NCIS (season 3)

The third season of the police procedural drama NCIS was originally broadcast between September 20, 2005 and May 16, 2006 on CBS. The third season opens in the aftermath of "Twilight", with the entire team in shock and Gibbs on a vendetta to seek revenge for Kate's murder. Matters are complicated by the intervention of Gibbs' former lover and new NCIS director Jenny Shepard, and Mossad officer Ziva David.

This season begins to drop little hints about Gibbs' past, and is the first to reference his first wife, Shannon, and his daughter, Kelly. The season finale introduces his former boss, Mike Franks (Muse Watson), who assists Gibbs in recovering from a near-fatal bomb blast. The season ends with Gibbs retiring, leaving DiNozzo in charge of the Major Case Response Team.

NCIS (season 3)
NCIS - The 3rd Season
Season 3 U.S. DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 20, 2005 –
May 16, 2006
Season chronology




Guest appearances


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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
471"Kill Ari (Part I)"Dennis SmithDonald P. BellisarioSeptember 20, 200530215.48[1]
The team struggles to cope with Agent Todd's death while searching for her killer.
482"Kill Ari (Part II)"James Whitmore Jr.Donald P. BellisarioSeptember 27, 200530415.09[2]
Gibbs' determination to kill Ari in revenge for Kate Todd's death increases after he mounts attacks against various members of the team in his sadistic game with Gibbs.
493"Mind Games"William WebbTeleplay by: Jeffrey A. Kirkpatrick & John C. Kelley
Story by: Jeffrey A. Kirkpatrick
October 4, 200530116.87[3]
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Death row prisoner Kyle Boone is a serial killer whom Gibbs arrested ten years ago. Having been placed on Death Row and due to be executed in a few days time for killing several young women, carving a mark on their backs and taking their tongues as his trophies, he insists that he will disclose the location of the missing bodies of his murder victims to Gibbs alone, forcing the reluctant team leader to meet with him due to SECNAV personally ordering him to do so. When Abby and McGee locate the place where the victims had been murdered, the team, assisted by Agent Cassidy, finds that the latest four victims in Boone's scrapbook had been killed in the last three years, meaning Boone has an accomplice who has been carrying on his work. But the investigation turns serious when Agent Cassidy goes missing, having been kidnapped, the team is forced into a desperate race against time to prevent her from becoming victim number five of the copycat killer.
504"Silver War"Terrence O'HaraTeleplay by: John C. Kelley
Story by: Joshua Lurie
October 11, 200530516.78[4]
A deceased Marine is found encased in a Civil-War era tomb at the Smithsonian museum and evidence later comes to light suggesting that he was probably buried alive. In the meantime, Ziva David returns to NCIS, having been assigned to Gibbs' team as a liaison officer for Mossad by the new director of NCIS, Jenny Shepard. Gibbs is angry she did so without consulting him, but Jenny insists that the team needs Ziva. She is forced to prove her worth to the team as they track down the people responsible for the Staff Sergeant's death, which is linked to a Civil War treasure and a lone rogue group who are working behind the scenes. When Ducky and Ziva are placed in a difficult position, Ziva shows her value by saving both their lives and as such, is finally accepted into the team, officially replacing Kate Todd.
515"Switch"Thomas J. WrightGil GrantOctober 18, 200530317.69[5]
The team is called to investigate the murder of a Petty Officer who was gunned down while driving on a freeway. While visiting the sailor's commander to inform him of the death, the team discovers that another man claims to be the Petty Officer and that his identity may have been stolen. Secrets in both men's lives are revealed, but it is Abby's shrewd observations that end up solving the case. Also, McGee discovers his credit card has been stolen and was used to buy porn videos amongst other items while Ziva must quickly learn to adjust to Gibbs' leadership style.
526"The Voyeur's Web"Dennis SmithDavid J. NorthOctober 25, 200530618.01[6]
Jamie Carr, a Marine Sergeant's wife, is thought to have been abducted until Gibbs and his team found evidence to suggest that she may have been murdered live on the internet. Carr and her neighbor, Leanne Roberts, had been making money by running a live internet sex site while their husbands were deployed abroad. Roberts's body is later found but the team is still unable to find any trace of Carr. With the help of her new assistant, Chip Sterling who Director Shepard has hired for her, Abby determines that the video of Jamie might not be all it seems.
537"Honor Code"Colin BuckseyChristopher SilberNovember 1, 200530718.08[7]
Gibbs befriends a young boy after his father, a Lt. Commander, is kidnapped. The Lt. Commander had been working on a classified project named Honor and is the only person who knows the code keys to the encryption. The release of the code keys can pose a serious threat to national security. Although the evidence gathered by Gibb's team suggests that the Lt. Commander was a part of the scheme, Gibbs believes otherwise due to the strong bond between the Lt. Commander and his son. While they solve the case, each of the team members take turns babysitting the boy.
548"Under Covers"Aaron LipstadtL.D. ZlotoffNovember 8, 200530817.79[8]
