The second episode of the eleventh season of “NCIS” packed an emotional wallop. Fans were given closure regarding Cote de Pablo’s exit from the series and fans of Tiva (a Tony/Ziva pairing) were rewarded with a steamy (yet bittersweet) lip lock between their two favorite characters.
The episode’s plot was two pronged: Tony went to Israel to hunt for Ziva while Gibbs and the team worked on tracking down Parsa and recovering more information about the Brotherhood of Doubt, an American terrorist organization, and their role in the death of SecNav Jarvis.
After working with Director Elbaz (Marina Sirtis) and speaking with childhood friends of Ziva’s, Tony realized he was headed in the wrong direction. All of the information Ziva had recently shared with him was about her past. Tony realized she was no longer moving forward, but backward.
He finally tracked her down to the home in which she was born and asked her to return home with him to DC. Ziva, however, had other things on her mind. After seeing how the actions she had taken in her professional life had affected the lives of those she loved, Ziva decided that she needed to change her life and begin anew. Thinking she had left her friends and family with only heartache, Ziva wanted to become a new and better person and, thus, decided to remain in Israel.
On the second front, Gibbs and his team continued to track down information on Parsa. This episode brought about the introduction of the newest Secretary of the Navy, SecNav Porter (Leslie Hope, “24”) a tough, no nonsense business woman who was determined to prevent any further attacks on American soil and to mete out justice to those who were responsible for the acts already committed, by “any means necessary.” Gibbs and the team followed the clues which led them to the realization that Mendez (Costas Mandylor) was actually dirty. When Gibbs realized Fornell was in the line of fire, he shot Mendez and saved Fornell. All in a day’s work for the NCIS team.
The episode ended with a call from Ziva to Gibbs where she intended to explain her decision to leave the team, a call Gibbs clearly dreaded receiving.
High points of the episode:
- The interaction between Gibbs and Fornell. Rarely do we get to see the lighthearted side of Gibbs and Fornell’s just a pleasure to have around.
- Tony’s newest nickname for McGee.
- The interaction between Tony and Ziva. The characters have been dancing closer and closer to the edge of revealing how they really felt about each other. To see them admit it on screen made many a Tiva fan happy.
Low points of the episode:
- Having Mendez turn out to be dirty. Once the audience learned Mendez was assigned to Fornell’s protective custody, it was only a small leap to realize he would turn out to be a “bad guy.”
So what did you think of the episode? Were you satisfied by the circumstances surrounding Ziva’s exit?
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