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Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: The Elevator Group Hug, NCIS “Swan Song” 

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Before I get to the Moment of Goodness let me preface things by saying it was preceded by many moments of profound sadness. Mike Franks, Gibbs’ mentor and longtime friend, was murdered. The P2P killer (Lt. Jonas Cobb, played by Kerr Smith) was the one responsible. Mike’s death was an honorable one, he went out goading Cobb and fighting back like only Franks can. I don’t know about you guys but it seemed to me that Franks was already dying. He looked worn out and sick; he wanted to start drinking at 6AM and he made sure to give Gibbs his boxed up insurance. Those weren’t signs of someone who had a long time to live. Much like Jenny Shepard in Season 5’s “Judgment Day,” instead of succumbing to disease, he went out with gusto. Over the years, I’ve liked Mike Franks but he was never my favorite character. Yet, I found myself almost as upset as the NCIS crew. That surprised me. Even though we all predicted Franks would be the loss to affect the entire team, the death still had a significant impact. That’s what shows strive for — they often fall short. But not in the appropriately titled “Swan Song.”

We were witness to several scenes of Gibbs just looking lost but my Moment of Goodness came from his team: Tony, Ziva, McGee and Abby. It was really quick but it was wonderful nevertheless. Ziva and Tony were in the elevator having a moment. Ziva was seemingly very affected by Mike’s death and Tony was being her rock. Then the elevator opened up and there was McGee comforting a distraught Abby. All Tony had to say was “Bring it in” and Timmy and Abby joined their other two friends in the elevator for a group hug. This was a quiet, little moment but I loved it. Tony was being everyone’s rock and that’s exactly what they needed. I just love any time these four get to interact so this moment was unexpected but welcomed.

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