When it is discovered that two married assassins, who were fatally wounded in a car crash, were planning an assassination at the United States Marine Corps birthday ball, Gibbs sends Ziva and Tony to pose as the married assassins in order to find out who the couple had planned to assassinate and who had hired them. After the team finds out that the couple were expecting a baby and might have been planning to retire, they realize that the assassination plot could have been a set-up and that the married assassins were potentially the real targets. Meanwhile, an attraction between Tony and Ziva surfaces and Gibbs and his team get a surprise when they find out who has been spying on Tony and Ziva.
559"Frame Up"Thomas J. WrightLaurence WalshNovember 22, 200530916.43[9]
A pair of legs are found on a Marine base, and the team is dumbfounded and shellshocked when every piece of evidence in a murder points towards Tony as the prime suspect. In an effort to help their colleague, the team compiles a list of people who may have grudges against Tony, providing them with a long list of suspects. Abby is upset that she may have incriminated Tony through the forensic evidence she provided and refuses to give up until she's proved his innocence.
5610"Probie"Terrence O'HaraGeorge Schenck & Frank CardeaNovember 29, 200531018.17[10]
While the team is on protective detail for the Chief of Naval Operations, McGee spots an argument taking place in an alleyway. He shoots one of the men, who he believed was aiming a gun at him. The deceased turns out to be a D.C. Metro police detective who was working undercover. When the team is unable to find any weapon or bullets left behind by anyone other than McGee, it appears that McGee may have made a probie mistake. McGee begins to doubt himself but Gibbs is suspicious of the detective's meeting, which took place that night. After speaking to the decedent's partner, the team realizes that McGee's story may be more accurate than any of them thought.
5711"Model Behavior"Stephen CraggDavid J. NorthDecember 13, 200531117.11[11]
A supermodel is found dead after having overdosed on phencyclidine at a Marine base, where the reality TV show in which she was participating was being filmed. Her ex-boyfriend is also found dead in a motel nearby having overdosed on heroin, leading the team to believe that their deaths may have been related to their relationship. However, when it is discovered that the Marine drill instructor in charge of the TV show was romantically linked to the dead supermodel, the team look closer at the others involved in the show. When the Marine boyfriend begins to overdose on the same thing that killed his girlfriend, it appears that someone may have disapproved of the relationship, even going to extreme lengths to end it.
5812"Boxed In"Dennis SmithDana CoenJanuary 10, 200631317.19[12]
While investigating a naval stockyard for a container with illegal weapons, Tony and Ziva are ambushed and forced to take cover in a container, where they subsequently become locked in. Gibbs, McGee and Abby attempt to search for them with the help of the port security office. Meanwhile, Tony and Ziva discover that the crates of DVD movies inside the container served as a cover for hidden crates, which contain millions of dollars of counterfeit money. But they both find themselves in a gunfight after the container is later taken away to a warehouse guarded by terrorists, forcing Gibbs and McGee into a race against time to find their location before Tony and Ziva end up dead.
5913"Deception"Leslie LibmanJack BernsteinJanuary 17, 200631217.74[13]
A Navy Lt. Commander, who was in charge of a shipment of nuclear weapons, is thought to have been abducted leading to Gibbs and his team being called in on a Sunday to investigate. The team discovers that the Lt. Commander had had a meeting earlier in the day at a shopping center and that she did volunteer work at an organization dedicated to combating online pedophilia, meaning that her abductor might not have been a terrorist but a pedophile she was tracking.
6014"Light Sleeper"Colin BuckseyChristopher SilberJanuary 24, 200631416.97[14]
Two Marine wives, both originally from Korea are found gunned down in a house. As NCIS searches for the killer, they discover that the one remaining woman and the two victims are part of a sleeper cell with links to North Korea.
6115"Head Case"Dennis SmithGeorge Schenck & Frank CardeaFebruary 7, 200631516.05[15]
While arresting a group of Navy sailors who were operating an illegal automotive chop shop, Ziva finds a severed head in the trunk of a recently stolen car. Abby later matches the head to a Navy Captain who died four months previously. Things go from bad to worse when Abby discovers that the ashes that the Captain's wife and young daughter have been looking after since the Captain's death are bogus, sending the team on the hunt for a possible "human chop shop" operating illegally and the Captain's remaining body parts.
6216"Family Secret"James Whitmore Jr.Steven D. BinderFebruary 28, 200631615.14[16]
An ambulance carrying the body of a young Marine who died suddenly explodes without warning, destroying the body and also rendering it unrecognizable. But things take a strange turn when Ducky later discovers that the DNA lifted from the body does not match that of the dead Marine.
6317"Ravenous"Thomas J. WrightRichard C. ArthurMarch 7, 200631717.21[17]
