According to Looper’s survey, 27.23% of respondents believe that the moment in the Season 10 episode titled “Shabbat Shalom,” when Ziva’s father (Michael Nouri) and Director Vance’s (Rocky Carroll) wife Jackie (Paula Newsome) are both killed in a shootout, is the one instance in which the show went too far. It was an emotional episode that still brings “NCIS” fans to tears today.
Ducky (David McCallum) dating a serial killer in Season 9 placed second in the poll, garnering 21.82% percent of the total vote. Additionally, Tony (Michael Weatherly) getting the pneumonic plague had 17.83% of respondents most upset, while 14.33% of those surveyed cited the death of Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander) in Season 2 as the moment the show went too far. Kate’s death was the first major character death in the show’s long and storied history, and although many characters would come and go over the years, that moment has always been a difficult one for fans to accept. That said, Ziva (Cote de Pablo) killing Kate’s murderer in Season 3 was also surprisingly voted as being the moment when “NCIS” went too far by 10.67% of the poll’s respondents.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 8.12% of respondents said Tony and Ziva’s kiss in Season 11 was the moment the show went too far. “Tiva,” as the couple is known to fans, was quite popular, so the low percentage of votes that moment received is hardly surprising. However, it does speak to the fact that not everyone loved the pairing and that some people still watch “NCIS” just for the criminal investigations and not for the personal relationships.