Bishop Officially Joins NCIS Team: Yea or Nay?

NCIS Bishop Keep or CutThree months after NCIS newcomer Emily Wickersham was herself promoted to series regular, Ellie Bishop was officially invited to join Gibbs’ team. Did Boss make the right call?

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“Welcome aboard, probie,” Gibbs said at the close of this Tuesday’s episode — a significant gesture, seeing as he and the consulting NSA analyst had repeatedly butted heads as the NCIS team sought to put down terrorist Benham Parsa once and for all.

But have viewers embraced Bishop the same way that Gibbs & Co. have? Are her quirks (the sitting habits, the food obsession) endearing or irksome? Is her confidence affirming or irritable — and perhaps even disrespectful when she lacks the tact to deftly correct others?

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You’ve now had six episodes to get to know Ellie Bishop. Following her Nov. 19 debut, 70 percent of respondents in a TVLine “first impression” poll said they loved or liked the newbie. But what say you now? What has she done for you lately? Is Bishop a keeper, or should her days be numbered?


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2023 Comments
  1. David G. Stern says:

    OK, we hated it when Kate was killed off. But along came Ziva David. She was great, she was different. Then she left the show and here comes another. I think it gives us the chance for a lot of new storylines and I hope they will give her a real chance. The fact that she and DeNozo are not an item is also good. This always leaves the door open for an occasional guest role for Ziva to return if they like, but I think the writing continues to be excellent and I trust Mark Harmon will do the right things.

    • Rob says:

      Mark Harmon is one of the most trustworthy, grounded men in this crazy town.

      • Mike Hammer says:

        PERHAPS, but Harmon has clearly mentally checked out of the show with his character on autopilot . Utters a few lines per episode as he is now the prop for Bishop character in endlessly full “Rain Man” mode to sit crossed legged on desk or floor and figure everything out.
        Mcgee/Di Nozzo now a comedy duo stuck with lame filler riffs whilst new girl gets divine insights and shows them all how it is done. Abby/Ducky get their requisite scene— she all crazed he increasingly senile.

        Maybe Harmon is busy getting yet another NCIS franchise off the increasingly pedestrian ground, but I still think Wickersham is the “squeeze” of one of the producers as otherwise it is an inconceivable hire and a preposterous character.

        • Clare ashe says:

          I couldn’t agree more. She has to be someone’s main squeeze. Last evening when Gibbs said “welcome aboard”, my husband and I said goodbye to the show which we have watched from the beginning. Her presence on the show is an affront to our intelligence.
          We will probably watch the older shows on USA but the Tuesday show is off our radar .
          Clare Ashe

          • Mike Hammer says:

            ADDITIONALLY, note how NCIS— once very proud of its patriotism— has become a politically correct play thing for left wing writers. Trend began not long after Bellisario— who created the show and made Harmon rich and famous— was forced from the program by Harmon, and immediately all the plot lines were dropped in favor of increasing silliness and progressive agenda. That year the CHRISTMAS episode centered around the American who converted to Islam and was murdered by his own Christian family, particularly his pastor father because their Christian religious beliefs demanded that they execute their own family member. THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE!

            Last nite yet another tiresome attack on America, as the Parsa Islamic terrorist character ONLY became a terrorist due to an American drone strike that killed his parents. Evil America made him murder and blow up folks for Jihad; AND the loveable fool had a “thing” for Rain girl. Silly and insulting.

          • Bellz says:

            An affront to your intelligence? Good grief what a silly thing to say.

          • Rob says:

            How disrespectful are you people to an actress you don’t know. What if it was your daughter, your sister, or your friend being accused by fans of employing the casting couch, because they don’t like the character she plays? Petulance is so middle school and your comments are outa line.

          • Cote Fan says:

            Not to yours, Bellz. Not to yours.

          • mary says:

            Iliked to see her off the show .what are they thinking.I ‘ll give the show another year with her on.

          • Wanda Bankson says:

            I agree with you total. She has to be someone’s squeeze that’s the only way she could have
            gotten the roll. The show is going down hill now.

          • Bellz says:

            You are really a low life to suggest that Wickersham, who is also married in real life, is having an affair with one of the Directors or actors. She has done other roles in television and movies successfully.

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Seriously. Talk smart about TV, people.

          • Bellz says:

            I beg your pardon. It is totally rude, disrespectful and unnecessary for anyone to say that the only reason an actress or actor gets a role in a show is because they are sleeping with the cast or directors. That comment by the writer should have been deleted. If they can say that, then i can say a lesser thing.

          • Carolyn Levesque says:

            I agree. I’ll watch the old ones. They should have hired an older agent (a real gorgeous actress) &
            have Tony & Gibbs attracted to her. Bishop is way too young. Kate & Ziva where believable but
            Bishop isn’t. I would like to see more SL’s about Tony & Tim.

          • Gailkate says:

            What’s important is what the writers are doing – or failing to do. It’s not Wickerman’s fault that the character is Tinker Bell with a cute little frown who sits and looks at photos. ANALYST?!! They’ve given her nothing of substance to work with. Kate and Ziva were grown women, and this character is a cute little chickie.
            Meanwhile, the overall quality of the plots is going down. They just set things up so she can earnestly puzzle over something and then have a flash of insight. Her “flashes” are so obvious it makes me cringe. I could rant for paragraphs, but at our house, we’re about to pull the plug like Clare.

          • Wanda says:

            I feel the same as Clair. We want Ziva!!!!!

          • Miltin Wedman says:

            ‘Affront to our intelligence’ I love that
            SHE IS ! The Character she plays so well is a total goof sitting on floors – sitting on desks – eating to remember – could they make her any more of an idiot !!! You wanted her to be opposite Ziva. SHE IS! Ziva was beloved. I can not wait to see her go. I was hoping Parsa would have won!

          • NCIS is …was… my favorite show on TV. I could watch reruns and new shows all day and night BUT … that little. young, skinny, blond has ruined the show. She is nothing. They need a real woman in that role .. like Kate was and of course Zeva. A strong person, to stand toe to toe with Tony and Tim ..She is ruining what was , and could still be the best show on TV. The writers are fantastic, but how can they make her into a believable agent with the clever bantering that goes on between the characters???. PLEASE give me my show back !!!!!

          • Deborah says:

            I totally agree I also will not watch the new shows, this girl is like come on Blond hair and dark brows my God she doesn’t belong!

          • Bellz says:

            Yes, it’s there loss. The show is doing fine, even though there has been a change in dynamics. One that was an unavoidable last minute change. Bishop is different. She has time to evolve, as they all did. McGee was niaeve and a bit slow at first too and now he is much loved like the rest of the cast.

          • Joe L says:

            I couldn’t disagree more.
            I think Bishop is a very interesting character who, as a true probie, will learn and grow into the team.
            She clearly has her quirks but that, to me, makes her that much more interesting.
            If you are ready to check out so soon, you are clearly the kind of person that simply cannot embrace change.
            If change is an affront to your intelligence, you are doomed to live your life being insulted by everything everywhere. The only true constant in the universe is change. Good luck with that.

          • carolgrover says:

            Joe – are you unable to express your opinion without denigrating other people? How does not liking a particular change become not liking change? And why would you generalize one observation to hundreds of people who may have nothing in common other than their dislike of a childish character in the role of an NCIS agent?

          • Go Jane says:

            I have not watched the show since she showed up I only watch reruns the show is not the same

          • Bellz says:

            So you have no liking what so ever for the rest of the cast? If you haven’t watched the show how do you know whether you’ll like it or not? Best to watch and judge for yourself. Its not the same because their is no more mossad kick-ass storyline. Its still a great show. And there is no smart-ass comments from Ziva and Tony is actually acting more like an adult.

          • BJG says:

            How can you say the show is not the same since you haven’t watched????

          • John NYC says:

            As you no longer watch the show you really have no idea whether “it’s not the same “.

            Actually though you’re right, it isn’t the same, it’s better than it has been in a number of seasons.

            Writers got woken up, new cast member arriving, old cast member leaving: don’t knwo why. But IMHO it’s definitely better.

          • yes, she's gone says:

            I can’t believe you actually said that, that has to be the craziest thing going. Do you suspect every woman, in any kind of position, that you don’t like of being someone’s main squeeze? You must be a very shallow person to feel that way. Did you get to where you are by being someone’s main squeeze?

            Rob, they don’t care for reality, they only care for what they want, and no insult is to petty or shallow for them not to use.

          • yes, she's gone says:

            Didn’t expect anything but nastiness from the ziva fans. No, we don’t want her back, the actress left of her own accord, no matter what spin you put on it, she’s gone and if we are very lucky she will never be back.

          • mfvandy says:

            Count me in too. I loved this show; never missed it. This character takes all the knowledge the others have and uses it while they are all left standing with no significant dialog. It doesn’t make sense. I didn’t like her at first but thought I must give her a chance. It got worse. Sorry, it doesn’t work. Glad there’s another one coming with people in it that I like. I’ll miss this original, but……

          • Totally agree. I gave her 2 episodes, after that I couldnt wathc anymore. This used to be a must see with my husband. Now I DVR it for him, I just cant watch it anymore.

          • Bill Frazier says:

            if she isn’t sleeping around.then the person who hired her has to be crazy. watched this show from beginning but now hate to watch it. I realize Ziva left on her own. I can handle a replacement. just not this replacement.. Hopefully in 12th season we will find out this was just a nightmare, we had

          • Richard says:

            Could you picture Bishop’s character in the episode where Ziva and Tony were in the container full of money and in a shoop out. Or in the forest where the Ranger had killer several women. No table to sit on.

          • Richard says:

            Let’s hope so.

          • Julia says:

            Right On Clare………….I only watch re-runs on USA

            r

          • That’s two sexy, female, leads that have left now. Whats wrong with this picture? We also liked Lauren Holly as director. Do these ladies refuse to give “head”, or what? Always loved the show, but, as always, with big business, when something ISN’T broke, fix it anyway. We’re simply tired of it.

          • jan says:

            The episodes BIshop are in are flat and difficult to get into. I really tried to like her and just couldn’t get there. I literally gag when BIshop shows up. Can’t stand her. I have reached the point where I won’t watch any episodes with her in it. I do still like the older NCIS episodes and watch them.

          • Steve Dakota says:

            I couldn’t agree more. BTW, FYI, on Netflix there are numerous crime drama series such as Spiral, aka Engrenages, from France, Luther from the UK, and Wallander from Sweden, to name but a few, that are far superior to NCIS and its ilk.

        • Maria Meltzer says:

          I agree…I hate the show with Bishop in it….and plan to stop watching it after last night’s episode. The characters have lost their strength….poor writing in my book. Not sure why or how Bishop landed the role…but she is destroying the show. I’m out until she leaves…or forever. Use to look forward to this show each week..was my favorite…not anymore. Blacklist is taking it’s place.

          • Kat says:

            I couldn’t agree with you more!!

          • yes, she's gone says:

            Well, most of us enjoy the show, and if you hate the show, you shouldn’t watch it.

          • Miltin Wedman says:

            Yep BLACKLIST is great !
            Bishop is a disgrace !
            Bye Bye NCIS – old show – old actors – old stories

          • Deemarie says:

            I totally agree. No more NCIS on Tuesday night for me between the story lines and the new character of Bishop–not sure which is worse. So sad, this has been my favorite number 1 show since the beginning. Now I will get my fill with USA reruns of NCIS. Ironically, tht is what I am watching now and there were a few episodes with an agent Barrett (one is on right now) I think zhe may have been a good fit for the vacancy. I just wish they would get rid if Bishop. We have quirky with Abby who I love–don’t need or want another.

          • yes, she's gone says:

            Couldn’t disagree with you more, best for you to take your fragile sensibilities and leave. You won’t be missed. I think EW is great in the role. I find her a breath of fresh air after the toxic smog we had to deal with the last couple of seasons with the z character.

            I’m amazes me that all the complaints you are directing at the Bishop character are the problems that were z’s as well. z took over the show, she was in every scene even if she didn’t have anything to do but pose. She was stronger, smarter and more whatever than the guys and made them look weak. At least Bishop doesn’t insult Tony, excepts responsibility for her mistakes and doesn’t try to pawn them off on everyone else, she hasn’t attacked any of her co-workers of pulled a gun on them, and she hasn’t even used the “daddy” card on Gibbs.

          • Bellz says:

            Well said.

          • Bellz says:

            Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone else’s inability to see your worth.

        • What an awful thing to say – a new young female has won a main part in a tv show so she must be shacking up with someone with power! Are you joking! We dont say that about young good looking men when they win leading parts! On that note as well she seems to be a pretty good actress, Ive seen a lot worse actresses than her on TV with main parts – just look at the CW’s leading ladies! This is still a good TV show, yeah I really loved Ziva, and I really loved Kate but both actresses WANTED to leave and the writers needed to find someone to fill that void, yeah be upset about it, you dont have to like the replacement straight away but dont go around saying the only way a woman can win a part is by sleeping with a producer, this is not the 1920’s!

          • CBWBDK1 says:

            You’re one to talk. Trying to defend bishop and bashing all the cw actresses at the same time. Most of them are much better than this bishop creature. She is terrible.

          • Rob says:

            Thanks for this post, Kate;I was beginning to think everyone took leave of common sense.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            Ah, kate, the comment is figurative not literal. Illustrative of the incoherence of her hire and character. Poetic license. Like, there’s got to be a reason! Get it?

            By the way do you know this Rob who annoyingly follows others’ posts and is compelled to write weird comments. He seems lonely and maybe the two of you should write to one another as you seem to agree and equally not get most of what people are saying.

          • Rob says:

            Must have missed your get off my lawn sign, Mike. Sorry my comments are confusing to you. I’ll try real hard to dumb them down.

          • Leonie says:

            I agree with you! the irritating thing is, the same thing was said when Cote de pablo came into the serie in season three. People didn’t like it that Kate died and left the serie and they began to bash Cote for it. Now it happens again. Weird part is that the viewers ratings hasn’t dropped all that much. They are still listed as the most watched series. So there’re a lot of people who say they don’t watch it anymore because of her, but still watch it… Come on guys lighten up!

            and then saying that she has to be someone ”Squeeze”? Where did that came from? She had to do audition for the part, with alot of other actresses just like Cote did and she got it for a reason other then she is someone’s squeeze.

            i thought i wouldn’t like anybody else after Ziva, but then i saw her charather in episode 9 and i hated my self a day, because i liked her! and i still do :) She’s doing great and with her new charater we have a lot of options for new storylines and relationships.

          • Joe L says:

            I agree with you. I didn’t like Ziva at first. She was rude, arrogant, over confident to the point that she was incoherent within the team. But she was interesting. Rather than give up on the show, I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
            I didn’t like her at all through the first season she was on. After that, the character changed. She became a huge part of the team. Sometimes too much but whatever.
            I am confident that Bishop will also grow to be a more coherent part of the team. Toni needs to grow up a little more. His immaturity is my big problem.

