NCIS alludes to Mark Harmon's departure and possible return in latest episode
The long-running police procedural hasn't been the same
NCIS fans were thrown for a loop when series lead Mark Harmon aka Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs announced his departure from the show in season 19.
However, the show isn't shying away from making references to the iconic role, as evidenced by the recently aired Fall finale installment.
The episode featured Sean Murray's character Timothy McGee reviving the storyline of his long-running hobby as a writer.
Jessica Knight, played by Katrina Law, got her first introduction to the joke, quipping: "Your lead character's name is Special Agent Tibbs?"
Special Agent Gibbs was referenced on the show's latest episode
Timothy responded: "Gibbs and Tibbs are wildly different people," before also adding: "Novel's going great, I'm just having some trouble getting started."
However, Sean made another final reference to the fate of Harmon's Gibbs by saying: "LJ Tibbs is retired, remember? So I have a new main character I think fans will love just as much as I do."
"@SeanHMurray just [made] a reference back to Gibbs/McGee goodbye scene ‘Great Wide Open’ still hits my heart," one fan commented.
Another said: "I know that feeling McGee. We all still miss Gibbs," while a third also said: "Delilah knows that her husband is frustrated since Gibbs stayed in Alaska. #NCIS."
The series' Fall finale aired on 5 December and will go on break for the month, returning to screens in the new year on 2 January, 2023.