NCIS Hot Shots: What Brings Ziva's Father Back?

When Eli David resurfaces on CBS’ NCIS next Tuesday, it will be to break bread as well as, it appears, to break some news.

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Traditionally on TV’s most watch drama, Ziva’s Mossad director dad (played by Micharl Nouri) doesn’t pop up at the best of times or for the touchy-feeliest of reasons. But as show boss Gary Glasberg told me about Eli’s Jan. 8 visit, “You might be surprised this time. There are a lot of layers to what we’re going to try and do this time around, and Michael Nouri was totally willing and excited and had fun with it. I think people are going to be excited by what they see.”

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Also returning for the episode — as the Davids share a Shabbat dinner with the Vances — is Paula Newsome (Women’s Murder Club) as the NCIS director’s wife Jackie.

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