NCIS “Pyramid” (Season Finale) Review

NCIS (CBS) Pyramid

NCIS “Pyramid” Season 8 Episode 24 (Season Finale) – This is another one of those times where the necessity of getting a review up immediately after an episode airs is tough. I’m still reeling from tonight’s finale and most of that is coming from literally the last ten minutes of it.

First off the P2P Killer kidnaps Ziva but rather than the entire ep being about that, it’s really just a minor twist that gets resolved quickly. Turns out Cobb did it just so he could turn himself in and get to the people he really wanted – Kort and EJ. Kort because he was the guy who tortured..um I mean trained Cobb, and EJ because her uncle is the SECNAV and put the program into play in the first place. Of course he doesn’t get away with it and is taken out as we all knew he would be.

After that, it looked like the season was going to go out quietly, with EJ and Cade saying their goodbyes (thank goodness…oops, did that slip out?) and everyone attending Franks’ funeral.

In the last few minutes though, the show threw in a couple new twists that are setting up what could be great storylines for next season. First up there was Ray telling Ziva that he basically wanted to marry her, but he had work to do first. What work? Well it looks like he’s being sent to Tel Aviv to deal with Kort.

Then there’s Tony. Turns out Gibbs’ Number One has been chatting with none other than the new SECNAV and has got himself a super-secret mission. He’s going to be tracking down an agent at NCIS who’s apparently been selling secrets and it looks like the only people in on it will be SECNAV and Vance. How will that affect the team dynamic when Gibbs finds out (cuz, let’s face it, Gibbs always finds out), I have no idea but now I’m dying for the new season to start already.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it plenty more times before this week of finales is over – it’s gonna be one long summer.

My favorite bits..

Being a little surprised that Tony followed Gibbs’ orders and stayed with Cade instead of going and looking for EJ like we know he wanted. Guess he does still listen to his boss when it counts, which is good.

EJ still breathing in that bag. How scary.

Noticing that Tony was whispering while everyone else was speaking normally. It felt like he was doing his best to protect EJ by doing that somehow.

Vance was in on the program that made Cobb into a killer? Wait, did I miss that last week?

Tony reassuring EJ that what happened wasn’t her fault and she was a good agent. So reminiscent of what he said to Paula a few years ago when she lost her team. Trying really hard not to think about how that turned out.

Wondering what the heck EJ was thinking by taking evidence from Levin’s body. She’s really doing a good job at making me like her less and less.

Tony calling Kort a “one-eye tea bag.” – I’m not even sure what that means, but it was pretty darn funny.

I’m with Gibbs, one dead agent and another critical sounds kinda important to me.

McGee reassuring Abby by pointing out that Cade was a big guy and had a lot of blood. Aw.

Wow, seeing Abby that tired was so strange. I’m not used to seeing her less than her bubbly self.

McGee telling Abby that he was going with her because if anything ever happened to her, he would..something.

Having no doubt that Cobb would be on the other side of that door when Ziva opened it.

Aha! I KNEW that Franks was sick. Man, it’s so like the way Jenny went out.

Gibbs telling Kort that if Ziva got hurt, he would answer to him and Vance backing him up.

Cobb walking into the hotel room and giving himself up??? HUH?

Did we just get a new rule?? I don’t think I’ve ever heard #16 before.

Gibbs offering to put Cobb out of his misery. I have no doubt that he meant it, too.

Ray telling Tony that Kort had been skimming money from the operation. What a bastard.

Tony getting another chance to throw Kort against a wall. I think he missed being able to do that.

Gibbs kissing Abby on the forehead and reminding her to think positive.

Whoa. EJ’s uncle is the SECNAV?

Oh no! Not Palmer!! I totally had a bad feeling as soon as he got into the elevator.

Ziva reassuring Tony that Palmer and EJ would be okay. Poor guy, his girlfriend and one of his best friends, both kidnapped.

Actually being kinda happy when I saw that Cobb had Kort under one of those bags. I felt bad for Palmer though, since he had no fault in any of it.

Cade not believing McGee when he said he was sad to see him go. Yeah, I didn’t buy that either.

“I think I’ll stay put, no sense walking away from a good thing.” “That a compliment, DiNozzo?” “No boss, sorry. Never.”
(I just loved how Gibbs chose to overhear that part of the conversation)

Not being all that sad to see EJ leave.

Ziva telling Ray that if he didn’t stop going away, he never would be married.

Um yeah, I hate to tell ya this Ray, but that’s an empty box.

Whoa. Ray getting orders to handle the fact that Kort was in Tel Aviv. Interesting.

Completely breaking down into tears when I saw that Gibbs had made Franks’ coffin. Wow, just..wow.

Gibbs giving the flag to Franks’ granddaughter and wondering what he whispered to his daughter-in-law.

SECNAV spoke to Tony??? Wait. What??

SECNAV correcting Vance and telling him to call him Mr. Secretary when they were “talking shop.” Oh, burn!

HOLY CRAP!! Tony getting a special mission to take out an agent who’s been selling top-secret information. So. Freaking. Awesome.

What did you think of this episode of NCIS? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Angélique

     I think it’s “one-eye T-Bag” and it’s a reference to T-Bag in Prison Break. Anyway I love your reviews they are just great !!!!