        • wow says:

          Wow. I thought TVLine was supposed to be “talk smart about TV”. How is this comment still up? What an awful thing to say about an actress and a producer!

          • Mike Hammer says:

            See above and take a xanax

          • wow says:

            I did see above, thank you for drawing my attention to it though.

            Saying it’s “poetic license” doesn’t make it less awful. When you use such hyperbolic sexism (which you’re trying to hide behind “poetic license”) to denigrate a woman, you should expect that other women are going to call you out on it.

          • wow says:

            I meant to say “sexist hyperbole” but the rest of the comment stands.

          • flootzavut says:

            I do find it interesting/amusing that Mike Hammer whined so when characterised as crazy, but when someone calls him out on sexism and misogyny, his response is “take a Xanax”… I think that pretty much tells me everything I need to know about Mr Hammer.

          • Rob says:

            He also thinks Mark Harmon is posting here.

          • flootzavut says:

            Yes, I noticed that – pretty hilarious! Bwahahaha

        • yes, she's gone says:

          You have got to be kidding, that is probably one of the dumbest things to come out of your mouth in this entire column, and reading down you have stated some pretty dumb things.

        • Rob says:

          Mike, obvious you’re not a Harmon fan, but you have your facts wrong. First off, Harmon isn’t what I’d call liberal, especially not as Hollywood defines liberal. Second off, the Bellisario issue was very highly covered. The cast was getting scripts so late they couldn’t prepare. Harmon himself admitted in an interview he’d work, go home, make breakfast for his kids, and then need to be back to work. Nobody should be working those hours. They lost Sasha Alexander because of those hours. They stood to lose more cast members. Third off, Harmon was already a name, albeit not a household name, when he started on NCIS. Bellisario didn’t make him. His parents made him, and Harmon made his own career through hard work. He had a long, distinguished TV career, most recently before-hand several seasons on the critically acclaimed med drama Chicago Hope.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            Thank you, Mr. Harmon— but you really do not need an alias. But as I factually pointed out, Don made you “rich and famous” as we all know. Posting as that clown Rob is simply beneath you.

          • Rob says:

            You have no idea how funny that is, Mike. No, Harmon’s grayer, darker blue eyed, and a little thinner than I am, though I’m a few inches taller. But we’re neighbors in this crazy town, and I like and respect him wholly.

          • Bellz says:

            Don’t be so bloody stupid. Mark Harmon is not Mike Hammer. MH doesn’t do things like that. Grow up. Its true, the falling out happened because Bellisario gave them their scripts on the day they were to shoot them. Mark Harmon has earned every bit of fame and money he has, and for long after they split up. Not to mention his fame and fortune before that in other movies and television shows.

          • Rob says:

            One can trace Mark’s success to the UCLA QB days. Their season with him as QB when they beat Nebraska was legendary.

          • Rob says:

            I should add, too, that I like Harmon despite him being more conservative than me. Him and much of the world ; -)

        • Rob says:

          Mike, I think Fox News is missing you right now.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            You poor kid. You must spend your whole day playing “can you top this” with the comments of your betters. Above all, who asked you?

            Try giving an independent thought of your own. “Opinion” is just that opinion. Try having an opinion all of your own once a decade rather than attacking the thoughts of others.

          • Rob says:

            Kid? Jeeze thats the best laugh I’ve had all day. I have a lot of opinions, Mike ; -) They’re just counter to your sexist casting couch jibes.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            FUNNY. I have posted on this site twice and yet both times you feel compelled to not only comment but use the same lame line about FOX News. Don’t you have any fresh material? Don’t you have any imagination? Just the same old tired line.

          • Rob says:

            Yep , but those creative energies are channeled to work, not play ;-)

          • flootzavut says:

            Nah, I think Mike would be run off of Fox for being too barking mad…

        • Rob says:

          Hammer, could you be more sexist? Do you think Weatherly is the “squeeze” of one of the producers too? DIetzen?

          • John 1138 says:

            Brian I could totally get.

            Have you SEEN him shirtless? Makes that guy who plays Arrow look like a ‘Before ” picture in one if those gym ads.

            Lol

          • Rob says:

            Dietzen and Weatherly come wife approved. Though I recognize those abs come with a lot of gym work. Me, I’m just in it for the stories.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            No, but perhaps a “squeeze” of yours in your own mind?

          • Rob says:

            Nah, very happily married to the goddess of my dreams. Who isn’t blonde at all. However, if you want me to objectify a blonde, Christie Brinkley is looking mighty fine these days.

        • barley says:

          The scripting has become so over the top stereotypical that I am seriously considering checking out. It just no longer has the wit, the clean edge or the mystery tension that made me a fan. Now it is just two demential characters chasing the terrorist of the month….or the long dragged out season. Yawn.

          • BJG says:

            And that’s exactly how I felt with The Tiva. Every episode we knew that there would be a forced Tiva moment. But many of us hung in there because we love our show and thankfully we’ve been rewarded. I LOVE S11 – it’s a new beginning.

        • Caroline D. says:

          I too am concerned TPTB have pretty much checked out of NCIS and are focusing on the new spinoff. Harmon is aging and may be looking for less grueling involvement. Ive recently noticed too that Weatherly is increasing his presence elsewhere too. Such as the recent appearance on Hollywood Game Night and that incredibly offensive appearance as Jesus with Sarah Silverman. He’s been pretty low-key for years outside of NCIS media appearances. Sure he did an ep of The Closer but he’s largely been out-of-sight when not on NCIS business. Me thinks he’s increasing his exposure gearing up for not being on NCIS either because he leaves or because he knows it’s about over.

          • Bellz says:

            Rubbish. Michael has been away overseas with his wife, daughter and new son Liam. Mark is only early 60’s and he maybe doing a few things to get NOLA off the ground. The whole team has likely taken a back seat to allow Bishop to be introduced. Michael has recently been in New York and late last year he appeared on the Arsenio Hall television show last November as did Mark Harmon before him. Just last month Michael went on the Hollywood Game night. In late January he appeared at the Grammy Awards. He was a presenter at the People’s Choice Awards early January. You are behind with info.

          • Rob says:

            I was at the Grammy Awards. I did not see Michael Weatherly there, though I did say a quick hello to Pauley, and LL was there, too. Are you sure he was there?

          • Rob says:

            Michael and Pauley have been shouldering a lot more of the promotional load. They’re good interviews, and alot more relaxed in interview settings than Harmon, who is more reserved.

          • Caroline D. says:

            Bellz — , Michael was a presenter on the People’s Choice awards not the Grammy’s but I’m counting that among his recent appearances. I don’t count the talk show circuit because that is NCIS PR media related. I’m talking only about his profile totally unrelated to NCIS.pr/media. If you read my original reply, you’ll see I mentioned the Hollywood Game Night. I’m sorry you’re so offended by my take on things. I’m invested in these characters. I don’t want NCIS to go away. I wanted to like Bishop because I don’t want Cote back. I could never wrap my head around tiva, how Tony was expected to pine after her when she treated him so badly time after time. But imo, it’s just not working and they’ve gone about it all wrong by not introducing Bishop slowly, letting us get used to her and growing her like other Probies, like McGee when he came on. Instead they’ve crammed her in so much screen time that I feel like she’s been forced down my throat and the writers have chosen to throw our veterans out of character to boot. And they’ve made her some sort of indispensable to the point where the other members seem irrelevant. She grasped all of Ducky’s knowledge over a bit of light weekend reading? Come on! I’m sorry but I don’t have a good feeling about the future of the series. Truthfully I’d be happier with them dumping Glasberg than EW because I think he’s the larger problem.

          • carolgrover says:

            At risk of enraging Tony lovers but knowing Caroline is always honest andd never rude, does anyone think Tony is getting a wee bitt fat???

          • Bellz says:

            I would have to say middle age spread, a good cook for a wife, and likely not always having the opportunity to eat healthy during filming episodes, but does it matter?

          • BJ says:

            Nope! Michael’s weight has always fluctuated a bit. He’s still one drop-dead gorgeous man!

        • Erin says:

          I agree with Mike Hammer. While I really don’t dislike the Ellie Bishop character, there are other characters who I care about a lot more and they have been turned into background noise so that Gibbs can continue to be “the man” and we can have the weekly scene with Ellie surrounded by her papers, receiving divine insight to solve all the problems. Meanwhile,Tony is reduced to taking bubble baths. He’s by far my favorite and along with Ducky, the most interesting character and actor, and he’s just used for the light moments and comedy. It’s gone from being the Gibbs and Ziva hour to the Gibbs and Ellie hour.

          • Caroline D. says:

            I couldn’t agree more. DiNozzo is by far my favorite character too and I thought once Cote was gone and I didn’t have to see the forced tiva that it was going to be great. But instead of having Ziva front and center, now we have Bishop front and center. I just want a truly team/family dynamic back where everyone is relevant and competent and there is some plot, some humor (non-juvenile), and some character interraction. It really doesn’t sound like too much to ask. They had it in the early years. I still feel like Jesse Stern could right this ship.

          • BJG says:

            Is it possible that with the birth of his son he’s taken on a lighter schedule?? Also since the intoductory arc for Bishop is now complete I’m going to assume that we’ll get back to stories on the rest of the team.

          • Bellz says:

            Jesse Stern left NCIS a couple of seasons ago. The character is new, so what if its not the same as it use to be. Life changes. Work staff change. It would be unrealistic for Bishop to instantly fall into place with all the characters. She is married and isn’t really free to go about kissing and hugging total strangers.

          • carolgrover says:

            Caroline – who is Jesse Stern please?

          • Bellz says:

            Jesse Stern was an NCIS writer from season 2 till season 8.

        • as524 says:

          betting you really have never watched the show to claim that MH only speaking a few lines per ep is a new thing & due to Bishop

        • Wanda Bankson says:

          I love NCIS but now it is a big disappointment.

        • GabF says:

          Mark Harmon has left the building and is currently on a one-way plane trip to New Orleans.

        • louise50 says:

          I totally agree with your comment! Couldn’t have said it better!

        • flootzavut says:

          Spot the misogynist pig, everyone!

          I see Mike also loves his jingoism, too. Heaven forbid anyone should ever call out America’s egregious bits of foreign policy, eh?

        • I could not agree more….the show is steadily going down hill….don’t like Bishop at all, and if they do keep her, for Heaven’s sake, please lighten her eyebrows or darken her hair….the blaring contrast gives a bad first impression and keeps me from liking her character….

        • leia says:

          What total BS.

        • leia says:

          In that christmas episode, Faith, the pastor father had nothing to do with the murder of his son, he’d tried to scare his son out of his conversion but not kill him. You’re comments are just vile Mike Hammer. I find it hard to believe that you actually still watch the show with all the hate you have in your heart for these people. NCIS is about as patriotic as TV gets. These are the most sane people I’ve seen in the Hollywood scene, they’re not lefty loons, in fact except for Pauly I have no idea what their political motivations are, if any. That’s the way it should be. They produce a show for families to watch not sex obsessed idiots. Go read some fan fiction if you want to read about hookups etc.

        • DCC says:

          I agree completely, Mike.

        • Dean says:

          Are you sexist or just plain stupid.

        • Hattie says:

          Amen to everything you said. The writers’ primary goal for most of this season has been to prop up Bishop’s character. They are desperate for fans to like her, after Ziva’s botched departure. Their attempts to get me to like Bishop (focusing story on her, making her a smarty pants) is making me not only dislike her, but worse, it is making me dislike the show as a whole. It’s so frustrating seeing characters I love / am invested in reduced to sidekicks in favor of a newbie I could care less about. Stop shoving Bishop down our throats already! NCIS needs to right this wrong, or this loyal viewer will be tuning out for good.

          • yes, she's gone says:

            Then it’s time for you to go. You won’t be missed, more viewers have returned because they aren’t being force fed z and tiva. z’s departure was due to cote and no one else. The best thing that could happen to NCIS now is they kill z off, way of camera. They can get a call from the latest man she’s sleeping with and he can tell them she’s dead, most of us viewers will throw a party.

          • carolgrover says:

            Yes she’s gone but you’re still here, still making rude remarks, still displaying intolerance. Is there a point to yorur comments other than you want everyone who disagrees with you to go away??? Well, everyone has now heard your opinion. No need to hang around unless you can contribute something of value to enlighten us.

        • Toni Wyatt says:

          I couldn’t agree more. She has ruined the show and it’s dynamics. I don’t watch it any more with her on. She just plain sucks.

        • Pat says:

          I agree she is not believeable

        • gigi says:

          To mike hammer. wow! I agree with everything you said. My response is late but heartfelt. The new girl is boring and everyone else has lost their edge. I think I’ m done

        • Rodney says:

          The reason for keeping the Bishop does not matter unless she added to the show. To my wife and myself she does not! In fact, the show is not the same. My wife has already stated she is through. As for my, I am watching Bulletproof and now that Biship is an agent I through. I watched through all the shows to give the show and the Bishop charactor a chance. Chance over as Gibbs is not Gibbs, Tonys not Tony, Tim’s not Tim and the NCIS show is not the same. And the show is not as patriotic. I will not be watching the new spin off as I did NCIS Los Angles. As a point we have all the seasons on disk.

        • Linda Minnier says:

          I am of the same opinion. I cannot believe how this young, (looks like a teen) girl came in and took over. She interrogates, when the older agents dont… gibbs lets her take over and he bows to her. It is against his character…He has never allowed anyone to become so important, above all others…like her work/thoughts are all that matter, while all others, including gibbs is her supporting cast… He needs to take back control…I do not even enjoy the show ; it angers me..It was one of my favorite shows due to the way gibbs handled things, now he has given up his power to this young chippie… even McGee and dinozio play second fiddle to her. Its ridiculous and the show has lost its appeal to me… If a show is not believeable, it wont make it…and this addition is so unbelieveable… a girl.. she could have no life experience.. and yet she is praised and consulted at every point. why? what is happening??? it cant be as simple as she is sleeping with someone.. I think mark harmon has lost interest and has given up…. very sad…wake up people, you are losing your fans and audience… imagine some young chickie telling gibbs whats what. …

          • mary brook says:

            Can not agree more. Watched for 10 years. Have all the DVD’s. I was a very devoted fan, but the show now is the pits. It is totally wrapped around the unbelievable Bishop character with everyone orbiting her while she sits on the floor. Very unprofessional. It is very bad when you start wanting the bad guy to win.

        • Paige says:

          Couldn’t agree more…worded my thoughts perfectly.

