NCIS: Season 3 (2005 - 2006)


Season 3

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Air date: Sep 20, 2005
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Series 3 of NCIS opens on a melancholy note, as the Naval Criminal Investigate Service team headed by the iconoclastic Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) mourns the death of team member Caitlin "Kate" Todd (Shana Alexander) at the hands of ruthless terrorist Ari (Rudolf Martin). Gibbs' response to this tragic loss is encapsulated in the title of the two-part opener, "Kill Ari", which introduces Cote de Pablo as new NCI member Ziva David, a former Mossad officer who also has a score to settle with Ari. Another new regular is introduced in the episode "Silver War": Lauren Holly as NCIS director Jenny Shepard, who replaces former director Tom Morrow (Alan Dale) when the latter joins the Homeland Security department. Jenny's arrival adds a whole new dimension to the series, inasmuch as she had previously been the partner, and lover, of Leroy Gibbs. The third series also marks the debut appearances of recurring characters Stephanie Mello as Cynthia Summer and Muse Watson as Michael Franks. Throughout the series, the viewer is offered brief flashbacks to the guarded past of NCI team head Gibbs, culminating in the revelation that the first of his three wives was murdered, along with his daughter.


Mark Harmon
as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly
as Anthony Dinozzo
David McCallum
as Donald "Ducky" Mallard
Pauley Perrette
as Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray
as Timothy McGee
Lauren Holly
as Jenny Shepard
Cote de Pablo
as Ziva David
Brian Dietzen
as Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll
as Leon Vance
Wilmer Valderrama
as Nicholas Torres
Emily Wickersham
as Eleanor Bishop
Duane Henry
as Clayton Reeves
Maria Bello
as Jacqueline Sloane
Jennifer Esposito
as Alexandra Quinn
Brett Cullen
as Capt. Todd Gelfand
Michael Bellisario
as Charles `Chip' Sterling
Muse Watson
as Mike Franks
Cotter Smith
as Sam Stevens
Christopher Maher
as Capt. Aris Mahir
Jessica Steen
as Paula Cassidy
Burt Bulos
as Abog Galib
Jarvis W. George
as Lt. Morgan Tolliver
Tess Lina
as Maria Baliad
Douglas Spain
as Caesar Bernal
Rudolf Martin
as Ari Haswari
Esther K. Chae
as Yoon Dawson
William Gregory Lee
as Sgt. Keith Archer
Gary Kraus
as Security Off. Chuck Parnell
Lawrence Monoson
as Adam O'Neill
Todd Allen
as Ranger James Landis
John Pleshette
as Tom Crawley
Merritt Wever
as Wendy Smith
Nina Foch
as Victoria Mallard
Wil Bethel
as PO John Kirby
Sasha Alexander
as Caitlin `Kate' Todd
Jeffrey Pierce
as Sgt. Michael McMannis
Christopher Allport
as Cpt. Dan Karzin
Michael Esparza
as Lance Cpl. Jose Silva
Keone Young
as Lee Sung
Chad Donella
as John Briggs
Chad E. Donella
as John Briggs
Scott Paulin
as Capt. Kevin Dorn
Michelle Harrison
as Ranger Bobby Hendricks
Kimberlee Peterson
as Lt. Keira Napleton
Joseph Castanon
as Zach Tanner
Mini Anden
as Hannah Bressling
Andrew Caple-Shaw
as PO Jerry Smith
Joe Spano
as T.C. Fornell
Aris Alvarado
as Tomas Zepeda
Karl Makinen
as Sgt. James Dawson
Mark Harelik
as Ron Levinson
Lindsay Price
as Lt. Pam Kim
Susse Budde
as Laura Osgood
Seth Adkins
as Sean Hodges
Judi Shekoni
as Natalie Vance
David Brant
as David Brant
Austin Majors
as Jeremy Hodges
Paul Webster
as Cdr. Alex Tanner
Susan Santiago
as Camila Charo
Darby Stanchfield
as Shannon Gibbs
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Critic Reviews for NCIS Season 3

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

The real beauty of NCIS is that it has fun with its format.

May 9, 2006 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Yes, NCIS, you too can make toss-off pop culture references. But are you really in a position to be snarky about Scott Baio? Just a thought.

Nov 22, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for NCIS: Season 3

  • Dec 29, 2017
    The writing this season becomes uneven for the first time as what could be an emotional intro is squandered for uncharacteristic, cheap, and sometimes disturbing sexual humor that occasionally shows throughout the season, but is offset by Cote de Pablo's fantastic Ziva David that improves upon the already outstanding cast, providing some of the best episodes of the show.

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