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Where in the World Is Ziva David? Cote de Pablo MIA From 'NCIS' Premiere

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Where in the World Is Ziva David? Cote de Pablo MIA From 'NCIS' Premiere

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For the "NCIS" faithful, it's not news that Cote de Pablo — who plays Ziva David — is leaving the show. She announced that she was leaving just a week before filming began this season. Fans did what they could, tweeting, emailing, and even petitioning to get her back. When it became clear that it was not to be, though, most just settled in and prepared to make their goodbyes.

And the show delivered for fans who were anxious to spend time with Ziva. Here she is in conversation with Tony:

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There are those who say you can't get the same emotions across through instant messaging as you can by actually speaking to someone. Well, that smiley emoticon just proved you wrong.

And here she is, later in the episode, once again speaking with Tony:

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You can feel that, right? We're not the only ones who can feel the sexual tension just leaping off the screen? "Xo"? And to think they're broadcasting that kind of smut in the 8 o'clock hour!

OK, maybe we're laying it on a little thick. But the fact remains, Ziva didn't appear at all in this episode, one of only two before she's gone forever. (Or maybe not forever — in an interview with TV Guide, de Pablo says that Ziva doesn't die and "As long as a character doesn't die, the character can always come back.")

Point being: Fans were upset about a Ziva farewell episode without Ziva. The episode lived up to its title: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" (that's "WTF" or, in the saltier language of the Navy, "What the flip?!").

Of course, some people were able to mourn without her:

And some people were a little more … territorial about their support. There was a new guy, Murray, sitting in Ziva's chair:

Others went with plain old paranoia:

However this ends up, showrunner Gary Glasberg promises it'll be worth it:

And to prove that they'll be making good on their promise, the promo for next week ends with this:

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Which led to reactions like this:

And this:

And this:

And, well, basically enough of those to get Ziva and "NCIS" trending briefly on Twitter. Expect #Tiva to own the trending topics when Tony and Ziva, y'know, do more than text next Tuesday ;-) .

"NCIS" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.