NCIS

Season 8 Episode 24

Pyramid

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 17, 2011 on CBS
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When the Port-to-Port killer is finally revealed, the entire NCIS team finds themselves in grave danger.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not fit for a finale.

    8.5
    While the episode was okay, it just wasn't up to finale standards. There were too many inconsistencies (like Cobb's miraculous healing from the gunshot wound in his leg and Ziva not being at Mike's funeral). A lot of it didn't make sense-why would Cobb let EJ go, only to kidnap Ziva to get EJ back? Stupid. And there is no way Ziva would make up with Ray so easily. And the end for the killer was so lame. Suicide by cop. Really? And I love how GG thought we wouldn't notice Ziva wasn't at Mike's funeral. I was obvious that a mistake was made and Cote wasn't available for shooting. But couldn't they have least CGIed her somewhere. And then GG came up with lame reasons for her not being there, like Ziva didn't go to funerals and that she was with her boyfriend, both of which made no sense (Ziva went to Jenny's funeral and Ray had to leave asap to take care of Kort-so he wasn't even in DC at the time of the funeral)!moreless
  • The 8th Season Ends With The Agents On The Trail Of Jonas Cobbs. They Must Bring Him Down Following The Murder Of Mike Franks.

    7.5
    What I've learned during the run of this show is that "NCIS" doesn't do well in season finales. However, I think this is one of the better finales we have seen. "Pyramid" was a very good way of ending the season but it does not mean it is without its flaws. I found it absurd that a serial killer who murdered dozens of people has only one guard escorting him in the headquarters. It was obvious he was up to no good. Another negative thing is how Cobbs was killed. Yes, he was about to shoot Vance and Gibbs but it could have been better if they would have arrested him. The funeral was a proper tribute to Mike. The high point is the end. It was suspenseful and I'm looking forward to find out who leaked classified information. Overall, this season of "NCIS" had its ups and downs, but in general it was a great season. Look forward to season nine.moreless
  • I'm a big NCIS fan so was engrossed in the finale, though it was anticlimactic and rushed.

    7.5
    The last several episodes of this NCIS season are as good an example of "anticlimactic" as you will ever see: "an event, period, or outcome that is strikingly less important or dramatic than expected." After the big build-up about how resourceful, meticulous and determined the unidentifed P2P Serial Killer is and expecting a big showdown between EJ and Gibbs, we get this rushed, lame ending -- Kort mentions in an off-hand way that the P2P is Cobb; and Cobb captures Kort, EJ and Ziva, then releases them and gives himself up; then we learn that he gave himself up so he could break out with two of them as hostages again; and then reveals where he is so the heads of NCIS and the Navy Department will kill him via "suicide by cop"! Not every day that two department heads strap on guns to face the super serial killer man to man!



    I am a big NCIS fan and was engrossed in the finale just to see how things would wrap up. I wonder, though, what new viewers would think. Although I didn't mind as much as others, it was clearly out of character for Ziva to cry over Franks death, to rush into Ray's hotel room so carelessly under the circumstances, and not attend Frank's funeral. Cobb was wounded in "Swan Song" and a big point was made of the few number of bullets he had left, but in "Pyramid" it was like neither had happened. There was a lengthy embarrassing (to me) scene about McGee and Abby bickering over romantic longing and Cade that was inappropriate for the time and went on torturously long; even when McGee said goodbye to Cade, this issue cropped up. When Ziva and Tony were trying to warn Ray and couldn't reach him because he was on a classified mission, you'd think they could have his boss phone Ray with the warning or have a hotel employee knock on his door. EJ kept saying her partner Levin died because she screwed up, but I don't see how -- she and her two partners merely went to interview a witness, no big deal. It was typically foolish of Cobb to tell kidnapped Ziva that he was kidnapping her as a diversion! I don't see how kidnapping EJ, Palmer and Kort should make the Secretary of the Navy come up to face Cobb (though in NCIS world it did). The one really good touch was the way we learned that Gibbs, through all these recent episodes, was working on Frank's coffin, and the funeral itself.



