Emily Wickersham opens our interview with a playful, clandestine whisper: “Jake and Gibbs are having a secret relationship.”
Jake (played by guest star Jamie Bamber), of course, is the husband of Wickersham’s NCIS character, probationary Special Agent Ellie Bishop. Gibbs, her boss. And Wickersham is teasing the “light runner,” as they say, in this Tuesday’s episode (CBS, 8/7c), which launches a three-part season-ending salvo.
Regarding the aforementioned bromance of sorts, which comes to light this week, the actress says, “I don’t know if Ellie knows the extent of it, but the team is very surprised, because it’s an unlikely duo.” And while mum on the exact nature of the connection, she dismisses our suggestion that they’re meeting up for mini-golf and brewskis. “I think they’re talking about more important things that no one is allowed to know about,” she teases. “It’s all very interesting….”
That mini-mystery, fascinating DiNozzo and the others as it does, is perhaps a rare bit of lightness amidst Season 12’s intense final three hours. Here, Wickersham previews the high-stakes case the NCIS team is about to tackle, the casualty it will claim, and more.
TVLINE | This week’s episode, “Troll,” kicks off a big season-ending storyline….
Yeah. Ned Dorneget — played by the wonderful Matt Jones, who I worked with for the first time — is assisting the team when an ensign who worked in Naval Intelligence is murdered. We find out that the murder is connected to an international terrorist group that is recruiting children through the Internet. So basically, through the last three episodes, we’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on.NCIS Finale Death Spoilers
TVLINE | Is there ultimately some sort of terrorist event NCIS is scrambling to thwart?
Oh yeah, a big event that I obviously can’t talk about. But these episodes bring up important things about the Internet and how accessible it is to everyone, children in particular. The Internet is a wonderful place but it has the potential to be a very scary place as well. You don’t know who your kids are talking to….
TVLINE | No, one of my 12-year-olds has an Instagram account with 17,000 followers, so I make sure to keep an eye on things.
It’s crazy, yeah. I just feel like you never know who’s behind the accounts or whatever. It’s scary. It’s scary.
TVLINE | What can you reveal about the “significant loss” that [showrunner] Gary Glasberg told me about?
Ohh, I know…. The significant loss is someone who everyone loves, I think, and it will be a very sad, shocking thing — but, at the same time, it becomes a motivator for the team, to kind of figure things out….
FOLLOWING A DEADLY BOMBING OVERSEAS, THE NCIS TEAM WORKS WITH SEVERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INCLUDING THE CIA, TO TRACK A GLOBAL TERRORIST GROUP THAT IS RECRUITING TEENS VIA THE INTERNET, ON THE 12TH SEASON FINALE OF “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MAY 12
Mimi Rogers Guest Stars as CIA Officer Joanna Teague
“Neverland” – NCIS feverishly investigates a global terrorist group that is recruiting teens via the Internet following a deadly bombing overseas that results in an emotional and surprising loss for the team, on the 12th season finale of NCIS, Tuesday, May 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Mimi Rogers guest stars as CIA Officer Joanna Teague.
CHEAT TWEET: After a deadly bombing, #NCIS tracks a global terrorist group recruiting teens online 5/12 8pm
“TUESDAY, MAY 12 – NCIS (8:00-9:00 PM)
“Neverland” – NCIS feverishly investigates a global terrorist group that is recruiting teens via the Internet, following a deadly bombing overseas that results in an emotional and surprising loss for the team. Mimi Rogers guest stars as a CIA officer.”
Question: Any tiny scoop for the last episodes of NCIS? —Ann
Ausiello: In the season’s penultimate episode, “The Lost Boys” — which airs May 5 and continues a story arc about a terrorist group that recruits young people online — one of the NCIS agents will form a special connection with a boy caught in middle of the scheme.
THE NCIS CYBER CASE CONTINUES AFTER THE TEAM UNCOVERS A GROUP THAT’S RECRUITING CHILDREN TO CARRY OUT ACTS OF TERRORISM ON A GLOBAL SCALE, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, MAY 5
Matt Jones Returns as Special Agent Ned Dorneget
“The Lost Boys” – The NCIS cyber case turns into a united global effort after evidence confirms “The Calling,” an international terrorist group that recruits children through the internet, has been purchasing S-bombs off the black market, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Matt Jones returns as NCIS Special Agent Ned Dorneget.
CHEAT TWEET: #NCIS uncovers a sinister online international recruitment of children 5/5 8pm
THE NCIS CYBER OPERATIONS DIVISION SENDS SPECIAL AGENT NED DORNEGET TO ASSIST THE TEAM WITH THE MURDER CASE OF A NAVY WARFARE ENGINEER, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 28
Matt Jones Returns as Special Agent Ned Dorneget and Jamie Bamber Returns as NSA Attorney Jake Malloy
“Troll” – Special Agent Ned Dorneget from NCIS cyber operations assists the team when a Navy ensign who worked in the Office of Naval Intelligence is murdered. Also, the team discovers that Jake and Gibbs have become good friends, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Matt Jones returns as NCIS Special Agent Ned Dorneget and Jamie Bamber returns as NSA Attorney Jake Malloy.
CHEAT TWEET: #Dorneget is back when a murder case reveals a cyber twist #NCIS 4/28 8pm
AFTER A MARINE IS KILLED IN D.C., THE NCIS TEAM LINKS THE CASE TO A TERROR GROUP IN AFGHANISTAN, PROMPTING GIBBS AND BISHOP TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, APRIL 14
“Lost in Translation” – Gibbs and Bishop travel to Afghanistan after the murder of a Marine in D.C. is linked to a terror group holding another Marine hostage overseas. Also, DiNozzo is upset that McGee was chosen to be the new face of NCIS for all recruitment brochures, on NCIS, Tuesday, April 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Gibbs & Bishop travel to Afghanistan & McGee is named the “face of #NCIS” 4/14 8pm