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NCIS' Season 10 Premiere: 11 Quick Observations

It’s that glorious time of year when the networks start letting loose with screeners of returning shows’ season premieres.

Previously, TVLine has covered Castle’s super-intense/sexy Season 5 opener, Glee’s Season 4 bow and Scandal‘s totally twisty sophomore premiere. This time, it’s the Season 10 premiere of CBS’ NCIS (airing Sept. 25) that showed up on our cyber-doorstep.

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Here, quickly, are 11 not-at-all-spoilery observations about how Harper Dearing has rocked Gibbs’ world.

• How many total casualties were there in the car-bomb attack on the NCIS HQ? “Enough,” one higher-up tersely reports to another.

• The “hand-off” from Ducky to Jimmy Palmer, glimpsed at in this promo, makes me verklempt all over again just recalling it. (That said, Dr. Mallard is down but not out. In fact, he later uncovers a critical clue.)

• Someone who believes themselves to have emerged from the explosion unscathed in fact did not.

• One of the agents hears from his/her dad in the immediate aftermath.

• While trapped in the elevator, Tony makes a James Bond reference that is totally lost on Ziva yet otherwise nails the (intimate-ish) moment perfectly.

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• Dearing is not done blowing up federal agents. Gulp.

• Abby, rendered cynical of the world by Dearing’s treachery, charges one of her colleagues to “Kick. His. Ass.”

• Gibbs quizzes the gang: “What’s a four-letter word for surviving a terrorist attack?”

• Gibbs’ plan to halt Dearing’s reign of terror is met with vocal opposition from at least one of his agents.

• There are two time jumps, of about six weeks each.

• Why is Gibbs measuring his basement space…?

Will you be tuning into the NCIS Season 10 premiere?



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Comments (86)

  • Of course and even recording just in case…

    Comment by Christy Davis Barton – September 9, 2012 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too, Christy!

      Comment by LadyC – September 9, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me three. Any NCIS fan would be nuts not to watch – or tape – this SP. Too many important things happening that cannot be missed, that will set the stage for the entire season. I can’t wait!! :P

      Comment by Nubie – September 10, 2012 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I BUY the NCIS dvd’s have 1 to 9 and will buy ten as soon as it is
        available in UAE

        Comment by ruth – October 8, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto!

      Comment by Liz – September 10, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of course I will be watching the season premiere! You’ve left me wanting to know even more now. Thank you for sharing this with us. You Rock! :)

    Comment by Marla (@zoyaroses) – September 9, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Woo-Hoo! Cannot WAIT to see this!

    Comment by Susan – September 9, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Go Abby! This makes me even more excited (and nervous) . Thank you so much!

    Comment by Mel – September 9, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t watched NCIS regularly since Sasha Alexander left (yes, it’s been awhile), but this might get me watching again.

    Comment by Amanda – September 9, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amanda! You must go back and catch up. I’ve watched from the very first episode and it is fantastic story telling in the way that only the NCIS peeps can do. :) In my humble opinion, that is. ;)

      Comment by Kim R – September 9, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do it Amanda!! :)

      Comment by morecowbell94 – September 9, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s funny to me considering I started watching when Sasha left the show! I’ve seen repeats with her and was not impressed, wasn’t crazy about her character and chemistry was not as good.

      Comment by Jennifer – September 9, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes….I love this show

    Comment by linda – September 9, 2012 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • cant wait!!! been missing my tiva :)

    Comment by Brenna – September 9, 2012 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of course i will watch NCIS Season 10. I’ve seen NCIS since the 1º season and i still love it.

    Comment by Luis Matoso – September 9, 2012 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes ofcourse, my Number 1 show to watch in fall.

    Comment by Bill Bruce – September 9, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “NCIS” had something of an inauspicious start with its two-part backdoor pilot on “JAG”. I was more than a little put off by some of the frankly weird stuff (like the bizarre corpse-vision and Ducky’s truly creepy demeanor) at the time, but I found it again a few years later after “JAG” went off the air. Boy, am I glad I did! “NCIS” remains one of my favorite TV series, both on and off the air, and I can’t wait for season 10.

