‘NCIS’ Season 18 Finale: Full Recap of Action-Packed Ending

by Suzanne Halliburton

NCIS ended with a boom, as Tom Petty’s Runnin’ Down a Dream blasted in the background. And now fans won’t know for months whether favorite character Leroy Jethro Gibbs is alive or dead.

The final scene of NCIS was powerful. Gibbs (Mark Harmon) was blissfully happy. He’d finished his boat and given her a name “Rule 91.” And Rule 91, as Gibbs told Bishop moments before, meant “when you decide to walk away, don’t look back.”

So as Gibbs took out his boat for the first time, it blew up. Is Gibbs dead? He must be, right? Who could survive that kind of blast. But the final moment of the NCIS finale showed Gibbs’ body in the water. And he moves his arms.

The NCIS Twitter account posted, “You ok?”

And this. No, for the record, we’re not OK.

Just Before Gibbs’ Boat Blows Up, Bishop Quits NCIS

Earlier in the episode, we learned that Gibbs discovered someone had bugged his basement. He told Marcie about this, telling the journalist to walk away from the serial murder story. He told her “don’t be the story.”

When Bishop confronted Gibbs about whether he was leaving NCIS, Gibbs didn’t answer. He’d been serving a suspension for beating up a dog abuser. As Gibbs said, it was up to Vance to bring him back, but he wasn’t going to apologize.

And about Bishop. Is she leaving the show? Her character definitely is changing. Earlier in the episode, agents find NSA documents at a house owned by a gun runner. The NSA did a document search and figured out that Bishop was the last person to handle the paperwork a decade ago. She leaked secret intell.

Bishop later confessed to the leak and she quit NCIS. However, she could be going to prison.

But this is the big reveal. She planted the documents to get caught because she was training to go undercover, probably for the CIA.

Torres figured out what she was doing and tracked her down to her handlers home. He confronts her, saying she needed to be disgraced NSA/NCIS to be believable in her next assignment. And then he demands to know why she didn’t tell him.

Bishop then kisses Torres.