Gibbs' determination to kill Ari increases after he mounts attacks against various members of the team in his sadistic game with Gibbs. Ari's control officer, Ziva David, begins to doubt Ari's innocence and agrees with Gibbs' plan to present Ari with the opportunity to kill him. It is only after the encounter between the three of them, that Gibbs discovers why Ziva was so quick to defend the murderer. The team bids a sad farewell to Kate as she is laid to rest with civilian honors. NCIS Director Morrow approved Gibbs' request that Kate be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.