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NCIS to Explore Ziva's Relationship With Mentor

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As we first talked about last week, a longtime friend and mentor of Ziva’s, played by Karina Lombard (Rescue Me, The L Word), becomes involved in a case being worked on by the team on NCIS.

What's the premise for her arrival next month?

“We established in the [Season 9] opener that she has this friend who she was going to talk to and see,” says executive producer and show-runner Gary Glasberg. “In this episode, we’re actually going to meet this woman, who is a friend of Ziva’s who shares a bit of big sister relationship with her.”

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The April episode sends the team to Colombia to investigate the case of a missing Navy chaplain.

“She participates with us and helps us figure it out. Along the way, you get an understanding of the relationship [between Ziva and her friend],” he said, teasing that it plays into a much bigger picture.

All this, Glasberg tells Entertainment Weekly, is just a piece of the character-centric puzzle they’re putting together that will come into play heavily in the ninth season finale this May.

“[Ziva] is realizing that she’s made decisions along the way. She has to decide how important a relationship is to her and what she really wants from her life too,” he says.

“It’s nice to be nine and a half seasons into a show and feel like the characters are still figuring out who they are. I feel like there’s a long way to go. It is realistic.”

NCIS was just renewed for Season 10 yesterday by CBS.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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@nat hi nat yes i am looking forward to a new episode and im glad its not only me who doesnt understand you know who.

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@ Allie Just because it say that does not mean its true back in season 7 they said Gibb would lose someone close to him that will make him change his life but he didn't.

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@Janet - Hi Janet! How are ya? Are you looking fwd to next week's new ep?
To answer your Q: No- you're not the "only one". In fact not only do most people not understand his typescratch - most of them couldn't care LESS. :0)

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is it just me that cant understand what michael writes.

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ZIIIIVVVAAAAA!!!!! Love ya!

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I find it funny last season Tony get EJ Tiva fan bitch and cry Ziva get her Mentor and its like jesus has come back funny how sexist people have gotten

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Ziva is my favorite character after Gibbs. Thank you for the great spoiler. I love NCIS and have watched all the seasons. I think right now is the best especialy with the Freaky Friday co stars. I like how they have changed McGee to be stronger too this season.

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@vgfan dont worry yourself what michael writes its mostly lies anyway and yes i agree with you why do people who are always complaining about NCIS watch it this i will never understand.

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Well if it true that this is Tony finale season then it really is a dark day for NCIS

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I'm really looking forward to this episode. While I loved the Israeli's I love the fact that they are beginning to show us a different piece of Ziva's life. Also finally some Palmer.