NCIS Review: Gone, But Not Forgotten

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Reviewing last week's NCIS, I said that it's rare for an episode to feature an extraordinary case, yet superb character development. Well, maybe that's not true.

The CBS smash did it again on "Gone." Moreover, there was a good splash of humor, making for a nice, well-rounded episode.

Normally, the cases on NCIS involve a dead Marine, Naval officer or some other member of the military and that's it. But here we got a little more. Navy Captain David Wade ends up shot to death, but that's not the immediate concern.

The big problem is he died trying to prevent his daughter, Lydia and her best friend, Rose Martin from being kidnapped.

The man is most definitely a hero, but unfortunately, the kidnappers manage to get Rose. So, the top priority for all of NCIS is to find this missing girl, with time more critical than ever. They have 48 hours at the most.

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After realizing that the kidnapping is focused on human-trafficking, Gibbs turns to an old foe, Miranda Pennebaker, a woman with questionable morals but major connections.

Gibbs makes the right decision because she leads the team to the kidnappers who were planning on selling Rose and shipping her to God knows where. Miranda is an interesting character. She's a woman with a very shady past, but one who I think is truly trying to change and become a straight arrow. With the smile on Gibbs's face at the end (and as we know, Gibbs rarely smiles), I think he sees this in Miranda as well. I have a feeling we'll be seeing this character again before too long.

Last week, we were treated some exceptional character development from Gibbs and this week it's Ziva and Abby's turn. 

Poor Lydia, with her father dead and her mother deployed halfway around the world, really has no one to turn to. So, Ziva and Abby offer to stay with her, basically be not only her guardian but her friend until her mother returns home. I'm sure you've noticed before, but most of the characters on NCIS don't really have much of a life. 

The only real exception is Jimmy Palmer ever since he got married, and perhaps Abby with her new-found brother. However, even though these characters may have no real family, they are the ones who truly know the meaning of friendship. Ziva does an exceptional job relating with Lydia, connecting with her about how she lost her siblings, Ari and Tali. And Abby is just hilarious trying to cheer Lydia up by talking about how awkward she was in her high-school days. Within just hours after her father is murdered, Lydia is able to laugh and comment to Abby that they probably would have been friends in high school. 

Those were just some really cool scenes, and we get to see sides of Ziva and Abby that we hadn't before. 

Of course, the icing on the cake took place at the end with the big mystery "date" of Ziva's with this Schmeil, who we are told is a well-respected Hebrew man.  Tony is all up-in-arms and obviously jealous, and then... Schmeil Pinkhas walks through the door!

He's not some hot dude that Tony expected, but an old, wise man that has known Ziva since she was a child and was just there for a visit. Of course, we fans knew something like that was coming, but it was still funny as hell to watch Tony sweat it out. But the best part was yet to come, as this Schmeil knows DiNozzo Sr. Was I the only viewer who yelled "Holy sh*t" at the TV when he said that?!?

And, oh, yeah, the old man wants DiNozzo Jr. to come along with him and Ziva, because as he said, "DiNozzo, let's party!" Oh, yes, like father, like son!

There is one big upside of this: Ziva and Tony did get a date, right? Even if this weird Schmeil was in the middle of it? We'll take it.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (245 Votes)

Please dial it back, Kit. We all kind of agreed that we were going to try to do away with the personal attacks on this site. Let Deja Vu have her opinion; it you don't agree, that's fine, just please don't be deliberately hurtful. 'Tis the season, after all.


@Deja Vu Well.....with your nasty, "Bah Humbug" attitude towards the show and the people who run it, I doubt you get any enjoyment out of it at all. Clearly you have willing missed the point that this is a TEAM, and together they ALL shine. NCIS will NEVER be about "One Character above the others" - except for maybe Gibbs. He is the ONLY main star this show will ever have. Your wish to have "Tony only" recognized more anyone else will NEVER materialize on THIS show. Go form your own "Woe-is-Tony" club or write some Tony fanfic, or sing some Tony songs with your "Tony" pals. The rest of the world will enjoy the TEAM that works together to solve cases on Tuesday nights.


