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Warning: Spoiler alert! Please do not continue if you have not seen Monday’s 19th season premiere of “NCIS “.
What happened to Gibbs?
On Monday’s season 19 premiere of “NCIS “, entitled “Blood in the Water”, the biggest question that loomed over viewers all summer was finally answered. Following the fiery finale that left the fate of suspended NCIS team leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) up in the air, the first episode revealed that Gibbs (somehow) survived the brutal explosion on his ship. Bloodied and seriously injured, Gibbs watched the remains of the lake unfold from afar.
Like the rest of the team, led by Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), and new “temporary” team member Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) – embarked on a frantic search for Gibbs after learning there were no signs of survivors, the outlook looked bleak. But others, like Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), hoped that Gibbs was still alive: “This is not how it ends.” Sure enough, he was right when Torres and McGee found out that Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover) had equipped Gibbs with an electronic bug finder the day before the explosion and she secretly installed a tracking device.
During all of this, Gibbs quickly made enemies (later friends) with an older couple, who he believed were not legitimate, while trying to recover from his injuries. All that mattered to him was that the serial killer he and journalist Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber) were tracking was brought to justice, their dangerous mission to find the killer the cause of Gibbs’ near-death experience.
With Marcie’s life potentially in danger, Gibbs made his first connection to the team, who called Gibbs on the phone to tell him that Marcie needed to stay safe. (The team also found out about Gibbs and Marcie’s romantic relationship, but that’s beside the point.) Just when Gibbs was about to have a confrontation with some suspect suspects pretending to be sheriffs and drug buyers, McGee, Torres, and Knight interrupted his plans. for an unlikely reunion. Of course, with the quartet back together and Gibbs leading the charge, it wouldn’t be a pretty bad thing at all.
Later, when the dust settled for a brief moment in time, Gibbs and McGee had a meaningful heart-to-heart about where things were with the team and GIbbs’ mission to catch the serial killer terrorizing him and Marcie. . Technically still suspended at NCIS, Gibbs seemed to allude to the passing of the witness to McGee, although his protégé was not ready to take command. At least not yet.
“Rule 91: When you decide to leave, never look back,” McGee remembers one of Gibbs’ old rules, believing that the NCIS vet won’t come back, not until he finds the serial killer.
“Rule 91 sucks,” McGee tells Gibbs. “Rule 91 sucks because it’s a direct violation of Rule # 1: Never fuck your partner.”
“I am not your partner. Do you see a plaque? “Gibbs says calmly.
“The team is your partner and not being part of it is screwing us up,” McGee says urgently, prompting Gibbs to say, “You don’t need me.”
“You’re right. While he was suspended, we did our job. We made it work, we did it well. But you know what, we’re better together,” argues McGee. “Boss, you know I’m right. You have to. You built this … Now. we have to catch a serial killer, but to do that we have to be a team. We need to be your team … “
It is at that split-second moment that a hint of a smile appears on Gibbs’s face. “I’m proud of you … Keep pushing, McGee … You always keep pushing.”
“Does that mean you’re in?” McGee asks, hoping Gibbs is back. Sure enough, he gets his wish, for now.
“What do you have?” Gibbs asks.
The premiere episode also addressed the aftermath of Emily Wickersham’s departure from “NCIS” after last season. His character, Bishop, seemed to have been planning his exit from NCIS for a while, though he kept his plans close to the vest, only notifying Palmer after he left town to tie up loose ends on his behalf. The reality of Bishop’s abrupt absence – his number is suddenly no longer working – sends Torres into a tailspin and will likely affect him for the foreseeable future.
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