Next week's big 200th episode of NCIS puts an It’s a Wonderful Life spin on TV’s #1 drama.
More specifically, "Life Before His Eyes" is based on the 1998 film Sliding Doors. Whatever parallels you want to make, it's going to be out of this world ... in the literal sense. We're talking alternate realities.
Fans are used to single NCIS agents Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) on the same side of the table and exchanging wisecracks and quasi-flirty remarks. Well, that won't happen Tuesday.
Here's a shot of married (!) Tony interrogating a handcuffed Ziva, who’s still with Mossad:
“The interrogation is as if they hadn’t met” six seasons ago, says showrunner Gary Glasberg, who says the scenario is meant to explore how never meeting her “would've affected Tony in his world and Ziva in her world.”
The scene is part of the fallout of a situation NCIS leading man Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) experiences, which makes him wonder about how decisions he’s made in the past have effected the lives of those around him.
The episode airs Tuesday, February 7 at 8 p.m. EST. Watch the NCIS 200th episode promo if you haven't seen it, then weigh in with your thoughts on what you expect from this unusual, milestone installment of the series.