Mandi Bierly
September 23, 2009 AT 02:36 PM EDT

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen last night’s season premiere of NCIS, and you intend to, stop reading now. Do not click through to watch the clip of Gibbs (Mark Harmon) stealing the episode from Tony (Michael Weatherly), who risked his— and McGee’s — life to rescue Ziva (while working in a nice True Liesreference, as naturally Tony would). Do not get excited when Tony tells the bad guy Saleem (Omid Abtahi, who I do not find all that scary since I’ve seen him on episodes of Bones and Ghost Whisperer), “Remember when I told you my boss was a sniper?” (Clearly, Tony was describing the team for the benefit of new viewers, which was a little frustrating for fans, but that ending almostmade up for it.) Do not chuckle inappropriately when you see Gibbs emerge in his desert camouflage like some kind of burlap monster with curlie-q fur to shoot another guy dead and say, “Let’s go home.” Do not join the applause when the team returns to the office. Do not get pumped for next week’s episode, when Ziva (Cote de Pablo) reacts to what Tony was willing to do for her.

Do come back to PopWatch on Friday, when Alynda Wheat offers Beat Cop: a TV Watch for procedural fans.

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