        • Luci Garvin says:

          so sorry was not on line for feb. bash…thank you mike hammer- could not say any better…this bishop really has to go.. hopefully it is just the part and she isn’t really (?) this person…..question…when did harmon began holding chair for females…first I ever saw last night…gibbs has always been a good character, but as with McGee/tony parts, his has gone astray..come on writers & directors…is this all we are going to have from now on????? Luci Garvin

          • Linda Minnier says:

            The insider showcased NCIS 250th show, Gibbs was standing tight up against bishop thanking the fans…why is she so prominently featured? She should take backseat till she proves. is treated like she has been there for 10yrs..rather than a few months… no one has ever been treated so well by gibbs…he allows her free reign…trusts her right off the bat… something is different about this girl and the way she came in and took over…hate to think its as simple as she is someone’s squeeze…that is so cliché…I just hope mark harmon has not jumped the shark….Also, a question: what is this NOLA I have read about? Lastly, on another subject, why were all the network shows reruns during the Olympics? Not everyone wanted to watch them, I did not…I am sure many millions of others did not either.. Networks: wake up… just because there is some sporting event, pls don’t show us reruns…

          • Bellz says:

            Reruns were shown in every country because it affects the ratings to much. NCIS:NOLA is a new spin off from NCIS which i think airs in September or October. It is set in new Orleans. Emily Wickersham (Bishop) is no ones squeeze. Mark Harmon treats everyone well and makes them feel welcome. She is their new character and they accept her and like what she does. Many are happy she is there. I am. The stories are not as intense but they all are still winners. Ratings haven’t changed too much.

          • Linda Minnier says:

            If you are referring to Mark Harmon welcoming everyone and being kind , I agree..I was talking about Gibbs…he has never been warm or welcoming and even can be called rude if and until the newcomer or outsider proves him or herself as trustworthy and capable.. Do you recall how he treated the “other” team a few seasons back? It also took him quite a while to warm up to kate, ziva, McGee, everyone… that is my point. he welcomed and trusted this bishop from day one…we still don’t know if she can cut it but he treats her as if she has been on his team forever…. and McGee, dinozo take a back seat.. its just not gibbs way and it feels wrong…out of character…that’s all..

          • Bellz says:

            Bishop is an ‘officer worker’ so to speak, when she joined. There is nothing really to mistrust. She is an agent second. I have seen Gibbs get annoyed with her, its not all acceptance.

          • BJG says:

            If you recall both Gibbs and Ducky have said that Gibbs took to Ziva quicker than anyone and Gibbs response has always been – she earned my trust. Gibbs trusted Ziva from day one when he accepted her on his team. He just “acted” that he didn’t.

        • holly says:

          I do not like the new probie, Bishop. There is no spark and no cohesiveness in team anymore. It is routine. We miss the interplay between the teammates and the emotions, the feeling of family, and the sense of loyalty to each other in the team.
          She might be ok somewhere else in NCIS, maybe in L.A.
          I really want Ziva back.

        • Ellen says:

          This I agree……a “squeeze” of a producer hits the mark. Unbelievable character role.
          Maybe Harmon is busy getting yet another NCIS franchise off the increasingly pedestrian ground, but I still think Wickersham is the “squeeze” of one of the producers as otherwise it is an inconceivable hire and a preposterous character.

        • Cheryl says:

          I agree!

        • Ted Snotherly says:

          I absolutely agree with you, Harmon and Glasberg both are trying to wear too many hats these days. They’ve spent way too much time focused on their pet project NCIS:NO this spring and NCIS has suffered as a result. If Harmon is gonna focus more on producing than acting, move upstairs as assistant director and take Bishop with him as analytical aide to Vance. Then move DiNozzo as team leader and that opens up room for two new field agents. I’m all for Meg Steedle ( ep.The Admiral’s Daughter) and a male probie with a different ethnic background. The show needs more diversity and spark. Ziva gave the show that for 8 years, but that quality was sadly lacking in season 11.

        • jo delorenzi says:

          The show is losing me .I have watched every show until now. Someone is totally off the grid. Writers, Zivza’s Replacement, They have made the new girl leading the show.
          Wrong. I will no longer watch the show. It is boring and poorly written.

        • mixhelle kelley says:

          No I don’t think that’s the reason she was hired she can’t act in this show she don’t fit in.

      • Lyn Foley says:

        Maybe so but he has blown it on this one. I am more than STUNNED at the poll results. They must be tampered with – they have to be. Anyone who has watched NCIS for the past 8 years would never approve of what has happened this season. I have read so many negatives on this season and Bishop. WHO are these people who like her and approve of what’s been done to this once wonderful show? I just don’t get it. Maybe it will take another season to lose viewers but it lost me and a lots of other people I know. Just read Facebook and other posts. Give me a break. The characters and dynamic have all changed and not for the better. I will only watch the reruns now. It is so sad what has become of this sinking ship called the NCIS.

        • Ing says:

          *waves hi* yep, I’m one of those people who have watched since the beginning and I like Bishop. We do exist. She brings something new to a stale feeling show. Is her character a perfect fit, no, not yet. Do I miss Ziva? Absolutely. But I like her. And many others do too. Look at the ratings. They don’t seem to be suffering and those are not tampered with. I don’t think these polls are either. If you jump ship, go ahead. I won’t stop you from your opinion. But obviously we don’t all feel the show is sinking.

        • yes, she's gone says:

          Of course they have to be tampered with, you don’t agree with them so they can’t be correct. Well, guess what, there are many of us that like her, just look at the ratings, but then again they don’t agree with you either so they must be tampered with as well, right?

        • Amanda Lewis says:

          Wow, seriously? I’ve watched NCIS since it started on JAG. Never missed one episode and am reasonable enough to realize that every show will have changes. I enjoy Bishop, like I enjoyed Kate like I enjoyed Ziva. I do wish when they post stories on TV Line about NCIS they would do one thing and that is to close the comment section. The crazies come running and post stupid comments like the new actress is someone’s “squeeze”. As a woman, I find this comment offensive on so many levels, but it’s comments like this that show the very small er-let’s say “minds” of the poster–totally tool. Very simply, don’t like it don’t watch it. There are plenty of others, like myself, who do like it and will watch it. It’s only a small little group who run in and say how awful it is or the show is “sinking”. Did I mention it’s a sad little group?

          • Rob says:

            As a father and a husband who has spent decades in this crazy town, Amanda Lewis, I’m with you. The casting couch is alive and well; many an acquaintance and a couple of friends have been victimized by men in power. The very idea that an attractive young actress sleeps or dates her way into a role is what keeps this town so god damn sexist.

          • Mike Hammer says:

            How nice that you support censorship. Of course, anyone who disagrees with you is one of the “crazies”. I find that offensive,
            This will come as a shock, but the entire point to this site is to comment— to give one’s opinion.

            Apparently you suffer from reading comprehension problems as anyone who can read will note that the vast majority of the over 200 opinions is that NCIS IS “sinking”.

            The only “sad little group” around here are those who can not deal with reality, Amanda.

          • Bellz says:

            200 comments…out of 18 million who still watch…Piffle…

          • Rob says:

            The group that cannot accept that NCIS is doing very well in the ratings and the main demographic data? In other words, the show is doing fine with the majority of the TV viewers.

          • Bellz says:

            Exactly. We have a few that can’t accept the change. Their beloved Ziva is no longer there, so any new comer will never be accepted. No matter what. Cote turned her back on the cast at the last minute. She may or may not return in the future. 19 million are happier enough to watch. Even if 1 million of them drop off, so what.

          • Amanda Lewis says:

            Well sorry, Mikey, did I strike a nerve? Or just hurt your itty bitty feelings? I said close the comment section for one reason, the fans of NCIS who actually come here to discuss the show aren’t allowed that pleasure because the minute the story breaks the loons descend and try to out shout any normal discussion, because, God forbid it doesn’t follow their deranged conclusions. Censorship? Please, the only censorship I see is you and your follow up comments attempting to stop other people’s OPINIONS,who are objecting to your misogynistic comments about women. There are now over 300 opinions on here, guess what? I’m not seeing “a vast majority of the over 200 opinions” that NCIS is sinking. Guess math skills aren’t included in you oh so superior intellect. Your comment was offensive, tough that you don’t like being chastised, I find you rude as well. I suggest you reread all your comments posted here, Mikey and check your own reality meter, you obviously aren’t dealing with reality at all–you honestly think Mark Harmon would come and post here under a fake name? That’s a real good grasp on reality you have there….that is one eye roll inducing statement if I’ve ever seen one.

          • flootzavut says:

            I love how Mike thinks that a few rabid anti-Bishop fans posting on here is a more reliable indicator of how the show is doing than 18-19 million regular watchers in the US. That’s precious! For him to then get all uppity about being dismissed as crazy is every better.

          • croaker says:

            Not such a small group nd getting bigger every episode. I liked the episode where she was an analyst. I thought they had found a good replacement. But every episode since I hav come to dislike the character more and more. I no longer watch the show.

          • carolgrover says:

            Seems to be a pretty large group since this poll indicates only 55% of respondents like her and want her to stay. Also the Nielsen’s show audiences in the very low 17 mills. That is about a 20% drop.

          • Bellz says:

            Thus still having 17 million plus who do want her there. Most episodes over the whole weekly rating is still around 20 million.

          • BJG says:

            And why did the BIG TIVA episode Berlin only have 17.33 million viewers??????

          • carolgrover says:

            Yes, Amanda, we are sad that our favorite show is poorly written, poorly directed with bad story arcs and even worse character development when characters have been the show’s strength. But, if you are sad and you sit back and whine to your partner without trying to do anything about it you would be pathetic. I admire those who express their opinions here despite the fact that there are some very unpleasant people just waitingto attack them for having the gall to post a contrary opinion. I think they are giants.

          • BJ says:

            I think the petulance, rudeness,and abusive behavior toward the cast and crew by a segment of the Cote fans since July has been outrageous. When even the media calls segments of the NCIS fandom out, its gone way overboard (and that was months ago). Just the other day, someone threatened on Twitter to “hunt” the producers down if they don’t get Cote back “or else.” It is astounding to me that these extremists (not speaking of all Cote fans, just these very loud, very aggressive bad apples) think they’re doing anything positive for Cote, her career, or the chances of Cote and NCIS reuniting. In the face of this (and the dead stinking fish sent to the studios) in the producers’ shoes, I’d be killing the character off, off screen. Time is money and poor interns, legal, etc, are having to deal with this stuff.

          • Dj says:

            I agree and I’ve seen this a lot. The hate the show gets from Tiva/Ziva fans for her leaving is uncalled for. I could understand if the show did her wrong, but everything that happen and her leaving was her decision. It takes a really delusional segment of fans to blame the show for Cote departure and then demand that the show bring her back.

        • Rob says:

          Because the poll results don’t agree with you point of view, they must be tampered with? Can I have a mai tai on your cruise of delusion please? What’s the entertainment? Dancing monkeys?

        • NoChance says:

          I’ve watched the show since it was introduced on “JAG” and I very much approve of Season 11. I like Bishop and I like the job that Emily Wickersham is doing at portraying her.

        • Pete says:

          You give yourself away in your comment about watching for the past ‘8’ years.
          Many of those of us that have been watching for the past 10+ years are grateful for the change from Ziva, and her unpleasant behavior toward her chosen ‘family’ and thoroughly enjoying the way season 11 has been going – and some of us even like Bishop too.
          I am baffled why you should be ‘stunned’ at the results, people are slow to praise and quick to complain; unhappy people take the time to write complaints, happy people merely click ‘like’ on an online poll and then laugh at all the complainers…

        • flootzavut says:

          *laughs* so because the poll doesn’t agree with your point of view, it must have been tampered with? Bwahahaha. Ginger, get the popcorn!

          • Lyn Foley says:

            Yeah I think it flat out stinks this season. And the MAJORITY of people I talk to feel the same way. But check out the posts on ALL social media………..THAT’S what I am saying okay? The polls definitely don’t reflect what most comments state. So I guess you’re saying only people who LIKE Bishop don’t post – just the ones that DON’T, right?

          • tejasjulia says:

            People with something negative to say on any topic will be more likely to comment than those with something positive to say. People will speak out when they want something to change much more than when they’re happy with what they have. This is basic human nature.

        • leia says:

          Are you kidding?

        • Miltin Wedman says:

          LYN FOLEY – Perfect post. Season 11 IS the worst. I agree with you to. I can not even recognize the characters anymore. Tell me, is GIBBS infatuated with Bishop because all he does is smile at her – Smile -Gibbs – yep. Bishop adds nothing to the show and I find a miss Jimmy an Ducky and Abby. Bishop is the genius of the hour with her back up comic act McDozzo. I willonly watch when she is gone. And gone soon I hope. Glsbert can not right a character to save his soul. Remember ej ?

        • Greg says:

          Actually, I voted in the poll. No one hyper-extended my arm to vote FOR the Bishop character. I did so on my own volition. Any character requires time to be developed. I hated Ziva’s “bandanna” in Cote’s first episode. When Kate was “eliminated” from the cast I could not picture anyone replacing her. In point of fact, I didn’t want anyone to replace her. That’s probably why I don’t write for television programs. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, perhaps we should rely more upon the facts when it comes to judging how the number one show on the planet should be scripted?

    • Mike says:

      I agree with everything you said, great points!!! . Also, Ziva’s first episodes where Ziva heavy, when you have an established team and need to fold a new character in you need to introduce them, the focus will shift. Also, with an unplanned exit of Ziva they had to develop Bishop quickly, because there was a huge hole in chemistry, the show always had a strong female in the mix and need a quick replacement for future chemistry.

      • SandraM says:

        I’m still waiting for the strong female that’s now missing from the cast.

        • Rob says:

          Me too. It has been a very long time since Kate.

          • Jaramukhti says:

            Here here. Kate at least did her job without having to throw an injured team member to the ground and point a gun at him. That is one thing I’ll always remember about Ziva — her strength was often used in the WRONG ways, with little consequences for those actions. I think I’ve heard Bishop admit her mistakes in 6 episodes almost as much as Ziva in 8 seasons. That’s pretty damn telling.

          • tejasjulia says:

            That wasn’t a strength in Ziva, that was a major, critical weakness. So glad she’s history.

          • Caroline D. says:

            God I miss Kate too. She was strong in a real and believable way and she could tease and give as good as she got without being downright mean and belittling. And to respond to Jaramukhti who also responded, No kidding! Why can no one else see that? As I saw another poster point out on another board, not just pointing a gun at him, she also didn’t demand a teammate’s removal from the team or leave him without backup by turning off his lifeline in the form of the radio, or have a team party and purposefully leave out one person while grinning smugly when he found out and was hurt, or refer to her teammates as dead weight … The list goes on and on. Ziva was not a team player and acted like she thought she was better than everyone else. Kate understood and accepted that everyone had different strengths and weaknesses.

      • Rob says:

        Ziva did everything, even saved Ducky in the episode with the Civil War reenactors.

