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'NCIS' boss on how the Boston Marthon bombing became a part of the show

Adding a touch of reality to the scripted drama on "NCIS," Benham Parsa (Karan Oberoi), the leader of the terrorist group Brotherhood of Doubt, alluded capture after he bombed a black-tie gathering attended by many of Washington D.C.'s elite, leaving several dead and McGee's girlfriend Delilah Fielding (Margo Harshman) paralyzed.

Michael Weatherly and Emily Wickersham in "NCIS."
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When the series returns on Tuesday night, the non-stop hunt for Parsa continues, and
Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) reveals her past association with the elusive mastermind.

As a result, Executive Producer Gary Glasberg tells that in this episode we learn a little bit more about who Ellie is and what she was doing at the NSA.

"There is a tremendous amount of backstory on her life in Oklahoma, her family and whatnot," he says. "Right now, we don't have anything in the immediate future that we will get to. But, definitely, we will get to it."

Glasberg says that Ellie is still developing because when you introduce a new character on an existing TV series, you have to experiment to find the nuances and elements you like and don't like.

"For example, one of the things with Bishop that just came about is having her sit on the floor and climb on desks," he says. "There is a physicality to who she is. That all came from the actress. None of that was scripted. There are little things that you find along the way. Will it evolve and change? Sure. The same way that Gibbs [Mark Harmon] has grown and Tony [Michael Weatherly] has grown. Hopefully, we will find the things that really work for her."

As February sweeps unfolds, we will revisit Delilah as she continues her rehabilitation and develops an understanding of what her life is going to be like going forward. And McGee (Sean Murray) will be right there with her as they try to feel each other out to figure out their future.

On Tuesday night's episode, we will see Delilah for the first time after being in the hospital, and "we see her participating in a way that we see her starting to get her life back on track," Glasberg says. "It is a combination of an emotional military story we are trying to tell and, at the same time parallel, her knowing there is a whole life ahead of her, even though she now has to live with this disability."

The idea for the bombing episode came to Glasberg after watching a news magazine story on the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and he recalls that his writers looked at him as if he had six heads.

"I remember seeing a piece about a bunch of women who had started to pull their lives back together again. I wanted to try to capture some of that on our show, so the intent is to show someone who comes from a government background, is involved in something tragic like this, and then perseveres."

In other "NCIS" news, it was just announced that Scott Bakula will topline the potential "NCIS" spinoff that will be set in New Orleans, and while Glasberg takes credit for the idea for an episode set in the Big Easy, he says it was Mark Harmon who recognized its bigger potential.

"I sit down every summer with Mark Harmon every summer," Glasberg says. "Usually it is at the point where he has let his hair grow out and I have lost 10 pounds. We are sitting in a booth somewhere and I talk to him about storyline that I want to do for the coming season. I pitched a New Orleans story that was going to be a sweeps episode. Mark said, 'That is not a sweeps episode that is a spinoff.' Shortly after that we were in with [the CBS execs] and it took off. I wrote two planted episodes that will air at the end of March."

"NCIS" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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