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.

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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.


@ 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.


@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)


is it just me that cant understand what michael writes.




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


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.


@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.


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


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.

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