As the team worked to uncover the secrets behind a secret bank account funding a group of vigilantes, the CBS crime procedural took fans by surprise revealing a shocking tidbit about Gibbs (Mark Harmon) that fans already knew about.
The show wasted no time answering the question of who was in charge of the vigilante group, before dropping one of Gibbs' secrets, and putting a bounty on his head.
This makes no sense. The bailiff killed the ice cream killer because he got away with murder. Gibbs killed that guy for killing his family. Why is the judge going after Gibbs for it? #NCIS— Samantha McIver (@semciver) May 8, 2019
After the reveal that Judge Milo Deakin (Life Farrell) is the head of a counsel of judges controlling the vigilantes, the judges discuss their next time. The case involves the murder of Pedro Juan Hernandez and the person responsible was Gibbs himself. The punishment for committing a murder? Milo revealed he had ordered already ordered a hit on the leader of the NCIS team.
Fans will remember Gibbs killed Hernandez to avenge the murders of first wife Shannon Gibbs and young daughter Kelly Gibbs.
After taking a break at a nearby diner, Gibbs is surprised when he finds a photo of Hernandez in his car, prompting a flashback of the day he shot and killed him. The moment was interrupted after someone shot at Gibbs himself.
Gibbs need someone to watch his six especially we all know the vigilante killers are after him! #NCIS— Tanya (@tlselle72) May 8, 2019
If they hurt ONE hair on Gibbs head. I will go postal. #NCIS— Rhonda (@RhondaDodson18) May 8, 2019
The next morning, Gibbs avoids talking about what happened with the team, when Ducky (David McCallum) finds a connection between Judge Milo and the vigilante group.
Gibbs confronts the man about putting a hit on him and he denies everything, but alludes that since Gibbs also killed an enemy he is just as bad as he is. While Gibbs rejects the idea he and the judge committed murder for the same reason, Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) spying on Gibbs' visit puts his secret at risk.
The team then confronts Gibbs about what happened and he comes clean about murdering the man. The news left the team speechless, as fans of the show wondered why the team was so surprised by the secret since fans were already aware of what happened.
After the revelation that Judge Milo hired Mallory to kill Gibbs comes to light, they use her help to get evidence of his involvement in the vigilante group and arrest him.
The episode ends with McGee, Bishop and Torres revealing they have doubts about Gibbs moving forward, but choose not to bring up the subject of his past for now.1comments
Fans were split on the big Gibbs moment, some supporting his decision from the past, while others agreeing with the team's doubts following the big reveal.
so Gibbs decides to include his team when it becomes convenient for him? I think he needs to earn their trust back #NCIS— KayLyne (@KayLyne) May 8, 2019
#NCIS is my guilty pleasure- but I’m not into revisiting Gibbs’s vigilante past. (Also see: skipping anything that has to do with La Grenouille)— Michelle (@michelledurham) May 8, 2019
@NCIS_CBS Thank you once again for another incredible, suspenseful, powerful, & emotional episode. It’s been 16 seasons and people still test Gibbs. You’d think everyone would know is reputation by now. Can’t wait to see what happens with him and his psychiatrist next week. #NCIS— Laura Navins (@laura_navins) May 8, 2019
How will the team move on from this case? NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.