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Bob Newhart to Guest Star on NCIS

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Veteran actor Bob Newhart is coming to NCIS in January, according to EW, as Dr. Walter Magnus, described as a “shrewd, eccentric nostalgic” with a whole lot of charm.

Sounds a bit like David McCallum (Ducky). Fittingly, Bob's character is also a medical examiner, who comes out of retirement to relive the magic. Sounds like fun, no?

Until something unexpected catches the team by surprise, at least. Newhart's the latest of many great guest stars of late, notably Robert Wagner in this week's NCIS.

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Bob Newhart last played Morty on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

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NCIS Quotes

McGee: Rule number 70 - keep digging till you hit bottom.
Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.

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.