NCIS - Los Angeles Database

First aired
May 5, 2009

Legend (Part 2) is the 23rd episode of Season 6 of NCIS. This episode served as the second of two pilot episodes for NCIS: Los Angeles.


With Michael Rivkin having emerged in Los Angeles, attracting NCIS's attention, back in D.C, Tony is forced to start questioning Ziva's loyalty to NCIS. Meanwhile, Gibbs and McGee along with the Office of Special Projects in Los Angeles attempt to capture the remaining members of the terrorist cell although they find themselves up against Rivkin who, for some reason, is managing to stay one step ahead of them.


The episode opens with a recap of what happened in Episode:Legend (Part 1) and ends with NCIS Special Agent G. Callen, going undercover as deceased arms dealer, Liam Patrick Coyle where the buyer is later revealed to be none other than Michael Rivkin, a spy for the Israeli Mossad and an associate of Ziva David.

In the Office of Special Projects building, as the deal between Callen and Rivkin continues, OSP Special Agent in Charge Lara Macy, the NCIS: Major Case Response Team leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs and OSP Psychologist Nate Getz watch it live via cameras placed around tiny spots in the hotel room.

As this goes on, Tech Operator Eric Beale shows Gibbs's colleague, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee how they acquire a snapshot of their targets for identification. In the hotel room, Rivkin while opening the suitcase tells Callen that he met a man in Damascus who told him that Liam, the guy Callen is pretending to be was dead.

"Well, let me know when he passes", Callen replies. "I'll come to his funeral".

"Too late", Rivkin replies before aiming a gun at Callen.

Back at Ops, Macy via her headset realizes that the operation's been blown and that the target at the centre of the room has drawn a weapon. In that instant, Callen's colleagues, Agents Sam Hanna and Kensi Blye burst in, their guns drawn while identifying themselves as federal agents while ordering Rivkin to drop his weapon.

Rivkin relents, dropping his weapon onto the bed.

While the stand-off continues, Callen glances into the TV and tells Macy that Rivkin wasn't going to shoot him before insisting that Rivkin personally tell Macy that he wasn't going to shoot Callen. With his hands up, Rivkin tells Macy and the OSP team that he wasn't going to shoot Callen.

Gibbs just smirks, amused.

Nate then guesses that Rivkin was right given how there's no tension in the upper body and that Rivkin's voice is all wrong before quickly coming to the theory that Rivkin wasn't going to shoot Callen after all. As Macy heads off, Gibbs dryly remarks that it would have been embarrassing if he had.

Macy snaps that there's no room for probabilities before asking Eric and McGee if they've gotten a match yet. McGee tells her that they just started but his words come to a grinding halt when a positive match appears up on the screen. He tells Gibbs of this who orders McGee to put it on the screen.

While this goes on, McGee's stunned, wondering how it can be possible for them to get a hit in six seconds given the million of possibilities?

The match then pops up on the big screen with Macy revealing that the man's name is Michael Rivkin while in the hotel room, with his gun still drawn and via an earpiece, Sam releys the information back to Kensi and Callen. Rivkin wants to know if they're FBI or CIA.

"NCIS", Callen replies.

Back in the Ops Centre, Nate remarks that Rivkin's way too confident and that things are about to go pear-shaped and back in the hotel room, Callen asks who Rivkin is. Rivkin replies that he's Mossad while back in the Ops Centre, Gibbs is stunned just as McGee joins him.

Callen wants to know if Rivkin can prove that.

Rivkin admits that he can't but he knows someone who can before stating that the person is Ziva David.

It then cuts to Gibbs and McGee who look at each other, stunned.

Act One

Anthony DiNozzo arrives in for work with a cup of coffee just as Ziva is finishing up her call with someone and informing them she'll be right up. As Tony reaches his desk, Ziva hangs up and leaves her desk, announcing that she's going up to MTAC because Gibbs wants her to speak via tele-conference.

Unsurprisingly, after abandoning his stuff, Tony follows her and in not too certain terms, tries to get Ziva to answer a question he's been dying to answer her. Ziva ignores him and as they reach the stairway, stops Tony by informing him that no beverages are allowed in MTAC.

