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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Can't believe I'm posting a comment on a pro-american "our-country-and-it's-federal-government-is-a-gift-from-God-and-therefore-we-have-the-right-to-attack-and-kill-anything-that-questions-our-God-given-right-to-terrorise-the-world" propaganda TV series. Anyway, besides the blatant propaganda part which is interesting to observe and analyse, I have to admit this psyop is also good entertainment. The outcome of the car crash wasn't that unlikely, ZiTo's car was rammed sideway at the front part, not where they were sitting. Bodnar could have killed them both but choose not to. Regarding the fight on the ship, Bodnar had the clear advantage, given approximately the same training, his muscle mass, weight and not being hurt from the car crash Zi couldn't win that fight. Add the way he flew over the side of the deck, Zi would never be able to cause that trajectory by punching or throwing him over board. I'd say he suicided himself, knowing it was over for him. But not before telling Zi what was actually going on. Tom Morrow is definitely involved in the killings and Vance has caught on to that. It is likely the CIA-creep will be involved in the plot as well. The set-up seems to be one where we have rogue elements within US and Israel fighting the "good" guys within the same governments. I think the main (hidden) driver behind the DoD-investigation is to stop NCIS from revealing the real culprits responsible. The "did-you-sleep-with-him" question probably relates to Tony since that would be a way to get ZiTo breaking protocols. The fall-out will likely involve charges that result in the team being decimated, at least temporary, my guess is Ziva and Vance maybe someone else will be taken off NCIS. But the team will continue to do their job and with the intel that Ziva got from Bodnar they will be able to expose the real culprits in the end. :) But that is probably for S11.


Concerning if the question is about whether she slept with Tony ... If somebody was witch-hunting team Gibbs, a sign that the team was mislead and out-of-control would be all of the team members jumping into bed with each. And, please, I'm not saying it is a conclusion I personally would draw (if there had been a couple of pairings), but I do think that to a bureaucracy (the government) it would be ammunition and justification for just about any break up, demotions, retirements.


I would also be very happy if Tony ..... and I'm also upset with Gary, if they already kissed and not invited to see.


I agree @Julia64! I still have a bad taste in my mouth from "Revenge", too. The only thing I can think of as to why Parsons would question her about sleeping with Tony would be to see if Tony was a willing participant in aiding her in "Berlin". Parsons could think that she slept with Tony in order to get him to do her bidding and back her up in her quest against Bodnar. Mossad is known for using sex as a weapon in order to get intel and info, and he could be trying to get her to say that she used Tony or whomever in order to have their support. I guess we will just have to wait until Tuesday! I really need to stop thinking about this so much!! : )


Why would Ziva have slept with Bodnar? But anyway, for the sake of argument let's say Hanks is asking if she slept with Tony? What business is that of his? It's not an NCIS rule that co-workers don't sleep together it's a Gibbs rule and frankly hypocritical since Gibbs slept with Jenny. Moreover Tony slept with EJ, and even Abby and McGee have at the very least "slept" together. And in the event it does turn out that Tony and Ziva have slept together I'll be even more annoyed with Gary Glasberg than I already am - we've waited years for a kiss, if it transpires they've done that and more and we've not seen it ..... Not sure about THE REVELATION. After last week I'm now endeavouring to the steer clear of the promos - they are so misleading and a greater work of fiction than the series itself. I don't know about Bardnor playing the team, I certainly felt played. A minute into "Revenge" and it was as much as I could do to watch the rest of the episode. I have this vision of the writers/producers sitting in a room having a good giggle over the fans getting their knickers in a twist over the fates of Ziva and Tony, knowing full well how silly we'd all feel when the conclusion of the cliffhanger was revealed the following week.


Chellemaria I would be the happiest woman in the world if they were talking about tony, but I do not think that's the case. I think he is asking about what happened during the fight with bodnar and why did he call her?
Maybe Diana is right and they are talking about adam, I like adam he is cute :), but I really don’t think she had time to sleep with him while they were in berlin.


We also need to remember that Ziva was already asked this question, but by the man who worked for Mossad in "Shalom". When Ziva was trying to hide after the bombing she witnessed, when she was at the Israeli Embassy, the contact there showed her pictures of Tony and her and he asked "Did you or did you not sleep with him?" So maybe we will finally get an answer to that question. Who knows? But I have a feeling it will be someone that we aren't even aware of or someone that isn't relevant to us. I would like to think it is Tony, but I am afraid they won't be giving us that much juicy information yet.


Bodnar looks so much older than Ziva – like by 10 years. I don’t see how they could be childhood friends. I do find it odd that he didn’t kill her in the car after the crash. He knows she’s relentless and would hunt him down. Maybe they were involved at one point, esp. if Eli David had deemed Bodnar his protégé. I was wondering if the “slept together� remark was about her informant, Adam. Hanks’ character may be inferring that she sleeps around to get her intel. And Ziva mentioned Adam’s name numerous times in the Revenge episode, and I believe was also on the phone with him at one point. Maybe her activities have been monitored.


I agree with IM, I think they're talking about bodnar, and I also believe that ziva slept with him. He could kill her first at the house and also after crashing the car but he did not, why not? Sorry English is not my first language


I agree with Chellemaria. Also even U.S. Attorney, that you mind that mossad agents have relationships? is irrelevant, I think. In that eopoca was Liaison Officer Ziva, who could sleep with whomever he wanted. I think the '¨ slept with him "refers to Bodnar.

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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.


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