In the penultimate episode of NCIS' season five, Judgment Day Part 1, Director Shepard had herself a helluva a firefight in an empty desert diner and appeared to die of wounds received while attempting to fend off four gunmen.
In one of NCIS' saddest moments, Jenny Shepard was violently removed from the show and replaced by possibly cooked Leon Vance. But unlike Kate Todd's murder in the season two finale, Twilight, and the resulting investigation in Kill Ari (Parts 1 & 2), certain things are kept off screen which makes me wonder: is Jenny really dead?
No. She's not.
And I'm not just being delusional because she's one of the best among an impressive roster of characters. There are numerous reasons to believe that the writers and producers of NCIS are messing with us and that once day she'll return to reclaim her throne.
When Kate died, we saw it all: bullet through head, body on Ducky's table and a funeral (not to mention everyone's hallucinations) but when Jenny died, we got... her face reflected in a puddle of blood.
We don't see the firefight, death, autopsy or funeral. We're told its her body in the bag but Gibbs never opens it. He can't.
Or maybe won't.
Seems strange that in a series that drew out Kate's untimely demise and used her corpse to really turn that knife in viewers' hearts, we only got verbal "confirmation" that the director was in fact dead. I don't know about you but that seems real hinky to me.
Something else hinky: what was the point of her secret disease? My guess: the original plan. She needed a way out so she could go off on her secret mission. But when the past came back to haunt her, she decided to use that to disappear.
This is where is starts making sense. At least to me.
So, how would she pull it off?
Well, there's her history of working undercover (as Gibbs knows all-to-well) so she'd know how to fool others - even professionals. Also, as Director of NCIS, she's have the means to make it happen. It would take a lot of planning to convince everyone she was dead and buried but considering how many ops she's run already, this one would've been easy.
And having Ducky, Gibbs and Franks in on it guaranteed it would go off without a hitch.
What, you don't believe they helped her? Well, why else would Ducky have not performed that autopsy for us to see? Again, we saw Todd on the table. We know she's dead (or maybe undercover as Boston's ME but that's another rant) but we never got the same scenes with Shepard. Also, burning down her house with a stand-in corpse? Please, there are far less arsony ways to lie to the general public about her death. It was either overkill or...
Jenny Shepard is out there somewhere, maybe hiding in Mexico (with 007's M) plotting against the evil terrorists. I like that theory and will stand by it until she sows back up at the Navy Yard and says differently. NCIS does love its mystery and the dragging out of whatever secrets their milking (Leon's CIA file, anyone?) so I don't doubt that before Gibbs and company leave our televisions that Shepard will return in a spectacular event that will dwarf her exit.
Don't agree? Fine, but don't rain on my parade.