Career clash! Mark Harmon may have given his wife, Pam Dawber, the green light to guest star on NCIS, but he doesn't want her getting any big ideas about going back to acting full-time, a source tells OK!.
The Mork & Mindy alum, 69, who put her career on hold to raise the couple's two sons, has a four-episode arc as an intrepid reporter on the hit crime drama this season, "and she loved it so much that she can't wait to land more gigs," the source dishes.
"It was all really effortless," Dawber said of shooting NCIS. "I felt so safe on that set. I know everybody."
It's a plan that may not go over well with Harmon, 69, as he's hinted he may quit the series after his contract runs out this year.
The NCIS vet, who's been with the show since its 2003 premiere, "was looking forward to finally kicking back with his wife," notes the source. "But Pam feels this could be her big shot to get back out there. She'd like to have Mark's support, but friends think she'll follow her heart on this one."
The two got married in March 1987 and share 32-year-old Sean, who has played a young Gibbs in several NCIS episodes, and 28-year-old Ty. This season of the CBS series is the first time the couple has worked together on screen.
"Their secret is they put their family first above all else, including work," a source previously told OK! of their marriage.
"Mark prefers to stay out of the spotlight," the insider explained, "and while Pam still takes the odd acting job here and there, she loves tending the garden, cooking and making a beautiful home for her family."
The insider went on to add how Harmon has changed over the years and has "mellowed with age."
"Mark spends afternoons doing carpentry, working on his cars or cooking with Pam. Those are the moments he cherishes," the insider said.