As Season 12 of NCIS begins, Gibbs - who just learned of his father Jackson's death as a result of a stroke on the NCIS Season 11 finale - is off to Russia with Tim. As NCIS approaches Season 12, for once there are few cliffhangers to resolve, although it looks like they waste little time with the new high-stakes peril Gibbs and McGee find themselves in. Embarking on a key mission that has Abby in fear for their safety - enough to take her fears to Director Vance himself - we know little about it excpect that CBS has spliced together the scenes in teasers for the new season in a way that leaves them subject to many different interpretations as to what kind of mission this is.
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.
Keates: Spider? Tony: Keates? Gibbs: You know her? Tony: Um, well I..in a sort of...yeah. She's Philly PD. Keates: She was. She's ATF now. Special Agent Zoe Keates. You want to get that gun out of my face and come over here and give me a hug?