‘NCIS’ Season 18: Why Did Gibbs Shoot McGee? Don’t Expect To Find Out Anytime Soon

by Jeremy Spirogis
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NCIS showrunner Steve Binder promised that season 18 would start with a “big and intense” chilly open earlier than the present jumped again to November 2019. On Tuesday, November 17, they delivered on that promise with a stunning scene that featured Gibbs (Mark Harmon) capturing McGee (Sean Murray).

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‘NCIS’ stars Mark Harmon and Sean Murray | Bill Inoshita/CBS through Getty Images

But they didn’t reveal why Gibbs pointed his sniper rifle at a member of his staff. Thanks to the pandemic, NCIS has applied a unique storytelling method this season. Fans wanting solutions about why Gibbs shot McGee shouldn’t anticipate finding out anytime quickly.

‘NCIS’ might be time-jumping throughout season 18

The pandemic pressured the NCIS forged and crew to do loads of issues otherwise this season with a purpose to get the present on the air. The spring manufacturing shutdown left season 17 4 episodes shy of the season they’d deliberate.

Then they needed to wait till September to get again to work on a set with new COVID protocols. CBS additionally minimize their season 18 episode order down to only 16 episodes.

To accommodate this large schedule change, showrunners made some artistic story selections. Instead of conserving the storyline in actual time and having new episodes happen in a COVID world, showrunners determined to leap again and discover an previous story thread.

Binder advised TVLine that they might keep in a “pre-COVID world for a little while” and clarify why Gibbs disappeared with out clarification within the season 17 episode “Musical Chairs.”

“We had an episode last year called ‘Musical Chairs,’ where Gibbs disappears from the squad room to go on a mission, and then he shows up at the end of the episode with a black eye,” Binder mentioned. “We are going to pick up Season 18 with that mission that Gibbs was on, back in time.”

The season 18 premiere left some followers confused

As Newsweek explains, NCIS is “playing the long game” this season and utilizing the time jumps as a storytelling system that some followers aren’t used to. In the premiere episode “Sturgeon Season,” they began the season with a chilly open dated “March 2020.” They by no means returned to the occasions within the scene through the the rest of the episode as a result of they jumped again to November 2019.

One upset Twitter fan wrote that the opening scene “had nothing to do with this episode.” Another famous that “nothing in this episode tied to Gibbs shooting McGee in the beginning.”

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The motive that followers didn’t discover out why Gibbs shot McGee is as a result of NCIS goes to maintain that thriller going for at the least just a few episodes. This storytelling mechanism was quite common in AMC’s Breaking Bad. Plenty of episodes had chilly opens with time jumps that teased a slowly-unfolding thriller. Sometimes, followers must wait a complete season to search out out the entire solutions to early chilly opens.

‘NCIS’ will enter a ‘post-COVID’ world on this season’s seventh episode

NCIS will ultimately reveal why Gibbs shot McGee twice, however it can seemingly take some time. With Gibbs’ sniper expertise, he was clearly not making an attempt to kill his co-worker. So followers are beginning to develop completely different theories.

The remainder of the episode was about Gibbs’ and Fornell (Joe Spano) partnering up off the books to carry down the person who equipped medication to Fornell’s daughter. Some followers are speculating that this causes an issue between Gibbs and McGee.

The emblem on the tail of the personal jet that McGee makes an attempt to cease seems loads just like the one on the important thing fob that Fornell discovered. It’s very attainable that Gibbs capturing McGee has one thing to do with Fornell.

There can be the chance that followers didn’t see your entire state of affairs. Creative modifying might have lined up that Gibbs was really capturing on the man who was capturing at McGee. Or, possibly it’s an elaborate plan for McGee to go undercover.

Whatever the rationale, NCIS co-showrunner Frank Cardea says, “The first five episodes take place in the period of [pre-coronavirus]. Episode 6 wraps that up, and episode 7 will bring us up to a post-COVID world.”

New episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS.

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