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Just when I think the last episode I watched was terrific, I watch the next one and it blows my mind. NCIS is such a wonderful show and it boggles my mind why this show and all the actors, writers, director, etc. have never been nominated for an Emmy. The actors are all wonderful. I thought that Eli might die only because of the title of this episode, but I didn't see Jackie's death coming. I'm anxious to see the next episode. I enjoy reading other fans comments, but please don't pick on Tony or Ziva!

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Ever since my wife roped me into watching this (because she has the hots for Mark Harmon) i'ts pulled me in, especially after the ADDITION of Rocky Carroll as Vance. Gibbs' character needs a strong foil to work against. Now, this epi, I almost expected collateral death when that assassin fired into the house, and when Vance came out alone, I suspected. To see Gibbs standing near that operating room like a lost little boy, and Vance's appearance after, was really heartbreaking .. the comic book world could take a clue from this, that deaths (of characters) are not gimmicks to play with. And as far as Vance folding up after this, recall that his character killed a man in self-defense while on a hospital bed. No, Vance is out of Chicago .. and Chi boys don't lay down and take a beating!

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Yes, this was truly amazing. Everyone really stepped up. You could see the emotions even when words were not said. STill can't believe they didn't wait for sweeps week to show it.

I think Eli is dead. Hate to see him go as he brought something to the show no other character could. I understand the shock and drama in doing it, but will miss him a lot. Poor Ziva, no family left.

Never liked Vance, but I feel bad Mrs. Vance died. Should of been him. lol Rocky did do a good job......just don't like the character of Vance.

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The episode was absolutely AMAZING. Cote and Nouri were fantastic. Will be watching it again and can't wait for next week. Vance, I'm not thrilled with his character so I would not mind seeing him leave the show but as for the others, they all need to stay. Eli may not be dead but a means to retirement??? Shmiel is involved.

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In this country your are innocent until proven guilty. Abby herself said that the hat was a very popular hat sold everywhere. Eli had told Ziva that he didn't arrive (forgot when) but it was after the murder. So, he couldn't have done it, plus there were no connections between a Mossad Director and this man. She did decided to follow up to see if he had lied to her and when she found out the truth, cut him out of her life forever. She had no proof before then, you can't bring people in for questioning on just the fact that people wear and have the same clothing, plus that would have blown his cover and could have started a major war, between Iran and Israel. Remember, if their countries knew what was going on.....there would be MAJOR ramifications.

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Blame.
Both Leon and Ziva.
Why?
Ziva recognized her father before she left for the night when Wilkins killers picture was up on the plasma. Tony and Gibbs saw her reaction and question her about it. She told them her reaction was nothing and went off to dinner. If she'd said: That's Eli or my father he would have been brought in for questioning rather than being at the Vance house.
Vance is responsible for inviting father and daughter to his house in the 1st place.
I'm worried about how this is going to play out. I'm worried that it's all just going to be left unaddressed with no lasting repercussions for anyone and by the time we get back to new episodes again in February (after Shiva) everyone will be their normal selves again and Eli and Jackie, like Kate before them, will rarely be mentioned again.

Best scene: Gibbs watching the Emergency doors and Tony standing back and watching Gibbs. No dialogue, just pure emotion. Great cinematography from Dennis Smith.
Most chilling: Vance telling Gibbs that his wife is dead. I literally broke out in a cold sweat when he said it.
Am really bummed out that they killed off yet another strong woman character. Paula Newsome was only on a few episodes but she really brought Jackie to life.

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I'll put my money on the assassination of Eli and the collateral death of Jackie on Ziva's old (literally) friend: Shmeil.

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@CD
I think that what Vance boss will bring up

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Vance should look at himself as to whom to blame. He knew Eli had a target on his head, yet he provided no protection detail (could have ask Gibbs and team since they knew he was in town and they could do it discretly) AND he invited this marked man INTO HIS HOME, knowing that people wanted Eli dead. Vance played a big part in his wife being killed and as head of a agency, should have known better.

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No question that this episode had shock value. I don't think Eli is still alive - Ziva is familiar enough with death to determine his condition. I can't think of a reason they would fake Jackie's death. That said, I think the revenge going forward will be critical. My guess is Vance will likely feel he is through with Ziva--human nature makes us want to blame someone for something so devastating and she is the most likely target. They will need to find a way for Ziva to redeem herself in his eyes. Or perhaps others are right and Vance will leave the show. This will be difficult to work through and it may take until the season finale to exact revenge. I don't understand people's dislike of Ziva. She is a talented actor and a good contrast to Kate.




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