Even though NCIS season finales are very happening events, this time around it appears that many people will feel sad and depressed while watching the latest one. That is because the actor Ralph Waite breathed his last a while back.
Each and every member of the cast wanted to pay tribute to Ralph Waite. Here was a wonderful actor who put in his time and gave all he had to show business. He will indeed be missed by all those who acted in conjunction with him or knew him on a casual basis.
"Everyone involved really wanted to do this," creator Gary Glasberg tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to do this properly and say goodbye to a character that we all really enjoyed writing over the years, and goodbye to an actor that meant a lot to us. ... This was such a significant event for us, both on-screen and off, that we wanted to handle it properly and do it well, and let people mourn the passing of Gibbs' dad with him."
Ralph played the role of Gibbs’ father on the show. Things will just not be the same without him. Both on-screen and off-screen, the actors and actresses want to mourn the tragic loss of Ralph.
The finale has been given the label of “Honor Thy Father”. In it, Gibbs returns to his childhood home after coming to know of his father’s death. He discovers many memories connected with his daddy in the home father and son used to live in.
It is a very human and emotionally charged scene that ensues with facts that we come to learn about the deceased father’s son. The dictum that “Fathers make Men” rings true here.
"It's a really touching, emotional look back and looking forward at Gibbs and the loss of his father," Glasberg explained. "[Fans will get] more insight into what makes Gibbs who he is, some stuff from his childhood and morally, just who he is."
Gibbs’ past is explored via another actor who plays a younger version of him. The season finale also shows how when Gibbs’ assistance is needed in order to apprehend terrorists, his mind is preoccupied with memories of his departed dad.
"We wanted to do a finale that was a little different this season," Glasberg explained. "It's no secret that Season 11 had all kinds of challenges that came up — Ziva's departure, Bishop's arrival, and then we did the New Orleans episodes. A lot has happened, and we wanted to not necessarily do another cliff-hanger, but do something that informed our characters and brought our family and our team together. ...
I really wanted to just sort of solidify the team again. And this was such a significant moment for Gibbs as a character that, emotionally, I wanted to focus on that and then leave for the season knowing that this group stands together."
The show has no doubt lost a very vital ingredient in the form of an individual who formed its core talent. The action is at the peak though in the variant of the show known as NCIS: New Orleans.
However, the show must go on. Life and death are matters that occur as a natural part of existence. And NCIS is no exception to the rule. The NCIS season finale airs Tuesday at 8/7c on CBS.
Watch a clip from the finale below.