Season 7 Episode 4

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2009 on CBS
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The NCIS team is called in to investigate the murder of a Marine found halfway around the world, and the investigation takes a surprising turn when Ziva turns out to be connected to the deceased Marine.

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  • Excellent!

    Loved this episode. This episode (along with T or C) is why I don't think the reason for Ziva's departure in season 11 makes sense. This episode dealt with her feelings about being an assassin and realizing she wanted to change who she was. And when she started to change. Apparently, GG doesn't remember past episodes, because the reason he has Ziva leave NCIS and her "family" in season 11 was already dealt with in this episode!moreless
  • Very intriguing look at the events on the Damocles!

    This was a terrific episode, in which we finally learn just what happened in the time in which Ziva was away, being before taken hostage.

    This episode didn't have any particualr scenes which stood out as being brilliant, as the entirety of the storyline was very thoroughly interesting, and I was hooked righ t from the first moment! I was throughly impressed!

    There were definitely some funny McGee/DiNozzo moments regarding the computer virus, and all up, this was a terrific episode which I must highly recommend! Great work, guys, and I can't wait for the next one! Terrific effort!moreless
  • The NCIS team is called in to investigate the murder of a Marine found halfway around the world, and the investigation takes a surprising turn when Ziva turns out to be connected to the deceased Marine.moreless

    Great episode! Loved seeing Ziva's character developed more independent of Tony. I love Tiva, and have enjoyed watching them repair their releationship this season. I don't want Tony and Ziva to become stagnant characters without each other--they are still two separate people, and this episode was a great way to handle it. This answers all the questions that were posed at the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7.

    I spent the last week and a half watching seasons 3-7. My, how our characters have developed! It's what makes the show so great. It's not just about solving crimes, which is really cool, but it's also about the story line.

    I hope to see the return of Eli David, if not in this season, the next or two. After all, he says, "This is not the last conversation we will have about this!" or something to that effect.

    This also gets a 10 (admittedly, maybe mostly) because Tony is so shmexy. I think this the first few episodes of season 7 are his best looking the entire season. That's not the focus of this episode, but it sure doesn't hurt anything!! ;)moreless
  • Amazing episode that reminded me of why I love this show

    Everything was just amazing ... I've fallen in love with the Gibbs/Ziva relationship and the Tony/McGee friendship they're all awesome. Best part of the episode, hands down ... "Get to work ... Probie." Ahaha McGee isn't probie anymore ZIVA is! How awesome is that? I'm so glad that they've gotten the "What happened to Ziva?" thing out of the way early on. A lot of shows will drag it out until the season is almost over and that drives me insane. My heart breaks for Ziva every time her father comes into the picture, I seriously cant stand the guy and have to restrain myself from pushing mute or changing the channel for the next minute or two. But anyway, I loved this episode I give it a 10!moreless
  • As they did in "Truth or Consequences,"Team Ziva goes to work in helping Ziva get out of the lion's den.

    I will be repetitive and say what a fantastic episode. It closed the door on some issues, but opened a whole new series of endless possibilities …

    It is a shame that Ziva's father had to be demonized and that they are going the way of what could be perceived as "daddy issues," but I think it is a sacrifice I am willing to make in order to promote the image of Gibbs as Ziva's surrogate father. This was an image that was established early on, and as such, it seemed the only viable route. Theirs is a relationship that I would like to see continue to grow now that it is back on firm ground.

    I am glad Ziva finally had a scene with Ducky. I have read Abby described as the heart of the show, but I think it is an honor to be shared amongst both Ducky and Abby. That scene was very indicative of where Ziva is at emotionally, when she tells him, "You should keep your distance Ducky, the ones who get too close always end up dead." I think this scene was a bit of a "paver "for future episodes so-to-speak, and one that ironically took place following the scene in the elevator with Tony. Tony obviously had something to say, but it was just not the best time or place. I am pleased with this development as it shows another area where this season has yet another "new beginning,"as these two try to find their footing on new ground.

    Gone but not forgotten. First Caf-Pow! and now Ziva's necklace is given a highlight. We learn that it obviously meant great deal to her as she would rather die before removing it. A little tidbit that we will hopefully learn more about down the road.

    I thought the scenes between Tony and McGee a bit extreme, I like them, but it seems almost overkill. This seems to be the case over the last few episodes though and I found myself asking, is this to show how off-kilter the team is, as these two are basically acting as the entire team? The humor is usually spread out a bit more, but this has not been the case of late. I am curious to see if this continues next week or if it will be back to the somewhat balanced show again as Ziva will officially be part of the team.

