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NCIS 200th Episode Spoilers: Gibbs to Ask "What If" ...

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Gibbs will travel down memory lane and then some February 7th when NCIS airs its 200th episode. The milestone event, titled "Life Before His Eyes," explores certain "What If" angles, according to TV Line.

Executive producer Gary Glasberg tells Matt Mitovich, “It very much is about a pivotal moment that Gibbs faces."

"It literally looks back at key moments through nine years of NCIS where decisions had to be made, and had people gone in one direction instead of another, how the world would have ended up.”

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With 199 episodes worth of material, and some events that fans recall intimately years after the fact, NCIS could go in any number of directions with this. Including bringing back some old faces.

Glasberg says that in the much-hyped 200th episode, will be “familiar faces, old faces, and faces the fans didn’t think they’d see again…. It was a lot of fun. It was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun.”

At the end of the day, Gibbs comes away from the episode with “the realization that the decisions he has made were meant to be. As he looks around NCIS, he realizes that this is where he should be.”

Much of the installment takes place in large part at a diner, never before seen on NCIS, Gibbs gets his morning coffee - he goes there a lot, obviously. It will also look at existing relationships differently.

Tony and Ziva will meet, for instance, but under circumstances that mark a drastic departure from how it went down years ago, as Kate (Sasha Alexander) has never left us in this alternate universe.

Mike Franks (Muse Watson) will be one of the familiar faces making a cameo.

“For the first time, I didn’t know what was going to happen [in a scene],” Michael Weatherly says of the scene. “I literally had to concoct in my mind seven years of ‘What if there was no Ziva in Tony’s life?’”

“The character [Cote de Pablo] brought was so different from her normal Ziva.”

Vance, conspicuously absent from this week's NCIS and other recent installments, will still be the agency's director, however, “There are some real weird, dreamlike juxtapositions,” Rocky Carroll said.

“There are a lot of surreal, ‘How did we all end up at the same table?’ moments.”

One scene sure to get people talking? Gibbs is approached by a hooded stranger at the diner, toting a pistol. As he IDs himself, a shot is fired from someone’s gun. Make of that what you will in the comments below.

UPDATE: The episode format is said to be loosely based on the 1998 movie, Sliding Doors.

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Please bring back that red head from season 1 and 2 that Gibbs was dating ( who is the mother of The actor who play mcgee)

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great it looks like it will be a great Episode I can't wait to see it.

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OMG>>>For the first time ever, the name Ziva hasn't been mentioned in a Michael comment post..

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I love N.C.I.S it is my favorite show EVER!!!!!

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@Lan and Gigi: That's because a year-and-a-half ago, Mark Harmon only signed on for another two years.

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this sounds so cool. i can't believe they're on 200 episodes

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No Ziva in Tony's live - that broke my heart

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I agree, Lan...it's been feeling that way, huh? MH signed a 2 year deal through the end of season 10, so I could see that happening then maybe. It just seems like he's moving more to the background all the time. I think Gibbs will have a fling with Jamie Lee Curtis' character this Spring, so who knows? Maybe he'll finally find somebody who won't be either the killer or the victim...

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Why do I get a feeling from all the episodes that they are trying to lead into a Gibbs goodbye?

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This sounds great. Gibbs, who is normally so set in his ways, gets some surreal time. That has to be interesting, maybe he'll break a few of his rules or toss some out entirely. Personally don't care about the Jenny character so I don't care if she's not there. Would love to see a Gibbs' mom flashback. Don't care about JAG at all, so I won't miss them either. Whatever they do with Vance will be cool, he's something of a mystery anyway. Not interested in romances either, say Kate/Tony or TIVA, so that can be left out as well. Maybe Gibbs' will have an "It's a Wonderful Life" change and be ready to let go of his tormented past. Looking forward to whatever comes!