NCIS

Season 9 Episode 13

A Desperate Man

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 2012 on CBS
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The NCIS team investigates the murder of a Navy lieutenant commander while dealing with her distraught husband. Meanwhile, Ziva ponders the future when Ray returns.

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  • One of the few good episodes this season!

    10
    Loved this episode, especially when Ziva hit Ray (I think many fans have been wanting this for a while). This was the only episode I have been willing to pay for (season 9 in general was so bad I just couldn't bring myself to buy the DVD set-I've bought every season from 3 onward but won't buy this one or 11(which so far is actually WORSE than season 9)). Loved how Gibbs and Tony helped Ziva deal with Ray's betrayal.moreless
  • Best episode of season 9

    10
    I loved this episode. I never liked Ray and could never understand Ziva taking him back so quickly last season (poor writing IMO). But I could understand that she wanted to settle down and have a family. Loved the punch when she realized he lied to her again! Thought the bit at the end was a bit corny, but loved the episode overall.
  • Finally NCIS hits a home run! Finally an episode which left me 100% satisfied (and more)!

    10
    Well I am not the biggest Tiva fan in the world, but I absolutely loved this storyline today. The episode was close to perfection, and that is something I have been unable to say to NCIS for quite a while.



    I am really impressed with the case. It was really well done. Adding Ziva's side storyline to that made this a very memorable and highly enjoyable episode of NCIS.



    Full mrks. No critcisms for me! I am truly impressed! Finally!



    Now I just hope NCIS can tmaintain this quality!



    Also - has anyone noticed Tim's voice sounds different these days, or is it just me, lol!moreless
  • Fantastic and Magnificent

    10
    In my opinion it is the best episode of the the last two seasons. It is extra ordinarily well acted and written drama with an exciting ending. I just cannot imagine a better episode. Ziva hes shown a superb acting tallent from emotional to very tough to emotionally friendly and the building up of the climax was superb. The laser analysis of Abby was very precise scientifically as well as entertaing and Gibbs as usual was superb and cool.Thank you all Authors actors directors and crew for creating a classis and getting rid of Eay Cruz.moreless
  • Perfection

    10
    Perfect. Perfect, perfect and even more perfect is a pretty good description of this episode. As a huge Tiva-fan, I could not be happier about this. CIRay is finally gone. Finally!

    I always thought he was such an ass, and I never understood why Ziva chose to stay with him.

    Anyway, now there's nothing in the way of Tiva! I just hope that the writers realize that Tiva has to happen, and not just the tension between the characters.moreless
Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira

Metro Detective Nick Burris

Guest Star

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Metro Detective Robert Flowers

Guest Star

Mark Hutter

Mark Hutter

U.S. Ambassador James Ealy

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Enrique Murciano

Enrique Murciano

Ray Cruz

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode features two well-known "Colonels" from the Stargate franchise, Louis Ferreira (Detective Burrows) who played Colonel Young in Stargate: Universe, and Michael Beach (Detective Flowers) who played Colonel Ellis in several episodes of Stargate: Atlantis.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Gibbs: (about Ray's proposal) I'm happy for you, Ziva.
      Ziva: I did not exactly say yes, so... it is not exactly official.
      Gibbs: Well, it will be if it's right.

    • Det. Burris: So, how long you two been together?
      Ziva: Oh, no, we're not a couple.
      Tony: Just coworkers.
      Ziva: And friends.
      Tony: Yes, yes. Very good friends.
      Det. Burris: That's good. That's, uh, real good. You hang onto that. You never know when you're gonna need somebody to be there. Cherish each other. That's all I'm saying. Every day.

    • Tony: Spill it. Did he go all Rico Suave on you? Flowers, down on one knee?
      Ziva: You knew Ray was going to propose?
      Tony: Marriage proposal's a sacred thing. If a guy tells you he's gonna do it, you hold that close. It's an unwritten code all men live by. Where's the rock?
      Ziva: I told him I would have to think about it.
      Tony: (gasps) That's the kiss of death, Ziva.
      Ziva: I did not say no. I just have to make sure that I am ready. That we are both ready.
      Tony: Nobody's ready for marriage, trust me. If they were, the divorce rate wouldn't be 50%. Not to mention the murder rate.
      Ziva: Oh, you're really helping. Thanks.

    • Ducky: (referring to the victim's husband) Seeing him reminded you of your upcoming vows. Till death do us part...
      Palmer: Ah, those words. It-it's so serious. Why-why can't it be something more fun like, uh... "Till we meet again" or, "Till the next sunrise"? Or, uh... "Till you lose all your hair, gain 300 pounds and I can't stand to look at you anymore." Oh, you know I'm kidding. Love is blind.
      Ducky: This is the most wonderful time of your life. Enjoy it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 10, 2012 on Global
      Australia: March 13, 2012 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: April 6, 2012 on FX/FX HD
      Finland: April 10, 2012 on Nelonen
      Germany: April 22, 2012 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: August 27, 2012 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Tony: (to Gibbs, after Ray's proposal to Ziva) Hey, you should be getting ready to play Father of the Bride. I'd base it on the Spencer Tracy classic -- skip the Steve Martin.
      Gibbs: Yeah? I'm happy for you, Ziva.


      Tony is referring to Father of the Bride (1950), a movie starring Spencer Tracy dealing with the trials of preparing for a wedding as a father of a bride, played by Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was remade in 1991, starring Steve Martin in the Spencer Tracy role.

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