NCIS Recap: Ziva Says Goodbye, Tony Lacks For Closure?

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Tuesday, on the second episode of NCIS Season 11, Cote de Pablo's Ziva David made her final appearance in a complex and emotional installment.

After a months-long journey, Tony tracked down his longtime love in Israel, only to have her say she needed to leave the team to find herself again.

“I have to do this alone,” Ziva explained to her colleague of so many years. “I have to let go of everything, or I will be pulled back to where I started.”

Cote de Pablo's exit threw the show for a loop this summer, as NCIS had to wrap up last season's cliffhanger in an entirely new way to write Ziva out.

As a result, her departure didn't offer much closure, though that was possibly deliberate. Ziva's goodbye was as open-ended and positive as they come.

Remaining in Israel to find herself? Not entirely satisfying, especially for Tony. But also hard to fault the character for after the events of last season.

The kiss was wonderful for fans who have yearned for it all these years, but it was immediately followed by Tony and Ziva parting ways at the airport.

Bittersweet, mixed emotions there to say the least. It may have been the best way for Ziva to exit, but that didn't make it any easier or less confusing.

Meanwhile, in D.C., Gibbs and the team discover the name of the assassin who tried to kill Tony, while Fornell is assigned to protect a new target.

Allegedly, philanthropic millionaire Tomas Mendez is next on the Brotherhood of Doubt's hit list, and he nearly evades being taken out by a bomb.

After months with few leads, Gibbs meets with disgraced Captain Wayne at a diner in hopes that he'll talk. Then Gibbs is attacked on his way out.

Gibbs, being Gibbs, manages to subdue his much bigger and younger attacker and bring him in for questioning, while McGee makes a huge discovery.

The various phone calls made by the terrorists originate from a company that Mendez owns - he's triggering the explosions himself from his phone.

Tobias, unaware of Mendez' complicity and still protecting him, has no idea that a man they are going to see on "business" is another Mendez target.

Before Mendez can send the signal, Gibbs shoots and kills him with the sniper rifle seen at the end of last season, clipping Tobias' rear end in the process.

What did you think of last night's episode? Was Ziva's exit satisfying? Follow this link for TV Fanatic's NCIS review, then sound off in the comments!

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What a let down. They should have just let her leave the show and said she had left to find herself. Where was the great writing that is usually present? A totally unworthy show and I have been a fan since the first episode.


The wrap up of the Ziva character was nothing special. Am I the only one that noticed she looks different and not the hardened agent of the past.


Amazing performances from Michael Weatherly & Cote de Pablo. Not entirely convinced as to Ziva's reasons for leaving. Always believed Ziva would only leave her NCIS "family" (and don't forget she's a US citizen now - can she just stay in Israel anyway?) if it were to protect Tony and the team. If she was 'following her heart' why would she let Tony go? Would also have liked a scene twixt the olive grove and the airport. Felt a bit of a leap. One moment a bearded Tony is 'fighting for Ziva' having searched for her for several months and the next he's clean shaven and has come to terms with her decision. I guess maybe filming time with Cote was limited. Very much hope that Tony doesn't completely revert to the totally silly version we've seen rather too much of lately. Any reason an NCIS agent can't have a beard?!