As Season 12 of NCIS begins, Gibbs - who just learned of his father Jackson's death as a result of a stroke on the NCIS Season 11 finale - is off to Russia with Tim. As NCIS approaches Season 12, for once there are few cliffhangers to resolve, although it looks like they waste little time with the new high-stakes peril Gibbs and McGee find themselves in. Embarking on a key mission that has Abby in fear for their safety - enough to take her fears to Director Vance himself - we know little about it excpect that CBS has spliced together the scenes in teasers for the new season in a way that leaves them subject to many different interpretations as to what kind of mission this is.
McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date? Bishop: Ew. Like, each other? McGee: Yeah. Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a.... McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye. Bishop: Such as. McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh... Bishop: What? McGee: Does she know you have these? Bishop: Does she know you have these? McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out. Bishop: These are all very specific. McGee: Yeah. Bishop: These ideas apply to you? McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so. Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.
Ducky: I think I hear my pillow calling. Unless, of course, you'd like to talk about the real reason you're down here? Bishop: A suspect got away because of me. I completely screwed up, Ducky. And I went to Gibbs to explain but he said it was fine. Which, I know it's not. And... Ducky: Eleanor, when the world overwhelms I find the best thing to do is to start by accomplishing just one little thing. Bishop: I really don't think I can do that anymore. Ducky: If you actually believe that - why are you sitting on the frigid floor, in the middle of the night?