Agent Parker has now become the perfect NCIS Gibbs replacement.

Viewers’ hearts sank when actor Mark Harmon announced he was stepping down as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, but Gary Cole is a perfect replacement.

NCIS newcomer Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) has become the perfect replacement for longtime series character Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Viewers’ hearts sank in 2021 when actor Mark Harmon announced he was retiring from the CBS show. Special Agent Gibbs first appeared in NCIS pilot episode “Yankee White” and has been an integral part of the show’s storylines since then, so the announcement of a new team leader initially caused resistance, both off-screen and on-screen. ‘screen.

At first glance, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is NCIS; not even Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo could replace Gibbs. Not only has Harmon appeared in the procedural drama since day one, but he’s also executive produced many episodes. His final episode of Season 19 Episode 4, “Great Wide Open”, coincided with Agent Parker’s good introduction, initially playing an FBI agent sent to arrest Gibbs in Season 19 Episode 2, “Nearly Departed “. Instead, they struck up a bizarre partnership, perhaps through shared fieldwork experience, which saw Parker side with Gibbs on his orders from the agency.

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From the moment Alden Parker appeared on NCIS, he brought a surprisingly refreshing dimension to the series, although he was initially seen as an antagonist. He’s more laid back and laid back in many ways than Gibbs, but he’s just as focused on getting the job done. He was never meant to be Gibbs #2; Gary Cole has confirmed that Alden Parker will not replace Gibbs during an interview, saying “Part of my job description is to be comfortable no matter what. I’m not trying to be [Gibbs]. The authors made this distinction. (via TV Insider). This recognition is key to his character’s success and likability and why he proves to be the perfect kind of replacement for Gibbs on NCIS.



Mark Harmon and Gary Cole on NCIS

One thing Parker has subtly done is to fill a growing void in NCIS: humor. Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) is known for injecting this into moments of dialogue, with Gibbs and Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) in particular. But these two aren’t regulars on the show anymore, and Jimmy has recently taken on some deeper storylines. So it’s good to see Parker taking some of the slack, for example with dry references to whether the team ever goes to the bathroom.

There is an incredible opportunity to keep the momentum of the personal stories of NCIS go with Agent Parker, like what viewers recently saw with Dietzen, who went from NCIS guest star to writer. The public knows very little about Parker, but he has already changed a few opinions since his arrival, his two teammates, including Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and viewers. Plus, it’s hard not to like someone who has been personally attested to by none other than Special Agent Gibbs himself. This recommendation gave Parker the perfect starting point to help win over his critics.


While Agent Parker will never be loved by everyone, like any character, he fits into the team without stepping on toes. The very fact that he’s not trying to be Gibbs is exactly why he’s the perfect replacement for him. His personality is the perfect counterpoint to that calm and intense of Gibbs. The show’s writers are smart enough to know that there will only ever be one Special Agent Gibbs. Moreover, although NCIS gave Gibbs his perfect legacy, there’s always the possibility of him returning at some point in the future – just what everything NCIS fans hope.

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