Ziva returned in the NCIS Season 17 premiere and we finally got some answers. Here are the five biggest moments from the episode.
You know that saying, “You don’t know what you miss until it’s gone?” Well, that’s how I felt during the NCIS Season 17 premiere. I knew I missed Ziva, but I didn’t realize how much until she was back on screen in scenes with Gibbs.
This isn’t the Ziva we once knew though. There were some major reveals about why she had faked her death and what her mental state has been like recently.
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At the same time, some of the team finally learned the truth about Ziva. Bishop told McGee, which led to Torres and Jimmy finding out. That led to Vance and Jack learning the truth. Poor Kasie is still in the dark, but I’m sure that won’t be for long.
With all that in mind, it’s time to delve into the episode, titled “Out of the Darkness,” and look at the five biggest moments from the intense NCIS Season 17 premiere.
5. Ziva and the pills
At one point, Ziva leaves Gibbs behind and becomes disorientated in the sewer system. While there, she starts hearing voices, which is when we get some flashbacks of why Ziva faked her death. While this was important for Ziva’s storyline, it wasn’t as revealing as what was wrong with Ziva.
There was a moment where she looked at some yellow pills. When Gibbs showed back up—of course, he wasn’t going to let Ziva leave him—she quickly hid them. But Gibbs saw them and on the bus is the chance to talk about them (and the necklace that Tali picked out for Ziva to wear).
Ziva is running from a lot of demons, and some of them in her head. Anxiety has become one of her demons and the yellow pills are anti-anxiety meds. While she knows they’re important and they do work, she also acknowledges that they dull her senses and her reactions. Right now, she needs to push through the anxiety attacks to focus on killing Sahar and getting back to Tony and her Tali.