Season 3 Episode 1

Kill Ari, Part I

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on CBS

Episode Recap

All three remaining agents (Gibbs, Tony, and McGee) as well as Abby and Ducky "daydream" about Kate while trying to get leads on Ari. They "talk" to her, but it's all in their imagination. Tony and Ziva get off to a bad start when she walks into the bullpen when he is "talking" to Kate. Viewers are left with questions about Ziva's loyalty when Ari calls her and they talk about personal things. There are also serious questions raised as to whether or not Ari was the one who killed Kate. Gibbs thinks otherwise when it is shown that Ari is leaving his brass behind and it turns out that the sniper gun used is the one Gibbs used to use as a marine and its nickname is 'Kate'. Ari calls Ducky and tells him he's holding Gerald hostage again. Ari says he didn't kill Kate, and he wants to have a chance to prove it to Ducky. He says if Ducky will come meet him, he'll let Gerald go. Ducky gives his word he will come, but when he is walking towards Ari and Gerald, you can tell someone has a sniper's scope on him. This episode was a two-parter, and the audience is left wondering what will happen to Ducky and Gerald.