A Navy Petty Officer is found eaten by a bear after a group of teenagers found his dog tags in bear feces in a national forest. However, an autopsy reveals that the Petty Officer was killed by a blade to the chest before his corpse was eaten. Evidence also shows that he was camping with a woman, who is now missing. Things then take a even more horrifying turn when the team discover that all the accidental deaths might not even be natural or accidental at all, leading Gibbs to suspect that there's a serial killer on the loose in the park, one who's using the deaths to cover up something much worse: murder.
6418"Bait"Terrence O'HaraLaurence WalshMarch 14, 200631817.55[18]
The teenage son of a Marine Major arrives in school with a bomb strapped to his body and takes his classroom hostage. Gibbs enters the classroom as the negotiator and is taken hostage too, leaving Tony in charge much to the chagrin of Director Shepard. The teenager has one demand: bring his mother to the classroom before sunset. The team soon discover that she's dead, having seemingly drowned in a boating accident the year before. Tony and the rest of the team are put to the test as they try to get everyone out alive while secretly communicating with Gibbs.
6519"Iced"Dennis SmithDana CoenApril 4, 200631915.52[19]
While exploring a frozen pond, two young boys discover the body of a Marine in the pond. When Gibbs and the team are dispatched to the scene to investigate, they find three more bodies who are high-ranking members of a notorious Central American street gang, "La Vida Mala" or LVM for short. The team must find out who's responsible for the killings while enduring heat from the deceased Marine's unit who are being held in Iraq until the case is closed, fearing the other Marines might seek retribution. Abby and McGee find a trail of text messages which reveal a shocking truth while Ziva, McGee and Tony take turns interrogating their main suspect.
6620"Untouchable"Leslie LibmanGeorge Schenck & Frank CardeaApril 18, 200632015.90[20]
A Navy Lieutenant working at the Pentagon's cryptography department is found dead in her home, having seemingly committed suicide by shooting herself in the head. However, Abby later discovers that there was someone else with the Lt. when she died and as such, the team attempt to find her killer while also searching for the mole. When evidence links the Lt. to a Venezuelan diplomat Simon Roca, the team must find a way around the red tape in order to find out what really happened. While they race against time to tie Roca to the Lt., Ducky is held up by his mother, who is suffering from dementia.
6721"Bloodbath"Dennis SmithSteven D. BinderApril 25, 200632115.56[21]
A couple checking in at a motel near Little Creek Naval Base find their room covered with bloodstains and slices of human tissue in what appears to be a drug deal gone horribly wrong. The team realizes that they have been set up after Tony notices discrepancies in the bloodstains, Ducky identifies the slices as discarded tissue from surgical procedures and Abby and McGee barely escape being poisoned after she realizes the drugs she was testing were rigged. They must dig into Abby's past to find out who wants her dead and their search leads them to the main suspect in the embezzlement trial Abby is testifying in, the suspect's lawyer and Abby's ex-boyfriend whose obsession with Abby is a grave cause for concern.
6822"Jeopardy"James Whitmore Jr.David J. NorthMay 2, 200632214.95[22]
A routine drugs bust goes wrong when the suspect dies while in Ziva's custody. The victim's brother then takes Jenny hostage, demanding his brother and the drugs be returned to him in exchange for Jenny. With a deadline of just two hours and the clock racing against them, the team with the help of Cassie Yates (Tamara Taylor) must find Jenny before it's too late.
6923"Hiatus (Part I)"Dennis SmithDonald P. BellisarioMay 9, 200632315.17[23]
A bomb explodes as Gibbs contacts an undercover government agent on a suspicious foreign ship, killing the agent and placing Gibbs in a coma, in which he has flashbacks of the murder of his wife Shannon and daughter Kelly many years earlier, and his wounding in Desert Storm. Meanwhile, Tony becomes the temporary head of the investigation team as the group attempts to track down Pinpin Pula, a missing crew member of the ship, suspected to be an Abu Sayyaf member. The episode ends with Gibbs awakening from his coma with no memory of Ducky, who is in the room with him.
7024"Hiatus (Part II)"Dennis SmithDonald P. BellisarioMay 16, 200632416.49[24]
Gibbs wakes up believing it's 1991 and he was wounded in Kuwait, with no memory of the last 15 years. Director Shepard contacts Gibbs' NCIS mentor and partner, Mike Franks in hopes of helping an amnesiac Gibbs regain his memory as only he knows the details to an impending terrorist attack, and he remembers up until 1996 when Franks retired after his warnings about the impending attack on the Khobar Towers were ignored. She also delves into Gibbs' past and shares with Ducky about his murdered wife and daughter. The team discover the agent was dead before the bomb, and realise Pinpin Pula killed and impersonated the agent, then used his credentials to board another ship. Meanwhile, Tony and the team discover Pinpin Pula wants to blow up the ship Cape Fear. Ziva, who had appeared nonchalant about Gibbs' situation, visits Gibbs in a desperate and emotional attempt to revive his memory by telling him about their shared connection with Ari. Gibbs recovers his memory and is taken back to NCIS headquarters. The director in charge of the frigate's shipment refuses to heed warnings from Gibbs, Jenny and other Navy officers leading to disastrous consequences. Finally, Gibbs hands his badge to Tony and resigns before heading to Mexico to stay at Franks's house.

