Season 8 Episode 7

Broken Arrow

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team is surprised when Gibbs asks Tony's father to join them in a murder investigation.

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  • To The Surprise Of The Team, Gibbs Enlists DiNozzo's Father To Help Solve The Murder Of A High-Level Executive Who Became Involved With A Lost Nuclear Weapon.

    "Broken Arrow" was an excellent episode from start to finish. Robert Wagner returns as Tony's father and here he doesn't miss a beat. The case was very entertaining but that is not the highlight here. The best parts were Tony's and his father's confrontations. They were very well done and interesting. I also liked to find out that DiNozzo Senior found out that it was Junior who bought the ticket for him to Monte Carlo (Season 7 "Flesh And Blood"). The only disappointment here is the arrest scene in the end. The bad guys seemed very aggressive but I was surprised when DiNozzo Senior just punched the other one and then he is knocked out. That aside, this episode has an excellently written ending scene. I hope we see Tony's father in the future!moreless
  • Unbelievable show! The mystery was just so-so, but the scenes with both Tony's and Gibbs more than made up for the somewhat mystery. Maybe their interactions is what distracted me from the mystery LOLmoreless

    Tony Sr and Gibbs start out gruff with one another, but both warmed up a little as the show went on - that was nice to watch. Tony Jr acted like a schoolgirl many times, but it was believable because of how tense and anxious he was for most of the show.

    The scene where Ziva and Tony Sr were made was as awesome as Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore!

    But the very best was the scene with Tony Jr picking up Tony Sr from his hotel room, I fought back tears and failed!

    I also enjoyed when the Director pulled the big macho when the Chiefs of Staff guy wanted to take their case away from them.

    I didn't like the whiny accountant scenes though, but still keeping my rating at 10 because it was great.moreless
  • A 'Broken Arrow' Is Fixed.

    Wow. A beautiful episode that only wants you craving more and you just wants to watch numerous times. 'Broken Arrow' has come to be one of my favourite episodes of this season so far, mainly with all the teamwork that was incorporated - as well as all the emotions.

    The episode answered many numerous questions we been waiting for nearly a year, while still maintaining it's groove and dynamic.

    However, I found the case was slightly dull as in that it didn't play a vital part in the episode and it wasn't really like 'OMG, THAT'S THE KILLER?!'. Although, the undercover work was fabulous. :)

    Tiva was adorable throughout the episode with Tony getting jealous, Senior and Gibbs talk wasn't that amazing but I guessed the had the turn already during Flesh and Blood && Robert Wagner/Michael Weatherly's father/son chemistry was absolutely magnificent. Also loved seeing Samm Levine gueststar.

    - Funniest Moment? When Senior was greeting Ziva at the bus station and Tony screamed, "WATCH YOUR HANDS!" x)

    - Best Moment? The ending where they spoke about their past, present and future. It was beautiful about the moment of fishing, It made me cry with a certain happiness.

    I have so much more to gush about the episode but I'll leave it here with just saying, Must-see episode. ♥moreless
  • Does Agent David carry a weapon? She IS a weapon!

    Dinozzos are likes good liquors: they get better with time!

    A murder at a Naval academy brings the Team on a case involving arms dealers and a long forgotten nuke that suddenly arises form the depths of the Mediterranean sea.

    That alone would be a tiring situation, but it gets worse for Tony when his father turna out to be just what they need to solve the case... much to his disappointment.

    Loved this episode, the DiNozzos were absolutely priceless, senior managed to show "junior" under a different light; his inetractions with Ziva and Gibbs were great, I wish we could have him back for a few more episodes.moreless
  • 807

    Tony DiNozzo senior returns in this episode, and he had some great moments. He is a character who I would surely like to see on a recurring basis as it leads to some unique situations for his son, or Junior, as he calls him. There was a lot of action here, some comedy mixed in, and a really good storyline to boot. The Ziva and Senior exchanges were good, although at this point Ziva can really do no wrong in my eyes.

    Strong episode of TV's #1 show here tonight. Good to see that still be the case 8 years in.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Bruce Boxleitner

Bruce Boxleitner

Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase

Guest Star

Cameron Daddo

Cameron Daddo

Dan Mayfield

Guest Star

Kal Weber

Kal Weber

Theo Gaston

Guest Star

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Anthony DiNozzo Sr.

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Admiral Chase: Does Agent David carry a weapon?
      Gibbs: She is a weapon.

    • Tony: (to McGee) This is surreal. I feel like I'm in a James Bond movie directed by Fellini. On a stakeout, watching my father and Ziva go undercover, while you munch on a Nutter Butter.

    • Fred: Uh, Special Agent Gibbs?
      Gibbs: What, Fred?
      Fred: I have a problem. Uh, Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. is not only staying in a $1,500-a-night suite, he's also running up a huge tab. Spa treatment, manicure, room service, French champagne, and I just got a call, he's ordered a limousine for tonight.
      Gibbs: Guess you haven't got the bill for the flowers yet?

    • Ziva: Hey guys! (about the trash container) Someone's going to have to go through this. This is disgusting.
      Tony: Last time I checked, I was senior field agent.
      McGee: It's too bad we don't have a probationary agent with us.
      Tony: But we do!
      McGee: We do!
      Ziva: You're going to pull rank on me?

    • Tony: You think you're James Bond, don't you? There is no 'op' – your job is to get Ziva into the party so she can plant the bug. That's it! And then you stay out of her way, get it?
      DiNozzo Sr.: Got it. What exactly is your relationship with her?
      Tony: We're co-workers. There is no relationship. It's strictly business!
      DiNozzo Sr.: Well, then, you won't mind if I make my move? If the opportunity presents itself?
      Tony: Dad. Please. I beg you. Don't embarrass me.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: November 10, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: December 3, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: December 28, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: January 18, 2011 on TV3
      Australia: February 1, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Spain: March 4, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: March 27, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: April 26, 2011 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: September 7, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 13, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Tony: (to McGee) This is surreal. I feel like I'm in a James Bond movie directed by Fellini.

      Tony is referring to the various James Bond movies based on the character created by Ian Flemming, and Federico Fellini (1920-1993); a renowned 20th century Italian film director.

    • The episode title, "Broken Arrow," is a term in United States military refers to an accidental event that involves nuclear weapons or nuclear components but which does not create the risk of nuclear war.

    • McGee: I mean, Senior wasn't exactly Cliff Huxtable.

      The Cosby Show was an American television comedy starring Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, that focuses on the Huxtable family, an affluent African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Weatherly appeared as Theo's roommate in the episode "Theo's Final Final."

    • DiNozzo Sr.: (to Gibbs) As Bogey said in Casablanca, 'This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship'!"

      Popular quote from the 1942 movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, as Rick (Bogart) talks to the police chief Renault (Claude Rains). It is the last line in the movie, after Rick has helped Ilsa and her husband escape from the Nazis.