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Past, Present, and Future 

Tony searches for Ziva in Israel and elsewhere; he finally finds her, but he returns without her. Gibbs, Fornell, and others work hard on the case of the bomber. McGee makes a huge discovery, which allows Gibbs to solve and to take a shot.



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Orli Elbaz
Dr. Dina Bashir
Vernon Dale

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When Tony arrives in Tel Aviv, Mossad agents take him to their headquarters to draw him into the search for Ziva. Meanwhile the successor SecNav meets with Vance, Gibbs, and Fornell; she tells them that the PotUS has directed her to use "any means necessary" to bring to swift justice the Brotherhood of Doubt for its responsibility for the terrorist attack on her predecessor and others. Tony searches in Israel and elsewhere; after five months he finds Ziva, but she expresses displeasure; they converse at length. Fornell, providing protection to a government witness, accompanies him to a hospital, and they meet fireworks. At night a man jumps Gibbs in a dark alley; Gibbs wins and gets information. McGeek makes a huge discovery, and he tells Gibbs, who figures out the whole thing; with some difficulty Gibbs draws things together and takes a shot, eliminating one major player but leaving others. Tony returns home alone with a memory aid; Ziva calls Gibbs. Written by DocRushing

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bomb | escape | See All (2) »


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1 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This full meaning behind this title episode is fully realized in episode 13-24 (Family First). During the episode the team and viewers are brought on a journey through Ziva's life's (Past), ending with a final goodbye to Tony (Present). It is only in Tony's final episode the viewers are shown the Future portion of this episode: Talia. See more »


When Tony is speaking with Dr. Bashir in the hospital, few if any of the people passing them are there when the camera angle changes (to pointing in the direction they were walking). See more »


Timothy McGee: [to Gibbs] Boss, maybe you could try *saying*... what you're saying?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Ziva out of character
5 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Typical NCIS plot, with Gibbs, "the tough guy," always knowing what to do and everybody else following his lead. Some criticism on the poor reasoning of why the bad guys were targeting NCIS folks belongs to the previous episode. I focused my attention now on how Ziva's infamous departure from NCIS would unfold. What a big surprise: Ziva got a conscience, and she was leaving NCIS because she was going to follow her heart... Completely out her character! DiNozzo was too understanding and so not funny: Out his character too. I got used to watch a tough Ziva, and to enjoy the well balanced chemistry between Ziva and DiNozzo. The writers certainly could think of something much, much better. Since we now know the reason why Cote de Pablo departed the show (she wanted more money than the producers could afford), the worst part of this episode is the possibility of Cote de Pablo coming back to the show since her character was kept alive.

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