NCIS

Season 11 Episode 2

Past, Present, and Future

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2013 on CBS
8.4
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As Gibbs and the team search for a terrorist ring stateside, Tony travels to Israel with the mission of finding Ziva.

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  • Dreadful storyline

    5.0
    The storyline of Tiva had been exciting, sparkling and promising - until the beginning of season 7. From this point onwards it has started to go wrong. It's a writers' / producers' mistake. I mean, Tony travelled into the desert to take revenge for her possible death / to save her life. What more can a man do? (One of my favourite episodes by the way).

    The writers had two possibilities after 7/1 - 1) A romance 2) No romance. They chose something in between and unfortunately, it wasn't the best choice but neither fish nor fowl. Version 1 might have been not the luckiest choice because it wouldn't have left much room for other storylines, but it would have been much better than "something in between". Version 2 might have made some fans unhappy, but there would have been a lot of room for other storylines, and it wouldn't have been so unsatisfying than the chosen alternative - EJ Barrett, Wendy, CIRay and a halfhearted be or not be romance or "friendship" in the background. They could have given both characters nice, SUITABLE partners, not a boring guy with jug ears or a little girl who looks like Tony's daughter. (We all know that relationships can break, so that there had always been a possibility to get back to a romance between Ziva and Tony). Explanation for this version could have been Ziva's words she said to Dr. Cranston, that she wanted something stable, something nobody could take away from her. It ruled out Tony, simply because of his job. But it also ruled out CIRay! They could have given her a nice partner who likes the opera, a good book, a cosy home and doesn't do anything exciting. Maybe a college lecturer or something like that. (She simply could have gotten bored of that "stable" life. It could have been so easy ... ) Someone completely opposite to Tony, not another agent! That's why that story with CIRay never made much sense. Why should she choose an agent with a volatile, instable life when she already had one? One who saved her life and was ready to give his own life for hers. While CIRay, in fact, never did anything for her.

    However, the damage was done - in multiple ways. 1) Not to have a real (or at least a good) Tiva-storyline 2) Not to keep Cote de Pablo. Whatever she wants, hell, give to her! Losing one of your main characters after eight seasons is much worse! But again - the damage was done.

    So, how to write her off the show? What to do with the Tiva-storyline? Again, there would have been different possibilities. 1) Let the two get married, Ziva wants to be a mother and stays at home. She wouldn't have had to turn up in person (like the famous Mrs Colombo), but it would have given Tony's character a possibilty to develop. No tears, no broken hearts, simple, romantic, with the possibility of an easy return - as a recurring role, or even as an agent. (Would have been my favourite version). 2) Let the two have a romance / get married ( + have a child), then someone from her past turns up, and she disappears (to keep her family save). Less realistic, but at least a little romantic and more dramatic than version 1. (My second best - if Tony was left behind with a child he had to look after). 3) Kill her. (Wouldn't have liked that)! 4) Let her get married to someone else, she wants to be a mother and quits. Could have been a possible ending IF they had given BOTH characters suitable partners some seasons before, would have been strange if suddenly someone new had turned up.

    What did they do? They rip the team apart (again), Ziva travels back to Israel (why? she is an American citizen now), gets into danger there, meets the mad girlfriend of her brother Ari who tells her that she wasn't allowed to be happy when she couldn't be happy (what a stupid argument), so she turns Tony's proposal down (although she loves him) and decides to stay in Israel to "sort things out". What a lousy storyline! Is that the best you could make from it, writers? It could have been only worse if you had killed her. But it's comes close to it. I often read that they should bring her back. Honestly, with THAT storyline it's almost impossible to bring her back. They didn't kill her but wrote her off in a way that makes a return not believable - what a shame!

    However, de Pablo and Weatherly made the best from it. The scenes with them were great. (By the way, I liked Tony's proposal because I'm not into cheesy stuff, it was simple and classy). But still it's disappointing because it could have been so much better. I never was a huge fan of the Tiva-storyline after 7/1 because they missed the opportunity to make something really good from it, but I know how many fans would have liked to see a wedding, at least a night of passion (me too) - it must be so unsatisfying for them because it IS unsatisfying. They had made people enthusiastic about that storyline for EIGHT YEARS, and then it ends up in kiss and say goodbye. They couldn't have made a worse move, especially because it doesn't leave anything for the remaining character - Tony. I don't understand how experienced writers can make such a huge mistake. You need something to develop a character further on. When the character is simply heartbroken there isn't much you can do with it. With a storyline like this you lose TWO main characters at one blow - one is gone, the other is depressed and needs a long time to recover. (I know they are planning a new love interest for Tony in season 12. But it won't work - because of this awful storyline. There's no suitable link. Why should he be interested in anyone else when he left - as indicated in this episode - his heart in Israel)?

