Season 7 Episode 2


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gibbs is forced to dig into the past when a murder of a Marine and his two friends turns out to be linked to past issues. Meanwhile, Gibbs faces a tough challenge as he holds Ziva's fate in his hands.

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  • Some things got lost along the way...

    As much as I love 7/1 - despite all logic gasps - from 7/2 onwards things were starting to go wrong. There were still many episodes I enjoyed, some even made it to my all-time-favourite list, but there were five things noticeable that dragged the series down. - 1) The Tiva-storyline. At this point the writers had to make up their minds what to do with Tony's romantic feelings for Ziva. In 6/25 he told her that he loved her - "You jeopardized your entire career - for what"? - "For you". - and in 7/1 he was the driving force behind travelling into the desert to take revenge for her possible death / to rescue her. There's no more a man can do for a woman. What did he get? A lukewarm thank you and a reluctant Ziva who calls him her "big brother". It didn't make Ziva sympathetic, to be honest. But I would have been fine with it if they had kept it that way. Instead we got a subliminal on-and-off romance / sexual tension and the stupid storyline with CIRay and Agent Barrett.

    2) No real character development. In 6/25 and 7/1 Tony showed his real character. But from 7/2 onwards we were back to the usual, and with this we stuck for a long time. The same with the other characters. Ziva developed but not in a positive way. A sometimes rather dull NCIS agent replaced the fiery Ninja-Mossad-a**-kick-girl. - 3) Recurring characters and storylines. Until season 7 we only had a few recurring characters like Fornell or Trent Kort - always with different stories. But from season 7 onwards we had recurring stories with Abigail Borin, DiNozzo Sr. ... Nothing against these characters but the writers failed to write real storylines for them. The DiNozzo Sr. story was done in season 7 but we got it again in season 8, 9, 10, 11... - 4) Uninteresting bad guys. Ari, La Grenouille, and Domino were great stories. From season 7 onwards we got Colonel Bell, the Reynoza-Cartell, Phantom 8 and Harper Dearing. It was still good but not so good as it used to be. - 5) The cases were less interesting and lacked from the attempt to bring in more "personal elements". Sometimes it was entertaining but sometimes it was simply too much and couldn't hide how badly written some cases were.moreless
  • A great case, with great Ziva moments interwound.

    This episode gets us (almost) back to a usual NCIS episode, with another case being investigated as usual. The case was thoroughly intriguing, and there were many revelations that made it unpredictable and very much suspenseful!

    I thought the case was great, but I was also impressed with all of the Ziva that was wound into the episode, such as her conversations with th e Director and with Gibbs. It made the episode many-dimensional and I very much enjoyed it!

    All up, a terrific show and I can't wait to see Ziva back within the team! This was a brilliant second episode to Season Seven, and I must highly recommend it! Great work, terrific episode!moreless
  • Ziva comes to terms.

    Not the usual NCIS episode. But it was a good one. It was mainly focused on Ziva and her dealing with her issues. The washroom scene with her and Nozy was good. Not over the top..just right. The scene with her and Abby in the lab was great. The only parts I didnt like were at the end. Ziva saying her father was all but dead. Explaining the Ari thing. But it shouldve ended there. Gibbs shouldnt have said "Okay." At the end, as well, when Nozy and McGee enter from the elevator. Ziva shouldnt have been there. She shouldve been omitted from that scene. It was a nice sum up for the show, but I think it wouldve been better if she werent there. Gibbs not saying "Okay," and Ziva not at work. It wouldve been a hmmm? Nevertheless though a really good episode. Really good.moreless
  • NCIS is just getting better and better.

    There's no doubt. The show writers are absolutely geniuses!

    I mean, after 7 years, they still manage to entertain the audience, to tell interesting stories and the team is still rocks!

    And what about two of its best members, Tony and Ziva? The tension and attraction are really rising but it's not tiring. With this episode they probably gave us one of the best sexy TV scenes. Sure, nothing really happens. But the talk in the men's bathroom was awesome. When Ziva leans over Tony, and then when she gives him a peek on the cheek, we can feel the chemistry between thos two and how hard they fight their attraction. Kudos on Cote de Pablo and Micheal Weatherly!

    As for the episode, it was a really good idea to have Ziva talk to each of her partners and ask for redemption. The one with Gibbs was probably the most poignant. It's so rare when Ziva shows some weaknesses. If we still needed proof, she's human too.

    Finally, the investigation was just a "sidekick". What really mattered was to see Ziva apologizing (hard thing to for her) and earning her place back in the team. She nailed the exercice, as always!moreless
  • Great episode with Ziva finally back on the team.

    Great episode with Ziva finally back on the team.

    Enjoyed this episode not so much for the story line but the interplay between the team and Ziva…….In fact, not quite sure how the main story line went, was the cop the actual killer or was the girlfriend……she finally got arrested but again the best parts of the episode was between Gibbs, Tony, McGee…Abby….and ZIVA. Nice touch between Tony & Ziva in the bathroom, and the ending of the episode was great, Ziva back, and she does fit in. Actually didn't like her at first after Kate got shot….really missed Kate. Plus don't really like the present Director……wish the original one, Gibb's girl, had NOT gotten killed. She was the best!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

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Cote de Pablo

Cote de Pablo

Mossad Agent Ziva David

Eamonn Roche

Eamonn Roche

Hector Stuckley

Guest Star

Ian Reed Kesler

Ian Reed Kesler

Police Officer Howard Shelly

Guest Star

Oliver Muirhead

Oliver Muirhead

Jay Danorth

Guest Star

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • TRIVIA: When the team arrests Elaina, Tony says "you're a bad puddy tat." He said she's been a "bad kitty cat" when he arrested Jaime Carr in the episode, "Voyeur's Web."

