Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Review - NCIS Season 7 Episode 12 Flesh and Blood

Season seasons in, and we've gotten tidbits about Tony's father. He's rich, and didn't treat Tony right as a kid. We finally got to see him in the 150th episode of the show, and it wasn't all fun and games as you'd expect form a DiNozzo family reunion. He turned out to be something quite different.

Tony Sr. (Robert Wagner) isn't a rich man as he led everyone to believe. Instead, he's been broke for a while and is a con man. He never abused Tony as a child, but sent him off to boarding schools so he could go have fun. In the end, Tony accepts him for who he is, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. It was clear Sr. had no intention of connecting with Jr., and only grudgingly decided to do so in the end after prodding by Gibbs. The whole episode he seemed much more interested in Ziva and Abby than Tony, his son who he hasn't seen in years. Like Locke and his father in Lost, Tony wants acceptance even if his father is a dirtbag. I'm not sure I would have done the same thing in Tony's position.

Gibbs again acted like Tony's father, giving him advice and helping him deal with his real father. He's highly protective of Tony, and states that he's the best young agent he's ever worked with. For all the grief Gibbs gives Tony, he respects him greatly. The final scene where they are eating steaks was the kind of scene you'd see from a father and son whose relationship isn't broken.

The story for the most part was forgettable, and it should be in a episode that focused so much on certain characters. There was about 3 suspects total and almost no investigating. Since that was the case, the episode really lacked any action, and there wasn't much humor either.

Score: 8.8/10


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