NCIS boss Gibbs—and Mark Harmon—is leaving for good. After 25 years on the job, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is leaving his role as the special agent in charge. Here’s a look at Harmon’s final NCIS case.
What Happened During ‘NCIS’ Season 19 Episode 4?
NCIS Season 19 Episode 4 (titled “Great Wide Open”) begins with the search for FBI agent Alden Parker Gibbs. One of the agents announces that he has a warrant for Gibbs’ arrest. Parker descends into the basement and learns that Gibbs is not at home. He has apparently disappeared. Parker calls McGee, but he claims he doesn’t know where Gibbs is.
When Gibbs appears, McGee (Sean Murray) tells him that Parker is looking for him. Parker doesn’t realize that Gibbs is in Alaska with McGee. Gibbs led Paul Lemare and went to investigate Naktok Bay. His goal is to find out who hired Lemare and close the case on a string of mysterious murders that appear to be linked to a company called Sonova.
Before Gibbs’ trip to Alaska, director Vance (Rocky Carroll) meets him at a dinner. Vance learns of Gibbs’ visit, so he gives her a satellite phone. Gibbs then puts down his work phone over a cup of coffee and thanks Vance for everything. At that point, it’s clear that Gibbs will not be returning to NCIS.
Duckie and Gibbs have a heart to heart
During another scene, Duckie (David McCallum) stops by the Gibbs house. He tells her that he is worried about her. Given all that Gibbs has done over the past few months (most notably blowing up his boat), Duckie has reason to be concerned.
At first, Gibbs says there’s nothing to worry about, but then he shares that he’s going through a rough patch. “You’re right,” Gibbs says. “Lately, I’ve been searching. I don’t know what I’m looking for. I know it was hard to be alone without a job.”
Ducky tells him to come back to NCIS, but Gibbs replies, “It’s even harder.” Ducky offers her a ride, but he tells her he already has a ride. Gibbs then hugs Ducky and tells him how much he appreciates him. The look in Ducky’s eyes suggests that he knows it will take a long time to see Gibbs again.
Gibbs and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) also have a heart to heart. While Torres is driving her to the airport, they talk about how things are going. Gibbs tells Torres that he is a good agent and a good man. However, he warns her against being consumed by the job. “Don’t let this work become what it is,” says Gibbs.
Gibbs and McGee are at work
One of the victims, Libby Alonak, was the key to solving the case. The team found that Libby told Sonova and their plan to dig a mine that could endanger Alaska’s ecosystem. However, he was executed before the article was published. Three other people who could have put the mine in danger were also killed. With the help of Cassie, Torres and the rest of the team, they learn that Sonova’s CEO and his accomplices were responsible for the murders.
Gibbs left NCIS
Parker eventually finds Gibbs. When McGee asks what’s going on, Parker tells him he is arresting a fugitive, reminding him that Gibbs took a government vehicle and kidnapped a suspect. However, Gibbs convinces Parker to complete the investigation before taking him into custody.
Parker later has a change of heart and lets Gibbs go. He tells McGee and Gibbs that he changed his mind after talking to Tobias Fornell, an FBI aide.
Vance gives Agent Knight (Katrina Law) and Torres an update on Gibbs. To the dismay of Torres, he tells them that Gibbs will not return to NCIS. When Torres asks Vance if he can talk to Gibbs and convince him to take back his badge, he simply says, “I’ve already tried. He doesn’t want it.”
At the end of the episode, the plane arrives for Gibbs and McGee. When McGee asks Gibbs if he needs help loading his gear, he tells her he has no plans to go to work or back home. He is living in Alaska. He tells McGee that he has finally felt a sense of peace that hasn’t happened since the death of his wife and daughter.
Gibbs hugs McGee and tells him that he loves her. After exchanging a few more words, McGee walks away and boards the plane.
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