‘NCIS’: Eagle-Eyed Fans Spot Tiny Detail Connecting Show to Series That Launched Mark Harmon’s Gibbs Character

by Quentin Blount

Good luck trying to get anything past an NCIS fan. Especially the loyal viewers who take to Reddit forums to discuss the details of the show.

NCIS has been around for nearly two decades, and there have been likely hundreds of characters on the show and its spinoffs. With NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: LA, and the show that started everything — JAG — you can imagine that there may have been some small errors that fell through the cracks. And those errors have made their way to a select few users on Reddit.

For those who don’t know, the original NCIS cast was actually first introduced on JAG during the episode “Ice Queen.” And it didn’t take long for fans to fall in love with Mark Harmon’s Gibbs character. It was during this episode that Gibbs revealed to Harm (David James Elliot) that he was an NCIS agent and had been for 19 years.

Fast forward to 2021, and NCIS has been thriving for almost 20 years. But one Reddit user in the NCIS community took notice of a small, but interesting detail about the show and its predecessor, JAG.

“Hello. I just finished episode 23 from season 12,” the fan begins. “I noticed that when the schene is changing, the location name’s format is similar to one from ‘JAG’. Even the typing sound in the background is the same. Anybody noticed? Why is that and for how many episodes?”

Other ‘NCIS’ Fans Chime In With Their Thoughts

Although there is no way to find out for sure what happened, besides maybe speaking with NCIS or network executives, other eagle-eyed fans on Reddit had their own ideas about what happened. But those responses began with one fan who said what we were all thinking

“That’s some attention to detail,” they commented.

Another Reddit user says that while they noticed the same thing at first, they don’t anymore.

“I noticed that too — I don’t think it stuck around very long. I haven’t seen it in a while.”

And finally, one NCIS fan on the popular forum said that the blame may lie with the crew that did post-production on the episode.

“Hmmmm never noticed that. It’s probably something to do with the crew that did post-production on those episodes. Sometimes when they are launching a new series that is a spinoff, a different crew does post-production.”

Nonetheless, it would seem like if there were any current openings in the real NCIS, we may have found a couple of folks who fit the job description.