SPOILER ALERT: The next story incorporates particulars from the October 11 episode of NCIS.
On Tuesday night time, Mark Harmon ended run as a sequence common on CBS procedural, NCIS, along with his character, Particular Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, opting out of a future in regulation enforcement.
Episode 1904, “Nice Broad Open,” noticed Gibbs and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) out in Alaska, seeking to get data on the serial killer, Paul Lemere (Jason Wiles). The Particular Agent helped McGee to unravel a case involving a contract killer employed by a conglomerate, solely to tell him and NCIS Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) that he’d be remaining out “in the course of nowhere” in Alaska.
“I’m not going again, Tim,” he informed his associate whereas fishing. “I’m not going again dwelling.”
Gibbs determination got here on the heels of the boat explosion in Season 18 finale “Rule 91,” which just about killed him.
Following the episode’s airing, NCIS EP/showrunner Steve Binder paid tribute to Harmon, who had headlined the sequence since its launch 18 years in the past, additionally chatting with his future with the sequence. “As an govt producer and expensive pal, Mark continues to be an integral a part of the material of the present,” Binder stated in a press release. “Our north star has at all times been staying true to our characters, and that reality has at all times guided the tales we inform and the place these characters go. So relating to the way forward for Gibbs, as long-time followers of the present could have seen through the years…by no means depend Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
For a while now, Harmon’s exit as a sequence common had seemed to be a matter of if, however when, given the scaling again of his on-screen duties, and the addition of Gary Cole as sequence common, Particular Agent Park.
Whereas it’s not but clear whether or not Harmon will return to NCIS, CBS Leisure President Kelly Kahl echoed Binder’s assertion, in an interview with Deadline final month, in an interview tied to the community’s presentation at TCA. “Mark’s at all times been a part of the present, Mark’s at all times going to be a part of the present,” he stated. “When it comes to his on-air appearances, we’re simply going to must see the way it performs out going ahead.”