On Tuesday, January 8, NCIS will return with a new episode entitled “Toil and Trouble” — and it just so happens to have a prominent guest star!
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If you have not heard, former The X-Files star Mitch Pileggi is going to be appearing in this episode as Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford, someone who will have some issues that need hashing out when it comes to NCIS and the work of some of their agents. To be specific, he’s going to be so unhappy with one of Gibbs’ investigations that he works to shut it down and, in the process, have both Torres and McGee arrested! There’s no guarantee that he will be successful, mostly because Gibbs can be stubborn and he’ll probably have Leon Vance in his corner to some degree. Nonetheless, we’re very much excited to see these forces collide in what should prove to be a rather outstanding episode of television.
What we do think is interesting about the series taking on this particular story right now is that it’s far from the first time that we’ve seen NCIS as a franchise take on some of the higher-ups. This is something that has been featured throughout this season on NCIS: Los Angeles, and we’ve actually seen Pride climb up the career ladder somewhat over on NCIS: New Orleans. What may make this story a little bit different is that Secretary Crawford is no ordinary person — he is one of the most prominent government officials out there. Save for the President and the Vice-President, there are few people more important who Gibbs and the team could be dealing with. This is what makes this particular issue all the more prominent and daunting. They have to find a way to squelch some of this man’s concerns about the team and work to ensure that they are going to still be able to do their job moving forward. That’s no easy task. As a matter of fact, there is no guarantee that there will be a resolution in this one episode.
Even if you could care less about the specific story in this episode, stick around for Pileggi’s performance! If you aren’t an X-Files fan, there is a good chance you’ll remember him from Sons of Anarchy or his role on the recent Dallas revival (which was the one revival that seemed to actually come too early in the complete sea of them that we are seeing now).
What do you want to see when it comes to Mitch Pileggi on NCIS? Be sure to share some of your thoughts right now in the attached comments. (Photo: CBS.)