2016 Apr 5 Critique of NCIS Episode ‘Charade’

As Michael Weatherly, aka Anthony DiNozzo, prepares to depart the NCIS show, the producers created a special episode that provides an extra dose of Tony DiNozzo, and Tony DiNozzo, and Tony DiNozzo and Tony DiNozzo, as there are three “phony Tony’s”. It was a really fun episode about a good looking blonde who steals Tony’s identity as very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo, and hires three actors to pose as Tony while she engages in a scheme to blackmail three Senators. Things become serious when a fake Tony is killed in a hit-and-run accident. The NCIS team goes to work trying to solve the identity of the killer, and to figure out who stole Tony’s identity.

Those of you who taped the March 1, 2016 episode ‘After Hours’, and read our critique of that show, will remember Tony meeting the blonde and staging his apartment with Frank Sinatra props all to impress the lady. Because Tony was super distracted by the unsolved case he was working, the blonde became angry and departed his apartment. Fast forward to tonight’s episode, and we learn from that earlier show, she snapped a picture of Tony’s NCIS credentials while he was in his kitchen preparing drinks.

The only problem is the woman gave Tony a fake name on their date. So the talented Abby Sciuto comes to his rescue when she dusts his apartment for fingerprints. Tony recalls that the date touched a bottle of wine that was still in his fridge. This clue leads Abby to uncover the woman’s true identity, Elizabeth Elliott. Tony rushes off to find her and is stopped by a Metropolitan Police Officer for speeding. It gets worse for Tony when the officer says his rental car was rented with a stolen card the officer suspected that he was arresting a ‘phony Tony.’

Have you ever had days like this, when everything that can go wrong, does go wrong? Poor Tony. Agent McGee comes to his rescue this time. As they leave the police station, Tony agonizes over his life choices. Tim insists Tony is not losing his edge, he is a special person who saved Gibbs’ life, and is one of Tim’s best friends. This brings a smile to Tony, and to us. The team puts together a sting operation to bust Elizabeth Elliott. We won’t spoil all the fun twists of the plot. Suffice it to say, Tony saves the day, which we assume saves his identity to him. It remains to be seen how the writers will use tonight’s episode to usher Tony off the show.

British actor Duane Henry has been cast as MI-6 Officer Clayton Reeves. He will appear, along with actress Sarah Clark, on May 10. Michael Weatherly’s last show will be May 17.

Did you enjoy the humor and twists in tonight’s show as much as we did?

Be Blessed, Diane and David Munson

By | 2017-05-19T13:10:07+00:00 April 5th, 2016|NCIS|4 Comments


  1. Jeanie Todt April 6, 2016 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Yes!!! Charade was a pleasure to watch! Many twists and turns!!

  2. Louis April 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Remember chemistry? It is when you bring together separate and unique elements seeking something new and different and better and exciting . That happened here. But we have also pivotal elements. I believe Tony is one of them. Now we are not happy about his demise. I remember Mash and a few others of my old fav’s and what happened when pivotal characters. left…………………..That is all I am saying for right now.

    • Diane and David Munson April 6, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Louis, for sharing with us.

  3. john April 11, 2016 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    NCIS reportedly filming at White House today with the first lady guest appearing. The show just gets more liberal all the time and one more reason I do not watch it in its time slot. DVR and fast forward days later.

    If you really want to get sick to your stomach as former law enforcement officers you need to read the latest rules of engagement for border patrol agents. They cannot arrest an illegal unless they physically see them walking out of the Rio Grande even if they are standing on the shore dripping water. They cannot pull their gun from the holster UNLESS they have been fired upon first. They cannot challenge or stop any suspect vehicle and if anyone throws anything at them they must retreat. So much for border security.

Leave A Comment