NCIS

Season 6 Episode 25

Aliyah

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 19, 2009 on CBS
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After Tony's confrontation with Rivkin, the NCIS team flies to Israel for a final showdown, where they aren't exactly welcomed by Ziva's father, the head of Mossad. Gibbs has to make a tough choice as the situation gets even more complicated.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of the best episodes this season!

    10
    Loved this episode. I think this episode shows how much Ziva is like Gibbs, putting up walls and not letting anyone in when she is upset. We see how much of a jerk Ziva's father is. Loved Tony getting the best of him during the "conversation". Liked that Tony tried to get Ziva to open up, but not how he did it. I know some fans didn't like that Ziva knocked him down, but he basically goaded her into doing it (if she really meant to hurt him, he wouldn't have been able to get up). The only thing I didn't like was Gibbs leaving Ziva behind when he knew her father was manipulating her. The look on her face when the plane took off was so telling. Great ending showing her imprisoned and interrogated! Not sure why they thought she was working for NCIS though (officially, she was working for Mossad as a liason with NCIS).moreless
  • NCIS fly to Israel looking for answers.

    9.5
    The previous episode set up a good cliffhanger for this episode With the death of Rivkin you would think that Israel would be the last place Tony should be but only two people had the authority to harm him and that is Eli and Ziva This episode shows there is a lot of trust issues when Ziva makes the shocking decision not to be in the same team as Tony, she was also betrayed by Amit Hadar, Rivkin and her father I think Ziva maybe wishes she had stayed with NCIS at the end where she is getting tortured to give up information on NCIS I think because she stayed to complete Rivkin's mission she is getting tortured at the camp Eli was talking about But now I can't wait for season 7.moreless
  • The 6th Season Ends With Tony Killing Michael Rivkin. His Death Leads The Team To Israel Where Gibbs Is Forced To Make A Difficult Decision.

    8.5
    And so ends a good season "NCIS". "Aliyah" is a great way to end the season, but I felt that it could have been better. The good things about this episode are a well written script and top rate acting by all involved. Michael Nouri is superb as the head of Mossad and Ziva's father. I also liked to see the team travel abroad. It was cool. Cote de Pablo deserves some credit too in this particular episode. Her acting was very convincing. The problem I had with this episode is that it seemed not to go anywhere in Israel. This episode ends with a dramatic cliffhanger. And this cliffhanger was actually quite good but it was also painfully predictable. I watched "Aliyah" before knowing anything about season 7, and I knew that Ziva was going to be rescued and she would return. Overall, a great finale.moreless
  • Reviewers are missing something

    5.0
    I've read many of the reviews for this episode and feel that the reviewers are simply taking things at face value. I agree that the last few episodes have been weak, especially in their portrayal of Israelis as the bad guys who will go around assassinating all terrorists and betraying the U.S. all over the place.



    However, I'm pretty sure the plot, as weak as it is, calls for Zeva to really be working for Gibbs and "against" her father in this case. Remember that Gibbs was told by "SECNAV" (Vance's boss?) that Vance's team's next mission was to investigate Israeli intelligence. What better way than for Zeva to "leave" the NCIS team and work for Mossad.



    I do agree with the reviewers who said how nonsensical it would be for terrorists abroad to be more interested in NCIS than Mossad. … Unless, of course, it is Mossad that has Zeva prisoner and they're trying to "debrief" her. I wouldn't put it past her fictional father as they portray him.moreless
  • The team goes to Isreal with not too much happening to settle anything. Ziva has apparently met her demise at the hands of terrorists.

    4.0
    I have two complaints about the plots. At least three times the baddie has Gibbs in his sights and is pulling the trigger when he is shot be someone else. "Kill Ari part two", "Sharif returns", and the one where they burn down the dead directors (Jenny), house to hide the russian spy's body. The other is that withthe exception of Abby, every major female on the show has met an untimely end. Gibbs army girlfriend was shipped back to Iraq, not exactly fatal, but not too pleasant either. Let's face it, unless the Mossad is already outside the door, Ziva is not going to get out of this one (and she stated in an earlier episode that she would not let herself be taken alive. Is there a reason for all this ?moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Mossad Officer Amit Hadar

Guest Star

Omid Abtahi

Omid Abtahi

Salim

Guest Star

Inger Tudor

Inger Tudor

Doctor Sandra Holdren

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Mossad Director Eli David

Recurring Role

Merik Tadros

Merik Tadros

Michael Rivkin

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • TRIVIA: Tony gets sent out of the conference room after being questioned by Vance; and Gibbs pats his butt, when he walks by.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Ziva's killing of Ari was on her father's orders so that Gibbs would be beholden to him.

    • TRIVIA: When Director Vance says, "The man practically mainlines caffeine," (in reference to Gibbs) it is a throwback to episode 3x06 "The Voyeur's Web," where Director Shepard, says "The girl practically mainlines caffeine" (in reference to Abby).

