Muse Watson (Mike Franks) to Return on NCIS Premiere

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Even the great ones need an assist once in awhile. Muse Watson will reprise his role as Mike Franks, Gibbs' mentor, on the season premiere of NCIS, according to Fancast.

Rocky Carroll (Vance) says that despite the events of May's season finale, everyone on the team “is still alive and well,” although “We’ve got a few old scores to settle.”

When we left NCIS, Paloma Reynosa had just entered the store where Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite), his dad, works. All indications are that Gibbs' father lives ... but how?

Enter Mike Franks. The Reynosa Cartel, after all, is one giant score to settle, and one that looms as a significant threat to Gibbs on both personal and professional levels.

In the penultimate episode of Season 7, "Patriot Down," Gibbs tried to contact Mike with a simple message: Rule 44. But Col. Bell and Pvt. Dean were not after Franks.

Here's a photo of the tandem in the Season 8 premiere, titled "Spider and the Fly." How do you think Gibbs' mentor will help him take down this formidable adversary?

Gibbs and Mike Franks

Gibbs, Franks and the rest of the NCIS team return September 21.

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NCIS Quotes

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.

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.