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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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I know I'm going against the grain of some of the posters here....I think Gibbs really respects Tony and knows that Tony has it in him to be a damn good team leader should the opportunity arise again. But I do think that Gibbs is frustrated with Tony right now. Not because of Tony's investigative skills (which are fairly sharp), but because Tony is not being straight with him. The last two times that Tony and Gibbs have had a conversation Tony has been very tentative and he used returning a plunger as a pretense to come to Gibbs' basement in "Revenge." When has Tony ever needed a pretense to talk to Gibbs? If Tony would stop being tentative with Gibbs about why he's concerned about Ziva, Gibbs' frustration with Tony would go away.

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Tons of interesting speculation and some solid insight in this forum again this week. Notice the number of comments has gone up as we get closer to the finale. I agree with those of you that speculate something happened between Tony and Ziva in Berlin and I also agree that Gibbs must have sensed this also, prompting his questioning of Tony in the basement. Cote de Pablo's interview remarks that there are some sweet moments upcoming between her and Tony before things get "messy" again would seem to back this up. As a big fan of the series "JAG" I am really looking forward to the appearance of Admiral Chegwidden in the season finale (plus the return of Mike Franks' ghost). Should be a fun two weeks!

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@Michael
I guess that makes two of us who should stop REWRITING the show. Your claim was that she killed him. If, like you said later, Ducky could not tell, then I guess she was never convicted of anything.

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Gina...........muchas gracias, claro que fue de ayuda!

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@Sis
Sorry Your wrong he could not tell if it was Ziva or if it was the trumor stop rewirtting the show

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Gibbs always has treated Tony with distaste. Even when Tony was dying, he might of said "I don't give you permission to die", but he head slaps him. Even if it was softly, who does that when a person is dying? I am sure if Tony had a headache, that would not of helped. I know it wasn't meant to be taken that way, but to me it is a form of abuse not a form of a caring relationship. To me, if Gibbs is suppose to be seen as a father to the team, then he is an abuseive one at that, especially to Tony. I can't understand why people want Tony and Gibbs to be closer. I want Tony to grow some and stand up to Gibbs. Tony acts like an abused child, always going to Gibbs for permission, or something else. He is afraid to stand alone and against Gibbs.

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@Michael
Ziva never tried to quit the team because of the incident in the elevator with the unruly prisoner. McGee did try to quit after Gibbs wanted to interrogate his sister in "Twisted Sister" and Gibbs did tell him that if he tried to pull a stunt like that again and turn in his badge he better be prepared to leave NCIS for good. Ziva has never tried to quit so I do not know what you are talking about, as usual. But hey you were right that is was season 3. It was episode 22, "Jeopardy" that Ziva had the altercation with the brother in the elevator.

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@Sis You'll have to forgive Michael. He sometimes gets easily confused.

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@Michael
If it is the elevator you are referring to, Ziva did not kill him as Ducky later discovered.

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Gaby Los # no han bajado Si Los comparas con las temporadas pasadas te da cuenta por ejemplo 9x22 ---> 17.58
10x22------18.29 es la época del año todo el mundo sale de vacaciones. O y no es q ziva sea mala con tony si pones atención te das cuenta q acaba de tener un accidente en el casi muere, sabe q va a enfrentarse al asesino de su padre y si quiere sobrevivir tiene q concentrarse solo en pelear y endureserse es la única forma de ganarle. Si te das cuenta al final cuando vance le pregunta si esta bien ella no contesta solo dice q se ha terminado, espero haber sido de ayuda.