NCIS is finally back for season 21 this week! As fans prepare for the hit show to return after a long delay, here are a few things from season 20 to remember in order to get set for the new year!
Caution: This article contains SPOILERS for NCIS season 20
1. Parker had some wild times
Season 20 opened with Parker on the run after being framed for murder. He briefly thought his ex-wife Vivian (Teri Polo) was involved, but it turned out she was helping Fornell clear his name. That led to a team-up with the NCIS: Hawaii crew before Parker cleared himself.
Parker had some other interesting turns in the season, which included briefly having his domineering dad living with him. Thankfully, the dad realized he liked his undercover stay in a retirement home so much that he decided to move out.
A powerful episode had Parker hunting a criminal who had escaped him years earlier. His temper had him lashing out at the team. It turned out Parker was feeling guilty because when he was busting the guy years ago, he accidentally shot his own partner in the back, paralyzing him.
There was some romance for Parker as he reconnected with an old flame on one case, while another had him getting involved with a Senator who just happened to be suspected of murder. Through it all, Parker handled himself well to spark up the show.
2. Knight and Jimmy got closer
As season 20 went on, the relationship between Jessica Knight and Jimmy Palmer deepened. A case working alongside an old flame made Jessica realize she was better with Jimmy. A wild Thanksgiving episode had Jessica enduring a tense dinner with her sister, made worse when her sister’s boyfriend had only been dating her to get revenge on Jessica for his brother’s death.
Jessica also got a scare when her father became ill while overseas and Jimmy helped her through it. The pair admitted they loved each other to the team, who accepted it and now they're a wonderful couple.
3. Kasie faced some new challenges
Kasie was able to get out of the lab to work with the team. A big move was the revelation she’d been tapped to secretly sniff out a mole in NCIS, with the team oddly impressed she’d kept her investigation of them so secret.
Things got more serious for Kasie when she learned she may have inherited the gene for Alzheimer’s and wanted to live her life to the fullest. Yet the lab tech was still good at handling things there, even as she got a bit more field experience this season.
4. McGee adjusted to some family issues
McGee didn't have too much drama this season, aside from being briefly accused of treason during the big NCIS crossover event. It was mostly quiet plots like the realization he wasn't that popular among the dads of his kids' school. However, when Parker and Vance headed to Berlin, McGee briefly became Acting Director and seemed to enjoy it, hinting he may be considering a career shift in the future.
5. The Russian spy plot
A recurring subplot throughout the season was the team discovering a ring of Russian sleeper agents infiltrating the U.S. This played into the season finale as the team had to race to stop a deadly attack by the spies. That led to an exciting showdown to prevent a blackout in Washington D.C. and while the team stopped the attack, there was the worry there was another mastermind out there.
6. What is happening with Torres?
A dramatic moment in the season 20 finale was Torres going undercover in prison and befriending an inmate who claimed he was framed. When he saw the guy’s stepfather, Torres called his sister to say, “I found him.” He confronted the man, who tried to apologize for what he’d done to Torres and his family, but Torres seemed ready to kill him as the season ended.
7. What’s coming for season 21?
The cliffhanger will be resolved with the team racing to not only stop Torres but also find out what this guy did that made the agent ready to kill him. The following episode will have the team dealing with the death of Ducky in a tribute to actor David McCallum, who passed away in September 2023.
With just 10 episodes of action, NCIS season 21 looks ready to pack in a lot of amazing stuff to make the long wait for a new season worth it!
NCIS season 21 premieres Monday, Feb. 12 at 9/8c on CBS.