‘NCIS’ Moves Into COVID Times as McGee Returns to the Field (PHOTOS)

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Gibbs Mask Crime Scene
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While getting to March 2020 on NCIS meant revealing just why Gibbs (Mark Harmon) shot McGee (Sean Murray) — to save his life — it also means that the CBS procedural is now moving into COVID times.

And the agents are being safe — wearing masks at crime scenes — as seen in the photos for the February 9 episode, “The First Day.” (They’re not wearing them in the office, however.) They’ll be investigating the murder of a Navy officer killed while driving a recently released inmate home.

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'I think Torres might be covering up an inner nerd that is terrified,' says EP Steve Binder.

Also glimpsed in the images below, McGee is back in the field after helping the team from home in the previous episode while he recovered. Meanwhile, Palmer (Brian Dietzen) looks happy about something, but the logline also warns us that Gibbs helps him “deal with a personal trauma.” Uh-oh?

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NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Bishop Torres
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Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama)

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Palmer
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Doesn’t Palmer (Brian Dietzen) look excited about something?

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Gibbs McGee Office
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Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray)

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Palmer McGee
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What’s in the bag?

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 McGee Office
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Who’s on the phone?

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 McGee Crime Scene
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Back to work!

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Bishop Mask Crime Scene
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Bishop’s staying safe.

NCIS Season 18 Episode 7 Team Crime Scene
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The team at a crime scene — note the masks.