The Season 14 premiere of CBS’ “NCIS” introduced two new agents that joined Gibbs’ team – former undercover agent Nick Torres and Alex Quinn. DiNozzo’s replacements come with their own personality, humor, skills (Quinn plays poker with Fornell!) and baggage. Not to mention each agent also has their own history.
Given that Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) has spent all his career as a deep undercover agent, will he have a hard time become a team player? “He’s been a lone wolf for so long that he’s going to have ... a little bit of trauma and a little bit of post-traumatic stress that’s going to be manifested in the way that he assimilates, and all of a sudden returns to some type of team,” Valderrama told TVGuide in an interview.
Indeed, Season 14, episode 1 of “NCIS” saw Torres express his concerns working with people. After having 15 different names and 22 home addresses, will he become more of a liability than an asset to the team? “Absolutely. ... He’d much rather break a rule than follow it,” Valderrama replied to the question.
The former “Minority Report” actor went on to explain how Torres will break the rules and employ questionable methods to catch the bad guys. Gibbs (Mark Harmon) usually bends the rules or finds a way around them, but Valderrama’s character has no regard for structure. In fact, Harmon’s character will have to work hard to mold him into the right agent for the team.
Speaking of Gibbs and Torres, their relationship will be complicated. Valderrama explained, “His relationship with [Gibbs], it’s complex, because in a way, Gibbs sees a lot of himself in Nick Torres. He understands the struggle. Without the job, Gibbs would probably fall apart. And for Nick, it’s the exact same thing.” On the plus side, the new agent gets along well with McGee (Sean Murray) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham).
Watch “NCIS” Season 14 on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS.