‘NCIS’: The Cast Shares Their Favorite Michael Weatherly Episodes

Former NCIS star Michael Weatherly played Tony DiNozzo for eleven years. Here’s what the cast said were their favorite Michael Weatherly episodes.

 Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Emily Wickersham and Michael Weatherly | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

In an interview with CBS, Harmon says his favorite Michael Weatherly episode was one where he starred opposite the late actor Charles Durning:

I go back to “Call of Silence,” that’s with Charlie Durning, and that’s in year two. To me, that’s as good as it gets. Watching Charlie do what Charlie did when he was here and him strip away all the other actor stuff that people bring here, and expose, in a good way, the talent. Tony and Mark opposite him, I thought Michael was never better.

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen and Michael Weatherly | Michael Desmond/CBS via Getty Images
Brian Dietzen and Michael Weatherly | Michael Desmond/CBS via Getty Images

Dietzen told CBS he loved the episode where DiNozzo has to take over and figure out how to catch one of the bad guys. Dietzen says this episode showed a different side of DiNozzo and highlighted his relationship with Jimmy Palmer:

A definitive DiNozzo scene was [when] Gibbs was away in Mexico. And Tony had to take over this tribe, this band of misfit toys known as NCIS. And he had campfires, he said, ‘We have to figure out how we’re going to catch this guy,’ and he had a very different management approach than Gibbs. And we learned that he had someone he went to for sage wisdom. He had his own Ducky and his name was Jimmy Palmer. And he met Jimmy down in the evidence garage in secrecy because he didn’t want anyone to know that he was going to Jimmy for help. And that was always a really cool thing. I loved the fact that Tony DiNozzo had a very distinct, different relationship with every character in this cast.

Sean Murray

Michael Weatherly and Sean Murray | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Michael Weatherly and Sean Murray | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

Murray told CBS he had a tough time picking a favorite Michael Weatherly episode. However, one that sticks out for him is the episode where Tony is exposed to anthrax. “There are so many DiNozzo episodes that to say a favorite DiNozzo episode is almost impossible. For me it’s more about moments. It’s not so much about contained episodes. It’s like the different moments that exist and have happened. I loved “SWAK,’ when he gets the anthrax.”

Weatherly told CBS this is also one of his favorite episodes. The “SWAK” is an extraordinary episode start to finish because it’s got the high comedy, it’s got melodrama. It’s got real drama. And the second episode from season two that’s on one of my greatest hits list is the finale.”

Pauley Perrette  

Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly |
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Pauley Perrette’s favorite is the episode where Tony DiNozzo is framed for a crime. She said this is an episode that she could keep watching:

If I think about an episode, I go way back, and I go to “Frame Up.” He was so excellent in that. I just thought he should have won everything in the world where they were framing DiNozzo for a crime he didn’t commit. But when he’s in jail with the pizza scene, and he’s interrogating himself when he’s playing both sides of his own character. And then when he’s in the interrogation room and he starts playing drums with his hands. I could watch [that episode] over and over again. He’s so excellent in that.

David McCallum says Michael Weatherly is a “brilliant comedian”

Michael Weatherly and David McCallum |  Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Michael Weatherly and David McCallum | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

David McCallum says he will always remember his former co-star as “brilliant” when it comes to comedy:

What you have when it comes to Michael, you have a man who is a brilliant comedian. He can turn things and be quirky and do his drumming and a lot of extemporization, which ends up in the script. There is an element to DiNozzo that Michael Weatherly has brought to it, which is wonderfully funny. When that happens, he then turns it, and comes up with the answer to the crime. So, he’s not only the clown, he’s also the clever clown who comes up with the answer. I shall miss having him around.

Read more: ‘NCIS’: The 1 Thing Michael Weatherly Misses Most About the Show

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