This week on NCIS, the case of a couple of Phony Tonys quite possibly planted a seed for how the very real, Very Special Agent DiNozzo will leave in the Season 13 finale aka Michael Weatherly‘s final episode.
On the trail of a some identity thieves, DiNozzo eventually confronts the Phony Tonys, who had been hired, as actors, by none other than the woman that Tony bungled a hot date with a few episodes back.
The imposter dubbed “Short Tony” says he was enticed by the idea of posing as a Jason Bourne-type government agent, but instead got “Jason Boring.” Tall Tony chimes in that “learning his lines” as DiNozzo was easy since, as they tell the real deal, “You have no life. No wife, no kids, no hobbies, same job, same apartment… Nothing changes with you.”
Later, DiNozzo is led to ruminate about his love life, when Abby discovers the lengths to which he goes to woo women such as “Leah.” “You’re a catch,” Abby declares, to which Tony shrugs, “Maybe I just haven’t met the right one yet?”
The introspection didn’t end there, not by a long shot. After being pulled over and hauled in by a cop for speeding/posing as a federal agent, DiNozzo tells McGee that he did “a lot of thinking in the big house.”
“I feel like my life is a charade,” Tony laments. Recounting how he got easily swindled by “Leah,” he asks Tim, “You’d tell me, right, if I was losing my edge, the DiNozzo edge? Because I feel like it.” Worse, he feels like a “buffoon,” he adds.
“Sometimes feel like I don’t know who I am… like I’ve already lost my identity,” he continues. “Is [the identity theft] some weird metaphor for my psychological state?”
All of which would seem to suggest a restless DiNozzo, someone poised to transform his “Jason Boring” “charade” of a life into something meaningful. Possibly by way of a new job, or… something more? After all, he did note that (his goldfish) Ziva “gained a little weight” — which surely at least a few out there will read as a planted seed of a whole other kind.
What’s your current thinking on Tony’s exit plan?