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An Original NCIS Character Returns In New 1000th Episode Clip

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NCIS’ 1000th episode clip reveals the return of an original cast member. CBS’ long-running procedural franchise will commemorate a milestone with a case that will prompt the Special Agents to look back at the history of the agency. While it won’t be a traditional crossover special, the outing will involve some characters from NCIS spinoffs. Still, the main burden to solve the case falls on HQ, as they scramble to piece the clues that would point them toward their mysterious suspect. Luckily for them, they will get some help from an unusual ally.

Mariel Molino having a white wine in Promised Land

As seen in the new NCIS’ 1000th episode, “A Thousand Yards,” clip, Joe Spano’s Tobias Fornell returns to the show. Watch the video from the official NCIS YouTube channel below:

In the video, Fornell reaches out to Parker’s team after he becomes a target of the anonymous perpetrator. While Spano’s character wasn’t an official member of the agency, his friendship with Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs resulted in him regularly getting involved with NCIS cases.

Will Mark Harmon’s Gibbs Appear In The NCIS’ 1000th Episode

NCIS Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs talking to someone on his phone

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It’s worth noting that the show’s executives have made it clear that the door is always open for him to return, but they also maintain that they are saving his comeback for a narrative that can truly focus on him.

Considering how much Harmon meant to NCIS, seeing him back for the 1000th episode would be ideal. While the show has moved on two years after he left, Gibbs remains associated with the series. However, there is no official word if Gibbs will return for the NCIS’ 1000th episode. Previously, he already missed Ducky’s tribute episode, prompting NCIS to bring back Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo instead. Despite the importance of the outing, the circumstances around it mean that the chances of Gibbs appearing are very slim to none.

Gibbs wearing a baseball cap near the docks on NCIS

It’s worth noting that the show’s executives have made it clear that the door is always open for him to return, but they also maintain that they are saving his comeback for a narrative that can truly focus on him. Gibbs may have been a part of the procedural for almost two decades, but he cannot be the center of the NCIS’ 1000th episode. Fornell’s return may already be the police procedural’s way of making up for Gibbs’ absence. While Spano was never a series regular, he was the most prominent recurring actor in the show.

The NCIS’ 1000th episode full trailer has revealed that the deaths of Caitlin Todd and Tom Morrow will be integral to the team’s current case. Both of those murders happened when Gibbs was still with the agency, so it would have been great to see him get involved in this new case. Disappointing as this may be, this sets up a much-bigger return for the character, which will likely happen in the future anyway.

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