THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF A MARINE WHO ATTENDED THE SAME MILITARY ACADEMY AS DINOZZO, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 10
“Cadence” – DiNozzo returns to the military academy he attended as a teenager after a murdered Marine and alumni of the school is found clutching the photo of a current student. Also, Bishop and her husband invite Gibbs and the team out for a special dinner, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Discover DiNozzo’s past – #NCIS flashes back to his teenage days at a military academy #CBS 2/10 8pm
Question: After the episode where Gibbs’ and Fornell’s ex-wife was shot, will NCIS address what happens to her child with Fornell? —Joy
Ausiello: As a matter of fact, the Feb. 17 episode, titled “Cabin Fever,” will deal with many of the reverberations of Diane’s tragic death — as felt by the men in her life as well as daughter Emily. “There are some really brilliant moments between Mark Harmon and Joe Spano, as they spend some time in Gibbs’ cabin and hash out some of the issues they’re both facing because of that loss,” showrunner Gary Glasberg previews. “And Emily makes an appearance too — it’s all part of what Fornell is carrying right now. He’s having trouble, and Gibbs is there as a friend.”
THE NCIS TEAM INVESTIGATES A POSSIBLE HATE CRIME WHEN THE FIRST OPENLY GAY SERVICEMAN SET TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR IS MURDERED, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 3
Rocky Carroll Makes His Directorial Debut
“We Build, We Fight” – Gibbs and the team investigate when a Navy lieutenant who is set to be the first openly gay servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor is murdered. Also, as his wife’s due date approaches, Palmer prepares for fatherhood with a NCIS baby shower, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: #NCIS investigates the murder of a future Medal of Honor winner & @RockyCOfficial makes directorial debut #CBS 2/3 8pm
Exactly a year-and-a-half after the news first broke that she and NCIS were parting ways, Cote de Pablo has answered many burning questions about Ziva’s “rushed” exit storyline, the “outpouring of love” she felt from fans and whether she’d ever return to the CBS drama she called home for eight years.
Following her appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour — where she was promoting the upcoming CBS mini The Dovekeepers — de Pablo said that after her break from NCIS, “I took a couple of months off, and my entire family came over which was really great. They knew that it was a tough transition for me, and within three-and-a-half months I had an offer,” for the Chilean miner biopic The 33.
“For the most part I have had incredible opportunities knock on my door — I have read them, I have been not quite interested,” she said. But The 33 afforded her both an opportunity to return “home” to Chile and work with “incredible people” including Juliette Binoche, Antonio Banderas and Gabriel Byrne. “I thought, ‘My god am I ready for this?’” de Pablo relates. “And I was ready.”
Invited by TVLine to reflect on and assess her NCIS exit storyline, which was folded into the first two episodes of Season 11, de Pablo admitted, “I think it was rushed. I would have liked a little bit of closure. But I think all in all I could not be more blessed, because I got a chance to be with my ‘love,’ Michael [Weatherly, who plays Tony]. Any time you put Michael and I together there’s going to be a spark, and there’s going to be real honesty, and for that I am forever grateful. Because in that sense there was a sense of conclusion as far as what [the characters] felt for each other.”
As such, and given that she got much-needed personal time, de Pablo attests that she has “no second thoughts” about ending her NCIS run. “I’m very happy with my choices. I spent time with family, which was incredibly important for me. I’ve had time to deal with me, which I couldn’t really do for a long time, so I’m blessed for that.”
Of course, a chunk of the NCIS fanbase reacted strongly to losing de Pablo and Ziva, with an “ouptouring of love” she says was “humbling.”
“When you make decisions like this, you never expect for people to fully understand,” she added. “So it was really delicious to feel that kind of love and I’m always grateful for that.”
So, might she one day reprise her role as Ziva, even on a one-off basis? “I think the fact that they never killed the character off is very telling,” de Pablo noted with a smile. “Under the right circumstances, I think it could definitely be explored.”
As for locking into another series regular TV role, de Pablo let out a hearty laugh before telling TVLine, “I’m not sure if I’m ready to sign a 6- or 7- or 8-year deal. I did a long run [on NCIS] and it was remarkable and I learned a lot.” That said, she’s game “if it was the right story. If we could keep up telling a really good story, that’s the most important thing if you’re an actor.”
Got any scoop you can share about Abby’s boyfriend on NCIS? How long might this relationship last? –Robert
Showrunner Gary Glasberg told me that with the Sergei Michnev story heating back up as well as other fish to fry, “We step away from [Abby’s romance with Burt] for a little while” — though not for forever. “Everybody really likes having [Johann Urb] around, so I’m sure you’ll see him again,” Glasberg shares, adding: “It’s been nice to have everybody kind of in pleasant relationships!”
THE NCIS TEAM SEARCHES FOR A HOME-GROWN TERRORIST AFTER EVIDENCE REVEALS HIS ROLE IN THE CAPTURE OF A SOCIAL WORKER IN SYRIA, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, JAN. 13
Joe Spano Guest Stars As Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell and Marisol Nichols Guest Stars as ATF Special Agent Zoë Keates
“The Enemy Within” – The NCIS team searches for a home-grown terrorist after a rescue mission in Syria reveals an American was involved in the capture of a social worker. Meanwhile, McGee and Bishop question DiNozzo’s unusual behavior, on NCIS, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Joe Spano guest stars as Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell and Marisol Nichols guest stars as ATF Special Agent Zoë Keates.
CHEAT TWEET: The #NCIS team hunts for an American terrorist who has returned to the US #CBS 1/13 8pm
Will we see any more of Delilah on NCIS? — Timmy
You’re not the only one wanting to see more of the Delilah-McGee romance, Timmy. Even though she’s currently working in Dubai, Sean Murray remains positive about the prospect of her return. “I’m sure we’re going to see more of her,” he says. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see her this season. … I like [McGee] and Delilah together. … It’s fun and I think it’s a side of McGee we don’t get to see very often. Usually the only love life he’s got is what’s going on with Abby that week.” But McGabby fans can relax: There’s no plans for McGee to get a tattoo for Delilah for now.