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My fondest NCIS wish is that tptb can actually sacrifice a potential super awesome hero Gibbs story line and cast Tony instead. But more than likely, Gibbs will get every single one of them and Tony will be portrayed as a somewhat pathetic horny 40 something guy who may or may not be able to attract the attractive guest female as the "humorous" C plot as the team smirks disrespectfully.

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Right, I know. But since it's a Gibbs episode (aren't they really all though?) there will be more danger, peril, and drama in that one episode than Tony will get for last year and this year combined. And what is Glasburg talking about with the Gibbs/DiNozzo relationship. They haven't been portrayed as close for years. In the last four or five trips super Gibbs took abroad he either took McGee or Ziva. The only time I can recall that Tony and GIbbs went together was in South by Southwest. The only reason Tony got to go on that one was so we could compare what an awesome macho he man cowboy Gibbs was compared to the utterly ridiculous Tony, who couldn't figure out which end of the horse to sit on. The Gibbs and Tony dynamic got shredded when Bellasario left and Tony became the team joke who Gibbs no longer needed.

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I swear that I think that GG and the other executive producers just don't give a crap about the character of Tony or his fans. It's all about Gibbs getting every dramatic moment, danger filled action scenes, flattering characterization, and hero moments. So in order to "grow" Tony they are going to revert him back to his horn dog frat boy days and watch as the team smirks and comments on his inappropriate bragging and inevitable humiliating strike outs. But unlike the early days, Tony won't be getting any undercover assignments or stories that feature his bravery or allow him to be surrounded by the most dangerous situations since ALL those episodes have to feature Gibbs now. Meanwhile Gibbs, McGee, Bishop, Ducky get thoughtful drama, action, and stories that don't make them out to be horses asses and deluded losers. Oh well, as long as Harmon's Gibbs gets all the opportunities to be the hero and shine in all the dramas all is well in NCIS land. Tony will continue to be marginalized to provide comic relief. Sucks to be a Tony fan.

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It is McGee who will accompany Gibbs on this action packed premier. Tony never gets to figure in in the really exciting stories anymore. Gibbs is exclusively the big hero and McGee has become his second in command. Tony was demoted years ago when he began to be written as the team's weak, irrelevant link and resident idiot. Tony fans will be lucky to get a one and done for their favorite and I guarantee it won't be action packed.

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I don't see much ahead for Tony. It's become the super GIBBS show and giving Tony anything remotely flattering might take the spotlight off of wonder GIBBS and that's a huge no no.

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I quite agree that the show is better without Ziva. Her character had become too central and Tony's only reasons to exist seemed to be to prop her and her multitude of dramas up, and of course to provide self humiliating comic relief. I really don't have any hope that Tony will get much of anything again this season. Gary Glasburg gives all the nail biter action stories, emotional stories, and hero moments to GIbbs. I don't think that the writers are actually allowed to make Tony look too good. Weatherly's acting and Tonys' character might turnout to be more compelling than Harmon's Gibbs and that's against the rules.

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I will be surprised if Gibbs hasn't already handled all the danger by the time Tony gets there. So if we're lucky, Tony will get to stand with a gun in the last 10 seconds of the episode while Gibbs and McGee survive a helicopter crash, wolves, and a massive fire fight. The writers go out of their way to give us hero Gibbs, and non entity Tony these days.

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Wish I could be excited. As usual Gibbs, this time with McGee, gets the most action packed dramatic story of the season while Tony sits in the office and clicks the clicker. Wish Gibbs, McGee or Bishop was my favorite. It really sucks to be a Tony fan. I don't guess he'll get much of anything again this season. All the good stories will go to Gibbs, as usual.

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I can't wait for Tony to finally get at least a little piece of a story. So far all real spoilers have been about GIbbs, McGee, Bishop, and Ducky. Ziva treated Tony like crap and her portrayer quit the series. I'm glad she's gone and hope she stays that way. The writers turned Tony into a blithering idiot who couldn't do anything right in order to make Ziva look superior. I had actually stopped watching the show by the end of season 10 because I couldn't take anymore ZCIS, featuring butt of every joke Tony who was emasculated in order to flatter wonder Ziva. I can't wait for Tony to get a new love interest. I just hope that the writers actually make her seem to like and respect him. It's been a really long time since any character on the show seemed to do that.

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Michael Weatherly is so talented, interesting to watch, and handsome. His Tony hasn't had a story arc that actually focused on his character since season 4. I really wish that tptb would give him a big multi episode crime arc this season. I'm tired of Gibbs, and formerly Ziva, being the only one who gets big stories. I watch the show for hero, great agent Tony, not supporting cast to everyone else's big dramas, butt monkey Tony and that's mostly what we've been served for the last 7 seasons.

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