Season Three of NCIS aired fom 20 September 2005 to 16 May 2006 at 8:00 P.M Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS||Mark Harmon|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS||Michael Weatherly|
|Ziva David||Mossad Liaison to the NCIS||Cote de Pablo||A guest star in Kill Ari Part 1 (episode) and Kill Ari Part 2 (episode), De Pablo officially joined the cast in Silver War (episode)|
|Abby Sciuto||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS||Pauley Perrette|
|Timothy McGee||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS||Sean Murray|
|Jennifer Shepard||Director of NCIS||Lauren Holly|
|Donald Mallard||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS||David McCallum|
Cast Notes Edit
A guest star in Kill Ari Part 1 (episode) and Kill Ari Part 2 (episode), Cote de Pablo officially joined the cast in Silver War (episode) portraying Ziva David, the Mossad liaison to NCIS and as such, with Ziva's addition to the team, de Pablo was also added to the main cast.
The second season finale saw Caitlin Todd being shot dead at the hands of Ari Haswari in the concluding moments of the episode entitled Twilight. This is due to the fact that Sasha Alexander expressed a desire to leave the series after the second season to pursue other projects. Her rationale as explained by Donald Bellisario on the DVD release for season two, was that the renewal of the series for a third season had come as a surprise to her because, no prior series with which she had been involved had last more than two seasons, as she had not planned to stay more than two seasons.
Her final appearances in the series occurred in the third season premiere episode entitled Kill Ari Part 1 (episode) and Kill Ari Part 2 (episode) in a series of flashbacks and conversations with the remaining cast. For this, she was credited as a Special Guest Star.
Kill Ari Part 1 (episode) also introduced Lauren Holly as the new Director of NCIS, Jennifer Shepard. With the addition of Lauren Holly to the cast the position of Director of NCIS became a role filled by a series regular.
|47||1||Kill Ari Part 1||20 Sep 2005||Season Premiere. First appearance of Cote de Pablo as Ziva David and Lauren Holly as Jennifer Shepard.|
|48||2||Kill Ari Part 2||27 Sep 2005||Final appearances of Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd, Rudolf Martin as Dr. Ari Haswari and Pancho Demmings as Gerald Jackson. While Demmings was credited as a guest star, Alexander and Martin were credited as Special Guest Stars.|
|49||3||Mind Games||4 Oct 2005||Gibbs interrogates a serial killer|
|50||4||Silver War||11 Oct 2005||Ziva permanently joins the team|
|51||5||Switch||18 Oct 2005||A man is murdered while driving home|
|52||6||The Voyeur's Web||25 Oct 2005||First appearance of Charles Sterling. A woman is murdered on her web cam|
|53||7||Honor Code||1 Nov 2005||A man fakes his own kidnapping|
|54||8||Under Covers||8 Nov 2005||Ziva and Tony go under cover as a couple|
|55||9||Frame-Up||22 Nov 2005||Last appearance of Charles Sterling. Tony is framed for murder|
|56||10||Probie||29 Nov 2005||McGee is accused of murdering an undercover police officer|
|57||11||Model Behavior||13 Dec 2005||A model is found dead on a military base|
|58||12||Boxed In||10 Jan 2006||Tony and Ziva are trapped in a shipping container|
|59||13||Deception||17 Jan 2006|
|60||14||Light Sleeper||24 Jan 2006||Two military wives are found dead|
|61||15||Head Case||7 Feb 2006||A head is found in the trunk of a car|
|62||16||Family Secret||28 Feb 2006||Troian Avery Bellisario appears portraying Sarah McGee, Timothy McGee's younger sister.|
|63||17||Ravenous||7 Mar 2006|
|64||18||Bait||14 Mar 2006||The team tries to stop a teenager from blowing up a school|
|65||19||Iced||4 Apr 2006||Dead bodies are found in a lake|
|66||20||Untouchable||18 Apr 2006||Nina Foch reprises her role of Mrs. Victoria Mallard. Lauren Holly was credited in the opening credits but did not appear.|
|67||21||Bloodbath||25 Apr 2006||Abby is danger from an unknown antagonist|
|68||22||Jeopardy||2 May 2006||A drug dealer dies while in custody. Director Shepard is kidnapped.|
|69||23||Hiatus Part 1||9 May 2006||Gibbs is injured in an explosion and falls into a coma. Tony assumes leadership of the team. First appearance of Muse Watson as Michael Franks.|
|70||24||Hiatus Part 2||16 May 2006||Gibbs retires to Mexico.|
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