|Ziva & Tony say goodbye on NCIS|
It's been a week for television. Seriously. A week!
Most of the Twittersphere is alive with the ending of Breaking Bad. I never watched that show; no particular reason, it just never appealed to me. So, the finale of BB didn't really make my radar until my social media stream erupted with Tweets and Status Updates and whatnot the other night.
What did make my radar was the second episode in Season 13 of NCIS, a show I came to late (like, the year Kate died) but have since grown to love. I think of the characters at the weirdest times, wondering what they're doing as I sit down to lunch.
I know, stalkerish, right?
But this season is different for me because one of my favorite characters is leaving. For good? For now? We don't really know. Ziva David hasn't been killed off, but the character made it clear that she needs to make changes to her life...and she has said her goodbyes.
Yes, I shed a couple of sniffles as she (finally) told Tony he was loved...not because Tony didn't know that but because Ninja-Ziva doesn't show weakness or connection. And that was as close to an 'I love you' as she has (to date) been ready to make. And then, came the final moment. When Gibbs (aka Mark Harmon who was aged incredibly well over the years. Hi, yeah, I just said that) saw an incoming call. Took a swig of beer and finally answered, saying, "Hello, Ziver," in a gruff, quiet voice.
As goodbyes go, it was one of the classiest I've seen on PrimeTime in a long time. What I loved most is that the writers brought all the characters full circle - we've seen the team grow from mistrust of Ziva, a former Mossad operative, to friendship, deep affection and love. We've seen Ziva grown from cold assassin to investigator to loyal friend and staunch defender. And they did it well. Ziva didn't go down in a blaze of gunfire, as we might have expected because of her assassin past. Instead, she was brought to her knees by her conscience. Probably the best enemy, for all of us.
So, while I was saying goodbye to my favorite former-Mossad-present-NCIS agent, I was also saying hello. Because Ziva has a new story, one I can tell myself, for as long as I want. And one that the writers just might pick up, one day. A story of redemption and forgiveness, acceptance and moving on.
I hope they tell it. And until they do, my mind will create stories for Ziva. Places she might visit on her path to redemption, people she might meet...and I'll remember how deeply her story affected me, and I'll try to to the same justice to my own characters.