NCIS Season 12 Review “The Enemy Within” – Tony’s Big Secret

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In this episode of NCIS, called “The Enemy Within,” Gibbs and Fornell are both dealing with Diane’s death, while Tony is doing his best to keep a secret from the team.

I was in too much shock at the end of last week’s episode to think about it, but I’m starting to agree with those of you who have said that women have a rough time of it on this series. I don’t think it really hit me until Vance told Fornell that he was around to talk to and pointed out that they had a lot in common. I mean seriously, how many women have died on this show? The deaths always seem to be done in such a way to devastate a male character. Gibbs has been through it a few times now, not just with his first wife, but also with Kate and Jenny. Heck, Tony even lost Paula.

I’m not saying I think we need to start having a bunch of male characters die as a way to make up some numbers, but I think we’ve about used up that shock factor, haven’t we?

I just had to get that off of my chest. Now on to this episode. Behind the scenes of Gibbs and Fornell dealing with Diane’s death and the case, there was another big story. Tony was acting like quite the cool character and of course McGee had to find out what was happening. It was cute how he got Bishop to snoop around with him, but I’m surprised it took him as long as it did to figure out what was up.

The fact that Tony decided to keep his relationship with Zoe a secret for as long as possible hopefully bodes well for them. I don’t think we need to see their entire relationship played out on screen, but I’d sure like to see him happy finally. I mean come on, the guy has certainly earned it. But seeing as Zoe is with the ATF, I have a feeling we’re going to see how they end up working together while dating. In theory, I could see that creating some interesting results, but I’m deathly afraid that it will tempt the writers to bring back the dreaded Idiot Tony and I definitely do not want that.

If they can approach the story from the perspective of watching how two people with such challenging careers figure out how to keep their relationship and their jobs separate, I’m on board. I’ll be curious to see how it actually plays out though.

My favorite bits:

Gibbs building a boat. I’m guessing we all know whose name will be on it and it broke my heart.

Aw, I almost forgot about Tony’s poor convertible.

McGee coming up with his own list of McNicknames.

Okay, I’m with McGee. Tony is definitely acting mellow.

Tony offering to abuse McGee if he wanted it.

The way Tony talked to Tiffany. So cute. Too bad she nearly bit him.

Okay, I’m with McGee again. Tony is definitely dating someone.

Tony giving Fornell a hug. What is wrong with me that that made me tear up a little?

Abby not caring that she was interrupting an interview with her hug.

Holy crap! I so did not see that guy shooting himself with a plastic gun.

Is it just me or did finding out that Tony plays naughty games with his handcuffs feel both sexy and like too much information?

Bishop and McGee popping up from behind the desk like a couple of eavesdropping kids.

“That explains it Tony’s in love.”
“Well, I don’t know about love. But they’re definitely in heat.”

Everyone finally figuring out the reason Tony wasn’t talking about his dating life this time was because he was serious. To that I say: Duh.

Vance telling Fornell he was there if he needed to talk.

McGee figuring out that of course Gibbs knew about Tony’s relationship with Zoe. To that I say (again): Duh.

Bishop offering to talk to Emily for Fornell. That was sweet.

Bishop wisely deciding not to steal Abby’s thunder. She’s learning.

The chorus of “We all know!” when Tony asked who knew about him and Zoe.

Fornell talking about how much he loved Diane and asking for a piece of Sergei.

What did you think of this episode of NCIS? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? Sound off in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys!

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