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It is a doubly-delicious treat when Joe Spano returns to NCIS tonight as FBI Special Agent, Tobias Fornell, Gibbs’s best friend and ex-husband of Jethro’s second ex-wife, Diane.
Wow, that looks like one of those math questions about a train traveling 60mph carrying 142 gumballs…
I mean, who cares? That many gumballs will send you to the dentist.
Also returning to NCIS is the equally-fabulous Dr. Ducky Mallard (David McCallum).
The Duckman has been recruited to take a break from his stint at John Jay to do a special autopsy by savvy federal public defender, Jessica Shaeffer (guest star Hilary Ward) in her quest to free her client. Shaeffer believes that her client, Gabriel Hicks (Graham Hamilton), has been incarcerated due to an error…or worse. Did NCIS and the FBI botch one of Fornell’s cases accidentally…or on purpose?
Shaeffer obviously has done her homework. She has reviewed the less-than-comprehensive autopsy of the man whom her client supposedly murdered. She knows that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was not the agent on the original case, and the agent who led the investigation has been dead for five years.
But the most indicative point that Shaeffer has done her homework…she introduces herself to Gibbs by saying, “I assume that you won’t mind if I forego the BS.” That is Gibbs’s kind of woman, if only she were a redhead.
Gibbs sees something odd about the original case notes and wonders about a disconnect.
Was Hicks convicted because the original lead agent made an error that Fornell tried to cover up? Or was it something more sinister like a frame job? One thing is certain. The return of McCallum and Spano is a sweet treat. No dentist required.
Other guest cast on tonight’s episode, “Burden of Proof,” are Allen Maldonado, Fran Bennett, Beau Billingslea, Todd Jeffries, Penny Peyser and Brian Maierhofer.
“Burden of Proof” was written by Gina Lucita Monreal and directed by Dennis Smith.
NCIS airs tonight (November 7) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada.