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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well cool can't wait to see glad we get a season 10


Not to worry vgfan. If the season finale is another Ziva's fate in peril plot, I won't bother with the season 10 premier.


I'm sorry. My post was addressed toward Michael. I mean no disrespect, but if someone dislikes a show the way it seems you do NCIS, they SHOULD stop watching. Ziva is part of the team and some episodes in all fairness should be focused on her.


If you are always so unhappy with how they write the show, why do you waste your time watching? Don't you have anything better to do?


Swell. Another "Ziva" episode. *Yawn*


Cote looks beautiful in that photo. Great season this year. Love Jamie Lee Curtis too. Definitly a step up from Rene Sofer and EJ.


Tony holding a photo in the last 20 seconds of the finale hardly constitutes a Tony centric finale. There was very little real tension. The only actual speculation seemed to be whether the episode revealing who was in the photo would be in the premier episode or a later one. This was hardly a nail biter. Ziva, on the other hand was kidnapped in the finale, and Gibbs and Vance were in the P2P killer take down scene. The most drama Tony got was getting to fret about Ziva. I'm personally sick to death of Ziva in peril plots with all knowing Gibbs, but this seems to be all the writers are allowed to do now.


Last seasons cliffhanger final scene was Tony with a horrified look at a picture of the mole. Everyone was supposed to be wondering all season long who was the mole. The only problem was that everyone already has surmised who the mole was and they had already done a mole plot in a previous season. The beginning of the season followed up on the Tony cliffhanger and his emotional state after wondering what had happened to EJ. This cliffhanger of season 9 sounds great though.


Can not wait. Been waiting for some Ziva storylines and I love Lombard. Excellent actress and she will be great for this part. Cote does such a great job with the lighter scenes and then the heavy dramatic moments. Can not wait Gary.


Last year season finale was about the P2P not Tony

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