Season 8 Episode 9

Enemies Domestic

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 23, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After an ambush changes the course of the their investigation, the NCIS team has to quickly find answers, and one team member flashes back to their very first NCIS assignment.

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  • As much as I dislike Vance, this episode was insightful as we explore his past and we got to learn more about the director!

    I did surprisingly love this episode, even though it was centered around my lest favorite character - that being Leon Vance. The episode's beginning was interesting as we saw what had happened after the explosion.

    After Liat rubbed off that word, I jumped to the assumption that she was some sort of mole, but as usual, NCIS is totally unpredictable! That was probably the best aspect of this episode! I didn't see it coming!

    I think I probably enjoyed the previous episoed a little more than this one, but this was a fitting conclusion to an interesting case that had started in the previous episode, and I really enjoeyed having a look into the past of Vance.

    I'd highly recommend this episode, but onbviously, first watch the rprevious episode, as it is th e prequel to hthis one. Keep it up, NCIS, and I hope there are more suspenseful scenes and great cases in the remainder of this eighth season!moreless
  • Sometimes life surprises you.

    Sometimes NCIS surprises you too.

    we resumed the story from the blast in which Director Vance gets injured and Mossad Officer Hadar dies, Eli David is disappeared, and both Mossad and NCIS are trying to figure out what happened. Old cases and the current one slowly mel together to complete a puzzle that was left uncomplete for ages; what seemed to be a struggle against a foreign enemy, eventually turns out to be a hunt for the domestic one.

    Great episode with capital E; the two directors are spectacular even with their guest star status, and it was a pleasure to see how two complicated characters like ELi and Leon fit into the story so well. The end may not be something so logical or obvious, some may call it cheesy; well y'know, sometimes life surprises you.moreless
  • Eli David isn't that much of a shady SOB (Son of a B...) after all

    Ok. so, this episode wasn't nearly as exciting as last week's. I kind of figured out that McCallister was the one who was trying to kill Vance 5 minutes into the episode, although it was entertaining to see a young Vance. Eli isn't the bad guy after all!! Well, if you put aside the fact that he left his daughter in a Somalian desert to die, he's actually a pretty loyal guy. We get to see that he's been an ally to Vance since the moment he joined NIS (NCIS). I like how they showed how Gibbs and Vance met. I remember the episode (Internal Affairs, season 5), where we see Vance giving Gibbs the money for the danish he destroyed :)

    Overall, nice episode. We get to see the softer side of Eli and how the Gibbs-Vance, Vance-David relationships developed.moreless
  • nice finish to a nicely done 2 part episode.

    wasnt going to review this till i took in both episodes and they didnt let me down one bit. The fact that they made Eli look like a bad dirty sob for most of the ncis series, now we see the truth of what happened to vance in his past and his encounter with Eli. Eli turning out to be a good guy that was there for vance and my guess trying to find the mole that was setting up vance back in amsterdam. we here that Eli's wife took his kids from him when she found out he was masad, so it kinda tells me what kind of man he really is and he isnt so bad after all.I like the how protective gibbs was with vance and getting his back in the hospital with sneaking in the knife. I think from here out we are going to see a hopefully positive jump in vance/gibbs relationship. with everyone going all out to find out what happened with Eli and trying to dig out the traitor kept me in suspense. It was good to see references from past episodes. like we now know why vance gave gibbs the money in "internal affairs" for the danish. We also see when gibbs killed the russian when he and jenny where partners turned out to be the russian vance was after and being set up. I like how this show uses something we seen in the past and digs it back up with more details, its what makes this show the best. the end i think we see Ziva and her father come to terms on their relationship as father/daughter since she has gotten to see him in another light. great 2 part episode and cant wait for more.moreless
  • Great!!! Great!!! Great!!! A lot of unanswered questions get answered.

    First, we get the answer of how and why Vance owed Gibbs money for the cheese danish. Kept wondering how they would play that in the series.

    Second, we get an answer to what document Vance pulled out of his file when he became Director. I would have shredded it to.

    Third, we get an answer as to how and why Gibbs was in Paris..(Don't think he liked the fact he was set up just like Vance for a personal revenge that wasn't his)

    Fourth, we get to see all sides to Eli, the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Five, everyone has made up with their Daddy's. Just in time for the Holidays.

