Season 3 Episode 2

Kill Ari, Part II

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on CBS
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Still stressed over Kate's death, Gibbs is even more hurt when Ari kidnaps Ducky and decides to play with his mind. Gibbs sends Tony to follow Ziva, and after Jenny and Gibbs are almost shot to death, he is even more determined to finish once and for all with Ari, and Ziva's strange connection to Ari will be just the help that he needs.


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  • More a reply to other reviews than the actual episode.

    Watching through it again but reading people's reviews of the episodes before hand (to see what they saw I guess), so many people have expressed hatred towards Ziva and Gibbs because of the final scene either not having Tony, or because she's the one that pulled the trigger etc. So (yes being a Ziva fan and Kate hater) I'd like to try and give it some perspective that I think would suit the situation and explain why Gibbs took Ziva and not someone he trusted like Tony.

    1. Everyone knew he HATED and blamed Ari for what happened to Kate.

    2. There was no real proof it was Ari, so when they caught the 'guilty' guy, with the gun, it seemed over.

    - so Jethro had a plan to prove Ari actually did it all - he would use himself as bait.

    However he would need someone there for back up so:

    Tony - while he probably trusted Tony the most and would be logical because he knew Tony wanted Ari dead, if the whole thing went down and it was Tony who shot Ari and they called Jen and said 'Ari confessed, we killed him'. It'd kinda look suspicious and fake and probably more a vendetta killing.

    Mcgee - basically exact same situation as Tony.

    Jen - assuming Gibbs still trusts her aim because she hasn't been a field agent for a long time (I don't know if desk agents are required to constantly take gun checks or whatever they're called). If it went down with her while being more believable, if Jen called Mossad and said 'Gibbs was right we had to kill your Son', he might not entirely believe it and it could start a huge issue between America and Israel.

    Ziva - So Gibbs doesn't know whether or not to trust her, but she's Mossad and not a part of his family, so she has no reason to lie for him and Mossad will believe her if she says Ari was a traitor and guilty. And if it ended up she was evil, Gibbs would've died and it'd kinda have proved his point anyway (although that's the bad ending).

    So my feelings for Kate and Ziva aside, it actually makes the most logical (and political) sense, to have had Ziva as his back up.

    I'm sure (if people do still read these) people will probably dislike it, because they're Kate shippers, or just wished it was Tony who got to pull the trigger or something. But hopefully this perspective makes it make more sense, and not that he just chose Ziva because he could and it was stupid.

    Good episode though, wasn't a huge fan of the Kate 'visions' not because it's Kate, but just seemed weird. Abby's seemed the only appropriate visions anyway.moreless
  • Great opener for season 3 (Part 1 + 2)

    While I liked Ziva right away I disliked Jenny from the very first moment. I'm probably in the minority because I often read she was missed in later seasons but I can't help it. The character itself was well-written and the storyline very interesting but I had a problem with the way Lauren Holly played it. From the interviews it became clear Holly had never played a role like that before, and she was more familiar with family movies and stuff like that. I imagine she's great in those, but she was not so good at portraying a former Special Agent, the director of a federal agency, and - even worse - a woman looking for revenge for the death of her father. She was simply too nice for that.

    Ziva's background wasn't realistic at all but it was written in such a unique, clever way that it never bothered me. It was an unusual character not often seen in a TV-format like this, and Cote de Pablo made it work right from the moment when she appeared in the office and asked Tony whether he was having phone sex.

    Wasn't so keen on the ghost sequences but in retrospective it was a nice way to say goodbye to a character, especially when you see how they handle Ziva's departure now, a main character who was much longer in the show than Kate.

    These two episode contain many of my all-time favourite scenes - Tony comforting Abby and then saving her from Ari, Gibbs being nice to "his" boys, Ducky's and Gerald's meeting with Ari, Tony observing the two Mossad-girls in the hotel and then having Pizza and espresso with Ziva in the rain. Ari has probably been the best villain this show ever had (but no reason for digging him up ten years later).moreless
  • Amazing build-up, with a terrible fall

    The Characters, the guilt, the problems, the sadness, everything was great and was amazingly built over 3 episodes in a row and over 2.5 series in total

    And yet the ending fails to please me. It was always clear that Ari would die (very bad episode title) but the way he died was absolute BS. I have been wondering since I saw him shoot Kate what his motives were. What kind of secret game is he playing this time, how will he outsmart Gibbs? Oh no nothing like that, he hates his father who killed his mother and used him. A colorless, stupid 30 second explanation, which doesn't even make sense. (he could have done MUCH more damage with the acutal killing of the Presidents AND Kate during their last encounter)

    Usually, criminal shows across the world (ncis including) 95% of the time twist the story at the end with the Deux ex machina technique to have someone else be the killer. Now we new from the start who did it. It could have been a much nicer game of hide and seek if Ari would have actually had a serious reason to do what he did, not just a 10 second explanation.

