The NCIS team is left in a difficult position as they race to catch Maxwell, especially now that they know he is “The Raven” and loves the idea of biological warfare. They were able to make the discovery that Maxwell is most likely headed to Hawaii, allowing Nick and Jessica to board a C-130 and head there to lead a co-op with “NCIS: Hawaii.” Parker, however, is left to care for his ex-wife Vivian (Teri Polo) after she was the only person wounded in the transport ambush. Director Leon Vance (Rocky Caroll), McGee, Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), and Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover), stay behind and therefore will likely operate from a distance to help Jessica and Nick. It is also unclear if Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano), a longtime friend of Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), will stick around to help, as he appeared early on as a favor to Vivian.
All of this feels like it could be building to a massive plan from both “NCIS” and “NCIS: Hawai’i” to take down Maxwell once and for all, clearing Parker’s name in the process. Vivian’s fate is also left unclear at the end of the episode, so it’s possible that she could not make it back, motivating the team and Parker to catch Maxwell even more. Either way, it feels like the operation Maxwell runs is so big and ruthless that one member of either “NCIS” team could get seriously hurt, or not make it back at all.