    Miscellaneous observations of recent eps: ridiculous of Ziva to breakup with Ray because he didn't tell her the classified info that he was working on the P2P case; the short period Ziva was kidnapped, the team didn't seem that upset -- for example, Gibbs didn't seemed worried that Cobbs had Ziva's blood on his hands; I'm surprised that Ray wasn't used that much, maybe season #9; I have to laugh at the way Ducky and the others changed their pop psychology profile of P2P as he changed tactics and targets; and I wonder why EJ would think that "the eye" would open up MTAC's door.moreless
  • If it were a season's normale episode, I would probably give it a 10/10, but for a season finale, this was well below par. (Spoileres!)

    9.0
    This was a disappointing episode, considering the fact that it was a season finale. I definitely had expcted a lot more for hthis one, and I had hoped for a much better cliffhanger.



    The P2P case has been developing nicely for a good few weeks now, and I really enjoyed many of the scenes throughout this episode as well! However, I was dsiappointed that the P2P was killed in this episode, as they could really have created a very suspenseful ending to the season with thies episode.



    The cliffhanger was mediocre, and it won't keep me hooked at all, unlike every other year. If they had shown us the photograph of who the leak was, then perhaps it would've been a huge revelation and a great culmination to the season, but right now, meh, nothing odoing for me.



    Also, another "leak" seems sort of like "been there, done that" to me. I am very disappointed with the ending to the season, but hopefully Season #9 will have a more interesting beginning.moreless
  • Finale good, but not up to show's high standards

    9.5
    I've always maintained that the two best series that I've ever seen when it came to season finales was the former NBC political drama "The West Wing" and the CBS smash crime drama "NCIS."



    I remember every single season finale throughout the previous seven seasons of "NCIS" as vividly today as the day I first saw them. I doubt I'll feel the same about the season eight finale down the road, or even really right now a little more than a week after viewing the finale. The interesting thing about the season eight finale about "NCIS" was that the penultimate episode "Swan Song" the week before it was actually better. In "Swan Song" we lost one of our fan favorite guests in Mike Franks (played by Muse Watson), the guy who was basically Gibbs' mentor. Franks, dying of cancer, sacrificed himself in a valiant attempt to rid Gibbs' team of the Port-to-Port killer that had been the focal point of the series for the final few episodes of the season. In the finale the team finale takes down the P2P killer, as we all knew they would. In a minor twist during the finale the serial killer (played by Kerr Smith) actually turned himself in. This was merely a ploy though to kidnap Agent Barrett (played by Sarah Jane Morris), who we learn is the Secretary of the Navy's niece. P2P is looking for a way to punish the SecNav for turning him into a monster. In the end, Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and the team rescue Barrett, and Jimmy Palmer (played by Brian Dietzen), who had been taken with Barrett.



    The plotline was decent, if not exciting/interesting, but wasn't up to the normal high standards of a "NCIS" finale. At the very end of the finale we get a start to a new storyline that will take place next season as the new SecNav (the aforementioned one resigns in this episode) assigns Tony (played by Michael Weatherly) to an undercover case to find out who in NCIS is selling undercover intelligence. It will be interesting to see what comes of this, but I can't help but think that they've been done this road before, after all Tony has been undercover in a huge storyline before.moreless
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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

Director Leon Vance

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Enrique Murciano

Enrique Murciano

Ray Cruz

Guest Star

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Navy Lieutenant Jonas Cobb

Guest Star

Alimi Ballard

Alimi Ballard

NCIS Special Agent Gayne Levin

Guest Star

Muse Watson

Muse Watson

Mike Franks

Recurring Role

David Dayan Fisher

David Dayan Fisher

Trent Kort

Recurring Role

Sarah Jane Morris

Sarah Jane Morris

Special Agent EJ Barrett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Barrett: This isn't right. It's too easy.
      Tony: He knows where Ziva is. There's nothing easy about it.
      Barrett: Cobb's playing us.
      Tony: Playing Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Guy must have a death wish.
      Barrett: What does he want?
      Tony: Rule 16: If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it.

