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Season 7 Episode 12

Flesh and Blood

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gibbs is worried about Tony's ability to handle his job when Tony's father turns out to be linked to their newest investigation, an assassination attempt on a foreign prince.

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  • DiNozzo senior turns up in the middle of an investigation.

    This was an enjoyable episode where we see Tony's dad for the first time when he comes when NCIS are looking into the assassination of a foreign prince With DiNozzo senior returning it reveals that he has issues with Tony and Tony finds out that his life has been a con This episode had its funny moments and ended very well and it ended well for junior and senior but it was obvious who paid for the flight but was one of the best episodes of the season.moreless
  • No wonder Tony is a jerk - it's genetic.

    I normally despise Tony - he and Abby are the main reasons I lost faith in NCIS for several seasons. (They abused the new guy, Tim, too much.)

    But this episode was an eye-opener. I now have to upgrade my opinion of Tony to mere dislike - and save words like 'despise' for his father.

    Also, this was one of the few episodes where I felt some sympathy for the murderers. Not that much, mind.

    And what's with Ziva letting her hair down? Sure, she looks pretty - but her usual ponytail makes her look *hot*!

    Anyway, good episode - good emotional depth and all that. Gibbs did good.

    The ending surprised me - that was quite good. Sad and pathetic, of course, but good.moreless
  • Tony's dad shows up.

    Another episode of NCIS, another somewhat enjoyable hour of TV. Don't get me wrong, this is a good program with compelling characters played by strong actors with witty writing to boot. But does it warrant the 20 million plus viewers it gets every week while Damages barely cracks one million and Fringe is on the brink of possibly being canceled? I'm not so sure about that.

    This episode featured a lot of comedy between the characters, but also a good storyline with generic shady Arab characters. So for that reason I had to rate this a little bit lower as this was not the most original plot the show has ever done.moreless
  • Great episode

    This episode reveals a lot more about Tony and his relationship with Gibbs as well as his upbringing.

    We knew he came from a rich family - good schools etc - but what we find out is very different from what we expected and explains a lot about his character.

    From the start I really disliked his father - I hated the way he called Tony 'Junior'. I guess that it is a cultural thing, me being English and all! We just don't call our children Junior.

    There were some superb scenes. The talk between Tony and his Dad in the bar revealing what a sad childhood he had.

    The scene between Gibbs and d'Nozzo Senior was very revealing of the sort of protective feeling Jethro has for his team. Loved the lines about Tony hiding behind the face of a clown and being the finest young agent he had ever worked with.

    It was interesting to see the contrast in the different family threads. The Saudi prince protected his son but in the d'Nozzo family it was the son who protected the father.

    I loved the finishing scene with Gibbs and Tony sharing a steak and Gibbs seeing straight through Tony's attempt to cover up his generosity by saying it was the prince who had paid the tab.

    Very enjoyable episode all round.moreless
  • Tony's dad makes an appearance which hinders Tony from concentrating on the case

    It's the 150th episode of NCIS and to celebrate, they decide to dwell in Tony's past a little, by bringing in his dad, excellent played by Robert Wagner! The insight we get of an absent father that we only got hints of in pasts episode, who struggled to be a good father to his son after the death of his wife.

    I actually forgot there was a case going on with Daddy DiNozzo being around! My focus was on that, so a second viewing had to be done. And I have to say, the case wasn't all that much, they got it done by the halfway point and the focus was on Tony and Daddy DiNozzo, who Tony figured out, wasn't all that he appeared to be.

    Character wise, a very good job! We get the insight of Tony and his, not so great relationship with his dad, who didn't even know that Tony had almost died (SWAK) until Gibbs desided to have heart to heart.

    Case wise, meh, the fact I had to view it another time just for the case alone. The case ended up in the background while Daddy DiNozzo's presence was more of the issue.

    Still this episode was great, the case and Daddy DiNozzo's presence went sort of hand in hand. Had the same theme.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

Penny Johnson Jerald

Penny Johnson Jerald

State Department Official Joanne Torrence

Guest Star

Joe Lando

Joe Lando

Navy Lieutenant Commander Rob Clarke

Guest Star

Alon Abutbul

Alon Abutbul

Prince Omar Ibn Alwaan

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Anthony DiNozzo Sr.

