Of course, Ziva (Cote de Pablo) survives even if Abbey proclaimed that she's "universally absent." I mean, she had to survive right, there's simply no way the NCIS team's going to break up - again - following the bashing that they got when they toyed with the idea last season. But more importantly on the NCIS season 7 premiere - more important than the absolutely insane 20 million that tuned in - is that it shed light and perhaps pushed the dreaded/adored Tiva storyline.
To get you up to speed, trapped in a prison cell, Tony - under the effect of a sort of truth serum or not - asked Ziva how her summer was. Ziva said, rather grimly and with absolutely no clue she was sounding cheesy, "Out of everyone in the world to find me, it had to be you."
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"Tony, why are you here," she asked.
"Couldn't live without you, I guess," he answered.
She had the closer with, "So you will die with me?"
If Gibbs (Mark Harmon) the sniper didn't come to the rescue hit Salim right where it mattered and the two indeed died right there on the spot, I wonder if the Tiva fans would be happy. Now that they lived, and Ziva practically downright rejected Tony's profession of self-sacrificing love, I wonder what it'll do to the relationship.
Moving on, as hard as it is to believe, there was more to the NCIS
season 7 premiere than the romantic whatever's between Tony and Ziva. Although the pacing of the whole thing may be another thing altogether - or has NCIS
premieres always came down to the final 10 minutes or so?
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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