Tony DiNozzo is a man of many talents. He was once a Baltimore police officer. He's currently an "NCIS" special Agent just like Gibbs and Mcgee. Tony is the resident movie trivia buff. He's the only agent capable of interpreting Ziva's butchered American slang, and he's the department's unofficial chief of comic relief. Tony DiNozzo is a busy man; and when he comes back this fall, he will be taking on a Black Ops role. He'll be into some really serious stuff that will likely affect every facet of his life? Will it change him? Probably.
Dabbling in Black Ops may change DiNozzo's comedy style
If you've ever seen a Black Ops specialist, either on the news or on a television drama, you might have noticed they don't laugh very much. During the final scene of the "NCIS" season finale, Tony was already stepping back from his usual wisecracking self. He was looking pretty serious.
He was usually a pretty amusing guy. His comedy didn't always hit the mark; but regardless of how it was received, he was out there pitching it each week. When Tony returns in the fall, he may very well be walking in the shoes of a more sober man. If he keeps his sense of humor, it's likely to lean toward the dark side.
Tony's Black Ops mission will probably put a new ding in his relationship with Director Vance
It's fair to say that none of the "NCIS" team really love Director Vance. Interactions have always been just this side of strained. They tangle with mutual disrespect each week. Vance's job used to be Gibbs' job. That could be one reason for the discord. Otherwise past shows have been sparse on details as to how things got so twisted.
The way Tony's Black Ops assignment was handed out... the big guys going over Vance's head and speaking directly to Tony... didn't help things at all. Thank's to DiNozzo's new role, his relationship with Vance is destined to return to the small screen with equal measures of resentment and rapid decline.
Tony's new assignment could mean killing a friend
In the season finale, Tony was given a folder with information on a coworker who had been leaking confidential information. He was picked to handle the situation. From the tone of the conversation, and the fact that they dubbed the mission a Black Op, the solution could involve killing someone Tony knows.
Whose name was in that dossier? Was the "NCIS" coworker someone Tony knew personally? If he knew the target, were they a passing acquaintance or a really close buddy? Was it Tim, Ziva or Jethro? The answer to that question was part of the "NCIS" season ending cliffhanger to be resolved in the fall. Whoever it is, it's bound to change Tony's friendships with everybody else.
Tony's Black Ops assignment could change his thinking on "office" flirtations
DiNozzo has bragged about his skills with women, although it's been mostly talk. Viewers have seen his running flirtation with Ziva. He also got into a pretty serious thing with E. J. Barrett. How would it affect him if either of those two ladies turned out to be his Black Ops target? It would certainly make him think twice the next time he decides to ignore Gibbs' Rule # 12, no agent-to-agent relationships.
No matter whose name is in Tony's Black Ops dossier, it will change him. How will it change him? Viewers will just have to wait and see.
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