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • GOOF: In this episode we learn that Tony's mother died when he was 8. In a previous episode, Tony said his mother dressed him up in a sailor suit until he was 10 so there is some incongruity.

    • TRIVIA: This is first time we learn that Tony has his father's name, and is "Jr.".

    • GOOF: Tony compromised security by telling his father where the prince was being kept under protection and by allowing him to use the NCIS computer which would have access to classified info.

    • TRIVIA: Michael Weatherly played Robert Wagner in The Mystery of Natalie Wood. Robert Wagner plays Anthony Dinozzo's father in this episode.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Ziva: Where are you going on your cruise?
      Tony: That is need-to-know information. You don't need to know.
      Ziva: Aren't you too old for spring break?

    • Gibbs: Hey. How'd it go at the hotel?
      Ziva: Prince Sayif is a chauvinistic royal pain in the tush.
      Gibbs: Well, he's not used to anyone saying no to him.
      Ziva: You may have to hire someone to protect him from me.

    • Gibbs: Abby, what are you doing?
      Abby: Don't say it Gibbs, I know my shoes and socks. It's miss-match Monday.
      Gibbs: For who?
      Abby: For me.
      Gibbs: How about it's-make-my-day Monday, for me.

    • Abby: (upon seeing Tony's father) Maybe Tony didn't have a mother... maybe he was cloned!

    • Ziva: So how many amendments to the Constitution?
      Gibbs: Uh, Bills of Rights is the first ten. Prohibition's 18. I'm guessing 23.
      Ziva: 27.
      Gibbs: Nobody likes a smartass, David.
      Ziva: Why do I have to study all of this and you don't?
      Gibbs: I was born here.

    • Tony: How's my current stepmother?
      Anthony DiNozzo Sr.: Ex-stepmother.
      Tony: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. I actually liked Karen.
      Anthony DiNozzo Sr.: Phoebe. You missed one.
      Tony: Were you going to tell me about that?
      Anthony DiNozzo Sr.: I don't like to advertise my failures.
      Tony: Well, my condolences. My congratulations. And my condolences.
      Anthony DiNozzo Sr.: Thank you.

    • Anthony DiNozzo Sr.: So, um, tell me about Ziva.
      Tony: Ziva is Ziva. Nothing to tell.

    • Gibbs: So, how'd it go?
      Tony: He skated again. The guy's amazing.
      Gibbs: So what happened?
      Tony: His buddy Omar picked up the tab, bought him an airline ticket to Monte Carlo.
      Gibbs: Where'd you get the money, Tony?
      Tony: What?
      (Gibbs looks at him)
      Tony: How do you do it? Well, I didn't really need to go on a cruise with my fraternity brothers did I? Getting a little old for that stuff.
      Gibbs: You conned the con man. Runs in the family. Why'd you do it?
      Tony: He's my father. He is who he is. I couldn't bust him. Sometimes it's better to keep what you know to yourself.

    • Tony: I have to break one of your rules Boss, number six, never say you're sorry. I let things get out of control in the hotel room.
      Gibbs: Yeah, it's covered. Rule eighteen.
      Tony: Oh yeah, it's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. Am I forgiven?
      Gibbs: No. You've been distracted by your father.
      Tony: It's that obvious?

    • Tony: He's not the man I thought he was.
      Gibbs: I don't know my father.
      Tony: No, Boss, my father's always been a mystery to me, just a wealthy one. Turns out he's broke. He has been for years. His bank accounts are overdrawn, credit cards are frozen, properties foreclosed, the guy's tapped out.
      Gibbs: How'd you find out?
      Tony: McGee got me into his records. But it turns out Senior's been living high on the low for quite some time. I wonder if he was ever as rich as he appeared. I think the reason he came to town to see me was to confess the charade, but when he figured out that Prince Omar was coming to town I think he saw the chance for one last score. His whole life's one big con.
      Gibbs: What are you gonna do about it?
      Tony: End the game.
      Gibbs: When?
      Tony: Time to do it's when he checks out of the hotel. He's staying in a thousand dollar a night suite, he can't afford it. He's running up a huge tab. I'll get him when he tries to pay the bill.

