‘NCIS’ Season 16 Finale: Will Gibbs’ Big Reveal Lead To His Retirement?

Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is finally coming to terms with his past emotional trauma. Over the past two episodes of NCIS, Gibbs revealed that he avenged the death of his first wife and daughter. The team did not take the news well, and in last week’s episode, Gibbs suffered some kind of break and got overwhelmed at a crime scene.

'NCIS' star Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon | Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic

Fortunately, Gibbs was able to get some much-needed counseling from Dr. Grace Confalone (Laura San Giacomo). During their session, Gibbs admitted that telling the truth about his first wife’s murderer left him questioning everything. Gibbs then vowed to turn himself in to answer for what he did, leaving fans uncertain about his future on the show.

Will Gibbs’ big reveal lead to his retirement in the ‘NCIS’ finale?

Gibbs made it clear that he has no regrets about what he did. After all, the man responsible for his wife and daughter’s deaths deserved what was coming to him. According to Pop Culture, he also feels the need to come clean about his crimes to set an example for the rest of his team members. But, as Dr. Confalone pointed out, just because his actions were justified does not mean he won’t suffer serious consequences.

Dr. Confalone also told Gibbs that it probably is not a good idea to continue to get emotionally invested in cases because it could lead to an early retirement. Gibbs then confessed that one of his greatest fears is what he will do once he retires. Gibbs has been tracking down criminals for so long that it will be difficult for him to hang it up.

Luckily, Dr. Confalone convinced Gibbs that they should keep talking before he makes any big decisions. The rest of the team, meanwhile, agreed to keep Gibbs’ secret safe until further notice.

Gibbs avoids leaving the team — for now

At the end of the episode, Gibbs makes it back to his desk and tries to act like nothing is amiss. The team notices that Gibbs got a new haircut, which signals something major happened. At this point, everyone tries to get something out of Gibbs and it seems like talking things out would have been a good idea.

Unfortunately, the scene is interrupted by Vance, who informs Gibbs that Fornell (Joe Spano) needs him at the hospital.

The episode ends there with a small cliffhanger heading into the finale. There is no telling where Gibbs is at mentally, but we do know that things are not going to get any easier on the personal front. If things go south in the Season 16 finale, there is a chance that Gibbs will opt to retire and follow through with his plans to come clean. If that happens, fans will definitely be disappointed as we head into Season 17.

Inside the Season 16 ‘NCIS’ finale

In the upcoming season finale, fans will watch as Gibbs and Fornell team up to take out a few local drug dealers. Fornell brings Gibbs in after his daughter, Emily (Juliette Angelo), suffers a drug overdose and is rushed to the hospital. While Gibbs wants to jump right in and help out his longtime friend, his personal history with drug dealers makes him hesitate.

Gibbs’ first wife and daughter were murdered by a drug dealer, who he tracked down and killed himself. Given his personal ties to the case, it is unclear how Gibbs and the rest of the team will handle the situation in the finale. Needless to say, it is clear that things are about to get very complicated for Gibbs and company.

What about Ziva?

Cote de Pablo
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With the focus squarely on Gibbs, there is not much time for a Ziva (Cote de Pablo) cameo in the Season 16 finale. This is especially true if the show gives us a major cliffhanger and has Gibbs retire. That said, we should learn something about Ziva’s storyline in the season finale. Hopefully, whatever we learn will set up a larger arc for the character in the upcoming season.

The Season 16 NCIS finale airs Tuesday night on CBS.