“NCIS” has been on the air longer than most. With all 400 episodes and counting, it may be hard for fans to pick their favorite. But series star Michael Weatherly, who played Tony DiNozzo, has his pick. In 2016, Weatherly discussed his favorite episode of the series with Parade.
Weatherly picked the Season 7 episode “Truth or Consequences” as his favorite of the lot. Weatherly discussed why he thinks it’s the best hour of “NCIS.”
“That’s one of those questions that is both incredibly easy. But also frustrating to answer because it changes depending on sort of what my blood sugar level is. But time and time again, I go back to this episode called ‘Truth or Consequences,’ which was the season premiere of Season 7,” Weatherly told the outlet. “The reason I keep going back to that episode is that it was really a primer on what ‘NCIS’ was at that point in time. Because of the story that was unfolding and the way that story got told, if you were a brand-new viewer, it really unfolded and revealed all the characters and the dynamics of the show, and it really fired on all cylinders.”
Michael Weatherly Leaves ‘NCIS’
Michael Weatherly first starred in the series, starting with the “JAG” backdoor pilot. In the first 13 years, Weatherly’s DiNozzo was a big part of what made the series work. While Weatherly may have been a little reluctant to sign on, he quickly found his groove on the show.
Weatherly’s DiNozzo became a fan favorite for many. And even today, there’s still plenty of fans who would love to see Weatherly return to “NCIS” even if just for a guest role. The show certainly left things open for DiNozzo to return at some point. Unlike when some characters leave, “NCIS” chose not to kill off DiNozzo. Instead, he got an off-screen happy ending.
In Season 13, Weatherly’s character left to care for his young daughter. DiNozzo learned that his flame Ziva David was killed in an explosion. But their daughter Tali lived to see another day. DiNozzo left the show to become a single father and raise her. In a twist, Ziva later returned to the show in a guest spot, having survived and faked her death.
She and DiNozzo got together off-screen and they raised their daughter, giving both characters a happy ending. But there’s still room for Weatherly to one day return if he chose to do so.
“I was burnt out by NCIS and I was ready for a new challenge,” Weatherly told reporters in 2016. “Sometimes change is as good as a rest. It really felt like a circle that had gone all the way around. And I really felt happy with the resolution of character and my time on the show,”