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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did for the season premeire. Sorry to burst your bubble, but a lot people in show business are asked to Twitter as part of their jobs. Contact with fans is something the network encourages so that they can appeal to more people and get more viewers. If a star makes tweets during an episode it is hoped that more viewers will tune in in hopes that they can make contact with a favorite character.


@gatorgal Thank you for being the voice of reason. Michael Weatherly does have a Twitter account. As does Pauley Perrette. Sean and Rocky and Brian do, too. Christopher Waild is a writer for NCIS and he is also on Twitter. Please tell me who would have access to all the behind the scenes pictures that Michael, Pauley and Christopher post if it is not them? Please! Chris Waild posted the picture of Ziva's little green dress making a reappearance on the show weeks before that episode aired. Michael Weatherly has posted shots of Cote and himself before episodes are aired. He also posts videos of himself on the set or on his personal vacations. Pauley Perrette is always posting pictures of her in her personal life, at church, at social events and with her fiance. Now, who else would have that much access to their intimate moments besides them? And for the information of some of you misguided people, CBS has posted video of all of them Twittering together as they did for the season premeire. Sorry to burst your bubble, but a lot people in show business are asked to Twitter as part of their jobs. Contact with fans is something the network encourages so that they can appeal to more people and get more viewers. If a star makes tweets during an episode it is hoped that more viewers will tune in so that they can make contact with a favorite character/actor.


@gatorgal CBS has a policy about their empolyees and socail network Its a big No No Hell im not even allow to have Twitter at my job also can't I say the same to you that
You know nothing How do you know that its the real Michael Weatherly are you sleeping with him you do know there is more then one Michael Weatherly right so before making a ass of yourself use common sense.


@ Michael. RE: I can tell you know I know that none of the actor escape for paul have twitter. And you know this how? Are you personal friends with all of the actors including "paul" whoever that is? And too bad they need to "escape' to be on Twitter. I don't think MW's friends would be posting such private photos of him through an account that says Michael Weatherly@ M_Weatherly. He, Pauley and Brian are very active on Twitter, as is Chris Waild one of the writers. Sean is on Twitter, Cote is not. Rocky is, Mark is not. You know nothing, you just make up things to make yourself sound important. Well, the above quote just made you look dumb. Congratulations: you succeeded.


I would like to point out that you can't believe anything you see and read on twitter or any socail media for that matter you should stick to website like this because I can tell you know I know that none of the actor escape for paul have twitter


@guest All of the cast on NCIS work long 12-16 hour days. MW is not on twitter just because he is an extrovert and likes to talk to people. I'm sure he gets tired like everyone else. Besides that, he has a wife and family where he is needed. Episode 1 of this season, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Brian Dietzen and yes Michael Weatherly spent the hour live tweeting with their fans. At the time, there were pictures on the internet which indicated that they did this.
I believe that all the stars are concerned about their fans. However, some decide to live tweet. This is my opinion.


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know any of these people personally but if I just worked a 14 hour day the last thing I would feel like doing is chatting for an hour online. That's just me!


Cote has live tweeted before during an episode. She live tweeted during season 9, episode 5, "Safe Harbor". She was very friendly and answered as many tweets as possible, most of them personal questions. Cote, herself, does not have a Twitter account like many of the other NCIS actors do. I follow Christopher J Waild, a writer who co-wrote "Shabbat Shalom" and "Shiva". He tweeted on the night "Shiva" aired that while we were watching, the cast was filming a scene in a creepy warehouse. So obviously, if Cote is busy working, she cannot take the time to tweet with the audience. I am sure all of those things have to be scheduled into their days. And maybe some people just aren't comfortable with the thought of tweeting. I don't think that means they disrespect their fans. Everyone has different personalities. MW seems to be a very extroverted guy who enjoys talking to people. Just because someone else isn't the same way, doesn't mean they don't appreciate their viewers. I don't know any of these people personally but I know how I would feel at the end of a 14 hour work day and I don't know if I would want to spend it chatting on line for an hour. That's just me!


@Erin I agree with you. Whether it's funny, drama, or romantic, MW is a very talented actor. In the last 2 Part Episodes, his face alone showed compassion for Ziva and understanding for Gibbs. MW is also considerate of his fans. When the Christmas episode was on, he took the time to Live Tweet with all his followers. It would have been nice if Cote de Pablo did the same with her last 2 episodes. Does anyone know if she did? I like all the characters on NCIS. NCIS Keep up the good work! Hope it goes on for a long time !


I agree with S. It's so sad that Tony only gets any dramatic scenes if they are about Ziva now. The showrunners and producers seem to only care about promoting MH and CdP's careers as the "serious" actors. They seem intent on getting only these two noticed for their dramatic abilities, by giving them all the long term big dramatic stories and constant focus. What a shame. They are overlooking the biggest talent on the set IMO. It's as if they are afraid to give any real drama to MW, for fear that he'll outshine the favored two.

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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.