One thing is certain. Season 11 has been an eventful one for the NCIS team from the very beginning. Farewells, break ups and heart breaks on multiple levels are just a few of the trials Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his team have experienced.
Saying Goodbye to Ziva
The season started with the heartbreaking goodbye to one of their own. Ziva David chose to not return to the US or to the team, instead deciding that she needed to refocus her sights on figuring out who she is. This left a whole in the team and in the team’s hearts, especially that of Very Special Agent Tony DiNozzo.
Meeting Ellie Bishop
Eleanor Bishop, the new “probie”, starts out as an NSA analyst who joins the team on a temporary basis to find and take out the source of a bug that has infiltrated national security, by using an old report of hers as a roadmap. She then works her way into the hearts of the team and the fans as she first saves Tobias Fornell’s daughter, then plays a huge part in taking out Benham Parsa, a longtime conflict of the NCIS team.
And what is an NCIS agent without a quirky personality? From food association to her chaotic way method of solving puzzles, Bishop reveals in tiny bits and pieces the little things that set her apart from everyone else in the world.
Baby Blues and News
Jimmy Palmer, the medical examiner assistant, and his have an emotional roller coaster all their own this season. After making the decision to adopt a baby, even setting up a host mother, the team celebrates as the time draws near. But when the day arrives, the mother changes her mind and keeps the baby. A heartbroken Palmer, based off some advice given by Gibbs, decides not to give up on his family.
Toward the end of the season, it is revealed that his wife, Breena, is pregnant and the excitement is restored!
Ziva wasn’t the only loved character fans had to say goodbye to this season. Jackson Gibbs, Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ father, dies of a stroke in the last episode. Jackson had to be formally removed from the show since the actor who played his part unfortunately passed away in February. Jackson has appeared in many episodes and is a huge part of the NCIS team. In the end of the episode Gibbs gives Jackson’s store to a young man who Jackson had taken under his wing, a young man whose life was changed by simply knowing Jackson.
I, for one, can’t wait to see where the show goes next season!