NCIS Season 19 Episode 17 Recap “Starting Over”

Don’t miss Celebrity Myxer’s recap of NCIS Season 19 Episode 17 “Starting Over.” NCIS investigates the apparent suicide of a retired Navy officer who was in Palmer and Knight’s grief group. Also, Torres gets a call from NCIS Special Agent Jane Tennant to come to Hawai’i when she gets a lead on a witness from a case they worked on together. Here’s what you missed!

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Watch NCIS Season 19 Episode 17 “Starting Over”

Previously on NCIS Season 19 Episode 16, a gruesome mishap at a Navy petty officer’s gender-reveal party leads NCIS to the case of a missing teacher that was popularized on a true-crime podcast.

Warning… Spoilers below!

On NCIS Season 19 Episode 17, a commercial is being filmed when Retired Navy Commander Thomas “Tommy” Miller’s body falls from above. Palmer and Knight recognize him from their grief group. The team thinks it’s suicide and Tommy jumped.


Tommy struggled after Petty Officer Sally Jordan, a friend and team member, died under his command. Palmer says the marks on Tommy’s face should be investigated, as they didn’t come from his fall.

Tobias offers to help on NCIS Season 19 Episode 17

Tobias offers to help on NCIS Season 19 Episode 17

Tommy’s last mission was the one where Sally died, he retired afterward. Tommy’s grief sponsor, Former FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell, wants to help the team. Tobias goes to Palmer and Dr. Grace shows up.

Torres and Knight go to Tommy’s wife, Olive, and she tells them that Tommy spends 3 nights a week at grief counseling and Knight knows they only go once a week.

Protective Order

Parker talks to Marty, Olive’s brother, and tells him that Tommy didn’t jump, he was pushed!

Marty tells Parker, Tommy and Richard, Sally’s father, fought so badly that Tommy had to get a protective order against Richard!

Torres receives a text from Hawaii’s Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant, about his missing suspect/witness while he’s on his way with McGee to go question Richard.


Richard tells McGee and Torres that his daughter has been dead for 2 years but he just received a ransom text for her, even though he has her ashes and knows she is gone. Mcgee tells him they are from a scammer, preying on a dad who lost and misses his daughter.

Agent Tennant updates Torres, Parker, and Vance on NCIS Season 19 Episode 17

Agent Tennant updates Torres, Parker, and Vance on NCIS Season 19 Episode 17

Jane video calls with Torres, Parker, and Vance. She has found Kyle Jennings, a missing witness to the incident in Afghanistan that happened 5 years ago, but resulted in dead Marines. Torres asks to go to Hawaii to finish out the case himself.

Knight receives a missing person notice for another Thomas Miller with a different middle name. Parker and her go check out this coincidence.

Parker and Knight arrive at the missing Thomas’ house. Nina says her Thomas acted weird yesterday at a cafe. He just ran away from her and their baby. Parker sees a picture and recognizes that it is their dead Thomas Miller. He’s living a double life with another wife!


Palmer is sewing up Parker’s head wound he received telling Thomas’ other wife that he was married to 2 women. She threw a picture frame at his head!

Parker and the team watch the video from the cafe and see Richard on the screen. Richard says he was just watching him, but a silver SUV pulled into the parking lot, and Tommy ran when he saw it.

She Snapped

The silver vehicle belongs to Marty! He knew Tommy had 2 wives. Parker thinks Marty is trying to protect someone else.

Parker brings Dr. Grace to confront Olive about Tommy’s second family. When he tells her that he is got Marty for the murder of Tommy, she confesses. She says she just snapped when he started to explain his other family. She hit him with a pipe and he fell over the edge.

McGee tracks and shuts down the scammer’s operations. He and Tobias go to let Richard know. Richard breaks down crying and Tobias recognizes that Richard still had hope it wasn’t scammers…

Catch the second part on NCIS: Hawai’i

What did you think of NCIS Season 19 Episode 17? Let’s talk about NCIS in the comments below!

Air Date: March 28, 2022

When Does NCIS Come Back On?

NCIS Season 19 Episode 18 returns on Monday, April 18, 2022.


  • Gary Cole as NCIS Special Agent Alden Parker
  • Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee
  • Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres
  • Brian Dietzen as Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer
  • Diona Reasonover as Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines
  • Katrina Law as NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight
  • Rocky Carroll as NCIS Director Leon Vance
  • David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard
  • Mark Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Guest Starring

  • Vanessa Lachey as NCIS Special Agent Jane Tennant (from NCIS: Hawai’i)
  • Joe Spano as Tobias “T.C.” Fornell
  • Laura San Giacomo as Grace Confalone
  • Novi Brown as Olive Miller
  • Tess Aubert as Piper
  • Jack McGee as Richard “Rick” Jordan
  • Brandon Black as Martin Polk
  • Joi Liaye as Nina Miller
  • Jason Rogel as Leo
  • Oscar Gary, Jr. as Retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Thomas Miller
  • Taylor Bracken as Navy Petty Officer Third Class Sally Jordan
  • David Bianchi as Kyle Jennings

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Will There Be A Season 20 Of NCIS?

Yes! NCIS Season 20 has officially been renewed. Find out the release date...

Has NCIS Been Cancelled For 2022?

Absolutely not! The Naval crime investigator show that started them all has not been canceled!

NCIS Season 19 Episode Guide

Season Episode Title Air Date
19 21 Birds of a Feather” NCIS Season 19 Season Finale May 23, 2022
19 20 All or Nothing May 16, 2022
19 19 The Brat Pack May 2, 2022
19 18 Last Dance April 18, 2022
19 17 Starting Over” NCIS/NCIS Hawai'i Crossover Episode March 28, 2022
19 16 The Wake March 21, 2022
19 15 Thick As Thieves March 14, 2022
19 14 First Steps March 7, 2022
19 13 The Helpers February 28, 2022
19 12 Fight or Flight January 24, 2022
19 11 All Hands January 17, 2022
19 10 Pledge of Allegiance January 3, 2022
19 9 “Collective Memory” December 6, 2021
19 8 Peacekeeper November 29, 2021
19 7 “Docked” November 8, 2021
19 6 False Start November 1, 2021
19 5 Face the Strange October 18, 2021
19 4 Great Wide Open October 11, 2021
19 3 Road to Nowhere October 4, 2021
19 2 Nearly Departed September 27, 2021
19 1 “Blood in the Water” NCIS Season 19 Premiere September 20, 2021

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2 comments on NCIS Season 19 Episode 17 Recap “Starting Over”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    What type of Jeep were they in when they crashed?

    1. Amanda Bonar says:

      I believe it is an olive-colored 2022 Jeep Gladiator.

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