‘NCIS’: Fans React to Cote de Pablo’s Ziva Return

NCIS fans are more confused than ever. Ziva made another shocking appearance and viewers are shaken. The NCIS season 16 finale seemed like a regular show. There were no signs there would be any surprises. That’s until Ziva David (played by Cote de Pablo), who fans thought was dead, makes her second season 16 appearance. This time, she’s not blurred or hidden in the shadows. She can be seen clearly, and now fans have so many questions.

What happened during the NCIS season 16 finale

Cote de Pablo as Ziva David|Eric McCandless/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo as Ziva David|Eric McCandless/CBS via Getty Images

First of all, Gibbs was acting all kinds of weird. He was jumpy, not acting like himself, and talking to ghosts. That’s right, Gibbs is seeing things now. In one scene, we see him talking to the ghost of his dead ex-wife, Diane. She just pops up in his house and starts having a conversation with him. Yep, weird.

Why did Diane leave her crypt? Well, before her very creepy yet comical appearance, Emily Fornell is taken to the emergency room after overdosing on opioids. Gibbs, along with Emily’s father, Tobias, come down to the hospital and find out Emily is in such bad shape she might die. Ghost lady appears to Gibbs and annoys him until he gives in to her insistence that he find out who is responsible for Emily’s overdose.

After Tobias tries to kill the doctor for not doing more, we later learn Emily has a drug problem. The bad guy is caught, and everything is great as father and daughter reunite and begin to work on their relationship. It looked like it was going to be a pretty uneventful episode, but the producers had one more surprise up their sleeves.

Is Cote de Pablo’s Ziva back?

Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray on NCIS| Michael Desmond/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray on NCIS| Michael Desmond/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Fans got the shock of their lives after Ziva David arrives during the final moments of the NCIS season 16 finale. She comes bounding down the stairs of Gibbs’ house. Not surprisingly, this was quite a sight for Gibbs, since he had been getting visits from his dead wife for the last couple of days. As Ziva approaches, she greets him by saying, “Hello, Gibbs. No time for pleasantries — you’re in danger.” A shocked Gibbs has trouble responding, so Ziva says, “Well, aren’t you gonna say something?” All Gibbs could say was, “Ziva.” And that’s how season 16 ends.

Fans react to Ziva’s NCIS season finale return

Obviously, fans had a lot to say about Cote de Pablo’s Ziva making a grand entrance during the season finale. They had all kinds of emotions after seeing her. One fan on Instagram said she cried after Ziva appeared onscreen. “I cried when Ziva came back in the end,” she wrote. Other fans were so emotional, they had public outbursts. “I just yelled at work, ‘She’s alive I knew it!’ I started jumping like a puppy,” said the viewer. Some fans even went as far as saying this was the “best day in TV history.” We don’t know if we would go that far, but it was a good episode.

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