On “NCIS”, this week’s victim is retired Naval Commander Woodrow Iverson. Since retiring, Iverson joined Royce Global Group, an international mining and shipping company. The morning of his death, he called a friend, Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, the deputy director of operations for the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon. And to throw a wild card into the mix, also that very morning, DiNozzo Sr. (Robert Wagner) disembarked from a private jet with the victim. And it gets worse. Apparently the senior DiNozzo was the last person Iverson was seen with before his death.
From brass perspective, the retired commander’s death is somehow related to an upcoming conference and possible arms dealings. Even though both Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) know the elder DiNozzo is lying about something, they still enlist his help to get into the conference. Ziva (Cote de Pablo) will be his “date” which just irritates the younger DiNozzo so much more.
The twist comes in the form of discovering that the reason Iverson was killed was because of a hydrogen bomb that was lost many years ago.
As suspected, the conference is riddled with arms dealers and one in particular who makes Ziva. Abby (Pauley Perrette) finds DNA evidence that ties Royce Global’s head security guy to the murder. The security guy takes orders from Dan Mayfield, Royce’s right hand man. Evidence points to Mayfield knowing about the bomb and trying to profit from it. In the end, both Ziva and DiNozzo Sr. take down the bad guys.
In the meantime, DiNozzo remains frustrated over his father’s lack of responsibility when it comes to finances but at least they crack open the doors of communication, even if the elder DiNozzo does still drive his son crazy.
Father/Child, Child/Father Relationship
As usual, this has been another outstanding episode of “NCIS”, even though I do wonder just how many investigations DiNozzo Sr. is going to accidentally stumble onto. Another couple of storylines like that and the concept might just get a little tiring.
I was wondering when father and son might actually have a conversation and was pleased with the partial one they had before the episode ended. Do I really think anything is going to change? Not really. DiNozzo will still be high strung about his father and his father will continue to act like he has all the money in the world to burn.
I really enjoy Robert Wagner’s role in the show and I can’t help but wonder when and how DiNozzo Sr. will make his next appearance.
Quote of the Week: “We’re DiNozzo’s. We don’t communicate well.” – DiNozzo Sr.
Source: “NCIS” aired November 9, 2010 on CBS.