I don’t know about you but I was hooked the first time I saw this show. The cast is amazing and the story lines are great (thanks to the supurb writing department!), not to mention Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly are yummylicious! LOL What a real treat every week! Anyways, what makes this show work (for me and I bet for many viewers as yourself) is the characters interactions, the actors work so well together! There is humour, drama and just a great sense of unity, like a family they are.
NCIS is a show that brings us the inner workings of the government agency that investigates all crimes involving Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position.
This great ensemble cast consists of:
Mark Harmon as Senior Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Cote de Pablo as Probationary NCIS Agent Ziva David
Michael Weatherly as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo
Sean Murray as Special Agent Timothy McGee
Pauley Perrette as Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto
David McCallum as Chief Medical Examiner Donald Mallard
Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance
Tony and Ziva are my favorites I think, they are so funny together and are constantly teasing each other, you would think they were an old married couple, lol!
I can’t wait each week for Ziva’s “Ziva-isms” you know where she makes a mistake on our slang/idiom, so funny and cute, Tony is the one usually trying to correct her, here are a few good “Ziva-isms”:
Ziva: Is that why we’re here? So you can google the girls? Tony:”Ogle.” And no, we’re here to accompany the director.
Ziva: We canvassed the area. No one is talking. There is a smurf war…Tony: Turf war. Ziva: …between two competing gangs.
Ziva: Oh, this looks like David Jones’s locker Tony: Davy Jones. He used to sing with The Monkees. Ziva: Real monkeys? Tony: I envy your brain sometimes.
Ziva: Did you dump him, Tony? Has your man-mance come to an end? Tony: I never had a man-mance. Ziva: You had a fling. Tony: Guys don’t have flings. We hang out. Ziva: Things were hanging out? That is disgusting.)
According to Ziva about Tony (who gives us movie trivia about every week!), his dying words will be, “I’ve seen this film.” LOL
Gibbs is another favorite, he is intelligent, intuitive (he prefers to call it a “gut feeling”), he is very loyal (to his country, to NCIS and to his Team), witty, and just a good guy all around! He also has an affection for smacking his subordinates on the head! Too funny!
This is one unforgettable and funny quote from Gibbs: Agent Caitlin Todd: Do people react that way because we’re NCIS, or do you just have that effect on them? Gibbs: I’d like to think it’s me.
McGee is cute, loyal and has much computer knowledge, he carries a torch for Abby and even got a tatt on his butt to impress her!
Abby is a happy individual, is goth, intelligent, treats her friends like family and is always there to defend them if needed, she loves and talks to her equipment (I love and talk to my stuffed animals does that make me crazy? lol). She is the one who keeps the team close and loves them, she is Gibb’s favorite and always will be.
Ducky is so charming and a complete gentleman, he always has wonderful rambling reminiscences and is very loyal to his friends. Ducky and Abby have a special friendship and a little harmless flirtation goes on between the two.
Here are some former NCIS characters that were killed while in duty but will not be forgotten:
Special Agent Brent Langer portrayed by Jonathan LaPaglia (“New York Undercover”)
And some great recurring characters we have met over the seasons include:
Abigail Borin, CGIS Special Agent portrayed by Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”)
Charles ‘Chip’ Sterling, Bad Guy portrayed by Michael Bellisario (“Jag“)
Gerald Jackson, Assistant Medical Examiner portrayed by Pancho Demmings
Holly Snow portrayed by Dina Meyer (“Beverly Hills, 90210“, Birds of Prey”, “Point Pleasant”)
Jackson Gibbs, Jethro Gibbs’ father portrayed by Ralph Waite (“The Waltons”)
Jeanne Benoit, MD portrayed by Scottie Thompson (“Trauma”)
Leroy Jethro Gibbs [young] portrayed by Sean Harmon (Mark Harmon’s real-life son)
Mike Franks, retired NIS Special Agent portrayed by Muse Watson (“Prison Break”)
Ron Sacks, FBI Special Agent portrayed by Don Franklin (“The Young Riders“, “SeaQuest 2032”, “Seven Days”)
Samantha Ryan portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis (“Operation Petticoat”, “Halloween”, “Anything But Love”)
Sarah McGee, Timothy McGee’s sister portrayed by Troian Avery Bellisario (“Pretty Little Liars“)
-“NCIS” is a spin-off of the popular series, “JAG.”
-Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, and Michael Weatherly all appeared as their NCIS characters in the final episodes of JAG to begin the show’s spinoff to NCIS.
-When the characters were introduced on “JAG,” there was a character named Viv Blackadder, played by actress, Robin Lively (“Teen Witch”, “Doogie Howser, M.D.“, “Twin Peaks“, “Saving Grace”). The role was later dropped in favor of Sasha Alexander, who portrayed Caitlin “Kate” Todd.
-Jamie Lee Curtis’s character’s name is Dr Ryan; in the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday Mark Harmon’s character’s first name was Ryan.
-The picture of the woman in Abby’s locket is Pauley Perrette’s mother, as per the NCIS facebook.
-At one point, Michael Weatherly’s character states “I’ve got a better chance of hooking up with Jessica Alba than these guys do of infiltrating SeaLift.”. Michael Weatherly was engaged for a time to Jessica Alba and starred opposite her on Dark Angel.
-The show was originally entitled “Navy NCIS”.
-The hand tools that Mark Harmon uses on the set of NCIS, are mostly his own. Those are the tools that he uses in his own personal workshop.
-On the set of NCIS Mark Harmon uses a 1972 Airstream he restored himself.
-In 2005 Mark Harmon requested that nobody make any fuss about his September 2nd birthday. Cast member Lauren Holly and Michael Weatherly pulled quite a joke on him! They ordered 150 t-shirts that read ‘It’s Mark Harmon’s birthday’, and passed them out to the entire crew. They covered Mark’s trailer with crepe paper, helium balloons and piñatas, then dumped large amounts of confetti everywhere. They decorated every wall, truck and trailer, then, with the cooperation of the art department, put up a picture of Harmon on all the plasma-screen displays in the squad-room set. When Mark arrived to work he saw everyone in identical t-shirts, holding signs, and assumed there was a strike. Michael was called by the nervous producers, who were worried what Mark would think, and who was behind it. Michael replied “I’m not going to name any names. Lauren Holly”. Mark was very touched by the gesture, which was filmed so he could take the DVD home to his wife, Pam Dawber (“Mork & Mindy”). He did however tell Lauren with a grin, “Payback’s a bitch”. (I wonder what practical jokes he has pulled on Lauren)
-Sean Murray (Special Agent Timothy McGee) is the step son of Donald P. Bellisario, and his sister on the show is in fact his step sister in real life.
-During one episode, Gibbs was trying to solve a crossword puzzle. As his character is rarely in step with pop culture, he asked DiNozzo for a TV drama with 8 letters. Tony answers St. Elsewhere, which has more than 8. Mark Harmon played Dr. Bobby Caldwell on that show from 1983 – 1986.
-Lauren Holly originally auditioned for the part of Kate.
-Many of the character’s histories are taken from the actor’s real lives. For instance, Michael Weatherly’s father has a large fortune from a family business, as does Tony’s father (and Weatherly’s Dark Angel character). Abby Scuito states she used to go through old cars to see what happened to them and try to find out what went wrong, and Pauley Perrette did this in her childhood.
-Pauley Perrette, who plays Abby, actually graduated with a degree in Forensics in college, and then moved to New York to get her masters, and it was there that she got in to acting. before coming to NCIS. Producers have said that most of the personality and interests displayed by Abby come from Perrette just playing herself.
Well that’s it for now, I will be back in the near future with another blog on the stars behind these fantastic characters…stay tuned…
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