‘NCIS’ Season 16: Will Gibbs Finally Unravel In ‘Lost Time’?

Fans are bracing for what is expected to be an emotional end to NCIS Season 16. The penultimate episode, “Lost Time,” will see Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) unravel while examining a crime scene, which has fans wondering if Gibbs will be able to pull it together in time to help his team. Gibbs will get an assist in the form of Dr. Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo), but will it be enough to get him back on track?

'NCIS' star Mark Harmon
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Gibbs is haunted by past demons

In Episode 21 of NCIS Season 16, Gibbs told his team that he successfully got revenge on the man who murdered his wife and daughter, Shannon and Kelly Gibbs. We still do not know how the team is going to handle that piece of information moving forward, but we are confident that they will be okay because they know Gibbs had a good reason to do it. It also happened a long time ago, and there is not much they can do about it now.

Gibbs, on the other hand, is clearly struggling to come to terms with what he did. In fact, his past demons have been haunting him all season long and are likely why he has a breakdown in the upcoming episode.

This entire year has been an emotional one for Gibbs, who actually burned one of his own rules earlier this season. Based on the official synopsis for “Lost Time,” the show is not done exploring Gibbs’ emotional state as we head into the final two episodes in Season 16.

Gibbs unravels in ‘Lost Time’

According to Carter Matt, CBS recently released an official synopsis for next week’s installment, which reveals that Gibbs will unravel while examining a crime scene. The team is looking into the death of a Marine Sergeant who was recognized as a war hero when Gibbs suffers his apparent breakdown.

We do not know if Gibbs leaves the scene of the crime after experiencing his emotional break, but it is pretty obvious that the team will have move forward without him, at least in the short term.

The big question is whether Gibbs can recover in time to help the team solve the case. He has already been through a lot this season and it is not easy recovering from a mental breakdown. With Gibbs sidelined, other members of the team will have to step up until he gets things together. Hopefully, Gibbs will not be out of commission for long, especially with the Season 16 finale right around the corner.

Gibbs seeks help in ‘NCIS’ Season 16

To help cope with his mental struggles, Gibbs will turn to Dr. Grace Confalone, who will be making an appearance in the upcoming episode. While Dr. Confalone is obviously equipped to handle whatever Gibbs throws her way, it is interesting that he isn’t leaning on Sloane (Maria Bello) to get through his problems. This could be because of their close working relationship, which would probably be a conflict of interest.

Either way, fans can rest assured that there will be plenty of scenes with Gibbs and Sloane in the final two episodes of Season 16. We just hope that Dr. Confalone can help Gibbs sort things out so that he can return to the team in a timely manner.

Ratings for ‘NCIS’ Season 16 dip ahead of the finale

While it has been great seeing a different side of Gibbs this season, it has not translated to higher ratings for the show. In fact, this week’s episode saw a dip in ratings as the installment drew 11.5 million viewers. Although attracting more than 11 million viewers made it the most popular show on television that night, it was also the second lowest this season.

Even still, the series has hardly anything to worry about. The second most popular show in the same time slot was American Housewife’s, which only drew 3.94 million fans. The second highest show of the night, meanwhile, was The Voice, which attracted a little over 6 million audience members.

The final episodes of NCIS Season 16 air Tuesday May 14 and 21 on CBS.