Tony gives his coffee which is soy vanilla latte with no sugar added to a passer-by before joining Ziva who is edging closer towards MTAC. Now back on topic, Tony tells Ziva that the question was on the tip of his tongue but that he can't remember it and once Ziva's gained access, she and Tony head into the room and down the ramp with Tony still continuing his questions just as an MTAC Tech informs Ziva that OSP is standing by.

Ziva nods and the tech brings OSP online with the call showing Gibbs and McGee in the main area while Macy and Nate hang in the background. After exchanging greetings, Gibbs tells McGee to put up. Seconds later, a photo of Rivkin pops up on the big screen.

Gibbs then asks Ziva if she recognizes him.

As Tony looks on, Ziva hesitates for a second but Gibbs snaps at her and she admits that she does before confirming that it is Michael Rivkin and that Rivkin is a member of the Israeli Mossad. Macy then wants to know if there's anything else Ziva can tell them about Rivkin.

Ziva states that there isn't and that she hasn't worked with Rivkin in some time.

As Macy heads off, Gibbs tells Ziva that they will talk more about this later with Ziva agreeing and with that, the teleconference ends. Left alone in MTAC, Ziva then turns to Tony and states her belief that Tony didn't think she'd identify Rivkin and that it wasn't a question. Tony wants to know if there's anything she should tell him.

"No. One word answer. I win", Ziva replies before walking off.

Back at OSP, as Macy, Eric and Nate look on with Gibbs listening in, McGee reveals that Rivkin arrived in the U.S three days ago with his cover being an Israeli banker and that's all he and Eric have found so far before stating that they're still looking but Macy's more concerned with wanting to know what Rivkin's doing in the U.S.

"Same thing we are", Gibbs confirms. "Tracking down a terrorist cell".

This has everyone glancing at him, stunned.

Back in the hotel room, Callen, Sam and Kensi are busy tag-teaming Rivkin, hoping he'll give them more information but unfortunately, Rivkin is not so forthcoming.

His smugness causes Macy to lose patience and in a call via Sam's cell-phone, she tells him that she's sure he's aware that foreign intelligence agencies aren't authorized to operate in the U.S and she'd hate for his actions to cause an incident if he stayed here any longer. Rivkin defends himself, stating that they each have a job.

"Yours is done. Go home", Macy snaps before hanging up.

In the hotel room, Rivkin hangs up too.

Back in Ops, Macy asks for a status report on Rivkin's rental. Eric explains that it's on his screen. Macy orders Sam to let Rivkin go. Back in the hotel, Rivkin gives Sam his phone back before heading for the door as Callen and Kensi look on. Just as Rivkin's about to leave, Sam gives the Mossad agent his gun back with Rivkin saying something in Hebrew which has Sam saying, "Yeah".

Once the door's closed, the team realize that they've got four passports, four suitcases with Kensi remarking that Rivkin has already put one of the terrorists to sleep. As he stands up, Callen remarks, "One down, three to go". In Ops, Macy asks for outside surveillance.

Eric tells her it's on-screen.

It then cuts to a live-feed of Rivkin getting into his rental before driving off. Macy then asks Mike Renko if he's got him. A few distances away, Renko states that he has before driving off to follow Rivkin, obviously staying a few feet away so as to not spook the Israeli.

In Ops, Macy's busy giving orders. From the TV set, she tells Sam and Callen to go to Venice Beach and go through Quaderi's apartment while Kensi is to presumably shut the operation concerning the hotel room down. The three OSP agents glance at one another for a second before leaving the room.

At Ops, Macy and Gibbs rally together and realize that in order for them to fully shut down the terrorist cell and get to the members before Rivkin does, then they need to interrogate a living, breathing suspect instead of a dead one. Macy remarks that they've got to stay ahead of Rivkin until she can get approval to lock him up or send him home.

Macy then brings up the subject concerning Ziva with Gibbs wondering if Macy wants if he trusts him because he does with his life. Gibbs and Macy then round on one another with Macy stating that Gibbs shouldn't judge her on past performances and that it was eighteen years ago.

