By now, you should know that Cote de Pablo is only going to be in the first two episodes of "NCIS" season 11 as fans have to prepare to say goodbye to Ziva (but fortunately not with her death), and on Tuesday, Sept. 10, CBS posted a letter from Gary Glasberg teasing what else is coming up this year.
"Watch with us. Experience with us. It’s okay to be sad. But, then, don’t forget what we’re good at. We like to make you smile. We like to rock your world and leave you on the edge of your seat. We like to show you what the greatest team of federal agents is capable of," Glasberg writes in the letter. "And all of that will happen in Season 11. And, as you’ve come to expect with me, there will be some surprises along the way."
Get ready to return to Baltimore with Tony (Michael Weatherly) and learn more about his past and views of the future. With Ziva leaving in the second episode and the "will they/won't they" nature of "Tiva," we wouldn't be surprised if that's something that leads into him thinking about what he wants in his future. Seeing where Tony was before NCIS and how he met Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in "Baltimore" was a real treat, especially as we got to see some things that had been mentioned (or seen) in earlier episodes.
If you've enjoyed seeing Ralph Waite as Gibbs' father Jackson, he's back, as the two connect "in a memorable and extraordinary story of bravery and valor." It's not often that we get to see the team's family members—though it has happened more often as of late than in earlier seasons—but when they do show up, more often than not, they're somehow related to the case of the week. Will that be the case this time, or is the "story of bravery and valor" strictly personal?
Last season saw Vance (Rocky Carroll) lose his wife and begin the grieving process. In season 11, we'll see "a stronger Vance bounce back from tragedy and move on with strength and compassion." It has been revealed that we'll see how Vance handles the first holiday season after Jackie was killed, and that includes bringing in her father.
As for Abby (Pauley Perrette), we'll see her "call on good friends to solve a challenging mystery." Abby can get very caught up and involved in a case—we've seen it happen before—and we've seen how it all began for her as a kid, but will her friends have to pull her back with this mystery? Will this be a more serious or a more fun case?
As for Ducky (David McCallum) and Jimmy (Brian Dietzen), everyone's favorite Chief Medical Examiner and assistant, their relationship is going to be "pushed as they face complicated decisions." One of the very few personal, light-hearted moments in the season 10 finale saw Jimmy reveal to Ducky that he and his wife, Breena, are going to be adopting. If they do adopt this season, could that affect his work? Will that be connected to a decision that Jimmy has to make?
Finally, we're also going to get to "meet some other agents, different fun characters, as they pass through our world in funny and fascinating ways" and what may be one of the funniest moments of an upcoming episode, we'll get to see McGee (Sean Murray) explaining to Gibbs what a "hashtag" is. Who doesn't love it when something like that happens?
"NCIS" season 11 will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS, premiering Sept. 24. What are you most looking forward to seeing this season?