‘NCIS’: What’s Going On With Bishop and Torres?

During “NCIS” season 17, episode seven, we get another glimpse into Ellie Bishop and Nick Torres’ relationship. Here’s why the latest development might have you scratching your head.

Nick and his new girlfriend take things to the next level

Emily Wickersham and Wilmer Valderrama |  Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Emily Wickersham and Wilmer Valderrama | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

In the previous episode, Nick tells Ellie he’s dating a new woman (Elena Devol, played by actress Lisa LoCicero). She’s older, and he says he thinks she’ll be good for him. In episode seven, Nick’s girlfriend decides to introduce Torres to her son, Richard. Ellie remarks how this is a big step in their relationship. However, once Nick meets Richard, things quickly start to go downhill.

Bishop and Torres go on a very awkward double date

Wilmer Valderrama and Emily Wickersham on NCIS | Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images
Wilmer Valderrama and Emily Wickersham on NCIS | Eddy Chen/CBS via Getty Images

After some flirting at the office, Bishop and Richard decide to go on a date. Unfortunately, Bishop and Torres end up going to the same restaurant with heir dates. Elena recommends they all sit together, and that’s when everything continues to unravel. To say things were awkward is an understatement. Bishop and Torres begin to bicker, while Elena and Richard look on. They put two and two together, realizing Torres and Bishop have a thing for each other.

This double date was too much of a coincidence. We’re guessing Richard found out ahead of time which restaurant Torres and Elena would be eating at, and he invited Bishop to come along for a date. Richard probably wasn’t a fan of Torres, so he was likely hoping to break him and Elena up (Torres is dating his mother after all).

Things get even more awkward between Bishop and Torres

After that nightmare of a double date, Torres and Bishop start speaking less to each other. Ellie can’t cope with the silence, so she pulls Torres aside and asks if he’s still upset about the double date. Torres lies and says everything is OK, going one step further and telling her it’s OK if she dates Richard. “If you want to date Richard, be my guest. I don’t care who you date, just like you don’t care who I date,” said Torres. However, his statement sounded more like a question than a statement. It was pretty obvious Torres was asking Bishop if she was interested in dating him or if she was really into Richard. However, Bishop didn’t step up and declare her true feelings.

Bishop and Torres almost confess their attraction for each other

Although Torres says everything is fine, Bishop can tell that’s not true. She approaches Torres again and asks him when they’re going to stop acting so strange toward each other. Torres agrees to go back to the way things were and continue their friendship. He says when he saw Bishop with Richard he felt “overprotective,” but from the way he paused before he said that, we could tell he was really going to say he felt jealous. Bishop and Torres clearly like each other, so this little song and dance they’re doing is likely frustrating for viewers. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess which way this relationship will go. Will Torres take Palmer’s advice and steer clear of an office romance?

Read more: ‘NCIS’: Why a Producer Said Torres and Bishop’s Relationship Will Be ‘Horrible’

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