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NCIS scoop from TV Line

Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Leroy Jethro Moore in the season final

Question: Is NCIS ending the season with a major cliffhanger? —Donna

Ausiello: As Matt Mitovich shared on Twitter the other day, there will be “no whiff of a cliff” — in part because the season will end with a solemn goodbye to Ralph Waite’s Jackson Gibbs, and not the Tony-centric episode which got moved to May 6. As show boss Gary Glasberg explains, “Because the season was as complicated as it was, we just didn’t feel like we needed to do a traditional cliffhanger. We wanted to ground everything and get things back to ‘normal.’”

PRE-FINALE EPISODES | Kicking sweeps off on April 29 is a George Schenck/Frank Cardea-penned look at the plight of homeless war veterans. "It turned out to be a really lovely, emotional episode," says show boss Gary Glasberg. On May 6 is the Tony-centric "The Admiral's Daughter," in which DiNozzo must escort the title character from the NCIS office in Marseilles, France, to the States, "but things gets complicated." Likening the outing (which was originally conceived as the season finale) to the 1975 thriller Three Days of the Condor, Glasberg promises "significant action and fun stunts."

MAY 13 SEASON FINALE | While "Honor Thy Father" partly involves a search for an escaped terrorist, "The real A-story revolves around the loss of Jackson Gibbs," who was played by the late Ralph Waite. Glasberg says the hour features "rough emotional moments" and "gives insight into some things about Leroy Jethro Gibbs that, even after 11 seasons, we're still chipping away at." As such, viewers may be left with damp eyes as the season ends -- but zero questions. "We just didn't feel like we needed a cliffhanger. Nothing's left dangling," Glasberg attests. "In Season 12, we'll come out of the gate hot and go from there."

Was Delilah’s move to Dubai due to Margo Harshman not wanting to stay on NCIS, or was it part of their storyline? Some fans think it could be a way McGee could leave the show if Sean Murray doesn’t [re-sign]. –Robert

File this one under “Wait and See.” Show boss Gary Glasberg says the McGee/Delilah story won’t be revisited over these last few episodes, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if it comes back up in the earlier part of Season 12.”