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NCIS Sneak Peek: A Meme’s To An End

It’s almost Halloween, and sometimes, it’s not the goblins that come to haunt us. Sometimes, it’s our past, and the truth is out there tonight on NCIS.

For the famous and the infamous, there is nothing like the internet to provide entertainment, at their expense, by dredging up old photos in Pebbles haircuts or platform shoes to remind them of their checkered pasts.

Imagine that you are a celebrity. Like millions of Grandma Sadies who just “happen” to have humiliating photos of you that she shows to your new boyfriend or girlfriend while you’re in the kitchen, memes can pop up to humiliate you in front of the world.

While I was waiting for CBS publicity to post clips this week, I decided to look for some old photos of the NCIS cast to see if they were meme-worthy. I found a few interesting ones, which are in the photo gallery above. But don’t get your hopes up…the only embarrassing one is the McGee photo from this week’s episode, which I suspect may have been doctored to propel the plot on tonight’s “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.”

There was not a bad picture to be found. I guess when you look like the NCIS cast, even your most embarrassing photos are still amazing, so be sure to check out the slideshow. Unfortunately, a bad hair day often is not the worst thing to haunt us. The writers are fleshing out the new characters quite nicely this season, and looks like MI6’s Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) gets another layer of his life exposed.

According to the press release, “After Reeves sees his friend get kidnapped, the NCIS team discovers the primary suspect disappeared two days ago with confidential military information.” But Clay’s friendship with Melissa (THE MENTALIST’s Samaire Armstrong) may not be the most compromising layer pulled back on the onion of Clayton’s life…Abby (Pauley Perrette) discovers that he is a “friend of Bill’s.”

For those who don’t get the reference (or watch a lot of LAW & ORDER), Bill Wilson was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and those who attend weekly AA meetings often refer to themselves as a “friend of Bill’s” or “friend of Bill W.)

And so, as with onions, the best part often is revealed as the outer layers are pulled back.

Be sure to check out the gallery where you will see an embarrassing photo from McGee’s (Sean Murray) teenage years which becomes a popular meme, along with real photos of Murray and the other NCIS cast members from years ago.

Full disclosure: a couple of the photos claim to be of cast members, but I’m not convinced. You decide.

NCIS also stars Mark Harmon (in a couple of great shots in the gallery), Emily Wickersham (from her modeling days), Wilmer Valderrama in a leisure suit from THAT 70’S SHOW), Maria Bello (from her COYOTE UGLY days), Rocky Carroll (from CHICAGO HOPE), Brian Dietzen (in a multiple of non-Palmer looks) and Duane Henry who could challenge Dietzen to an 8-pack competition.

There’s even a picture of the camera-shy director, Thomas J. Wright, who got kudos on my Facebook page for his incredible work on last week’s SUPERNATURAL, so check that out.

Guest stars on “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” are one of our KNOTS LANDING buddies, Ted Shackelford, Ashley Jones, John Laughlin, Yolanda Snowball, Ryan Radis and Paloma Rabinov.

NCIS airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the States and on Global TV in Canada.