‘NCIS’ Season 19 to Start With All-Out Search for Gibbs, New Photos Reveal

by Suzanne Halliburton

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the end of Season 18…stop Reading!

Remember at the end of the NCIS season 18 finale, when Gibbs’ boat blew up and we saw him swimming away? In new photos from the NCIS season 19 premiere, it doesn’t look like his co-workers know where Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is.

TV Insider published exclusive photos of the premiere along with an episode description. The episode is called Blood in the Water. And here’s the description:

“As the NCIS team searches for Gibbs after wreckage from his boat is discovered, they find out he was tracking a serial killer with journalist Marcie Warren, who wrote an exposé on him.”

And yes, Pam Dawber, Mark Harmon’s real-life wife, returns as Marcie, the investigative journalist who had a story arc in the last few episodes of season 18.

Check out the photos here.

New NCIS Photos Show McGee, Torres, Knight Tracking Down Gibbs

From the photos released from the Blood in the Water episode, it appears the NCIS agents tracking down Gibbs are Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law). Remember Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) walked away from NCIS in the season finale to go deep undercover with the CIA. The show elevated Law to full-time cast. Plus Gary Cole was added, although the first batch of pictures don’t indicate he’s in the season premiere.

The early look NCIS photos do show Marcie meeting with McGee and Torres in the office. There’s no shot of Gibbs, anywhere.

We know from last season’s finale that someone was bugging Gibbs’ house. He discovered the bug when he and Marcie were talking about the serial killer’s case while at his home. It’s assumed the killer found out Gibbs and Marcie were onto him.

Later in the episode, Gibbs thinks he figured out more connections. That’s why he met Marcie at the lake. He believes a body had originally been dumped on an island. And you needed a boat to reach the island. So Gibbs goes back to his house and retrieves the boat, which he named Rule 91, out of his basement.

In the final few seconds of the show, Gibbs is driving the boat across the lake as his favorite Tom Petty song blasts in the background. Then it blows up. All summer, NCIS fans have pondered whether the serial killer blew up the boat or whether Gibbs faked his own death.

Fans Spent All Summer Speculating about Gibbs

Layer in all the speculation about Mark Harmon’s future with the show — it’s been an anxious few weeks for the millions of NCIS fans. Reports suggest that Harmon, who wanted to leave the show entirely, will appear in fewer than 10 of the episodes in season 19.

Plus, CBS switched up the nights for the show. NCIS, the most watched scripted drama on television, moves from Tuesday to Monday night. It spent its first 18 years as part of the Tuesday lineup.

Now, in it’s new time slot, NCIS will face off against some heavy weights. There’s Monday Night Football, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and NBC’s The Voice.

The new NCIS premieres, Sept. 20. Stay tuned.