    Comment by Dreamrose – September 9, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree the JAG episodes of NCIS were not very appealling (the corpus vision and the fact that Gibbs went after Harm were part of my dislike lol!) But I have loved the show since season 1 and can’t wait to see Season 10, will definately be tuning in on Sept. 25th!!!!

      Comment by guest – September 9, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am a huge fan of this website and the teases and I know it’s my own fault when I read spoilers but I think this combined with the preview, the promotional pictures and several other spoilers and statements gives too much away. I can already combine 3/4 of the episode with the information this year. The beauty of NCIS was always the aspect of surprise and their strict and secret informational policy. I don’t know.. I love scoop and spoilers and my opinion might be unpopular but I think this year there is too much information on the premiere out there.

    Comment by Svenja – September 9, 2012 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • you better believe I will be there and recording it..Have to go back I watch it more carefully..Love the show..

    Comment by ann – September 9, 2012 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It must be Ziva’s father that reaches out after the attack. It was spoiled that Eli David would be in the season opener.

    Comment by Nicole – September 9, 2012 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait for Season 10!!!!

    Comment by Suekay – September 9, 2012 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll be watching. Wouldn’t miss it. McGee better come back. There has been so little mention of him.

    Comment by Joy – September 9, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BTW I hope Gibbs has said bye bye to JLC. She was not a good match on the show IMO.

    Comment by Joy – September 9, 2012 11:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. A lot of others have crossed his path that would be better matches. I’m probably in the minority but I prefer M. Allison Hart.

      Comment by Steve T – September 9, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t remember her name, but I think the woman who’s with the Coast Guard Investigative Service would be a good match. She was in a couple of episodes and previously on one of the Law & Orders as a prosecutor.

        Comment by mercedes – September 10, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 100 per cnt! there was areal chemistry between them! not with jlc,in my opimion!

        Comment by richard larbey – November 11, 2012 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ITA. I would love for them to pair Gibbs with someone like Tea Leoni.

      Comment by Templar – September 9, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • JLC was not a good match for Gibbs. I didn’t mind him so much with Miss Hart, Rena Sofer. He needs someone like that I think.

        Comment by Aimee – September 9, 2012 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Ugh, she was such an annoying character! I love Rena Sofer, but let’s retire Allison, please?

          Comment by Sheila – September 9, 2012 03:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • LOL He just needs someone who can keep up with him, and put a little fun into his life.

            Comment by Aimee – September 9, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  
    • Agree. Can’t get pat thinking about those Activia commercials and the spoofs on SNL — kinda ruins any ideas of chemistry between those two, and besides, they don’t look good together. Gibbs needs a redhead!! Christina Hendricks, anyone???

      Comment by zelda1947 – September 19, 2012 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh I’m there! Can’t wait wait to start the season!

    Comment by Kelly – September 9, 2012 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was close to giving up last season (because of the emphasis on Gibbs, Tony and Vance) but these spoiles sound good. I will tune in, and see what Glassberg has made of the whole gang.

    Comment by Kath – September 9, 2012 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Even without your post, I will be there, AND record as well so I can watch again and again. My favorite show. I must watch reruns 6-7-8 times and never tire of any of the shows, even though I know what is going to happen. Stellar acting and writing. LOVE. THIS. SHOW!!!

    Comment by Liana in San Diego – September 9, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, yes!!!!!!

    Comment by Chloe – September 9, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will have to watch On Demand – premier is on Yom Kippur :((

    Comment by Carol – September 9, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kind of ironic with one of the main characters being from Israel…

      Comment by me – September 9, 2012 10:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve been anxiously waiting for S10 since last season ended. NCIS is easily the highlight of my TV week, followed closely by NCIS-LA.

