NCIS Review: You Are Not Alone

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We're used to seeing Gibbs as the immovable and dependable rock for the NCIS team. In this episode, though, I believe that honor went to Tony.

In "Shiva," the team was under great pressure to find the mastermind to the shooting deaths of Mossad director Eli David and NCIS Director Vance's wife, Jackie. The possibility of a war loomed large, as Eli's Iranian contact - Arash Kazmi - was implicated. Eventually, they discovered that Eli's protégé, Mossad Deputy Director Ilan Bodnar, was the murderous traitor behind the deaths. 

He knew about Eli's plan to work with Iran and wanted to kill Eli and take over Mossad while implicating Iran in his death. 

The writers must be applauded:  the story flowed exactly as it should have and there was a richness and depth to almost every scene. Gone (for the most part) was Tony the comedian and in his place was Tony the rock, which we saw when he entered the temple where Ziva was praying. He didn't try to manage her, or come up with a solution or a fleeting sentiment:

Tony: Tell me. What can I do? What do you need?
Ziva: Revenge. | permalink
Ziva in Shiva

Even Ducky had his moments this time around. The first was in the morgue with Gibbs:

Gibbs: What's that?
Ducky: His liver, riddled with inoperable tumors. It doesn't appear to have been under treatment. I'd have given him six months.
Gibbs: Made killing himself easier.
Ducky: Pity does not validate cowardice. | permalink

The second was his response to the deputy director of Mossad, after being subjected to a snide jab:

Bodnar: And whose grandfather would you be?
Ducky: Well that depends. Who's your grandmother? | permalink

I have to admit, I laughed out loud at that one.

Gibbs is known for his curtness, especially around authority figures, and it was into that dynamic that deputy director Jerome Craig found himself, all nervous. Gibbs knows when to pull back, though:

Deputy Director Craig: Rest assured. This is an interim assignment. I have no intention of taking Leon's job. You and I---
Gibbs: Deputy Director Craig. I've got your back. | permalink

Tony was so tuned into Ziva's torment - he didn't make a wrong move at any time. And every choice he made was dead-on. Bringing her back to his place to keep an eye on her... then telling her she needed to talk to get what's on her mind out in the open. I thought he meant she should talk with him. Instead, he meant she should talk with Shmeil, her Israeli friend, who he found and hosted in his small apartment along with Ziva. 

What a stand-up guy. I remember a few seasons ago, when Gibbs noticed that about him: when the pressure is off, Tony likes to act up and play. But when the pressure's on, and decisions have to be made, Tony is front and center, strong and dependable. He saw it long before we got to see it.

The scene with Ziva going to the airplane and Tony coming to see her off was fraught with emotion. He didn't have to do that (as Ziva said) but I think he felt that he did. He could not let his friend go without telling her that they were on the case. The most important message to her (whispered into her ear as they hugged) was: "aht lo leh-vahd." Which is Hebrew for "you are not alone."

Some final thoughts:

  • NCIS Deputy Director Craig was played by Greg Germann, who you may remember from Ally McBeal.
  • Mossad Deputy Director Ilan Bodnar was played by Oded Fehr, who also has a recurring role on Covert Affairs (again, as a Mossad agent).
  • There are some more NCIS quotes to view, one of which includes Vance's realization about Gibb's need for vengeance.
  • Although Bodnar's plan fell through, he is still at large. Having killed Eli's Iranian contact, it remains to be seen how the NCIS team will encounter him again.
  • The song at the end of the show, played while the montage scenes of Ziva in Israel and Jackie's grave site were shown, was "Not Alone" by Patty Griffin, from the album "Living with Ghosts."

I've said enough. Some of you guessed, as I did, that Mossad was behind the killings. Which was close but not exactly true. What are your thoughts?


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My husband & I are disappointed in Emily who plays Agent Bishop. When she speaks we cannot hear or understand her. She doesn't enunciate well and her words all slide together. Her voice is also softer than the others in the group so we hear them but not her. If we turn the TV up to 65 so we can try and hear her.... we are blasted out of our seats when someone else speaks. Please address this issue. Thanks


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I wish ziva wasnt leaving in the fall she family on the show and the show wont be the same without her,shes a great actress and can kick some butt, i love the show i watch reruns after reruns


@gatorgal I agree with you. Chellemaria has made many good points about Pauley Perrette on Twitter. She was one of the persons that tweeted during the 1st episode of Season 10. Since Michael used MW's name, I feel I might have a chance to comment. If Pauley or MW is not on twitter, then why do we receive photos and videos that only they can send such as MW's trip to Southern France. When he live tweeted during the Dec. 18th episode, he forwarded a photo of himself pointing to a scene from NCIS Christmas show. The person who was live tweeting was definitely MW, since it was also listed on I think Michael should do more homework before he responds.


@Michael= Totally inappropriate, as are all of your remarks. My comments were based on your "knowing" CBS does not allow its employees to use Twitter. I proved you wrong. To come back at me, and everyone else, with such a comment just shows how offensive your are. I suggest you stay off the Internet, period, since you have such a fear of what is put out there. Am I dismissing the predators and other bad things that happen to people who believe everything they read? Absolutely not! But you have turned an innocuous and inane diatribe by yourself into a threat. Before, you were an annoyance, now you are a disease and you can be sure that I will be in touch with the group that runs this website!


@gatorgal Let me tell you a story there was these girl who was on who though she was talking to a lawyer and they set up a date to meet and you know what happen he beat and rape her so think about that the next time your talking to Michael Weatherly or whoever on Twitter.




OH WAIT!!!! CBS already knows Pauley Perrette is posting live on Twitter during Tuesday's airing of "HIT AND RUN" as it is posted on Michael, you need need to quickly call/write/run and tell them that they are being duped and that is really not Pauley Perrette but someone pretending to be her because they have rules against their employee's having a Twitter account. I am sure the CBS lawyers will be grateful for your wisdom and knowledge.

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 12 Quotes

Bodnar: And whose grandfather would you be?
Ducky: Well that depends. Who's your grandmother?

You know this whole ordeal has made me realize something that I didn't expect. It's helped me better understand your choices. I always thought I had a sense of how you felt at the time, Gibbs. Now I realize I wasn't close. I never wanted that kind of justice before, but since the other night....hell, that's all I think about. Was it worth it, Gibbs? It had to be some relief.