The fifth season of the police procedural drama NCIS premiered on September 25, 2007 and marks the end of Donald P. Bellisario's involvement as show runner. The new showrunner, starting from this season, is Shane Brennan. It concludes the La Grenouille storyline which ended with a cliffhanger in season four's finale, "Angel of Death". This season also reveals more background information about Gibbs.
The Writers Guild strike limited episode production and the DVD set had five discs instead of six. The season ended with its 19th episode on May 20, 2008; the strike-caused gap is between episodes 11 and 12. The season ended with a two-part season finale called "Judgment Day". The season featured the departure of recurring characters Colonel Hollis Mann and Jeanne Benoit, as well as the death of Jenny Shepard, one of the main characters.
This is the only NCIS season to have nineteen episodes in it due to the fact that the Writers of Guild went on a strike and as such, NCIS Season 5 is the only season not to have an episode that aired before Christmas. However, NCIS Season 5 would be later be surpassed by NCIS Season 18 which aired 16 episodes before production shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
NCIS: The Fifth Season delivers more drama, surprises, wit and humor than ever before from the elite team of special agents that bravely battles spies, kidnappers, murders and terrorists around the world. This season is marked by mysterious secrets among the cutting-edge crew, an explosive showdown with an elusive arms dealer and a shocking final episode that should not be missed. Starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perette, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo and Lauren Holly, this 5-disc set includes all 18 Season 5 episodes, plus all-new behind-the-scenes special features.
Anyhoo, long story short, we're continuing with the farce that Pride has been promoted and no longer commands the New Orleans squad, even though that's what he's continued to do on most episodes this season.
When it comes to the season finales of "NCIS," fans can usually expect quite a few things from the series, including explosive encounters with arch-enemies and shocking character revelations. But one question also has a habit of coming up by the time the credits roll. Just how are Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team going to function now? Fans may have asked that question during the ending of Season 3 of "NCIS" as the two-parter "Hiatus" episodes conclude with Gibbs turning in his badge. Keeping its foot heavy on the gas pedal of thrills, Season 4 ends with the reveal of Tony DiNozzo's (Michael Weatherly) girlfriend being the daughter of the dangerous antagonist the agents have spent much of the season hunting down.
Shepard's death was a significant blow and a massive change to the makeup of the NCIS team. Everything could have ended with that alone, with fans wondering how the unit would continue to cope next season. Instead, the Season 5 finale had one more curveball up its sleeve. As Vance meets with the rest of the team to recap the episodes' events, he fires Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) from her liaison position and hits DiNozzo and Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) with new reassignments. Gibbs is left with the files of three new team members. Just when "Judgment Day" could finally give everyone a chance to breathe, we're left thinking that Vance has broken Gibbs' team.
Both NCIS and The Rookie are tried and true hits that TV fans keep coming back to. The two series have slightly different premises with The Rookie having reinvented itself, but they're both crime procedurals. They're also now both the lead shows of franchises. Yet The Rookie is growing its fan base while NCIS' following is dramatically shrinking. One only needs to look at their respective season premieres to see why.
"A Family Matter" did what it was supposed to do. It resolved Season 19's cliffhangers and set the season on its course -- but it was a run of the mill episode and nothing special. It simply wrapped things up and hoped that viewers would come back for more. Unfortunately, that may or may not be the case. According to TVLine, "A Family Matter" had NCIS' lowest same-day viewership in series history at only 5.82 million, which was down 31 percent from the Season 19 premiere.
The question was prompted by what happened to season 17, which was shortened by four episodes due to COVID-19. One Reddit user questioned if the same thing happened to season 5. Other fans were quick to jump in.
Meanwhile, Ellie Bishop actress Emily Wickersham has officially departed the series, leaving to pursue other projects. She officially confirmed her departure after the season 18 finale, which found her character leaving the squad behind to go undercover.
To manage these losses, production has added two new(ish) faces to the series, Katrina Law and Gary Cole will become full-time cast members this season. Law joined the series as a guest last season as Agent Knight. Agent Knight is fiery, determined, and willing to bend the rules to get her co-workers out of a jam.
Through 16 seasons, NCIS has been one of the most successful, highest-rated shows on network television. The series is a spin-off from the show JAG, and itself spawned several spin-offs to varying levels of success. Through it all, NCIS kept its success despite casting changes thanks to long-running storylines and fantastic character work.
The sixth episode of season 9 saw Ducky in a new relationship with a woman that he met online. Part of the disappointment here is that he was no longer dating McGee's grandmother Penelope (Lily Tomlin). Unfortunately, much of the episode dealt with the new woman (Cheryl Ladd's Mary Courtney) making Ducky seem a little off.
Way back in season 2, the dangers of being on the NCIS team played out in terrifying fashion. Tony received a letter and saw a mysterious white powder in it. It was a terrorist attack on the agency, and both Tony and Kate had to be transferred to a hospital. The mystery bacteria had infected both agents.
The mystery on "Bulletproof" in season 11 was an interesting one. Loved ones, convinced the U.S. was not supplying the troops with proper equipment, bought armor to send to soldiers. However, it killed them the minute powerful ammunition struck the armor. Someone tricked soldier's families into sending them armor that killed them.
When season six of NCIS ended, the team needed to find Ziva, who was being tortured by terrorists. When season seven's premiere "Truth or Consequences" started, a terrorist went to torture someone, and it turned out to be DiNozzo. The season premiere then flipped back and forth in time to show how DiNozzo got to where he is and how he got out of this predicament alive.
The season 4 episode of NCIS, "Brothers in Arms" puts Director Shepard in the center of the story when an informant she is meeting with dies in a gunfight. Gibbs and his team move into the case and have to find out who killed the informant, knowing that Jenny was too close to the case to see clearly, as she only sees the man she is chasing as the suspect.
"Judgment Day: Part 2" was the final episode of a truncated fifth season. The previous episode ended with Jenny's death. This episode has Assistant Director Vance wanting to find Franks, who escaped the murder alive while Tony and Ziva try to find out who was responsible. Gibbs and Franks avenge Jenny's death but then the season ends with Vance breaking up Gibbs' team.
The 14th season of NCIS threw a lot at fans, and not everyone liked what they saw. While most fans had gotten used to Bishop, who became a fan favorite over time, the new season added Nick Torres, Alex Quinn, and Clayton Reeves to the team. That was a lot to take in, and honestly, the one fans took to the least was Alex.
The fifth episode of the season was Quinn-specific. The case dealt with a missing M16 Officer who might have a connection with a murdered petty officer. With Quinn, Bishop and Clayton sent to deal with the case; it was three newbies taking center stage and the beloved originals as background players. The fact that this episode dealt a lot with Alex's past made it skippable for many fans.
While season 14 was not beloved by a lot of fans, it had one of the best episodes of NCIS history as far as IMDB users are concerned. With a pristine 9.3 rating, the reason this episode ranks so highly was that it put Palmer front-and-center.
It took a while for Director Vance to win over fans. At the end of season 5, he broke up the team, and in season 6, he seemed to put roadblocks up at every turn, making everyone's lives hard. Of course, everything he did was for a reason, and he was trying to make the team stronger than it ever was, but it was still hard to cheer for him.
That made the 18th episode of season 6 a tough one for fans to care about. This episode was Detective Vance-centered, as he looked into the disappearance and murder of an old friend from his past and hijacked Gibbs' team to do it.
The top-ranked episode in NCIS history came in season 13. This episode was the season finale and changed NCIS completely from that point on. In the previous episode, someone bombed the farmhouse of Eli David, and that is where Ziva was located last. Tony wants to rush to Israel when he learned there was a possible survivor.
Agent Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and his crack team of special agents and forensic experts are expected to take on new threats in the finale two episodes of the season, which will now take the place of the season 18 premiere.
In the meantime, the placeholder season finale, The Arizona, paid tribute to the lives lost during the attack of Pearl Harbour, as star Christopher Lloyd made a guest appearance as WWII veteran Joe Smith.
Another fan noticed a continuity mistake in season five: When Abby tells McGee that the suspect has a gun, there is an overhead shot of the top of the building and the brown car is at least four spaces away from it. 59ce067264