    And the overpatriotism is getting really annoying. I understand this is an american show, but come on. EVERY single organisation Gibbs looks down upon (except the US Forces, which are totally exempted, see Hometown Hero S. 2 Ep. 21 that was just complete overload of cheesy patriotism) because they are shaddy guys (in this episode it was the mentioning of the Lillehammer affair where the Mossad messed up) and in the end its the patrotic army guy Gibbs that stands victorious and was right. He dispises Zivas group because the are responsible for liquidation/assassinations. Did no one catch that? HE HIMSELF WAS A SNIPER! He is no different! Its really annoying to see such stupid hypocrisy, slight story flaws destroy an amazing build up.

    Very Good Episodes, bad endingmoreless
  • Uncharacteristically … Blah

    The episode was average, at best. I used to love this show; this episode alone has given me great doubt about it. Not only did it end a back story in a very un-climactic way, but the character interaction that usually pulls me to the show simply was not there. For instance, when the new girl killed Ari, where was Tony? After 2 years of Tony, Gibbs, and Kate interaction and growth Tony wasn’t even there. Pathetic episode and not a good omen for the rest of the series, if this is a hint of things to come, not giving Tony enough credit or seniority, the show is dead for a lot of us. The fact that they’re forcing this new girl down our throats is bad enough, but to make her anything but less than Tony is a fatal error. The entire cast of this show and the depth of these characters is amazing in NCIS, but the center of this show IS Tony and Gibbs.

  • Ari gets what he deserves.

    This was an awesome first episode of the season. I like the new director and I think that she will keep Gibbs on his toes, which will be interesting to watch. I didn't like Ziva and I definantly wouldn't trust her, but I enjoy the chemistry between her and Gibbs. She may stir some trouble up for Tony while she's a part of the NCIS team, but I don't think that she'll be around long term. Will just have to wait and watch to find out. I totally loved the ending of this episode. The way Ari thought that he could trust her and then Gibbs nailed him was awesome. That one was for Kate.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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander

Special Agent Kate Todd

Guest Star

Gloria Votsis

Gloria Votsis


Guest Star

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Guest Star

Rudolf Martin

Rudolf Martin

Ari Haswari

Recurring Role

Alan Dale

Alan Dale

NCIS Director Tom Morrow

Recurring Role

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

NCIS Director Jenny Shepard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (16)

    • GOOF: When Tony is flipping through the pictures on his cell of Ziva and the unknown girl by the pool, we see the robe change from the middle hook, to the right hook and back to the middle hook.

    • TRIVIA: Jenny tells Gibbs that Ziva had saved her life two years earlier in Cairo.

    • TRIVIA: When Tim finally visits Kate's body in the morgue, it had already been announced that her funeral was going to be the next day in Indiana. Therefore, her body would have had to have already been transported there so it could be prepared for burial.

    • TRIVIA: Gibbs asks Ziva how much she found out about his team when preparing dossiers for Ari, and she admits she knows about his first wife and daughter. This is the first mentions of them and a few more clues are given throughout the season until the story is revealed in the finale "Hiatus."

    • GOOF: Ari says that he needs Gibbs to kill himself. But Ari is obviously planning on shooting Gibbs from several feet away, with a M40A1 Sniper Rifle (a pretty large gun), in the front of the head. Obviously, a "suicide" shot like that wouldn't fool anyone - the angle of the shot and the lack of gunpowder would clearly indicate that the victim was murdered.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva tells Tony that she was not recruited into Mossad, she volunteered.

    • TRIVIA: We learn from Ziva that she lost her 16 year old younger sister "Tali" in a Hamas suicide bombing on a stormy night. She prounounces her name 2 different ways. 3 times as "tall-e" and once like "tell-e."

    • TRIVIA: The ring tone of Ducky's cellphone is "Scotland the Brave", which makes some sense since he went to medical school in Edinburgh.

