‘NCIS’: An Open-and-Shut Case Turns Out to Have Surprising Twists and Turns

by | November 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM | Interview, NCIS, TV News

Michael Weatherly on "NCIS" (Photo: CBS)

Just when it appears that a hit-and-run murder case can be moved to the closed column, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his NCIS team are forced to re-open it and re-examine the evidence when the alleged killer’s attorney comes forward with solid proof that her client couldn’t have committed vehicular murder.

“It’s just a super solid episode of ‘NCIS‘ with a really good guest star and an episode with a storyline that has twists and turns to it,” executive producer/showrunner Gary Glasberg tells xfinityTV in this exclusive interview when asked why the “Alibi” episode was November sweeps-worthy. “It felt like a really solid episode of the show and a story that we wanted to tell.”

The “really good guest star” to whom he is referring is Salli Richardson-Whitfield, who plays Carrie Clark. Carrie isn’t just any attorney, but rather a former FBI agent, who quit the bureau to practice law, so she teams up with Gibbs and company to make sure her client doesn’t remain the prime suspect.

“Salli is a really wonderful actress, who comes and joins us and plays an attorney that’s involved with this case. She’s just fantastic,” Glasberg says. “We fell in love with her. We look forward to having her come back at some point.”

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As the investigation progresses, McGee (Sean Murray) grows concerned when Tony (Michael Weatherly), who has been off his game since returning from Israel where he left Ziva (Cote de Pablo), continues acting strangely.

“He just can’t help himself,” Glasberg says. “Again, it’s just Tony going through the process of figuring out what is next for him with Ziva having moved on. He has this void and he has to get back on track, refocus on work, and refocus on his personal life. He is working to get himself back together and, just as in real life, there are little things that come up.”

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So is Tony backsliding into some of the more juvenile antics he performed in early seasons of TV’s No. 1 drama?

“I don’t think so,” Glasberg says. “Other than the fact that someone played some miserable pranks, and at the end of the day, they all thought he was responsible and he wasn’t, I don’t really think there is anything juvenile going on. If anything, he’s trying to grow and figure out where he’s headed.”

Check back next week for what Glasberg has to say about the introduction of new cast member Ellie Bishop [Emily Wickersham] on the “Gut Check” episode of “NCIS.”

“NCIS” airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on CBS.