Must admit I thought the same thing and yours is a reasonable explanation. I guess there could also have been an explanatory line which was cut. I was also wondering where the car came from, and indeed how they got back to Marseille, when it was considered too dangerous to hire a car or take public transport. There was a lot of story to pack in and of course only 43 minutes to tell it. Shame that it wasn't a two parter. Under different circumstances it would have made a great season finale with a cliff hanger going into season 12
Sadly though there's a huge difference between hiding behind the face of a clown and being one. In the past you're right - he did as Gibbs described it hide behind the face of a clown - though those moments were generally offset by more serious, competent Tony moments as seen in both "Aliyah" when being "interviewed" by Eli David, and in "Truth or Consequences", but sadly more recently I think he was actually treated as a clown, both by the writers in that he behaved like one and was treated like one by the other characters. Indeed even Michael Weatherly has recently described "DiNozzo" as being "the idiot in the corner". And I'm sure this is purely a coincidence and I'm reading more into this week's dialogue than was intended, but did you notice that Tony says that he finds clowns "unfunny and a little frightening"? LOL
Definitely my favourite episode of S11 by a long way! Did you hear Vance say that Tony was one of his best agents? Don't hear that much these days, though sadly the way Tony's been written of late who'd have believed it. This week DiNozzo would have given James Bond a run for his money! The moment where he shot the bad girl (sorry can't find her name) without hesitation was the most exciting and unexpected moment I've seen in ages.
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