Season 8 Episode 8

Enemies Foreign

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2010 on CBS
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The team has to protect Ziva's father when he attends the NCIS conference, which has Ziva confronting her past when a couple of unexpected surprises occur.

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  • A weird scene......

    at around 24:34, a man can be seen in the background, between Ziva and Gibbs, did anyone else see him? ai first, i thought it was a shadow, but then i noticed that he was IN shadow, moving differently from both Ziva and .
  • Good, but not enough interaction btw Ziva and her father.

    Loved the episode for the most part. But I think the conversation btw Ziva and her father was way too short, considering he left her to die in the desert and she hadn't spoken to him since.
  • I must say, as much as i LOVE NCIS....and i LOVE the ziva episodes, where we get to discover more of her background...i think its time to change

    I must say, as much as i LOVE NCIS....and i LOVE the ziva episodes, where we get to discover more of her background...i think its time to change. I believe we need to see an episode change...yes we have all seen tonys diffucalties, and zivas are very mysterious, but its time to have an Abby episode or episodes...maybe even magee or ducky or even Palmer...However, this episode was amazing and i can't wait for the next, its just a shame we didn't see as many Ziva/Eli scenes as we would have wanted to... maybe in the next episode things will start to heat up.moreless
  • This episode was suspenseful and exciting!

    This was definitely the best NCIS episode since the season premiere, 'Spider and the Fly'. It was pivtoted around Mossad Director Eli David's arrival in the United States and the NCIS team was tasked with his protection detail, along with a couple of Mossad agents.

    I really enjoyed this case. It was thorouhgly enjoyable and very suspenseful. I loved the pasrt where they got two of the three terrorists, but the third was not seen, and that automatic gun that he had assembled was quite frightening, in my opinion!

    I think that this type of episode was essential, because the eighth season has been tame so far, and this one really kicked it back into life! The ending to this episoe was great, and it leaves a million question marks everywhere, as to what will happen next!

    Pelease keep it up NCIS, and I really want more great episodes, just like this one! I would highly recommend this episode, and I advise that you watch this!moreless
  • Great episode - reminds me of the previous end of season cliffhangers...

    Strangely enough, this week's episode is what you would expect in a season final... but we are given the pleasure of such an edge of the seat episode midway through the season.

    After a season and a half of slow-ness, ploddy storylines and annoying character developments, the show is back in full force. (following on from last week's great DiNozzo senior episode)

    I was watching an old episode the other night, where Gibbs is up against a deathrow prisoner with an agenda, thinking "we havent seen an explosive midseason episode like this for a while" (sure there are some great end of season episodes)... and Bang! Enemies:foreign comes along mid season.


    - Best scenes, the whole attack - the terrorists are pretty smart afterall... the agents were played like a chess piece... the terrorists were steps ahead, easily predicting the agents' movements and planning more deadly gunpowder. They appear to be smarter than the NCIS team! Heart stompingly great gunfire scene akin to Extreme (Season 3, ep 12)

    - Ziva vs Dad. She's a daughter afterall, hurt by her father. - Not everyone knows who NCIS still - hilarious!

    - Tony/Ziva correcting the Mossad agent's english "Tongue in ear" vs "Tongue in cheek".

    - (BTW, Tony looks much better in his long black coat than tight suits... bring back the sweater from Under Covers and chilled out checkered shirt look!)


    - How useful is McGee in the field when there are professional assasins around? He'd be and was an easy target

    - Why was secret service not involved with the protective detail? Or more NCIS people?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

Special Agent Ziva David

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 (1)

    • GOOF: In this episode, Ziva's father Eli David tells Director Vance that Ziva's mother taught her how to drive, yet in episode 3x13 "Deception," Ziva tells Tony that she taught herself how to drive.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Tony: Still won't keep you hacky types from stealing my numbers from the matrix, anyway. (waves wallet over credit card reader) Look at it, doesn't work!
      McGee: That's right. You should still be terrified of my kind.
      Ziva: (laughs and gets the card reader to work) And apparently 22-year-old girls.
      Tony: I refuse to be afraid of 22-year-old girls, no matter what kind of... magical pick-pocketing devices they're sporting. You know who the real victim is? Artistry.
      Ziva: If someone wants something out of your pants, they should have to use their hands.

    • Ziva: We cannot really be sure that, because this girl crossed paths with him here yesterday, we will cross paths with him today.
      Tony: Also can't be sure that Gibbs will be swilling coffee when we get back to the office, or you'll fumble a simple American expression, or that McGee will sleep alone tonight - but, people do tend to follow patterns.

    • (Ziva meets Liat Tuvia, her replacement at Mossad)
      Ziva: Liat is one of the most common names in Israel.
      Liat: Where only the grandmothers are named Ziva.
      McGee: So what brings you to D.C.?
      Malachi: The cherry blossoms.
      McGee: That's in the spring, actually.
      Tony: I'm afraid all we have to offer in November are elections and pardoned turkeys. I really like those boots, Liat. Not speaking too fast for you, am I?
      Liat: I understand. You're very, uh... tongue-in-ear.
      Ziva: She means tongue-in-cheek.
      Tony: Don't put words in the girl's mouth.