    • GOOF: It is inconceivable that Ziva would have worn a Star of David necklace on an undercover mission to a Muslim nation, as is shown at the end of the episode.

    • GOOF: The aircraft that the NCIS team fly to Israel is a C-130 Hercules, a turboprop cargo plane that has been in service with the military for more than 50 years (with many updated models). Riding in the back of a C-130 would be noisy, uncomfortable, and slow. It seems odd that the head of NCIS would not be able to requisition one of the small jets that the Air Force retains to transport VIPs.

    • TRIVIA: When Eli is interrogating Tony, Tony comments on the style of Eli's shirt, "What is that Zegna, Cavalli?" He is referring to Ermenegildo Zegna and Roberto Cavalli two Italian designers of fine men's clothing.

    • GOOF: A sign in the Mossad building read "Rama Shlisheet 3", which means "Third Level 3". Level, as in stage, not floor. The Hebrew word for floor is Koma.

    • GOOF: The term Aliyah, which (not literally) means to emigrate to Israel is not used in the case of Israelis returning to Israel, who are described as shavim, meaning, those who return.

    • TRIVIA: When Ducky is in Gibbs' basement, you can clearly see that Gibbs has gotten rid of another (the fourth) of the boats he makes down there.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Vance: (watching Tony's interview with Eli) Son of a bitch! How many times did I tell DiNozzo to leave his smart ass attitude back in D.C.?
      Gibbs: You should've checked his bags.

    • Tony: My gut told me it was Rivkin, not Ziva. Sometimes my gut just... sucks. But if Ziva knew something, I wanted to give her a chance to explain it to me.
      Vance: To protect her.
      Tony: If she needed it.

    • Eli: You're angry.
      Ziva: I am confused.
      Eli: That is why I asked you here.
      Ziva: To find answers?
      Eli: No, my dear, to find solace. You leave finding the answers to me.

    • Eli: Agent DiNozzo what you need to understand is that I am very aware of who you are; your achievements and your misjudgments.
      Tony: Okay, stop right there, if this is about my Twitter page, I just want to clarify. I'd had a couple of cocktails and what can I say? Sometimes I get a little chatty.

    • Eli: Agent DiNozzo, my sincere apologies for your wait.
      Tony: That's okay, I dig hanging out in concrete bunkers, especially after 12 hour plane rides, in cramped quarters.
      Eli: Your sarcasm is noted.
      Tony: So's your shirt, nice style, what is that Zegna, Cavalli? Got good taste.
      Eli: I'm not certain how my apparel applies to your visit.
      Tony: And I'm not really certain how you can classify my visit, as a visit.

    • Tony: I had no choice.
      Ziva: That's a lie.
      Tony: Why would I lie to you Ziva?
      Ziva: To save your worthless ass.
      Tony: From who? Vance? Mossad?
      Ziva: You jeopardized your entire career for what?
      Tony: For you.

    • (Gibbs picks up phone)
      Gibbs: Yeah, Gibbs.
      McGee: Hey boss, how's Tel Aviv?
      Abby: Forget Tel Aviv, how's Tony? How's Ziva? Are they talking yet?
      Gibbs: They're fine Abby.
      Abby: I take that as a no. So how's Israel?
      (McGee glares at Abby)
      Abby: What? He said they're fine.
      (starts talking to Gibbs again)
      Abby: It's magical right? I mean, I've been wanting to go there for years, it's like third on my list. Galapagos Island and of course, Dollywood.

    • McGee: Gives a whole new meaning to fried hard-drive, huh?
      (McGee chuckles, Abby stares at him)
      Abby: How many times have you told that joke today?
      McGee: None! (Abby gives him a look) Maybe once or twice.
      Abby: Newsflash McGee, now is not the time for haha's, ok?
      McGee: Sorry.

    • Eli: Ziva. (he kisses Ziva on both cheeks) When did you start wearing so much make-up?
      Ziva: Nice to see you too.
      (Eli looks at watch)
      Eli: The traffic, I wasn't expecting you for another hour.
      Ziva: I drove.
      Eli: Enough said.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: May 24, 2009 on TV3
      Australia: June 23, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: September 29, 2009 on TV3
      Spain: October 29, 2009 on La Sexta
      Sweden: November 3, 2009 on TV3
      Germany: November 15, 2009 on SAT 1
      The Netherlands: November 24, 2009 on SBS6
      Latin America: January 29, 2010 on AXN
      Slovakia: May 13, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: July 6, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 8, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "Fear" by Stop Making Friends (as they arrive in Tel Aviv)
      Also, Pauley Perrette (Abby) sings lead vocals for the band, including their song "Fear."

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Episode Title: "Aliyah"
      In Hebrew the world Aliyah means to go up. When a Jewish person Immigrates to Israel people say he/she is making Aliyah. This is because it is believed that it is spiritually higher to live in Israel than any other country.

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