'NCIS' Season 16 Episode 23 Has Gibbs Leaving His Team

Former FBI Agent Tobias Fornell pleads with Leroy Jethro Gibbs to do everything to local drug dealers, as well as suppliers in "NCIS" season 16 finale. (Photo: NCIS/Facebook)

WARNING: This article contains spoilers that may spoil your enjoyment in discovering the plotlines. Read at your own risk.

Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) has not been himself lately on NCIS season 16. In episode 23, which airs on Tuesday, May 14, the character will do something uncharacteristic. 

According to the episode synopsis for NCIS season 16 episode 23, Gibbs will leave his team in the middle of a crime scene investigation. After realizing, however, that what he did was unexpected and so unlike him, Gibbs will finally seek the help of Doctor Grace Confalone (played by Laura San Giacomo) to sort out his issues.

It's no secret that Gibbs has been going through a tough time on NCIS season 16. Painful memories have returned after finding out that his former fiancée may have been murdered. 

But what could have triggered Gibbs to act on those memories and abandon his team in NCIS season 16 episode 23? Is there something about the case that the team is currently investigating that would remind him of his personal struggles? The case of the week on NCIS season 16 episode 23, by the way, involves the murder of a former Marine Sergeant who has been hailed as a war hero. 

Meanwhile, there have been loud talks and speculations that NCIS season 16 will bring back an old fan favorite. The producers have been hinting that Ziva David (played Cote De Pablo) could appear in the season finale. 

However, it's likely an appearance that fans might not expect. Steve Binder clarified with TV Line why they have been teasing Ziva's vibe and presence on NCIS since February.  

"We're going to have something interesting behind it," Binder said. "But given that she's been gone for years, there's a lot that could have happened that could be fodder for us, even if she's not necessarily present."

But while the series finale of NCIS season 16 airs in mid-May, the show has been confirmed to return for the 2019-2020 season slate. As per Deadline, CBS has renewed the series for another year with Harmon also renewing his status as a producer. 

NCIS is now the longest-running scripted series that's currently still airing on the network. The show has consistently remained on the top of the ratings with an average of 16 million viewers a week. 

The series debuted in 2003 with little buzz nor fanfare, but by its fifth season, NCIS became the number one show on the broadcast network. It has yet to drop out of this spot for the last ten seasons.

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