    • Malachi: Did you expect we would never "move on" after you left us?
      Ziva: You left me!
      Tony: Let's not get hung up on who's left, who's right and who's wrong.

    • Ziva: You won the marksmanship ribbon for your outfit four consecutive times. I have six.
      Liat: But I'm not done, benefit of youth. See, I would expect you to look into past conduct. But you seem to only care about my abilities with a gun.
      Ziva: You have a pet cat... named Bill. I happen to like cats.
      Liat: Still, I feel this, uh, measuring contest would be more at home in a men's room. Don't you think?

    • Tony: I don't care how many degrees he has, if he's serious about assassinating Eli, he's gonna need something more than a pistol.
      Ziva: Tony, it is not about the size of the gun...
      Liat: It is about the will of the shooter... We will make sure they do not succeed. If necessary, we will place ourself in the line of fire.
      Tony: "All someone needs is the willingness to trade his life for mine." You know, In The Line of Fire.
      McGee: Kennedy said that.
      Tony: Why don't you just memorize your lines and don't bump into the furniture, McBartlett. Spencer Tracy said that.

    • (McCallister unscrews the top of his cane)
      McCallister: Damnit! I brought the wrong cane. Other cane's got the flask.
      Gibbs: Hey, Riley. Where'd they dig you up? (gestures to the coffee) Keep you sharper.
      McCallister: (scoffs) Please. The coffee here is weaker than a Frenchman's handshake.

    • Tony: Am I sensing something between the two of you?
      Malachi: Nothing serious.
      Tony: You haven't slept together then?
      Malachi: Oh, of course we are sleeping together. It's just nothing serious.
      Tony: Oh, gotta get back to Israel.

    • Ziva: We killed you first, Tony.
      Tony: Oh, I've seen it a million times. The pretty popular girl gets jealous when the hot new transfer comes in and steals all the spotlight. Well, it's pretty much a staple of every high school movie from the seventies and eighties : Heathers, Fast Times ...
      Gibbs: Who got jealous in Fast Times? God, I like Phoebe Cates.

    • Vance: You really screwed me here.
      Eli: You think I wanted the assassins to follow me?
      Vance: I think you told them where to find you.
      Eli: He is a splinter in my toe, Leon. He has been for years. If I do not extract him now, it could become infected.
      Vance: That's nasty, Eli.
      Eli: Yet, illustrative.

    • (Ziva is driving and turns aggressively)
      Vance: Most fathers teach their daughters how to drive. I have you to blame for this?
      Eli: This she learned from her mother.

    • Eli: I do not have the luxury for my feelings to dictate my actions.
      Ziva: You do not have any feelings.
      Eli: I have no feelings? There was a time Ziva, when I was quite different. When my house was filled with the sound of children laughing. You, and Ari, and Tali.
      (Ziva's eyes now full of tears.)
      Eli: There was a time Ziva, yes.

    • Eli: Alright let's go.
      Ziva: That is all you are going to say to me?
      Eli: What is the point? I know this face. You made the same one when I told my brother he could not buy you a pony.
      Ziva: Oh...
      Eli: Ziva if you want to talk we will talk. I am not going to beg.
      Ziva: Why not? You know, confronted with the prospect of your own death, another man.
      Eli: A lesser man.
      (Ziva slams her fist in anger)
      Ziva: A human man would want to!

    • McGee: I got to hand it to your father, Ziva. He has who knows how many guns trained on him right now, and he is completely oblivious.
      Ziva: No, he's aware. He is always aware of what he does. Not caring about the consequences is what makes him who he is.

    • McGee: I've got alerts at the train stations, bus stations, local LEOs up and down the coast as well as any and all hardware shipments, commercial or military. I have hung a net.
      Ziva: I do not know who Annette is, or why you are so proud of killing her.
      McGee: No, what I mean is, if they make a move, we're gonna know about it.

    • Gibbs: Officer Hadar. You almost made me spill my coffee.
      Hadar: Americans... You can never just say hello.
      Gibbs: How about shalom? Hello and good-bye.
      Hadar: And peace, Agent Gibbs.
      Gibbs: Not a lot of that when you're around.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Well Well Well" by Duffy

    • The West Wing episode in which Mark Harmon's secret service character was introduced was titled "Enemies Foreign and Domestic".

    • Original International Airdates:
      Canada: November 17, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: December 10, 2010 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: January 4, 2011 on TV3
      Norway: January 25, 2011 on TV3
      Australia: February 8, 2011 on Channel Ten
      The Netherlands: February 22, 2011 on SBS 6
      Germany: April 3, 2011 on SAT 1
      Finland: May 3, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: May 20, 2011 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: September 14, 2011 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: February 20, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Tony: Still won't keep you hacky types from stealing my numbers from the Matrix, anyway.

      Tony is of course referring to the Matrix films.

    • Malachi: Next year in Jerusalem, my friend.

      "Next year in Jerusalem" is the traditional ending to the Seder (Passover) dinner.

    • This episode's title, and that of the following episode, take their names from the Oath of Enlistment: "...I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."