Michael Weatherly prepared differently to show a side of DiNozzo we'd never seen before.
"This scene was a powder keg for Michael," Glasberg said. "We could see it in his eyes from the moment he stepped on set. He prepared for this scene differently than anything we'd seen before. We could see it in his emotional state, the way he looked at Ziva's desk, and his body language. Michael wanted to experiment and try some new things, and we were all for it."
"Every member of the crew witnessed a shift that day in the Tony character. DiNozzo's world had officially been rocked. Tony wants answers and he refuses to believe Ziva is dead. Who can blame him? He wants proof. We wanted to make sure all those emotions and uncertainties were properly presented. I've watched this scene a hundred times now. It's NCIS at its emotional best."