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"Phoof" is the informal name for the snapshot-style freeze-frame used on NCIS and its spinoffs as episodes open and return from commercials. Phoofs show images from the end of each act. NCIS creator Don Bellisario developed phoofs in mid-Season 2 because wondering how they fit in kept people watching. I've never much liked phoofs because I enjoy mysteries for the road to the reveal, not the reveal itself.
Bellisario left NCIS after Season 4 and it became TV's #1 drama without him, yet the phoof remains, becoming a franchise trademark. Aw, phooey.