Give an Extra Hug

Posted at 1:26 PM, Mar 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 13:21:45-04
Gibbs bonds with Dex while investigating his handler's murder.

Gibbs bonds with Dex while investigating his handler’s murder.

Me: As soon as I saw Rizzo from “Vegas” pop up in tonight’s “NCIS,” I knew he was the killer.

Dad: When did you notice him?

Me: They were doing the satellite chat and he was sitting in the background.

Dad: I didn’t even notice that guy. He gets killed all the time.

Regardless of the killer or plot, the real star of the episode was the dog. The scene where Dex’s owner gets shot and he lies down beside him was heartbreaking. It reminds me of the photo from the funeral of one of the Navy SEALs killed in the helicopter crash. His dog was lying down in front of the casket. It was such a powerful moment. Plus, watching Gibbs talk to the dog and bond with him was too cute.  It makes me want a dog.

Dad: What would you do with a dog?

Me: Love it.

Dad: Your apartment is too small!

Me: I didn’t say I was getting one, just that I want one.

Dad: Just making sure.  I liked when the guy told Tony and McGee they had four seconds to get back to the car. Ha, ha, ha. As long as you’re faster than the other guy you’re all right.

Me: And this is why I don’t like Dobermans.

In the end, the Marine was killed because he was going to expose the contract company’s illegal activity. We hear about friendly fire incidents rarely, but I wonder how many involve this type scenario. I’m making a generalization here, but I feel like our troops and those working for contractors have different motivations when it comes to the core of their jobs. It seems like that would cause conflicts overseas. It’s just one more reason to pray for the safety of our troops.

Dad: The funeral of the Marine was a little emotional for me; especially when they handed the wife the flag. It made me think of Billy and Lisa.

Me: I think we will think of them and that moment every time we see that ceremony play out.

(Side Note: My brother Billy, who served in Desert Storm, just recently and unexpectedly died of a heart attack).

Thank you to the men, women, and families who serve our country. Your devotion and dedication keep us safe and I hope we never forget that.  That’s all the Judge-Mentalist has on this one, except to say give an extra hug to your loved ones when you can.