NCIS Season Finale Pics: Honoring Thy Father

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NCIS will change it up for its Season 11 finale next Tuesday.

Instead of featuring a major death or shocking cliffhanger, the highest-rated show on television will pay tribute to Ralph Waite, the actor who recurred for years as Jackson Gibbs and passed away in February.

On "Honor Thy Father," Leroy Jethro Gibbs heads home when he learns that his dad has passed away. The entire NCIS team then turns out to mourn this loss in what is sure to be a heartfelt NCIS Season 11 Episode 24.

Unfortunately, that doesn't mean there isn't a case to be solve. When a man is murdered on a secret Navy detention vessel, the NCIS team must figure out if this could be a diversion to help a terrorist escape.

Grab a box of tissues and click through these photos from the NCIS Season 11 finale:

Here is a look at the finale's official network trailer:

And if you want more, you can always watch NCIS online here at TV Fanatic.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Nice tribute to an actor whose portrayal added much to our understanding of Gibbs. Wish they would have worked a missing man formation into the interment ceremony.


Does anyone know the older black gentelman that stands at the side of the grave with gibbs? I have seen him before but I can not remember it!

@ Jason

Leroy Jethro Moore. Gibbs' namesake, played by Billy Dee Williams, last and first appearance was in Season 10 Episode 5 "The Namesake".

@ PatrickC

Thanks Patrick!!! I knew the name but just couldn't pull it out!!


Does anyone remember Remington Steel, well does Tony De nos zo act like him


I m sorry to see that they did not invite Ziva (cote) to be in this last final tribute to Ralph. It seemed to me that she like him a lot and that would be an excellent way to give her some credit too. I still miss her and am glad that she did not die and maybe Gary will get some sense and beg her to come back. Ralph was a great actor and will be sorely missed. Gibbs needed him to make his character more human like the rest of us.
God Bless Ralph.

@ rosemary

CdP is gone. Not coming back. Accept it.


may he rest in peace he was a AWESOME actor his talent will be GREATLY missed he added so much to program


I was flipping through the channels here and I just saw the episode "Heartland". The episode we first met Jackson Gibbs. Ralph Waite was a wonderful actor. He came across as a warm person. I'm glad NCIS will honor him. I loved his work on Carnivale. Looking forward to the finale. I am also very happy that they don't do a cliffhanger.


RIP Ralph Waite


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NCIS Season 11 Episode 24 Quotes

Rivera: I have freed the devil's men. And they hate you as much as I do. Sooner or later, they will strike.
Gibbs: The only one who escaped was Lateef Mir. That's him. They let you watch TV in here? You should turn on the news tonight. You'll see his picture. Your picture. It'll be great.

Gibbs: Cal, do something for me?
Cal: Sure. Anything. You want me to lock the back up?
Gibbs: I want you to take the store. Cheers. It's what dad would have wanted.
Cal: But I... I'm not... I mean, I don't even know how...
Gibbs: Just do the work.
Cal: I will.