‘NCIS’: Why There Are Only 4 Agents within the Squad Room

by Jeremy Spirogis
The NCIS producers pay close attention to how many agents are on the show.

“NCIS” brokers come and go on Gibbs’ crew. Some go away on their very own and others die a grotesque demise. One factor you may not have observed is the producers pay cautious consideration to what number of brokers are on the present. You’ll solely see a sure variety of brokers on the collection at any given time. Here’s why an “NCIS” producer as soon as stated 4 brokers is the “perfect number.”

‘NCIS’ began out with three brokers

The NCIS producers pay close attention to how many agents are on the show. | Cory Osborne/CBS via Getty Images
The NCIS producers pay shut consideration to what number of brokers are on the present. | Cory Osborne/CBS through Getty Images

At the very starting of “NCIS,” there have been simply three
brokers within the squad room. They have been Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Tony
DiNozzo (Michael
Weatherly
), and Kate Todd (Sasha
Alexander
). It was a fairly lean crew, but it surely labored on the time. Now that
Bishop, Torres, and McGee are a part of the crew, it’s exhausting to think about a bunch
that small today.

The “NCIS” producers determined so as to add a fourth agent in season 1, episode 7, (this episode is titled “Sub Rosa”). This is the place Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) is available in. The formulation appeared to work for a few years. During an interview with CBS about “NCIS” season 15, Executive Producer Frank Cardea says they need to follow what works. “For many years we had four people in the squad room, and it worked. We wanted to get back to that.”

Why there are solely 4 brokers within the ‘NCIS’ squad room

You likely won't see more than four agents any time soon. |  Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty ImagesYou likely won't see more than four agents any time soon. |  Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images
You probably gained’t see greater than 4 brokers any time quickly. | Sonja Flemming/CBS through Getty Images

“NCIS” Producer George Schenck says at one level a fifth
agent was added, however issues obtained a bit too crowded. This is why they determined to
return to 4 brokers. Here’s what Schenck informed CBS in regards to the resolution:

 And the very attention-grabbing level is, when the collection began, there have been solely three [agents], and we occurred to be writing episode 7, and it was a degree the place Gibbs and Kate have been on a ship out at sea, and Tony was left alone as a result of there have been solely three brokers. And we created McGee as a result of we would have liked another agent. It was the proper quantity. Since episode 7 of season one, there have been 4 brokers within the squad room. Then, after we went to 5 it was too many. Four is the proper quantity, so we went again to that.

Who was the fifth ‘NCIS’ agent?

Duane Henry and Wilmer Valderrama on NCIS. | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty ImagesDuane Henry and Wilmer Valderrama on NCIS. | Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images
Duane Henry and Wilmer Valderrama on NCIS. | Michael Yarish/CBS through Getty Images

There have been 5 brokers in season 15. This is when Agent Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) was on the crew. He first seems throughout “NCIS” season 13, episode 22, titled “Dead Letter.” Unfortunately, he was killed off throughout “NCIS” season 15, episode 21 whereas defending Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) from a shooter.

Henry later revealed he left “NCIS” as a result of he wished extra for the character. The demise of the late producer Gary Glasberg left Reeves’ storyline up within the air, so Henry determined to take issues into his personal fingers and exit the present. Things labored out for the reason that remaining producers wished to go in a unique route and scale down the forged dimension.

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