Gibbs wants to know what she found but when Macy doesn't say anything, he simply turns and walks off with Nate silently glancing at Macy from his position at the desk. Seconds later, Macy turns around and heads in the opposite direction, going up the steps to her office.

Nate tries to follow him, only for McGee to stop him by asking him about what's going on. After listening, Nate reveals that terrorist cells are like families and that if they lost one of their own, then that could pressure them to step up the attack. Nate also mentions that their new cause of action should be to find the phone number of the man Rivkin mentioned.

"Haziq", McGee states before asking Nate if Rivkin knows the identities of the members of the terrorist cell.

"It was right there in his smug smile, McGee", Nate replies. "He knows".

With that, Nate gets up from his seat and walks off, leaving McGee sitting there, absorbing the information.

Macy storms into her office, removing her scrunchie which causes her long hair to fall down. As she stands looking out the window, Nate arrives in and leaning against the doorway, asks her if she's alright. Macy rolls her eyes and tells him that she told him not to go there.

Nate removes his headset before sitting down, remarking that Macy knows him too well.

Still looking out the window, Macy bitterly remarks that no-one knows Nate but that Nate, being the psychologist for OSP knows everyone. Nate then tells her that he doesn't know Gibbs before stating that Macy and Gibbs go back eighteen years. This gets Macy's attention and she glances at him.

Nate tells her that he wasn't listening before stating that it's an odd word, occasional phrase.

Macy then turns around and sitting on a desk area, tells Nate that Gibbs was a gunnery sergeant while she was a young green Lt. in the military police determined to prove herself. Nate wants to know if they worked a case together and Macy tells him that he could say that.

She then tells him that it was a JAG-man investigation, most notably a murder of which Macy herself was the lead investigator.

Nate asks about Gibbs to which Macy replies, "Gibbs was the suspect".

It then cuts to Nate who looks lost in thought.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act 5


Series Regulars

Season Six Cast
Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS Ducky did not appear in this episode.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad Liaison Officer to NCIS MCRT.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Lara Macy Louise Lombard Special Agent in charge of the NCIS: OSP team in Los Angeles. She has a hostile relationship with Gibbs.
G. Callen Chris O'Donnell Special Agent


Kensi Blye Daniela Ruah Special Agent


Sam Hanna LL Cool J Special Agent

NCIS:OSP. A former SEAL who's fluent in Arabic, he is also Callen's partner.

Mike Renko Brian Avers Special Agent


Dr. Nate Getz Peter Cambor Operational Psychologist


Eric Beale Barrett Foa Tech Operator for the OSP and who McGee works with during the two episodes.
Michael Rivkin Merik Tadros Mossad Officer and Ziva David's former boyfriend/partner.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Shakira Zayd Dilshad Vadsaria
Haziq Khaleel Nick E. Tarabay Owner of the auto-body shop. Is captured in a raid on the shop by OSP and taken into custody.
Jumah Joseph Eid
MTAC Tech Jill Czarnowski MTAC Technician who informs Ziva of an incoming video conference call from OSP in Los Angeles.
Hood 1 Emiliano Torres Gangster.
Hood 2 Patrick Wolff Gangster.
Hood 3 Chris Trouble Delfosse Gangster. Uncredited role.
Alina Rostoff Lisa Evastina Callen's foster sister.
Young Alina Natalie Bessler Uncredited role.

Major Events

  • Gibbs, McGee and the OSP team learn that the mysterious man who confronted Callen is Michael Rivkin, a Mossad Officer who is revealed to have worked with Ziva in the past.
  • It's revealed that Special Agent Sam Hanna, Callen's partner was once a Navy SEAL, is fluent in Arabic and had dealings with Mossad.
  • Callen is left injured in a surprise drive-by shooting.


  • Despite being credited, both David McCallum and Rocky Carroll do not appear in this episode.
  • The song playing while Kensi Blye is smashing the headlights on her car is "In The City" by Kevin Rudolf and "Ran Away To Tell The World" by Ours is heard as Callen is shot in a drive-by.

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