It's a shame to see the Paula Cassidy character arc finally come to an end. After three seasons of sparring with Tony as a potential love interest, Donald has firmly closed the book on all things Agent Paula Cassidy in a rather convincing and final fashion. Crackerjack suspense and great humour punctuated by tragic events and genuine emotion make this one of the most harrowing and thrilling episodes to date. There are very few shows out there that consistently give me goosebumps, but NCIS manages to do so somehow almost every single week! I'm glad that Tony's character is taking steps into emotionally uncharted waters, as it will help him grow, but it will also mean that his character won't be taking the same risks he used to. The development of McGee's novelling career is an interesting angle, and I have noticed a slightly different approach this year. It seems that almost every episode it's one character's turn in the barrel, from Ziva finding love through a dying runner that she sees one a day, to Tony's emotional awakening due to a personal tragedy, to Abby's (short) man troubles, now it's McGee's turn this week and I can't wait!
I'm not sure what show thwolf was watching, but it doesn't appear that he was watching this one. Crossing Jordan has been one of the freshest and most interesting of the new crop of "crime dramas" that have surfaced recently. In the same vein as CSI, this show has taken the genre to new levels. It does what CSI does, but better, with more humour and a more interesting cast. Does CSI do well as a show? Yes, but if I had to pick between the two, my money would be on Crossing Jordan. Miguel Ferrer has done top notch work (Top Guns: Part Deux notwithstanding), Jill Hennessy is one of the hottest looking women out there, Jerry O'Connell, well, I've liked him since "My Secret Identity", and the supporting cast crack me up on a weekly basis. As for accuracy and versimilitude, I have a friend who works in the local Coroners office and while the office he works in isn't nearly as bright and breezy as the Boston office in Crossing Jordan, the general feel and the equipment that is mentioned in the show is spot on. Someone on staff does their homework.