NCIS recap: Who has the hit out on Gibbs?

"--¦and Executioner" -- After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that's funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Emily Wickersham as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS В©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
"--¦and Executioner" -- After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that's funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Emily Wickersham as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS В©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /
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Someone is after Gibbs in NCIS Season 16, Episode 22? Who is it and why do they want Gibbs dead?

NCIS Season 16, Episode 22 follows on from the previous episode. It’s time to find out why a large amount of money was used to kill a low-life killer. Meanwhile, who put the hit out on Gibbs and why?

This was an episode focused on the person behind the hitman, so this recap is going to focus on that. The Secretary of Defense (Mitch Pileggi) turned back up with the records to the Cayman account. It wasn’t him who ordered the hit but he wants to find out who it was.

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Well, it wasn’t too hard to trace things back. Crum wasn’t the first hit. There were six others, in four different states with four different judges. All judges trained under Judge Miles Deakin. Gibbs and co. quickly realized that they were a group of vigilante judges, which is something we learned at the start of the episode.

Those judges were playing judge, jury, and executioner, looking to bring justice where the system failed. And the latest hit to put out is Gibbs for his actions killing the man who killed his wife and daughter. Pot, kettle, black?

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The failed hit on Gibbs

It’s worth pointing out that the hit Deakin put out on Gibbs failed. The hitwoman (yes, woman) left a picture of the man Gibbs had killed in his truck leaving a clue. Kasie was able to pull up a partial print, connecting the attempted murder to Mallory — the same disgraced CIA agent who had just been cleared of killing Clarke because she did it out of self-defense.

What was Vance’s ex-girlfriend doing working with Deakin? After everything that went down in the last episode, she decided she wanted money to get away and start anew. The Secretary of Defense wanted Mallory to figure out who had used the money in the Cayman account and she’d worked out what Deakin was doing.

However, she didn’t want to kill Gibbs. She couldn’t kill him, so she missed the shot on perfect.

“–¦and Executioner” — After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that’s funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Mike Farrell as Judge Milo Deakin, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, Emily Wickersham as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS В©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“–¦and Executioner” — After NCIS finds a secret government bank account that’s funding a nationwide network of vigilante justice, the team must determine who is acting as judge and jury, on NCIS, Tuesday, May 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Mike Farrell as Judge Milo Deakin, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, Emily Wickersham as NCIS Special Agent Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS В©2019 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /

Getting the judge

The only reason she was caught was because she turned herself in. Of course, nobody would usually listen to a disgraced CIA agent vs. a beloved judge, but she knew that. She’d been recording their conversations and had Deakin ordering the hit on Gibbs on tape.

Perfect! Definitely perfect.

Gibbs was able to get Deakin and the Secretary of Defense was back in NCIS debt. But what about Vance? Well, he’s moving on from Mallory. He didn’t block her plea deal but he also didn’t support it, making it clear that he feels indifferent towards her.

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What did you think of the follow-up to the previous episode? What were your thoughts about Deakin vs. Gibbs? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

NCIS continues on Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.