Choosing nine great episodes from NCIS is like being told to pick up lunch for the entire office from a great deli. Everything looks so good but you have to narrow the menu. You choose the best on the list with the full knowledge that some people will be disappointed.
I'm here with my top nine episodes of 2009. I did try to take your orders earlier with a poll question on your favorite NCIS moments. So just saying if you don't care for the corned beef, well I did ask.
"Broken Bird" - airdate 01/03/09
Dr. Ducky Mallard (David McCallum) is accused with heinous war crimes and murder. This was a glimpse into Ducky's darker past.
"Bounce" - airdate 02/17/09
Special agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) sent an innocent man to jail for embezzlement. Tony shows he can lead the team and trust his gut.
"Toxic" - airdate 04/17/09
Forensic scientist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) is taken to an undisclosed government lab to finish a project. Short of being a cure for dying soldiers it is the second part of a chemical weapon. Never betray Abby's trust.
"Semper Fidelis" - airdate 05/12/09
This episode marks the final meeting of Tony and Mossad officer Michael Rivkin. During a fight Tony kills Rivkin in Ziva David's (Cote de Pablo) home.
"Aliyah" - airdate 05/19/09
The team goes to Israel. Ziva confronts Tony for killing Rivkin. Her father the head of Mossad wants her to finish Rivkin's mission. She stays in Israel when the team leaves. The episode ends with a tortured Ziva being held prisoner in Somalia. Does she die?
"Truth or Consequences" - airdate 09/22/09
Agents Tim McGee (Sean Murray) and Tony DiNozzo are being held in Somalia. During Tony's interrogation Ziva is brought into the room. McGee releases Tony and their boss Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) shoots the interrogator. Ziva returns with the team to NCIS.
"Reunion" - airdate 09/29/09
Ziva wishes to return to NCIS but Gibbs has doubts about who's orders she will follow. She tries to talk with Tony. There is much unsaid between them. Ziva explains about the night she killed her brother Ari and Gibbs trusts her again.
"Code Of Conduct" - airdate 11/20/09
This is the traditional Halloween episode. Ziva has returned as a newly qualified NCIS agent and has to hear Tony call her 'probie'. Tony and Ziva are colleagues now and Ziva pulls a great prank on him.
"Child's Play" - airdate 11/24/09
Abby out does herself by finding an encrypted code in the colors used by a young female wunderkind to make collages. This Thanksgiving episode shows Abby at her brainy best.
Never brine a turkey when there is a child to watch. Right Ziva?
I could have chosen any of the NCIS episodes as outstanding. Just to pick nine was a difficult assignment. I'm sure I missed your favorite dear reader. I can only say sorry and remind you that sometimes the one picking up the sandwiches gets to decide what everyone will eat.