    • Ede Kline says:

      I did not hate to see Kate leave; I didn’t dislike her just never warmed up to her. On the other hand I actually cried when I read Ziva was leaving. I DO NOT like Bishop (Emily) as a matter of fact she will be the cause of my not watching new shows and having to be satisfied with reruns. Although I was not a fan of Kate (and I don’t watch her new series either) but I would even settle for her over Emily. I AM DISAPPOINTED, NOW YOU MAKE HER A REGULAR.

      • Chaya says:

        Agree. I never liked Kate either – she was nasty in her jokes about Tony instead of teasing. The real problem with Rain Girl is that she’s really not one. She’s just copying the acting style of the lead from “the bridge,” so much so that I can barely tell them apart. But in the bridge, the character’s mental problems are a big part of the plot line and not just wooden acting.

        • mic says:

          chaya–love your name–finally someone sees what i did in the difference between kate & ziva==kate did was always knocking tony always–the only time she was decent was when he was sick from inhaling thr anthrax–tonys jaw dropped the moment ziva walked into the bullpen her first time–in fact she asked him about kate–if she was attractive so what was tonys answer she was but not to me—he was scared of ziva yes in the first few epi–that didnt last long however & he just started to like her as the rest of the team did & then they came to love ziva all of them especially tony –although he was involved with other women at times–jeanne for one –he still couldnt stand it if ziva was involved with anyone–& he loved jeanne it was he couldnt have her or be with her –mainly gibbs rule & they both knew that & respected gibbs too muchbut gibbs knew that tony was in love with her – berlin was a clue————————mic

          • Caroline D. says:

            I realize we all read different things into characters but I can’t see this at all. I didn’t see Kate’s teasing as mean spirited. I saw it more as sisterly. I have a brother. That’s what we did as kids too. But say she did tease in a bad way. Still doesn’t compare to the crap Ziva threw at him. Kate never hurt Tony but Ziva was just awful to Tony time and again. Ziva’s the one who had a dinner party and invited everyone but Tony and then smirked about it when he found out. Ziva’s the one who asked for his removal from the team, and we all know the team are his family. She knew it too. Kate would never have done that. Ziva’s the one who pointed a gun at him and knocked him to the ground. Ziva’s the one who tells him “One can only stand your voice so long” so she and McGee turned their radio off leaving Tony without backup and possibly putting his life in jeopardy. Kate would never have done that. Ziva’s the one who referred to him as “dead weight”. Examples go on and on. Ziva’s the one who rejected Tony in every way possible, preferring to keep stringing him along with smirks and constantly taunting him with ‘Are you Jealous?”, sleeping with Adam when Tony had so clearly indicated his feelings, Ziva’s the one who secretly kept him out of her hunt while including McGee even though she knew it would hurt him and that he would want to help. Kate showed more appreciation for Tony’s abilities. Ziva threw her superiority at him. Kate teased. Ziva hurt and belittled. And her leaving him after he laid his heart out to her? Totally in character.

            No, evidence suggests between the 2, Kate was far better to Tony. And she was a far better person too.

            And while I’m not a Bishop fan, evidence suggests despite her shortcomings, she would never be purposefully mean and hurtful either.

    • Ede Kline says:

      BS! Simply cannot tolerate her. Don’t even watch the show anymore and I thought I was a forever fan!

      • Rob says:

        The fickle finger of fandom.

      • cubickt says:

        I’m with you. no magic. she’s a dud.

      • as524 says:

        shrug…it appears the fans who only watched because ziva was a favorite are turning away…

        kind of funny since those fans who didn’t like ziva used to be told to deal with it

        • cubickt says:

          but those who hated ziva stuck around for 8 years and posted relentlessly about her. Still are fighting Ziva even after she quit the show.

          • as524 says:

            Really, Lucy, another new name?

            Funny it’s yet again the ziva brigade here acting like she’s the only one who can ‘save a show’ that ratings prove does not need saving….

            The cast itself look more energized this season than they have in a few as well….

          • Alyson says:

            And your point? Just means you’re the new hater group (2.0 hater version), but now it’s okay to be a hater since you and your like-minded posters are the ones doing the hating.

    • Pamela Moore says:

      First class writing and the cast is the best on television. Ellie Bishop may grow on us, but she is definitely not Ziva who was outstanding. Wish she hadn’t wanted to leave the series. There is a gap now. I am ready for Gibbs to have a romantic interest.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way. I enjoy the Bishop character. I like the way she keeps Gibbs hoppin’! In real life, things change, and if NCIS is to masquerade as “real life” (albeit fiction-based), then we need to roll with the changes and move right along with them. I didn’t like it when Kate was killed; I hated it when Jenny died; but in real life, stuff happens. At least this time the reason for the new Probie wasn’t the death of one we cared about. I’m more than happy to give Bishop a chance to drive the rest of the team crazy!

      • flootzavut says:

        Judging by the ratings and the non extreme POVs, I’d say most people felt this way. Sad to see Cote leave, respectful of her decision, and interested to see how Bishop will fit in.

        I was curious, given all the wailing about the poll being fixed (which seems unlikely, IMO) so when the page reloaded after a comment, I tried voting again. “We have already counted your vote” – seems legit to me.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          (If someone was somehow tampering with Poll #1 above, it’s highly unlikely that the Poll #2 numbers would be synching up i.e. 62% KEEP = 61% LIKE HER.)

          • flootzavut says:

            Absolutely, Matt – believe me, I think the “this poll doesn’t tally with my views so it must be fixed” crowd are totally ridiculous. Often the same people keep saying the ratings must be fixed, because “everyone I know” stopped watching. The extreme nonsensical ‘fans’ are making me embarrassed to say I’m part of the NCIS fandom :-/

    • I think most of us hated it when Kate got killed off. When Ziva left it was like we had lost part of the family. Now as for Ellie Bishop,I didn’t get that warm and fuzzy feeling when I first saw her. I thought she was a scattered brained blond. But, the more I see her and find out about her background it is becoming clearer as to what her mission might be. Remember, she is new to the team and has not had a chance to become comfortable in her role and/or mesh with the team. She has been under a lot of pressure (working for 2 agencies, at the same time), because she does not know if the team likes her or want her on the team. Therefore, she is very uncomfortable, just as we were when we went into a new job. Also, the junior person in an office/team always is the pickon person, to see how they handle a situation. Let’s give her a chance to develop in her role and see where she takes it, we might be surprised.

    • flootzavut says:

      It’s nice to see some sanity, David – thanks!

    • I agree with you on keeping her. At first I wasn’t sure but after the last two episodes I am getting to really like her.I think she’ll do great. I am a true N.C.I.S.fan from the very beginning and one thing I have realized is not to give someone a chance. She has her own style and that is why I believe Mark Harmon and the writers made a very good choice. She seems to fit in with the family and so far I believe is doing a great Job.

    • shan says:

      I wish ziva come back the only I love that is because she and fight with kate it was fun but that new girl hmm

    • Rae says:

      The writing is awful, Gibbs made a bad call and he knew it and then she is offered a job?

    • julie smith says:

      WE NEED ZIVA BACK THE SHOW HAS WENT DOWN TONY AND MCGEE ACT IKE THEY DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO IMISS DUCKY PARTNER TO

      • Caroline D. says:

        It’s so hilarious that everyone is so loyal to Ziva when she wasn’t loyal to you, her fans, the show or her cast mates. She is free to walk away but the way in which she went about it shows a tremendous lack of class, respect and gratitude for her fans, her fellow actors and the show which made her. She does not deserve your loyalty. Move on.

        • Caroline D. says:

          Sorry meant Cote, not Ziva.

        • carolgrover says:

          And how do you knowwhat happened??? Networks have all the power. If they allowed a contract negotiation to become a crisis then someone was not doing their job. End of story.

          • Bellz says:

            The reasons were this:
            Cote wanted a 1 year contract and CBS don’t do 1 year contracts. It caused problems in the past with pay demands from actors so they stopped doing it.
            Cote wanted less screen time.
            Cote’s parents were pressuring her to get married and start a family.
            Her fiance Diego got a job in New York so she had to make a choice to go or stay. 1 year travelling back and forth was likely easier to deal with.
            Michael Weatherly said in a television interview that Cote appeared to need time to work out ‘what she wanted in life.’
            Michael also indicted that she may have had ‘burn out.’
            Actresses are entitled to a life just the same as eveyone else. It was unfortunate it was a last minute decision, likey a catch 22 senario of damned if you do or damed if you don’t.
            Cote didn’t want to leave at that point. Asking for a 1 year contract may have been an indication anyway.
            Cote has indicated in her past interviews over time that she wanted to try other things.

    • NancyHatfield says:

      I hope you are right. However, Bishop is not working for me. I find her quirks annoying. I know they are pushing her to develop the character and I hope they tone her down a little.

    • Carrie says:

      Kate was ok I deleted her episode , but ziva was perfect for the part and bishop first needs to grow up

    • Amen, brother, I couldn’t agree more. One thing though… if DiNozzo and Bishop get romantically involved, that wouldn’t bother me, as long as writers do it intelligently, not the easy way.

    • Bill Frazier says:

      I liked Kate n Ziva. I do not, cannot, will not, like bishop. I more than likely quit watching if bishop stays

    • mixhelle kelley says:

      I’m sorry I used to look forward to watching NCIS now I don’t care. She’s boring. Only watch for other cast.

    • its easy, this character doesn’t fit the show and never will!! The character didn’t have to “replace” Zeva she merely had to be a good fit which she is not!! I’m actually surprised that they din’t go with a savy black female who was wise in the ways of the Navy and retiring from active service.that would still have been an adjustment but MUCH more plausible

  2. l says:

    I like her so far. she’s different from the rest of the cast which is good… I hope they introduce her husband at some point.

  3. emteem says:

    My favorite thing about her is that she’s married and not a love interest for Tony.

    • Nate Broadus says:

      This.

      A married agent is something new. I love knowing that Bishop isn’t there just to serve as a romantic foil to the other characters. She’s headstrong, she’s intelligent and again, she’s not there just to be a love interest. I love that.

    • John NYC says:

      Not my absolute “favorite” but oh yes, totally this: less soap is VERY welcome by this fan.

    • Mike Hammer says:

      O.K., WHERE is hubby? Not hide nor hair of a husband– and when she has time away from work she does not spend it with a husband, but alone suited up in huge helmet taking whiffs at a baseball in a batting cage. Apparently other than sitting on the floor or the desk, she spends her remaining time of day trying to master the curve. Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest.

      • John NYC says:

        The team’s private lives have always largely occurred offscreen: Ducky and his mother, Tim and his girlfriends and writing, Gibbs and HIS girlfriends (with some recent exceptions) so they’re not showcasing her husband initially fits with their pattern. Plus the show had been disrupted enough without interjecting another now character on the fly like that.

        I expect we’ll see him when we see him. And in the meantime he serves as wonderful, welcome, soap repellant.

      • yes, she's gone says:

        So everywhere you go and everything you do you do with your wife? You don’t spend any time doing anything by yourself?

  4. Frannie says:

    I don’t mind a new character but I feel like the whole show is about Bishop. How did NCIS solve cases before she came? I wish they had toned down her entrance. I miss all the other characters. I feel like next week she will be curing cancer and taking down a drug ring while everyone else has no story.

    • JoeP says:

      I agree. Analysts office-bound people who are given the data they crunch. At times, the analyst will go to the field to collect data to analyze. Given that NCIS has been a fairly good representation of an investigative team I am surprised they are giving the Bishop character so much air time. They needed to replace Ziva with another Special Agent; pistol-packing, field-going, investigator.

      • Debbie says:

        Ziva wasn’t an investigator when she arrived. She was an assassin. I’m surprised she was placed on an investigative team.

        • tejasjulia says:

          UGH, I know. She had no business there. Foreign national. Foreign intelligence agent. Assassin. One of the MOST stupid set ups for a character, ever.

          • estefania says:

            maybe you hate the foreugn ppl , bc you have bad experience wtih them… but this srotylines with ziva was wonderful, donald bellisario the great creator NCIS … he knows what to do th thing to different gary who has converted to NCIS IN THE HUMAN VERSION OF RUGRATS… if you dont know he worked this rugrats crew…

          • tejasjulia says:

            No, I have no problem with foreign people, but the position Ziva held required security clearances that would NEVER be granted to non-citizens. Period. Her presence made no sense.

          • John NYC says:

            And that foreign commitment had been revealed to have not changed for years and years. She betrayed the team (and arguably America) last year…. always choosing Mossad. Which was sort of built in given her father.

            So always an oddity…

          • tejasjulia says:

            One of the things I loved about last night’s was Gibbs taking her to task on the matter of trust and withholding information – something her predecessor did far too often, usually with disastrous results (both for the characters and in creating a very messy and idiotic storyline). So glad we have Bishop and they’re writing her, and her integration into the team, so well.

          • TullaT says:

            It’s not true that non-citizens cannot have clearances.

          • BJG says:

            True, I’m sure that some non-citizens are given some clearances but I find it hard to believe that a member of a foreign agency would have unfettered access to NCIS and especially MTAC.

          • tejasjulia says:

            Yes it is. No citizenship, you will not get clearances. In some cases you can’t even get into the building or on a base.

          • CBWBDK1 says:

            Give me a break! Good writing? What are you smoking! All these forced bishop moments are terrible. The others are useless now! They need bishop for everything. I’m surprised if they still wipe their own a$$es.

          • SandraM says:

            sorry but you are wrong. Foreigners visit and WORK in secure locations all the time.

          • Cote Fan says:

            Wow, did we miss the part where Cote became a US citizen, and cut ties with Israel? So, all of your comments are negated by that, sorry.

          • BJG says:

            First off it’s Ziva, not Cote and no we know that she became an US Citizen but prior to that do you recall that she did come onboard as a Mossad Liason, an Israel citizen and had that title for 5 of the years she was with NCIS. So becoming a US citizen doesn’t negate that fact.

          • flootzavut says:

            I actually really liked Ziva, most of the time, but her inclusion in the team was definitely one of the bigger hand waves the show has done over the years. I saw a post complaining about how it took longer for Ziva to become an NCIS agent than it did for Ellie, and smh – quite apart from the fact that she wasn’t trying to become an NCIS agent for most of her tenure, in real life, I can’t see any realistic way she would have held that position with such ease for so long. Eventually she cut her ties with Israel, but even then her progression to full agent was ridiculously smooth once they’d figured out she didn’t kill the Marine.

            (Random factoid: to get the very highest levels of security clearance, it’s my understanding that you have to be born American. No amount of cutting ties with the land of your birth or dedicated service to your adoptive homeland will get a person over that particular hump.)

            I don’t mind a bit of hand waving, but it’s ludicrous, given how Ziva came to be on the team, it’s bizarre in the extreme that people are whining that Bishop is not a realistic team member.

