NCIS Sneak Peeks: The Demon Inside

by Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto / September 29, 2015

The changes alluded to in last week’s NCIS column are coming to fruition. Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) seems to be transforming into a different man…at least on the outside.

But the new hairstyle and new tailored shirt are hiding some old demons.

As DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) points out, Gibbs was betrayed and shot by a child that Jethro was trying to rescue. Gibbs almost died on the operating table and has a lot of healing to do, physically and emotionally. While the rescue was successful and Luke was returned his adoptive parents’ home, the betrayal and shooting have had more of an impact on Gibbs than he may realize. Complications arise that bring some old demons back to the surface.

Enter DEA Agent Luis “Mitch” Mitchell (guest star John Gabriel) who is trying to locate a “wayward Marine.” But Gibbs is going above and beyond his usual laser focus to help.

Mitch has a deeply personal connection with Gibbs. His father was the agent who died trying to protect Gibbs’s wife and daughter. When DiNozzo tries to help, Gibbs spurns Tony’s attempt at support, and the growing rift drives the two best buddies farther apart.

Thankfully, the new “do” and the new “threads” are only an outside change. The “rescuer within” remains and Jethro does everything he can to help Mitch solve the case.

NCIS also stars David McCallum, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen and Emily Wickersham. Also guest starring on tonight’s episode, “Personal Day,” is the fabulous Robert Knepper, as well as Billy Lush, Darin Cooper, Nefetari Spencer and Myles Grier. “Personal Day” was written by NCIS  producer Gina Lucita Monreal and directed by Terrence O’Hara.

NCIS airs tonight at 8:00 pm ET/PT on CBS.



Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto Melissa J. L. Smith Sciuto is a 25-year veteran of Hollywood studios and production companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Studios, NBC and Lorimar-Telepictures. She has had the privilege to work with many of actors, directors, producers and shows featured on ScreenFad.