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.
Rachel: What's wrong Agent Gibbs? Gibbs: You haven't been honest with me. Rachel: What do you mean? Gibbs: (shows her the gun) I went back by your house. I did a little digging under your fort. Rachel: I didn't have time to bury it deeper. I needed to get back before Mr. Curtis realized I snuck out. Gibbs: Then what happened? Rachel: Don't look at me like that. Gibbs: I want to help you. I can't help you if you don't let me. Rachel: That's exactly what my mother said. That she wanted to help me. She was going to send me to a special hospital in Montana for treatment. I don't need help. I hate that word. And I hated her. Gibbs: Yeah but you don't hate your dad though do you? Rachel: No. Dad didn't see what she did. Things were always better when he was around. Gibbs: That's why you injured yourself? So he'd come back? Rachel: Sometimes it worked. But he'd never stay as long as I wanted. Gibbs: Unless your mom was gone. Then he couldn't leave you. Rachel: It's her own fault. All she ever did was make me feel broken. Getting rid of her was the best solution. Daddy didn't understand either when I told him what I did. He'll come around eventually. I'm a sweet little girl. Can I have another juice?