‘NCIS’: Cote de Pablo Spotted Back on Set, When Will Ziva David’s Next Episode Air

Cote de Pablo has officially returned to the set of NCIS. The actress was just spotted filming scenes for her next two episodes in the hit crime procedural and fans are more than excited to see Ziva David back in action. But there are still a few mysteries surrounding her return, including the timing of her appearance and when she might reunite with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). Here’s a look at everything we know about Ziva’s return.

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‘NCIS’ stars Cote de Pablo and Wilmer Valderrama | Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images

De Pablo returns to the set of ‘NCIS’

Taking to Instagram, NCIS star Brian Dietzen offered the first look at de Pablo’s work on the set. The photo comes amid a lot of speculation about Ziva’s return in season 17 — and now we finally have proof that the actress is back in action.

While de Pablo enjoyed some good reunions in the season premiere, it was great to see her sharing a scene with Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer on the show. During the first two episodes of season 17, we really didn’t get to see a lot of Palmer and Ziva together, but it looks like that will all change moving forward.

“Man, I do love that I get to work with such good friends,” Dietzen wrote. “Fun day on set today.”

Before her exit from NCIS, Ziva and Palmer developed a close friendship that fans were hoping would continue now that she’s back. We didn’t get to see any of it early this season, but it might actually be better that way.

Ziva had a lot of reunions in the first two episodes, so seeing her and Palmer catch up might have seemed a bit rushed. By waiting, the series gives the pair plenty of time for a special moment, and we cannot wait to see how it all unfolds.

When will Ziva return to ‘NCIS’?

NCIS producers have been very tight-lipped about when Ziva will return to NCIS this season. While we wait for official confirmation, we know where the show is headed for the next few episodes.

For starters, the upcoming installment centers on Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover), whose friend was just linked to a crime. While Kasie deals with friendship issues, next week’s episode will see the team visiting a strange motel.

From there, one of the last installments in November will feature the murder of a person who once played in a popular band for the Navy. According to Carter Matt, these episodes will not include Ziva, so fans are going to have to wait a little longer before she returns to the fray.

We still don’t know if NCIS will give us a new episode on the week of Thanksgiving. If that doesn’t happen, then there is a strong chance that Ziva will be back in action sometime in December.

Exactly when, of course, is still up for debate, but the fact that de Pablo is filming scenes probably means her appearance will happen before the mid-season finale.

Who will reunite with Ziva this season?

We might have to wait a bit to see Ziva return to the team, but her appearance will come with some highly anticipated reunions. With Ziva and Palmer rubbing elbows, there is a good chance that she will get more time with Kasie.

Fans will also likely see her interact with Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Torres (Wilmer Valderrama), McGee (Sean Murray), and Bishop (Emily Wickersham). Exactly how that unfolds is yet to be seen, but we cannot wait to find out.

There is a lot of speculation about Ziva and Tony getting back together, especially following the events in the opening two episodes. After tackling the threat with Gibbs, we learned that Tony does not know Ziva is still alive – which opens the door for a lot of possibilities when she returns.

Weatherly, of course, is currently starring in his own series on CBS titled Bull, so it is still unclear if his schedule will allow for an NCIS appearance. Whatever happens, it seems like the show is headed towards a Ziva and Tony reunion, and we can only hope it comes in season 17.

New episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS.