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NCIS Review: Fortune Favors the Bold

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She got him. And Ziva and Vance finally got their "Revenge."

Ziva had no time for cutesy romance this week on NCIS, and in fact was beyond exasperated at Tony's childish behavior concerning his car insurance woes. She pushed herself past the pain of the car accident, working herself out mercilessly at the gym. 

When Tony was moaning about being kicked out of McGee's car, she saw it as another opportunity to train by loaning him her car while she jogged back and forth to work.

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To the great relief of everyone, Tony and Ziva got out of the car crash with just a few scrapes and painful bruises. And, contrary to my own prediction, the accident scene was directly the fault of Ilan Bodnar, who had targeted them for the sole purpose of retrieving the uncut diamonds they had taken from his brother. 

As she emptied her gun at the fleeing spy, Ziva was able to obtain a partial plate, which allowed a gang of NCIS agents to storm the house of the getaway car driver. The latter proved to be something of an enigma, having completely changed his appearance: his facial bone structure had been altered, his fingerprints had been removed and he had even had his teeth replaced with implants. Ducky's determination to identify the man won out when he found a serial number associated with one of the parts used to reconstruct the man's jaw. 

The main evidence that turned the case was a piece of paper found in the man's pocket with the cryptic words "See Reisiger 19" written on it. Palmer's handy translator app determined that the English translation (from Afrikaans) was "Sea Voyager." This was the name of a ship and the "19" referred to its pier number. 

While Tony and Gibbs rushed to give the news to Vance, Ziva slipped away, set to settle the score with Bodnar, on her own terms. After doing her firestarter thing as a diversion, she slipped aboard the Sea Voyager, found Bodnar and, in hand-to-hand battle, ended up flipping him over the side of the ship to the dock where he died.

Once again, the writers for NCIS have done a tremendous job. They kept us guessing all the way through. 

I was sure Bodnar would end up not being responsible for the deaths of Eli David and Arash Kazmi - and I was only half right. I'm still not sure he was merely after power in wanting Eli dead: he told Ziva that Eli was taking Mossad and Israel in a dangerous direction and that he was "selling us out to Iran" and had to be stopped. I think he was a patriot but that he was wrong-headed and stubborn. 

Probably in a few ways he was like Ziva: willing to go to any lengths to reach his goals. And she was willing to bypass the authority of NCIS (and, ultimately, Homeland Security) by going after him herself, meting out her revenge.

Strange, though, that after deciding on this rogue plan of action she refused to shoot him when he was unarmed. How many of us were shouting at the TV set "SHOOT HIM ALREADY!" But no - she had to go at him and get into a knock-down drag out fight. One for which she was at least marginally prepared.

Another oddity had to do with Vance and Ziva. After Tom Morrow read Vance the riot act once again and told him to make sure NCIS stayed at arm's length regarding Bodnar, the former had a discussion with the team and then stopped by Ziva's desk:

You and I have to let Homeland handle this. Understood? | permalink

And there was a pregnant pause as they gazed at each other, hinting at a meaning other than what he actually said.  This was confirmed a while later when he told Gibbs that NCIS was supposed to lay off:

Gibbs: So do we? Lay off?
Vance: The man killed my wife, Gibbs. | permalink

Clearly Vance wanted Bodnar dead - and he was completely on board with Ziva doing it.

Tony proved his value as comic relief guy in this episode with his demands of McGee regarding a car ride and in getting Abby to pretend to be his administrative assistant when the insurance company called. He didn't expect her to commit so fully to the role and you could see the worry in his face as she began to raise her voice at them.

I laughed when McGee was face to face with Tony in the elevator and this happened:

McGee: If you don't like my rules you can find someone else to drive you in.
Tony: All I wanted was to stop for coffee. I was willing to treat.
McGee: No one eats or drinks in my car.
Tony: Well I guess sex is out of the question. | permalink

All in all, this was a great episode. The final scene was just about as perfect as it gets. Ziva, battered and bruised, walking into Vance's office. Vance struggling with his warring emotions over his concern for her, and his need to know if Bodnar was dead:

Vance: Are you all right? Is it over?
Ziva: It's over. | permalink

Some final notes:

  • This episode was all about revenge being completed. And it wasn't diluted by the pending consequences that are sure to come down on them in the two remaining NCIS Season 10 episodes.
  • Next week's episode will feature Colin Hanks, who will be playing DoD Investigator Richard Parsons.
  • I have no idea whether McGee's information about Central Park is true and whether the seasons are impacted because of the heat from buildings and the subway system.  I like to think it's right. If not, it's a great plot gimmick.
  • As always, be sure to check out this week's NCIS quotes.
  • Our NCIS Round Table for this episode is up.  Read, and then chime in!

