NCIS Review: Gone, But Not Forgotten

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Reviewing last week's NCIS, I said that it's rare for an episode to feature an extraordinary case, yet superb character development. Well, maybe that's not true.

The CBS smash did it again on "Gone." Moreover, there was a good splash of humor, making for a nice, well-rounded episode.

Normally, the cases on NCIS involve a dead Marine, Naval officer or some other member of the military and that's it. But here we got a little more. Navy Captain David Wade ends up shot to death, but that's not the immediate concern.

The big problem is he died trying to prevent his daughter, Lydia and her best friend, Rose Martin from being kidnapped.

The man is most definitely a hero, but unfortunately, the kidnappers manage to get Rose. So, the top priority for all of NCIS is to find this missing girl, with time more critical than ever. They have 48 hours at the most.

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After realizing that the kidnapping is focused on human-trafficking, Gibbs turns to an old foe, Miranda Pennebaker, a woman with questionable morals but major connections.

Gibbs makes the right decision because she leads the team to the kidnappers who were planning on selling Rose and shipping her to God knows where. Miranda is an interesting character. She's a woman with a very shady past, but one who I think is truly trying to change and become a straight arrow. With the smile on Gibbs's face at the end (and as we know, Gibbs rarely smiles), I think he sees this in Miranda as well. I have a feeling we'll be seeing this character again before too long.

Last week, we were treated some exceptional character development from Gibbs and this week it's Ziva and Abby's turn. 

Poor Lydia, with her father dead and her mother deployed halfway around the world, really has no one to turn to. So, Ziva and Abby offer to stay with her, basically be not only her guardian but her friend until her mother returns home. I'm sure you've noticed before, but most of the characters on NCIS don't really have much of a life. 

The only real exception is Jimmy Palmer ever since he got married, and perhaps Abby with her new-found brother. However, even though these characters may have no real family, they are the ones who truly know the meaning of friendship. Ziva does an exceptional job relating with Lydia, connecting with her about how she lost her siblings, Ari and Tali. And Abby is just hilarious trying to cheer Lydia up by talking about how awkward she was in her high-school days. Within just hours after her father is murdered, Lydia is able to laugh and comment to Abby that they probably would have been friends in high school. 

Those were just some really cool scenes, and we get to see sides of Ziva and Abby that we hadn't before. 

Of course, the icing on the cake took place at the end with the big mystery "date" of Ziva's with this Schmeil, who we are told is a well-respected Hebrew man.  Tony is all up-in-arms and obviously jealous, and then... Schmeil Pinkhas walks through the door!

He's not some hot dude that Tony expected, but an old, wise man that has known Ziva since she was a child and was just there for a visit. Of course, we fans knew something like that was coming, but it was still funny as hell to watch Tony sweat it out. But the best part was yet to come, as this Schmeil knows DiNozzo Sr. Was I the only viewer who yelled "Holy sh*t" at the TV when he said that?!?

And, oh, yeah, the old man wants DiNozzo Jr. to come along with him and Ziva, because as he said, "DiNozzo, let's party!" Oh, yes, like father, like son!

There is one big upside of this: Ziva and Tony did get a date, right? Even if this weird Schmeil was in the middle of it? We'll take it.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (245 Votes)

@Kris Sorry Kris, but the writers of the show would probably tell you that they think their canon is just fine. And as they have the upper hand here, I guess their opinion wins. Oh, and as many writers and actors got their start in daytime TV, I would just say that "soap opera" is just another word for "drama". And if you look hard, you find it in all of the classics too, like Dickens, Twain, Shakespeare. It's part and parcel of this veil of tears known as life.


OMG This episode is so awesome! And I have been waiting a long time for this. To see more scenes with Abby and Ziva. This episode showed that they are close and are like sisters! They are the women of NCIS. ;) I gave this ep 10/10! I loved every second of it! I Absolutely loooovvveddd it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!! Hope we see more scenes with them this season and the next! Oh and I loved the tiva scenes! ;) Ducky and Tony... hahaha Love when they have scenes together!


This episode was soooo awesome! I loved everything about it!!! IT WAS AMAZING!!1 loved the tiva parts the zabbey Parts i loved all of it!!! NCIS is great and you haters can keep your negative comments to yourself!! :)


I thought this episode was fantastic! Loved Abby saving the day when Ziva got knocked down. But my favorite parts of the show were Gibbs and Miranda. She is so much better with him than the awful JLC character we were subjected to last season. I hope Miranda will return - often!


Loved this episode. Not sure which I was most excited about: Ziva and Abby teaming up or Alex Kingston guest starring. I was not disappointed on either count. The NCIS Sisters, as I like to call them, were fantastic, and I loved Miranda. She reminded me a bit of River Song, and yet not quite at the same time. And I agree, she can come back anytime.
The bit with Schmeil at the end had me in stitches. I had a hunch he'd be an older, grandfatherly type (a bit like Ducky), but I was not at all expecting the connection to Tony Sr. That was a fun surprise. I have a feeling that dinner was far from dull. :)


I enjoyed the overall episode, but felt the case wrapped up a little too quick and conveniently considering. Could have done with less feeling sorry for the girl and a little more action, bullets flying, racing to catch the bad guys! I expected so much more in that last squad room scene after Gibbs asked Tony about the chopper ;) However despite the extra soapiness this episode has one of my favorite scenes of the season thus far: Ducky giving DiNozzo a headslap! And he takes it... Priceless ;D


I'm I the only one who thinks is odd that the girl did not care about the death of her father or her mother just her friend.


Agree with Zed. The acting for the most part was abysmal. Every time there was a "tender" moment, the soft soothing music seeped into the back ground. The "bonding" between the girls was contrived and amateurish. I actually fell asleep at one point.


The old feeling is back, Hooray!
the last three shows have been back to the best of NCIS, just like old times.
I had stopped watching for awhile because last year was just awful, acting , scripts, and annoying guest actors; namely JLC who made me barf.
the show had it all, it had me crying for the girl's loss of her father, angry at human trafficking, and laughing at the end. nice touch with Shemiel, made us feel better at the end.
Gibbs is human and it is heartwarming to watch. Alex Kingston can blow away any previous guest stars! watched her on PBS in Upstairs, Downstairs. She is magnificent!
please, writers, keep these kinds of scripts going and I will be a faithful fan again. I continually watch reruns on USA.
And, yes, I agree Tony is too silly at times. there are flashes of maturity with him, if you listen closely to all his comments.


@editor hi my friend missed you on this site hope alls well yes i really try to ignore michael but when he writes these kind of comments i cant be quiet.anyway yes it was a good episode glad you enjoyed it dont be a stranger.

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 8 Quotes

I appreciate that, Tony, but don't try to compete with my Schmeil.


Male friends only want to sleep with you. Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally.