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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@guest Thank you. - found that interview, and yes, CdP has always wanted tiva, but I've never really read on overt comment by MW stating that he wanted it. Sometimes he makes joking remarks that could be taken as having more than one meaning, and I know that in several past interviews, he was very much against it. My guess is that he has been instructed to soften his public opposition, since the "year of tiva" seems to be the promotional theme this year. It doesn't surprise me though that CdP is for this pairing since it is pretty much all about flattering and featuring the Ziva character. It doesn't do much for Tony though, which tptb no longer seem to care about since the show is about wanking and promoting Ziva/tiva now.


@ Michael re: how long after "Shiva" does "Hit and Run" take place? They've stayed pretty true to actual dates this season, the last day of the season opener was the actual day of the season opener. I think it will probably be one or two weeks after. Ziva is back and I would think she would have been in Israel at least a week. Any way, that's my guess, and that's all it is: a guess.


So I wonder how long Hit and Run take place after Shiva does anyone know?


lamentablemente para mi, tengo poco acceso a i,agenes de ncis, (se poco de navegar en internet), puede alguien decirme si en Shiva; Tony devuelve el abrazo de Ziva? No puedo apreciar ni sus brazos ni las manos por lo que no veo si EL tambien la abraza.


I know that! I was not offended at all! I was just glad someone else had seen the same interviews and could back me up and have my six!


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@ guess= I was just having your six!


Yes, that is what I stated in an earlier comment. S just wanted to know where I found those interviews with Cote making those comments. Too bad she and Michael do not have a say in what gets written for the show! Until then, we are at the mercy of the writers! :)


@guest re: Interviews= I have seen the video's and Cote does say that she thinks that things HAVE happened between Tony and Ziva, but we just get teased, and that she and Michael constantly come up with scenarios in which they kiss and it leads to someththing sexual and they give their ideas to the writers, but it's ultimately up to them (the writers). She mentioned in another interview that she and Michael like to come up with scenarios where they are in small spaces- boxes, elevators= what's next?


Trent Kort- last heard of= Ray got a text after he gave Ziva the empty box that Kort was in Tel Aviv or Israel, which was why he had to leave again. I think Ray was sent to take out Kort. Later eps shows occasional calls between Vance and Eli that Gibbs' interrupts but it is "need to know." Vance later gets a text from Eli "we got him" or something of that ilk. I think Ray took out Kort. Or for those of you who think Ray and Kort are behind this, maybe Ray just "reported" he killed Kort, and since Ray is in Leavenworth probably, Kort is exacting revenge on Eli and Ray= he may have thought Ray and Ziva were married by now. I am sure Ray and Kort knew each other pretty well, that Ray would have told him he was with Ziva. Or not.
Until we see the finale, I don't think we will know the whole story, if then.

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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.