‘NCIS’ Season 13 Premiere Recap: ‘Stop the Bleeding’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘NCIS’ Season 13 Premiere Recap: ‘Stop the Bleeding’

“NCIS” Season 13 Episode 1 “Stop the Bleeding” aired last Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM on CBS. In this episode, the fate of NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) hung in the balance after being shot in the leg and chest by Luke Harris (Daniel Zolghardri), a young boy recruited by the terrorist organization called “The Calling”, that he had tried to help out. Several months later, NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo Jr. (Michael Weatherly) and CIA Officer Joanna Teague (Mimi Rogers) raced against time to bring their team’s chapter on “The Calling” to a close in Shanghai, while the team back at home raced against time to prevent a war between the United States and North Korea from breaking out, with help from a very unexpected source. Read on to learn more about what happened in the premiere episode of the season.

The episode picked up from where the twelfth season finale left off, with NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) getting shot in the leg and chest by Luke Harris (Daniel Zolghardri), who was still working for the terrorist group known as The Calling.


NCIS Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo Jr. (Michael Weatherly) and CIA Officer Joanna Teague (Mimi Rogers) then rushed Gibbs to the USS Daniel Webster. He was operated on in the chest, as bullet shards were still embedded in it, by the sharp and tough surgeon, Dr. Cyril Taft (Jon Cryer).

While Gibbs was under, the team back at home waited nervously for an update, while Joanna told Tony not to blame himself for what had happened.

Meanwhile, Gibbs had a vision of his office, and of his late daughter, Kelly (Mila Brener), who encouraged him to fight for his life, and to stop brooding over her and her mother and the past, especially as there are people who are still counting on him.

Several months later, Gibbs, although he hadn’t been cleared yet to go back to work, showed up in the office, ready to work. However, NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) informed him that he was currently on administrative duty, and wasn’t allowed to go out into the field yet.

After reuniting with NCIS Special Agent Timothy “Tim” McGee (Sean Murray) and NCIS Probationary Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop (Emily Wickersham), Gibbs spoke to Tony briefly on the phone, before Tony and Joanna met up with Joanna’s contact in Shanghai, CIA Officer Kenny Young (Ken Leu).

While there, Gibbs paid Matthew Rousseau (Adetokumboh M’Cormack) a visit at prison in an attempt to get him to talk more about The Caling. It had fallen off the grid before reappearing in Shanghai. However, he wasn’t able to get much information out of him as Rousseau was killed behind bars that same day.


However, the team there found themselves embroiled in a dire situation after discovering that the late NCIS Agent Ned Dorneget’s (Matt L. Jones) laptop was being used in connection to a North Korean submarine that was seemed poised to discharge warheads at the United States.

While McGee, Ellie and NCIS Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) began hacking into Dorneget’s laptop, Tony, Joanna and Young infiltrated a Calling computer hub, where they found Luke, and prevented him from committing suicide, as he believed that Gibbs had died. He then later informed Gibbs that Daniel Budd (Giles Matthey), their leader, was cooking up an audition of some sorts for the Chinese.

They then realized that Budd had used Dorneget’s laptop in order to hack into the Pentagon and to trick the United States into believing that North Korea was indeed launching missiles at them. However, thankfully, McGee managed to shut the submarine down.

Meanwhile, Tony managed to corner Budd in an alleyway in Shanghai, and shot him in the leg, then he shot him dead before Budd could draw his gun on him.

Back at the office, Tony asked Gibbs if they needed to talk and was put off after Gibbs asked him about what he wanted to talk about.

Gibbs then met up with Taft at his favorite diner. He confessed that he was worried about the changes that he was currently going through, especially as he still had some physical and emotional scars to heal from.

However, Taft wondered why he would be alone as he knew that Gibbs’ team would always be there for him.

It was also discovered that Gibbs had placed Luke in a Juvenile Delinquents center for the time being, and then he would be released to a halfway home and to his foster relatives, who still wanted to take care of him.

What did you think of the season premiere of “NCIS”? What do you think will happen this season, specifically with the relationship between Tony and Gibbs? Let us know what you think and what your theories are in the comments below!

And that was all for the recap of “NCIS” Season 13 Episode 1 “Stop the Bleeding”,  For more news, spoilers,  updates and recaps on “NCIS” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.