Cote de Pablo Reacts to Powerful NCIS Episode, Teases What's Next

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After an NCIS episode that brought us some of their best moments together yet (see our NCIS review), Tony and Ziva were sideswiped by a black vehicle and the agents' status remains unknown.

Also, Ilan Bodnar is still in the wind, and Mossad's new director is as complex as they come.

Will Tony and Ziva survive? Cote de Pablo coyly tells EW, “We are one step closer to the killer who took away Eli David and Jackie Vance, so I think the audience wants some sort of resolution.”

“I don’t know if we’re going to get to the actual unfolding of it completely [by the end of the season].”

There are plenty more shocking moments on the way, she said of the current and complex story arc, including a few between Tony and Ziva, for whom she teased some “messy” times ahead.

Last night, of course, was anything but.

While de Pablo remains reluctant to define the pair’s "complex" relationship too clearly, she loved the fact that the episode gave the duo a chance to reveal different sides of themselves to one another.

“There is a level of vulnerability that’s being shared. We usually see the woman from Ziva and the boy from Tony, and here we see the little girl in Ziva and the man from Tony," she adds.

The actress calls the dance scene one of her favorites: “Michael (Weatherly) and I crafted that scene. We felt the moment was very intimate, and we thought that just looking at each other was enough."

"The director kept saying, ‘No, I want the moment to be longer,’ and we had to sort of fight the director."

"Finally, I had to say, ‘Listen, if there was any more time of staring into each other’s eyes, it would be like, cut to a hotel room' ... so finding the length of the moment became a topic.”

"We certainly enjoyed it. I told [Michael] - without really realizing what I was saying and then I realized it came out the wrong way - I said, ‘God, I felt a little drunk when I was staring at you.’”

Cote laughs, “I’m not sure if it was because by the end of the day we were both so tired or if it was because it was just such a magical moment.”

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NCIS Season 10 Episode 21 Quotes

Ziva: When I have a man, the favors I offer have little to do with clothes.
Tony: That's good to know.

Tom Morrow: What are we proposing here?
Vance: Well with international tensions being so high on this, I'm proposing that we look the other way.
Tom Morrow: You can't be serious.
Vance: I am, Tom. We come down hard on Mossad now, then what happens? Talk to me about wasted manpower if Bodnar gets away after all of this? But understand: this one pass is the last one Mossad ever gets from me.
Tom Morrow: That makes two of us.
Gibbs: Three.