The latest promotional clip for NCIS season 19, episode 13 features a subtle dig at former team leader Gibbs, who left the show last year after nearly two decades on the air.
In the fourth episode of the new season, Great Wide Open, former NCIS lead Mark Harmon left his role as Special Agent In Charge Leroy Gibbs. While fans of the CBS series have been celebrating his legacy, the show is already using his absence to mock the team’s stone-cold ex-boss.
Victoria (Elle Graper), the daughter of Dr. Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), returns in a new first-look clip from the next episode of NCIS.
Season 19 will resume with episode 13, The Helpers, at the start of next week, following a more than month hiatus.
Since Gibbs’ departure from the NCIS team after nearly 20 years as leader, newcomer Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) has been filling in.
Victoria, on the other hand, wasted no time in hazing the new hire when her father took her on a tour of the office in the most recent episode.
Jimmy leads her to Alden’s desk after introducing the rest of the team, saying, “Over here we have…”
“When did Gibbs grow a beard?” a perplexed Victoria inquires.
Jimmy’s teammates Tim McGee (Sean Murray) and Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) are giggling as he corrects her.
“No, no, Victoria, this is Special Agent Parker, I told you about?” he corrects her.
Victoria’s father gives her a knowing smile as he realizes she was joking.
“All right, you got me!” He stutters. “She’s – she’s – she’s – she’s – she’s – she’s – she’
A d3adpan expression “A real chip off Dad’s block, huh?” says Alden.
While there will undoubtedly be another high-stakes mission in the next episode, Victoria’s return guarantees some lighter moments when NCIS returns.
The clip also confirms Jimmy’s daughter has formed a strong friendship with Nick, despite the fact that she has yet to meet her new agent, Jessica Knight (Katrina Law).
Jessica greets Victoria with an awkward exchange after Victoria and Nick finish their complicated secret handshake.
She is adamant. Victoria addresses her as Jess before adding, “I love your shoes.” And… I adore that backpack!
“So cute,” she adds, as Nick looks at her, puzzled.
Because little is known about Jessica’s life outside of the office at the moment, this brief moment could be setting up some complicated feelings toward children to be explored later.
Following the departure of fellow agent Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham), rumors of a possible romance between Nick and Jessica have circulated – could this episode be sowing the seeds of their relationship?
“While investigating the d3ath of an intruder at Quantico, Jimmy and Kasie (Diona Reasonover) are exposed to a d3adly biotoxin, and the NCIS team calls on Doctor Carol Wilson (Meredith Eaton) for help as they race to find the antidote,” according to the official logline. Torres also tries to distract Jimmy’s daughter.”
New images have also been released, showing Jimmy and his colleague Kasie Hines in peril in the NCIS lab.
Victoria has already been through the tragic d3ath of her mother, so fans will be hoping that this isn’t the end of Jimmy when NCIS returns next Monday.
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