NCIS

Season 11 Episode 24

Honor Thy Father

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 13, 2014 on CBS
7.9
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Season 11 ends with the NCIS team investigating a fire on a Navy ship that served as a secret detention site for indicted terrorists. The probe focuses on whether the blaze was accidental or an intentional diversion for an escape. Meanwhile, Gibbs visits his childhood home following news of his father's passing.moreless

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  • Very sad

    4.0
    This is very difficult. Let's divide it in two parts - the case and the tribute to Ralph Waite / death of Gibbs' father.

    The case - bad, unrealistic storyline again. First, there was that stupid Parsa-story again, then they dug up Rivera, a new death threat against Gibbs with two bad guys - it was completely over-egging the pudding, and it had no substance at all. I liked the scene in which Tony and Gibbs, the two anti-technique-freaks, handled the techniques. Liked that Tony took over the case first (but disliked that he went with that girl again), he was doing fine as the leader, but it was ridiculous that he should be scared of taking Gibbs' call. Good that he disobeyed the director's orders finally and warned Gibbs. Finally, some tension between Gibbs and Vance again - I missed that in the last episodes. Everything was just too nice. Definitely too much Bishop - I was hoping they would put her a bit more in the back as this episode was supposed to be a tribute to Waite, but I won't start moaning about her again at this point. Didn't like that the case was taken out of Tony's hands and was watered down. In the end the whole stuff was pointless - as it happened so often in this season. - 1 point for the very few good scenes.

    The tribute - Touchy scene when Vance told Gibbs about the death of his father, and I thought this episode was going to be a good one. But - there was so less of Ralph Waite that I was disappointed in the end. I was hoping for some flashbacks from earlier seasons but there weren't hardly any. Instead, they gave us an actor who bore not even a slight resemblance to Waite. And they had funeral scenes before that were more touching than this one. Almost cried when Franks was buried but this one was ... I don't know - distant. I disagree that Ziva should have turned up at the funeral because it wouldn't have suited the storyline at all. But it's childish not to talk about her but to give a hint to Ari with the dead guy in Gibbs' basement. Strongly disliked that the girl was in the funeral scene - she didn't know Jackson at all, it should have been a moment for the persons who knew him. - 2 points for the scene with Vance and the scenes in Stillwater with Cal / Carl (?) . Loved that Gibbs handed over the store to him.

    This episode left me as unsatisfied as almost every in this season. Apart from the annoying girl the writing has become so poor that they could not even get that tribute right. 1 point more for Waite who was such a great actor and was great at playing Gibbs' father. Will definitely miss him.moreless
  • Honor Thy Father

    6.5
    It felt like they were really unsure of what they wanted to do in this episode. Focus on the passing of Gibbs' father, focus on redemption or focus on the case. Unfortunately, because of too many things going on it wasn't one of the season's strongest offerings.
  • Second best of the season

    10
    Even though many dislike BIshop, its hard to deny that this was an amazing episode and decent tribute to Ralph Waite. The best was past, present, and future, in my opinion
  • Good!

    9.5
    Superb
  • I HATE THE CARTEL

    2.0
    Why must they come back?

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: During the Gibb's first flashback of him and his Father, we see Gibbs around the age of 6 walking through a water puddle holding his Father's hand. As Leroy Jethro Gibbs' birthday is May 2, 1958 ("Heartland", episode number 117, season 6, episode 4), this would put this scene around 1964.  The goof comes from the pair of shoes he is wearing, as they clearly could not exist in the 1960's. He is wearing a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars sneakers. In the 1960's the heel logo was a dark blue/black with multiple stars (one large star with 2 smaller stars on either side). The pair of Chucks young Gibbs is wearing has a white rubber logo with black lettering saying "ALL STARS." This logo and its variations didn't start till the late 1980's a full 20+ years later.

    • Ever since season 2, someone important to Gibbs has been killed or died, and then buried near the end of each season every 3 seasons:

      Season 2: Kate Todd
      Season 5: Jenny Shepard
      Season 8: Mike Franks
      Season 11: Jackson Gibbs

  • QUOTES (1)

    • McGee: Abby, Gibbs is gonna appreciate whatever we send. There's no reason to stress.
      Abby: I have to stress... because if I don't stress, then I'll stop and if I stop, I'm gonna get really, really sad.
      Bishop: When my grandma died, it helped me just to talk about her. Maybe you guys could tell me what Jackson was like.
      Abby: He gave the best hugs.
      McGee: He was the only one that could do the "Gibbs stare" at Gibbs.
      DiNozzo: With those icy-blue eyes. He gave me the sweater off his back once. White. Two functional pockets. Very soft.

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