    Sixth, even though Ziva has become an American, she can still kick some Mossad A$$!!.

    Seven, Rule #9...never go anywhere without a knife. Well played.

    One of the best episodes of the year and possibly series.moreless
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Arnold Vosloo

Arnold Vosloo

Mossad Officer Amit Hadar

Guest Star

Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill

Former NCIS Special Agent Riley McCallister

Guest Star

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Former NCIS Special Agent Whitney Sharp

Guest Star

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Mossad Director Eli David

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • TRIVIA: The Bayt Knesset where Ziva confronts Liat is the sanctuary of Wilshire Blvd. Temple in Los Angeles, which was the first big synagogue in Los Angeles to be frequented by Hollywood's moguls. Irving Thalberg's funeral service was held in the same sanctuary. The murals were by a famous Hollywood scene painter of the 1920s.

    • TRIVIA: Cote de Pablo (Ziva) was hurt by shrapnel while performing her own stunt in this episode.

    • TRIVIA: Vance has seniority over Gibbs. Because he joined NCIS when it was still NIS in 1991 and Gibbs joined in 1992.

    • GOOF: When Gibbs is interrogating Eli David, Eli asks if Gibbs knew that Vance never forgets anything, yet in the episode 7x07 "Endgame" when Vance is talking about a kill Lee Wan Kai made of a Politico to Gibbs, Vance says he can't remember his name.

    • TRIVIA: This episode, along with the previous episode, feature references to the show's past. Both Thomas Morrow and Jenny Shepard, Leon Vance's predecessors as NCIS Directors, are mentioned and Jenny is shown in stock footage. Also, the Russian who Vance is assigned to follow turns out to be the same character Gibbs killed on assignment for NCIS. Ziva's siblings, Tali and Ari, are mentioned by name, Ari playing a huge part in the early part of NCIS. Finally, when they're comforting Malachi and Liat about the loss of Hadar, Tony and McGee mentioned how they felt about losing a teammate. While several characters can fit this bill, it seems most likely that Tony and McGee were talking about Kate Todd, a regular character in the first few seasons and Ziva's predecessor.

    • TRIVIA: We learn that Vance is beholden to David because he saved his life. Shepard said that Ziva did the same thing for her which is why she is beholden to her.

    • GOOF: In the flashback showing Gibbs first meeting Vance, Gibbs' hair is all gray, almost white. Yet, in the pilot episode "Yankee White" (which occurs four years later since Gibbs first meets Vance in 1999) his hair is a darker grey with an even darker patch on the back of his head and over the ears.

    • GOOF: Early on during a Vance flashback to 1991, he is handed his first passport. He opens the passport to the picture page and you can clearly see the TSA logo above the picture. However, the TSA was not founded until 10 years later in 2001 by the Bush Administration after 9/11.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Eli: There have been times I...felt this job take a piece of me. I worry they may be gone forever.
      Ziva: Sometimes life...surprises you.
      Eli: Those are the moments worth living for.

    • McGee: Hey, where is Boss, anyway?
      Malachi: He's in Interrogation.
      Liat: With Director David.
      Tony: Oh! This is like Clash of the Titans. We should be there.
      Ziva: It's a closed show.

    • Agent Sharp: It's like herding cats, huh, Agent McGee?
      McGee: I don't like it at all, Agent Sharp. I've got a dozen other retired agents. I have Branch, I've got Morrow, I've got Nedrow. I have more directors than the front row of the Oscars.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Same Song" by Digital Underground (When Vance is walking on campus wearing headphones)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 24, 2010 on Global
      Sweden: January 11, 2011 on TV3
      Norway: February 1, 2011 on TV3
      Australia: February 8, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: February 25, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      Germany: April 10, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: May 10, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: May 20, 2011 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: September 21, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 27, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Tony: Oh! This is like Clash of the Titans. We should be there.

      Tony is referring to the movie, Clash of the Titans, which was originally released in 1981 and starred Harry Hamlin and Laurence Olivier. A remake of the film was released in 2010, seven months before this episode aired.

    • In the episode "Internal Affairs" in season 5, Vance pays Gibbs $2.42 and says "it's for the cheese danish." You can see in this episode, when Vance ruins the danish and says, "I'll pay you back," what they were talking about.