'NCIS' Two-Hour Season Finale Airs Tonight
'NCIS' Two-Hour Season Finale Airs Tonight
This is it for the fifth season of NCIS.  Due to the three month-long writers' strike, the show, much like many other primetime regulars, has been forced into an abridged season.  And, in somewhat like fashion to House's two-part season closer, tonight's NCIS finale is also a special two-hour installment.

“Judgment Day” 1 and 2 promises to be a gripping thriller of a doubleheader, with the prospect of losing one of our favorite NCIS mainstays according to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello.

Tonight's two-part episode begins with two boys finding a dead man while out playing with their BB-gun.  When the body is identified, it turns out to be one of the NCIS' own ex-special agents.  Director Shepard (Lauren Holly) goes to the former operative's funeral, accompanied by Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) and Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly).  Then the entire team dives straight into the investigation, putting themselves on the line to find the person responsible for their comrade-at-arms' fall.

For the past several weeks leading up to tonight's finale, the grapevine has been abuzz with news, scoops and reports of a fateful death at the close of the current season.  According to TV Guide's ever watchful Michael Ausiello, the doomed character will be one of the main seven.

“Yes, it's one of the main seven.  And for the record, the main seven are Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pablo, Lauren Holly, Michael Weatherly, David McCallum and Sean Murray,” Ausiello confirmed to one of his readers in his report dated April 23.

More recently though, the scoop specialist reported that the alleged death is not even the biggest shocker of the season.  In his May 7 entry, Ausiello plucked a quote from tonight's back-to-back finale offering, straight from the mouth of Rocky Caroll as Asst. Director Leon Vance.

"If you think you can protect them forever Jethro, you are mistaken,” Vance told team leader Gibbs (Mark Harmon).  “There's already been one casualty.  There will be more."

Oh no!  Cud his words be a harbinger of things to come?  More deaths perhaps, reminiscent of Kate Todd's (Sasha Alexander) jaw-dropping bullet between the eyes three seasons ago?  Only tonight's twin bill finale holds the answers.

NCIS' fifth season climaxes via “Judgment Day” Parts 1 and 2, airing from 8-10 tonight on CBS.

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: CBS, Spoiler Fix, TV Guide
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