NCIS Cast Dishes on 200th Episode

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TV Guide Magazine went behind the scenes of NCIS' 200th episode this week, featuring the cast on three separate covers and interviewing with the cast and an inside scoop of the February 7 milestone event.

What can fans of TV's #1 drama expect as Mark Harmon's Leroy Jethro Gibbs looks back to the "roads not taken" and "a moment of mortal terror" where he "imagines a series of alternate-reality scenarios"?

A lot of familiar faces and surprises. Some quotes from the cast:

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Smiling NCIS cast members Mark Harmon, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen (!), Pauley Perette, David McCallum, Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo and Sean Murray take the cover of three collector's edition covers of TV Guide.

"The episode is about, what if things had been done differently? What if Abby and McGee were married?" - Sean Murray

"In my particular reality of the 200th episode...I've been running different missions all over Europe, and it's old Ziva - loud and in your face and sexual. It's a great scene, just between Michael and me, with the original tension all over again. So it poses the question: Is the attraction inevitable?" - Cote de Pablo

"I figured, hell, we'll make a few episodes. But I did get a sense right off the bat working with Harmon that he was a cagey veteran who seemed to know the direction in which we should head, all the time." - Michael Weatherly

"The network heads came by for a celebratory cake and [CBS Entertainment President] Nina Tassler said, 'We'll see you at the 300th cake cutting!' It was like, wait, what? That's four and a half years from now! ... That's longer than a presidential term." - Michael Weatherly

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yeh Jamie lee curtis doesn't belong on this show i would say get rid of her i have watch ncis from the beginning and i have never missed a show. i hope all of the cast except curtis comes back next season please don't kill off any of the good actors just get rid of jamie lee curtis


Been watching forever absolutely obsessed. But now. Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't fit in. Can't stand to watch it now with her on it. GET RID OF HER


I love see how u ppl glue tv. Stop saying stuff tony ziva lover piss off u haters u know u won't them do it I can't wait see them miss ncis reruns I tune in watch utube watch ncis USA network


ALL i know is we went from talking about the show and the case and who did it to Ziva and tony having sex and breaking the rules to abby and mcgee having sex and getting married. NCIS has become what Gilmore girls became in its finale season and what ever worse is Tony a Joke again after all that hard work Tiva went and made him a bitch just like they made Gibbs a loser. The show is really dropping the ball and it need to change fast or it will go the way of Law and Order were no one watches it anymore escape to past time when their nothing on and that the truth


@nick loved your comment and yes they are a hot couple at the moment and annie its nice we can disagree without writing vulger comments like some people.and by the way boxed in is one of my all time favorite episodes but also under covers is a favorite as well.


Janet - YOUR comment is spot on! This couple is red hot right now and viewers are salivating over what will happen next. I know it's got MY attention; although it's not the main reason I love NCIS, I'd be lying if I said otherwise. I think it's great that the show is generating this much renewed excitement, because that's been missing for quite a while. Like you said, people HAVE to grow and progress. That is what these wonderful characters are doing - they're reflecting what already happens with human nature anyways. People GROW. Ziva is not who she used to be, because she is a different place in her life now. Same goes for Tony. I laughed so hard watching an old ET! clip where Harmon specifically said that DiNozzo is generally not that hard to beat up - but Ziva is!! lol Tony is a lot of "talk" - he's a smart aleck by nature. Ziva however, doesn't say much. That's why it's AWESOME to see her opening up more - to Tony :). I love watching them onscreen these days. What a treat!!


Guess we'll have to disagree Janet. Once Shane Brennan took over in season 5, he began to chip away at Tony, and pump up Ziva as the only other smart and skilled field agent besides Gibbs. By season 7, Tony was one upped constantly in the bullpen, he could no longer fight and we had scene after scene with Ziva stepping in to save him, his character was made to say and do humiliating things every week, and the rest of the team treated him with nasty and superior disdain. Gone was DPB's Tony of Missing, Chained, Boxed In, Undercover, or Bait. You know, the Tony who was cast in the danger and hero moments and was written as a brave, brilliant hero. And while I appreciate that this season Tony seems to have gained some of his competence and dignity back, the show still seems to shove Ziva and Gibbs as the only two allowed to be cast in the danger and hero scenes, down our throats. Still no hero Tony. All action predictably goes to wonder Ziva and super Gibbs. It's so predictable.


everybody has there own opinion but for me tony has never been the weak link he has grown stronger over each series people do change and i love how ziva is more caring esp with tony and i can see tiva going so far its what most fans want.


While I agree with Mentalistwriter, that the characters should grow and change, the problem for me is that several years ago the writers went too far. They took formerly clever, dangerous, and heroic Tony, and regressed him into the team's weak link. He didn't get to grow at all. They took Ziva, and decided that there was absolutely no skill that she didn't possess. In the process, they really sacrificed Tony so that they could turn Ziva into a super hero cartoon character. She and Gibbs are still the only ones who get the hero scenes. Boring and disappointing. As far as the"romance" between these two goes, I really hope they don't go there, except in sub text. It is generally the kiss of death because the writing needed to accommodate a coupling tends to be soapish and the relationship loses its mystery. Also, IMO the so called UST has been more contrived than convincing for the last several years now.


I do not agree - pairing up a mega popular duo has NOTHING to do with "losing tug or pull". NCIS is in a unique position - unlike most other dramas out there - where it has gained popularity BECAUSE of its oustanding cast camaraderie, particularly Tony and Ziva, in this case. There are plenty of subplots involving the two that a NON-LAZY writer can build on, if so desired. The reason is because "Tiva" is NOT the "main story"; The entire cast and how they work beautifully together to solve cases, is. That's the difference. Furthermore, what the CBS president wants is meaningless - the fact is that NCIS IS winding down in its latter years. They will not be able to continue the will-they-or-won't-they game this late in the stretch, because fans have grown weary of that. Timing is everything, and you have to know WHEN & HOW to say goodbye while you're still riding high.

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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.