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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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Why would Parson be asking if she slept with Rivkin, that does not make sense, and don't forget the DOD investigator Parson is there about Bodnar, and every one knows Rivkin was Ziva's Boyfriend at the time, no I think Parson is asking if she slept with Tony while they were both in Berlin

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Michael Rivkin would be the obvious choice but you know how NCIS likes to play games with the audience. The whole big promo flashes the words THE REVELATION right before they cut to the scene where Colin Hanks yells "Did you sleep with him?" Well, to me, that is not a revelation. We all know that Ziva slept with Michael Rivkin as we saw them in bed, obviously naked, together at the end of "Legend" part 2. If that is their revelation, that is pretty sad! Unless, of course, in typical NCIS writer fashion, they think that we have all forgotten that little bedroom scene at the end of that episode. Who knows!? Oh, the games Gary Glasberg likes to play with the viewers' heads!!!

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My money is definitely on Ziva being asked if she slept with Michael Rivkin - which plot wise is the only thing that makes sense - ie, the investigators are interested in a lot more than just the Bodnar situation...

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I also think they were asking ziva if she slep with Bodnar.
In revenge, just before Ziva killed Bodnar she accused him of only loving himself.
He replied that she has known him since they were children and she knows that is not true
I'm wondering if that is referring to Ziva. If so then another boyfriend dead

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Great episode. Has always. Ziva protected her self and killed and got revenge for her-father and for Vance's wife. I do not see nothing wrong with that. Tony is my man. Without Gibbs rules and slapping upside heads the show would be dull. It's nice to see that they all can do there job and still have fun. Tony and his eating habits and his many words for McGee I look forward to that every Tuesday. When it comes down to business they all do there job. Tony goes into full work mode when it starts getting serious. And Yes Gibbs is Daddy. Has he told Tony you don't waste good. I love all the characters. If tony slept with Ziva so what
He slept with that CJ thing. I hated her and I hated JLC. I keep wishing Jeanne would come back with a kid and that kid is Tony's
But she won't tell him right away. The Ziva & Tony being serious thing I don't want it to happen. It ruins the deep friendship they all have. Let them flirt all day. Hey even Gibbs slept with Jenny while being undercover. And they still remained friends. They kept reminiscing in there minds about it but It did not get serious when she came to be the director.
I did not know that McGee and the girl played his sister was his real sister found that out a year ago. And also I think the are
relatives of The guy who produces the show. Something like they are his step kids or something. Regardless Abby is so cute let her dress the way she wants. Let McGee be the computer geek NCIS needs that.
You have the daddy {Gibbs}. Grandfather {Ducky} the joker {Tony} the fighter {Ziva} the computer specialist {McGee} the higher go hugger {Abby} the serious one {Vance} and the silly one {Palmer}.
Please do not break up this team. This is my # 1 show of all time. I can watch it everyday all day 7 days a week. I like it better with Ziva than Kate. Ziva is not stuck up like Kate was. She acted like she was better than everyone on the show. I am glad she is gone.

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In the preview for next week, I think the Investigator is asking Ziva if she slept with Bodnar. What difference would it make to him if she slept with Tony? We may see more of Vance's secret past, also.

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Of course they didn't sleep together. That is just a something the investgater says to try and through Ziva off in questioning. It was shown as a preview to get people to think there was more between Tony/Ziva in Berlin, and TO WATCH THE SHOW. There will be no Tiva until the end of the series, if then.

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I've re-watched the ep a couple of times now. I know everyone interprets scenes differently but in the basement when Gibbs asks Tony if there's anything else about Berlin he didn't tell him, I think Tony looks puzzled. If that's the case, then maybe they didn't sleep together. No matter how many times I replay it I just see confusion on Tony's face. Yes, Tony takes time searching for words when Gibbs asks how she was in Berlin but when he asks if there's anything Tony hasn't told him about Berlin, Tony looks genuinely confused.

Julia64

Greg, I'm happy to stand corrected, but weren't Cote's remarks about the sweet moments and getting messy again with respect to "Berlin"? You certainly can't get much sweeter than that dance or the scene in the car prior to the car crash, and the car crash itself and subsequent events in "Revenge" could definitely be described as messy!

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You may believe a person can be more then they are and still not respect them. When Gibbs slaps him, or anyone, that is not respect. When I see Gibbs and Tony talk, it is like Tony asking....needing permission to do something. Like a little boy who is afraid of doing anything against daddy for the fear of the anger that may arise. Tony needs to stand up to Gibbs and be a man, because in his presence he acts like a child. Maybe, that is why we only see the man Tony when he is NOT dealing with Gibbs. Otherwise, he is acting like a child or clown.