In “NCIS” Season 19 Episode 6, the titular Naval Criminal Investigative Service team is tasked with identifying the perpetrator in the murder of a Navy commander and athletic trainer. As it turns out, the murder weapon was a gun loaded with blank rounds, fired in an attempt to intimidate the Navy coach.
In a discussion thread about the episode on the official “NCIS” subreddit, user KHGOB13 wrote, “Given current events this episode really made me do a double take when they revealed how the coach died. I am surprised that they didn’t do some reshoots or pull the episode.” Their comment received two responses, both of which accentuated the differences between the “Rust” shooting and the fictional incident in this latest episode of “NCIS” — namely that the gun Alec Baldwin fired seems to have contained live rounds rather than blanks as intended, as well as the fact that the murder in “NCIS” was, while not entirely purposeful, nevertheless an intentional firing of a gun at a human target.
For what it’s worth, in their recap of the episode, TV blog Monsters & Critics similarly pointed out the similarities between the plot of the “NCIS” episode and the recent, real-life incident.
While “NCIS” remains unaltered, the shooting continues to reverberate throughout the industry.