Stepping in and trying to fill Weatherly's shoes is Valderrama, going against type as rogue undercover agent Nate Torres, who is introduced to viewers in the craziest way possible: killing a guy hired to kill him and making a joke about it!
Torres’ resurrection comes to the attention of Gibbs and the NCIS team, who are having difficulty finding a worthy replacement for DiNozzo, rejecting more than a handful of qualified recruits for silly reasons ("too smart," "too slow," etc.). Could Torres be the guy they’re looking for?
At the start, it’s unclear how Torres -- who is also dealing with his own skeletons involving a dangerous family -- could feasibly fit into a team that’s already a well-oiled machine, but never underestimate Gibbs and his plans. (Plus, it was wild seeing Valderrama getting into a massive fist fight and literally sitting on top of a bomb!)
After helping the team take down some terrible people, Torres -- who acts more like a lone wolf -- gets one last surprise from Gibbs, who picks him as the rightful new member of the NCIS team. In a surprising move, Gibbs added a second member, Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), to the team as well. It’s going to be one crazy ride!
Before the episode ended, the team made sure to give a nod to Tony DiNozzo (Weatherly) with this sweet moment.
"You know, I thought after a few weeks, I'd still get used to this desk," said McGee (Sean Murray), newly promoted to the title of senior field agent. "It still feels strange."