I had wondered if others had felt annoyed by a lot of what happened in this episode. Glad I wasn't the only one.
I am a Ziva neutralist. I liked her sometimes, and I didn't like her at times. Towards the end of her stay though, her character did get a bit annoying to me (kinda like Abby as well). She seemed to get more and more self-absorbed. And this, "You abandoned me!" stuff was pretty rich. She chose to leave. She chose to stay off the grid (and apparently not even tell Tony). She chose to leave little hints for Bishop and not any of the team she worked with before. Ugh.
And that meeting in Vance's office was surreal. First of all, why did they flat out lie to Vance like that? I could maybe see that happening if Gibbs gave them a direct order to not tell Vance anything. But even then, that would be highly questionable. And what's this, "Well, gee, if Ziva said to stand down, we have to do what she says". Seriously!? First of all, she's dragging their boss to God knows where to do God knows what. And you haven't seen or spoken to Ziva in years. You have no idea what she had been doing or what her state of mind is. I am shocked that Vance went along with that. I know he goes back pretty far with Ziva and of course her father. But that still didn't sit well with me.
Also found it strange that this criminal mastermind who orchestrated all of this was to be found in that bed-bugged invested place where her henchies also hung out. I would have figured she would be orchestrating these events from far far away. Maybe in another country. Certainly in a nicer place of residence than that burned down, insect infested place.
I also hated that "To be continued.." stuff. Really? We have to suffer through more of this with Ziva dragging everyone around by the nose now? Ugh.