‘NCIS’: Mark Harmon Seen in New Pics for First Time Since Show Exit

by Lauren Boisvert
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For the first time since his retirement from “NCIS,” Mark Harmon was seen out and about. He took it easy and ran some errands; walking his dogs, taking out the trash, and bringing in a package outside his home in Los Angeles. Truly, celebrities are just like us.

Harmon’s last appearance on “NCIS” was the 4th episode of season 19, titled “Great Wide Open.” He originally wanted to leave in season 18, but the show would have been canceled without him. So, he completed a 4 episode arc in season 19 instead.

Since then, Gary Cole’s character Alden Parker has been in charge of the team. McGee and Jessica Knight seem to be slowly warming up to him, but Nick Torres is openly distrustful of Parker.

A lot of fans dislike Parker as well; some of them wanted to see McGee take on the leadership role, but most of them just didn’t want Gibbs to leave. There was an outpouring of grief when “Great Wide Open” aired, as there was no warning that it would be Harmon’s last episode. A lot of fans vowed to stop watching “NCIS,” and claimed it’s not the show it used to be.

All in all, retirement looks good on Mark Harmon. But, while he left the show as an actor, he’s still connected to the show as executive producer. So, you know the episodes will still be high quality. They just won’t have Gibbs in them, and that’s the deal breaker for a lot of fans.

‘NCIS’: Sean Murray’s Advice to His Younger Self

While we’re speaking of actors growing, changing, and making the right decisions for themselves in the long run, it’s only right that we mention Sean Murray. The actor, known best as McGee on “NCIS,” and, maybe, as Thackery Binx in “Hocus Pocus,” has come a long way as a performer. He started out very young, and has ultimately grown into a talented, creative, caring person. Very much like McGee has grown with him.

In a 2017 interview with Forbes Magazine, Murray described some of the advice he would give his younger self, and it’s something we all need to hear from time to time. “Stop worrying so much,” he said. “Worrying is the biggest waste of energy and bad for you.”

Easier said than done, Murray. But, it’s great advice all the same. “Don’t sweat the small things,” he continued. And I feel like that’s advice for McGee as much as it is for young Sean Murray.

The character definitely used to be nervous and even messed up a few times. But, McGee has since grown into a confident member of the team, and that reflects on Murray. Not only is he a great actor, but he’s also grown with his character. It’s that sort of symbiosis that we love to see.