DVD special features

NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Services- The Complete Third Season[25]
Set details Special features
  • 24 Episodes
  • 6-Disc Set
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • Audio Commentaries
  • The Real N.C.I.S. Declassified
  • Hit the Head Montage
  • The Women of N.C.I.S.
  • N.C.I.S. Season of Change
  • The Round Table
Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
April 24, 2007[26] June 18, 2007[27] March 15, 2007[28]


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General references
2007 in home video

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Abby Sciuto

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto is a fictional character from the NCIS television series on CBS Television, and is portrayed by Pauley Perrette. In a season 10 episode entitled "Hit and Run", a young Abby was played by Brighton Sharbino in flashbacks. Like Jethro Gibbs, Anthony DiNozzo, and Dr. Donald Mallard, Abby was introduced in the episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" of the television show JAG (which together served as the backdoor pilot for NCIS), and, up until May 2018, appeared in every episode of NCIS, in addition to being featured on the show's spin-offs, NCIS: Los Angeles (two episodes) and NCIS: New Orleans (two episodes). The role has made Perrette one of the most popular actresses on U.S. primetime television in 2011, according to Q Score.

Abby is a forensic scientist at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service headquarters at the Washington Navy Yard, with expertise in ballistics, digital forensics, and DNA analysis. In the first episode of the seventh season, "Truth or Consequences", DiNozzo, while under the influence of a truth serum, describes her as "a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms. Sleeps in a coffin. Really, the happiest Goth you'll ever meet." Her gothic style of dress and her interest in death and the supernatural contrast with her generally hyperactive demeanor and enthusiasm about her work.On October 4, 2017, Perrette announced that she would be departing the show at the conclusion of season 15. CBS aired her final episode on May 8, 2018.

