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It took only 12 seasons, but NCIS finally delved into Ducky’s past on NCIS Season 12 Episode 3.

On an hour titled “So It Goes,” viewers watched as a body was found in a car registered to Ducky’s old best friend.

Fortunately, the victim did NOT end up being this former pal. But, with his friend missing, Ducky ventured back to England as the team attempted to figure what happened.

Watch NCIS Season 12 Episode 3 Online
Watch NCIS Season 12 Episode 3 Online

This helped us get to know Ducky even better than before, as we flashback to a younger version of the character (played impressively by lookalike Adam Campbell) and learned that Ducky and this former friend, Angus, had a falling out over a girl.

In present day, the victim turns out to be one of Angus’ employees, prompting the NCIS unit to wonder if he was bringing files to Ducky since the car’s navigation system had the Navy Yard programmed into it.


The actual Case of the Week wasn’t all that fascinating (even if it did involve a prostitution ring), but the in-depth look at Ducky made this installment stand out from most others.

Among ironic jokes and tidbits we discovered from his past:

  • A woman Ducky secretly pined after gave him a bow tie, which he hated immediately.
  • In the old days, he spoke about wanting to get into obstetrics because he’d "had it up to here with cadavers," adding: "If I never see another dead body again it’ll be too soon." HA!

At one point, David McCallum’s character saved both his own life and that of his former love, Maggie, via the precise use of a scalpel, a gift he’d been given a long time ago by his close friend and romantic rival.

It was a pleasure to see Ducky remaining smug and confident even with his life seemingly on the line. This is a man who has never lost an ounce of coolness.

We ended things with possible hope for Ducky to strike up a relationship with Maggie. Not yet, of course. She did just lose her husband and everything.

But who out there would not want to see her make her way to The United States so Ducky could have a shot?

What did you think of this installment? You can watch NCIS online via TV Fanatic if you missed it and you can get your first look here at NCIS Season 12 Episode 4, "Choke Hold."

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