Coming Soon to NCIS: Tony Sr., McGee's Dad, Eli David & More

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In addition to the return of Tobias and Diane on December 11, NCIS is bringing back another recurring favorite one week later, while making plans to introduce some intriguing new characters in the new year.

These items have already been reported elsewhere, but we've compiled them here:

On the December 18 Christmas episode, none other than Robert Wagner returns as Tony’s dad, Anthony Sr. As a bonus, for the first time ever, “We see Tony’s apartment,” Cote de Pablo (Ziva) tells TV Guide.

What surprises await there? “The bed he sleeps in,” she laughs. “That’s all I’m going to say!”

Tony, Ziva and Tim Photo

Elsewhere on the fatherly front, come 2013, “Plan on meeting McGee’s dad, the Admiral, in a compelling, emotional story during February sweeps,” executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TV Line.

In that episode, “Abby will be a comforting shoulder for McGee to lean on during tough times.”

Meanwhile, Ziva's father Eli David is also making an appearance in January, and it promises to be complex as always. Along with Michael Nouri's character, NCIS is casting these guest-starring roles:

  • A Mossad associate director.
  • An American businessman whose oil fortune burdens him with ties to the Middle East.
  • Gavriela, a sexy and smart Israeli informant for the CIA, played by Georgia Hatzis. This character “may actually come back, depending on the storyline and how it unfolds,” de Pablo says.

Fathers and father figures look to be a theme of NCIS Season 10. Which of these storylines are you most excited for? What do you think brings Abby and Tim closer together? Discuss in the comments below!

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I guess what I want to see is someone besides Ziva and Gibbs getting the juicy dramas and danger scenes. Tony gets the occasional one and done, but his only drama seems to be his recently created mid life crisis, which is an uninspired, unexciting plot at best, and treated as an unflattering joke at worst. Love to see Tony get a multi episode story that wasn't a joke, or ultimately just a Ziva/tiva wank.


Question for you then. What do you want to see? And why the we? I don't want to be rude here and I agree with some things that you say, but I think this needs to be said too. I for one am loving season 10 so far. Even after a disappointing (But not worst episode ever worthy) season premiere. Do you honestly think your that high and mighty that you think you speak for the other 15 million plus people that watch this show.


I hope and pray NCIS get better so far season 10 is making season 7 look like Gold, Its like the writers don't even care anymore about what we want to see just what they want to see.


So far it's been a heavy Gibbs and Ziva season. Gibbs is usual since he's the star. So soon after Ziva centric Gone, we have a much promoted two part Ziva episode coming up, which I am personally not excited about as the character bores me. Tony, McGee, Abby, and Ducky have had a few small moments but mostly been on the back burner. I hope that the Tony Senior episode isn't the only Tony heavy episode we get this year, and I really hope he's not the episode's joke while Gibbs and Ziva get all the flattery and drama again. I am beyond tired of holier than thou and always in the right Ziva, with an outdone wrong again Tony.


i've recently read that she and mark have NOT yet signed for season 11...and i too am TIRED of tony, being DISRESPECTED by EVERYONE on the team....and that includes GIBBS....the headslaps are UNCALLED FOR and NOT FUNNY....and i HATE THE IDEA OF TIVA....tony deserves someone who TRUELY respects him and treats him right. alisa


@guest Michael Weatherly played Robert Wagner in a Made for TV movie. I'm not sure of the title, but it was about Natalie Wood.


I love Robert Wagner and could watch him anytime. if you look at a young Wagner's movies, there are so many traits that Tony uses. this has definitely been a genius casting of Wagner as Tony's Dad. And when you watch a young Wagner, the insouciance is Tony. I cannot wait to see the dec. 18 episode!


I am a huge Tony fan and am already thrilled with his episodes. I am happy that it seems everyone has been getting equal attention this year. To be honest the beginning has been more Mark Harmon (which I love) and Ziva, Tony and even McGee, Duck, Abby this year have been equal. If people are only watching for one character only then yes they would be disappointed. I don't only watch the show for Tony. They do need to move on from his on again off again relationship to his father though. The guy is almost 44. Love the show this year. I also agree with Michael Weatherly statemenet that Cote De Pablo is a fantastic actress and I would like to see a bit more emotional shows like Gone which hit the highest ratings since the premier.


I really do not like Robert Wagner and just wish maybe one year they would skip him. The storylines are really, really redundant. Let's move on. How about some more Jimmy or the wonderful actress Alex Kingston. She was fabulous. Please.... Gary one year off from Robert Wagner. I know he begged you to return but give the fans a break.


@wanda hi wanda loved your comment and yes wish they would leave tony alone he is what he is and thats whats makes people love him.

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NCIS Quotes

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.