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NCIS Season Premiere Spoilers: 10 Things to Watch For!

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The NCIS Season 10 premiere doesn't air on CBS for another two weeks (9/25), but TV Fanatic was fortunate to get its virtual hands on it already, and we can assure you it will be worth the wait.

It's difficult for any season premiere to live up to a summer's worth of hype, especially following a cliffhanger of this magnitude, but by and large, "Extreme Prejudice" comes pretty close.

NOTE: Minor spoilers ahead! While we don't reveal plot points or details that we think would take away from anyone's enjoyment of the episode, you still might want to turn back now.

Without giving away too much, here are 10 things to expect in the premiere ...

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1. The title refers to a euphemism for execution. Playing on the "termination with prejudice" clause used in employment contracts, in military parlance it is understood as an order to assassinate; this is exactly how the President orders the SecNav and NCIS to proceed with the Harper Dearing case.

2. We pick up May 15, 2012, the day of the Season 9 finale, and end on September 25.

3. One of the agents in the building during the blast is light-headed and requires stitches.

4. One of the agents is described as "ripe"; Another is uncharacteristically despondent.

5. Fornell and the FBI offer to take the reins of the investigation from an emotional Gibbs.

6. The elusive Dearing is responsible for two more explosions during the episode.

7. Tony and Ziva's elevator scene(s) don't disappoint. That's all we can say.

8. Post-heart attack, Ducky names Palmer acting medical examiner, but the old man plays a key role later in the episode (the scenes between Jimmy and a hospitalized Ducky are pretty special).

9. Gibbs is seen measuring his basement for reasons unknown.

10. After being flummoxed by his adversary's games, Gibbs hatches a plan to stop Dearing once and for all that Vance reluctantly approves, and leaves the rest of the team gravely concerned.

That's all for now. Follow this link for the first footage from NCIS Season 10 if you haven't seen it, then leave a comment below with your predictions and thoughts on the upcoming premiere!

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One of my fav shows but the mention of Michelle obamas name ruined a long time veiwer of being able to watch what I thought was a great show.the whole show now seems to be about the same thing we are fighting to change in this country. It seems to be the pattern in l.a with all the stars and shows they r afraid to speak out about the truth and what is really wrong in this country.......!!!!!!!

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ducky is the soul of the show, abby it's heart, toothpick well he wouldn't be missed nor would dr bonivia. gibbs had more chemistry with almost every woman he has played opposite than with dr ryan.

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@SAM Im sure his character is heading toward retirement age on the show when he will be forecd to leave

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NCIS is the only show i watch on regular TV. Please do not change it.

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I think MH will do at least one more season, maybe two.

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if season 10 does not seriously improve on the soapy episodes of 9 i shall for one no longer be watching

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I am so happy we get to meet Tony mother

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OMG I am so happy to see Ducky lives!!! Thank you for the spoilers :) Losing Ducky would be like losing Abby or Gibbs to me and it wouldn't be worth watching ;(

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This has some of the most powerful and hard hitting stories and the characters are all different so people can relate to a number of them and it is this type of writing is what will keep people wanting to watch and become involved in the story lines. I like Gibbs he is his own boss but cares about his staff and if you mess with them then you have to answer to him.

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CBS better keep them all. It's the best show that they have ever had. Without any of them would be a big mistake. TV would be very borrowing on.CBS and I love NCIS.

NCIS Quotes

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.

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.