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.


It just needs to happen. Its time. Even if it doesnt work, they can still be friends and co-workers, due to the trust they appears to share. But what i'd rather see, is Deeks, after the last episode, and Kensi admitting their bond, since Deeks is still LAPD and she's NCIS, and they're just an amazing partnership :)


Putting Tony and Ziva together would be as bad as allowing a sex offender to babysit your kids, Let be truthfully here it would be a abuse realstionship and would be as bad as Gara in the fact that these two have NO chemistry together and would only be put together so people can see Ziva naked which is what the Tiva fan want because to them Tony is nothing more then the T in Tiva they don't care about him like the NCIS fans do, If anything EJ would be Perfect for Tony she no longer work for NCIS and she treated tony like a person and know how to love him NCIS really screw up killing Paul Cassidy because if Tony had chemistry with any female beside kate in the early season it was her, It was so hot their chemistry you had to watch the show naked with they were both on screen together because of how hot they were. Let just pray the writers listen to us and do what right don't put these to together I mean do we really need NCIS to be CSI2.0. I don't think so, This is how bad Tiva has made NCIS everyone with a brain and common sense know not to use an elevator in a fire or a bomb threat but because they need to make Tony a dumbass and Ziva a GOD what did they do they put them in the elevator and to make it worse the talk of the summer was not how Ducky doing it was I hope we see Ziva having sex with Tony. Truly I say as a man who is sick of everyshow being trun into a Porno if NCIS does it what make them any different then Bone and Castle or CSI all three who rating have gone down sense their Shipper having taken over the show.


@Mel, I see your point. But at the same time, unless you haven't been paying attention to the Tiva (as they call it) progression, I think the writers have done a great job in showing us that NOBODY knows Tony like Ziva does, and vice versa. Weatherly confirmed that himself during the "Housekeeping" commentary with his costar. Tony's "Mask" is often one of sarcasm & humiliation of others, and for some reason, Ziva (& Gibbs) understands that about him. If she can put up with him & vice versa, fine with me. But I don't want a bunch of Sarcastic snarkiness from HIM or her onscreen. That for me is a turnoff. Give them a chance to at least try a real relationship.


We have waited patiently for 8 years! I believe that we deserve that the next 8 years be filled with Tiva goodness. It is time. They have had incredible chemistry since day one and I love their relationship. If the writers handle it like the writers on "Castle" handle the Castle and Beckett relationship, I think it could work well for all viewers-whether you like Tiva or not. I am not asking for it to be the focal point of the show(that is not what the show is about) but having little snippets here and there like on "Castle" and in "Bones" would satisfy the Tiva fans without overwhelming the other viewers.


Sexual attraction doesn't necessarily equate to love and a healthy relationship. I would just like to see Tony with someone who loves and respects him for who he is. Someone who can see under the mask. I would hope the same for all of these characters.


Tony did admit to loving Jeanne actually, in Internal Affairs and Knockout. And I never saw any "flirtation" with Kate.


Tony - Time to man up and tell Ziva you Love her and have for a long time. Gibbs - Rule #51 'Sometimes you're wrong!' Time to get rid of Rule #12.


Dear Tony - Sexual frustration is not healthy!
Dear Gibbs - Frustrated agents are way less effective then happy ones. :)))

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NCIS Quotes

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.