NCIS season 15 episode 4 marks the official debut of Maria Bello to the CBS show in the role of new agent Jack Sloane. Want some details? Well, we’ve got some of them for you below! The network confirmed in a new press release more of what Bello is bringing to the table as Jack, and also how she ends up arriving to join the team in Washington in the first place. Take a look below for some additional insight:
“Director Vance welcomes NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane (Maria Bello), a forensic psychologist he lobbied to transfer from California, to headquarters. Also, in the midst of a storm that has shut down Washington, D.C. and knocked out power, the NCIS team investigates the kidnapping of a sailor, which sends Torres and Bishop out to sea to track evidence, on NCIS, Tuesday, Oct. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.”
Early indications suggest that Sloane will be a foil for Gibbs, and we also wonder about a potential love interest given that this is a man with a little bit of loneliness in his life. This was showcased perfectly at the end of the season 15 premiere Tuesday night. Tim McGee had a chance to go home after his months in captivity to his pregnant wife Delilah, but Gibbs chose to spend some time at Headquarters. He had a nice moment with Ellie Bishop, but she has her own life. It was in this moment we were reminded that Gibbs doesn’t have a home to go back to anymore beyond just walls and furniture. Whether it’s Jack Sloane or someone else, it may be time to let some of his past heartbreak go and try to find a new way to move forward in his life.
Beyond just the story for Gibbs, there are some other clear merits for NCIS season 15 episode 4, with one of them being the opportunity that this story could present for the team to get creative. Without power and some of their resources, it’s going to be so much more challenging for them to do their job. Meanwhile, we also certainly appreciate it when you get a chance to see characters like Bishop and Torres get to head out to sea to solve a case, just because that is the show’s bread and butter. We spend so much time on land that we can often forget that the sea remains an important character on the show and needs to be explored here and there in order for it to remain relevant.
In getting back to Maria Bello, she will be a regular from this point on. While it’s not necessarily confirmed she will be in every episode, we are confident she’ll be a consistent presence given that she’s a prominent actress joining CBS’ most-watched drama series. Odds are that the producers are going to want to use her.