    So, 10 points for de Pablo and Weatherly who did a terrific job and for the scenes as such. 0 points for the not thought-out storyline and killing off these wonderful characters! Average: 5 points.moreless
  • It is a good way to send off a character

    10
    Ziva ws past her time long ago. You fans are lucky they didnt kill her off.
  • Only decent episode this season!

    10
    This was the only decent episode this season. CBS really blew it when they played hardball with Cote's contract. Most of the episode was boring, but the last 15 minutes were great. But the reason for Ziva leaving made absolutely no sense (as she had already dealt with being an assassin several seasons past and had already changed). MW and CDP were great, but the story was sorely lacking. I would have preferred more scenes with CDP, as this was toted as a farewell episode for her character. But at least she was actually IN this episode, unlike the premiere!moreless
  • For a farewell to Ziva, there was very little Ziva

    4.0
    Better than last week, but not by much. Again toted as a farewell to Ziva, but she was only there about 15 minutes. Reason for her staying in Israel not believable-apparantly GG forgot they already had Ziva show she didn't like what she had become and wanted to change back in season 7 (T or C and GCBC). Remember Gibbs saying that person died out there? She changed back then, joining NCIS, becoming an American citizen, etc. Having her suffer PTSD would have made more sense, as would her going back to her "family" in DC, even if she didn't go back to work at NCIS. CDP and MW were great in the scenes, but the whole story just didn't make sense, nor did the lack of Ziva through most of the episode. I swear, it almost looks as if TPTB were punishing Cote for standing her ground by featuring her as little as possible. And the whole terrorist storyline was even worse. I figured out who the bad guy was last episode, way too predictable. The new secnav was boring. And who would hire someone for that position with no military experience? That would be like hiring someone to investigate plane crashes that doesn't know anything about planes! Stupid. The only interesting (and somewhat enjoyable) part of this episode is when Fornell gets shot in the ass! I think this episode was a disgrace to Cote and will no longer watch NCIS. At least not until TPTB realize their mistake and bring her back!moreless
  • Enjoyed seeing Ziva

    8.5
    But not enough with her. Sad saying bye to Tony - thought would be more but...

    not the best show but I think they are trying to say bye to Ziva - I guess getting us used to her not being there.



    As for a replacement - No one can replace Ziva.
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Special Agent Ziva David

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

Allan Louis

Allan Louis

Navy Captain Dominick Wayne

Guest Star

Damon Dayoub

Damon Dayoub

Adam Eshel

Guest Star

Costas Mandylor

Costas Mandylor

Tomas Mendez

Guest Star

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

FBI Agent T.C. Fornell

Recurring Role

Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Secretary of the Navy Sarah Porter

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Tony: Hey, listen, I know it's hard, and I know you want to change. I can change with you. I'm fighting for you, Ziva.
      Ziva: I know.

    • Tony: You want me to give up on Ziva?
      Gibbs: I didn't say that.
      Tony: Are you giving up on her?
      Gibbs: I didn't say that, either.
      McGee: Boss, maybe you could try saying what you're saying?
      Gibbs: If Ziva doesn't want to be found, you aren't going to find her. I'm saying you should respect that.

    • Gibbs: Look, don't be a dumb ass. You keep Agent Fornell in your hip pocket, or you're a dead man.
      Mendez: For freedom, I'd hardly be the first to die. But very well.
      Fornell: Really? I spent the last hour saying pretty much the same thing.
      Mendez: Then let's hope you're better at protection than you are at persuasion.
      Fornell: (To Gibbs) Save me.

    • Tony: (as he walks away from Ziva) This is the hardest 180 of my life.

    • Fornell: I can't believe you shot me in the ass!
      Gibbs: It's a through and through.
      Fornell: But you still shot me through the ass!

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