NCIS season 19 resumes next week, with the upcoming episode introducing a dark figure from Gibbs’ replacement Alden Parker’s troubled past.
Since the departure of the task force’s long-standing leader Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) last year, Alden Parker (played by Gary Cole) has taken command of the NCIS team. Although his past has remained a mystery to his fellow agents thus far, the next episode of the CBS drama will lift the lid on it, with potentially disastrous consequences. Will Parker be forced to leave the team now that his cr1m1nal history has been revealed?
When NCIS’s new team leader runs into an old friend in the next season 19 episode, he may face disciplinary action.
Parker is surprised to learn that their latest case is linked to an old friend, Billy Doyle, in episode 15 of Thick as Thieves (Kevin Chapman).
To his team’s surprise, he reveals that he and Billy were in “juvie” together as teenagers.
Much of his past remains unknown, but thanks to the latest episode promo, fans now know Parker spent some time in juvenile detention as a child.
The teaser then cuts to a scene of the old friends sharing a beer, though viewers shouldn’t expect them to bury the hatchet anytime soon.
Later footage shows Parker confronting Billy in a convenience store and kicking his desk in the NCIS office.
Could Parker be on the receiving end of a warning from Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) for assaulting an old acquaintance?
“Parker’s delinquent past resurfaces when NCIS is called to Philadelphia to investigate the d3ath of a Navy petty officer,” according to the episode 15 synopsis.
In the trailer, forensic scientist Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover) informs Parker that the murd3r weapon was used in a robbery 18 years prior to the most recent case.
Parker is convinced Billy has something to do with it, as evidenced by his rage when he sees him in the store.
If the team leader goes too far with his interrogation, he could face the same fate as former NCIS boss Gibbs last season.
Gibbs was placed on permanent suspension after nearly two decades as Special Agent in Charge for assaulting a suspect.
Thankfully, his time on the show didn’t end there, and he remained a prominent supporting character while Agents Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) handled the fieldwork.
During his time away from the office, Gibbs collaborated with journalist Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber) to find an elusive serial k1ller.
Viewers enjoyed seeing Mark interact with his real-life wife Pam in his final few episodes, but his permanent suspension could only mean one thing.
After recovering from an att4ck on his boat at the end of season 18, Gibbs appeared in only four episodes of the new season before leaving the show.
While he would occasionally make an appearance on the show, Gibbs’ assault charges resulted in his permanent departure from NCIS just a few months later.
Parker is seen in the new promo making a similar mistake, so it stands to reason that he could face the same punishment for att4cking his old friend.
NCIS newcomer Gary isn’t expected to leave the show just yet, but fans shouldn’t be surprised if Director Vance has to knock him down a notch in the next episode.
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