What is going to happen to Tony now that Ziva is gone from “NCIS“? He’s going to miss her, but how can he not try to move forward with his job? The last thing that we imagine Ziva would want from him is throwing himself a massive pity party, even if some fans understandably want to see him a little bit sad.
So for now, what CBS seems to have planned out is to try to use this season as an opportunity to explore a little bit more of his past. Michael Weathlerly’s character will be going back to his police days on the new episode “Once a Crook” airing a week from Tuesday; as the official synopsis from CBS teases, he will be also exploring a little bit of his past solving cases:
“DiNozzo returns to his Baltimore Police Department days when he sees a felony suspect from a 15-year-old case at the NCIS crime scene of a murdered Petty Officer.”
Sound like an interesting case? We’re stoked to see him exploring more as to why he is now the awesome investigator and all-around cool guy that he is now, even if it means battling some of his demons in the process. The last thing producers want to do is suddenly make Tony fans start rocking back and forth anxiously, waiting for that next exciting thing to arrive (especially since the future of Cote de Pablo is up to her and the producers of the show).
Also worth noting for McGee fans? This episode features the return of Margo Harshman as Delilah, his girlfriend who we last saw during the season premiere. We can only hope that the oh-so awkward encounters between her and Abby continue; not because we like to see Pauley Perrette’s character suffer, but because this love triangle of sorts may be one of the best sources of entertainment left on the show.
It won’t be too long after this episode that Emily Wickersham’s role of Bishop will be unveiled, and you can read a little bit more about that at the link here. We’re also going to have more on the “NCIS” ratings watch soon, as we start to see whether or not the show starts to really suffer without Cote in the cast long-term. (It certainly did not get off to a great start this past week.)