NCIS blunder: Glaring continuity error in Gibbs’ interrogation of Joe exposed

NCIS’ crack team of field agents is led by the fearless and resourceful Leroy Gibbs. Despite his pivotal role in the series, the team leader has fallen victim to a number of production blunders.

The 17th season of NCIS came to a sudden end earlier this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus. As fans wait for more episodes, the show’s availability on CBS All Access has exposed some embarrassing blunders as they returned to some old favourites.
Season 17 of NCIS wrapped up early due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with its two spin-off series following suit.

New episodes are hoped to come out within the next year, but the franchise still has hundreds of episodes available for fans to enjoy.

Originally launched from parent show JAG, the mainline NCIS series began way back in 2003 when television budgets weren’t quite so generous.

Former Gunnery Sergeant Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) has formed an integral part of the team since the show began.


Unfortunately, the series’ extensive history has meant NCIS has often fallen foul of some distracting production errors.

One fan took to online discussion forums when they spotted a particularly noticeable goof in the season four episode, Driven.

In the 11th episode of the 2006-7 instalment, the team investigate a grisly death by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Although the victim was seemingly killed by a malfunctioning driverless SUV, Gibbs and the team suspect murder and set about scouring the crime scene.


They soon come across a potential suspect to interrogate, whereupon the perceptive fan spied a perplexing editing mistake.

The viewer said: “When Gibbs has got Joe in interrogation after Abby is nearly killed, he has his hand on his shoulder. Camera cuts and it has gone.”

After the crime is exposed, the AI vehicle runs amok and nearly kills the team’s plucky forensic expert Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) using the same carbon monoxide trick.

Thankfully, she escaped relatively unscathed, although the subsequent interrogation scene left some viewers scratching their heads.
Taking a look at the episode, it does appear as if Gibb’s hand disappears in between shots.

Television production usually consists of multiple cameras that will film each scene at different angles.

It appears that Harmon’s position dramatically changed between shots, leading to a baffling continuity mistake.

To make matters worse, other fans have taken issue with the apparently dated software of the robotic SUV.
Another viewer said: “In an ultra-sophisticated high tech computer system run by AI, the malicious software discovered is displayed in a series of “if – then” sequences in computer BASIC, dating back to the age of the Commodore 64.”

Plus, other fans have disputed if the murder victim should have been killed in the first place.

They said: “OTTO, the vehicle, runs on unleaded modern fuel with a catalytic converter. It would take days, if at all, to die. At worst the victim would get dizzy, which Abby does.”

Thankfully, most of the show’s audience have managed to overlook these factual errors and the series has remained as popular as ever.