In the very same year as the "Lost" premiere, Holloway appeared in a little-known show called "NCIS." The crime procedural spin-off of "JAG," "NCIS," was only in its first season. Long before Tony (Michael Weatherly) and Ziva's (Cote de Pablo) strange relationship and decades before Mark Harmon bid his final farewell, the series was a modest drama on CBS. Even more modest was the role that Holloway played in it.
In 2004, Holloway went from "NCIS," where he only had a handful of lines, to one of the shining achievements in dramatic television.