    • TRIVIA: The license plate of Ari's black SUV (724 TJA) has been used in episodes before, on the NCIS Crime Scene truck, and other vehicles with a significant meaning in that episode.

    • TRIVIA: The flashbacks everyone is seeing at the funeral are:
      McGee from 2x01 "See No Evil"
      Ducky from 2x22 "SWAK"
      Tony from 2x06 "Terminal Leave"
      Abby from 2x15 "Caught on Tape"

    • TRIVIA: Ari says his father (who served in the Mossad) trained him to become a mole in Hamas. However Mossad is in charge of foreign espionage. Collecting intelligence in the Palestinian Territories fall under the authority of the Shin Bet or military intelligence. Ari also says his father had his mother killed, however the Shin Bet is in charge of "targeted killings" in the Palestinian territories.

    • Anachronism : Ari says that he was conceived just to be a mole in Hamas. Since Hamas was founded in 1987, that would make Ari only 17 (about 20 years younger than the actor who played him) at the time the episode was aired. While Israeli intelligence does use Palestinian informers, it's unlikely in the extreme that they would be training teenagers to become assassins.

    • TRIVIA: Ziva speaks three words of Hebrew, and mispronounces one of them. The first syllable of the Hebrew word for night is pronounced "lie" (lie-lah), not "lay" (lay-lah).

    • TRIVIA: The jazz song played at the end of this episode as the team are leaving the funeral is called The Viper which is featured on the album Dixieland.

    • TRIVIA: The phony French passport with Ari's name that Tony finds in the robe is actually not in use in France anymore. This model is older than five years, which was the validity time of this passport. Ari would have had the latest model to travel overseas, as it has to be valid, but it's also much harder to fake...

    • TRIVIA: When Ziva is talking to Tony, she says "todah," which means "thanks" in Hebrew. Later in the same scene, she says "laila tov," which means "good night."

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Tony: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman. Directed by Mimi Leder. Made it in ninety seven. It's a real action flick. Clooney and Kidman have to find a stolen nuclear weapon before it's used by terrorists. I can't believe you never saw it!
      Ziva: Where is Gibbs?
      Tony: You know, that's the first question you asked me when we met.
      Ziva: No. The first question was, were you having phone sex?

    • (Tony is watching Ziva swim when Kate appears behind him)
      Kate: Why don't you visualize her naked? Does she intimidate you?
      Tony: The woman hasn't been born yet that can intimidate Anthony DiNozzo.
      Kate: You're forgetting your mother.
      Tony: Mothers don't count.
      Kate: And that lawyer, Marla?
      Tony: Divorce attorney. Worse than mothers.
      Kate: Well, Ziva is not your mother, she's not a divorce lawyer. She definitely intimidates you.
      Tony: Does not!
      Kate: Does, too.
      Tony: Does not!
      Kate: Does, too.

    • (Gerald is trying to drive away in Ducky's car)
      Ducky: Use the clutch. Good God man! USE the CLUTCH! You are stripping the gears!
      Ari: (Getting out of the car) This is too painful doctor.

    • Gibbs: If I ask you something, Tobias, are you going to lie to me?
      Fornell: Depends on the question.
      Gibbs: What's Ari Haswari's real mission here?
      Fornell: I'm going to lie to you. Mossad lies to the CIA, they lie to us, I lie to you. I don't know who you lie to, being the bottom of the food chain, and not married...

    • McGee: Bubba?
      Abby: Best damn coon dog in all of Jefferson Parish.

    • Gibbs: How do you know the passport is a phony?
      Tony: Ari's photo, but not his name.
      Gibbs: What name does he use?
      Tony: Don't you first wanna know how I got it?
      Gibbs: I assume you improvised, like a good agent should!
      Tony: Oh, what an improv, I swear to god I can get a gig on SNL, okay, get this, I pretend like I am this real goofy guy trying to get laid...
      Gibbs: Pretend?
      Tony: That hurt Boss.

    • Tony: Thanks for the pizza, Boss.
      Gibbs: Thank the night shift... I swiped it from them.

    • Tim: You want me to go with you, Boss?
      Gibbs: No, Tony's out, stay with Abby.
      Abby: (To Tim, about the 'no leaving the building' order) For nobody leaving the building, there are a lot of people leaving the building!

    • Gibbs: Mossad may be like the Mafia... one big happy family!

