NCIS Enlists Mad Men Minx to Play Gibbs' Ex

Don Draper’s onetime mistress is trading in the ad man for NCIS boss man Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Melinda McGraw, who played Bobbie Barrett on AMC’s ’60s drama, will guest star on the CBS procedural as Diane, one of Gibbs’ ex-wives, reports.

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Diane will show up in the November episode “Devil’s Triangle,” when her current hubby gets caught up in a joint NCIS-FBI investigation. Complicating matters further, Diane’s other ex — FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (played by Joe Spano) — is also involved in the case. And neither of the gents is too keen on the redhead, especially after she cleaned them out post-divorce.

But don’t feel bad for Gibbs. All the uncomfortableness will no doubt be made up for when Jamie Lee Curtis joins the show for a two-episode arc as Charlotte Ryan, a woman from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Defense. Ryan and Gibbs will spar, which should lead to some “sparks,” says executive producer Gary Glasberg, adding, “We’re expecting some real chemistry.”

McGraw’s other credits include Desperate Housewives and Men of a Certain Age.


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  1. Templar says:

    Why do they always choose such unappealing actresses to play the women in Gibbs’ life?

    • Scogge says:

      HUH? I think she looks hot!

      But I do wonder how much viagra poor old Gibbs has to chew on to keep up with all the ladys that are always 10-20 years younger than him. ;P

  2. rhodeschroma says:

    I disagree. I thought Melinda McGraw was great on MOACA as Terry’s GF. Just b/c they show Gibbs’ wives as age appropriate red-heads (and not 30ish waifs) doesn’t mean the actress(es) aren’t attractive to many.

  3. E says:

    *DISCOMFORT* There is no word “uncomfortableness”


  4. satirex says:

    Melinda McGraw is a beautiful woman, and while she is a little younger than Mark Harmon, the age difference isn’t worth commenting on (approx. 12 years). I’ve liked her since she starred on The Commish, but the characters she’s played since then haven’t always been as likable.

  5. Jerri says:

    Yeah, I don’t think Gibbs would need any Viagra to tap that…

  6. Renee says:

    Per the episode when she got remarried, this husband was Homeland Security. 1. NCIS, 2. FBI, 3. Homeland Security. Hope the writers remembered that.

  7. Tyler says:

    Homeland Security is a broad range of agencies.

  8. Jessi says:

    Does anyone else think she looks somewhat like “Jenny”? I wish they would bring Jenny back and not someone new.

  9. Dee says:

    Isn’t Jenni dead?

    Fornel and Gibbs are really funny together.

  10. MWK says:

    Melinda McGraw played Scully’s sister early in the X Files and in real life, Nick Lea/Alex Krycek’s girlfriend. He was on the Commish for a couple of seasons too. LOL getting to be ancient history…

  11. Lu says:

    Melissa Scully from the X-files!