- Vance. He was the one that brought up Ziva's status with both NCIS and Mossad. She was never an agent and how can she come back as a liaison if she doesn't keep ties to Mossad and her father? Vance was very director-ish in this ep and I liked that.
- Ducky and Palmer. They were so normal and they had never changed and I love them for it.
- Tim and Tony. They are the way I know they can be. They were joking with each other without heat. They seemed so in tune with each other.
- Gibbs. At first, I was a little leery with how he was kind of saying they needed Ziva. I don't really see why they need her, so I didn't agree with that. But then he got in her face about trust.
- Vance, again. He called Gibbs on what I think Gibbs was actually doing. He was hoping that Vance would find the reason for Ziva not to come back and save Gibbs the trouble of making *that* decision.
- Vance, thrice. The "I Love You" moment in front of Tim and Tony was made of win. And it made me think of my past-Vance/Tony fic that I always wanted to continue by making it present Gibbs/Tony.
- The "Kiss". When Ziva kissed Tony on the cheek, I LOVED how Tony just stood there not looking at her and then had his eureka moment for the case. He was so not in that conversation the same way Ziva was and I loved that. It was definitely one sided on Ziva's part.
- Competent!Tony. I think we saw him in this episode. We also saw Joking!Tony who was more inline with how he used to be and not some poor imitation.
- Abby's Rant Positive Notes. I did like that she stood up for Tony and the description she gave of his outside and inside. However, read below for more negative on this.
- Baltimore PD connections! (more below on this)
- Headslap! Yay!
- Tony saved the homeless guy and then mentioned he had something wet (or something) on his hand he didn't want to think about.
- Original Cindy! Thanks to onlyonechoice for pointing that out to me, because it was driving me up the wall.
- And last, but certainly not least, Toppy!Gibbs who made Tony wait through his report and for just a few moments longer before he was allowed to go to the bathroom. And Tony looked completely comfortable (except for the pee!dancing) to let Gibbs dictate when he went to the bathroom. I love the dynamics those two have. :-)
- Ziva. I just don't like her character anymore. And then I hate that I don't like her because the writers made me not like her and it snowballs from there.
- Abby's Rant Negative Notes. I didn't like that she contradicted all the points in favor of Tony with the little asides about seeing it different. There is no other way to see it. And I didn't like the drop down banner. At least they didn't have Ziva pictures all over Abby's lab or something like that.
- The ending. It was too nice and tidy. What freakin' reason does Ziva have to be on their team. She does not have close ties with Mossad right now (considering she hasn't been home since the rescue and they didn't rescue her). She cannot be an agent because she IS NOT a US Citizen. That said, how the heck is she even allowed to stay in the US right now. I mean in real life, there's a wife of a dead soldier who was having trouble staying the country and she has a kid by the dead soldier. So what right does Ziva have in the US right now? I guess that's creative license. *hrumph*
- The case. I don't really remember it and who was who/what in that case.
- Ziva helping Tim and Tony. I know *why* they did it, but I didn't like that they did it. Remember the time Gibbs and Tony went to solve a case on Air Force One of all places with just the two of them. And Tony, Gibbs and Kate managed just fine for some time without Tim. *sigh*
- People who knew / knew of Tony from his cop days. Why do they have to be bad or implied bad in this case? I did like the way he said that he was glad Tony had his back. It sounded like he had a little hero worship going on there and it makes me wonder what kind of stories he was told about Tony.
- Ziva in the men's room. It was funny the first time. It was okay the next time. But now it's just, grrr. I think I mainly don't like it, because they would never, ever have one of the male characters go into the women's bathroom in the same manner. Now if it's the guys talking in the bathroom, I'm fine with it. If it was Ziva and Abby in the women's bathroom, I'd be fine. But let's stop with opposite sexes in the bathrooms please.
- Ziva saying Gibbs is the closest she has to a father. I did not like that they went there. Ziva has a father. From everything we've ever seen, while not close-close, she doesn't have problems with her father. Granted, him or someone at Mossad left her for dead in Africa, but still. She has a father and I just don't see her character saying that to Gibbs. Unless it was more trust-issues and she was trying to use that get Gibbs' trust back. Saying that she thought of him as a father even if she really didn't. But I didn't like that. At all.