Anthony DiNozzo

Anthony D. "Tony" DiNozzo, Jr. is a fictional character in the CBS TV series NCIS portrayed by American actor Michael Weatherly. An original character created by producer Donald P. Bellisario, he is credited in 306 episodes of the series, appearing in 305. He has also made guest appearances on the spin-offs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

The character is scripted as the senior field agent of the fictional Major Case Response Team (MCRT) led by Gibbs. A former police detective, he is athletic and charismatic—at least, when not being snarky/smarmy. He describes himself as a former jock, and often leads crime scene investigations; when not at work he is a movie buff. Over the course of the show, he carries a few storylines, namely an undercover assignment that carries through Season 4 and into Season 5. Throughout the show, he is renowned for providing comic relief for an otherwise serious drama show, regularly spouting movie trivia, especially in the early seasons, and being a womanizer who fears commitment. The death of Sasha Alexander's character, Ex-Secret Service Agent turned NCIS agent Caitlin Todd, in the second-season finale and his relationship with Cote de Pablo's character, Mossad officer turned NCIS agent Ziva David, who is introduced in the third season, becomes fundamental to his subtle shift in attitude.

The character drew mixed reactions from the audience. According to Bellisario, Tony was often criticized by the female audience at the beginning of the show's run for his chauvinism. This softened after Weatherly decided to tone down that aspect of his portrayal, and afterwards the character was better received. Critics continued to be both amused and annoyed by his "charming goofball" persona, and his "will they/won't they" relationship with Ziva later became popular among viewers. By 2011, Weatherly was listed among the top 10 most popular actors on primetime television, according to Q Score.In January 2016, Weatherly and CBS confirmed Season 13 would be DiNozzo's last as a series regular. In the show, DiNozzo leaves after finding out he has a daughter with his former partner and Special Agent, Ziva David, who apparently died in a mortar attack on her home in Israel. DiNozzo leaves NCIS in order to "look for some answers" and to care for their daughter.

Caitlin Todd

Special Agent Caitlin Todd is a fictional character featured in the CBS television drama NCIS. She was portrayed by Sasha Alexander, who appeared in 49 episodes of the series. Alexander made her series debut in the season one premiere "Yankee White", before departing the regular cast in the season two finale "Twilight". Alexander was credited as a guest star for her appearances in the season 3 episodes "Kill Ari (Part I)" and "Kill Ari (Part II)," and appeared uncredited in likeness and in voice during season 8's "A Man Walks Into a Bar". Subsequently, Alexander has appeared in photographs, flashback, and CGI footage, most recently in "Family First" (season 13).


Cholent (Yiddish: טשאָלנט‎, translit. tsholnt or tshoolnt) or hamin (Hebrew: חמין) is a traditional Jewish stew. It is usually simmered overnight for 12 hours or more, and eaten for lunch on Shabbat (the Sabbath). Cholent was developed over the centuries to conform with Jewish laws that prohibit cooking on the Sabbath. The pot is brought to a boil on Friday before the Sabbath begins, and kept on a blech or hotplate, or left in a slow oven or electric slow cooker, until the following day.

There are many variations of the dish, which is standard in both the Ashkenazi and Sephardi kitchens. The basic ingredients of cholent are meat, potatoes, beans and barley. Sephardi-style hamin uses rice instead of beans and barley, and chicken instead of beef. A traditional Sephardi addition is whole eggs in the shell (huevos haminados), which turn brown overnight. Ashkenazi cholent often contains kishke (a sausage casing) or helzel (a chicken neck skin stuffed with a flour-based mixture). Slow overnight cooking allows the flavors of the various ingredients to permeate and produces the characteristic taste of cholent.

