Fans love his trademarked scowl, the way he delights in being mean and his terrible luck with women. But will Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs finally get to be happy when NCIS ends one day? Of course, fans don’t want that day for many years, since the show is just as vibrant today as it has been every season during its 15-year run. Viewers have rooted for Gibbs to find happiness, especially after the heartbreak he suffered when his wife, Shannon, and 8-year-old daughter, Kelly, were murdered.
In some ways, Gibbs has seemed to be a curse to women. Who can forget that Agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander) lost her life because of Gibbs at the end of Season 2? Agent Paula Cassidy (Jessica Steen) sacrificed herself to save Gibbs and his team soon after. Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly), his ex-partner and former lover, went down in a hail of bullets trying to protect him from the fallout of their Russian op that didn’t tie up all its loose ends. Ex-wife Diane (Melinda McGraw) took a bullet to the head, Kate-style, as Gibbs was headed towards her.
The man who supposedly has a thing for redheads hasn’t been seen dating one in a while. If Gibbs is allowed to have his happy ending, there is one possible ending that may seem a bit too soapy to do, but would certainly pack a punch and make it understandable for Gibbs to finally walk away from a job that saved him all those years ago. After all, it’s his disregard for his own life that has made him so good at what he does. And the reason for that disregard is that he’d be reunited with his wife and daughter if he did die.
So what if NCIS ended with that reunion? No, that doesn’t mean that Gibbs should die in the last episode! That would be heartless. Rather, what if Gibbs is in one of those quirky small towns that they tend to visit from time to time, and he sees a familiar face? Whose face do we mean? Why, none other than Shannon’s!
Remember, Gibbs was overseas when she was killed, and he never saw their bodies. Perhaps Shannon and Kelly were whisked off into Witness Protection so that she could finally testify against that Mexican drug lord. Of course, she never got the chance because Gibbs hunted him down and killed him, but we know his family’s crime network would have necessitated for them to remain in hiding. Now wouldn’t that be a happy ending worth waiting for?