NCIS: Season 8, Episode 8

Enemies Foreign (16 Nov. 2010)
"NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" Enemies Foreign (original title)

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Vance hosts a conference of high-level members of the NCIS; he invites Eli, who accepts. Eli's presence raises security concerns; Gibbs and company take part in the protective arrangements. Threats arise, and the gang respond. [Continued.]

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On a sidewalk in Washington, DC, Tony and McGee bust a 22-year-old chick, who turns out to be an electronic pickpocket, who causes the gang to search for a terrorist, who proves to be a pair of Mossad operatives, Liat and Malachi; meanwhile the US Coast Guard sends three bodies and other evidence after fireworks during an encounter with a small civilian craft in the Gulf of Mexico. While investigating both chains of events, Gibbs soon sees a connection between the two threads; Gibbs also accepts an invitation to meet with Eli David, Ziva's father and the head of the Mossad, who explains more. One night Gibbs and Eli take a walk downtown with friends and others nearby. During those events Vance has conducted a conference at a hotel; the next day Eli starts toward the meeting with a protective detail; however, a major multi-faceted confrontation takes place; Ziva sends Eli back to the safe house, then Gibbs loses radio contact with Eli's party. [To be continued.] Written by DocRushing

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During Ziva's confrontation with Liat, Ziva tells her that "you have a cat named Bill." Bill the Cat was a principal character in Berke Breathed's "Bloom County" comic strip in the 1980s. See more »

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When Officer Hadar stops Gibbs on the street and asks him to meet with Eli David, it is daylight. They get in the car, and there's a commercial break. After the break, Gibbs and David are sitting at a window, and it is fully dark out. See more »

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Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Officer Hadar. You almost made me spill my coffee.
Mossad Officer Amit Hadar: Americans. You can never just say hello.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: How about "Shalom?" Hello and goodbye.
Mossad Officer Amit Hadar: And peace, Agent Gibbs.
Special Agent Jethro Gibbs: Not a lot of that when you're around.
Mossad Officer Amit Hadar: Do you have a minute to sit down with my director? Please come with me. He is waiting for you.
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Shadows in the Light
12 May 2011 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

One third into the season means that if the show-runners are doing their job properly, one can expect something significant. And the show-runners of NCIS know how to do their job properly. The plot practically goes onto untrodden territory while simultaneously putting focus on *multiple* long-running plot arcs that go as far as two and a half years back. Naturally, this also means numerous recurring characters appearing together, while still leaving room to introduce a new character - and what a character! To reveal more would constitute a spoiler.

When dealing with this kind of a significant episode there is always the danger of putting in too many ingredients, resulting in a mess, especially if the show is already on its 8th season. A decade earlier most shows didn't even make it this far, and if they did, tended to resort to gimmickry (musicals, live airings, returning ex-regulars, Special Guest Directors, you name it). Not this one. The thrilling plot is complex yet not convoluted (cough! - The X Files - cough!), there is both great action and meaningful character development, plus, most importantly, surprises. Any show that is able to surprise in its 8th season is a worthy show indeed. That said, while this one achieves greatness, greatness is still "only" 8/10. There has been, and no doubt, will be, even greater, truly *magnificent* episodes in this series.


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