    Comment by Larc – September 9, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Need new writers on NCIS LA too much “G” bakground, if some died on NCIS I would be devistated, it happened on NCIS LA I would just wonder who they would replace with. No fun no believable Hetty is so important. get some new characters on LA

      Comment by Dorothy – September 25, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, but I have to say that I am tired of being jerked around with the Tony and Ziva thing. Enough is enough. Make a decision one way or the other and stick with it! We are entering season 10 and there is only so much teasing before you just need to p*** or get off the pot!

    Comment by Aimee – September 9, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^^^….Completly agree…..I’ve got a bit tired of the show because of it……..let them get together already!!

      Comment by Pat – September 10, 2012 03:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you. I was starting to think I was the only one. LOL

        Comment by Aimee – September 10, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is there no mention anywhere of the fate of Tim McGee? It almost makes one think that he must have died in the explosion (despite Sean Murray’s contract renewal). Why is he always the forgotten character when it comes to spoilers? He has tons of fans!

    Comment by channeld – September 9, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • why would you think he is dead if you know he got a contract renewal? pull ur head outta ur a** before commenting

      Comment by ohlala – September 9, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, that was certainly unkind.

        My point remains, though: Why do none of the spoilers. and none of the promo pics, mention/show McGee? We have seen/heard mention of *everyone* else on cast but him.

        Comment by channeld – September 9, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I love McGee. I am wondering if maybe he is seriously injured and they don’t want to give that away in the promo? Just a thought. :)

          Comment by Kim R – September 9, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I know, right? I’m starting to worry. However, the pics I’ve seen so far have been of the immediate aftermath of the explosion at HQ, so hopefully this means that McGee was just severely injured and is in an ambulance to the hospital. Fingers crossed!

          Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – September 9, 2012 10:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Wow, that was really rude and uncalled for. Characters under contract get let go or quit all the time. Case in point, Sasha Alexander. There has been no mention of McGee in any of the promos or spoilers, so many fans want to know what will happen to him. McGeeks are the forgotten fans…sigh.

        Comment by RJ – September 9, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • he probably just packed on a few pounds again so they’re 86ing him from promos. regardless, if they got rid of him, they’d have no one for abby, ergo, his ass is still on the show. t’inquiète

          Comment by ohlala – September 9, 2012 10:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gibbs quizzes the gang: “What’s a four-letter word for surviving a terrorist attack?”
    -> My bet’s on “Ziva”. By my count, she already survived at least 4, right? The cafe bombing when Gibbs was in Mexico, the bombing in Morocco, the suicide bomber when Agent Cassidy is killed, and this last one… Did I miss any other attacks?

    Comment by Delirious – September 9, 2012 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So excited!! Only show I’m look forward to this fall. LOVE LOVE LOVE NCIS!!!

    Comment by Stucky – September 9, 2012 03:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve been a fan from the back-door JAG episode pilot up until the present. I can’t wait for the premiere.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch – September 9, 2012 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of course, I will be watching. One of my favorite shows

    Comment by TexasGreatGrams – September 9, 2012 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The four letter word is Luck.

    Comment by Anne – September 9, 2012 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Answer to Gibvs question: LIVE. Do not let the terrorist win.

    Comment by Patty – September 9, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Although I love JLC and Dr. Ryan, I just wasn’t feeling the chemistry. I’d prefer the “other” Abby, Diane Neal’s Coast Guard agent. Even if it’s just as friends, I’d be happy to see her back because I just love the way those two actors play off each other. Re Matt’s ending question: of course I’ll be there; never miss an NCIS premiere!

    Comment by arial2 – September 9, 2012 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t see them killing McGee but I don’t trust the NCIS crew – they’ll kill somebody quick fast. All I know is that McGee better be okay…

    Comment by sladewilson – September 9, 2012 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it was said by one of the producers that Gibbs is doing another basement project. But it won’t be revealed until the season finale, just what he is building. Makes me wonder what? And how it fits…

    Comment by Stacey – September 9, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t know about the Jag beginning, my husband and I discovered NCIS on USA through reruns and fell in love with it and slowly but surely caught up with it and finally started watching the new ones just a few years ago. There was a lot of back tracking but we have now seen all of the seasons shows and have been up to date for two years and this is our favorite show. We love all the characters though Abby is our very favorite with Ducky a close second, or maybe… Oh hell the rest are a close second !!!