          • SandraM says:

            You do not need to be born American to get the highest levels of clearance. Completely false. Foreign nationals ARE allowed to work in secure locations. They might not be allowed to be in a room like MTAC alone, but there are always technicians in there at the very least. Yes, there was some handwaving going on there. But nothing any less plausible than the idea that a NSA data analyst would get firearms training.

          • flootzavut says:

            SOME hand waving? Masterly understatement there…

            The security clearance at the highest level requires US citizenship and “unquestioned loyalty to the United States” – neither of which would have applied to Ziva while she was still a Mossad officer. I’ve been googling for the information I read before (which by the way was because I was looking something up from very early NCIS, nothing to do with Ziva) and have yet to find it, but the hand waving to have Ziva be trusted at the highest level and her relatively fast and easy road to citizenship and actually becoming a federal agent are some pretty severe hand waving. I don’t have an issue with them hand waving to tell the story they want to tell, but let’s not pretend it’s even marginally realistic.

            I can’t speak for the Real World ™ but in the world of NCIS (where Chechnya is a country, for example) it is actually established with Nell Jones that an intelligence analyst, in the JAG/NCIS/NCIS universe, has firearms and agent training and can go into the field. Nell is an intelligence analyst, but she’s seen wielding a gun and/or being out in the field, even undercover, in a generous handful of episodes.

          • BJ says:

            Even lower security clearance requires citizenship. My husband’s company “encouraged” him to get citizenship, as a “perk” for keeping him employed. As a matter of fact, they paid all the citizenship fees, which amounted to close to a thousand dollars. As a green card holder/legal resident alien, he had major issues getting on some military bases to work, and could not be allowed in certain facilities that handled classified documents. For the clearance he was going for (which was specific to IT individuals, TSSCI) they would not even consider him unless he was a US Citizen.

            I know this is “just TV” but most viewers have to know there isn’t easy access to places like MTAC or the Navy’s secrets.

        • yes, she's gone says:

          So true, she lied for the first four years she was on the show, she was fast tracked to citizenship so she could be an NCIS agent, she didn’t even want to be a citizen, she just wanted the job. She would have never been made a citizen with her background.

          • Cote Fan says:

            Hmm, did you miss the convo in the women’s restroom with Tony in Endgame? Apparently. Because actually she did want to be a citizen. Whoops

          • BJG says:

            She wanted to become a citizen because it was the only way to join NCIS. If you recall she also had a conversation with McGee and she asked if he knew that she had to denounce Israel – she seemed surprised that that.

        • Rob says:

          Why was that? What the hell forensic knowledge does an assassin have, any how?

        • MIC says:

          DEBBIE–GIBBS WAS A SNIPER KIND OF LIKE THE SAME. DOESNT ANY ONE GET THE ZIVA DAVID WOMAN WHO WANTED SO MUCH TO STAY IN THE USA & BECAME A CITIZEN SHE EARNED GIBBS TRUST WHEN SHE SAVED HIS LIFE–HE TOLD ZIVA THAT HER FATHER RAISED HER TO BE A KILLER THAT HE WAS A BAD MAN– SHE SAID I DIDNT MEAN TO LIVE THROUGH IT–SHE WANTED TO CHANGE & PROVED HER SELF TO GIBBS & THE TEAM THEY CAME TO LOVE HER & OH THEY WENT TO SOMALIA FOR WHAT REASON–BECAUSE IT WAS DRIVING TONY NUTS TO SEE IF SHE WAS DEAD OR ALIVE–VANCE LET THEM GO BECAUSE VANCE KNEW THAT ELI WAS A LOUSY MAN & FATHER ALSO.THEY SAW WHAT ZIVA DIDNT, SHE WAS YOUNG ALSO WHEN SHE CAME TO NCIS WITH A LOT TO LEARN JUST AS IT WILL FOR BISHOP TO LEARN YOU ALL SAY THEY SHOVED ZIVA ON US WITH HER STORY LINES WELL THEY WERE GOOD STORIES UMM ARE THEY NOT SHOVING BISHOP ON US ALSO. IN THE END ZIVA DIDNT WANT TO KILL ANY MORE & THATS NOT WHO SHE WANTED TO BE..SHE WAS LEAVING THE SHOW ANYWAY SO TAKE IT AS A GREAT ROLE THAT COTE PLAYED BEING ZIVA DAVID SHE DID A WONDERFUL JOB,YOU PEOPLE ACT AS IF SHES A KILLER IN REAL LIFE, WHERE DID SHE LIE SHE DIDNT KNOW ARI KILLED KATE & WHEN SHE REALIXED HE DID SHE KILLED HIM THATS WHEN GIBBS PUT HIE TRUST IN HER & SHE TOLD HIM THE TRUTH ABOUT COMMING HERE TO GAIN HIS TRUST–BUT GIBBS STILL LET LET BE PART OF THE TEAM. THE SHOW HAD TO CHANGE IT WENT A DIFFERENT PATH EITHER FOLLOW IT OR GO ANOTHER WAY. MIC

          • Rob says:

            Military sniper is equal to assassin?

          • Bellz says:

            Gibbs murdered Hernandez remember. He was a trained sniper. Ziva was a trained killer.

          • Rob says:

            I do, and I hated that storyline.

          • Cote Fan says:

            Lol, Bellz. Marines are trained to kill. Mossad officers are trained to kill. Sure, maybe she got additional training as an assassin, but that doesn’t change the distinction between them.

          • Dj says:

            You do know that ZIva mission was to kill Ari so she could trick Gibbs into trusting her. Vance flat out told Gibbs that. Gibbs even confronted about ZIva it. After ZIva came back it was Gibbs who wasn’t sure if he wanted ZIva back which again Vance pointed out.

            As for Cote she was great as ZIva. But she wanted to leave. It’s just weird how some fans blame the show for her leaving when it was her who didn’t want to continue on with the show. Really she had David McCallum call her out over how she left.

          • Debbie says:

            MIC, why are you shouting at me? I can still read your read your words in a much quieter register, thanks.

    • Kim R says:

      I have to say that I feel the same way. When they showed Abby last night it hit me that I hadn’t seen too much of her. It does seem to be really centering around Bishop. I don’t have a problem with her character although I don’t care about her yet, but they could remember the other characters now. Something feels a bit off balance.

      • Ede Kline says:

        they have to fill the program with her…to shove her down your throat. She is not an actress, the black brows are pitiful, and she has absolutely no personality.

        • yes, she's gone says:

          She’s not being shoved down our throats, unlike her predecessor, where a scene didn’t go by that she wasn’t posing in or trying to be front and center. I’m glad z is gone, I hope they never bring her back, she was a bad idea as a character when she first came on and she never got any better.

        • flootzavut says:

          You’re judging an actress on the fact her eyebrows don’t match her hair? Are you for real??!?

        • Bellz says:

          Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can. This show is full of humour. Apologize when you should for being judgemental and let go of what you can’t change. Its impressive how little information a person might need about someone before they decide they don’t like them. Don’t cry because it is over, smile because Ziva happened.

          • carolgrover says:

            Humor is one of the things that is missing now – that is one of my biggest complaints.

      • yes, she's gone says:

        How much time was Abby given when z was still the center of attention? We’ve seen more Abby this season than we have in years.

    • Kat says:

      Agree…I expected change but this is ridiculous…I don’t care for the character at all…Why would someone with no experience be in the field instead of at a desk…These past episodes with her make you wonder how anyone in the show ever solved cases before she arrived. What happened to the rest of the cast? Sometimes I don’t understand writers…they put in these new characters and make everyone around them suddenly incompetent.

  5. leslie says:

    Bishop is so much annoying and she ruined the show !

    • Ede Kline says:

      OMG Someone else feels the way so many others do. Some people just don’t know how to let the “Important People” know how much they dislike her.

    • Greg says:

      Is the Bishop character as annoying as one who continued to spit out malapropisms? Seriously, hardly an episode went by without Ziva twisting some cliche to “make it funny.” Despite this, her character was allowed to develop and, as a lot of posters have noted, was eventually accepted. I find it interesting that “Ducky” has the same attitude as some others concerning a possible return to the series. She left them high and dry. Sorry, couldn’t think of a way to twist that around.

  6. I like her, but I wish NCIS had gone a different way with her character. Last night I was hoping it would be revealed she was working with Parsa instead of (SPOILER!) he’s just obsessed with her. I know both storylines have been done on shows in some way, but the obsession storyline happens a lot more frequently than the good guy is actually bad guy storyline. I think it would have been a cool thing to do with her character, though it would mean she couldn’t stick around, and I knew NCIS was never going to do it. I just like to be surprised once in a while even if I think the surprise is coming. All the same, I’m interested in seeing what more she has to offer. Though I find it odd she would turn down her NSA job for NCIS, but I guess she liked being more hands on.

    • John NYC says:

      Another female traitor in the office?

      Been there, done that. Plus then she’s gone and they have the same problem all over again: how to fill out the well worked team formula.

      • Barfingaswespeak says:

        Everything this season has been “been there, done that”. The episodes are retreads and Bishop is a mash up of the other characters, taking their attributes and skills as her own, leaving the rest with nothing to do except look incompetent.

  7. steve says:

    I dont mind her sometimes i like her sometimes i dont

  8. agentscully514 says:

    I’m not a fan of her on the team. She doesn’t work well with them at all.

    • Stormy says:

      IMO She’s too much like Lucy in the Kaye Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell. I don’t miss Ziva, but have not been interested in the show since she showed up.

    • NoChance says:

      I’m definitely a fan of Bishop and thinks she works very well with the team. Gibbs, Tony and Tim like her and want her. And Michael is a fan too – he tweeted it on Tuesday and so is Mr McCallum – he said she’s a delight to work with.

  9. JC says:

    I say this with the qualification that I have not yet seen this week’s episode – keep her. I like her. Yes, there have been a couple of missteps – the whole “reading the autopsy manual over the weekend” thing made me cringe, for one. But on the whole, for the five episodes I’ve seen, I’ve liked her far more than I thought I was going to. And I was rather decidedly prejudiced against her before I saw her onscreen.

    • flootzavut says:

      It’s good to see at least some people have had an open mind, thank goodness! Wild applause and cheering for your common sense.

  10. CBWBDK1 says:

    Terrible news! I’m sick of all those forced bishop moments. They’re terrible. She’s not a part of the team. It feels like they need her to do everything and solve everything. It’s getting ridiculous.

    • John NYC says:

      She’s a part of the team now. Gibbs just did that.

      • CBWBDK1 says:

        She’s not a part of the team. She never was. She is the team. They need her to solve everything now. The other castmembers are useless. Those forced bishop moments are terrible. I understand you like her, but the writers are making her very unlikeable.

        • Ede Kline says:

          Ditto! Ditto! Ditto!

        • John 1138 says:

          Of course she’s part of the team: the scene where Gibbs offers her a permanent position at NCIS and, after hugging him, she accepts?

          That means she’s part of the team, no longer being written as a temporary posting.

          “Proby”

          My preferences are rather irrelevant : that’s the storyline of the show.

          • Debbie says:

            I think that was only on your tv, John. And mine. Elsewhere, Bishop is not part of the team, she doesn’t fit, she sits on places she shouldn’t sit, she offends the hair and eyebrow police, and on and on. Oh, and if she does anything that Ziva did that’s either insult of blasphemy, I guess. I am not really sure whether she is allowed to talk or breath, since Ziva did those things.

          • Bellz says:

            How petty. People can sit where ever they want. Her hair and eyebrows are none of your business. Grow up for goodness sakes.

        • cubickt says:

          EVeryone can retire now. They are all old enough. Once Bishop showed up all of the guys instantly turned into old men, and that’s cool, because she does it all. Save the taxpayers a little money.

  11. TullaT says:

    Bishop got two Marines killed. No investigation into that, no questioning of her actions. Instead, the boys give her candy and Gibbs gives her a promotion. What? I don’t like how she has been introduced at all. Way too heavy handed. The guys no longer have anything to do, they just stand around and wait for Bishop to figure it out. In the field she will get all of them killed. I don’t like her on the team. Maybe if she were a secondary character in an office.

    • CBWBDK1 says:

      I completely agree. She’s not a part of the team. She is the team! They need her to solve everything. It’s ridiculous!

    • Pete says:

      Technically, the Marine whom Gibbs ordered to “shoot him if he so much as sneezes” got them both killed because he approached the prisoner and was relieved of his weapon – rather than covering him from a safe distance, while Bishop called for help.
      But then that would spoil your little hate fest on Bishop.

    • BJG says:

      & Gibbs, who gave her permission to question Parsa alone, has not responsibility for the Marines that were killed? And Ziva, who lied to the team for years, assaulted her own teammate & then insisted that the same teammate be transferred to another team at a time that she wasn’t even an NCIS agent let alone an American citizen. And after all that she’s given a fast-track to become an American citizen and an NCIS Agent. And you have a problem with Bishop becoming an NCIS agent because Gibbs’ decision?? Bishop did help in the capture of Parsa, shouldn’t that count for something?

    • Rob says:

      Bishop left herself alone? ON my TV Gibbs left her alone to take a call from DiNozzo. Blame Tony or Gibbs.

  12. Ange says:

    I like her. She seems to be a little bit of everyone else except Gibbs. She’s extremely smart and understands things the rest of the team does not bother with and her presence gives Tony and Tim the chance to focus on their friendship. I loved how Kate’s sister even gave the stamp of approval along with Abby. She works…she works because she is unlike any of the other team members.

    • Judy says:

      would you expect the writers of the show to have the characters disapprove of bishop? that would be counter productive seeing that a LARGE majority of viewers don’t think she’s a good fit at all – they’re desperate for her to be accepted so they’re trying to make her look as if she’s the best thing since sliced bread.

      • cubickt says:

        thank you for speaking common sense

      • flootzavut says:

        See, now you’ve gone over to the dark side, and you’re assuming that the few dozen people who rant and rave about how awful Bishop is are a better indicator of how she’s been accepted than consistently strong ratings. If a large majority of viewers hated her so much, it would show in the ratings. The fact that an international petition to get Cote back has (last time I looked) yet to crack 18 thousand signatories, and yet in the US alone the show is getting consistent ratings of 18-19 MILLION people should tell you that you need a reality check.

  13. LA Hope says:

    I really, really like her! At first, I was dissapointed when Cote left, but then I watched season 1 and 2 again and again, and then I finished seasons nine and ten, and I got bored… Somehow, I didn´t enjoy the show as much as before, when first Kate, and then Jen was on the show.
    But NCIS got me back by getting Ellie Bishop and the new SecNav…
    So, the only thing that could make the show better for me now, would be bringing either Jenny, Kate or Hollis back, and Hollis getting divorced :-D

  14. monieet says:

    I know Ziva left and the show must go on, but come on give us a character similar to her character. I do not connect with Bishop at all. I most likely will not be watching next season. ZIVA COME BACK!

