Even though NCIS will once again be appearing on our screens, the show won’t be appearing in the form of new episodes. Instead, CBS will be airing reruns of past episodes during its normal Monday night run. This is due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which has gone on for nearly 150 days for the WGA and around 70 days for SAG-AFTRA. One of the episodes to air, “SWAK,” focuses on Tony DiNozzo. What happened in the episode?
In some exciting news, the WGA and AMPTP did reach a tentative agreement on Sunday, September 24 and we should be days away from that strike reaching an end. This will mean writers can get back work and hopefully with benefits they are deserving of. So what does this mean for television?
While we don’t know yet when we can expect new episodes of our shows to air, we can at least check out old episodes that we’ve enjoyed in the past. When NCIS airs on CBS on September 25, we will see the pilot episode, the season 2 episode “SWAK,” and the season 19 episode “All Hands.”
For those who may not remember, what did happen in “SWAK” when it came to Agent Tony DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly?
What happened to Tony DiNozzo in NCIS season 2, episode 22 “SWAK”
In the episode, the team was in the bullpen when they found a letter that is, literally, sealed with a kiss. Thinking it might be some sort of admirer, Tony opened it only to be hit with a whiff of a white powdery substance.
Despite the team quickly showering to get rid of possible exposure to an unknown toxin, Tony became critically ill with the bubonic plague. He was kept in isolation with Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander), who didn’t get hit but was the closest to Tony when he opened the envelope and had already been down with a cold.
Eventually, the team was able to discover the identity of the woman who sent the note. A woman named Hanna, a microbiologist, wanted her daughter’s sexual assault case reopened feeling. She felt as though NCIS was protecting the perpetrator.
She had sent the substance in hopes they would tell the truth about the case in order to receive the antidote. With the new information at hand, Gibbs was able to get the cure to Tony and he recovered.
Gibbs was able to find out what really happened in the case, which was that the girl’s boyfriend had tied her up before leaving to get food but he was killed in an accident. Embarrassed about what happened, the girl lied to her mom and never told her the truth.
The episode is available on Paramount+, but you can also watch it on Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c on CBS.