In this week’s episode of NCIS, called "Shiva," everyone deals with the aftermath of the deaths of Ziva’s father and Vance’s wife, made more difficult by the need to keep the whole thing a secret.
I think this episode has now become my favorite Ziva episode. I’m not sure what brought it over the edge, but it was probably the final scenes. In those moments I felt more emotion for her character than I had in ten seasons, even when she was forced to kill her brother to protect Gibbs’ life. In fact, I think I’m going to call this one of my top favorite episodes ever. Which is saying something considering the fact that I’ve never been the biggest Ziva fan. I’m not saying that I completely disliked her, after all I’ve always thought of her as pretty cool, but in terms of my favorite characters she always trailed behind pretty much everyone else on the team. That’s probably because it seems like every time they give her any kind of drama, it’s often connected to Tony in some way and wrapped up in all that "Tiva" stuff that I can’t stand.