    • John NYC says:

      Why repeat a character?

      This was an opportunity to freshen the show, and the writers seemed to have taken advantage. Rough at first because so many episodes were finished, but the renewed energy has been palpable.

      Plus, with her NOT having been “replaced” that leaves the door, however slight it now appears, “open”. Had Ziva been replaced that would have been final.

    • yes, she's gone says:

      So you connect with a snarky, abusive character?

      • cubickt says:

        you mean GIbbs, who has put down DiNozzo for over 11 years and physically abuses him for comedy?

        • Bellz says:

          Rubbish. Gibbs does not do that. Gibbs is the one who tells Tony ‘he is good.’ You don’t waste good. And headslaps are a wake up call and rightly justified because Tony has been going on with crap.

    • Rob says:

      You want another foreign national on a Navy investigative show?

      • cubickt says:

        GOD YES. The Israeli storylines set the series apart from every other crime show. Those story arcs were truly thrilling. I am seriously bummed that all of the amazing Israeli characters are gone forever.

        • Rob says:

          But those story arcs took the show far from the Naval-centric crimes. I know NCIS’ mission is partly terrorism but Mosad arcs of many episodes aren’t what I expect from a show focusing on US Navy and USMC personnel and crimes involving them.

        • BJG says:

          But you fail to realize that NCIS is an agency that deals with crimes against US Navy & Marine personnel.

      • as524 says:

        horrors no!! have had more than enough of ziva and mossad and all the drama that awful character had written for her for far too many seasons

  15. DB says:

    It’s too much Bishop and not enough on the others. They need to do a better job balancing it out. And she’s super annoying. Tone it down and the super dark eyebrows a little please.

    • JoeP says:

      I was going to mention the dark eyebrows in my earlier post but didn’t want to seem… well, opted to keep my feelings about it to myself. Thanks for breaking the ice. Now I feel I can say it: I find her eyebrows distracting and annoying! Is she really a blonde? Couldn’t they have required her to match her hair color with the color of her eyebrows? Anyway, I kid. But her eyebrows are really annoying!! ;-)

      • John NYC says:

        Welcome to the 50’s.

        Seriously? Hair color? IIRC Gibbs eyebrows don’t match his hair: [sarcasm] OMG! [/sarcasm]‘

        Now had she been given a nice pale shade of lavender…. that would have taken “quirk” a step too far. But otherwise: shrug.

        • NoChance says:

          I have blonde hair and brown eyebrows – let the insults fly. Comments like that would never be directed at a man. It’s petty and it’s mean.

          • Rob says:

            Two of my daughters are naturally blonde with darker eyebrows. I’m not understanding what the problem is with a very beautiful girl with strong eyebrows.

          • as524 says:

            Rob –
            the eyebrow complaint is just a talking point against the character…..supposedly the “logic’ is that it distracts the viewers from whatever is happening in the scene….dunno, don’t see it as an issue at all…but then I actually LIKE the character

          • Rob says:

            I know, As524, but as a guy with daughters in this town, the constant sexism gets on my nerves. Emily’s a beautiful girl and the color of her eyebrows don’t have a damn thing to do either way.

          • Darlene says:

            No, say it ain’t so, NoChance! Why would God do such an awful thing and create you like that? And all of those other blond-haired, dark-browed people? Didn’t God know that it’s simply not done? But I’m not going to blame it all on God. This is on you, too, NoChance. Why haven’t you fixed God’s mistake and made sure that your hair and eye color match?!! I’d let an insult fly, but I’m just too shocked and bothered right now by your hair and eyebrow mismatch. :-)
            .
            I agree with you. It’s petty. It’s mean. It’s small.

    • flootzavut says:

      The comments about her eyebrows would be funny (in the “I can’t believe people are stupid enough to whine about this” way) if they weren’t also so sexist and petty. When one of your major complaints is the colour of an actress’s eyebrows, you need to step away from the TV, and probably the computer, too, and go get some fresh air.

  16. Karen says:

    They had to introduce someone completely different than Ziva. Look how she was different from Kate. Difference is the spice of life.

  17. tejasjulia says:

    Love Bishop! I wish they’d been able to have more time to bring her in and build up to her joining the team, but given the way production was shafted by Wickersham’s predecessor, I think they’ve done an excellent job under difficult circumstances.

    • bnkrchk says:

      Exactly!!

    • cubickt says:

      regardless of circumstances there was NO reason to shove Bishop down our throats for six episodes. Or hire her. Which was a horrific mistake on their part, and they are certainly regretting it big time.

      • Rob says:

        Whats to regret? The cast seems to enjoy her, and the ratings are great.

      • Bellz says:

        Who said they are regretting it? No one. Only some fans who can’t except the change in format to the show, and those who can’t except that Ziva is no longer there. They don’t want to accept her just out of sheer spite.

      • BJG says:

        And how are they regretting it? #1 show, 19.53 million viewers, 3.1 in the demo. Again, how are they regretting it exactly?

  18. AymieJoi says:

    I like her, but I agree with many others here. Now that she’s on the team, the writers need to tone down on her and put the focus back on the team. Someone else said it seems like Tony & Tim just stand around while she solves the case. That’s not realistic, it doesn’t fit with the history of the show, and it’s time that stopped. We get it: She’s smart and analytical, and while that’s certainly an asset, she needs to now be just one part, and not the whole thing.

    (And can we talk about the fact that Tony has started calling him “Tim” this season and the respect that implies? Love it!)

    • SandraM says:

      The problem is, that’s the only way she CAN fit on the team. When she is thinking, everything has to stop. When they out in the field, everyone has to protect her. She could work ALONE as she apparently has done for her whole career, with the team occasionally consulting her. But she can’t work WITH the team.

  19. natalia says:

    No me gusta ella.. espero que en la temporada 12 vuelva ziva de apoco al equipo en un par de episodios y luego permanente… bishop puede seguir o no, no me modifica pero ZIVA tiene que volver! !!

  20. Rob says:

    I like her a lot. She’s quirky and different enough to the other characters while still fulfilling a female role I think that the team needs. The writers need to nix the bathroom talks, though.

    • Kate says:

      I actually thought the bathroom scene was funny. Her boundaries are a little off and that just adds to her quirkiness.

      • Rob says:

        A woman in a men’s room makes me uncomfortable. Am I alone?

        • Bellz says:

          For goodness sakes it was only done for ‘sensation’ to add to the episode. I have walked into a ladies restroom in real life where a guy has been trying to win back his gal. We were all just amused.

          • Rob says:

            Ever have someone unrelated to you lurking and watching while you do your business? If it was a guy going into the women’s room, it wouldn’t be the same, since the stalls aren’t exposed. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I don’t like to pee for an audience.

          • Bellz says:

            Its a television show remember.

        • NoChance says:

          I loved the scene with Tony and Bishop, just not the setting. And the Ziva fans who loved when she did it are now annoyed that Bishop did it – call it inappropriate. Double standard much?

          • Pete says:

            It was inappropriate for Ziva and no less inappropriate for Bishop.
            And I agree with you, NoChance, the scene was good it just should have been set somewhere other than the men’s bathroom.

      • Greg says:

        Of course, when Ziva entered the men’s room while Tony was doing his business it was just a way of telling us her character was determined to find answers no matter where.

    • as524 says:

      Liked her from the get go….it’s very obvious the cast is having FUN again….

      can definitely never see another bathroom conference though. Only good part about this week’s bathroom scene is that Ellie didn’t go in there intent on insulting Tony the way ziva usually did

      • Bellz says:

        Kissing someone on the cheek is insulting. In Reunion Ziva said to him in the bathroom – “You had my back. You have always had my back. And I was wrong to question your motives.” “I trusted my brother Ari, I trusted Michael. I could not afford to trust you.” Tony apologizes to Ziva but she says she is the one who is sorry. “Your instincts were right. You were a cop and I should have never faulted you for thinking…” He interrupts her and says he’s a cop, think like a cop.
        Whys not to like. Ziva admitted she was wrong.

  21. Kelly says:

    I’m not typically a fan of big cast changes on my favorite shows, but I always felt like she was a breath of fresh air after the incredibly complicated years with Ziva. I said it after Ziva left, and before Ellie was even introduced: the years with Kate were simpler and there weren’t so many crises that hurt the team members. Ziva brought sass and a kick-ass kind of feel to the show, but she also brought complication. Everything was either great or really really terrible. There was never much of an in between during the Ziva years. Since she has been gone, there has been a simpler feel to the show.

    Ellie is a little bit of both Kate and Ziva. She’s young. She’s sometimes a little naive. She has a lot to learn. But she’s also incredibly smart, a little mysterious, and is not to be underestimated. You can tell there’s something deeper there that we don’t fully understand yet.

    Overall, I think she’s a great fit. It only took me about two weeks to feel like she was a great part of the team. Some weeks, I forget that she hasn’t always been around. I think she is very much already becoming the little sister to Tony and McGee, and she will most definitely be another “daughter” of Gibbs’, just like Abby.

    I think Ellie’s great, and I can’t wait to see more of her!

  22. Ashley says:

    I liked her when she first came on, but the focus of the recent episodes has been so much on her that I feel like she’s being forced down our throats. Plus, I don’t see why Gibbs went from not trusting her to offering her a job in this particular episode – she didn’t exactly prove herself as a field agent by getting taken hostage and getting two marines killed. Tone her down, make her prove herself, and then hopefully she’ll grow into a great character.

    • John NYC says:

      If anyone failed in that it was the Marines who had ben tasked with protecting her and guarding the prisoner.

      An analysts isn’t a prison guard…

  23. diane says:

    I don’t dislike the actress I just don’t Mike the way they write her lines. Ever since Ziva left I miss the edge, the dark side. The glue is gone, now the team are little islands. There is Abby, then Tony and mcgee, then Gibbs and then Bishop. G

  24. db says:

    I don’t like her. There is too much focus on her like they are trying to force her us. The actress looks too young for the part. It is distracting and makes the character unbelievable.

    • flootzavut says:

      Both the character and the actress are older than Ziva/Cote was when she joined the team.

      Try again ;)

      • Libby says:

        It’s not so much the chronological age, bishop just looks younger to me, like a college student, intern whatever. Both Kate and Ziva had more earthy qualities to their looks, voices and communications, I miss that, in comparison bishop is like a pip-squeak scrawny little sister. The I have three brothers thing just didN’t cut it and has been used before (LW3) I don’t think she works and likely won’t for many no matter what story line background the writers come up with to beef up her character. Just my opinion. But we’ll see…..

        • Libby says:

          Come to think of it, the woman going into the bathroom to talk scenes was also previously done in LW3

        • BJG says:

          I just wish that most of the people that don’t like Bishop would just come right out & tell the truth as they why instead of giving us these lame reasons: She’s Not Ziva. Most of them very petty: Her eyebrows are too dark, she looks too young (BTW how young did McGee look when he was first introduced), she sits on the floor/desk.

          • Libby says:

            I think some just miss Ziva, yes but not all, maybe not most. Bishop doesn’t seem to fit, have the chemistry in my opinion but I’ll watch to see how it goes and hope things improve. Watching the older ones lately and Kate was really great.

          • Dj says:

            I agree about missing Kate. I can watch an old episode and the first thing I think is how great she was and how much I miss the chemistry she had with the team. I just don’t feel the same way about ZIva. I watch reruns with ZIva and think how happy I am she isn’t on the show anymore and that Tony is free from the Tiva sub plot. .

  25. Pete says:

    Overall I like her and look forward to her being ragged as a probie now that she is one of the team to tease.
    To me she fits in well, just don’t fall into the trap of making her like Ziva – would have preferred her cornering Tony somewhere other than the men’s bathroom; never liked it with Ziva and it’s not funny or clever to make another female character do it too.

  26. Sara #CotesArmy says:

    I think CBS will get these polls wrong. They will think since the majority of people voted “keep her” and “I like her” they don’t want Ziva. Well, the majority of “Bishop fans” still want Ziva back anyways! Not to mention it has become the bishop show, not NCIS anymore. Everyone is out of character, so shameful.

    • Lillian says:

      Excuse me? You can’t speak for any other Bishop fans, much less “the majority.” I love Bishop and I do not want Ziva back. “Cote’s Army” wants her back, you can speak for them.

      • NoChance says:

        I’m a Bishop fan. I think she’s fitting in great and both Tony and Tim seem to like having her around – and so does Gibbs or he wouldn’t have made her working at NCIS permanent.
        For me Bishop being married is fantastic. It lets her be on the team as an equal and not just the next possible hookup for DiNozzo – or McGee if things with Delilah go south.
        I’ve always like my “NCIS” for the quirky procedural that it is and not a romantic dramady.

        I didn’t like Ziva after the end of Season 6 and don’t want her tor return.

    • John NYC says:

      Not this fan of the show, and to that extent, Bishop.

      That’s a finished arc: per Gibbs, she made her choice and it’s time to move on. (and that very well may have been mark Harmon talking as well, much like David’s remark eh?)

    • yes, she's gone says:

      I’m sorry the majority of Bishop fans do not want Cote back, we want her to stay gone. You can speak for your “army” but you can’t speak for us.

    • Amanda Lewis says:

      What is shameful is presuming to speak for others. I am Bishop fan and I like her. I liked Ziva fine until the whole show was upended, and became a will they/won’t they scenario that finally left Ziva with no realistic story lines anymore. I get so tired of people who claim to speak for everyone–I speak for myself.

    • Rob says:

      You’re reaching so much you may as well be an albatross.

    • Pete says:

      It doesn’t matter to CBS what the viewers feel about Ziva, the actor who played Ziva walked away from CBS despite their attempts to keep her.
      If she comes crawling back and begs hard enough, I imagine that CBS might consider re-hiring her, it depends how good her reasons were for leaving against how many people related to the show she upset on her way out. But then again after all the agro that has been caused in her name by fans unable to comprehend that de Pablo’s life is more important to her than their blind devotion to a character she played, who knows if CBS would ever consider employing her again.

    • flootzavut says:

      Well the ratings versus the number of people actually campaigning for Cote to return give the lie to your words. Not yet 18 grand signatories worldwide: 18-19 million regular viewers in the US alone. Do the maths.

  27. Mel says:

    I was worried about the big focus they gave her in the first eps she was in, and especially Tony and McGee seeming to get pushed back a bit. But last night’s ep did a great job of humanizing her and integrating her into the TEAM. The team finally feels like a family again, after several seasons of polarizing snark and nastiness. I like the sibling dynamic of Tony/McGee/Bishop, and really enjoyed Tony taking Bishop under his wing last night, like a good senior field agent should do with the probie. As long as they integrate her into the team, and remember that each team member has their own unique set of skills, I think she’ll do great. I like her.

