Kathleen O'Steen

Death Comes to NCIS: Who's Out?

Down in the pine-forested Franklin Canyon of the Santa Monica mountains, weary, slaphappy NCIS cast members are laying odds on which of them will be killed off in tonight's terror-tormented season finale (8 pm/ET on CBS).

With the five final pages of the script unavailable to the actors, no one knows for sure who it will be. They just know one of them won't make it to Season 3. "We're all so tired at this point, if someone is dying, you sometimes wish it were you," quips star Mark Harmon (Special Agent Gibbs), taking a breather during filming.

Executive producer Donald P. Bellisario promises an end that will not disappoint. "It's not truly a cliff-hanger because it's final," he says. "But it's unique and we'll be thinking about it into the first couple of shows next season."

In this episode, the execution-style murder of two Navy lieutenants escalates into a case of international terrorism. Evidence points to the medically astute operative read more

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