In case you haven't heard, big changes are underway at NCIS.
A refresher: In the Season 10 finale, Tony (Michael Weatherly), Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and McGee (Sean Murray) all handed in their badges to protect Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in the wake of a Department of Defense investigation into the agency. The episode then jumps ahead four months, when Gibbs is aiming a sniper rifle with FBI Agent Fornell (Joe Spano) in his crosshairs.
Although we doubt it's what was originally intended, Ziva's resignation will likely stick. As fans are well aware by now, De Pablo announced over the summer that she'll be leaving the show. Will the team (and the show) be able to go on without her? Why is Fornell a target? And what additional fallout will result from the investigation into Gibbs? TVGuide.com took these burning questions and more to executive producer Gary Glasberg and Weatherly. Here are the biggest issues the show needs to address early on in Season 11:
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Mad Men mistress Melinda McGraw has been cast as Diane, one of the three (redheaded) women Gibbs (Mark Harmon) married after his first wife was killed. Fans of the show will recall that after Diane split from Gibbs, she also married his friend and colleague, FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano), who will also return for the episode.
Although Fornell had a daughter with Diane, both men have not-so-fond memories of her...
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"My last girlfriend didn't work out super well," Dietzen tells TVGuide.com, referring to Agent Michelle Lee (Liza Lapira), the NCIS mole who died after Gibbs (Mark Harmon) shot her in Season 6. "It lasted a while, but every time your girlfriend ends up being a double agent or getting shot by your boss, it's hard to handle for your personal confidence."
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