See Gary Cole Make His ‘NCIS’ Debut as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker (PHOTOS)

Gary Cole as Alden Parker in NCIS

While we know one of the two new NCIS Season 19 series regulars will be with the team — Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) joins Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) in the search for the missing Gibbs (Mark Harmon) — it’s not until the second episode that we’ll meet the other: Gary Cole‘s FBI Special Agent Alden Parker.

So how do they cross paths? In “Nearly Departed,” CBS teases, “while trying to find the serial killer Gibbs was after, the NCIS team discovers another person has been tracking the case as well.” And based on the photos below, it looks like the team chase down Parker, perhaps thinking he’s a suspect … assuming he’s not just wearing a very similar sweatshirt in Director Vance’s (Rocky Carroll) office. (Does this remind anyone else of when Michael Weatherly‘s DiNozzo chased down Gibbs in the “Baltimore” flashback?) What will the team think of him as a result?

Pam Dawber is still around as reporter Marcie Warren, which makes sense, given she and Gibbs were the first ones on this investigation. (The “was after” in the logline when referring to Gibbs and the serial killer has us a bit worried, we have to admit, especially since we see Marcie but not him in the photos.)

Scroll down for a look at Cole’s debut as Parker in “Nearly Departed.”

NCIS, Season 19 Premiere, Monday, September 20, 9/8c, CBS

Pam Dawber as Marcie Warren in NCIS
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Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber)

Sean Murray as McGee in NCIS
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Who’s McGee (Sean Murray) talking to?

Wilmer Valderrama as Torres in NCIS
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Torres (Wilmer Valderrama)

NCIS - Katrina Law as Knight, Wilmer Valderrama as Torres
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Jessica Knight (Katrina Law) and Torres

Wilmer Valderrama as Torres, Sean Murray as McGee in NCIS
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Anyone else examining the board behind them closely?

Sean Murray, Katrina Law, Wilmer Valderrama in NCIS
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What’s going on?

Gary Cole as Parker, Rocky Carroll as Vance in NCIS

Recognize that sweatshirt?

Gary Cole as Parker in NCIS


Gary Cole as Parker, Sean Murray as McGee in NCIS

Parker and McGee

Sean Murray, Gary Cole, Diona Reasonover in NCIS

McGee, Parker, and Kasie (Diona Reasonover)