    I was unsure about Vance when he first came on board, but now I can't imagine a different Director in his place. Mark and Rocky have a great chemistry, and I love watching these to in action. I thought Vance would play the Bad Cop as he doesn't have any real personal connection to ZIva like Gibbs; however, I think he does have a great deal of respect for her as was shown in last years' episode "Knock out". Brennan managed to surprise me though in Vance's handling of Ziva. The first clue was when he said "figure she's been broken enough," I liked seeing him as Good Cop and I think the audience needed to see that as well.

    I also liked the "finders keepers" fight when the Mossad agent appeared. It was almost like a fight amongst boys over toys in a sand pile – You left her out there, we found her, we get to keep her! Loved it. There was also a bit of shocking role reversal during this scene. You have Vance playing the protective, angry one – "we pulled her out of the desert and they didn't. Why didn't they?" and Gibbs ACTUALLY playing the rational one – "She has no connection to NCIS," "we (happened to have) found her first." Gibbs even noticed it with his closing dialogue "everything's upside down."

    Tony as Gibbs is something we have seen quite a bit of already this season. While he continues to be the slapstick of the show, he is quick to take charge and get down to business when needed. Ziva is in trouble and Gibbs is preoccupied and Tony is the one to get the team moving – he even cut off Ducky! (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the ONLY person to do that in the past has been Gibbs) More importantly, Tony continues to have Ziva's back when she finds herself up a creek without a paddle.

    We FINALLY see protective Gibbs in the interrogation room – the Gibbs that was missing from Team Ziva. I think it was for his own protection and for the sake of the case that he had so distanced himself. This distance he had created made the scene in the interrogation room hold more of an emotional impact when he forcefully confronted Gidon and told him/Eli that Ziva was off limits. It was all very touching, especially bringing Ziva around to the fact that she is basically like the Phoenix rising. The Ziva David that Eli created died out in the desert. She can begin again. The beauty of not knowing what Gibbs whispered to Ziva is that there are infinite possibilities, but hearing just "one" wouldn't do the scene or their relationship justice. It just makes it that more personal between the two.

    Forgive the choppiness of this review, it was written in between and on the go – this thing called "life" kept getting in the way.moreless
David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Marine Staff Sergeant Daniel Cryer (aka Daniel Shalev)

Guest Star

T. J. Ramini

T. J. Ramini

Mossad Officer Malachi Ben-Gidon

Guest Star

Joseph Kamal

Joseph Kamal

Captain Kassib Yosef

Guest Star

Michael Nouri

Michael Nouri

Mossad Director Eli David

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • GOOF: Mossad Officer Ben-Gidon was the head of the team Ziva was on, but on their mission, he took a subordinate role to her portraying one of her henchmen. Given the male dominant culture of both smugglers/terrorists and Arabs, and that it was his team, it doesn't make sense that he would let a woman act as the team leader.

    • GOOF: It doesn't make sense that they would have taken the time to put Daniel's body in a plastic bag since they planned on sinking the ship which would have hidden the crime scene and the body more effectively without it. Also, there were 18 bodies found in the ship after it was salvaged, so why single out one body to put in a plastic bag?

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ziva: I had nothing but death in my heart.
      Gibby: You never had a choice. He didn't give you a choice. He raised you to be a ruthless, soulless killer.
      Ziva: I did not mean to live through it.
      Gibby: You didn't. That part of you died out there.

    • Gibbs: You outta toothpicks?
      Vance: Pulled one earlier; got a splinter in my cheek. Cut myself shaving this morning... you know these things come in threes.
      Gibbs: You superstitious?
      Vance: I'm a little stitious.

    • Bin Gidon: I failed you, Ziva. I'm sorry.
      Ziva: Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness.

    • Vance (on the phone with Eli David): I'm not happy about it either, Eli. Gibbs is an awful son-of-a-bitch -- you might think he's a thorn in your side, but he's a pain in my ass!
      Eli David: He is a thief for stealing my daughter!
      Vance: I know you're upset, I know she's your daughter. I will continue to deal with it. You have to believe -- I am your ally, here.
      Eli David: Show me!
      Vance: I will deal with Gibbs. But she has chosen to deal with Gibbs, too.
      Eli David: This is not the last conversation we will have on this subject!
      Vance: Shalom, Eli.
      (Eli David slams the phone down.)
      Gibbs: (consideringly) Not bad.
      Vance: Not bad at all!

