I don't think that the writers really care at all what they do to Tony's character. There is no sincere interest in evolving him. They feature Gibbs and the many aspects of Gibbs's super awesomeness and tragic past nearly all the time and McGee seems to be the only other character they give much of any thought to this season. They needed a humor moment and since Tony's had his one and done this season he's already had his once a year flattery.
Tony is in a lose-lose situation for fans. Some want him with Ziva and find him "moving on" as horrible. Some want him to be the womanizer, SiC he was before, free from all this talk of ships on the show and focused on getting Gibbs' approval. Some think he's all humor and no substance, and others think he's become too mild-mannered. If you ask me, these last few years are the first times Tony has been allowed to grow very slowly on his own. I was a big fan of Tiva but in those last years it was about Tony supporting Ziva, struggling to get close to her and him being shut out. That became harder and harder to watch in season 10, when his purpose became all about making Ziva open up to him and looking sour and put out when she wouldn't. I don't want those days back again. He's had Cadence that was about him and his past and was a Tony episode but we had other episodes that focused on him heavily from when he met Agent Pendergast, then when he reconnected with Zoe. His interactions and mentorship with Ellie has been good to watch, there will be two episodes with his father. We've seen him in the field in the Thanksgiving episodes, the Pendergast episode, the episode when Gibbs was kidnapped by pirates, he got Gibbs and McGee out of Russia in the first episode. He's more likely to check Gibbs when he is out of line. I didn't like that he lied to Zoe but I don't see indication that this relationship is done or that this was a big thing, not from what I saw. It's a big thing that he is in what he calls a serious relationship, the very first one we've seen him in as himself, not Tony Dinardo, in the entire series. That might have been the point of mentioning Zoe in this episode. This is his first months-long, stable, non-undercover relationship in twelve years! I don't know if it will last, but he's figuring it out, making mistakes. He was afraid to tell the team about her recently. The team only knows about Zoe and Tony because she came to see Abby. If she hadn't, this relationship might still be his secret. Letting himself have something that he'd call a relationship is huge, and while it's a long time coming, I wish he would get some credit for that. I understand frustrations when Tony is used for humor, but that's not all he's been used for in this episode or for a couple of seasons. Tony will never be what he was in seasons 1 and 2, but he was much more immature then and used much more for humor than now. He was more insecure with Gibbs, more antagonistic with all of coworkers too. The writers are thinking about him. How many other characters have gotten as many flashback episodes like Tony has besides Gibbs? How many other characters have their parents come season after season? My impression is that the viewers sometimes forget what the character has gotten to do or write him off too quickly and don't see the complexity that is there.
I appreciate your thoughtful post. I guess what I miss the most is seeing Tony portrayed as a great agent with heroic morals in a really compelling and suspenseful story. Now all we see is a mild mannered mostly completely insignificant agent featured occasionally in a C plot story, which has nothing at all to do with being a good agent. While Cadence focused on Tony's past a bit, once again it was a mild episode with no suspense, danger, or much intrigue. I just don't understand why the writers give only Gibbs and others danger and suspense filled stories while Tony is never in the center of the storm anymore. Tony gets the occasional nod in some unrelated sub plot but tptb seem to have made a pointed effort to downgrade his skills by never letting us see them while quite obviously upgrading McGee's skills and importance. I just don't get it. It's a waste of a good character and a terrific actor traded in for a less compelling one. If this season finale is another GIbbs or McGibbs, or Gibbs and Vance, or Gibbs and guest star story arc with Tony clicking the clicker again I think I just need to give up and accept that accentuating Tony as a great agent is permanently off the table.
I wish Mcgee would get some love seem like this season has been ALL tony all the time.
So, now we've brought up the 'Love Triangle/Gay Guys' reveal, can we explore the S&M question? After all, wasn't the Marquis around about in this very close and approximate time? AND, BTW, doesn't it seem that given all the other somewhat violent elements extrant in this society and era, that we shouldn't also look at the psychological forces at play in another, perhaps even more hidden kind of sexual, sadistic, and perhaps amoral tradition? -Psychology today anyone?
Just keeps getting better and better every week.............. I, too am Anti Anika--especially after what she did to L..............Lucious DOES need to kick her to the curb............ I think I may have to side with Hakeem when he says Lucious is unable to love anybody but himself............... I'm glad they did away with that awful hair they had Terrence wearing in the first episode.........
How did Hailey answer her phone if she left it in Andy's car???
She answered it via her iPad.
I agree with the prediction that Maddie will be a match for Deacon............I don't know why they haven't even thought of that or mentioned it........... No way Rayna will let Jeff try and take over Layla's career. Looks like Teddy is about to be in some real trouble............. Can't figure where they are going with Scarlett and Dr. Hottie.........unless they are trying to change Scarlett as a character.........
"We wonder how much time Yolanda put into picking out the teams for this little race" Yolanda didn't "pick teams." The organizers picked names out of a bag. [Unless Yolanda rigged this in advance.]
You completely didn't even address Olivia and Barba discussing Baby Noah and his father and Olivia not wanting him to find out about Noah.............. As far as this "ripped from the headlines" story......Yes it was Casey Kasem and as far as I know that poor man still has not even been buried................Jean Kasem is a despicable human being...............
I am sorry to say that I don't think this show will be renewed............
The show lacked the integrity of a true detective show. It was an insult to the professional peace officers for Laura to become intimate with the suspect in almost every episode. Too bad for Debra Messing because she is such a good actress who deserved better.
I think the kiss is a interesting and even real path to go but I also think Clarke is also struggling to know how much there are of real feelings and how much is circumstances. Is the attraction deep or is it just there. They've also been together a lot and under a lot of stress so I think the progression was natural. Could Clarke potentially have to use it, maybe. But I think it's more of a lets see how things go and I need time. Also, I think you Bellamy is also there too, so some confusion as to where that relationship falls might also be apart of the hesitation. As for Octavia....I like her working towards being a grounder and I like that she's voicing that opposition but I'll admit I found her a bit annoying too, even though I did agree with some of it. That being said, Indra gave my favorite scene talking to her about it at the end. "That's War." Octavia has a lot of growing to do and I think she's going to learn the hard way in the coming battle about choices and understand a bit more that hard area. She has the potential to be a badass though I also think it will be a little sad to see her eventually take it on fully as she'll be the last to truly loose the innocence of thinking 'right and wrong' in war. Even if I hated the choice Clarke made too. I am curious if Clarke tells Bellamy about it and his reaction if he finds out. He's helped balance her out, (and she, him)even when they disagreed but I wonder if this will create a division or be the final solution to getting Clarke truly on level as a leader with a code that she won't break on regardless of the situation.
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