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Unlucky In Love: Our Advice for Tony DiNozzo

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Some of our favorite TV characters have it all. Impressive careers, nice homes, cool cars, even great hair... but the one part of life they frequently get wrong is love.

So we here at TV Fanatic have decided to take the time to steer them in the right direction. Will they listen? Doubtful, but at least we can say we tried. Isn't that right, Olivia Pope?

Who needs our help this week? NCIS' Tony DiNozzo. Read on for our open letter to the beloved CBS character...

Tony Being Tony
Dear Tony,

In a word, your history with love has been horrendous. It can probably all be linked to the death of your mother at a young age and your somewhat absentee con man of a father.

Yes, being left at the altar by ex-fiance Wendy was a tough break and since then you'll have to admit that most of your affairs have been superficial at best. 

Your friendship and flirtation with fellow Agent Caitlin Todd certainly had potential... if a bullet hadn't ended her life much too soon.

And despite your protestations to the contrary, it appears your most emotionally open relationship was with Dr. Jeanne Benoit. You even told her you loved her and I'd bet money you meant it. Too bad you were undercover trying to bring down her notorious arms dealer Daddy. That would kill anyone's romance.

That leads us to fellow Special Agent Ziva David. Even a blind man could see the chemistry between you two. You never fail to challenge one another. You always have one another's backs and you've both been known to get more than a hint of the green eyed monster when the other's love interests come around.

To say your relationship is complicated is an understatement, but that doesn't mean you couldn't be much more than colleagues. More than friends. After all of these years, doesn't that unresolved sexual tension drive you to distraction? 

Way back in "Truth and Consequences" you were under the influence of truth serum and you warned Ziva not to ask questions she didn't really want the answers to. Perhaps it's time to man up and volunteer the information.

As much as you may bristle at your father's somewhat dishonest and promiscuous nature, it appears your own love life has begun to resemble the man's more than you'd probably like. Isn't it time to make a change?

Tony, if you truly have feelings for Ziva, it's time to put it out there. If she's not interested, she can say so and then you can figure out how to move on. If she is, then you two can work together to balance your personal and working relationship.

If working for NCIS should have taught you anything it's that life is too short. Tell people how you feel while you have the chance.

What do you think? Should Tony take a chance on love with Ziva?

 

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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part 7
if that doesn’t happen. Nor am I going to be upset and take it personally. It’s not real and people need to stop thinking that it is. I love all the characters and I can’t imagine the show without any of them.

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. Yes, I know he was on assignment, but that doesn’t mean it hurt Ziva any less. Tony has also gotten in his fair share of zingers aimed at Ziva in regard to her personality, etc…They both have shown an emotional growth and maturity over the last few years. According to MW, both Tony and Ziva have done things to each other over the years that needed to be repaired and fixed and he believes that the healing began in the elevator after the explosion. I don’t feel like Ziva is a saint and that she is perfect. I don’t feel that she is evil incarnate either like a lot of people do on this site. But if people continually want to call her out on all her faults, I just thought I would give my perspective of where I thought she was coming from. This is the last I will comment on it because it is a TV show after all. I have been watching for 10 seasons and I will continue to watch. I love the idea of Tony and Ziva being together but I am not going to stop watching if that doesn’t happen. Nor am I going to be upset and take it personally. It’s not real and people need to stop thinking that it is. I love all the characters and I can’t imagine the show without any of them.

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part 5
When Ziva makes comments about Tony being dead weight I think it is her way of protecting him. She doesn’t want to admit that she is afraid he will get hurt if he comes with her so she overcompensates and it comes out as being harsh and disrespectful. And let’s not all pretend that Tony is some saint. Ziva was raised in a man’s world so she probably doesn’t appreciate his constant womanizing and I would assume that would be a big turn off. I too would roll my eyes if my partner was constantly talking about his sexual conquests and meaningless one night stands. There is also the way he treated her when he was with Jeanne. He could tell she was concerned for him but he still lied to her about what was going on in his

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proves that he killed someone and she is torn once again. She does do the right thing and tell Gibbs. How quick would you be to turn in your parent and believe the worst about them when all you wanted your whole life was their love and acceptance? Wouldn’t we all pause a little bit before turning them in? Sorry, but most of us have hang ups with our parents. And then he gets murdered before anything can be resolved. That is a lot for one person to take, don’t you think? I also believe that she was raised to be very guarded and to not trust people. I think her aloofness is her way of protecting herself from the world. How else could you survive all of that turmoil?

