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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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Terrible show. I hate any character like Ziva - a super-being who can do no wrong and has super strength. I really liked this show the first 5 or 6 years. Now? It's not even the same show. They play it up too much for the teen-girls.

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What he heck happened? Is this the Ziva revenge show? The I hate rules but I need to keep my butt clean Vance show? The we are a team so let's all throw the rules out the window show? What happened to the body of the week INVESTIGATIVE show? Instead we have people doing whatever they want with no consequences at all. Seems to me that being on the air for 10 years is making the writers cocky. Watch out guys. Get back to the premise of the show that has kept us all watching or just cancel the Tiva show already. These people should have been fired for what they pulled on this show tonight.

Marissa

Great episode. I didn't want Ziva to shoot Bodnar because I knew if she did she would get in trouble for it because he was unarmed which is why I'm glad she didn't and she through him off the boat while fighting with him because that was self defense or at least you can look at it that way. I'm glad Tony and Ziva were fine after the car accident and I'm happy they finally got Bodnar. Abby pretending to be Tony's secretary and Tony smiling at her while he did it then his face when she raised her voice like what are you doing was funny. Tim's rules for the car wouldn't work for me I would want to find another ride to. I thought it was kind of funny that Gibbs walked in and gave Tony and Tony asked what that was for and Gibbs was just like who rode with McGee today. I can't wait for the next episode it looks really good.

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As always it was a GREAT show, one that I will never miss as long as my DVR cooperates. It is a keeper. I like the way Ziva pounded Bodnar; not just a simple die. I know the next two episodes will focus on the fallout, but I do hope that Cote renews for next year. I would hate to see the continuity discontinued and am STILL waiting for more between Ziva & Tony.

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Let's see. Gibbs questions Tony like a criminal about the Berlin mission that he sent him on when Tony comes to express his concern about Ziva, but just a week ago, Gibbs was waiting until precious Ziva was "ready" to tell daddy about her little illegal revenge plot. We had dumbed down Tony, snarky McGee, daddy G and uncle Vance sanctioning an illegal killing, and of course cartoon super hero wonder Z. Next week we'll see the sensitive side of super Z as she has her lip wobble daddy Gibbs scene, followed no doubt at some point by a will she/won't she make it explosion for the season ender cliffie. Hey, I could write this crap. Jumped the shark comes to mind.

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@Kevin
Aren't we all in the land of make believe when we watch this program.

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It was definitely NOT one of the best episodes. Tony is getting dumbed-down big time, has Gibbs been putting fluoride in that coffee he handed him? Ziva predictably got to kill Bodnar ninja-style, maybe she needs to go work for the CIA or FBI? Very disappointed overall. If the writers are going for shock value, yeah, they might be shocked how the highest rated show starts losing fans because I know I tune in to see HEROES in action. I don't see any heroes anymore. I might watch to the end of the season to see if the "Fallout" wakes any of the characters to a conscience, but I am losing hope.

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@Keith V the Tiva fans need to get over themselves. They did NOT sleep together they Tiva fans need to get out of their world of make believe. If anything I can see them asking Ziva if she slept with Tim to get him to help because of all help he gave her tracking Bodner. This is why their should be no Tiva because their fans take one little thing and always blow things out or proporation.

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Worse episode of the season by far. One star and can't go and lower sadly. Writers had to try to make Super Ziva I see and do everything by herself. Which was BS. If Ziva had a messed up shoulder your not going to beat a guy who is trained in the same things she is and is taller and stronger then her. Bodner in reality should have whipped her. Also Tony was just an annoying ass clown this episode that provided nothing. All he did was annoy Tim who I thought should have punched him in his nose. Gibbs just sat their letting everyone do their own things. Writers bombed on this one.

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Of course, maybe I wouldn't look for and enjoy the senior-field-agent Tony so much if he didn't play the character the way he did. Don't know -- but from next episode previews (and Gibbs question in the basement) I do suspect that in Berlin Tony and Ziva slept together after Bodnar's brother's capture. Another hint of that might have been the hand-holding in the car. If I'm right, that will really drive the Tiva haters crazy -- but, anyhow, I thought this episode was fine between the two, even Ziva being annoyed Tony wouldn't talk to his insurance.

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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