Tonight’s “NCIS” episode is certainly controversial. You don’t have to look very far to see proof of that, given that it is already burning up all over Twitter in a pretty substantial way.
What we are not going to do here is spend a whole lot of time speaking about Zoe Keates and Tony, mostly because it’s pointless to do so. There are going to be strong opinions on that either way; some want to see Tony move on, whereas others feel upset that these romantic moments could not have been between Tony and Ziva. Nothing the episode did would ever change the minds of those two groups. If CBS wanted to avoid some of the drama here among their fan following, it’s probably not a good idea one day after Cote de Pablo appears at TCA promoting another show.
Since the Tony romance is so polarizing and will always be so, we wanted to spend most of the time here discussing Gibbs, Fornell, and the aftermath of Diane’s death given how big of a game-changer that was last week. We really felt for both men as they dealt with this, since we for the longest time always thought of Diane as a somewhat-comic character given her romantic activities. there was a little bit of justice at the end of this story, though it came in the form of an investigation where it was realized that Sara may not have been in nearly as much desperation as it first looked in a ransom video. The one thing that would have made this whole arc better was if it had happened a little earlier in season 12.
“NCIS” has become pretty effective at using these January episodes to tell these two-week arcs, and this was a pretty solid one when it comes to the Gibbs character. Everything else, from Tony to McGee, was relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. The show has a few weeks off until February, and we’re intrigued to see what the series does until then. Grade: B-.
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