‘NCIS’: Gibbs Almost Adopted Phineas and Other Season 17 Revelations

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mark Harmon on the set of NCIS

NCIS Season 17 was stuffed with surprises. Here are a number of the most stunning behind-the-scenes revelations from the solid and producers.

Gibbs most certainly killed the driving force who mowed down Torres in episode 14

Mark Harmon on the set of NCIS | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon on the set of NCIS | Cliff Lipson/CBS by way of Getty Images

Did Gibbs (Mark Harmon) kill the driving force who mowed down Torres throughout NCIS Season 17, Episode 14 (titled “On Fire”)? The driver put Torres within the hospital and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) has a tricky time coping with this, particularly since they’ve grow to be so shut through the years. Some moments recommend Bishop is the one who killed the driving force, however on the finish of the episode, it’s strongly urged the shooter is Gibbs.

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“A lot of people probably asked did Gibbs shoot the guy at the end,” says Executive Producer Steven D. Binder in an interview with CBS about NCIS Season 17. “And I’m going to take off my showrunner hat for a moment and say, that’s what they do on TV shows. If they’re not showing you what happened, you’re left to wonder. You never really know. Certainly, if you watch the show, we lead you to believe that was the case. There’s no question that’s the road we’re leading you down.”

Wickersham says it isn’t clear who the shooter is, however Gibbs is a robust chance. “It was a little ambiguous at the end, and I think that’s how it’s meant to be for the audience,” provides Wickersham.   

Phineas and Sarah had been a symbolic substitute for Ziva’s brother

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Executive Producer Frank Cardea says once they introduced Ziva again, they wished to deliver all the things full circle to season 3. During that season, Ziva killed her brother to save lots of Gibbs. In season 17, the producers wished Gibbs to kill somebody for Ziva, however the particular person he killed needed to be an individual with a detailed connection to him, much like how Ziva sacrificed somebody near her.

The producers figured it will be powerful for Gibbs to kill the mom of a younger neighborhood boy he took below his wing. That would harm greater than killing a random one that was after him and Ziva. It could be straightforward to kill somebody he had no private reference to. This is the place Phineas and Sarah got here in. They had been launched in order that when Gibbs killed somebody for Ziva, it had that means.

“[Ziva killed] her own brother,” Cardea tells CBS. “Gibbs had to kill someone that he had a stake in to really parallel the stories.”

Gibbs virtually adopted Phineas

Mark Harmon and Jack Fisher on NCIS | Patrick McElhenney/CBS via Getty ImagesMark Harmon and Jack Fisher on NCIS | Patrick McElhenney/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon and Jack Fisher on NCIS | Patrick McElhenney/CBS by way of Getty Images

Many followers had been hoping Gibbs would take Phineas in and lift him. There was even a degree through the writing course of when the writers thought-about having Phineas transfer in so Gibbs may handle him. The writers reasoned Phineas may very well be a recurring character. However, the concept was scrapped after some dialogue.

Binder says in his CBS interview they had been near maintaining Phineas as a recurring character. “A lot of people probably thought Phineas was going to end up being raised by Gibbs. And there was a point in the writer’s room where Phineas was going to end up being raised by Gibbs, and that would be a recurring character. It just felt to us that we should bookmark that story and leave that behind us.”

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