  • Anonymous

    I have never ever cried during a TV show but when I saw that Gibbs was making the coffin that was IT! OMG that really broke my heart… Could Gibbs have told his daughter-in-law that he’s not really dead?.. You’re right, how could that possibly happen? I’m just grasping at thin polysterine tubes…

  • Great review, thanks!! For me “one-eye tea bag” is a reference to the fact that Kort is British.
    I was a little disappointed with the season finale, fortunately, the very end of the episode with Tony’s assignment made up for it.

  • Marieisme

    I just realized that I never figured out what EJ took out of Levin’s wrist…did I miss something???

  • Cheyennejsmith

    I knew that Gibbs had been working on the coffin the second I heard the letter being read off, in Gibbs’ basement. I was wondering why we never found out what EJ took, or why she took it? That was never figured out (unless I missed it somehow)… The first thing I thought at the end of the episode, with the possible mole, was “McGee”. Not because he’s my favorite character, but because he’s the best with hacking and all things technology… I don’t know if that even matters, but that was my first thought… Plus, McGee’s never had a big storyline. He’s been on the show longer than Ziva, yet she’s had multiple two-parters about her. McGee’s never had one.

    • Gitte

      Really? I don’t believe for a second that McGee would be a mole. I would like him to have a big story line, but no one will believe he would betray NCIS, the team or Gibbs. That goes for the rest of the team as well.
      I think Tony was chosen for this mission because of his special relationship with the suspect: E.J… I just don’t trust her! Especially after she tricked Ducky, Palmer and Gibbs to leaving her alone in autopsy so she could get whatever it was in the dead agents arm.

      • Ghost

        It looked like it was the end of a needle to me… 

      • guest

         Well, snagging Parker from Leverage was good enough for me.  I think McGee wound up the big winner for the season.

      • Cheyennejsmith

        I don’t think McGee is actually a mole, I just think he would be the easiest to be framed is all.

      • John

        The thing in the guys wrist looked like a tracking node or something.  I definitely think it’s EJ, because of the reaction Tony had to the picture.  He definitely knows whoever it is.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa!  I totally called it in my comments last week that Frank was sick!  How he didn’t look sick when Gibbs was talking to the “ghost” Frank.  I just knew.

    Definitely left lots of strings hanging for next season.  I think EJ has to come back because they didn’t resolve whatever it was she took from the body.  Not sure who the mole will be, I would like to think EJ but that might seem a little obvious.  Whoever it was Tony was definitely surprised.

    Roll on the fall, although I will get caught up in USA shows soon I’m sure. 🙂

  • Pkrevbro

    The thing pulled out of Levin’s wrist was a RFID module which can be configured to do several different things like broadcast a location or store information.  I assume that we’re going to find that EJ is either working indirectly for Kort or people who wish to take down Mossad.  Having Ziva utter the line, “I’d rather arrest my father.  And I may have to yet…” during the Baltimore episode has to be significant since all attention was on Tony.  Season 9 is going to feature more Kort, more Eli David, and more intrigue which will undoubtedly cast a long shadow on Ziva David.  Her boyfriend might as well be wearing a red star fleet uniform next season.  He’s a goner.

    We still have no idea was Dekker’s insurance policy is in the box.  We also really don’t have a definitive answer as to why Director Vance showed Mike Franks deference while being hostile to Gibbs.

    The seeds of a McGee/Abbey relationship have been laid out now over several seasons.  This will also play itself out over the next season though I would only expect something concrete were NCIS to wrap in the next two years.  Remember fans, they were an item in season one and part of season two.

    I expect another major NCIS team member to die in season nine.  Palmer doesn’t count there in my honest opinion.  I would expect another “Kate” scenario where it involved a major player or the final elimination of EJ a la the agent who sacrificed herself.  By what I’m stating, I’m expecting EJ to return since Gibbs has stated that she’s welcome back and with CIA activity headed to Israel which will put Ziva in a precarious relationship between NCIS and her father.  Though this arc has been played out several times in the past few seasons, I’m expecting Eli David to die and Ziva to become the Killer we were introduced to in Season three.  While Ziva is doing her “Man on Fire” impression, I would predict that EJ steps into the role temporarily, especially if either Ziva or EJ becomes the agent Tony’s handling.

    You know what, I bet we’re replaying Jeanne Benoit all over again.  This time, Tony knows not to fall in love.

    Anyway, there is a lot to look forward to in Season Nine, especially since I’m predicting Director Vance to get shut out what’s going down in Israel and what’s going on with the operation with Tony and the new SecNav.  This would force a coalition between Vance and Gibbs as they figure out just what all is going on around them.

    These are just predictions and they are based on the previous seasons and how they played out.

  • Katjay

    A couple of things, Vance just wasn’t in on the project..he created it he said. At Mike Frank’s funeral where was Ziva?  

  • Pierrelangevin4

    anyone has any comments on the scene when palmer is being held hostage,and give gibbs a look ,his eyes seems to be sending a very strong signal to gibbs,to me it was an amazing eye contact.also anyone thinks that the spy that tony was asked by secnav to watch is e.j. Pierre great fan of the show 

  • Pat

    Ok, so I am totally with you to not be crying over EJ and her team leaving – no disrespect to the guy who died. And, come on, Ducky will figure out that cut in his wrist was post mortem, and they will figure out who took something out….

    The coffin was such a nice touch, so typically NCIS, so Gibbs… and yeah, I knew he was sick since the coughing was made very obvious – I agree with the similarity to Jenny.

    And, the Tony thing – is reminding me of the last time he went undercover, but Gibbs was not there then – I expect the stuff to really hit the fan this time.

    I was so worried that poor Jimmy was going to be killed…. so glad he emerged mostly unscathed!