NCIS isn’t going anywhere long-term, but it is taking a little break five episodes into season 19. Episode 5, “Face the Strange,” aired on Monday, Oct. 18. Instead of airing another episode on Oct. 25, NCIS is taking a week off before airing episode 6, “False Start,” on Nov. 1.
According to the CBS lineup for Oct. 25, it looks like they’ll be airing an episode from season 18. “1mm” is the 6th episode from last season. Bishop and Torres engage in a shootout with weapon smugglers in a historical site and find themselves trapped in abandoned jail cells.
The show is shifting back to its procedural roots after episodes 1 through 4 featuring a continuing arc from season 18. As we know, that arc ended with Mark Harmon’s exit from NCIS, hanging up his hat and stepping away from Gibbs for a while. Though showrunner Steven D. Binder says not to count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out just yet, it’s hard to imagine how the series will go without him.
But let’s talk about what we know about season 19 episode 6, shall we? First of all, what we can glean from the title, “False Start,” is that this episode might heavily feature football. A false start is when a player initiates gameplay after the players are in position but before the snap.
So, based on that, someone might be jumping the gun on something. An important detail in a case? Does someone move too quickly and mess everything up? Could it have something to do with Alden Parker now in the captain’s chair?
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until the next NCIS episode airs on Nov. 1 to find out. Let’s hope there’s plenty of sneak peeks on Twitter in the meantime.
Who’s Going to Take Over the NCIS Team?
It looks like Alden Parker might be up to bat for Gibbs’ legendary desk. He and Director Vance spoke in the last episode after Vance offered McGee the job, who turned it down. Parker initially turned the job down as well, but then came back to it. Being unemployed doesn’t really suit him, apparently.
Fans were hoping McGee would take over the position, as he’s the last of the original characters from season 1. Not counting Jimmy Palmer, who joined in season 2 but who didn’t become a regular until season 10.
Granted, it would be nice to see McGee at the helm, as he’s grown so much as a character. From his days being teased by Tony DiNozzo, to him now with a wife and children; he’s really developed as a character, and McGee becoming team leader would only help him to develop more.
But, on the flip side, what if the writers are just holding out on us, giving us the old anticipation one-two punch? McGee might change his mind about not becoming team leader, and we could move into season 20 with McGee manning the boat, so to speak. As with all things NCIS, only time will tell.