    • SecNav: You need time, Leon? For God's sake, take all the time you need.
      Vance: I'm not talking about time, sir, I'm talking about mistakes. Now you learn to accept a lot with this job. Resolutions that I knew were wrong. And now we're facing the consequences.
      SecNav: We can't talk about this here. You know that. We need a SCIF. It's a black op.
      Vance: Right this way, sir. Modifications were made, sir. We can talk all we want. The room's tight as a drum.

    • Vance: Good morning, Mr. Secretary.
      SecNav: (nods) Like hell it is, Leon. This better be damn important.
      Gibbs: Agent's dead, Mr. Secretary. Another critical. I don't know how much more important it could get.
      Vance: (nods) Right this way, sir.

    • Abby: McGee, what are you doing here?
      McGee: (nods) Waiting for you. How's Cade?
      Abby: Stable, sort of. I mean, he's lost a lot of blood.
      McGee: (nods again) Well, he's a big guy. He's got a lot of blood to lose. Did you stay with him all night?
      Abby: He's a friend, McGee. I would do that for any friend. For you or for Tony, for Gibbs.
      McGee: (nods) I know you would. And listen, it's okay if you two are more than friends. I understand, seriously. I really like Cade, and I can understand how a man of his stature could be intriguing to a woman...
      Abby: Are you for real right now, McGee?

    • Agent Cruz: I have to work outside of the country.
      Ziva: For how long?
      Agent Cruz: It could take a while.
      Ziva: Then don't go. Stay.
      Agent Cruz: I can't.
      Ziva: Well, tell them that I threatened to divorce you.
      Agent Cruz: They know I'm not married.
      Ziva: Well, if you keep doing this, you'll never be.

    • Agent Barrett: You can have Rota, if you want.
      Tony: I think I'll stay put. No sense walking away from a good thing.
      Gibbs: That a compliment, DiNozzo?
      Tony: No, boss. Sorry. Never.

    • Cobb: Now, what kind of lesson would you learn if my actions were humane?
      Gibbs: You failed as a Navy officer. You were an embarrassment to the CIA. A disappointment to your dad. And you want to teach me a lesson?

    • Agent Barrett: We're all worried about Ziva.
      Tony: I know. It's just different for some of us.

    • Gibbs: Ziva went to meet Ray Cruz at his hotel, and he wasn't there yet. And now she's missing.
      Kort: Gibbs, all I did was provide your team with Cruz's location.
      Gibbs: Well, we think Cobb got her.
      Kort: You think I sent her in there on purpose? To gain what, exactly?
      Gibbs: If she gets hurt, you answer to me.
      Kort: Is he threatening me, Director?
      Vance: If he wasn't, I am.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 18, 2011 on Global
      Australia
      : May 31, 2011 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom
      : June 10, 2011 on FX/FX HD
      Sweden: October 10, 2011 on TV3
      Finland: November 1, 2011 on Nelonen
      Spain: November 4, 2011 on LaSexta
      Germany: November 13, 2011 on SAT 1
      Slovakia: February 3, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: July 9, 2012 on TV Nova

    • "Caught by the Light" by The Boxer Rebellion plays during the funeral.

    • Muse Watson (Mike Franks) is credited but only appears in flashbacks of previous episodes. In addition, he provides a voice over while Gibbs' reads his letter.

    • Matt Craven who plays the new SecNav worked with Rocky Carroll in the movie Crimson Tide wherein the play members of a sub crew.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Davenport: We can't talk about this here. You know that. We need a SCIF. It's a black op.

      A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or "SCIF" for short, is an enclosed area within a building that is used to process "Sensitive Compartmented Information" (SCI) level classified information without fear of interception by eavesdropping devices.

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