Anyone who has ever watched more than one episode of NCIS knows that there are certain things they are destined to see on just about each and every episode. If you, like me, are a huge fan of NCIS, then you expect these things to happen. If they don’t, you are disappointed and wonder if the writers have decided to take away the things that are comfortable about NCIS, like a certain warm blanket on a cold winter’s day. Here is the top 10 things anyone can expect to see on NCIS almost each and every week.
Number Ten – Abby Hugs
Abby, the crazy, lovable and sensitive goth forensics specialist always has a hug for her fellow teammates at NCIS. Whether it’s Gibbs, Tony or any of the other characters, Abby is very physical in her love for her fellow co-workers. This is made apparent at the sexual harassment meeting they had in one of the episodes. When told that hugging in the workplace is considered sexual harassment, Abby is appalled. She questions whether her hugging bothers them and all of them deny it. Abby then says, “I’m hugging you all in my mind right now”. You can watch the whole sexual harassment meeting which is about 2 minutes long here. Check it out. It is hilarious and deals not only with Abby’s hugging fetish, but the number one habit (head slaps) as well.
Number Nine – Ducky’s Stories
Whether Ducky is talking to the NCIS investigators, his assistant Palmer or a dead body, Ducky always has a story to tell about anything and everything. Whether it is just to ask the dead body what they can tell him or whether it’s telling stories about history or from his past, Ducky always has some relevant and entertaining facts interspersed with his personal knowledge of said things that he shares.
Number Eight – Abby’s Caff-PowAddiction
Just as a car needs gasoline to power it, Abby needs her Caff-Pow in order to keep her mental faculties flowing. Gibbs is usually the bringer of Caff-Pow, but several others have brought her the delicious and highly caffeinated drink (like Tony and McGee) during the six year run of NCIS. Everyone at NCIS knows that Abby is not at her best without her Caff-Pow. Abby has tried to quit but can’t quite do it. And in every episode of NCIS you will see one of the team bringing her a Caff-Pow or she already has one, usually slurping up the last of it and looking eagerly for more.
Number Seven – Tony Getting Into His Partner’s Personal Business And Teasing Them
Tony lives to find out things about his partner’s lives. Whether he is just nosy and annoying, or whether he really cares and it’s the detective coming out in him, Tony always manages to find out what is going on in their lives. Of course, most of the time he spends the entire episode of NCIS teasing them about something he has found out. Examples of this have been when he’s found out that Kate was in a wet t-shirt contest, who the women on the team were currently dating (Kate once dated one of Tony’s frat brothers) or that McGee has poison ivy (taping McGee scratching in a bad area at a bad angle made Tony’s day).
Tony’s co-workers get annoyed with him, yet when he is not around they miss him terribly. There is no one there to start up a conversation, to keep them entertained or to verbally spar with about any given topic. NCIS would be very boring without Tony’s constant teasing as evidenced in the episode, Agent Afloat.
Number Six – The Sexual Tension Between Tony And Ziva
Everyone knows these two have a thing for each other and it’s about time that the NCIS writers put them together as a couple. Or maybe not. The sexual tension between these two has viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting to see if they will ever get together.
Tony gets jealous of Ziva and Ziva is not ony jealous of Tony, but protective as well. It is clear that Ziva has cared about Tony for a long time, even through his romance with Jeanne Benoit and now that they are both single, it might be fun to explore a relationship between the two. However, if the romance doesn’t work out, where would that leave the two characters who have to work together each and every day?
Maybe that’s why the writers haven’t elaborated and instead have stuck with innuendoes. Whatever the reason, this is a definite reason for watching NCIS.
Number Five – Gibbs Saying “Ya Think?”And Being Protective Of His Team
One of the best things about NCIS is Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The hard core Marine who is very determined to teach his “kids” how to handle themselves in the field so that nothing happens to them. When one gets hurt or goes missing, Gibbs is like a bloodhound on the scent until he finds them. And God help anyone who does anything to any of his crew. Gibbs will get violent – sometimes to the point of killing the perp. Think Kate and Ari Haswari.
While Gibbs will be the first one to rip into any of the team if they do something wrong, it is only because he doesn’t want them to get killed or hurt. And he is always the one to stand by and smile proudly or make a comment if they do something right. One of my favorite quotes on NCIS was when Tony came back from investigating a victim’s apartment and found things that led him to believe that they were at the first stages of their relationship since the woman had cosmetics at the apartment but no clothes. Then he pointed out that they weren’t being sexual, at least for the moment, since he found a bottle of pills for a yeast infection. While Kate “euwed” about this, Gibbs smiled and said, “You might not like his tactics but you gotta love the results”.
Gibbs can be sarcastic – in fact, he usually is – that is part of his charm. His sarcasm usually comes out around the suspects, but he can use them on his team as well. Listen closely and 9 out of 10 episodes on NCIS, you will hear Tony, McGee or Ziva make an observation that is totally obvious, only to hear Gibbs say, “Ya think?”
