NCIS: Season 9, Episode 10

Sins of the Father (22 Nov. 2011)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Sins of the Father (original title)

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On the waterfront in Washington, DC, two Metro cops find DiNozzo Sr., asleep, amnesic, and hung over at the wheel of a parked rented Rolls-Royce saloon; one of them finds a body inside the ... See full summary »

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On the waterfront in Washington, DC, two Metro cops find DiNozzo Sr., asleep, amnesic, and hung over at the wheel of a parked rented Rolls-Royce saloon; one of them finds a body inside the boot; the victim, wearing dress blues, was a Naval Reserve lieutenant and aviator but not on active duty; Gibbs and company investigate; at the scene they see who the suspect is, so Gibbs excuses Tony Jr. from the case. While talking in the chat room, Senior tells Gibbs about his relationship with the victim; an officer in the JAG Corps approaches the Gibbs team with useful information; Gibbs, McGee, Ziva, and Abby look under many rocks and talk with many people. Senior mentions a factoid to Gibbs, who offers a bit of advice; Gibbs, Duck, and Abby pursue and persist, then they produce and persuade. Tony, against orders, finds important evidence, then the gang figure out the whole thing and nab the bad guy and a helper. Gibbs, Senior, and Junior prepare for Thanksgiving. Written by DocRushing

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Anthony DiNozo Sr. (Robert Wagner) refers to his arresting officer as "Officer Krupke." This was the name of a police officer in West Side Story (1961), which features Wagner's wife, Natalie Wood. See more »

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The term "Radio Officer" is used several times to describe the backseat occupant of a Navy fighter jet. The correct term is "Radar Intercept Officer" or RIO. One of the better-known examples of a RIO is Goose in Top Gun. See more »

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Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: How'd it go with my father last night?... Where is he?
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Autopsy.
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo: You shot him? Can't say I blame you.
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Reality intrudes
23 November 2011 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I greatly enjoyed this well-written segment in which DiNozzo's dad (Robert Wagner) appears as the red herring suspect in a murder investigation. The piling on of evidence against him, plus the befuddled expressions of a hung-over Wagner wondering if he actually committed the crime but couldn't remember, made for a diverting show.

What added to the intrigue is the real-life coincidence of the veteran actor being under suspicion as the case of the mysterious death of his wife Natalie Wood 30 years ago has just been reopened by the cops. Here, too, he seems a red herring as the boat captain recollects evidence supposedly pointing to him as a culprit. I wonder how Wagner reacted to last night's airing of NCIS given the timing.

Fortunately, his acting and that of the series' regulars defuses this issue, especially as Mark Harmon's character Gibbs showed impressive sympathy for both DiNozzo père et fils. By episode's end, everything was back in order and in fact one felt a new bonding was in progress for the DiNozzo family.

Actual resolution of the mystery was well-handled, and I couldn't guess the killer's identity even though there were ample clues provided. All told, an unexpectedly timely and rewarding segment.


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