‘NCIS’ Fans Suspect Gary Cole’s Alden Parker May Replace Gibbs

by Suzanne Halliburton

Gary Cole was added to the NCIS cast this summer as rumors swirled that Mark Harmon was leaving the show.

And now it appears that Cole’s Alden Parker probably will be Gibbs’ de facto replacement on the show. Somebody needs to lead our favorite special agents. And at the end of Monday’s episode, the FBI fired Parker for not going through with Gibbs’ arrest. So Parker is looking for a job.

And Parker was quick to point out why he couldn’t go through with the arrest. He told Gibbs: “Seems you have a history of coloring outside the lines, but so do I, on occasion. ” He seems perfect to be next in line at NCIS.

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Plus, Parker and Gibbs have a key friend in common. Parker called Tobias Fornell and asked his opinion on what he should do about Gibbs.

“I’m not going to be the FBI’s errand boy,” Parker told Gibbs and McGee. “I called an old co-worker and he convinced me (Gibbs) didn’t need to be behind bars.”

NCIS showrunner Steve Binder left the door open for a Gibbs return. He said in a statement to TV Line:

“As an executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the fabric of the show. Our north star has always been staying true to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and where those characters go. So regarding the future of Gibbs, as long-time fans of the show may have noticed over the years… never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”

NCIS Preview for Next Week’s Episode Show Parker Front and Center

Earlier Monday, CBS provided details on next week’s episode. Mark Harmon still is listed among the regular cast. The only photo available showed Parker, Torres, Jess and McGee. They all appeared to be looking for someone. The plot summary for Face the Strange: “The NCIS team investigates the death of a Navy commander whose body suddenly explodes before Jimmy can examine it.”

After Monday’s episode, NCIS fans had lots of thoughts on Parker replacing Gibbs. One wrote: “If it had to happen, at least they kept the door open. As someone who followed NCIS for a long time, I’m good w/Gibbs’ journey landing here. Miss the OG crew& Gibbs’ presence just emphasized those losses. I like Gary Cole & Katrina Law -this could be a fun ride.”

Harmon’s Gibbs is the third character to leave NCIS in 2021. However, he is the show’s biggest name on CBS’ most popular scripted drama series. Emily Wickersham, who played Ellie Bishop, left in the show’s season 18 finale. And Maria Bello (Jack Sloane) left the cast after 73 episodes.

Another NCIS fan wrote: “I fear without Gibbs this will be NCIS last season. Gary Cole is a poor replacement Don’t know if I can watch anymore. Oh well there are reruns. Shame on you CBS you ruin got shows and put on stupid shows.”