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Long-running action series NCIS is finally back on screens after extensive coronavirus delays. CBS aired the third episode of season 18 tonight after taking a two week break, but fans were quick to spot an inexcusable plot hole that directly contradicted a key moment from season 11.
Some eagle-eyed fans have spotted a major continuity error in the 18th season of NCIS when the series continued tonight, Tuesday December 8.
Special Agent Ellie Bishop (played by Emily Wickersham) somehow managed to drink herself into a stupor, despite claiming such a thing was impossible some seasons prior.
As the team tackled their very own treasure hunt in the latest caper, Blood and Treasure, a celebratory night out left most of them nursing a severe hangover the next morning.
Bishop admitted her mistakes from the night before, just as team leader Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) strolled in, somehow unfazed by their reckless drinking games.
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Unfortunately, Bishop’s confession flew in the face of a previous claim she made in season eleven.
Once the episode wrapped up, viewers flooded online to discuss the episode, with some long-running NCIS fans recalling a key moment from one of Bishop’s earliest appearances.
On Reddit, one fan commented: “Wait, didn’t Bishop say before that she physically could not get drunk? Or did I misremember?”
Twitter users also flagged the continuity error, and were disappointed the new episode seemingly overruled one of Bishop’s defining traits.
One fan said: “I thought Bishop couldn’t get drunk/get a hangover?”
A helpful NCIS aficionado pointed out the new agent, now in her seventh year as part of the main cast, made the claim in the episode Crescent City.
During her early appearance, she said: “I don’t get drunk. It’s physically impossible for me. I tried in college.”
While it’s entirely possible Bishop simply didn’t try enough, it’s unlikely anything that didn’t get her tipsy as a college student could have a different effect now.
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Then again, the NCIS newcomer may have been fudging the truth to appear more resilient to her new colleagues.
As the series approaches almost two decades on screens, it’s understandable the writers occasionally skip over some throwaway details from earlier seasons.
Moreover, viewers also appreciated the team were allowed to take it easy for once this episode, so most fans let the plot hole slide.
One fan tweeted: “That moment was the best out of the whole episode. Still wished I saw them all drunk – an NCIS fan will never have enough.”
Episode three also saw another return of T.C. Fornell (Joe Spano) as his and Gibbs’ investigation into a drug ring continued.
Fans were also excited by the appearance of Thomas F. Wilson, who played Biff Tannen in sci-fi classic Back to the Future, following the appearance of his old co-star Christopher Lloyd at the end of season 17.
Despite tonight’s blunder, NCIS is still going strong, and even celebrated its 400th episode two weeks ago by revealing the first meeting between Gibbs and Ducky (David McCallum).
NCIS season 18 continues Tuesday, January 5 on CBS.
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