    • GOOF: When Tony and McGee flash their badges when introducing themselves at the Auction School, Tony's badge is missing his photo ID, you can clearly see the slot where it sits is empty. McGee's badge has ID clearly seen.

    • TRIVIA: When Tony is at the urinal he is singing "Chad Gadya," a song often sung at Passover Seders. Abby and McGee also used to help brush up on their Hebrew in the previous episode using this song. Tony mispronounces "Chad," using the American "ch" sound instead of the more guttural throat sound used in Hebrew, though he may be pronouncing it wrong on purpose.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Ziva: Hello, Abby.
      Abby: What the hell is wrong with you?! How could you have doubted Tony after everything you've been through together? Do you really think that Tony killed Rivkin because he was jealous?!
      Ziva: Abby, please calm -
      Abby: You weren't thinking! That's what you weren't thinking! Although I suppose I could understand your initial reaction. You were at an emotional time for you and for people to act rationally - but to tell Gibbs that you didn't trust Tony?! Which I guess I could also understand, because I guess he did just shoot your boyfriend. In your living room. To death. All right, I'll give you that one, but this is Tony we're talking about here! All soft and goofy on the outside and 100% rock on the inside! And after everything you accused him of, he risked his life to go save you! You should be ashamed of yourself, even though in hindsight it is starting to make a little bit more sense now. But either way, the ball is in your court! It is Tony one and Ziva zilch! This is your move, and it had better be a good one! Oh, God. I was so worried about you. (hugs Ziva)
      Ziva: I know.

    • Tony: She's already re-engaged! Does that remind you of anyone, boss?
      Gibbs: How long are you going to keep making those jokes, DiNozzo?
      Tony: I think that was actually the last time I am ever going to make that joke. Sorry.

    • Danorth: Is this about Eric Jurel? I've already heard – good news travels fast.
      McGee: Good news?
      Danorth: Well, he's dead, isn't he?
      Tony: Did you wake up this morning wanting to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation?

    • Tony: Taking the tour?
      Ziva: I have my first psych evaluation.
      Tony: Oh, yeah, I always love those.
      Ziva: I'm sure. You get to talk about yourself the entire time. (Tony laughs, Ziva is embarrassed) I'm sorry, I meant, um...
      Tony: No, no, no, that's okay. No one's ever accused you of having tact. (he realizes what he just said) Sorry.

    • Tony: Hey, you missed a shot there sidekick.
      McGee: I'm not your sidekick, Tony.
      Tony: And yet you are.

    • Ziva: It is called um...
      Gibbs: It is called a Buck Morris chisel.
      Ziva: That is not for rescuing me, that is for leaving me in Israel. You are probably wondering perhaps I rigged it to explode.
      Gibbs: No, I was thinking this is a really nice chisel.

    • Ziva: I was not sure what to say.
      Tony: Well you were sure it had to be said in the mens' room?
      Ziva: I'm sure it had to be said. (Pauses) When you shot Michael, I almost killed you where you stood.
      Tony: I wasn't standing.
      Ziva: No you weren't, you were lying on the ground, without adequate backup, completely violating protocol...
      Tony: And double parked.
      Ziva: Yes. I noticed. But that does not matter. Just like it does not matter how it worked out for Michael.
      Tony: So what does?
      Ziva: That you had my back, that you have always had my back and that I was wrong to question your motives.
      Tony: So why did you?
      Ziva: I trusted my brother Ari, I trusted Michael, I could not afford to trust you.
      Tony: I thought you weren't sure what to say.
      Ziva: I guess I had a long time to think about things.
      Tony: I'm sorry Ziva.
      Ziva: No it is I who am sorry.
      (Kisses Tony on the cheek) Your instincts were right, you were a cop and I should have never faulted you for thinking...
      Tony: (Grabs Ziva) I'm a cop! I think like a cop...genius!

    • McGee: That is extremely helpful, I can pull the GPS history and look at the logs... (he watches Tony and Ziva staring at each other) And I'm gonna go do that after I get... a Nutter Butter. (he leaves quickly)

    • Fillmore (puts a letter on the desk): My letter of resignation.
      (Tony picks up letter)
      McGee: That's a very long...
      Fillmore: I had a hard time choosing the right adjectives. I couldn't decide between childish, juvenile and just plain old annoying.
      (Fillmore glares at Tony)
      McGee: It's true.
      (McGee chuckles and Fillmore turns to McGee)
      Fillmore: And you, you know better. But you are so busy playing the faithful sidekick, you just go along for the ride. Well I've had enough. (snatches paper out of Tony's hands and slams it on desk) Make sure that Agent Gibbs gets that. (storms out)
      Tony: Annoying?
      McGee: Sidekick?

    • Tony: How long have you been standing there?
      Ziva: Long enough to see that you are well-hydrated after your time in the desert.

    • McGee: She'll call if she's ready.
      Tony: Last time I said that I ended up tied to a chair in North Africa.

    • McGee: You know Janet with psych services?
      Tony: Man hands, great eyes.
      McGee: Yeah, she asked me out for drinks, tomorrow night.
      Tony: That's not bad for a guy who spent half the last mission sleeping on the floor.
      McGee: I was not sleeping on the floor.
      Tony: Could've fooled me.

    • Tony: What's going on around here anyway? I just signed an autograph going through security.

  • NOTES (3)