NCIS blunder: Fans spot glaring spelling mistake in key Ziva scene

NCIS has recently been cut short due to the coronavirus lockdown. In the meantime, fans have been busy exposing some major errors in older episodes.

Season 16 and 17 featured the surprise return of a fan favourite character to the CBS series. Although Ziva was confirmed to be alive and well in the latest instalments of NCIS, one of her most challenging cases may have been undermined by a critical spelling mistake.
The latest season of NCIS was forced to be put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Remaining episodes of the thrilling Navy procedural are set to be rolled over to the beginning of season 18, which is hoped to start production later this year.

Meanwhile, fans were nevertheless impressed by the makeshift finale of season 17, in which guest star Christopher Lloyd portrayed a Pearl Harbor veteran.

The latest episode was praised as a touching elegy to the lives lost during the Second World War, though devoted viewers are still anxious to see the events of the new series unfold.

Theories are already circulating about the changing roles of the core cast, specifically the NCIS team’s long standing leader, Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon).

With the reappearance of fan favourite character Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) fans have been discussing the possibility of the Agent taking over Gibbs as team leader.

Ziva returned in the season 16 finale and also reprised her role for the premiere of season 17, after the series revealed she had survived the mortar attack in season 11.

With the character making her safe return to the popular show, viewers have been looking back at classic Ziva episodes with unexpected results

Rewatching one particular episode back in season four revealed a key scene came close to being sabotaged by a noticeable background blunder.

In episode 11, In the Dark, the team are discussing the death of David Wong (Roger Lim), who appears to have hanged himself.

However, one fan spotted: “On the message board visible in the background when the team is discussing Wong, the word ‘Artillery’ is misspelled ‘Artillary’.”

During the pinnacle scene, Ducky (David McCallum) examines David Wong’s body, and confirms the inverted V-shaped mark combined with the haemorrhaging of the lips and eyelids and fractured cervical vertebrae indicates the victim hanged himself.
With such a glaring mistake in the background of the scene, a sensitive moment of the episode could have been undermined by fans spotting the spelling blunder.

It’s not confirmed who wrote the word on the board, though given most of the team frequently work with heavy duty weaponry this misspelling is particularly embarrassing.

Thankfully, the mistake went unnoticed by most fans and In the Dark remains a classic episode of Ziva David’s original tenure of the show.

During a 2016 interview with Vanity Fair, Cote de Pablo revealed she left the series because Ziva was not getting the “respect” she deserved.
Pablo revealed: “When I felt or I perceived that the character was not being treated with the respect that she deserved, no money in the world [would suffice].

“They were going to send her back to Israel and make her an unfortunate, miserable woman.”

Thankfully her appearances in season 16 and 17 have revitalised the character, and the current media landscape is a lot more open to Ziva and other female characters leading action-heavy shows like NCIS.

If Ziva does make another comeback for season 18, Cote de Pablo would be a welcome addition to NCIS’s current roster of Field Agents and forensic specialists.