NCIS' season finale is going to be pretty tough on Gibbs. Fortunately, he'll have an old friend to help him through it all.
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Although Leroy Jethro Gibbs got to see how his life could have played out differently on the landmark 200th episode of NCIS, he decided he wouldn't have it any other way.
NCIS celebrates 200 episodes with an emotional "what if?" story
After being fired at while enjoying his morning cup of coffee at a diner, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was led by the ghosts of Mike Franks (Muse Watson), Riley McCallister (Michael O'Neill) and Gibbs' wife Shannon (Darby Stanchfield) to some of the defining moments of Gibbs' life and the series. What if Gibbs had stopped a sniper from killing agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander)? What if Gibbs hadn't killed the man who murdered his family? And what if Gibbs hadn't been an NCIS agent at all?
In the end, truth was better than fiction for Gibbs. We chatted with executive producer Gary Glasberg about creating this one-of-a-kind hour...
That's the basic question at the heart of NCIS' 200th episode. The landmark hour (airing Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS) takes Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to his favorite diner for his usual morning cup of coffee. But he gets a whole lot more: Out of the blue, a hooded gunman approaches Gibbs, pulls his weapon and fires.
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Cue a string of mind-bending flashbacks that ask the question: What if Gibbs had taken a different path?
"There's almost an It's a Wonderful Life quality to it," executive producer Gary Glasberg says. "Gibbs is given an opportunity in a millisecond to see what the world would have been like if key moments in NCIS history and lore had unfolded differently. We've taken some of those moments and we let people see them unfold differently."
Indeed, Michael Weatherly, who plays Agent Tony DiNozzo, says...
One of Southern California's peculiar mid-winter heat waves is keeping things toasty on this early January afternoon, so the setting isn't particularly conducive to sudden chills. But you might get one down the spine anyway if you're visiting the NCIS set, since the whole damn soundstage is spook-infested.
Darby Stanchfield is making one of her rare appearances on the series — rare because her character, Shannon Gibbs, got killed 20 years ago. Which, if you're doing the math, is more than a decade before...
Tuesday's season finale of NCIS won't allow Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team much time to mourn the sad death of Mike Franks (Muse Watson).
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As shown in the closing moments of last week's episode, E.J. Barrett (Sarah Jane Morris) and her team were on the wrong end of the Port-to-Port Killer's gun. Regardless of how that all works out, the deadly turns continue when P2P, aka Lt. Jonas Cobb (guest star Kerr Smith), gets his hands on Ziva (Cote de Pablo). That not only puts DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) on high alert, but also brings about the return of Ziva's CIA boyfriend, Ray (Enrique Murciano).
"We brought everybody in and they all join forces," executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com...