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mission for her father so she can fulfill her Aliyah. That mission fails and she is captured and held for 4 months. Now, nothing is really said, but it is alluded that bad things happened to Ziva in that terrorist camp. We all know she was beaten but other things are implied when you think of her being the only woman in a camp of 30 men. Then when she comes back to NCIS, her father then again sends Malachi to burn her and accuse her of killing the American soldier, Daniel Cryer. Eli also offers no apology for Somalia and leaving her there when he does come to see her. Once she gets back on her feet she meets CI-Ray and once again he is a man that betrays her and lies to her. When her father does show up in her life again she wants to believe him. There is the little child in all of us that wants our parents to be who we want them to be and she felt elated that he wanted to come just to see her. But, that was another lie and then she sees a picture that probably proves that he killed someone and she is torn once again.

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the first 23 years of her life (a life that was spent in the war torn country of Israel, a place that is never at peace), she was neglected and ignored by her absentee father who trained her to be an assassin, her mother was killed, her sister Tali was killed and she had to shoot and kill her own brother. Then in the following years, her father sends Rivkin to her to manipulate her and confuse her so she doesn’t know who to trust. Now, I think a lot of us have done stupid things or have been blinded by love. Her partner than kills her boyfriend in her own apartment and she gets hauled back to Israel where yes, it is revealed that Rivkin had been following orders and probably never loved her. So even though Tony had her back and was right, it probably would take a little while to recover and feel the warm fuzzies for him again. Immediately after that she is left behind by her new “family� (and rightfully so) and is sent to Somalia on a suicide mission for her father so she can fulfill her Aliyah.

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So, I usually don’t do this because, after all, these are fictional characters and none of this is real but I feel that I will address this once and then be done with it. And I apologize if some of the info is wrong. I am going off memory as I don’t have the time to memorize lines and specific episodes.
People need to remember how Ziva was raised. Eli raised Ziva, according to Gibbs, to be a ruthless killer. She had no other choice. Eli raised her brother Ari in the same manner. When Eli had Ari’s mother killed, that sent Ari over the edge and made him go rogue. This is why Eli sent Ziva with the orders to kill Ari to gain Gibb’s trust. However, that is not why Ziva took the assignment-she took the assignment because she believed that her brother was innocent and she wanted to protect him. She only killed him when she heard him confess all he had done to Gibbs and then she knew she had to protect this stranger and kill the brother she loved. So, in the first 23 years of her life (a life that was spent in the war torn country of Israel, a place that is never at peace), she was neglected and ignored by her absentee father who trained her to be an assassin, her mother was killed, her sister Tali was killed and she had to shoot and kill her own brother.

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When 90% of the time Ziva treats Tony with cruel and insulting disdain. While there may be a physical attraction, (afterall they are both easy on the eyes) that mostly counts in middle school. If the way she behaves toward him is what passes for love, and the best Tony can hope for, than he is a sad character indeed.

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Well not to put too fine a point on the argument, but Ziva lied for four years to Gibbs about her original mission, for which she volunteered, to kill her half brother Ari thereby gaining Gibbs confidence. She lied to both Mossad and NCIS about Rivkin, and so was loyal or truthful to neither, but chose instead to do as she pleased and protect her ICE agent murdering lover. She again with held vital information when her father confessed to murdering the intrusive photographer, which helped lead to both Eli and Jackie's death. Apparently she was more upset at Eli's toast than his murder, as that is when she stormed out. And yes, the writers have been using the old poor poor Ziva ploy again to repair the damage her bad behavior and her cruel abrasively delivered remarks create. My point is though, that this whole discussion is around how Tony should change to be worthy of Ziva - continued....

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That is a bunch of bull. Everything she does is for someone else and we've seen it backfire on her many times. She killed Ari to save Gibbs, tried protecting Michael when he was only using her, let her father back into her life after he left her to die, told Tony at the end of season 9 that she wouldn't leave the building (which was about to blow up) without him. She is far from selfish.