    • cubickt says:

      god I could not disagree more. I liked her, I really liked her at first. once she joined the team all I feel is the HUGE disconnect between them. I guess they are like my family. my family is COMPLETELY SCREWED UP. that is not a compliment in any way. When I watch DiNozzo and Bisthop together all I see is the distance. they have NOTHING in common and are completely uninterested in each other as human beings.

      • Bellz says:

        This is a television show not real life so you should compare one to the other. Not everyone in a work place has everything in common with one another. Why should they be interested in one another? She’s married.

        • cubickt says:

          Like most people, I watch TV for entertainment. The great draw of NCIS has been the family feeling, the connection between the team. It’s gone. and who said anything about romance? Tony and Bishop are not interested in each other *as human beings*.

          • Bellz says:

            I worked with a number of people who came to my office area and I didn’t get too involved with them. Your words that Tony and Bishop aren’t interested in each other as *human beings* makes them sound like they are two stick people.

  28. Jerri says:

    Why isn’t there “I wasn’t sure about her at first , but she’s kinda growing on me” option from your opinion poll on Bishop?

  29. Laura says:

    I neither like, nor dislike her. I just feel like her character is flat.

  30. Sarah says:

    I liked her in the beginning but it is horrible with her now! I started watching because of Gibbs and DiNozzo and now all is about this Bishop woman! Tony could be twiddling his thumbs, there is nothing to do for him! I would send Bishop to Supernatural, there she can save the world! Get Hollis Mann or some other woman but get rid of Bishop!

  31. John NYC says:

    Now that the character is officially a “pro by” the feral training will commence.

    Look forward to the character’s growth with the tutelage of Gibbs, Tony, McGee, Abby and Ducky: all of whom have been written to mesh nicely with the new person. Though Gibbs, being her boss, has been shown with the most distance, rightly so. The freezing out was earned IMHO.

    Liked the hug “before it’s officially banned”… the show has always had it’s emotional side.

    Should be time to introduce her husband. he’s ben cast I assume?

    • Kathleen says:

      What tutelage could you be looking forward to? What can they teach her? She knows all and solves all. No need for tutelage from anyone.

  32. Mary Ann says:

    I do not care for Bishop and had hoped that they would use Neal (USCG) as the new NCIS agent. As always, I hope Ziva will return, but please, get someone who is not boring. The whole show has changed and I no longer look forward to Tues. nights as I once did.
    MM

    • yes, she's gone says:

      If we’re lucky z will never return she’ll stay in Israel and have her nervous breakdown. Or maybe she and Adam will have babies together.

    • cubickt says:

      I ADORED agent borin from her very first scene, she has GREAT chemistry with the whole team. Folks, that’s how it works. Bishop had SIX FREAKING EPSIDOES most of which were completely centered around her. With Borin, Ziva, McGee, Kate, we got the chemistry IMMEDIATELY! it’s there or it’s not. it’s THERE with the characters we know and love. with Bishop there is ZERO, she is a complete wet blanket. she is killing the show.

      • as524 says:

        Considering how like ziva Borin has become over the years, she the very last thing a replacement should be.

        Emily has definite chemistry with the other cast members…David McCallum had great things to say about her just the other day….

        Would imagine she’s only ‘killing the show’ for those who can’t handle not having ziva around

      • NoChance says:

        I can’t see Borin coming to work for Gibbs since she’s already a team lead for the Coast Guard Investigative Service. If she took a demotion to be his 2nd in command that would mean both DiNozzo and McGee would be demoted too. With Bishop, Tony keeps his 2nd in command and Tim finally gets to move up. Technically he was senior to Ziva but even when she was still Mossad she acted like he was her junior and when she became an agent she still behaved like McGee was beneath her.

  33. Chanyta says:

    Ziva David is absolutely irreplaceable … maybe Cote de
    pablo can return after the movie of the 33 miners and
    their fans … but we have to convince

    • John NYC says:

      That’s why they didn’t try (to “replace” her): they just moved on in recognition of reality. The actress is gone.

    • yes, she's gone says:

      With the way cote left the show, i doubt anyone there wants her back. You may think you need to try and convince them to take her back, but a lot of us are glad she’s gone, and hope we never see or hear about her again.

      • Barfingaswespeak says:

        I think what alot of people need to remember, including Mr. David McCallum in his very oddly timed interview, is that Cote did not quit and that when you are employed by contract, and said contract has expired and then the new contract does not get signed, for WHATEVER reason, there is no obligation to give two weeks notice or two months notice. It can all end at the last moment, which in this case is what happened. Michael, Paulie and Sean all held out until the last moment in 2012 when their contracts were up for renewal. The difference is they got what they wanted and signed so no one was “angry and confused.” From what I have read and heard- specifically the video interview Cote did when she was doing the photo shoot for Latina Magazine in May or June 2013- she had every intention of coming back. So something happened during the negotiations that made her change her mind. We will probably never know what exactly.

        • BJG says:

          You totally contradicted yourself. First you say that she didn’t quit and then you say she changed her mind when CBS offered her a contract. If a contract was offered and she didn’t sign, then basically she quit.

        • Rob says:

          That oddly timed interview co-incides with the British beginning of the series. A Brit news source, how dare they actually report on the show, especially by interviewing a UK actor.

          I’m considered essential personnel at my job. When I’m going to be off or inaccessible, I give my colleagues ample time to prepare.

          While Cote didn’t have a contract, the timing with which she announced her departure left a lot of people in the lurch, in front of, and behind, the scenes. Its the equivalent of giving no notice at all. While CBS should have set a cut off date of no later than 6/1, perse, there didn’t seem to be any indicating factors that she would not sign, or that they weren’t just ironing out the details.

          CBS is in no business to lose money, and this seems to have blindsided them.

        • Greg says:

          Hmmm. Someone is just not telling the truth here! I seem to remember that CBS specifically offered Cote a whole lot of money to stay. But, in defense of the Ziva Zoo, there was nothing said in print as to just why she actually wanted to leave. I wish her the best in any case. If she wants to come back, she should be allowed to. My concern for Ms. de Pablo centers on how many established television personalities have become lost causes after leaving the show that brought them fame and fortune.

  34. Chanyta says:

    bringbackziva!!!

  35. Mandy says:

    I remember how people disliked Ziva when she first arrived on the show, and they were saying that she didn’t fit, she has no chemistry with the others, and so on. The same thing is happening with Bishop, and it will eventually blow over and many will adore her. I think she’s a decent character. She’s cute and different. It will take some time for her to develop and for the chemistry to fall into place. I think she’ll do good on the team. That is if the writers handle it well. The show is all over the place, and the writing is a bit sloppy and rushed. Everyone seems (except for Emily Wickersham) exhausted and about ready to end this. I really would love for NCIS to continue but maybe it is time to finish up and close the book. Give the characters (and the show) a fitting ending and move on.

  36. prish says:

    I like her ok, in that I can live with her character in the cast. I was indifferent to Ziva, at first. The husband can’t understand Bishop’s role, since the show has two computer experts, McGee and Abby. I guess her “profiling” just goes over his head. He says, “Anyway it’s up to “them” who is on the show, not me.”

    • John NYC says:

      She’s not a computer tech such as Abby or even McGee, she’s a data analyst who uses computers as a tool of her job. I doubt she can even spell IP address, and she doesn’t have to: Abby and McGee do.

    • agentscully514 says:

      she adds absolutely nothing to the show. it is all covered.

  37. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t watch the show a couple timessince Ziva left,I couldn’t take it, the show wasn’t the same( new girl didn’t with the rest of the team) please bring Ziva back, we really. Miss her!!!

    • NoChance says:

      Cote de Pablo left so the only way to have Ziva back is to re-cast it. With the way Cote left I really don’t think she’ll be invited back. I read the interview with Mr McCallum and he doesn’t seem to like what she did and the way she did it.

      • Bellz says:

        They can’t recast her role there would be more of an out roar than her leaving. The cast would accept her back all right. They may have felt put out by her leaving but they aren’t nasty enough to not want her to return. Cote said it was for personal reasons which likely we will never know anything about. Its none of our business. Michael has said a few times that he hopes she returns. I hope so but in a re-curring type role so that she and Bishop can both be in the show.

      • Barfingaswespeak says:

        Her contract expired and she chose to not accept what they offered on a new contract. I don’t see why anyone in the profession would not understand that. I love David McCallum but I thought his comments were callous and selfish. She didn’t quit or break an existing contract. GG knew that she wasn’t under contract and it is his fault, not Cote’s, that he and the other writers did not prepare for the contingency of her not returning. We all know what happens when you assume, which he did. As it was, they were caught with their pants down and chose to blame Cote for the uneveness of this season.

        • BJG says:

          I believe it’s all CdP’s fault. How many times did we hear from her and read article after article that she wanted to come back. CBS negotiated in good faith knowing she wanted to come back. At the last minute she pulled the plug, not CBS. If CdP said she had no intentions of returning and GG wrote a script knowing that then it’s his fault. GG wrote a script believing that CdP would be coming back for S11.

        • Rob says:

          The entity of NCIS as a corporation would have little knowledge, if any, of contract negotiations. They would be told that things are progressing well, or not, and react with that knowledge. The network and the actress’ team do the negotiating.

  38. Pat says:

    Last nights show was an absolute sham. I could not believe, that Gibbs goes to the batting cage to give her the news that she is being bumped up to an agent in training of course. Not only did she not prove herself and I also blame Gibbs for listening and allowing her to go back into the cell, because she wanted to finish the chess game with Parsa, but a soldier was killed and that probably wouldn’t have happened if she had not gone in there again without Gibbs. The whole show again was centered on her and I really cannot take anymore of this . To watch all the main characters take a backseat through all the storylines has just been absolutely horrendous. Gibbs has become such a weak character that I am basically ready to throw the towel in with this show.I have watched NCIS from the very beginning when it was spun off of JAG (which I really loved), but this season has really brought the show down with all the nonsense of building up this character of Bishop.

    • agentscully514 says:

      she got TWO marines killed with her incompetence. she lied to Gibbs and told him to stuff it. she lied to everyone. She walked into a room with Parsa and all of a sudden he magically spilled all of the beans at once. Clearly she is a special unicorn. Everything works perfectly for her. No matter how badly she botches her job, no matter what actual crime she commits, Gibbs adores her and therefore she is perfect. She screws up, gets two Marines killed, and the boys give her candy and a promotion. God, I need to apply for a job there.

      • BJG says:

        Here we go again. Bishop did not kill two Marines. They didn’t do their job. Bishop asked Gibbs permission to continue the interrogation, he agreed. She didn’t go behind his back. Gibbs told the Marines to do their job. Bishop doesn’t carry a gun, the Marines do & it was their job to watch over the prisoner, NOT Bishop. She was there to interrogate. And looks who’s calling the kettle black. I recall a certain former Mossad/NCIS agent who killed an unarmed prisoner in an elevator and a Mossad officer for revenge and exactly WHAT happened to her?? Nothing? And on top of that assaults her partner whom supposedly is her soulmate and then insists he is transferred to another team when in fact she was NOT an NCIS agent at the time and in fact wasn’t even an American citizen. And after all that she gets fast-tracked to American citizenship and to an NCIS probie. And wasn’t she considered Gibbs “daughter” especially after she used the Daddy-card in reunion.

        • billy ray says:

          Bishop’s mistake set up the situation where the Marines got killed. If she hadn’t screwed up, no bad situation. It’s cause and effect. She caused the situation that led to the effect of the marines getting killed. Therefore, deductive reasoning tells you that it was bishops’s fault.

          • BJG says:

            So through your deduction it was Ziva’s fault that she was captured in Somalia because she set up the situation.

          • Greg says:

            Who informed Gibbs to not, I repeat not allow Bishop to continue with the investigation? What superior allowed Bishop to continue?

            As for all of this “Bishop centered” nonsense, over eleven seasons there have been countless episodes that were character centered. Give it a break already!

  39. Jon says:

    I would like to have seen more “quirky” characters come and go and try to fit into the team before they hired a regular. Bishop is OK, don’t hate her, but did we have a choice? The producers moved too fast to fill Ziva’s shoes.

    • John NYC says:

      We NEVER have a choice: the producers do.

    • flootzavut says:

      Uh… Several episodes with rotating replacements and then six episodes before Bishop becomes permanent is too fast? How about Ziva who appeared the episode after Kate was killed, appeared in episodes where Kate was being mourned/avenged, and then had one episode off before becoming a regular?

      They moved pretty damn slow to replace Ziva by any sane comparison.

  40. Eve says:

    I don’t like her. The gave her too easily a place that took years for Ziva to gain. She’s been given so much trust by Gibbs, trying to replace his father-daughter relationship with Ziva, now with the new agent. Also they seem to have forgotten about Ziva, she’s not there anymore but they act like she never existed, it’s so out of character by them that it drives me crazy and I can’t watch as they go like she wasn’t there for eight years.
    Also, trying to create chemistry with Bishop using majorly Ziva/Tiva traits aka the men’s bathroom, it’s an insult to Ziva’s name, show some respect please. I’m glad I stopped watching after the second episode, I can’t watch The Bishop Show

    • BJG says:

      How can you claim it’s the Bishop Show if you haven’t watched since the 2nd episode? I guess you’re getting your information from the BBC people. And it took Ziva years to gain Gibbs’ trust? Were you watching the same show as me? Didn’t Ducky say to Gibbs that he took to Ziva quicker then any other member of the team and that was all because of a lie. And how long did it take for the team to forget Kate basically after Silver Wars – and she was murdered in front of Gibbs and Tony; Ziva chose to leave, no one forced her to stay in Israel. I’m enjoying the Bishop character and I’m assuming that after her introductory arc the show will turn to the others – as in Tony in the 250th episode coming up.

      • elsa says:

        but you are loving the show because Ziva isn’t it. Everyone knows you don’t like her. Lol Anti-Ziva always appear when there are something related to her.

        • BJG says:

          I watch the show because I love the show. & yes, I am anti-Ziva and Anti-Tiva. I’m assuming you’re a Ziva fan so why are you posting since she’s gone??

    • John NYC says:

      “I stopped watching after the second episode” which means you’ve never seen the character on the show.

      Bye Felicia.

      • NoChance says:

        That really floors me, John NYC – that folks who claim to not be watching are commenting on how much they don’t like Bishop and saying she got those Marines killed. How do they know such specifics about this and other stuff if they’re not watching.
        I guess I should thank them for still watching since it helps the ratings.

        • Darlene says:

          Well, it may be 4 “people” saying it (about those marines), but only one person really saying it – if you get my drift, NoChance.