    Comment by Lana – September 9, 2012 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • could never miss this one

    Comment by hru – September 9, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely I’ve counting down since the season finale thankfully the reruns have prevented me from going into withdrawal

    Comment by vikki – September 9, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • be nice to see a “guest appearance” by the JAG team in official capacity or maybe as retired JAG’s looking for help…

    Comment by grys03 – September 9, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There were a few in the first season or two..one of them was Call of Silence…Faith Coleman (character), Bud Made an appearance.

      Comment by Kate – September 10, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Absolutely I’m gonna watch this! It’s one of the top shows I can’t wait to return (the others being Castle, Once Upon a Time, Bones, SVU, Parenthood, and The Mentalist). I just want it to be premiere week already!

    Also, like everyone else, I’m worried about McGee. Haven’t read anything on him re: the premiere. I hope he’s not the one who’s injured but thinks he isn’t!

    Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – September 9, 2012 10:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m actually worried about Fornell. I’m worried he’s going to get 86′ed. :( It is Ziva’s dad who calls, I think Tony shows some signs of PTSD or something to that effect, Tim takes a while to recover from his injuries and Abby really needs a break from all things bad- so she’s going to take it. (Just my guess.)

    As for what he’s building in his basement- Lord only knows.
    I DO have a feeling someone’s going to end up knocked up by the end of the season.

    Comment by DPS – September 10, 2012 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I certainly hope your fears about Fornell aren’t justified. It would be nice seeing more of him rather than less. The chemistry between Gibbs and him is great.

      Comment by Larc – September 10, 2012 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if it’s McGee’s dad and McGee that is not ok and thought he was ok. McGee was not shown in the promo, except at the time of the explosion.

    Comment by Lori (@PennagirlWBO) – September 10, 2012 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if the person that thought they emerged from the explosion unscathed but didn’t was Tony.

    It would might a certain amount of sense…..

    Give Gibbs and Ziva a springboard for some good emotional displays. Give Tony and Ziva a shippers a moment in the elevator and then they could wipe it out with a head injury and memory loss.

    Not to mention it would lead in nicely to what we know about Tony’s Dad coming back.

    Comment by LBurke – September 10, 2012 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah!!! It’s the #1 show in our household. We enjoy each and every charector.

    Comment by flowerfriend19 – September 10, 2012 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I do think the scathed person is Tony- especially after MW’s little video yesterday.
    I wonder if the Bond reference is from an exchange between Vesper and Bond.

    Comment by DPS – September 10, 2012 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Someone who believes themselves to have emerged from the explosion unscathed in fact did not.”

    OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tracy B (@tmb510) – September 10, 2012 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can we work on casting? The laxative lady as Jethro’s love interest? Come on! What next Maybe Gloria Steinim as the director of NCIS and Rue McClanahan to replace Ziva.

    Comment by Disappointed – September 12, 2012 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love NCIS! Can’t wait for the new season. Did not like JLC and Gibbs…no chemistry. Hope all the characters return.

    Comment by Gemini – September 14, 2012 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bring back Hollis Mann as Gibbs love interest. That was chemistry!!! :))

    Comment by Taurus – September 17, 2012 02:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I agree. Gibbs & Mann made a great couple. Would love to see her back and if not her Boren would be great. I worry about Ducky, nobody has said anything about him. I would hope we would learn more about his relationship with Gibbs…how it started.

      Comment by Sami – September 22, 2012 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely will watch. Love all the characters on NCIS and Michael Weatherly (Tony) is wonderful!

    Comment by Carol – September 24, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think I’m most excited for the last one haha. New boat? :D

    Comment by Taylor – September 25, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think I have caught up on all past episodes but why do they not carry all 9 past seasons on Netflex? It would be so easy to go back and catch up.

    Comment by Sheryl Cigler – September 25, 2012 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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