‘NCIS’ Actors, Alum Revealed Whether They Prefer ‘Story’ or ‘Stand-Alone’ Episodes of Show in 2012

by Jacklyn Krol

Does the cast of NCIS prefer stand-alone episodes or multi-episode arcs?

The cast of the hit CBS drama revealed their preferences to TV Guide back in 2012.

Pauley Perrette, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, and Brian Dietzen enjoy stand-alone episodes better. Meanwhile, Cote De Pablo said she enjoys the episode arcs

“Long-term storytelling! You get invested and you want to see the next one, and they get into a lot of character stuff and complex conflict,” she said.

Perrette has a good reason for not wanting to shoot many NCIS multi-part episodes.

“I sit around and watch the marathon on USA [Network] all of the time, of course,” she admitted. “So if the [multi-part episodes] are not in the order of how they first aired, then I’m afraid it’s going to confuse people.”

Weatherly added, “Maybe I’m just incredibly conventional and conservative, but I get very lost in the two partners. I’m like where are we? What the hell is going on? Why do I feel like crying?”

No matter what kind of NCIS episode it is, Perrette knows what matters most.

“No matter if it’s one partner or multi-partner, the arc of the show is these characters,” she concluded.

The ‘NCIS’ Role of Young Gibbs

Obviously, not just anyone could play a younger version of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The NCIS crew had to find an actor that could fill the role just right. Not only in the looks department, but acting chops as well. They also had to be available for a series of episodes over the years. In came Mark Harmon’s son, Sean Harmon. He portrayed his father’s character for six episodes between 2008 and 2020.

“I always think back to the first time they talked about doing a young Gibbs thing here, and Sean was just out of school at that point,” Harmon recalled to ET Online. “A director named Tony Wharmby said, ‘Can he come in and read?’ And on his own he did and I’m proud of him taking his work seriously and how he approaches being an actor — not just on this show, [but] just what he has chosen to try to do in his life’s work.”

NCIS is all in the family. Mark Harmon’s wife Pam Dawber recently appeared on the show. She was in Season 18 as investigative journalist Marcie Warren. Believe it or not, this was the first time that the couple acted together. She was frequently asked by writers to appear as a guest on the show. She turned down minor roles because of her family commitments and she was out of the acting game. It wasn’t until this character came along that it was the perfect time and role.

“I talked to the writers and the producers before I signed on and said, ‘If this is a romantic interest, I’m not interested.’ They said not at all, that’s not where we’re going with this,” she told Entertainment Weekly.