When the first news came in on the 250th episode of NCIS, I wasn't particularly thrilled with the announced storyline. It was hinted that there would be a love triangle between Tony, his father and his father's new girlfriend. Also, it felt that the case would be somewhat similar to the season 3 episode "Probie". The trailer didn't really do anything for me either, so I went into this episode with quite low expectations.
And I was pleasantly surprised!
Elsewhere, Tony's father had invited his son for brunch to tell him some great news. Unfortunately, the shooting came between the two men and telling the great news had to be delayed. When Tony finally gets into contact with his father, Senior tells his son that he is going to get married. Tony doesn't react overly happy as he says that Sr. has said that before, but his dad tells him he has found true love. When Tony hears from Bishop and McGee that they saw his father with a woman half his age and a pregnant belly, he (wrongly) assumes that the woman is his father's big love. He ignores his father's calls, but after a chat between Senior and Gibbs, the latter one forces Tony to talk to his father. Senior then reveals that the woman who he was seen with in the hotel, is his fiancée's daughter. He also tells Tony that his fiancée is the long-time friend of Tony's deceased mother (and no, they were not having an affair!). In the end, Tony gives his blessing for the marriage, but more importantly, tells his father that his mother would approve of it.
As the 250th episode, this episode doesn't feature anything particularly significant. It does provide an enjoyable episode, but it's not really a special milestone episode. There was not a lot of promotion on this either, but due to that I didn't really have high expectations and yet I turned out to be quite surprised (unlike episode 200, which disappointed me). I liked the Tony/Senior interaction and also the Gibbs and Senior talk. The case also was interesting than some others we have seen this season. And as always, the little team moments were appreciated: Abby saying no one messes with her team, the Palmer/Tony talk and McGee continuing to give Bishop the probie treatment which he has suffered himself years ago.
What did you think of this 250th episode? Did you like the return of Robert Wagner as Anthony DiNozzo Sr? Surprised that his fiancée is actually someone of his own age? Happy that he has found love again?