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NCIS Round Table: "Dressed to Kill"

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On "Dressed to Kill," Tony's father arrived in town with some important news for his son - and also to help this CBS drama celebrate its 250th installment.

NCIS Season 11 Episode 16 opened with Tony shooting and killing a man in a dark alley. This gave Tony senior a stark view of the dangers his son faces on a regular basis.

How did our Round Table feel about Tony senior? What about Special Agent Eugene Coyle, the man assigned to investigate Tony's gunning down of the man in Navy uniform? Below, panelists Christine Orlando and Doug Wolfe break it all down.

Gather around and join in the discussion now!

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How would you describe the episode, in a word or three (or more)?

Christine: DiNozzo Family Affairs.

Doug: Honorable Intentions.

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What was your favorite scene or quote?

Christine: Call me a sap, but it was Tony and his father's reconciliation at the end. The hug and Tony Sr. telling his son that he loved him really felt like something they both needed, badly.

Doug: I couldn't help laughing out loud at the scene where Ducky waxed eloquent about the great fictional detective characters of the past... and then got confused when Abby piped up with I like Ace Ventura.

What, if anything, didn't work for you?

Christine:  At some point, the case just got a little too complicated and I was more interested in what was going on with Tony DiNozzo senior. And does the entire world know that they can just walk into Gibbs home at any time because he doesn't lock the doors? I wonder if they are locked when he leaves for the day and that's how people no he's not home.

Doug: I'm with Christine on the convoluted case of the week, though I missed the plot hole presented by Tony's unlocked door. The thing that didn't work for me was the constant habit of Tony Senior turning off his cell phone. Seems passive-aggressive somehow. The fact that Tony Junior did it means he's picking up some bad habits from dad.

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Welcome back to NCIS, Robert Wagner. The actor guest stars on Episode 250.

Abby sees Special Agent Eugene Coyle as having a particular need to make life tough for Tony. Is she right Why or why not?

Christine:  No. I just think that's the way he is. No nonsense and very matter of fact. He comes off very cold but I believe he's just looking for the truth. But one of my favorite moments was Abby telling him, "Leave my lab. We're done here." She realized she was getting no where with him and he was dismissed. Very funny.

Doug:  We've seen this guy before, in NCIS Season 11 Episode 3, "Under the Radar."  I believe back then that there was some animosity between DiNozzo and Coyle, and can imagine that when the call went out for someone to investigate Tony, Coyle's hand was the first to shoot up. His character seems to be the antithesis of Tony's: where Tony is extroverted and boisterous, Coyle comes off as somewhat of an introverted nerd who, unlike McGee, lacks self-confidence. The seeds are there for some real animosity between them.

What's your impression of Tony senior?

Christine: I was a bit surprised that it just struck him how dangerous his son's job could be or that Tony would notice inconsistent military insignias on a uniforms. He's an NCIS agent! What did he think his son did every day? I was even more shocked that he'd tell Tony he should consider another line of work. As if that's going to happen. It all highlighted how very little he knows about his son.

Doug: I was never much of a fan of him. Christine brings up a very good point: senior is still trying to call the shots with his boy instead of respecting him for the man he is and the choices he's made. Add to that all of the other stuff we know about senior - his willingness to barge into Tony's sanctuary (his apartment) and have sex with the neighbor lady on Tony's bed (NCIS Season 10 Episode 10) - and you have the ingredients of an unapologetic narcissistic character; a guy you just wouldn't want to have around.

Here's hoping that married life will have a positive effect on him. That reconciliation scene with his son at the end was touching, too.

Was the case of the week involving the Senator's aide plausible? Why or why not?

Christine: Eh. To be honest. I wasn't all that interested in the case. It got a little too convoluted and I just stopped caring. However, I did like that the crying assistant ended up being involved.

Doug: It was terrifically complicated - maybe more than it needed to be. The idea that greed and romance would be involved certainly rings true. The thing that made the case compelling for me was the integrity of the senator.   Once she discovered her employee was involved, she considered resigning because she knew her office had lost credibility with the public. I had to admire that.

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loved it,

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I really enjoyed the ep but kinda wished they didn't have a case, so we could concentrate on things like what happens in a "shooting investigation" or Senior realising all the ins and outs of Tony's job. Not just the lip service he seems to have given most of Tony's life. But i agree with Doug about Coyle , some sort of history there and i got the same feelings in Under The Radar but not just from Tony but Gibbs as well. I wonder if we will ever find out or not

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@ guest

Yeah, I agree with you that I'd have liked to see them focus on two of those three things -- the Tony - Sr relationship, the shooting investigation, and the case; they could've simplified the case to delve deeper into the drama of the first two. They were juggling a lot of things at once and touching upon everything; not that I didn't like the episode, but it felt kinda like being served skim milk. The comic moments were really cute though -- The Ace Ventura comment, Bishop and Tony at the bullpen, Tony posing as the detective -- I LOLed a lot.

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This episode was almost a copy of the one where the auctioneer was killed. When NCIS arrived a woman was weeping behind a desk. She did it. This time as soon as I saw the woman weeping behind the desk I just knew she hsd done it. This copycat kind of writing has happened once before.

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First of all let me say I love NCIS, tony's dad, not so much. After this episode, I like him a little better. This episode I liked. It didn't center around Bishop as in previous episodes. I'm trying to keep an open mind about her, honestly I am, but her quirks i.e. sitting on the floor, or sitting on a desk just does not say this is a special agent of Gibbs. It seems to me she is getting more special attention than any of the other agents.

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I'm just glad to see something of NCIS highlighted by tvfanatic again. It's like they dropped off and buried it. Come on ... 17+ mill may be slightly off but still better numbers than most network shows. As to the ep ... There were a lot of elements I liked in interactions within the team but I'm kind of done of with Sr. until they'd give him some real meat as a character they way they did for the much missed Ralph Waite. Wagner's role is built as a caricature though this does look like they might be trying to grow him. And please, oh please, don't let JR be interested in SR'S fiancee's pregnant daughter. Am I the only one that think's that might be coming??

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I just expected a lot more from the 250th episode. It just seemed like a normal episode. The interactions between Tony and his father were great. Bishop was slightly less annoying than she has been in every other episode. And I couldn't follow the case either.

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I think if you couldn't follow the plot and felt it was too convoluted you need another line of work. I didn't find it hard to follow at all, I thought it was interesting. And who would not like Dinozzo Sr., yes, he's self centered and out of touch with his Son but that's who he is. I found it believable that he didn't realize what Tony does and how dangerous it is because he hasn't been involved in Tony's life. He loves Tony but he is a con man who uses people, however he's still charming, he's Robert Wagner! Gibbs is more the Father figure to Tony. I admired the Senator's integrity. Great show as usual.

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This Christan women doesn't sound like a fan

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@ Michael

Her name is Christine, and she is most definitely a fan. What did you think of the questions, Michael?

NCIS Season 11 Episode 16 Quotes

Tony: Don't be stupid, probie. I can make your life miserable. Just ask McGee.
Bishop: We saw your father at the hotel with a woman.
Tony: And?
Bishop: And she's very beautiful.
Tony: And?
Bishop: Very young. And, she's very pregnant.

Tony: So here's what I'm thinking. You jump on a later plan, and we all go out and have a little family dinner.
Tony Sr.: I love you, Tony.  I love you.