NCIS Recap: A Kiss Before Goodbye-ing -- What Grade Do You Give Cote de Pablo's Exit?

NCIS Ziva Last EpisodeIn the end, NCIS‘ Ziva David walked away from her badge not for fear of her future but to put her past behind her.

As Cote de Pablo‘s eight-year run came to an end this Tuesday night, it was revealed that at the start of the four-month time jump, Michael Weatherly‘s DiNozzo had made tracks for Israel to find his disappeared friend. There, he was met by both Mossad director Orli Elbaz (who’s probably not happy about Gibbs’ Captain Kirk ignorance) and Adam Eshel, both of whom assured the visitor they were on the same mission.

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How much Ziva’s welfare weighed on Tony’s mind was very evident through the first half-hour, first as he imagined her seated on the airplane next to him, then when Tony “saw” a young Ziva outside her childhood apartment. Across the hall, Tony and Adam chat up Dr. Deena Bashan, a childhood pal of Ziva’s, and she claims the women haven’t seen each other.

But soon enough, as Tony and Director Elbaz scrutinize security cam footage, they discover that Ziva and Deena had reunited, the day Ziva last texted Tony. Confronted with her whopper, Deena reveals that she was to be engaged to Ari Haswari, when Ziva killed her half-brother. Had any other NCIS agent come knocking, she may have played ball. NCIS Ziva Last Episode“But why should Ziva have the man she loves?”

Armed by Elbaz with the Mossad’s files on Ziva (as well as her Star of David necklace), Tony begins a months-long search that proves fruitless — or so he allows Gibba to believe, until it’s revealed that Ziva was at his side during that check-in with D.C. When Tony urges Ziva to come home, she roars, “You cannot beat down my door one moment and expect me to face my old life the next! You should not have come.”

Tony returns Ziva’s necklace to her, then observes, “You were looking back” as she went into hiding, visiting the place her mother was killed, her grandparents’ grave and ultimately the house where she was born. Ziva then relates her side of the guilt-ridden run-in with Dr. Bashan, saying, “How can I not think that for every man I killed there is someone out there crying? She was right, the center of all this pain is me. This is what I made myself.”

Tony brings out the “I WILL” list that Ziva made as a little girl and thought she had left buried: “The universeNCIS Ziva Last Episode is begging you to wipe the slate clean, and there’s plenty of room on the back of the list to start a new one. Maybe I can help you with that?”

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Later, Ziva buries an updated “I WILL” list by the olive trees, at which point Tony makes one final appeal: “You don’t have to do this alone…. Just come home. With me. I know you want to change; I can change with you.” With a kiss of her hand, he adds: “I’m fighting for you, Ziva.”

As the hour closes, we find ourselves at a small airport, at night — very Casablanca-like, as Weatherly tweeted some time ago — with Tony set to head back home. Alone. “What will I tell people?” “That you were right,” Ziva answers. “That I have to start over.” She says to tell Abby that she is doing this to make Gibbs proud (words she’ll appreciate). And if she doesn’t stand her ground, “I will be pulled back to where I started.” Tony invites her to call Gibbs personally, Past, Present, and Futurereminding that on the phone, “He’s a functional mute. A good listener.”

Before parting ways, Ziva starts, “Tony, you are so….” “Handsome? Funny?” Loved. They share a long, warm kiss, after which Tony walks away, shaking his head: “This is not easy… The hardest 180 of my life.” Tears stream down Ziva’s cheeks, and then a smile acknowledging a bittersweet affection, as Tony waves goodbye from the plane — where he starts his own “I WILL” list. And before the screen fades to black, we see Gibbs taking a call from the agent he visibly hates to lose.

Elsewhere in the episode, it is revealed — following a nifty bit of misdirection by way of a self-triggered explosion — that businessman/anti-terrorism advocate Tomás Mendez in fact is playing for the other, kill-happy side. And he’s about to take out another VIP when Gibbs — from the perch we saw him at in the Season 10 finale — shoots the cell phone trigger and Mendez… and apparently Fornell’s bum. But big bad Benham Parsa is still out there, Gibbs notes, “and he’s not alone.”