Hiatus (NCIS)

"Hiatus (Part I)" and "Hiatus (Part II)" are the 23rd and 24th episodes of the third season of the American police procedural drama NCIS, and the 69th and 70th episodes overall. They originally aired on CBS in the United States on May 9 and May 16, 2006. Both episodes are written by Donald Bellisario, the show's creator and executive producer at the time, and directed by Dennis Smith. They were seen live by 15.17 million and 16.49 million views respectively."Hiatus" is a two-part story arc covering the third NCIS season finale. It involves lead character Gibbs (Mark Harmon) being severely injured in a ship bombing, his subsequent memory loss, and the team's struggle to find the perpetrator before another attack. The episodes also delve into Gibbs' past, culminating in the revelation of his wife and daughter's deaths 15 years prior.

Kill Ari

"Kill Ari (Part I)" and "Kill Ari (Part II)" are the first two episodes of the third season of the American police procedural drama NCIS, and the 47th and 48th episodes overall. They originally aired on CBS in the United States on September 20 and 27, 2005. Both episodes are written by Donald Bellisario, the show's creator and executive producer at the time. Part I, directed by Dennis Smith, was seen live by 15.48 million viewers, while Part II, directed by James Whitmore, Jr., was seen live by 15.09 million viewers.The "Kill Ari" story arc centers on Gibbs' hunt for Ari Haswari, who shot and killed Special Agent Kate Todd in the second-season finale of NCIS. It also introduces two new main characters to the show—Mossad Officer Ziva David and NCIS Director Jenny Shepard. Due to these changes in the cast, Bellisario labeled the third season as "the season of change".

Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a fictional character of the CBS TV series NCIS, portrayed by Mark Harmon. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper turned special agent who commands a team for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Gibbs is the most accomplished marksman on the team and the most skilled at handling violent standoffs; he depends on his other agents heavily for technical forensics and background checks. He is patient but firm with his team and has little patience for bureaucracy; he commands most other main characters—including his current staff Timothy McGee, Ellie Bishop, Nick Torres and Jacqueline Sloane and previous staff Caitlin Todd (killed in the line of duty), Anthony DiNozzo (left to look after his newly found daughter), Ziva David (presumably killed after leaving NCIS; later revealed to have gone into hiding), Alexandra Quinn (left to look after her sick mother) and Clayton Reeves (killed defending Abby Sciuto). Leroy Jethro Gibbs was born in 1954 as confirmed in the episode "Date with Destiny", in which he visits Shannon's grave and the date is shown on the headstone.

List of NCIS characters

NCIS is an American police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The series was created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill as a backdoor pilot with the season eight episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" of JAG. The series premiered on September 23, 2003 featuring an ensemble cast which has included: Mark Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo, Lauren Holly, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham, Wilmer Valderrama, Jennifer Esposito, Duane Henry, Maria Bello, and Diona Reasonover.

Michael Bellisario

Michael Angelo Bellisario (born April 7, 1980) is an American actor and the son of scriptwriter and producer Donald P. Bellisario.

Bellisario has mostly had parts in series produced by his father, he played Midshipman Michael "Mikey" Roberts in JAG and also appeared during the first part of NCIS season 3 as Charles "Chip" Sterling. He has also appeared in four episodes of Quantum Leap. In the pilot chapter of JAG, Michael was the boy rowing in the Adriatic in the aperture scene. He was 15 at this time. At the end of S03E01, he makes a pizza delivery to a police station.

Michael has two other siblings that are actors; half-sister Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars) and stepbrother Sean Murray (Timothy McGee on NCIS).

Serial (radio and television)

In television and radio programming, a serial has a continuing plot that unfolds in a sequential episode-by-episode fashion. Serials typically follow main story arcs that span entire television seasons or even the full run of the series, which distinguishes them from traditional episodic television that relies on more stand-alone episodes. Worldwide, the soap opera is the most prominent form of serial dramatic programming.

Serials rely on keeping the full nature of the story hidden and revealing elements episode by episode to keep viewers tuning in to learn more. Often these shows employ recapping segments at the beginning and cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Such shows also place a demand on viewers to tune into every episode to follow the plot. The invention of recording devices such as VCRs and DVRs has made following these type of shows easier, which has resulted in increased success and popularity. Prior to the advent of DVRs, television networks shunned serials in prime time as they made broadcast programming reruns more difficult and television producers shunned them because they were tougher to go into broadcast syndication years down the road.

