SPOILER ALERT: The next story accommodates particulars from the October 11 episode of NCIS.
On Monday evening, NCIS star Mark Harmon ended his run as a sequence common on CBS’ long-running procedural drama, along with his character, Particular Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, opting out of a future in legislation enforcement.
Episode 1904, “Nice Vast Open,” noticed Gibbs and Particular Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) out in Alaska, fixing a case involving a contract killer employed by a neighborhood firm. Within the aftermath, Gibbs knowledgeable his associate and NCIS Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) that he’d be staying out on The Final Frontier indefinitely.
“I’m not going again, Tim,” Gibbs stated whereas fishing. “I’m not going again dwelling.”
McGee requested Gibbs what he was searching for in Alaska, to which he responded, “I don’t know. My intestine’s telling me I’ll know after I discover it.”
Gibbs stated he feels a “sense of peace” there that he hasn’t felt for the reason that deaths of his first spouse Shannon (Darby Stanchfield) and daughter Kelly (Mary Mouser), and that he’s “not able to let it go.”
He then tells McGee that he “couldn’t have hoped for anybody higher” to have watched his again for the previous 18 years, main the pair to hug it out.
Gibbs’ choice to surrender his badge got here on the heels of his Season 18 suspension for assaulting a assassin and abuser of canines, and the the boat explosion in its finale that nearly killed him.
In an announcement tied to the episode’s airing, NCIS EP/showrunner Steve Binder praised Harmon, who had headlined the sequence since its launch 18 years in the past, whereas additionally chatting with his future on the sequence. “As an government producer and expensive good friend, Mark continues to be an integral a part of the material of the present,” Binder stated in an announcement. “Our north star has all the time been staying true to our characters, and that reality has all the time guided the tales we inform and the place these characters go. So relating to the way forward for Gibbs, as long-time followers of the present might have seen over time…by no means depend Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
For a while now, Harmon’s exit as a sequence common had gave the impression to be a matter not of if, however when, given the scaling again of his on-screen duties, and the addition of Gary Cole as sequence common, Particular Agent Park.
Whereas it’s not but clear whether or not Harmon will return to NCIS, CBS Leisure President Kelly Kahl echoed Binder’s assertion in an interview with Deadline final month. “Mark’s all the time been a part of the present, Mark’s all the time going to be a part of the present,” Kahl stated. “By way of his on-air appearances, we’re simply going to must see the way it performs out going ahead.”