Number Four – Tony’s Loyalty To Gibbs
Tony and Gibbs have a father/son type of relationship on NCIS that is great to watch. While Gibbs cares about all of his team and is very protective of each and every one of them, Abby and Tony are his favorites. You can see it in every episode. Abby is so lovable who wouldn’t care about her? Since Gibbs lost his own daughter, he protects Abby as if she were his daughter. Tony is very much like Gibbs and Gibbs sees Tony as the son he never had.
While Gibbs feels this way about Tony, Tony is definitely one to look at Gibbs as not only a mentor and teacher but as a father figure as well. In almost every NCIS episode, Tony will let his admiration for his boss show through, whether telling someone else about Gibbs’ special gifts or whether he is hanging on every word or following Gibbs around like a “Loyal Saint Bernard” as Gibbs once put it. Tony is always looking for Gibbs’ approval and reassurance of his love. This is especially apparent in the episode “Missing” when Tony keeps saying, “I know you missed me, boss” until Gibbs turns and tells him, “Tony, you are irreplacable.”
Every time Gibbs gives Tony a compliment on NCIS, you see Tony’s face light up as if he has been given a great reward – which is usually the case since Gibbs doesn’t hand out that many compliments. And the expression on Tony’s face in the episode Sandblast, when Gibbs tells a homeless man, “My son, Tony plays that game all the time”, says it all. He wants Gibbs to consider him a son.
Number Three – Tony’s Many Nicknames For McGee
McGee and Tony have a brother relationship on NCIS. Tony is the older brother who likes to give younger brother, McGee a hard time. This started out as a “probie hazing” but has continued on throughout the seasons. Many people might think that Tony is just being annoying when teasing McGee, however, it is clear that Tony cares a great deal about McGee and just doesn’t want to see him get hurt. No episode of NCIS made this more apparent than these two – Witness and Probie. In both episodes, McGee felt badly about people dying (in Witness, a girl McGee liked was strangled before he could help her and in Probie, McGee shot and killed a man) and Tony helped him through it with support and some encouraging words.
While older brothers will look out for their younger brothers, they also love to tease them. Tony is no exception to the rule. He is the “jock” brother who makes fun of his nerdy younger brother. With that comes nicknames. These include probie, probaliciious, Probie-Wan-Kenobi, McGoogle, McCrazy and my personal favorite McGeek. But whatever nickname Tony is using, you can tell he is teasing. If anyone else outside of the NCIS team were to try that, Tony would have their head.
Number Two – Gibbs Sneaking Up On His Team
While it is true that the person talking, usually Tony, will feel that Gibbs is behind them after they’ve said something they don’t want him to hear, they never actually hear him sneaking up on them. Most of the time, their question of, “He’s right behind me, isn’t he?” is due to paranoia, since Gibbs is great at being right there without them knowing about it. And he always seems to know what they have been talking about when he strides through the NCIS office. Either Gibbs is a psychic or he has great hearing and stealth tactics. Either way, he keeps the NCIS team on their toes and it is hilarious to see the expressions on their faces when caught.
Number One – Head Slaps
No episode of NCIS goes by without someone getting a head slap, usually from Gibbs. While the rest of the team have taken up the affectionate head slapping, Gibbs is still the main one to dish them out. And of course, Tony is usually the receiver of said head slaps. However, when Gibbs has been too upset to head slap Tony, Tony has either done it to himself or he gets worried. As he told Abby in the episode Kill Ari, he didn’t want Gibbs being nice, he wanted him to be Gibbs. “With you and Ducky, Gibbs is nice. With me, it’s a slap on the head.” Abby says, “Which makes you feel needed”, and Tony readily agrees.
While many would think that head slapping is awful, especially when Gibbs head tapped Tony while he is the hospital fighting the plague in SWAK, it is just a way of getting their attention. And the one in the hospital – Gibbs wanted Tony to fight for his life. He wanted everything to be as normal as possible. This consisted of Gibbs ordering Tony that “you will not die”, smacking him on his head and asking, “did you hear me? You will not die” to which Tony responded, “Got ya, boss”. Gibbs gave him a new cell phone, showing that he had faith that Tony would fight for his life and faith that Tony wouldn’t die. The tactic worked. The normalcy of Gibbs and the cell phone gave Tony hope, as evidenced by the way he clutched the cell phone to his heart after Gibbs walked away.
Gibbs doesn’t stop with his team when it comes to head slapping. In one NCIS episode, Gibbs has even slapped the back of his own head. Tony has also done the same thing. Tony is the next worse at head slapping, since he likes to copy everything Gibbs does.
NCIS would not be the same without these “love taps”. It is a trademark of the show. There have been several fans who have made videos about the infamous head slapping. The best one, in my opinion is this one here. It was put together by Dinid, who puts in Tony’s explanation of why they head slap and Ziva’s reaction before actually seeing the many head slaps. If you are a fan of NCIS, check it out. Even if you aren’t, this vid is good for a laugh and may draw you in to one of the best television shows on the tube today.