Into the Light

First aired
October 1, 2019
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Into the Light is the 2nd episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 380th episode of the entire NCIS series.


With their lives in danger, Gibbs and Ziva's rogue investigation takes an unexpected turn when a possible terrorist plot is revealed.

Major EventsEdit

  • Ziva is reunited with Ducky and McGee and meets Ellie and Nick for the first time.
  • Ziva is revealed to have secretly kept watch over her daughter, but has kept her distance.
  • Ziva was revealed to have been in Paraguay during Gibbs and McGee's captivity and attempted to breach them out.
  • Ziva is revealed to be aware of Nick's romantic feelings for Ellie and encourages him to confess how he feels about her.
  • It's revealed that Ziva's brother, Ari was also a member of Sahar's terrorist group, but when he was killed, their group was captured and tortured for years in a POW camp and seek revenge against Ziva since they see her responsible since she killed Ari.
  • Sahar tried to convince Ziva to help them, by getting their money and in return Ziva would get her freedom. However, Ziva was playing her the whole time and alerted Interpol, anticipating in part that Sahar would not keep her end of the bargain.
  • Sahar and her men are killed in a suicide-by-cop situation while the rest of her organisation is arrested.
  • Gibbs admitted that he was unwilling to hold to false hopes that she survived, and thus why he didn't bother to search out for her just in case she truly was dead.
  • Ziva called DiNozzo to reveal her survival, as her official last act while in hiding via Gibbs cell phone.


Series RegularsEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Chief Medical Examiner for the Major Case Response Team.
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS Historian

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Former NCIS Agent.
Mira Sahar Azam Mouzam Makkar

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Martin Freydano William O'Leary Chief.
Dwight Colton Darri Ingolfsson
Deputy Andrews Rich Hutchman
Deputy Barney Teddy Lane Jr.
Senator McCormick Paul Gregory
Senator Ortega Cherie Jimenez
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