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  1. Jax says:

    Cote left because she wanted to,maybe she had a personal reason which is actually personal and private.when the shows end do they give the cast a lot of notice.NO.if people believe because she has left the shows ratings will drop,what does that tell you. I don’t think people should make controversial comments saying Obama has influenced some of the episodes.looks like Bourne could be the new Ziva.

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  3. greg says:

    write a character for pam dawber into the series!!!

  4. Reva Cavins says:

    To me, NCIS without Ziva if booooreing. Don’t look forward to it as much.. Watch all the reruns instead.

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  7. andrew lenart says:

    Cote de Pablo come back to NCIS… PLEASE

  8. Maryann says:

    Sorry you have left but I am so happy for you to be on CBS. Maybe some day you would return to NCIS. The new person is awful and does nothing for the show. Love the way you were keeping the show so warm. Good Luck.

  9. Maryann says:

    Good luck Cote. We miss you on NCIS you keep the show warm, class and keep the family together. Hope some day you may come back. The one they have now is really awful.

  10. Caitlin Mann says:

    I thought it was really good but I really wanted tony and ziva to end up together so I’m hoping she comes back for a bit so they can be together

  11. G. White says:

    Simple. Ditch the blonde & bring Ziva David back. She was awesome. Shoes too big for the little blonde to fill!

  12. Norman Henry says:

    Sorry to see Ziva David leave the show.

  13. Sandra Shook says:

    NCIS season 12 has started we want Ziva back. The season has mega possibilities espically when Tony is at the elevator waiting and when the doors open and there stands Ginbs with Ziva in all her beauty and pregnant at his side.

  14. Terbet says:

    Bad move to get rid of Ziva, her replacement cannot replace her on any level!!!! I have stopped watching NCIS now unless there are any episodes with Ziva coming up!

  15. Kevin morrissey says:

    in all my years of television i have never been so drawn into two peoples roles as this a masterwork that left me in tears, several times, Her absence from the series will no doubt leave it wanting something. Goodbye …never forget WE loved u too.

  16. Wanda wingate says:

    It was sad because NCIS is not the same without her, and I feel that she and Tony should be together; although it may be a problem concerning the rules of the job.

  17. Artie Hardy says:

    I don’t look at ncis like I use to because ziva not on it any more. do you think they might write her back in one day?

  18. I wish that Ziva comes back. The show is not the same. NCIS needs Ziva…..

  19. Ruth Jones says:

    please please please…Ziva is really pregnant with twins following her night in Berlin with Tony. Will someone make this a charming and great love story…fed up with folk always parting and never a happy ending…It would make a wonderful story….I love the characters in NCIS…please please lets have a great eventual ending..Those to (ziva and tony) are great together and please don’t give a new love interest for Tony…even though they are just acting..its magic with those two…Lets have a fantastic future for them…I’m sure you can all do it if you try…Kind regards
    ruth jones

  20. Sandra Schroeder says:

    Please bring Ziva back. The girl in Zivas place is not even 1/2 of the character of Ziva’s . Are U trying to kill the show. Tony, Tim ,Abby and Gibbs are still awesome but the show falls short with the new actress. Depressing,

  21. zaida says:

    Ziva exit has really made me feel sad as I feel she is and always will be the star of the show , no one can replace her I wish she would come back she is truly missed we love you ziva

  22. Kara♡ says:

    I was so sad to see ziva leave! And especially for Tony! I loved the role she played. She was perfect for it. NCIS won’t be the same without her!

  23. martin says:

    Cote de Pablo is awesome in ncis, without her it no good. Weatherly is a total Jerk. Hammond is boring bring back cote as Ziva now

  24. Desiree says:

    We want Ziva back! Without her NCIS is nog anymore like it was before!! We miss her very much!

  25. Reginald Potter says:

    NCIS was never the same after Ziva left. With her mystique gone,
    NCIS became very humdrum

  26. Karla says:

    It was a great end. .BUT, PLEASE bring her back.

  27. Camille Reid says:

    the NCIS characters are the best. I watch shows over and over again, I just love the scripts, the characters, the quality of the camerawork. The professionalism in every aspect is high quality. They leave nothing to chance. The actors are flawless. Yes, I loved Cote (Ziva) and I watch the reruns, but I will continue to look forward to NCIS without her too.

