NCIS plot hole: Fans furious over glaring Bishop and Gibbs timeline error

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NCIS viewers are passionate about the elaborate lore created within the esteemed CBS property. While it has enjoyed a lengthy shellfire of 17 seasons so far, viewers have noted down a few continuity and plot issues during Agent Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) over the course of the show.

Recently, viewers have pointed out a particularly egregious plot hole involving Gibbs travelling across America in the blink of an eye.

Of course members of the NCIS team have been forced to travel across the country a few times in the past to solve various cases.

However the instance in question has seen Gibbs travelling to meet Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham).

The meeting, however, was in Oklahoma, which is quite a stone’s throw from Washington, D.C. where the show is set.


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On this, NCIS fan and Reddit user fugigidd pointed out: “Can someone explain how Gibbs popped in to see Bishop in Oklahoma?

“They drive to Leavenworth and are back in Oklahoma for dinner???”

They went on to add: “I’m not from the states but this seems like an awfully long round trip.”

The fan in question is correct, as a cursory glance at a map will reveal that, Leavenworth, Washington, is over 350 miles away.

This is just under 30 hours of driving for Gibbs – which is quite outrageous for just a quick meeting.

Alternatively, if the Leavenworth referred to was in Kansas, this is still just under a six-hour drive – quite a journey, again, for a quick rendezvous.

Viewers began suggesting reasons why this journey was made, as one said: “Honestly I just assumed that he flew there and then rented a car to drive to her house. Otherwise there’s no way at all.”

Another posited it had something to do with TV time – as they said: “The same way people drive across Los Angeles in just a few minutes to make an appointment or something… they use TV Time.”

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Meanwhile, viewers have also been pointing out a number of issues with NCIS: New Orleans.

Viewers recently noticed a huge part of Christopher LaSalle’s (Lucas Black) character had a glaring problem.

A fan pointed out: “LaSalle’s 2015 pickup truck is shown with a green Louisiana license plate.

“Those plates were only distributed in 2011 and 2012 in celebration of Louisiana’s Statehood Bicentennial.”


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They went on to clarify: “Furthermore, pick-up trucks in Louisiana are always provided with basic seven-digit plates with only the state name, the digits, and the state motto Sportsman’s Paradise.

“The vehicle owner could request a vanity plate with a specific order of digits, or a sport’s design, but again, the statehood could not be one.”

Is this something that will be solved in episodes to come?

NCIS season 17 is available to watch on CBS.

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