NCIS (season 11)

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NCIS (season 11)
Country of originUnited States
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Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
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NCIS (season 11)
Country of originUnited States
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Original runSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 10
Next →
List of NCIS episodes

The eleventh season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 24, 2013, in the same time slot as the previous seasons, Tuesdays at 8pm.[1] The character of Special Agent Ziva David, portrayed by Cote de Pablo, departed during the season with her final appearance being in "Past, Present and Future".[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

CharacterPortrayed byMain cast
Special Agent Leroy Jethro GibbsMark Harmonentire season
Special Agent Anthony DiNozzoMichael Weatherlyentire season
Special Agent Ziva DavidCote de Pabloepisodes 1–2
Forensic Specialist Abby SciutoPauley Perretteentire season
Special Agent Timothy McGeeSean Murrayentire season
M.E. Assistant Jimmy PalmerBrian Dietzenentire season
Director Leon VanceRocky Carrollentire season
Doctor Donald "Ducky" MallardDavid McCallumentire season

Production[edit]

On February 1, 2013, CBS renewed NCIS for an eleventh season.[3] The same date Mark Harmon extended his contract on the show with a new "multiyear deal" with CBS.[4] It was announced on July 10, 2013 that Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva David, had chosen not to return for the eleventh season as a regular. She will appear in enough episodes to close out her character's storylines.[2] Because of de Pablo's exit, showrunner Gary Glasberg had to change his planned storyline for season 11. "Someone asked me if I was planning for this, but I really wasn’t, so basically the minute that this became real, I had to throw out a lot of what I was planning to do and start from scratch".[5] Glasberg has stated that there will be rotating characters coming to fill Ziva's role.

The theme for the season is "unlocking demons", both figurative and literal according to Glasberg. A "pretty interesting adversary" about the theme will be introduced, and "that will carry through the season".[6]

Casting[edit]

Colin Hanks returned for the premiere episode as Defense Department investigator Richard Parsons, a character introduced at the end of the tenth season,[7] while Marina Sirtis returned in the second episode as Mossad Director Orli Elbaz. Joe Spano also reprised his role as Senior FBI Agent Tobias C. Fornell in the first two episodes. Muse Watson (as Mike Franks) appeared in the fourth episode. Ralph Waite (as Gibbs' father Jackson Gibbs) and Robert Wagner (as Tony's father Anthony DiNozzo, Sr.) are also confirmed to return.[8] Diane Neal reprises her role CGIS Special Agent Abigail Borin in episode six "Oil & Water".

The second episode included a character named Sarah Porter, played by Leslie Hope, who is the new Secretary of the Navy,[9] while Margo Harshman has been cast in a potentially recurring role as Timothy McGee's girlfriend, Delilah Fielding.[10] The third episode introduced retiring NCIS Special Agent Vera Strickland (Roma Maffia) who has known Gibbs for many years.[11]