    • MIC says:

      GIBBS SAID HE TRUSTED ZIVA WHEN SHE CAME THERE BECAUSE JENNY GAVE HER THE JOBMHE SAID IT IN THE ELEVATOR ON SILVER WARS,I TOOK HIM A WHILE TO TO GET AJUSTED TO HER BECAUSE SHE WAS A TRAINED KILLER & NEEDED TO HAVE GIBBS TONE HER DOWN IN WHICH HE DID, COTE IS GONE STOP KNOCKING HER SHE DID A GREAT JOB PLAYING ZIVA DAVID MIC

      • tejasjulia says:

        And then she told Gibbs she lied to him for 4 years about why she was at NCIS, why she killed Ari, about everything. As for her portrayal, she was awful. She had two expressions – pout and sneer.

      • Rob says:

        Gibbs must have been blinded because Jennie hung him out to dry after their Parisian love fest, Didn’t you see her watching him getting arrested?

        • agentscully514 says:

          Jenny was an evil beyotch, should have gone to federal lockup, met her justified end. I could NEVER forgive her after she deliberately manipulated Tony.

          • Rob says:

            We had a drinking game. Whenever Jennie would use Tony or try to manipulate Gibbs, take a shot. I think a liver, or two, were pickled.

    • Amanda Lewis says:

      If you stopped watching after the second episode, how did you know she went into the men’s bathroom? That only happened last night. After Kate was killed, Jenny brought Ziva in and replaced Kate with her–that didn’t take years. The story line had Ziva leave–what do you want? A poster on the wall and everyone stopping to light a candle and cry? When someone leaves your work place they hold vigils everyday because they aren’t there anymore? SMH

    • flootzavut says:

      By your own admission, you can’t possibly have seen much, if any, of the Bishop episodes.

      Ziva gained Gibbs’ trust super fast, Ducky comments on it, and Ziva appeared in the episode after Kate died, and became a regular in the fourth episode after Kate died.

      By comparison, Bishop has taken an age to gain acceptance.

    • Greg says:

      No more Caf-Pow for you!

  41. johnhelvete says:

    Some of you need to watch The Mentalist, that is a show that introduced a new female character that is very unlikeable. NCIS has done a pretty good job introducing the character, the actress is appealing and I am sure the focus will become more balanced now since the character is now part of the team.

    • Greg says:

      I am a faithful follower of the Mentalist, even though it sorta rips off “Psych.” Your point is taken as well. Jane is manipulated by the FBI agent to turn himself over to the FBI. Yet, the same female counterpart will surely be a central character in the series. Concerning Jenny’s character, she knew she was had a terminal illness and basically bent the rules to “get even” with the people responsible for her father’s death. And, just who hasn’t bent the rules on NCIS?

  42. Elizabeth says:

    You don’t miss anything good, show is not the same!!!

  43. Donna says:

    I like Bishop and look forward to seeing how she fits in. It has been a little heavy handed but that is to be expected with a new character arc. Hopefully a more even playing field will develope from here in.

    I like how Tony is growing but the truth is, he is becoming a pussy! And I LOVE Tony. I know Michael Weatherly had a new son recently so hopefully he will get some more screen time that doesn’t involve bath salts and cooking soon ;-). I did like his chat with Bishop as it shows him guiding her and that she relies on him for advice, a nice mentor/men tee relationship.

    For those STILL screaming for Cote to return, it’s like standing on the beach screaming at a hurricane to go away; it’s futile. Go home, batten down the hatches and ride out the storm! Don’t get me wrong, I love Ziva and want her back, but it isn’t my decision, it isn’t your decision, it’s hers and hers alone.

    • tejasjulia says:

      Actually, in order for her to work on NCIS again, they have to offer her a job. It’s very doubtful they will ever do that after the money she cost them and the problems she caused by walking out at the last minute. If you’re not going to take their contract offer, you let them know by July not the week before shooting starts. She shot herself in the foot with that.

      • SandraM says:

        July IS the week before shooting starts. That was CBS’ contract schedule. If she didn’t want the contract, why would she pay her lawyers to waste all that time in negotation.

        • tejasjulia says:

          Oops, I meant June. My mistake. Seems like the writers usually have about 6 weeks lead time between when they start producing scripts and when shooting starts.

          • agentscully514 says:

            a professional showrunner would ALWAYS have a contingency plan. that’s on him.

          • tejasjulia says:

            LOL! Oh, wow. No, they aren’t going to write multiple scripts for each episode just in case one of their actors decides to pretend to be negotiating in good faith only to flounce out at the last moment to “punish” the show. The only bad apple in this is thankfully gone.

          • Bellz says:

            Not to have to re-write 5 new episodes in a hurry. He could of just killed her off in the first ep which would of been easier for them. She needn’t have even shown up. That’s contingency unless given prior adequate notice. They gave Cote a great send off in such a short time and showed her respect by leaving her role open for a possible return at a later date.

          • Rob says:

            Killing the character off or resolving it off screen was the natural contingency plan. Or would have been if I had been in charge. I was surprised she came back for that limited run.

          • tejasjulia says:

            I still have hope they’ll kill the character off screen, if only to possibly finally shut down the incessant cries for her return from her small cadre of loud fans.

          • Bellz says:

            I’m glad you aren’t in charge then. This is a close friendly group of actors and the writers and Directors showed her character respect in not killing her off. Any other tv show would have which is the ‘trend’ thing to do. These people are different….thank goodness.

          • Rob says:

            You couldn’t pay me enough to work Full Time in TV, Bellz. I’m too aware of the industry. I’m just pointing out that killing her off off screen would have been the easiest contingency plan at a moment’s notice. Or having her resolve to stay away without bringing Cote back on. It was a class move on CBS’ part that they kept her in the credits so long, and a good move on all parts to have her back that last episode.

          • BJG says:

            And his contingency plan should have been to have her killed or die while in Israel during her “hiatus”. That would solves everyone’s problem. They would have forgotten her as quickly as they did Kate.

      • GabF says:

        It stands to reason that if she was going to cost the show so much money in the first place CBS should have just offered her the raise she wanted? Clearly it was a bad business move by CBS if they were going to lose so much money.
        Clearly she had the intention of returning if she was negotiating in the first place. They probably had a deadline and she refused to accept the contract that CBS offered her. Her first choice was to return which is why she was negotiating. No one negotiates if they have no intention of returning.

        • Pete says:

          No one, not CBS nor an actor, negotiates for a full six months if they are not getting any closer on the fundamentals of those negotiations – of which pay and contract length are right up there.
          It looks as though they were close to agreeing and that de Pablo’s representatives had told CBS that the deal was as good as signed, and then something unrelated to those negotiations made her change her mind.
          It is highly possible that she had a very good reason for changing her mind, something that some of her ‘fans’ seem incapable of comprehending.

          • Rob says:

            That’s how it sounds to me too, Pete.

          • GabF says:

            Maybe they made some progress but whether it was money, length, hours or something else the contract they offered her was not what she wanted. She continued to negotiate until the deadline because she hoped that they would come to an agreement. I have never heard anyone pull out of contract negotiations prematurely because of fundamentals. Clearly contract negotiations are fluid things and fundamentals can change as well which is why she stayed until the deadline.

          • Pete says:

            @GabF
            Why are people that call themselves Ziva fans unwilling to consider the possiblity that she changed her mind about returning and that in might have had nothing to do with the contract negotiations?
            It’s not as if that in itself makes her look bad.
            Nor is it the known fact that she quit – as in chose to walk away from something that continues without her – that makes her look bad especially, as you say, as she hasn’t broken a contract.
            .
            What DOES make her look bad is the leaving with virtually no notice when everyone seemed to have reason to believe that she would be returning for season 11; and especially her silence which opened the way for the toxic conspiracy theories from her nuttier fans and in turn the disgusting behavior toward her former co-stars, which continues even today. It shouldn’t have been too arduous or expensive for her to instruct her agent to issue a second statement – to fans desperate for some contact from her – asking for them to give her some time and space before she continued with her career.
            .
            Of course, she could have allowed CBS to believe that they were agreed on pay and contract length and were just sorting minor details – and then at the last minute asked for a lot more money or the one year contract of rumor. That’s blackmail, not negotiating, so under that circumstance it would be surprising if CBS didn’t tell her to take a hike – so maybe that is what happened.

        • Rob says:

          The raise she wanted? How does that actor in to the personal reasons Cote gave as a reason for her not signing. The raise sounds like a rumor.

          • guest says:

            If you don’t feel valued by your employer and choose not to accept their terms-well that’s a personal matter. I have seen my husband being undervalued and insulted by raises he has been offered. Believe me, he takes it very personally. A monetary reason can be a personal reason. I am not saying this is Cote’s reason as that will remain a
            mystery unless she speaks out. I just
            believe that money can be a very personal
            issue.

          • Wanda says:

            It saddens me, I loved this show it was the best show on TV but now it has changed so much and it’s down hill.
            Please bring Ziva back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Rob says:

            It will be a mystery, yet there are those who say money was the issue as if they were a part of the negotiating process.

  44. Kendall says:

    After seeing the results of this poll apparently I was the only one yelling at my tv last night shoot her shoot her please please.

    • Sally Chandler says:

      My husband was yelling that too!

    • elsa says:

      My dad was saying the same (and me too)

      • Greg says:

        I felt the same way when Sirius and Dumbledore were killed off! Just what do these people who make millions of dollars by selling television shows and books know when compared to how I feel about a character on a fictional television show?

        • Rob says:

          And when the Beatles broke up, it was just to screw up my musical aspirations. How dare they? ;-) I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. But which one is the walrus ;-)

  45. Sally Chandler says:

    I liked her at first, but now she is just annoying as heck. She adds nothing to the team. No one is acting like themselves anymore beverage she has tho be “forced”to fit. Sick to death of the Bishop Show. Its a shame because this used to be my favorite show. Now it just boring. No action, no fun.

  46. TMS says:

    Kate was OK. Loved Ziva – except I felt all the Tiva stuff was overplayed (lol! guess I don’t wait around hoping for TV characters to hook up)

    I’m willing to give Bishop a little room. We all knew that ANYONE other than Ziva would have a tough act to follow. Truth is, it took me a couple seasons to warm up to Ziva, and it may take a season or so to warm up to Bishop. I’m not willing to abandon ship. NCIS is still my favorite show on TV.

  47. Miltin Wedman says:

    Well, I do nor get it – the POLL sure does not match the comments. OH I get it now…Ziva haters still lurking and fixing the numbers by posting again and again and again…

    • John NYC says:

      Yet they haven’t watched the show after the second episode this year…

    • yes, she's gone says:

      Is that how z wins all the polls she’s even mentioned in? Most of us have lives we live, and have no need for our fantasy to win every poll, no matter what.

    • flootzavut says:

      Um, nope, you can’t vote twice on the poll (after all the cries of fix, I tried – it didn’t work). The logical conclusion is that the discrepancy between the polls and the comment is not Ziva haters voting multiple times, it’s Bishop haters being more vocal.

  48. Ben says:

    loved Kate, didn’t like Ziva nor Tiva, nor forced down the throat Bishop.
    the redish coast guard lady would have been a good fit.

  49. auntiemm says:

    I agree with some of the earlier posts that the show is on auto-pilot. It lost something around the time of NCIS: LA’s launch (the writers had a new toy to play with). It certainly lost its humor. I stopped buying the DVDs after season 7 and check out of the reruns on USA of anything after that.

    This season has been strange to say the least. I have to wonder what would have been if CDP hadn’t quit.

    I can’t warm up to Bishop. They’re trying too hard. I agree that, in order to develop her character, the others now take a backseat. They all had something to contribute but now she is the only one with the information and smarts to figure it out. I would have preferred the ‘guest agent of the week’ or even Borlin. I also don’t care for the new SecNav (setting up a new love interest for Gibbs with the red hair?) Or is the Vance character on his way out, too?

    • John NYC says:

      Or they just wanted to reflect a new reality with the Secretary of the Navy as seen with the current Secretary of the Air Force?
      http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/467806/deborah-lee-james.aspx

    • Gailkate says:

      Good point – I felt it was running out of steam, didn’t much take to EJ and that arc. Despite the popularity of NCIS LA it doesn’t compare to the original, and I’m wary of the new series in N.O. The character mix on the original has been dynamic, and plots were always tight. Then they started wandering down so many paths the cohesiveness began to unravel. The biggest problem with Bishop is that they’re trying to make her into a brain and she just hasn’t been given material to back that up. Sitting cross-legged while downing chips, looking cute and puzzled – that’s not a character.
      Btw, my husband noticed the eyebrows immediately, and he’s not sexist. That’s a make-up issue and I’ve seen it on other shows – a fad I hope disappears quickly. Make-up shouldn’t distract viewers, and noting it doesn’t mean you’re sexist.

    • Greg says:

      Let’s see here. Bishop’s main focus as an analyst was on the bad guy that sent the hellfire missile into the party. Who had MORE knowledge about the terrorist? Ziva?

  50. Pat D. says:

    I don’t have any problem with the character, but as others have stated—Tony and McGee have been reduced to a sideshow slapstick comedy team, and even Gibbs seems unable to do anything but lean on Bishop for answers.

    And the person above who pointed out that Abby has been reduced to a caricature of herself for the 2 minutes of screen time she gets now….is DEAD ON. It was so blatant in the last episode, I almost think it was done tongue-in-cheek.

    • John NYC says:

      Those remarks are always special that way aren’t they?

      • Bellz says:

        John I have to wonder if these people are watching the same television show as us. I don’t see Gibbs leaning on Bishop. She pipes up with what she thinks should/could be and if its reasonable Gibbs may agree. Gibbs gets annoyed at her but can see she has initiative. I can see that Bishop is still trying to fit in, in a team that has its own quirks of what to do and what not to do, or say. She has even been outspoken to Gibbs which shows she isn’t too afraid of him and I like that. She has a mind of her own. She has a go at bringing down the bad guys albeit she may go about it the wrong way sometimes. She has a lot to learn and I’m sure she will work out just fine like the rest have. I think maybe the mistake they made was making her married, as this limits the lovey-dovey scenes to nill. A married woman can’t go around being sarcastic or being all huggy to other men. I hope Bishop and Abby become firm friends.

        • John NYC says:

          The character being married was the one aspect I most welcomed as it rather forcefully nailed the door shut on shipping. And I haven’t ever been a fan of soaps….

        • Dj says:

          If you have a bias against a character you tend to be so blinded by that, that you can’t see what’s really happening. The Bishop haters are so focus on her that she can be standing behind Gibbs and Tony, but in their mind she will be standing in front of them.

          Last night was an episode that was Tony and Plamer heavy, Bishop was far in the background.

      • John NYC says:

        Odd, this response wound up in the wrong place: it was in reference to people who post they never watch anymore, and then go on about how much they dislike what the show is doing… Which strikes me as illogical.

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