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NCIS Episode: "Spider and the Fly"

Season 8, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: In the eighth-season opener, the Reynosa cartel tries to hurt Gibbs by going after those he loves, and Gibbs must take extreme steps to protect them from harm.
Original Air Date: Sep 21, 2010
Guest Cast Muse Watson: Mike Franks Ralph Waite: Jackson Gibbs Marco Sanchez: Alejandro Rivera Jacqueline Obradors: Paloma Reynosa Burton Perez: Esteban Lopez
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Season 8, Episode 1
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Length: 07:32:46
Aired: 9/21/2010
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NCIS Episode Recap: "Spider and the Fly" Season 8, Episode 1

Remember the series My Three Sons? It's looking like Season 8 of NCIS could be subtitled Our Three Fathers. Not only did the kickoff to the season center around Gibbs Sr. — aka Ralph Waite — but teasers were pointedly offered for the imminent returns of DiNozzo Sr. and Ziva Sr. Perhaps the theme music could be temporarily replaced with a nice chorus of that old John Hiatt song, "Your Dad Did."

Waite — now Pa not to the Waltons, but to Mark Harmon's Gibbs — figured heavily in the kickoff episode's predictable opening and less predictable ending. When Season 7 left off, a foxy female Mexican drug lord had just entered his small-town shop to dole out some vengeance for his son's vengeance killing of her own dad. But father knows best when it comes to wielding a rifle and then retreating to a cellar to escape a hail of machine gun fire. Heavy on bullets, light on surprise, there. Of course, Paloma Reynosa (Jacqueline Obradors) and her unctuous brother Alejandro Rivera (Marco Sanchez) — the creepiest sibling duo since the Jolies — had no more desire than before to let bygones be bygones. And so, as suggested by the episode's "Spider and the Fly" title, the still-murderous bro and sis were led into a trap of Gibbs Jr.'s devising.

Then arrived a nice twist. The first-ever pairing of Gibbs Sr. with trigger-ready Mike Franks (Muse Watson) — heavy artillery at the ready — led us to expect some sort of Wild Bunch finale. That was not to be, and perhaps that should have been expected, given  the senior Gibbs' moral agonizing over a kill last season. Instead, in writer-producer Gary Glasberg's neat and nifty wrap-up, lovely Paloma was felled by Alejandro himself, who thought he was avenging her death and instead was instigating it. And with that, a lid was literally put on the ancient Pedro Hernandez case, as Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) filed the report that could have iced Gibbs in a bin of paperwork destined to gather dust in bureaucratic archives. Apparently the sins of killing the fathers will not be visited on Gibbs... at least until Alejandro escapes from prison when the series runs out of dead-Marine plots a few years from now.

Wrapping all this up didn't leave a tremendous amount of screen time for team quirks. We did, however, get Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) digressing on the pleasures of lemon meringue's resemblance to cumulus clouds; Ducky (David McCallum) and Abby (Pauley Perrette) bonding over some apparently de-Caf-Pow-einated coffee; Abby seeking advice on studded belts from her security detail; and a nice, grody close-up of Mike Franks' not very sufficiently healed finger-severing.

But expect an international incident over the Canadian stereotyping in the scene where Tony (Michael Weatherly) ribs McGee (Sean Murray) over his short-lived affiliation with the Mounties and near-mounting by an eager Great White North horse. On the basis of this episode, we know that our neighbors to the south are drug runners while our northern neighbors are Bob and Doug McKenzie. Kind of easy cultural shots, eh? Are Barenaked Ladies about to show up at the NCIS production office bearing some of Reynosa's leftover firepower?

We'll see what kind of diplomatic relations NCIS wants with the Israelis when Mossad's director makes a return soon after a year and a half — as promised in the phone calls and texts Vance is getting from Ziva's pops. "I found him," Mr. David texted Vance in the concluding moments. Found who? Maybe whomever Ziva (Cote de Pablo) was hooking up with in her yet-unexplained Miami sojourn? Or perhaps, for some reason, reemerging Michael Nouri will turn out to be hot on the trail of the similarly teased Robert Wagner, aka Tony Sr., which would really be the mother of all father cluster-narratives? Not likely, but we would be so there for a sweeps summit in which Tony's dad and Ziva's dad share dysfunctional child-rearing tips.

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Remember the series My Three Sons? It's looking like Season 8 of NCIS could be subtitled Our Three Fathers. Not only did the kickoff to the season center around Gibbs Sr. — aka Ralph Waite — but teasers were pointedly offered for the imminent returns of DiNozzo Sr. and Ziva Sr. Perhaps the theme music could be temporarily replaced with a nice chorus of that old John Hiatt song, "Your Dad Did."

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