Review: NCIS - Flesh and Blood Season 7, Episode 12

I had been really looking forward to this episode of NCIS ever since it was announced that Tony's dad -- the original Tony DiNozzo, Sr. -- would be on and played by veteran TV star Robert Wagner (Hart to Hart). Well, it was not a disappointment. Other than the fact that the mystery involving a couple of Saudi princes wasn't very complicated, it was a really good show. For more on the father and son reunion, follow me after the jump.

So Gibbs has father issues, and Ziva has father issues and now Tony, too, has father issues. I'm detecting a theme here, aren't you? It certainly explains why Jethro was so unfriendly to Senior when he was first brought in to interrogation. I expected him to be more social, but the oh-so-smart Gibbs had problems with Tony's father for being an absentee parent. I have to admit, I was blown away when Jethro brought up the bubonic plague that nearly killed Tony. He was right, naturally -- where was Tony Senior then?

The thing that sealed the antipathy between the two men, though, was Gibbs suggesting that Senior was blowing his chance to have a real relationship with an adult child, something Jethro lost when his daughter died. Despite the heartfelt sentiment, Tony Senior didn't appreciate the advice.

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Jan 13, 2010 3:12PM EST

I couldn't wait for Tony Jr. and Tony Sr. to unite, and I wasn't disappointed. I've always liked Robert Wagner. It's good to see he's aged with dignity. He played Tony's dad with that dignity, finess and just the right amount of class. Tony Jr. portrayed the son with self-respect and confidence; when at times he has purposely played the nitwit. I do hope to see Tony Sr. again.

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