NCIS is returning to CBS for season 16, and it will pick up one month after the season 15 finale “Date With Destiny.” In last season’s final episode, Special Agent Jack Sloan (Maria Bello) was certain that Nigel Hakim (Pej Vahdat) — the man who had held her hostage and tortured her in Afghanistan ten years earlier — was in Washington D.C. and hadn’t been killed as everyone believed. And, all it took was for Agent Sloan to know he was alive was to hear Hakim’s voice.
But, when Agent Sloan and Special Agents Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Timothy McGee (Sean Murray), and Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) were preparing to take Hakim into custody, they discovered he had left the country on another flight. But, Gibbs made a promise to Sloan that they would get him.
At the same time, Director Vance had been kidnapped. And, as season 16 begins with the episode “Destiny’s Child,” Gibbs is the acting director while the team searches the world to find Vance. And, showrunner Frank Cardea hints that the season will also build on the relationship between Torres and Bishop. He says that their slow-boiling relationship may finally take a step forward this year.
“Torres and Bishop sort of… become close. We’re glancing in that direction. If you go back in NCIS history, the ‘Tiva’ thing took many years to develop,” says Cardea.
But, as Cinema Blend points out, that doesn’t mean Torres and Bishop’s tension and chemistry will for sure turn into a romance. Cardea does use the words “glance” and “close.” But, there is definitely hope that they could get together.
Having a popular “will they, won’t they” couple on a show can definitely keep fans invested, so they will have to wait for the possible Torres and Bishop romance to play out. But, chances are fans won’t mind waiting for the fireworks as long as it has a better outcome than the Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David romantic storyline.
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And, of course, there will be a new full-time cast member on the show since Pauley Perrette left the show at the end of last season. Diona Reasonover will be playing forensic scientist Kasie Hines, taking the place of Perrette’s Abby Sciuto.
Mark Harmon returns for Season 16 of NCIS on Tuesday, September 25th on CBS.