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Out of the Darkness is the 1st episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 379th episode of the entire NCIS series.


Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by her family and her former NCIS colleagues.


Act One

Act Two

McGee after learning from Bishop that Ziva is alive.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Ziva's landlord, Odette and Adam Eshel were aware of Ziva's survival and have been secretly helping her.
    • It is also revealed that, contrary to what they had initially believed, the destruction of the David Farmhouse had been done with the intent of targeting Ziva herself, not just the David files.
  • Odette reveals that Ziva was the real target on the attack on the farmhouse, set by Sahar, the woman who has been hunting her and trying to kill her for reasons unknown other than it somehow relating to Ari Haswari.
  • McGee, Nick, Jimmy, Leon and Jack find out Ziva is alive and learn about Bishop's knowledge on her survival, including her withholding the information.
  • Ziva has developed anxiety issues due to her hunt for Sahar and also from being separated from her daughter and Tony.


  • This is the first episode since the NCIS Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) not to have been directed by Tony Wharmby.
  • This is the first episode since the Season 11 episode, "Past, Present, and Future" to feature Ziva in a physical role.
  • This is the first season premiere where the whole main cast doesn't appear.


Series Regulars

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. Despite being credited, McCallum doesn't appear in this episode.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Former NCIS Agent.
Adam Eshel Damon Dayoub

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Sahar (imposter) Mouzam Makkar
Cy Dale Godboldo
Mister Rogers Hossein Mardani
Willie Nolan Freeman
Security Guard 1 (Out of the Darkness) Monib Abhat
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