Serials contrast with episodic television, with plots relying on a more independent stand-alone format. Procedural drama television programs are commonly episodic.In British television, the term serial is also synonymous with the American term miniseries – a short-run series with one title and plot. The finale of the serial sometimes concludes the program as a whole, for sequel serials are rarely made.

Shorter serial programs known as telenovelas (and earlier, radionovelas), originating and often produced in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin America, have become popular worldwide.

Under Covers

"Under Covers" is the 8th episode of the third season of the American police procedural drama NCIS, and the 54th episode overall. It originally aired on CBS in the United States on November 8, 2005. The episode is written by Lee David Zlotoff and directed by Aaron Lipstadt, and was seen live by 17.79 million viewers.Several recurring characters appear, including FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano) and lab assistant Charles "Chip" Sterling (Michael Bellisario). The episode, which was among the first to feature the character of Israeli Mossad Officer Ziva David, centers on an undercover assignment that requires Ziva and Tony DiNozzo to impersonate two married assassins when their bodies are found. Meanwhile, an attraction between them surfaces.

Weekend at Bernie's II

Weekend at Bernie's II is a 1993 American black comedy film directed by Robert Klane. It is the sequel to the 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie's. Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman and Terry Kiser reprise their roles. Unlike its predecessor, the film received largely negative reviews and was a minor box office success, grossing $12.7 million against a $7 million budget.

Ziva David

Ziva David (; Hebrew: זיוה דוד, pronounced [ˈziva daˈvid], Ziva: "Radiance"; birth date November 12, 1982, Beersheba in the Negev desert of southern Israel) is a fictional character from the CBS television series NCIS, portrayed by Chilean-born American actress Cote de Pablo. Ziva first appeared in the season 3 premiere episode, "Kill Ari (Part 1)", and became a regular cast member from the episode "Silver War". She replaced Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Sasha Alexander), who was killed at the hands of Ziva's half-brother, Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin), in the season 2 finale. Following the onscreen death of the character's father in season 10, Gabi Coccio recurrently portrayed a young Ziva in flashbacks.

Ziva is introduced to the show as an Israeli citizen, an agent of the Kidon unit of the Mossad, a daughter of Mossad Director Eli David, and a friend of NCIS Director Jenny Shepard. She was assigned to NCIS as a liaison officer in an arrangement between Eli and Jenny, a position she held for four years until she returned to Mossad in the season 6 finale, "Aliyah". After being captured by terrorists in Somalia while on assignment for Mossad and presumed dead, she was eventually saved by Gibbs, Tony, and McGee, who brought her back to America. These events led to her resigning from Mossad, applying to become an NCIS agent, and being sworn in as a U.S. citizen.On July 10, 2013, CBS television studios announced that Cote de Pablo would be leaving NCIS during season eleven. De Pablo appeared in two episodes as a series regular, and was subsequently replaced by Special Agent Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham).

In the season 13 finale, "Family First", in 2016, it is discovered that she has a daughter, Tali, with Anthony DiNozzo. During a mortar attack arranged by former CIA agent Trent Kort, Ziva is apparently killed. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, executive producer and show runner Gary Glasberg commented on Ziva's fate; "Tremendous thought was put into every element of what you saw last night ... down to the lines of dialogue, the specific wordage. At the end of the day, I leave it in the hands of our fantastic fans and audience".In the season 16 episode "She", after the NCIS team solves a case that Ziva had kept notes on after her departure, it is revealed that Ziva is in fact alive and had gone into hiding. She writes a note to Bishop asking to keep her secret due to her family being at risk of danger.

Outside of fiction, the cultural impact of Ziva became a subject of discussion among various critics, with academics and rabbis weighing in on the matter. Newspapers such as The Jerusalem Post cite her as the only full-time Israeli character on an American mainstream network television show, and Harvard preceptor Eitan Kensky identifies her as the "most prominent televisual Israeli" in the United States. Her depiction is generally praised for exposing the Western public to Israeli society and culture, its positive portrayal of an Israeli, and its "cheerleading for American ties to Israel". The role made de Pablo the second most popular actress on U.S. primetime television in 2013, according to Q Score, and a 2013 study by E-Poll Market Research listed her among the top 10 most appealing celebrities in America.

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