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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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Typing too fast, meant to say: @Chellemaria-
I agree with everything you said!

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T@Chellemaria-
I agree with everything you said!

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@Chellemaria-
I agree with everything you soaid!

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@michael ziva has been on ncis since the 3rd season and since then its always been number,1and in part its because of ziva people love her,shes not my favorite in ncis but without her ncis wouldnt work.another point i think its childish for some so called fans saying i wont watch ncis anymore if this or that happens i say to them grow up you wont be missed.

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Long live TIVA! This year has been great for all the Tiva fans. After 8 seasons it is time to let this relationship happen, especially after all that they have shared this year. Cote and Michael have both stated in interviews this year that they are constantly going to the writers and asking them for more intimate scenes that include kissing and or more! So if the actors are on board I am hoping that the writers are not too far behind!

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This two-part episode was so good, even my husband cried. A great blending of action, pathos, and reaching out and reaching ends. Loved the scene between Ziva and Tony as she was leaving for Israel. Deep friendship (never gonna be a fan of the Tony-Ziva romance idea. Yuck). Strong show with strong performances all around.

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CI Ray was arrested in season 9 in "A Desperate Man", episode 13. He was hunting down an associate of the Saleh Revolutionary Corps named Barry Norton in Islamabad. He followed Norton to America & took him out without the consent of the CIA. Someone Ray had been using for contact info, a Navy Lt. Commander, Maya Burris, was in the room at the same time and Ray accidently killed her too, and covered it up. Of course NCIS was working that case and that is how Ziva discovered that Ray was responsible for her murder. It was implied that Ray was arrested but we never saw him hauled off in handcuffs-so who knows? He could turn up again, someday. Anything is possible in the world of NCIS!

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part two change." Why do your comments have to be hateful? I have read everything on these pages from Ziva is a witch to I hate Ziva's whiny voice to I hate Cote de Pablo and she is a terrible actress! Those comments are offensive & unnecessary. I would defend any of the actors who were being talked about in such a derogatory manner. Saying I wish the writers wouldn't focus so much on Ziva is enough. Would you want people to talk so negatively about someone in your family or one of your friends? People find too much power in the internet & I do believe they say things here that they would never say to someone's face or in a person to person conversation. So please think of that before you make your remarks.

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I believe that Cote & Mark will probably re-sign for 2 more years. Cote has stated that she would like to stay with the show until the end. The last 2 episodes received well over 20 million viewers. No one can say why these episodes did so well. Perhaps it was the emotional story telling & great performances. Or maybe it's because it is winter & everyone is stuck inside. Regardless, unless you can interview all 22 million viewers, you can't state why it was such a success. And that goes for you Ziva haters, too. Do I think everyone watches it solely for her? No, of course not. I am not that naive. However, she does have a strong fan base and if you polled everyone, I don't thnk she is as hated as people on this fanpage make her out to be. And once again, why do you have to be so cruel in your comments at times? I think it is perfectly fine to say "Oh, I wish McGee could have his own episode." or "I wish they would focus on other characters like Ducky or Abby for a change." Why do your comments have to be hateful? I have read everything on these pages from Ziva is a witch to I hate Ziva's whiny voice to I hate Cote de Pablo and she is a terrible actress! Those comments are offensive & unnecessary. I would defend any of the actors who were being talked about in such a derogatory manner. Saying I wish the writers wouldn't focus so much on Ziva is enough. Would you want people to talk so negatively about someone in your family or one of your friends? People find too much power in the internet & I do believe they say things here that they would never say to someone's face or in a person to person conversation. So please think of that before you make your remarks.

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I would imagine they're going to do everything that they possibly can to re-sign Mark & Cote. Of course Harmon's the man! But also, this entire cast just works too damn well together & the fans are too invested in them to lose anyone at this point. Gotta have at least 2 more seasons in them.

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.

Vance