‘NCIS’: Mark Harmon’s Favorite Reality Show Star Once Made a Cameo on the Show

by Megan Molseed

The hit CBS drama, NCIS has had its fair share of impressive guest cameos and stars. From Abigail Breslin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sterling K. Brown, and even a young Zac Efron, the long-running series has welcomed a lot of famous faces to the set. 

However, for NCIS star, Mark Harmon, there is one guest star in particular, that stands above the rest. 

During a 2018 NCIS episode entitled “One Man’s Trash,” one of Mark Harmon’s favorite reality stars made a special guest appearance. The famous NCIS guest also provides the final clue needed to solve a 16-year-old unsolved homicide. 

“Picking” the Best Cameos; Mark Harmon Welcomes American Pickers to ‘NCIS’

During a recent interview with Parade magazine, Harmon said that he had long been a fan of reality television star, Mike Wolf and his famous show, American Pickers

American Pickers first premiered in 2010. The popular show features Wolfe and his partner, Frank Fritz traveling the countryside from coast to coast finding lost and hidden treasures in the most unexpected places.  

Wolfe and Fritz scour barns, sheds, homes, garages, and any other places they could find for valuables.

During the interview, Mark Harmon told Parade magazine that he got into the reality stars’ television series while working on floor exercises during recovery from recent knee surgery. 

“ When I was rehabbing my knee and I was lying on the floor, doing my exercises, (the show) was on all the time,” Harmon said.  Harmon had surgery on his knee to repair an old football injury the actor sustained years ago. 

During the season 15 episode, Wolfe guest-starred as himself. The episode follows characters, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), and Ducky Mallard (David McCallum ) as they investigate an antique war stick. As it turns out, the 200-year-old antique could be the missing murder weapon from a 16-year-old murder case. 

While Mike Wolfe plays himself in the “One Man’s Trash,” he also saves the day; helping the NCIS team solve a seemingly unsolvable murder. 

On NCIS, One Mans Trash Can Be the Missing Murder Weapon

In the episode, Gibbs and Ducky are at a loss to where and what the murder weapon is.  

While watching an episode of American Pickers, Gibbs and Ducky notice see the war stick that features spikes.  One of the spikes from the antique was missing. As it happens, it happened to match one found at the murder scene. 

Luckily, Wolfe’s travels have lead him to the area. There, the NCIS team is able to track down the murder weapon and ultimately, solving the case.