NCIS Season 11 Review “Past, Present, and Future” – Ziva Confronts Her Demons

Past, Present, and Future

In this episode of NCIS, called “Past, Present, and Future,” Tony goes on a hunt for Ziva that takes him all over the world and finally into Ziva’s past to discover her reasons for escape, while Gibbs and the rest of the team continue their search for Parsa.

Well, that was it. The episode that so many Ziva and “Tiva” fans were dreading finally happened. She made her exit and what an exit it was.

This episode was definitely an emotional roller coaster, but I thought the emotions would run much higher than they actually did for me. I think, for me, some of the drama of Ziva’s story kept getting pulled away every time we had to go back and follow the rest of the team. I feel like a traitor even typing those words, but that’s how I felt. Since Ziva made basically no appearance in last week’s episode, I thought that maybe it would be all about her and Tony in this one. If that had happened, I wonder if I would’ve been more of a mess by the end. As it was, I didn’t tear up until she called Gibbs.

Despite my lack of ugly crying, this was still a great episode. Through Tony’s eyes, we discovered the reason that Ziva had gone on her journey: Guilt. All these years, Ziva has always been a woman who did her job and dealt with the lives that she’s had to take without those types of feelings. Did she enjoy killing people? Of course not, but she understood how sometimes it was necessary to protect others. Finding out that she had killed her brother before he was about to propose to the woman he loved changed all that and sent her on a journey of self-discovery.

Tony’s part in all of that was really quite beautiful. His connection to Ziva was never more evident than when he realized what she was doing and followed her, just a step behind, on her trip. She didn’t realize it, and she may not have wanted it, but she needed Tony to find her. He had to be the one to tell her that she could end her journey by starting over. One of my favorite lines of the episode was Tony telling Ziva that her going back to the house where she was born was the Universe’s way of telling her it was time for a do-over.

In the end, that do-over was something that Ziva decided she had to do alone, and not back in D.C. Though Tony had realized how much he loved her, he knew that his life was back with the rest of his “family.” So he returned and she stayed and they only had a few moments to acknowledge those feelings. It was indeed a very bittersweet goodbye.

My favorite bits..

“Don’t worry, Tony. We will be okay.” Phantom Ziva talking to Tony? Interesting.

“Do not tie my hands with your mistrust.”

Tony thanking Adam for looking for Ziva.

Tony seeing Ziva everywhere. Both the older and younger versions.

“Can you put the hammer down, please?”

Mendez ignoring all of Fornell’s attempts at persuading him to accept protection, and then accepting it from Gibbs immediately. All it took was being called a dumbass. Who knew?

“Perhaps the ‘him’ is you.”

“This is “Ziva, shouldn’t it say ‘ninja’ or something.”
“Apparently there was a pre-ferocious phase.”

Loving the entire conversation between Tony and McGee.

“McLoving you long distance.”

“Well I can’t beam it up, Captain Kirk, but I can send it, sure.”
“Captain who?” – Sorry, not buying it. Gibbs totally knows Star Trek. I’m sure of it.

Finding out that Fornell craves breakfast food when he gets agitated. With a job like his I’m going to guess he eats a lot of pancakes.

“You think you can buy me?”
(Gibbs laughs)
“Who am I kidding? Of course he can.”

Abby admitting that all of the worrying was finally to get to her.

Gibbs reassuring Abby that they were going to “get them all.”

Tony confronting Deena. Ooooh.. Here comes a little angry Tony again.

Deena telling Tony that she and Ari were going to get married, before Ziva killed him. Wow.

“Why should she have the man that she loves, when she took mine from me?” – Whoa. The look on Tony’s face spoke volumes right then.

McGee remarking on Tony’s beard. Wow, Gibbs let Tony go for that long?

Gibbs telling McGee that, unless Tony had booked a flight home, giving Tony an update was a waste of time. Whoa!

The entire conversation between Gibbs and Tony about giving up on Ziva.

“Boss, maybe you could try saying what you’re saying?”

“If Ziva doesn’t want to be found, you aren’t going to find her.”

“I just need a little more time.”
“You do what you have to do.”

Tony shutting his computer and revealing Ziva standing there.

Tony telling Ziva all the places he’d tracked her down, ending up in the house where she was born.

“You had to kill Ari. One person loving him doesn’t change that.”

“The center of all this pain is me.”

Tony pointing out that Ziva standing in the house she was born in was like the Universe begging to start with a clean slate, and offering to help her with that.

“I can change with you.”

“I’m fighting for you, Ziva.”
“I know.”

Wow, that’s quite a shiner Gibbs got. Didn’t realize he got hit that hard. Man, that guy is tough.

Gibbs shooting Mendez’ phone..and Fornell in the ass. That was all kinds of amazing.

Tony pointing out that Ziva’s explanation would not be enough for Abby.

“I want to make him proud.”

“You know how he is on the phone – functional mute. You’ll hardly know he’s there.”

“Tony you are so.”
“Handsome? Funny? What?”
“Loved.”

The kiss!

Tony writing up his “will” and finding that Ziva had slipped him her necklace.

“Hey, Ziver.” – And that is when the tears started. Dammit. I loved that they gave us that last moment between them. Wouldn’t have been complete without it.

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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