Perrey Reeves, Michael Weatherly
If you're one of the NCIS fans whose 'shipper heart has been aflutter since that scene between Tony and Ziva this week, you might want to hold on to something: The CBS procedural has cast Entourage star Perrey Reeves to play Wendy, the former fiancée of Michael Weatherly's Tony DiNozzo, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
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As we previously reported, Wendy is a quick-witted investigative journalist who'll go to whatever lengths necessary to get her story. But when she bulldozes her way into an NCIS investigation, she's soon reunited with Tony and must relive the emotions of their shared past. Reeves' potentially recurring role launches — fittingly enough — on Valentine's Day.
Tony's former engagement was first revealed in last season's "Baltimore," a flashback-heavy origin story that featured DiNozzo telling his partner that he had proposed to Wendy, a rare sign of commitment from the relationship-challenged Tony.
"Wendy has been mentioned many times over the last couple of years, and now we'll finally get to meet her," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com. "Wendy needed to possess all the qualities Tony would look for in a woman and then some. ... We hit the jackpot: Perrey has just the right combination of sass, wit, intelligence and pathos to bring 'Baltimore Wendy' to life. Everyone at NCIS is thrilled she's joining us."
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The casting news comes days after Tony's latest flame (Sarah Jane Morris' E.J. Barrett) appeared to be sent packing for good, leaving Tony and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) to reflect on their respective dating woes in one of this season's most romantically tense scenes. It was unfortunately interrupted by a phone call from Ziva's CIA boyfriend Ray (Enrique Murciano), who returns in the next episode. Between that and Wendy's appearance, it seems Tony and Ziva's slow-burn relationship may not be speeding up anytime soon.
Besides her role as Mrs. Ari on Entourage, Reeves has made recent guest-star appearances on such shows as Grey's Anatomy, Castle, Private Practice, and Hawaii Five-0.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS. Reeves' episode is slated to air Feb. 14.