  28. Camille Reid says:

    Also, please tell me the name of the last song of the last Ziva episone. The one that played while Tony was in the plane leaving Ziva)

  29. Alice Maynez says:

    This story Made me cry again. I still do not Watch NCIS anymore. The majic That Cote brought to this series is completely gone. It has no more sparkly.

  30. Alice Maynez says:

    Every time I see this, I cry like a baby, and promise myself, I would rather DIE than watch any new episode with the blond in it. Nop. Not until Ziva comes back. Then the stories they act out on NIS will have the sparkle , dimension, beauty, and honesty that it used to have! Alive Maynez

  31. danielle says:

    Bring ziva back she completes the team perfectly

  32. Cissy says:

    We want Ziva back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We don’t care how. No offense to Bishop. But only Ziva fits, forever!!!!!

  33. d.debois says:

    Bring back Ziva to NCIS the show isn’t the same without her…The chemistry is lost without her…The show is broken without her. Please bring her back.

  34. chuckthornhill says:

    We want ZIVA. BACK.

  35. Ms. Nicole says:

    Leaving the show had to be hard for her but the fact that she may come back makes it sting a little less. At
    least it’s a possibility.

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  38. Lyn says:

    Very very sad to see Cote (Ziva) leave. Full of character, fun and excellent acting talent. Very hard act to replace. I really do hope she will return. I live in the Uk so still yet to see the new girl. But no one could replace Ziva.

  39. Ol says:

    Please bring Ziva back healed from her past, and as Dinozzos wife.

  40. Ol says:

    Pleae bring back a healed Ziva, at least to close on Dinozzo with him getting married to her.

  41. Jackie says:

    Just soooooo sooooo sad that she has gone. It won’t be the same, she is irreplaceable!
    Still a fantastic show the only thing worth watching on T V these days. Please don’t stop we love you all.

  42. carol drury says:

    She made ncis. A powerful attractive witty agent. I am so sorry to see her go. Not the same without her. An impossible act to follow. Please come back to stay ziva. Xx

  43. sheila whitehouse says:

    Bring back ziva to Tony with their love child so she can be in some episodes again.the chemistry between both needs to be back in the show.

  44. I think Ziva David should stayed on NCIS she was one that made the show. She was good at what she did. I love Abby hope she never ieaves she is really awesome at what she does and i love her.Gibbs lets talk about him. I really love you. I know you are married, but you are my man. You take that show and do the job and a good job. You make that show.When the job is done you treat your team as a family. But i have to watch you every chance I get. Love you Mark Harmon , Abby, Ziva and the rest of the team you all belong together as a team.

  45. Vicky says:

    NCIS is NOT the same without Ziva!! I miss her

  46. Linda Ewert says:

    Nicis are losing their rating. And I won’t watch the new episodes with the new girl. But I will watch the old episodes with Ziva in them. Get her back!!!!!
    You have made a big mistake letting her go.

  47. Pat says:

    Too bad she left.
    The blonde replacement won’t beable to fill Divide s shoes. The show needs to find a different person, strong and spunky.
    She was a strong interesting actress.
    I haven’t lose interest in Gibbs, or Tony. They are very entertaining.
    If Gibbs goes, the show will go.
    This new replacement is all wrong for David’s replacement.
    Hallmark just did this same kind of thing.
    No warning, none of us know what happened to all last seasons actors, and are expected to try to understand how Everyone grew up in one season, and where and how the past actors went or died.
    I ve lost interest in Hallmark, and now with Ncis.

  48. Pat says:

    Forget it. I’ve lost interest.

  49. Dee Bushell says:

    I have tried to like the new agent, but she is no match for Ziva. There is no chemistry between her and the rest of the team and therefore no excitement and fizz in the story lines. I have bought the DVDs up to and including series 10 and recorded the 1st two of series 11, but I will not buy anymore.

  50. marion munday says:

    NCIS is not the same without Cote De Pablo the chemistry between her and the rest of the team was magic and Cote must return

    • Dee Bushell says:

      There is no comparison between Cote de Pablo and the latest female agent. Ziva and the rest of the team were as one. Totally in rythm with each other. I cannot continue to watch and am going through my DVDs. Is there any chance Cote will return???