On August 13, 2013, "casting intel" on a new female character named Bishop was published, with filming scheduled to mid-October.[12] Bishop is described as a "twentysomething female[;] bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward. She has a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism. She's traveled extensively, but only feels comfortable at home." Emily Wickersham has been cast to play the character, and will be introduced during "November sweeps".[13][14][15] Wickersham will play NSA Analyst Ellie Bishop and was promoted to the main cast, two weeks prior of her debut appearance.[16] She made her first appearance in "Gut Check".[17]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
2351"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"Tony WharmbyGary GlasbergSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)20.02[18]
A hotel bomb explodes killing Secretary of the Navy Clayton Jarvis and injuring Tom Morrow, with the NCIS team discovering that someone is trying to take them down one by one. Gibbs heads to Tehran to meet with an informant, while Tony books a flight to Tel Aviv. He is ready to leave when attacked by a sniper. McGee tries to solve the mystery of the bomb's origins. 
2362"Past, Present, and Future"James Whitmore, Jr.Gary Glasberg, Scott Williams and Gina Lucita MonrealOctober 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)19.98[19]
Gibbs and the team continue the hunt for Parsa and his growing terrorist ring while Tony heads to Israel to track down Ziva. 
2373"Under the Radar"Dennis SmithGeorge Schenck and Frank CardeaOctober 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)18.33[20]
The team must seek assistance from Twitter in help to find a missing Navy Lieutenant. 
2384"Anonymous Was a Woman"Terrence O'HaraSteven D. BinderOctober 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)18.83[21]
Upon discovering a connection to an Afghan women's shelter that deceased Agent Mike Franks has supported for years, Gibbs and McGee travel to Afghanistan to investigate. 
2395"Once a Crook"Arvin BrownChristopher SilberOctober 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)18.99[22]
DiNozzo returns to his Baltimore Police Department days when he sees a felony suspect from a 15-year-old case at the NCIS crime scene of a murdered Petty Officer. 
2406"Oil & Water"Tom WrightJennifer CorbettOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)19.30[23]
A suspicious explosion on board an oil rig has NCIS partnering up with the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), most notably CGIS agent Abigail "Abby" Borin. Meanwhile, a mysterious prankster is targeting the NCIS team and no-one is safe from them. 
2417"Better Angels"Tony WharmbyGina Lucita MonrealNovember 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)19.18[24]
The team comes to investigate the death of a Marine Sergeant who was apparently killed trying to stop a robbery attempt. 
2428"Alibi"Holly DaleGeorge Schenck and Frank CardeaNovember 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)19.37[25]
The team goes out to investigate a fatal hit and run near Quantico. 
2439"Gut Check"Dennis SmithChristopher J. WaildNovember 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)19.66[26]
The Secretary of the Navy was discovered to have been bugged during a confidential meeting, and the team work with NSA Analyst Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) to find the person responsible. 
24410"Devil's Triad"Arvin BrownSteven D. BinderDecember 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)19.30[27]
The team investigate the death of a Marine and discover a link between the current boyfriend of Diane Sterling, Gibbs and Tobias Fornell's ex-wife while NSA agent Eleanor Bishop struggles to adjust to being a member of the NCIS team. 
24511"Homesick"Terrence O'HaraScott WilliamsDecember 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)19.65[28]
It's the holidays but NCIS isn't in the mood for celebrating as Gibbs and the team find themselves trying to find a cure for a mysterious illness that has left children from military families so badly ill that the children need to be hospitalized while Vance finds himself receiving a visit from his estranged father-in-law. 
24612"Kill Chain"[29]James Whitmore, Jr.Christopher SilberJanuary 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)[30]
A stolen drone is later revealed to be linked to the elusive terrorist, Parsa, forcing the NCIS team to join forces with the Department of Defense which brings the team back into contact with retired Lt. Colonel Hollis Mann who is also Gibbs's ex-girlfriend. As such, both teams must track down and recover the device before it's used for a large scale attack. As this happens, McGee is struggling with the possibility of asking for time off as he wants to attend a black-tie gala honoring his girlfriend. 
24713"Double Back"[30]January 14, 2014 (2014-01-14)[30]
24814February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)[30]
24915February 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)[30]
25016February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)[30]
25117March 11, 2014 (2014-03-11)[30]
25218March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)[30]
25319March 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)[30]

Ratings[edit]

EpisodeU.S. ratingsCanadian ratingsAustralian ratings
Original airdateViewers
(millions)
RankOriginal airdateViewers
(millions)
RankOriginal airdateViewers
(millions)
Rank
NightWeekNightWeekNight
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"September 24, 201320.02[18]13[18]September 24, 2013N/AN/AN/AOctober 22, 2013[31]0.775[32]10
"Past, Present, and Future"October 1, 201319.98[19]12[19]October 1, 2013N/AN/AN/AOctober 29, 20130.870[33]8
"Under the Radar"October 8, 201318.33[20]12[20]October 8, 2013N/AN/AN/ANovember 5, 20130.699[34]14
"Anonymous Was a Woman"October 15, 201318.83[21]12[21]October 15, 2013N/AN/AN/ANovember 12, 20130.702[35]9
"Once a Crook"October 22, 201318.99[22]11[22]October 22, 2013N/AN/AN/ANovember 19, 20130.740[36]11
"Oil & Water"October 29, 201319.30[23]11[23]October 29, 2013N/AN/AN/ANovember 26, 20130.667[37]10
"Better Angels"November 5, 201319.18[24]12[24]November 5, 2013N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
"Alibi"November 12, 201319.37[25]1N/ANovember 12, 2013N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
"Gut Check"November 19, 201319.66[26]1N/ANovember 19, 2013N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
"Devil's Triad"December 10, 201319.30[27]1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
"Homesick"December 17, 201319.65[28]1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

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