I do not believe that Tony was jealous. I believe he was more being nosy than anything else. Why are people trying to "ship" Tony and Ziva? I think they make great friends and have a kind of brotherly sisterly relationship. Why do readers, bloggers, fans insist on shipping lead characters all the time? Do you want to date everyone you work with? Give me a break. I saw Tony as wanting to know Ziva's business, just like he does with wanting to know McGee's business or Gibbs'. I wish people could see that too.


@Kit good comment and yes it was a great episode and the xmas one will be a winner.


@Kit - Even though Senior is coming for the Christmas episode, we're likely to get the usual Senior formula. Tony won't get much, maybe one serious scene, and will mostly be shown as humiliated by his "friends" on the team. Ziva will receive buckets full of flattery from Senior, and if she and Tony disagree about anything, she will be right. Tony's professionalism will likely be called into question if Senior is involved in the case, as he is the only team member ever written to be kicked off a case when a family member was involved. Gibbs will get a deep scene with Senior and Gibbs and/or Ziva will save the day. Merry Christmas Tony fans.


Great episode. The usual dead military guy, but then the kidnapped girl carried the show. This has been a great show, and I see no slowing down. 5 stars.


Loved this episode very much, but I loved every episode. This show is so great and it never disappoints, well okay, maybe once when Mike Franks was killed, (I loved his character). I can't say enough good things about this show, oh, maybe I can, wonderful, exciting, super duper, enjoyable, funny, heart warming,
you get my drift. If you don,t like the show (some of you derogatory people out there), don,t watch it, I'm sure there aren't many of you out there.


I agree with everyone who gave this episode the high marks it DESERVES!! What an AMAZING episode - FIVE stars!! You don't see that everyday from NCIS. I'm soooo proud of Cote & Pauley - they really carried this ep, along with the hilarious Tiva scenes, which are always a hit. Huge ratings for the two NCIS actors with the HIGHEST Q-Rating!!! Just as it should be! Ziva & Abby definitley need to team up again. Abby in particular is MUCH better when paired up with another cast member, since Abby-centric eps historically have never done well. As for the Christmas ep, I look forward to it as well, but it's not necessarily Tony-centered. ALL the cast should be featured one way or another, and it will be nice to see Wagner stopping by for a visit again.


Enjoyed episode! This crime was seen from a woman's point of view. I would have liked to see more about the criminal capture. I was a little disappointed how the father of the kidnapped girl treated the girl with the murdered father. After all, he was murdered trying to prevent the kidnapping. Cheers for Abby hitting the man over the head with a frying pan. This is typical Abby! If she is pregnant in the show, hope it is with McGee.
The ending was a surprise. First of all, liked Tony singing the LaVerne and Shirley theme. MW was in a band and sings on the NCIS soundtrack. The song he has written and performs is 'BITTER AND BLUE". There is information on the internet that has about 6 songs he sings. Would be nice for him to go under cover as an entertainer. It was nice for him to greet Schmiel with respect and then be asked to go out and party with them. If there any Tony fans out there, the December 18th Christmas episode is about him and Dad. Sounds like a good show!


I thought this was an excellent episode. Abby and Ziva together are awesome. Loved the hug at the end after Lydia's mom came back. Thought Miranda Pennebaker was an awesome character and hope she returns soon. Thought Shmeil was wonderful and a sweet comeuppance for Tony's worrying. Although I have to say I thought Tony seemed more hurt than jealous...he wants Ziva to share important things with him as he has shared with her. I'm all for that. And the TIVA moments were wonderful. Ducky Gibbs slapping Tony was fun. I missed Jimmy and Vance though. Wonderful episode. I give it am 8.5/10.

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 8 Quotes

I appreciate that, Tony, but don't try to compete with my Schmeil.


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