Sins of the FathersNovember 23, 2011
Let me get the obvious part out of the way. Yes, the timing for this week’s episode was awkward after authorities reopened the investigation into Natalie Wood’s death, but it had nothing whatsoever to do with the appearance of Hollywood legend, Robert Wagner in this week’s episode of NCIS. We fans adore RJ, we adore Anthony DiNozzo, Sr., and we were thrilled to have both back. When it was all said and done, it was “a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” Let’s move on.
This episode was written by my favorites, George Schenck and Frank Cardea. I know I’ve flirted with the idea that Jesse Stern is my favorite, and Steve Binder comes really close to the head of the list, but George and Frank, as I like to call them, consistantly deliver. And, after all, they are the ones who gave us McGee. How could I not love them for that alone?
George and Frank are known for their stand-alone episodes and many of them are fan favortites, like “Dead Man Talking,” “Mind Games,” “Probie,” “Stakeout,” “Inside Man.” They also wrote “Flesh & Blood,” introducing us to Tony’s father, and “Broken Arrow.” It’s the RJ trifecta.
In this episode, they also introduce us to probationary agent, Ned Dorneget. He’s sort of a baby McGee and an interesting addition to the mix. After 8 years, McGee is too experienced an agent (and too smart a guy) to keep playing the noobie. Ziva, while lowest on the totem pole (or highest as Ducky would say) when it comes to Special Agent status, is still very knowledgeable . Bringing in a new agent for the team to teach and torment is a wise decision. The only concern is getting the cast so bloated that screen time gets shortened. We saw that with EJ’s team, and by the end of the arc, we were ready for them to leave so we could have the A team back.
Being the new guy doesn’t come without its hazards. We know how Tony treats probies. McGee’s been there and done that. Gibbs doesn’t like strangers. And frankly, redshirts are targets. Look what happened to Lee and most recently to Levin. Dorneget has potential. I’m looking forward to getting to know him and to getting to know the regulars through the interactiion with him. Don’t get comfortable, Dornie, but welcome to the wonderful world of NCIS.