‘NCIS’: Was McGee Offered Gibbs’ Job?

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

Okay, NCIS fans. You finally got your first taste of what an episode of the show would look like without Mark Harmon’s Special Agent Gibbs. But now it begs the question will Agent McGee be taking over for him?

Now, logic would point toward Agent Timothy McGee (played by Sean Murray) as the candidate at the top of the list to replace Gibbs. At least you would think, right? He has trained under Gibbs since late in season one and he has without a doubt grown tremendously up until where we are now here in season 19.

So, back to the question at hand: Was McGee offered the position? While we weren’t 100-percent sure if he was formally offered the job, we know that there was at least some conversation about it from both parties. Either way, McGee said that he wouldn’t be interested in taking over for Gibbs.

When he was asked about his decision by former Special Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole), McGee’s answers were short, sweet, and to the point. He explained that the long hours the job requires are not for him. He is a family man, after all.

‘NCIS’ Agent Nick Torres Overheard McGee’s Conversation

As you might have expected, it turns out there is more to McGee not wanting the job than just the long hours. Special Agent Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) had overheard the conversation between McGee and Parker. He told him later that he didn’t buy his story.

“It was Gibbs that shot me. Twice,” McGee explained. “He put two bullets through me. It saved my life. It hurt like hell getting shot, but I can’t imagine what it felt like pulling that trigger. Who can do that? Could I do that?”

“Doubt is not weakness,” Torres responded. “Doubt is a strength. A leader without doubt, that is the guy I would be worried about.”

But McGee said that can’t let the job consume his entire life. He has a family.

“Nick, I don’t want to be the guy who can pull that trigger,” the NCIS star continued. “If there’s anything I learned from Gibbs, it’s that this job is all-consuming. You know what the guy had to do to escape? He had to go to Alaska. I’ve got a family, Nick. It can’t be me. I can’t do it. It’s that simple.”

In the end, Agent Torres had respect for McGee and his decision. But he is still upset that Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) gave up so quickly on Gibbs and offered his job to Parker. But to Torres’ and everyone else’s surprise watching the show, it was actually Gibbs who recommended that Parker get the job. He and Vance had a conversation about just that from Alaska.