NCIS Sneak Peek: A Bird In The Hand

Laura San Giacomo returns as Dr. Grace Confalone, the psychiatrist last seen in May’s season finale.

Confalone’s no-nonsense approach to her patients runs into a conflict between her obligation to confidentiality and her desire to point Gibbs (Mark Harmon) down the right investigative path.

When one of her patients, a Marine sergeant, falls from a tall building, a suicide attempt is suspected, but Confalone encourages NCIS to look for a murderer instead.

On the lighter side, Fornell (recurring guest star Joe Spano) and Gibbs may be headed toward the “bromance” version of a divorce.

Gibbs, not a man who enjoys small talk, is irritated by Fornell’s housekeeping, or lack thereof. And Fornell’s need for conversation when Gibbs gets home is not endearing him to Jethro, despite the fact that Fornell makes lasagna verdi al forno for dinner.

Yes, there is a joke in there. Lasagna verdi al forno is made with spinach pasta, and Confalone has nicknamed Gibbs “Popeye.”

Meanwhile, Torres searches for a place to live, and Abby (Pauley Perrette) brings her brother’s parrot, Juan, to work. Not only does Juan show off his flying skills in the bullpen, but he says “Don’t tell Gibbs” …in front of Gibbs. Will Juan help the team solve the case?

NCIS also stars Sean Murray, Jennifer Esposito, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham, Duane Henry (who will return in episode 5), Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

Other guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Privileged Information” are Brandon Quinn, Nina Rausch, La Monde Byrd, Matthew Holmes, John Burke, Andy Wagner, Marie Oldenbourg and Richard Wharton. “Privileged Information” was written by George Schenck and Frank Cardea and directed by Edward Ornelas.

NCIS airs at 8:00 p.m. tonight on CBS in the U.S. and GlobalTV in Canada. West Coast viewers, set your DVR in case the Vice Presidential debate preceding tonight’s episode runs into overtime.

Check out the sneak peeks below and a conversation with new cast members Esposito and Valderrama and their approach to joining the show.

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