Season 10 Episode 7

Shell Shock, Part II

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2012 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Gibbs continues to work with a Marine Captain sufferingfrom PTSD in an investigation to track down a terrorist.

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  • Awesome episode

    This has one of the best endings of an episode of NCIS ever. Oh how I will miss those endings and those looks when she is gone next year. I do wish she would change her mind and stay especially because of all the wonderful TIVA scenes we had last year. It is hard watching these reruns and the ones on USA knowing she will not be on the show next year. I do however wish her luck in whatever she does in the future.moreless
  • Some big positives, but not quite a flawless episode tbh.

    I still rate this a ten because the storyline was amazing and it was a great continuation! There was a lot of amazing surprises and shockers, most notably with the girlfriend, and I really enjoyed that. Those types of moments are just great!

    The insight into Tony's and Ziva's pasts were brilliant adn I though it was great to see. The ending of the episode was really touching for me.

    The biggest negative for me is that this case did NOT need two episodes. Not by any stretch of the imagination. If they wanted a two-parter, they should've at least sent the team to go after more of the members of this terrorist group hthat the guy was a part of. It seems like they wasted what was shaping up to be a great story plot.

    There are also other cases that we see which definitely need more thatn 42 minutes... recently the episode 'The Missionary Position' of Season 9 comes to mind, but there are heaps of others from previous seasons too. I would have preferred this case as one episode and to spend two episodes on a more intricate case.

    Having said that, event though I think this could've been squeezed into one episode, the two episodes were great and I did enjoy it. Looking forward to more!moreless
  • Okay Plot, But Better Insight into Tony

    This epi was fair, but not really all that suspenseful. You would have to have been asleep for the last 9 seasons not to see the resolution coming. What I like about this epi more than the storyline is the very well done Tony/Ziva interaction which reveals very subtly at the end Tony's fascination for movies and how it ties in with his mom.

    "...I know it is not the same thing, but maybe if you close your eyes it would be like you are at the opera. And maybe like Taly is there with you." Just substitute movies for opera and mom for Taly, you'll get it.moreless
  • Thanks for the insight into Ziva and Talia

    I'm a Tiva fan, so I loved this episode. Thank you, writers, for telling us a little bit more about Ziva's sister.
  • More Tiva in this episode than all the rest put together AND Puccini !

    Well, well ! It seems the writers are going to give a huge majority of shippers out there some resolution to the whole Tiva "thang"!

    The quiet talk in the car and a grown up Tony moment (at last), at the end were nicely done and the very soft "thank you" from Ziva was sweet to say the least.

    For the episode itself, this was pretty standard NCIS fare with Brad Beyer's tortured PTSD sufferer a tour de force. Wouldn't surprise me if he was nominated for an award.

    The rest of the team were slightly on the back burner this week but nonetheless all doing their usual fine job.

    A reviewer below asked about the song at the end of the show.

    It's "O mio babbino caro" (Oh my beloved father) by Puccini from the short opera "Gianni Schicchi" and one of the most beautiful arias ever written, IMHO.

    Ziva mentions that her father would tear up when her sister sang it and the title explains why.moreless
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

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Brad Beyer

Brad Beyer

Marine Captain Joe Westcott

Guest Star

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

George Westcott

Guest Star

Glen Powell

Glen Powell

Marine Sergeant Evan Westcott

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • TRIVIA: The song that Ziva listens to at the end is "O Mio Babbino Caro" (My dear papa) from Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. In this aria Lauretta begs her father to look favorably upon her beloved Rinuccio. For many this aria will be linked to the Tuscan countryside and scenes of Florence from the Merchant/Ivory production of E.M. Forster's A Room With a View.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Joe: Look, I get it. You show up here, you offer me some ice cream and a balloon to stick around. But I'm sorry, sir. I can't accept.
      Gibbs: Case isn't closed. I still need your help.
      Joe: I'm not staying in this room another day.
      Gibbs: Okay, then you can bunk with me. Rocky Road's in the freezer.
      Joe: You're hilarious.
      Gibbs: Yeah, I know. Get in the car.

    • Gibbs: Ducky, I sent home plenty of marines like Westcott, and-and I knew their heads weren't right. I hoped that there would be someone on the other side to catch them.
      Ducky: You had no choice. I mean, you had to stay behind. It was your duty.
      Gibbs: I'm on the other side now. I tried to catch Westcott. I didn't. He wouldn't let me.
      Ducky: And when do you take "no" for an answer?
      Gibbs: I'm angry, Ducky.
      Ducky: You can't fix the world, Jethro. But you can call the boy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocky Carroll and Brian Dietzen are credited but don't appear.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 20, 2012 on Global
      Finland: December 4, 2012 on Nelonen
      Sweden: December 9, 2012 on TV3
      Germany: February 17, 2013 on Sat.1
      United Kingdom: February 22, 2013 on Fox