NCIS (Season 12): Agent Timothy McGee and His Writing

Tim McGee

Back when the now long-running CBS procedural NCIS was merely in its debut season, viewers were still getting to know the lead characters of Leroy Jethro Gibbs (series lead Mark Harmon), Anthony DiNozzo Jr. (series regular Michael Weatherly), Abby Sciuto (series regular Pauley Perrette), Donald “Ducky” Mallard (series regular David McCallum), Caitlin Todd (former series regular Sasha Alexander) and Timothy McGee (series regular Sean Murray).

One of the more interesting backstories of the characters, revealed during the first season’s episode entitled “Dead Man Talking”, was the fact that Timothy McGee was an aspiring writer of mystery/crime stories.

It may have taken three more seasons of the popular series to learn that McGee had actually published a book called “Deep Six”, but it was revealed in the season four episode entitled “Twisted Sister” that he did just that. Of course, he was ribbed by co-workers Tony and Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David (former series regular Cote de Pablo) about his “hobby” until they learned that all of the characters in his book were based on the members of the team.

To make matters worse – well at least for everyone on the ‘NCIS’ team – it was revealed in the season four episode entitled “Cover Story” that McGee had become successful as a writer, using the pseudonym Thom E. Gemcity, which is an anagram of his own name.

According to what has been shared in the show, McGee has written at least two novels in the “Deep Six” series: the first being “Deep Six: The Continuing Adventures of L.J. Tibbs (based on Gibbs); and supposedly previous novels that were never named in the show. However, the first book cover of the Gemcity novels clearly showed that it was volume one, so it’s a little unclear of the order of McGee’s books.

The next book in the series entitled “Deep Six: Rock Hollow” actually played a key role in the “Cover Story” episode because an obsessed fan of McGee’s was acting out the murders in real life exactly as they were to be featured in the pages of his book. It turned out the fan was stealing the typewriter ribbon from the old manual Remington typewriter that Tim preferred to use rather than a computer – crazy (right?!) since Tim is an IT genius.

Since that time, there have been brief references to Tim’s writing, such as the season six episode entitled “South by Southwest” where McGee revealed all of the money he earned from his publication were lost when the hedge fund he invested in collapsed.

But since that time, there hasn’t really been any references to Tim’s writing and it has to make one wonder whether he gave up on that hobby since losing all of his money or if there will be, at some future point, an episode or more that will focus again on his career as a writer.

If you are a viewer of ‘NCIS’, do you share in the curiosity about McGee’s writing or have you perhaps forgotten about his interest in writing? Would you like to learn more about his career as Thom E. Gemcity? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of the 12th season of ‘NCIS’ is expected to air on CBS on Tuesday, March 24 at 8/7c.