PUBLISHED: 16:30, Fri, Nov 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:30, Fri, Nov 20, 2020
NCIS series 17 had to be shorter than normal since filming came to a halt when the world went into lockdown. The CBS series did return to shooting in September and thankfully, season 18 was able to go ahead on Tuesday, November 17, without a hitch. But fans have been scratching their heads as the opening scene left them with a lot more answers than questions.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS.Why did Gibbs shoot McGee in NCIS season 18 premiere?
NCIS series 18 started with Sturgeon Season and it looked like it was going to be an action-packed episode.
In the first scenes, Agent Timothy McGee (played by Sean Murray) was seen trying to stop a private jet from taking off.
This is when Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) arrived on our screens for the first time.
However, it wasn't to help McGee as viewers were left stunned when Gibbs instead shot his friend and colleague in the arm and leg with a sniper rifle.
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NCIS: Why did Gibbs shoot McGee in the season 18 premiere? (Image: CBS)
NCIS: Gibbs was seen shooting McGee in season 18's premiere. (Image: CBS)
Before the show could give any more clarification as to what was going on, the episode skipped to an entirely new story, much to the confusion of fans.
One viewer on Twitter complained at how the opening scene had “nothing in this episode tied to Gibbs shooting McGee in the beginning.”
This was because the first scene and the main plot of Sturgeon Season were in fact entirely separate storylines.
As a subtitle explained, this scene in question was set in March 2020, while the rest of the episode dated back to November 2019.
NCIS: Agent Gibbs and Fornell were the main focus on series 18's Sturgeon Season. (Image: CBS)