‘FBI: International’ Showrunner Teases a ‘Haymaker’ for Tank in the Winter Finale

by Suzanne Halliburton

Maybe FBI: International is one of the most popular rookie series on TV because of a furry character.

We offer you Tank, the protection dog and a vital part of FBI: International. And he apparently will play a key role in Tuesday’s winter finale. That’s according to the series executive producer.

“I love winter finales, and I alway try to throw some haymakers at the audience,” FBI: International EP Derek Haas told TV Line. “And there might be a Tank haymaker coming.”

According to CBS, here’s the plot summary of Tuesday’s episode called Voice of the People. “When a group of Americans are among the victims of a bombing at a festival in Budapest, the team is brought in to find the perpetrators before they strike again. Also, when Vo’s new beau is injured in the blast, she re-evaluates what dating truly means while in the bureau.”

Tank isn’t mentioned. But according to TV rules, nothing must happen to the dog.

FBI: International Is Newest Dick Wolf Spinoff. It Stands Alone Because of a Dog

As fans know, FBI: International is the newest spinoff of the Dick Wolf FBI franchise. And it’s sandwiched between FBI and FBI: Most Wanted. But International is different because it involves the FBI’s Fly Team based in Budapest, Hungary.

Tank’s human is Forrester. And all Forrester, the supervisor of the Fly Team, has to do is say a word. And then Tank takes charge. Forrester rarely goes anywhere without his loyal canine. Outsiders, we ask, if you were lucky enough to have Tank in the family would you ever leave him at home?

Tank’s real name is Green. He’s a Giant Schnauzer. And in German, he’s known as a Schutzhund, or protector dog. On the show, he’s a trained cadaver dog who found his way to Forrester.

“That dog is super lovable, and we just liked the idea that Forrester’s a little bit of a lost dog himself,” Haas said in an interview with TV Insider.

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Show Producer Says Dog Could Be Having Future Issues

In an interview last month, Haas also offered this Tank morsel on future FBI: International episodes. “Tank’s going to have some issues of his own coming up. But as far as how much we use him, we just play it by ear with what the script dictates each episode. We’re not trying to force him into scenes that he shouldn’t be a part of.”

FBI: International kicked off season one on Sept. 21 as part of a super crossover with FBI and FBI: Most Wanted. It attracted an audience of 6.4 million. The only first-year show to beat that debut audience was NCIS: Hawai’i, another spinoff of a super popular series. NCIS: Hawai’i netted 6.58 million.

Since then, FBI: International has broadcast six more episodes. It’s last new episode was Nov. 16. And the audience was just under six million, representing its biggest total in a four-week stretch.

Stick with Outsider for more details about Tank, Forrester and FBI: International.