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect the Bodnar story to come to such a complete end (I mean, minus the legal aftermath)? Did you see any weak points with the plot?

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@Carol
Well I wouldn't call the episode perfect.

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@Carol You think its peferct that okay but I like to watch smart well written show that are made for people beyond the age level of 16

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@gatorgal The Issue with the car crash was they both came out alive where in other show at least one would be killed that why she was called super Ziva because it would be impossible for her to come out of that alive. Which just prove how horrible these season has been from Cote child like acting at the start of the season to all of sudden caring about her father when just last season she try to kill him her self plus making Tony a Joke again and making mcgee a background character Abby still acting like Tayor Swift of NCIS. These has just been a lazy horrible season and I am scare of what season 11 will be. The only good thing about this season has been seen the old character come back Sometimes I wonder if NCIS should of end when Jenny died because its sad to see NCIS fall these far.

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Michael and Del-boy: maybe you should just change your channel on Tuesdays to something like Glee or some other mild-mannered show that won't upset you. This NCIS episode was perfect. I loved all our beloved characters in this episode and the writing was spot on. Ducky and Jimmy gave us some smiles and so did Tony. Ziva, Vance and Gibbs did exactly as I hoped they would. I loved Abby as Tony's secretary when she said I don't like you're tone. You've got to remember this is television; the characters are not real people. It's entertainment and I love it when Ziva is in full Mossad ninja mode. I also love how we can use our own imaginations on things like Teva.

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The investigation will then start to turn and lean toward Gibbs and his questionable ways of getting things done and may even go back to his wife and daughter. THAT was cold blooded murder. What Ziva did was not. I am concerened about Abby because she knows Gibbs killed Pedro what's-his-name but suppressed it to save Gibbs, but I doubt that will even be addressed; nor will the numberous times McGee has hacked into the CIA, MOSSAD, FBI, and even Vance's systems. I think Gibb's will start to question his own actions as well over the past years, hence Mike Franks to lend his inimitable take on things.

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My first impression of this ep was not favorable, but I remembered that these writers and director last did "Prime Suspect"-Tony in the Bahamas ogling girls in bikinis...I knew there would be little to no TIVA, but I was still disappointed. To those detractors who complain about "Super Ziva" etc: have you ever heard of someone being able to lift/move a car after an accident to save someone? It's called adrenalin, and that's exactly what it does: it blocks pain, endorphins kick in. I think Ziva thought she would bring him in; her mistake was going alone. He attacked her first, thus starting the fight. His death was self defense, but will not be seen that way. The investigation will focus at first on Ziva going off on her own, I think: a habit she has exhibited in the past. I think the "did you sleep with him" reference is about Rivkin. I think they are going to dredge up all the stull from the past years that have been questionable.

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I liked the episode but it wasn't as good as I thought be I thought Tony and Ziva be more hurt. I did like how Ziva got and fight with Bodnar. Poor Tony with his insurance being high risk now but no of 3 car total's was his fault the one in season 2 his car was stolen, 5 his car was his undercover car, and the last one was out to kill them I loved Abby on the phone for Tony and she got upset about they way the talked to her. how is Ziva not a high risk driver all us fans knows how she drives. I like Ziva and am a Tiva fan now on that note I would like to say I would like the season finale to be about someone else besides Ziva in every other season it's about her. I think they should have good season ending story line for Tony, Abby. McGee or Ducky or even Vance would be nice.

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Revenge was a great series. It kept us all on our toes. I was total pleased with the way Ziva got her revenge. She is a strong a determined woman. She also had the OK from her boss. The writers are still doing an excellent top, and of course so are the charaters. I expect the next 2 epesodes to lead into next season. Good job of entertainment. Gibbs is still the best at getting the job get done even if it is under the table.

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Agree with everyone's comments on the great acting of Cote de Pablo this year. NCIS never gets credit for their acting and Cote has really done a great job of hitting both the humor and the serious range.
I loved the show but I'm felling finality and closure after this episode. It seemed more like the first show of the new season after a cliffhanger. Not sure where they go after this because it appears they left nothing hanging and I soooo hate lawyer stuff. I hope the cliffhanger is not Gibbs leaving again. We know no one but Cote's contract is up so it doesn't have the same bite anymore.

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To continue: is Ziva's emotional connection to Tony (not the car she loaned him?). Good comic relief with Tony and Abby. Gibbs and Vance do seem to be going rogue, letting Ziva seek revenge, although Gibbs avenged his wife's and daughter's murders, in another country.

NCIS Season 10 Episode 22 Quotes

There's something you and NCIS must know. As much as I didn't like or trust Arash Kazmi, I did not kill him. There are others who are responsible for the assassination of your father's Iranian friend.

Bodnar

Gibbs: So do we? Lay off?
Vance: The man killed my wife, Gibbs.

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