Mark Harmon as Gibbs in the NCIS S12 finale "Neverland"

‘NCIS’ Spoilers: Issues Between Tony And Gibbs And One Of Palmer’s Friendships ‘Super-Tested’

It sounds like there is going to be some tension for the team in NCIS Season 13 – and some of it may have to do with the aftermath of Gibbs being shot (twice – in the leg and chest) in the finale by the boy he was trying to save.

According to CBS’ description of what to expect when NCIS Season 13 premieres in September, it’s going to be up to the rest of the team to stop the Calling, the terrorist group recruiting teenagers via the Internet, while Gibbs’ life hangs in the balance.

“After being shot, Gibbs fights for his life aboard a Navy hospital ship, while DiNozzo and Joanna travel to Shanghai to try and take down the Calling. Jon Cryer guest stars as Gibbs’ surgeon, Dr. Cyril Taft. Mimi Rogers returns as CIA Officer Joanna Teague.”

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Two and a Half Men‘s Jon Cryer will be playing the Navy surgeon, Dr. Taft, tasked with saving Gibbs’ life, and he will be around for at least three NCIS episodes. He is also described as not being the kind of guy that Gibbs usually takes to, and with him in multiple episodes, that should make for some entertaining scenes for the beginning of the season.

In fact, TVLine has a bit more information about what to expect when NCIS Season 13 begins, with the premiere titled “Stop the Bleeding,” as Brian Dietzen revealed that it begins where the show left off, with Cryer’s character “coming in to do his darnedest to save Gibbs’ life.”

While Gibbs’ fate is not exactly a mystery – Can you imagine the show without him? – that doesn’t mean that things are going to be easy after. In fact, Dietzen also teased that Palmer’s friendship with one of the team – the man to whom he has acted as Gibbs’ Ducky, in a way – is going to be tested.

“Jimmy Palmer is some of the glue that keeps the characters together – meaning he’s the confidant, he’s the friend. But by the end of the year, his friendships versus his professional obligations are really going to be tested, specifically with DiNozzo. That friendship will be super-tested.”

Speaking of Tony, Gary Glasberg has told TVGuide.com that there is going to be some conflict within the team – and specifically, for DiNozzo and Gibbs – as the team’s leader recovers from his injuries, which will have “physical and psychological ramifications.”

“Gibbs is in a difficult pace, a physically difficult place … We’re still functioning as a team, but there’s absolutely some conflict. There’s issues that have to get worked out between team members, very specifically between Tony and Gibbs … They’re being ultra-supportive of him.”

With the NCIS Season 13 premiere seeing Gibbs a bit busy being operated on, the matter of stopping the Calling will fall on Tony, who “really rises to the occasion,” according to Glasberg, also revealing that the case “dramatically gets resolved” in that first episode.

NCIS Season 13 premieres Tuesday, September 22, at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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