    • Gibbs: What can we do for you, Officer Bin-Gidon?
      Bin-Gidon: I've come for Ziva David. You're holding a member of my team hostage in there.
      Tony: Your team's had a rough year.
      Gibbs: I think you already missed your chance to rescue Ziva.
      Bin-Gidon: Then I'll have arrived in time to rescue her from you.

    • Ducky (joins Gibbs in Observation, watching Ziva): Oh, aren't you on the wrong side, of the glass? Oh, look at her, look at the state she's in! I would have thought you would have wanted to be in there yourself, instead of letting Vance interrogate her.
      Gibbs: Don't you have some bodies to attend to, Duck?
      Ducky: The evidence from the Damocles is being unloaded as we speak. (changing the subject) Isn't this punishing her? I mean, you aren't concerned that she might lie to you?
      Gibbs: Eh -- it's tough love.
      Ducky: You do know that there are other kinds?

    • Tony: What's with the sushi bar?
      Ducky: Staff Sargeant Cryer's body was not alone on its considerable time adrift.
      Tony (grimacing): Yum...
      Ducky: That's probably what they said when they were feeding on his flesh.

    • Tony: Why do you find it so hard to believe that I could hack that sucker out?
      Ziva: You cannot even work your email properly! You always reply to "ALL" -- it drives me absolutely nuts! You know, when it comes to computers, you are almost as incompetent as Gibbs... (She freezes, expecting Gibbs to be behind her.)
      Tony: Ha! You thought Gibbs was behind you! You know why? Because sneaky people expect sneakiness -- it's a vicious circle.

    • Gibbs (to Ziva): Get to work, probie.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Michael Nouri only does a voice-over in this episode as Eli David.

    • Original International Airdates:
      Australia: October 20, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Norway: November 24, 2009 on TV3
      Sweden: December 1, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: February 26, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: March 21, 2010 on SAT 1
      Spain: April 9, 2010 on LaSexta
      Slovakia: June 17, 2010 on Markiza
      Finland: October 5, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: December 6, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Vance (on the phone with Eli David): I'm not happy about it either, Eli. Gibbs is an awful **** -- you might think he's a thorn in your side, but he's a pain in my ass!
      Eli David: He is a thief for stealing my daughter!
      Vance: I know you're upset, I know she's your daughter. I will continue to deal with it. You have to believe -- I am your ally, here.
      Eli David: Show me!
      Vance: I will deal with Gibbs. But she has chosen to deal with Gibbs, too.
      Eli David: This is not the last conversation we will have on this subject!
      Vance: Shalom, Eli.

      This could possibly be a vague allusion to Dr. Strangelove. The conversation would allude to the phone call between U.S president Merkin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri.

    • Tony mentions James Cameron, who was a writer and producer on the TV show Dark Angel, which Michael starred in.

    • Tony: It's like Alien. The Ridley Scott classic, the creepy one.
      McGee: As opposed to the non-creepy ones?
      Tony: Well, Cameron was more action-y than creepy, and Fincher's is more sleepy. Jeunet's? It's sort of a French-fried -- I don't know what they'd call it. Anyway, the point is, I hear skittering through the airducts . . . eeeiiiii, eeeeeiii!

      Tony is referring to the 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien, directed by Ridley Scott. Aliens, directed by James Cameron in 1986, Alien 3, directed by David Fincher in 1992, and Alien Resurrection, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in 1997.

    • Tony: Tick-tock, tick-tock!
      McGee: Tony, shut up!
      Tony: I'm sorry, Captain Hook. I don't see any crocodiles. Maybe it's in your head... or your heart. It's an Edgar Allan Poe reference. That's right... I read! Maybe you've got a body buried under your floorboards.

      The first part of this conversation alludes to Peter Pan, a 1904 play by J.M. Barrie that was subsequently adapted into stories, books and, later, movies. In the story, Captain Hook's hand was struck off in a swordfight with Peter Pan, fell into the water, and was eaten by a crocodile. The crocodile also swallowed an alarm clock, so that Hook can now always nervously tell when the crocodile is near by the faint "tick-tock".

      The second part of the conversation alludes to an Edgar Allan Poe's 1843 story, The Tell-Tale Heart, about a man who, in a fit of paranoia, kills an old man, dismembers his body and buries it under the floorboards of his home. However, his guilt causes him to "hear" the continued beating of the old man's heart, until it drives him insane.

    • Tony: Take a breath, grab a keyboard.

      A reference to the Kit Kat commercial that goes Take a break, grab a Kit Kat.