Leann Hunley to Guest Star on NCIS

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As we reported last month, Gena Rowlands will soon be raising hell on NCIS as Joann, one of three former mothers-in-law of Gibbs (Mark Harmon). That will include retro scenes in which Joann will be played by Days of Our Lives star Leann Hunley.

The soap opera actress has been hired to play Joann in flashbacks set during the 1980s. Airing March 2, the flashback scenes, which interestingly feature Harmon’s own son, Sean, as younger Gibbs, will explain the bad blood between the two.

“You will see that Joann is very angry at Gibbs for taking her daughter and grandchild away from her when his job is relocated,” Hunley says of the move that later, indirectly, led to the murder of Gibbs’ family by a Mexican drug dealer.

Leann Hunley

Leann Hunley will play a younger version of Gena Rowlands' NCIS character.

The guest stint is a fantasy come true for the seductive, raspy-voiced Hunley, who has often been likened to Lauren Bacall but sees herself as more of a Rowlands type.

“When I first saw her in the ’70s in A Woman Under the Influence, I thought, ‘That woman looks like me! She has my eyes!’” the actress recalls. “Ever since, it’s been my secret wish that I might play her some day. But, seriously, what were the chances?"

We're looking forward to seeing her interact with the main NCIS cast member in a couple of weeks and learning more about Leroy Jethro Gibbs' past when she does.

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NCIS Quotes

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.

Palmer: I take it you heard?
Gibbs: Mmm hmm.
Palmer: Yeah, she saw the baby and just....I guess she felt the same way we felt when we first saw him. Can't fault her for that, right?
Gibbs: You should go home.
Palmer: I will. Yeah Breena and I, we just wanted to get all this stuff out of the house. You know, we wanted to give it back as soon as possible.
Gibbs: We.
Palmer: Me. She's hurting too, but she is so much stronger. She's ready to try again. And me - I feel like I can't breathe. I never felt this bad in my life, Gibbs.
Gibbs: Well, just wait until it's 3:00 in the morning, and your kid's running 104. You're just getting started.
Palmer: That's the point. I'm not starting, you know? Maybe I never will.
Gibbs: Well then fight for it, Palmer! That's what you do. You fight for your family. And sometimes, you fight like hell just to have one.
Palmer: You want me to fight, I feel like I just went ten rounds with Joe Louis.
Gibbs: Do you want to be a dad, Palmer? Because right now, this is being a dad.
Palmer: Maybe I'm not ready.
Gibbs: You wouldn't feel the way you feel, right now, if you weren't ready.