The North Pole

First aired
December 17, 2019
Written by
Gina Lucita Monreal
Directed by
James Whitmore, Jr.
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The North Pole is the 10th episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 388th episode of the entire NCIS series.


Gibbs and the team assist Ziva with “the one thing” she said she would need to take care of before returning to her family.

Major EventsEdit

  • Eleanor Bishop, learning from the last time she did favors for Ziva, made sure to fill in her team and kept the drive when Odette refused to divulge information. It was also revealed that Odette largely got the drive behind Ziva's back (mostly to ensure Ziva got over her trauma by arranging for both her and Gibbs to help each other).
  • Ziva's mission involved attempting to locate Adam Eshel who aided Ziva's efforts in eliminating the threat posed by Mira Sahar Azam.
  • Ziva reveals that once Tony found out her body was not in the rubble of the farmhouse he eventually traced her to Cairo Egypt and that she revealed to Tony only what he needed to know.
  • It is revealed that Gibbs' neighbor Sarah is really Mira Sahar Azam, and the person the team believed was Mira Sahar Azam was really a decoy. In addition, Sarah was revealed to have bugged Gibbs' home via Phineas' laptop by leaving the microphone on when supplying it to Gibbs earlier.
  • Gibbs shoots Sarah who is really Mira Sahar Azam.
  • Odette Malone is revealed to have ties to the CIA, and offers Bishop specialized training.


  • Ziva revealed to Gibbs that her daughter Tali hates band-aids.


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. Despite being credited, Carroll doesn't appear in this episode.
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS Historian. Despite being credited, McCallum doesn't appear in this episode.

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Former NCIS Agent.
Adam Eshel Damon Dayoub Officer with Shin Bet who was undercover as a mole in Mira Sahar Azam's terrorist group
Odette Malone Elayn J. Taylor A former CIA operative and trainer.
Sarah Louise Barnes  Gibbs' neighbor and the real Mira Sahar Azamt
Phineas Jack Fisher Gibbs' neighbor

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Victor Mir Usman Ally information broker
Joe Jeremy Batiste Security Guard
Russell Sam Asghari Security Guard
Supervisor Tatiana Turan
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