Sometimes kids ask the darnedest questions. “NCIS” star Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his actor Mark Harmon would definitely know. In this clip, Gibbs has to answer the tough questions from his former neighbor and friend Phineas.
And Phineas goes straight for the jugular in some of his probing. Like a young shrink, he tries to get to the heart of Gibbs’ loneliness. It’s been a recurring theme for the NCIS agent, who’s been on the show since the very beginning.
Through the years, Gibbs has lost some people close to him as actors have come and gone. Recently, Gibbs said goodbye to his will-they-or-won’t they love interest Dr. Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane. She became a topic of conversation. Phineas just wants what’s best for Gibbs and wants to see him settle down with a woman he loves. Most fans probably agree.
But Gibbs insists, he’s perfectly happy with his life: “I get close to plenty of people. And we’re not talking about stuff, you are.”
It turns out that Phineas is actually more worried about himself. He’s afraid that he’ll end up alone after his mother ended up dead in Season 17. He’s adjusting to life with a new family. Gibbs offered a few words of encouragement in his own gruff way.
“They’re not going to leave you. No one is going to leave you. Look at me, look at my life, look at how I live. I choose to live this way. I left you in the best place I knew with two good people. It’s always been about finding what’s best for you,” Gibbs says.
‘NCIS’ Bids Farewell to Gibbs’ Love Interest
In-universe, “NCIS” bid farewell to Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane earlier this season. She stayed behind in Afghanistan to look over a village as its protector. Both she and Gibbs parted ways with a passionate kiss in the end.
In real life, actor Maria Bello said goodbye to “NCIS” and its crew after several seasons on the show.
On Instagram, she wrote, “Though in our business, like many, there are quite a few a–holes – there is not one on the set of NCIS – in front of or behind the camera. Only a profoundly decent group of people who care more about each other and the world in general than what is in it for them. I understand why this show after 18 years is the most-watched in the world – you must all feel our love. Keep watching. I have a feeling there will be many more years to come. Thank you to all of my pals at NCIS and to all of our fans. I am truly grateful.”
It’s not the first time that “NCIS” has said goodbye to a cast member. Outside of Gibbs, the show has seen a rotating cast of characters over the years.