‘NCIS’: Why Is Gibbs So Mean Lately?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Mark Harmon with the NCIS cast

“NCIS” has skilled lots of adjustments over the past 17 seasons. One factor you may need observed is how imply Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has turn out to be. What’s happening with him? Here’s Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s tackle Gibbs’ unhealthy perspective.

The group jumps each time they see Gibbs

Mark Harmon with the NCIS cast |  Cory Osborne/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon with the NCIS forged | Cory Osborne/CBS through Getty Images

It looks like issues get tremendous tense each time Gibbs enters
the workplace. As quickly he steps into the realm the place his group is working, they leap
and get to work instantly. Sure, they act this fashion partly as a result of they
respect him, however in addition they worry him. No one on the group (aside from McGee, who
has been there the longest) appears fully snug in Gibbs’ presence.

Three occasions Gibbs was horrible to his group

Mark Harmon as Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS |  Erik Voake/CBS via Getty ImagesMark Harmon as Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS |  Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon as Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS | Erik Voake/CBS through Getty Images

During “NCIS” season 16 episode 23, titled “Lost Time,”
Gibbs yells as Kasie for no cause. In this episode, Kasie comes right down to the
morgue to present Gibbs an replace, and he turns to her and growls, “What would you like
now?” He additionally walks away from Jack Sloane whereas she’s speaking to him, and he
leaves against the law scene with out notifying his group members.

Another instance of Gibbs being imply was when he hung up on Ziva (Cote de Pablo), a former group member. Considering how shut they turned through the years, it was uncommon to see him being so curt together with her. During season 17, episode 11, Ziva and Gibbs are on the cellphone when he will get one other name. Ziva says she has one thing else to say, however as a substitute of gently switching to the subsequent name, he gruffly says, “I gotta go,” and hangs up. It seems the decision isn’t even an emergency. It’s simply Sloane calling to see how Gibbs is doing after he advised Phineas his mom died.

The third instance is when Gibbs bangs a baseball bat on his desk, proper subsequent to Palmer (season 17, episode 13). The health worker got here to Torres, Bishop, and McGee to vent about how overwhelmed he’s now that Ducky is retired. He stated he was so busy the night time earlier than that he didn’t even go dwelling. “You guys, I got 14 minutes of sleep on an autopsy table,” Palmer stated. Gibbs out of the blue comes into the workplace and tells the group a few homicide they should examine. They don’t transfer quick sufficient for him, so he will get a baseball bat and bangs it with full drive on his desk, although Palmer is sitting there. “Go. Gear. Let’s go!” Gibbs yells.

Mark Harmon says Gibbs is a flawed character

Mark Harmon | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty ImagesMark Harmon | Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
Mark Harmon | Sonja Flemming/CBS through Getty Images

During a 2014 interview with Larry King, Harmon discussed what he enjoys
about enjoying Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Surprisingly, one of many issues he loves
about Gibbs is that he has lots of flaws. Harmon additionally stated Gibbs is a really
complicated character. “[Leroy Gibbs] is complicated, which is enjoyable to play. And I’ve
at all times stated that I just like the underbelly components of this character greater than any of
it. I like his flaws… His previous is darkish,” stated Harmon.

During an interview with CBS about “NCIS” season 16, Harmon says Gibbs is an effective man, however he has additionally made lots of errors. “I like this character a lot,” Harmon stated. “And like him a lot because I’m greatly attracted to his flaws. And he has so many of them. There are a lot of things he does really well, and there are a lot of things he does horribly.”

Gibbs has been by way of quite a bit

Gibbs’ character began to take a a lot darker flip after he revealed to his group that he killed Pedro Hernandez, the person who killed his household. This secret has haunted Gibbs for years, and now that his group is aware of about it, the fact of what he did has now come to gentle. Gibbs was so distraught over the revelation that he sought assist from his therapist, Dr. Grace Confalone.

Gibbs was additionally held captive for 2 months (throughout a part of seasons 14 and 15, together with McGee), in order that doesn’t assist a lot both. It’s attainable Gibbs’ character change is due to the trauma he skilled all through his time with the NCIS. Hopefully, he doesn’t do one thing else he’ll remorse later.

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