Well, we promised a cliffhanger…didn't we?
I know some of you are in shock. Take a deep breath. Enjoy the rollercoaster ride. It was meant to thrill, and I hope we delivered. Even nine years into a series, we keep coming up with new twists and turns. Expect the unexpected. Things won't be slowing down anytime soon. We are all having too much fun and, hopefully, you are too.
Before I get into any specifics related to the finale, let's talk about Season Nine. What an amazing experience this year has been. Terrific stories from the best writing staff I could ever ask for. Hands down, this is the most talented cast I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Mark, Michael, Cote, Sean, Pauley, David, Rocky and Brian are, simply put, inspiring. And, don't forget the greatest crew in television. 210 episodes into the series and NCIS is showing no signs of slowing down.
Season Nine was chock full of surprises. From meeting Abby's brother (you'll be seeing him again soon) to experiencing the raw emotion of our 200th episode, we pushed the envelope…we tested the boundaries…we learned more about these wonderful characters and, trust me, there is A LOT more to come.
We know how important the NCIS family is to you. Yes, we literally just shook the foundation of NCIS. But Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs would be the first to say, "Nobody touches my family." Harper Dearing is still out there. Can you imagine what's in store for him come September? I can…and I'm loving it.
Tony Wharmby directed this episode masterfully. Greg Gontz edited it like a surgeon. As guest stars, Scott Wolf, Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Schiff brought nuance to the script in ways I never imagined. People are bringing their "A" game to the ninth season of a television show. How extraordinary is that?
Will we be biting our nails all summer in anticipation? I'm afraid so. But revel in it. Laugh at it. Have fun with the possibilities. Get excited about the year that lies ahead.
It's time for all of us to take a few days off and enjoy our families. We wish you all a terrific summer filled with gorgeous sunsets, delicious barbeques, and long poolside naps.
Ducky's last words before the heart attack were, " It's imperative that no one touch any of the deceased…"
See you in the fall when, I promise, you'll get all the answers you're looking for.