    • Ziva: Espresso. Take it. It's not a bribe.
      Tony: How long have you known I was...
      Ziva: Following me? Since I left the Navy yard.
      Tony: I don't think so.
      Ziva: Blue sedan, you laid behind a white station wagon for a while, then a telephone van. You lost me at the traffic circle...
      Tony: Okay, okay. You knew.
      Ziva: (offering coffee again) Take it. It's chilly out here. You shouldn't feel bad, I was trained by the best.
      Tony: You know, that's what I like about Mossad.
      Ziva: Our training?
      Tony: Your modesty.
      Ziva: (as Tony goes to throw away the pizza box) There's a slice in there! (he offers it to Ziva and she takes it) Todah.
      Tony: Prego.
      Ziva: I lost my little sister Tali, in a Hamas suicide bombing. She was sixteen and the best of us. Tali had compassion.
      Tony: I'm sorry.
      Ziva: After Tali's death, I was like Gibbs. All I wanted was revenge.
      Tony: Is that why you joined Mossad?
      Ziva: (shaking her head) I was Mossad long before Tali's death. Old...
      Tony: Family tradition.
      Ziva: Israeli sense of duty.
      Tony: But come on. Who recruited you? Father? Uncle? Brother? Boyfriend?
      Ziva: Aunt, sister, lesbian lover.
      Tony: (laughs slightly) You're good. You almost got me off the question. Almost.
      Ziva: I volunteered. Laila tov.
      Tony: Buena notte.

    • Gibbs: What is your gut telling you?
      Tony: It wants a pizza!

    • Kate: It's happening again, isn't it?
      Gibbs: Ari won't kill Ducky
      Kate: Why? Because you couldn't live with the guilt. Maybe that's what he wants. That's his plan. Maybe the only way to save the others, is to kill yourself.

    • Tony (jumps in Gibbs car): Ziva slipped a phony French passport and some cash (sniffs pizza fumes) to the ah (continues to sniff) woman with the Star of David I told you about.
      (Gibbs hands Tony a pizza)
      Tony: I love you Boss.
      Gibbs : How do you know the passports are phony?
      Tony: Ari's photo but not his name.
      Gibbs: What name did he use?
      Tony: Well... (takes a bite of the pizza)
      Gibbs: The name?! (stops Tony from eating the pizza)
      Tony: Rene Saurel. S A U R E L.

    • Fornell: You smell like a wet dog!
      Gibbs: Well there was one here underneath the bench when I got here... I put him in the gazebo.
      Fornell: Why aren't you in the gazebo?
      Gibbs: Dog smells like hell!
      Fornell: So why didn't you leave him under... never mind.

    • (McGee is in autopsy seeing Kate for the first time as DiNozzo walks in behind him)
      Tony: Told you she looked good... (to Kate) Probie wouldn't believe me Kate. Thought you would look like the Return of the Living Dead.
      McGee: Did not.
      Tony: Don't lie to the dead, McGee... It's not nice.
      McGee: I was a little afraid.
      Tony: He was terrified... but it took a lot of guts to come down here alone... showed how much he cared for you...
      McGee: I really did like you, Kate.
      (Ducky walks into autopsy and overhears their conversation)

    • Abby: (as McGee bends to try to see the numberplate of the van) It's not a dress McGee... you can't look up it to see what you want.

    • McGee: Then why are you excited?
      Abby: Maybe it's just because I'm alone with you on a rainy night!

    • Kate (whilst lying in the drawer talking to McGee): Why didn't you come to see me? If you don't look at the back of my head, it just looks like I'm sleeping... I'm so lonely, I would welcome a visit from DiNozzo.

    • Gibbs (to Jenny): Mohammed died for a river of honey and 72 virgins.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: October 11, 2005 on TV3
      Sweden: December 25, 2005 on TV3
      Australia: February 15, 2006 on Channel 10
      Germany: March 23, 2006 on SAT 1
      France: September 1, 2006 on M6
      Croatia: September 25, 2006 on NOVA TV
      Italy: October 29, 2006 on RAI 2
      Finland: October 6, 2007 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: April 21, 2009 on Markiza

    • Sasha Alexander (Special Agent Kate Todd) and Rudolf Martin (Ari Haswari) are billed as special guest stars. This episode features their final appearance on the show.


    • The episode's title, "Kill Ari," appears to be a reference to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies. The fact that this is a two-part episode (as is the Kill Bill saga), along with the episode's revenge theme, further supports this.