NCIS “Gut Check”

Two major things happen with this episode. First it’s a huge PSA for the NSA. Go figure, we have to believe they are always the good guys. Second is possibly the start of the new character that will be replacing Ziva. Who happens to be the NSA agent (Ellie Bishop) who helped them solve the case. She reminds me of Felicity on Arrow. Might just be the blonde hair, but I think also the constant curiosity she has. At the end we find out she applied for NCIS before she was accepted to the NSA, we’ll see where this develops.

First aired November 19, 2013 on CBS. 


Scandal “Everything’s Coming Up Mellie”

As the title suggests this episode revolves heavily on Mellie’s story, her history with Fitz. Some huge things happen that really show that Mellie used to be human and how she became the political animal she is today.

So we start out seeing maybe 15 years prior. Before Fitz was in politics. He and Mellie are staying with his dad in California. Fitz is considering running for Governor. His dad brings in Cyrus, so this is when they all first meet.

Mellie is told, by Cyrus, she has to give up everything, and only be there for Fitz. But Fitz doesn’t want to be in politics as badly as everyone else wants him to be.

Mellie talks to Fitz’s dad one evening and as Grant Sr. puts it the next morning, “Things got a little out of hand.” That’s an understatement considering he raped Mellie. When she goes upstairs Fitz says he will stay and run for office if his dad apologizes to him. So when Grant Sr. talks to Mellie the next morning she lays out the deal for him, he apologizes, making it heartfelt, and she will not mention what happened. Obviously this happens because they have a party where she tells Fitz that she’s pregnant. Pretty sure this will be his dad’s kid, even though Mellie and Fitz had been trying.

Jump to present day and Mellie finally tells Fitz that he needs to be there for her. Even though he doesn’t really like her, she would appreciate if, for once he was there when she needed him. Shockingly enough just as she was covering for him during an interview he shows up. And he even stands up for her. Nice to see he’s willing to at least try.

Olivia continues to search about Remmington, and brings in the team to help her.

Her dad is hiding her mom under the name Omar, which the real Omar was inadvertently killed by Quinn, who is now a recruited member of B613. Since Huck has been distancing himself from her, she ended up in with one of the B613 agents and, well we’ll see where that develops, because it appears Olivia’s dad may be insuring he can kill her if necessary.

First aired November 14, 2013 on ABC.

Undercover Boss “Dutch Bros. Coffee”

President and Co-founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee Travis Boersma. He was raised on a dairy farm, he co-founded company with his brother. Hence the name Dutch Bros. They are Dutch and were brothers (his brother died in 2009). Travis is an interesting character. I’ll just leave it at that.


Prediction: medical help, vacation, trip to America to see shops
What happened: Gives him a party for the farm to celebrate their hard work, A full paid trip to America for his whole family, $10k to pay for whatever he needs, send his kid to college.


Prediction: promotion, help with dirt biking
What happened: Travis is going to buy backup systems so the workers won’t have to wait as long to get back to their jobs, $10,000 for whatever he wants, $10,000 for sister to get her own place.


Prediction: money, promotion, mentoring
What Happened: $50,000 toward her own franchise


Prediction: helping with community garden, money, helping with childcare, scholarship fund
What Happened: Created a $50,000 foundation to help baristas fund their dreams, she is the first recipient, $10,000 for her to get whatever she needs

First aired November 15, 2013 on CBS.

Undercover Boss “Family Dollar”

Mike Bloom the President of Family Dollar. By dying his hair they definitely made him look younger. He’s quite the active guy and is new to Family Dollar. He was brought in 20 months ago. He really seems passionate about making positive changes to the company, even if they cost some money. As a public company that is a brave thing to do.


Prediction: She’ll get a guitar. She might be able to help create efficient processes. He’ll help her with college.
Results: Vacation to Nashville. $5,000 a year for up to 3 years to stay with Family Dollar. Find her a job within the company after she earns her degree.


Prediction: Getting a vacation, maybe some money to pay off debts. A promotion.
Results: Will pay $12k of his $18k debt. Promoted to manager in training. Now he’s going to be salaried, and will have a financial planner to help him manage his money.


Prediction: Money and a vacation. Maybe a new car.
Results: Send him to Rock N Roll fantasy camp. New car.


Prediction: Money of course. Promotion/training of more employees. Maybe a vacation college tuition for kids. Maybe help her go to college.
Results: Apartment for a year value of $15k. Promotion increasing her pay 40%. Apparently a value of $80k between everything.