Dylan Bruno to Guest Star on NCIS Season Finale

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Dylan Bruno of Numb3rs fame will guest star in the final two episodes (May 18 and May 25) of the current season of NCIS, which finally returns tomorrow night.

He'll play Lt. Jason Paul Dean, a freelance mercenary with ties to the private military company operated by Col. Merton Bell (Robert Patrick), TV Guide reports.

Bell, of course, has become an enemy of Gibbs (Mark Harmon), ever since our favorite NCIS agent put him away earlier this season. Where does Lt. Dean fit in?

He's an "imposing, edgy and dangerous former Army Ranger who was highly decorated before a screw-up in Afghanistan led to his dishonorable discharge."

Now a hired gun, he's not at all afraid to kill when necessary.

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These two both have ties to Gibbs' foe Col. Bell.

Obviously, that's bad news for Gibbs, who arrested Bell for going after the granddaughter and daughter-in-law of Gibbs' friend Mike Franks (Muse Watson).

It was also Bell who sent a hawkish lawyer named M. Allison Hart (Rena Sofer) after Gibbs shortly thereafter, and we know how that turned out. Or do we?

In any case, expect both guest stars to play big roles in May.

Bruno's character will appear in the penultimate episode, then stick around for the finale, in which Gibbs has to make a devastating choice to save his team.

Are you excited to see Bruno - and Sofer - mix it up with Gibbs - and what do you think Leroy Jethro's big decision entails? Comment below!

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NCIS Quotes

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.

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony