How NCIS Said Goodbye To David McCallum

How NCIS Said Goodbye To David McCallum

SPOILER ALERT! This story incorporates plot factors from Monday’s episode of NCIS.

NCIS on Monday paid its ultimate respects to star David McCallum, who died September 25 on the age of 90.

A fan favourite, McCallum was the final remaining authentic forged member on NCIS, by which he performed an eccentric however extremely environment friendly investigator Donald “Ducky” Mallard for twenty years.

As closely teased within the promos, the episode dubbed “The Stories We Leave Behind” opened with Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen, who co-wrote the episode) arriving at Ducky’s home to seek out his mentor — wearing his monogrammed jammies — lifeless in his mattress, together with his candy corgi wanting forlorn within the lobby.

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“Dying quietly in your sleep isn’t the worst way to go,” feedback Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) again on the NCIS places of work, after wrapping up a name with Scottish parliament that apparently needed to ship “a mountain of thistles” to honor their native son’s passing.

“He lived a very long, very rewarding life, which he would want us to celebrate more than anything,” added Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll).

So that’s precisely what the episode did — present outdated scenes from previous seasons to recollect the character who as soon as stated, “we all die twice; when our bodies give out, and again when are stories stop being told.”

There was a flashback that includes Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon, the place you at?) with Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva David (Cote de Pablo). Then got here a scene with Ducky and Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), adopted by one with Ducky and Gibbs speaking about how the latter by no means actually shared private tales at work.

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But first, there needed to be a case du jour: the very last thing Ducky was engaged on concerned a lifeless soldier named Danny whose identify was getting smeared by an bold councilman named Allan Berger (um, to not be confused with, we guess, veteran expertise agent Alan Berger). The official phrase was that Danny died in an Afghan brothel, his physique riddled with heroin — however his daughter, Serena, suspected in any other case.

So did Ducky. The crew does some digging and it seems Danny was a former bodyguard for Berger, who beforehand labored as a contractor in Afghanistan and took cash on the aspect from an area heroin operation. Once Danny threatened to show the shenanigans, Berger had Danny killed.

Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer. Michael Yarish/CBS

With the case within the bag and Danny’s good identify restored, the crew might then transfer on to Ducky’s memorial. But first, a shock was in retailer for Palmer, who was prepping to ship a eulogy. In walks DiNozzo, who introduced Palmer a particular reward — a bowtie much like what his mentor used to put on within the lab.

“He had a good friend in you,” DiNozzo tells Palmer. The two then head to the memorial, after Palmer turns the sunshine off in Ducky’s former workspace.

Weatherly hasn’t appeared on CBS since his drama Bull led to 2022. He left NCIS in 2016.

The episode ended with a title card that learn, “In memory of our dear friend and colleague David McCallum. We will miss you.”

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