In the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania, a shrimping boat catches the body, mostly skeletal, of a Marine, SSgt. Daniel Cryer, who deserted in Kandahar six months before; he was last seen while boarding Damocles, the Jordanian freighter, supposedly lost at sea in a storm, which Ziva also rode en route to Somalia. Vance suspends Ziva's application while he questions her. Abby provides the position of the missing ship; a salvage crew finds the wreckage plus 18 more bodies, apparently executed before the sinking; all 18 wind up in Ducky's workshop. A Mossad officer, Malachi Ben-Gidon, shows up to "rescue" Ziva from the NCIS; he offers to tell Vance what happened aboard the ship. Mal says that Ziva shot Cryer; Ziva says that Mal did so; Abby and the evidence also say that Mal did so. Gibbs throws out Mal; as Gibbs asks, Ziva tells the rest of the story. Vance deals with a phone call, then Gibbs gives Ziva a paper, calls her a name, and tells her to get to work. Written by
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Gibbs leans in and tells Ziva something that makes her cry. Cote De Pablo and Mark Harmon never disclosed what he said to her but by lip reading it looks like: "Listen to me. You're home." See more
(at around 1 min) Ziva is handed a cup of tea by a Jordanian ship captain. She takes it with her left hand, which is an insult in Muslim countries, and Ziva as a Mossad agent should be aware of this. Yet the conversation goes on as if nothing has happened. See more
NCIS Director Leon Vance
You've been in the service of two masters for too long. Your loyalty to your father and Mossad predates everything else.
Officer Ziva David
My father is not an issue.
References The Princess Bride
The Wedding Cadavers
Written by Richard Wolf
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