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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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Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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    que pasa con los numeros,? porque ha disminuido tanto el numero de aficionados al programa,????? los ultimos 3 capitulos a disminuido mucho,creo se han perdido 7,000) cuando deberia pasar lo contrario,ir en aumento. creo eso si debe de preocupar a los escritores, talvez algo este pasando con las historias por lo que los fans no estamos contentitos.

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    @chellemaria Indeed I don't think a short angsty moment would have been too much to ask for. After all I really can't remember the last time one of our fab four was injured. Would have been nice to see Gibbs' and McGee's reactions to to a hurt Tony too, and maybe give Michael Weatherly something to really get his teeth into for a change. Really not sure what's happened between Tony and Gibbs these days, they used to have a bit of a Karl Malden/Michael Douglas relationship - for those of you old enough to remember The Streets Of San Francisco - but these days Gibbs just seems to be permanently annoyed with him.

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    yyyyy es de pensar porque ha bajado tanto el numero de espectadores en las ultimas 3 semanas, eso si es preocupante, algo esta pasando.

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    Estoy confundida,soy fan de TIVA, el capitulo anterior, por como Tony tomo la mano de Ziva, estaba claro que habian estado juntos en Berlin, por la forma en que se trataron ayer,Ziva de verdad es cruel definitivamente no quiero mas Tiva. En el promo de el proximo capitulo, la pregunta del fiscal "duermes con El", se refiere a Dinozzo? talvez por como los escritores juegan con los aficionados, cabe la posibilidad que se refiera a otra persona y no a Tony....y

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    cont. I don't necessarily watch to learn how to solve crimes just like I don't watch Grey's to learn medical procedures. Fans tend to connect with characters and tune in bc of that connection, whatever it may be. I don't think all 15-20 million viewers tune in just bc they solve crimes.

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    I thought this episode was a solid B. There were some great moments; hey there Jimmy Palmer, nice to see you a little more. I thought BD had some great lines. Also, I would love to hire Abby as my Admin Asst., girl can handle a phone call. However, I thought a few moments fell short. The crash, the conversation in Gibbs basement (cut short in true NCIS fashion with a phone call) and any potential T/Z moments (would have loved for Tony to find Ziva in the gym). I do think Ziva felt the guilt of the crash and that Tony was involved. It may not have been discussed, but that girl carries a lot of weight on her shoulders. I also think Tony truly understands what she is dealing with. The characters make this show. I love this show and cannot wait until Tuesday nights. I tune in for many reasons, but a main one being the characters. They are who they are and that is why we love them. I watch to see their development and how their relationships build. I don't necessarily watch to learn how to solve crimes just like I don't watch Grey's to learn medical procedures. Fans tend to connect with characters and tune in bc of that connection, whatever it may be. I don't think all 15-20 million viewers tune in just bc they solve crimes.

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    What are the promos supposed to do to viewers except build up our expectations and hopes? That is how they keep us watching. Why else would they show a body bag after a car accident scene if not to lead us on? I am not upset that the spoilers were misleading, I am a little miffed by the lack of continuity in things that changed from one episode to the next, ie..the handholding in "Berlin" and the clothes mess up in "Chasing Ghosts".

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    "Bones" and "Castle" are having fairly successful years as crime solving shows with couples that are together. I do not need a Tony and Ziva love fest every week, but a little romance never hurt anyone. We really do not know how much time these characters spend with each other outside of their long work days because that is left up to the viewer to determine. Can anyone name a crime show that doesn't have a little romance or a couple that doesn't have unresolved sexual tension issues? I disagree with those who say there is no chemistry here. These two ooze attraction to one another. At least in my opinion they do.

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    The problem with fans that have expectations from spoilers and promos is, they build 'words' and scenarios up into something which it isn't and then say they are disappointed in the episode because its not what THEY think it should be. Tony and Ziva don't have enough 'personal together time' between them to be a couple. You only have to look at each of their own lives to see they haven't had a lot of an 'outside work time relationship' that has built up between them. They do care deeply for one another as most close knit work companions have, but I don't see any Tiva relationship. Its more of a 'deep friendship - I really care about you relationship...but"
    I hope it never happens. It will bring too much soap-opera crap into a show that is for solving crimes. Other tv have gone that way and you only have to look at the ratings to see its not a good idea. I did think the accident was server enough to at least hospitalize Ziva over night or three, not go out and kick butt like a ninja.

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    Wow really harsh comments here especially about to learn proper English I'm from europe and english is not my native language like for many of us here show some respect please! we try to do our best maybe time for you guys to learn another language then you know how hard it is. Now about the episode I expected more from it, found Ziva fight scene over the top especially because she was hurt in the car crash how in the world could she take out a Bodar. The good this show is still amazing after all these years!!