    • DiNozzo Sr.: When you offered to take me on a tour I suspected you had an ulterior motive. What's on your mind?
      Gibbs: Your son.
      DiNozzo Sr.: What has Junior done now?
      Gibbs: Tony likes to hide behind the face of a clown. But he's the best young agent I've ever worked with.
      DiNozzo Sr.: Well, I'm glad to hear that.
      Gibbs: When is the last time you talked to him? I mean, really, talked to him.
      DiNozzo Sr.: We keep in touch.
      Gibbs: Four years ago your son came very close to dying from the pneumonic plague. I expected to see you. You didn't show then, why are you here now?
      DiNozzo Sr.: He never told me he was sick.
      Gibbs: Oh, so, you don't keep in touch.
      DiNozzo Sr.: What's your point?
      Gibbs: Tony inherited his personality from you. But I get the feeling there's a lot about your life you don't share.
      DiNozzo Sr.: I should tell you to piss off, but I do know that Junior thinks the world of you. So I'll keep this civil. You have children Gibbs?
      Gibbs: Had. A daughter. But unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to know her as an adult. You have that opportunity to get to know Tony, do it.

    • Tony: I mean, I get it. It must have been tough, your wife dies, you're left with an eight-year-old kid. But your solution, dad, was to warehouse me in boarding schools and summer camps, and half the time I never know where you were or what you were doing. I needed a closer relationship.
      DiNozzo Sr.: You forget, we took some great vacations together.
      Tony: Like the trip to Maui, where you left me in a hotel room for two days, and I was twelve-years-old?
      DiNozzo Sr.: Aw, come on, junior. I explained that to you, I had to go back to the mainland to close a deal.
      Tony: With a rich divorcee, who was very attractive as I recall.
      DiNozzo Sr.: A deal is a deal.

    • Tony: You've always been disappointed I became a cop.
      DiNozzo Sr.: No.
      Tony: Felt that way to me.
      DiNozzo Sr.: I always was supportive. I never said anything.
      Tony: Exactly.
      DiNozzo Sr.: What did you want me to say?
      Tony: I don't know. Maybe like 'hey junior, I'm glad you found a career you're passionate about. I'm proud of you and what you're doing.' Something like that.
      DiNozzo Sr.: How do you know I don't feel that way?
      Tony: How would I we never talked?

    • McGee: You have a visitor.
      Tony: Who?
      McGee: You'll see.
      Tony: Tell me.
      McGee: No.
      Tony: What's the matter with you?

    • Tony: I've heard the saying 'he got blown out of his shoes,' but I never thought I'd see it.
      Ducky: No, if the explosion had 'knocked his socks off' that would be impressive, wouldn't it?

    • Tony: Oh, you would like me to spell my name for you again. Are you guys in India?

    • Tony: (on phone) For the last time, my name is Anthony DiNozzo, Jr. My father is Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. I live in Washington D.C., he lives in New York City. Is that so complicated? Junior, Senior. Can you follow that?
      Ziva: What is going on?
      McGee: Tony's trying to withdraw money from a bank in New York. Sounds like they confused his account with one of his father's, and he can't get the money.
      Tony: (on phone) Let me get this straight, you want me to spell my name again? It's big D as in dimwit, little I as in idiot, big N as in nimrod, little O as in obtuse, double Z as in ZZ Top...
      Ziva: What does he need the money for?
      McGee: Well, he and a couple of his frat buddies have decided to take a cruise this spring.
      Tony: (on phone) No I'm not kidding!
      McGee: I'm sure that'll only lead to trouble.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Norway: March 2, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: March 2, 2010 on TV3
      Australia: March 9, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Germany: May 16, 2010 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: August 12, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: November 30, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: February 14, 2011 on TV Nova


    • When Tony and his father are talking over drinks in the hotel, DiNozzo Sr. mentions his latest ex-wife was named 'Phoebe', and in their final scene together, Tony refers to his father leading a 'charmed life.' Michael Weatherly guest starred on WB's hit series Charmed about three sister witches, one of which was named Phoebe.