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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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Well, since Gibbs has gotten away with murder, and Vance and Abby did not come forward with the knowledge of this murder, I believe that Ziva will get away with murder, too. Although, she did not shoot him in cold blood. There was an altercation and she can claim self-defense. Gibbs committed murder by hiding in the hills and using his skills as a sniper to take out the man who killed his wife and daughter. So, I guess that Ziva has learned from the best! And that is what makes this a tv show and not reality, so enjoy it for what it is! If you want reality, watch the news.

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I love all the characters. However I read in an article WHILE GIBBS IS THE LEADER OF THE TEAM, TONY IS THE HEART.

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I usually read the criticisms from readers about Ziva getting too much attention and I saw it for myself in this episode. The car hit straight into Ziva's side yet she was the one who woke up first to shoot at Bodnar while Tony remained in conscious. But nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed the ep. Ziva was badass. I loved her fight with Bodnar. So glad both she and Vance got closure. Biscuit I agree with everything you say. The writers will never please everybody because someone will always want something different, but when this ends it will be a classic in re-runs for years.

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Goodness gracious folks! It's just a TV show. It has enormous ratings so they will do what they will to keep those ratings. I love it and some episodes are better than others but I, along with a gazillion of other viewers, will tune in until the end. And when that finally comes, some are going to say it ended with too many unanswered questions or it was too sappy or some other sentiment. But when it is all said and done it will have been one of the all time greats. Nevertheless, just a TV show.

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people who say i wont watch because of this or because of that will not be missed.tony is a first class agent everybody on the team knows they can relay on him.also without ziva it just wouldnt work.

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Well I guess the question is: Will Ziva get away with murder, or will the poor victim Ziva card be used again? My guess is that the prosecutor will be written as such a nasty and possibly shady piece of work that this will cloud the real issue, and the show will be back to ZCIS by season 11, episode 2. If this happens, I will no longer watch. I yearn for early NCIS which was cast with a fun, quirky bunch of law officers whose integrity was impeccable, despite their sometimes left of center approach. Now it seems they are vigilantes who use their position as law officers to break the law and self righteously get away with it. I'll miss Tony, but he has been reduced the butt monkey, and on his lucky days, Ziva's purse.

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thing is promo"s are very misleading so lets all wait and see the episode.they blew it with the car crash lets hope things get better.

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@Julia
I agree with that. I don't think it's possible to justify having Tony and Ziva being relatively okay (Even though we got that great scene of Ziva boxing), but still I don't think it completely ruined the episode. If I were to rate it out of ten, the not-too-horrible crash would dock it two points. And an 8/10 or even a 7/10 (if I docked it two points) is still pretty good. Only next episode's ratings will really tell if a lot were completely disappointed as they tend to represent the reaction the episode before it.

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I never comment on anyone's grammar or other skills as I know that many here are not English first posters and that does make a difference and I am sure that I would not do as well posting in their language. Jmy2cents
The thing for me about NCIS is that somehow they all participate in solving whatever it is.......and they all seem to have their own shows where certain pieces are highlighted. To me they are truly an ensemble cast. As far as Gibbs and any of them go...he would not have them on his team if he did not think they were the best at what they do. He is modeled after Mike Franks who was one of the last of his breed and that is who trained him. Older shows with FB will show where Gibbs gets his ways. In a way he is an original and that is what makes this all come together. When one looks to change that it changes the way each week comes together,JMO though

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Ok, so I saw the extended promo for Double Blind. I hope that the way the promo shows it is exactly what happens. Tony busting in saying "interviews over", right after Parsons asks Ziva "did you sleep with him?" I agree with Julia64 and chellemaria. Parsons could be asking about Tony because he (Parsons) could be trying to say that their relationship pulled Tony into this and helping Ziva. Therefore his judgement was clouded because of them sleeping together. If the promo is how it shows, it would make sense that Tony puts an end to the interview so Ziva does not have to answer. If it is not about him, he might also want to know the answer. Therefore causing issues between T/Z. All I know is if this is the "messy" part and she slept with someone this season or recently, I might have to be done.

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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