NCIS

Season 10 Episode 1

Extreme Prejudice

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2012 on CBS
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Gibbs goes on the hunt to find Harper Dearing and bring him down following the NCIS headquarters bombing.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Overhyped premiere didn't live up to hype!

    2.0
    Another poorly written overly hyped premier that didn't live up to it's promise. Am I the only one tired of the lone wolf Gibbs goes after bad guy alone scenario?! Been there, done that too many times. I kept wondering how much longer the episode had, because it was just too boring and predictable. The only decent scenes were Tony and Ziva in the elevator and Ducky and Palmer at the hospital. The rest just stunk!moreless
  • Dissappointed-- OK, but some problems

    7.0
    I'm disappointed with the episode, as I usually am with the recent multi-episode "arcs," two recent ones coping out with suicide-by-cop. This one ended, typically, abruptly, which is just as well. Practically the only thing I liked was Gibbs, alone, doubting that Dearing was dead, having Ducky make a "guest" examination, and then Gibbs stunning Fornell and the team with the announcement that Dearing is alive after all. (Of course, all of us in TV-land knew he was alive, what with the car exploding half-way through the episode.) I won't bother to comment on all the new loney personal problems of most of the team. The following criticisms are in chronological (not importance) order:



    Jonathan Cole. -- No mention at all of Jonathan ("for the fun of it") Cole (Scott Wolf), my favorite character from the finale, who heroically died trying to defuse Dearing's bomb. And didn't Cole save Gibbs' life by telling him to leave Cole alone with the bomb?



    Palmer and Ducky. -- When heart attack-patient Ducky comes to in the hospital, his first question to Palmer is concern about the casualties at the bombing. Wrong of Palmer to respond at first with something like "the focus in on you; we can talk later." Remarks like that should really traumatize Ducky. Only next did it come out that Palmer didn't know (as though Ducky would believe that coming after the earlier remarks). It reminds me of the way Tony (I think) was so slow in giving the worried father the good news that his daughter was OK, in the "Engaged" episode.



    Elevator. -- It didn't bother me that Ziva and Tony broke protocol and took the elevator in the emergency. Bad that Eli could call Ziva from Israel, but Ziva and Tony couldn't call out to ask about their rescue. And since the two of them are the most important members of Gibbs' team, you'd think that he would cell phone them to see how they were; instead he asks McGee where they are. To me the "Thighmaster" and other comments were tacky.



    Politics. -- Producer and writer Gary Glasberg sunk to a new low (if possible) with the strident pro-Democrat Party politicization of the episode. I can see the dunce bragging to anyone in Hollywood who would listen about how he helped sway the election. REPEATEDLY there were references to the "President's" great leadership, concern, direction and visitation of NCIS during the episode. Even the title Extreme Prejudice was there to juice up Obama's toughness. There has been a lot of criticism of Abby's childishness lately; I was really disgusted when she spoke longingly about being stuck in a elevator with "Amelia Earhart, Michelle Obama (who was never proud on the USA till her husband won a primary a few years ago) and Joan of Arc," all equals!



    Vance. -- Vance seriously blaming himself (re: car) repeatedly for the bombing was over the top. I could see one pro forma comment, but it went on for too long. And he was not at fault.



    Formal Titles. -- I might be off here, but it seemed to me unnatural for the Navy Secretary to formally refer to "Director Vance" and "Agent Gibbs" on his first meeting with them at the bomb site when the dust hardly had time to settle -- in the excitement of the moment.



    Cliches. -- A lot of bland sugary cliche-superlatives were thrown about. Referring to Ducky's condition, Vance said 'the old man is stronger than all of us combined." When Fornell asked, "What makes you think we can get him now" (after months of trying to catch up to him), Jarvis replied, "Because the order comes from the President." Fornell referred to the dead FBI agent who posed as a hooker, "one of the best we had." Dearing's sister-in-law referred to the dead brother as a "terrific doctor." Great writing Glasberg.



    Villain. -- Acting-wise I don't think Dearing was particularly menacing, interesting, scary, dynamic, etc. Though he was running rings around everyone, he looked just sad most of the time.



    Hooker ploy. -- No need to criticize the FBI-Hooker-Hotel ploy here; it's one thing (maybe the only thing) everyone agrees on. One comment I'd like to make is that Dearing must have been surprised when the FBI-hooker approached him. They went directly to the hotel. So, did Dearing always carries a time bomb with him? Another comment: supposing the guy just looked like Dearing. Pretty embarrassing for the FBI if they shot up an innocent man in his bathroom, along with some neighbors on the other side of the wall!



    Invading a house. -- One thing I noticed (and the same thing in many other NCIS episodes) is that when about a dozen FBI and NCIS agents (including Gibbs' crew) entered the building where Dearing's sister-in-law saw him last, they went in as a group -- SWAT-like, all at once, one after the other. I think it would have been smarter to have surrounded the place and have one or two agents enter to clear the place so that if there was a bomb or shooter there, all the agents wouldn't be downed together. And, remember, earlier Dearing set off two other explosions in the episode (hotel with FBI-girl; and auto with brother's body inside).



