NCIS Season 8 Spoilers: Blasts From the Past

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The eighth season of NCIS is approaching and with the entire cast re-signed this offseason, attention has turned to what we can expect from TV's top drama come fall.

First up, expect an old score to be settled.

“We’ve got a few old scores to settle – primarily with Ziva’s dad, Eli David, played by the brilliant Michael Nouri,” Rocky Carroll (Director Vance) told Fancast recently.

Another familiar face from Season 7 will be back as well. “We’re also going to have a visit from Mr. Robert Wagner, who plays DiNozzo’s father, so look forward to that.”

Gibbs and Father

Ralph Waite plays the father of Mark Harmon's Gibbs to perfection.

Speaking of fathers, the fate of Gibbs' old man is in jeopardy after the events of May's season ending "Rule Fifty-One." Will the elder Gibbs escape Reynosa's grasp?

Asked that question, executive producer Shane Brennan thought for a long moment about Ralph Waite’s character, but ultimately offered this: “Gibbs is his father’s son.”

Thoughts and theories on what that means are welcomed below.

Brennan also says the new season will include a look back at how some of the characters - possibly longtime NCIS veterans Tony and Abby - came to join the team.

The new season gets underway on September 21. What do you make of the teases above, and what are you hoping will take place in Season Eight of NCIS? Discuss!

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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.