark hat out of the pizza box did make me chuckle, though. See what a great dad he'd be?

- I know I'm being harsh, but I couldn't stand Vance whining to Gibbs in his basement. I spent the whole scene wondering what the heck was that thing Gibbs was cleaning?


In other NCIS news, I think my latest fanfiction turned out well.

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