    Music. -- I get a headache from the constant loud, sonorous, self-congratulatory music made throughout the episode every time someone makes a word of wisdom or a development occurs. Typical of most NCIS episodes.



    Assumptions and killing Dearing. -- Too many times the story is advanced by Gibbs making unsubstantiated assumptions. There is no great reason to believe Dearing would be in his kid's first home, though the case was so important I suppose they could expend resources checking it out. And Gibbs had no good reason to think Dearing wanted to die (he faked his death after all) and that he had finished his killing crusade. ... ... Anyway, I could see Gibbs wanting to be alone to kill Dearing, but Gibbs should have gone to the childhood home with other agents surrounding the place. Being alone with Dearing, Gibbs could frame the murder as self-defense. ..,......As some other poster somewhere pointed out, it was convenient for everyone that Evan's old first home was unoccupied and available for Dearing! And it was nice of Dearing not to shoot Gibbs as he casually walked in (and dumb/lucky of Gibbs).moreless
  • not the greatest

    5.0
    AAfter waiting so long for teh season premiere was kind of disappointing. They left a lot of things out with some of the characters, like not mentioning Cole, definitely DID NOT like all the political comments thrown in. That stinks, don't need that kind of comments. Was always one of my favorite shows but that really took it down the ladder for me
  • Good Start - could had been better

    8.0
    First things first: This wasn't a bad episode.

    I don't explain the episode, so I in my opion the "the team is ok"- part was a bit to fast. I mean in the last episode of the 9th Season we had a big explosion, a near dead Ducky and noone knew "are they alright". The Producer had could make more of it. I mean I thought "Shit" when I saw McGee(k) with the wound and then they say "by the way it was just some stiches"....and Ziva and Tony? what could they bring the characters ind desperation and to the limit in the elevator.....And the hunt of Harper Dearing? It was like "we had some good time but go away we need space so die fast".....

    But all in all a good one. To less investigation, too less drama. But okay an 8ter.

    In some shows this episode would be a 10 ;-)moreless
  • The 10th Season Begins With The Team Starting Their Full-Scale Manhunt For Harper Dearing. NCIS And The FBI Partner Up To Find Him Before It's Too Late.

    9.0
    WOW!!! This episode followed the best cliffhanger ending of the series and it mostly delivered but it doesn't mean it's without its flaws. It is good to see that the entire team is fine and nobody was killed. I got scared when it was revealed Tim was impaled by a piece of glass but he lives. I had some problems with Ducky's surviving. Yes, I'm glad he is not dead but it was stupid that we did not see how someone found him. The story of Harper Dearing was excellent and it's one of the most entertaining ideas that the writers gave us. The biggest problem was the final scene. Gibbs met Dearing alone but it was so anti-climatic when Gibbs just stabbed him. There were some other problems but the good acting and the very engaging storyline overcome those flaws. I hope next episode is better.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Harper Dearing

Guest Star

Roberta Hanlen

Roberta Hanlen

Joann Dearing

Guest Star

Heather Stephens

Heather Stephens

Lorraine

Guest Star

Matt Craven

Matt Craven

Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Mossad Director Eli David

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ziva: Fornell wants me to relay this message: Are you freaking kidding me?

    • Ziva: I see you're upset. I mean, we are upset, too. But, we're safe. And you have to focus on that. You have to focus on the good.
      Abby: The good. What good? Harper Dearing took that away. First, he-he goes after innocent sailors, and then he comes after us, where we live. All I see is pain and destruction. I don't see good. I want good back.
      Ziva: Abby, if anyone can find the good, it is you. I have no doubt.

    • Palmer: Only thing worse than being scared is being scared alone.

    • Abby: What if this isn't over? What if Dearing isn't done?
      Ziva: A terrorist is only as strong as the fear he creates.
      Abby: Ziva, please. Kick his ass.

    • Vance: What do you want from me, Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
      Vance: It was my car that caused this. I drove that bomb in here. Navy men and women, innocent people, are dead, injured, and missing because of something that I did.
      Gibbs: You couldn't have known, Leon.
      Vance: It's my job to know.
      Gibbs: Leon, this is what Dearing wants. He wants you to question yourself. Wants this to gnaw away at you from the inside out. Gotta be stronger than that, Leon. For all of us.

    • Jarvis: I know we don't have an operational SCIF, so what I have to say stays in this room. We've been instructed to locate Harper Dearing and proceed with extreme prejudice. We're going to pool our resources and end this once and for all. Questions?
      Fornell: Just one. Dearing has been eluding us for months. What makes you think we're gonna get him now?
      Jarvis: This comes from the President, "Failure is not an option."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 25, 2012 on Global
      Australia: October 2, 2012 on Channel 10
      Finland: October 23, 2012 on Nelonen
      Sweden: October 28, 2012 on TV3
      Germany: January 6, 2013 on Sat.1
      United Kingdom: January 11, 2013 on FOX/FOX HD

    • Brian Dietzen is now added to the opening credits as a part of the regular cast.

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