Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop is an NCIS probationary Special Agent who prior to joining NCIS on a permanent basis, previously served as a former analyst for the National Security Agency.
Eleanor Bishop was born in Oklahoma, growing with an unnamed father and mother and three unnamed older brothers.
Most of her background remains a mystery although at some point, she applied to join NCIS before joining the NSA instead.
When Bishop began her employment at the NSA, she was a deployed analyst assigned to the Middle East. Her mission was preemptive terror analysis-- to predict and pinpoint who the up-and-coming players were. Bishop was the first analyst to recognize terrorist Benham Parsa as a threat.
She later spent six years hunting Parsa to the point of obsession and as such, Bishop's superiors forcibly removed her from the case.
During her time at the NSA, she also wrote a paper in which she theorized about how a high-profile government target could become an unwitting mole if given an inconspicuous item that had a bug in it.
NCIS Season 11
Bishop made her debut appearance in the Season 11 episode, Gut Check (episode) where she met the NCIS Major Case Response Team led by NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He and his second-in-command, Anthony DiNozzo came to the NSA for help after Bishop's mole theory became a reality, with SECNAV Sarah Porter having been found to be carrying a bugged pen during a highly classified meeting in MTAC.
After the case was solved, Gibbs offered Bishop the opportunity to join his team in a joint duty assignment which she accepted.
In Monsters and Men (episode), Bishop led the search for elusive terrorist Benham Parsa. It was later revealed that she was to be Parsa's final victim before he committed suicide. However, Gibbs got into the room just in time and shot Parsa dead, saving Bishop's life.
After the case had been closed, Bishop was granted the right to become an NCIS Special Agent and thus became the new "Probie" of the team while also officially and permanently replacing Ziva David.
In the episode Bulletproof (episode), Bishop was shot during a gunfight but survived thanks to her working NCIS bulletproof vest.
NCIS Season 12
Bishop has shoulder-length light-blonde hair and brown eyes as well as fair skin.
In her first appearance in Gut Check (episode), Bishop wore a woolen jumper and slightly torn jeans with holes visible in them as well as brown boots.
Since joining NCIS first as a Liaison between NCIS and NSA and eventually as a full-time NCIS Special Agent, Bishop has continued wearing numerous clothing including jackets, jeans, trousers and boots.
Whenever she is out in the field, Bishop wears the traditional NCIS windbreaker or coat while also donning the NCIS cap. She also ties her hair up and like her predecessors, places her own hair which is often tied up into a bun directly under the cap itself so that it sticks out at the end of the cap.
Like her colleagues, Bishop wears a holster containing her SIG-Sauer and similarly to Gibbs and Tony, Bishop also wears the holster and her NCIS badge on her right hip.
As an NSA analyst, Bishop was originally trained to determine possible threats and also break any possibly encrypted information.
Now an NCIS Special Agent, Bishop has undergone training, enabling her to use her NSA skills in conjunction with the skills associated with an NCIS agent including processing crime scenes as well as arresting and interrogating any and all possible suspects.
Originally an NSA analyst, Bishop is highly skilled in thoroughly examining any and all potential information that NCIS come across.
- Is the fourth main female MCRT member, her predecessors having been Vivian Blackadder, Caitlin Todd and Ziva David.
- Is the only member of the MCRT to be currently married with her husband's name revealed to be Jake Malloy. In Twenty Klicks (episode), Jake is revealed to be an NSA agent. He was first seen in Grounded (episode) .
- Like Agent Timothy McGee, former NCIS Director Jennifer Shepard, and OSP Technical Analyst Nell Jones, Bishop wears her watch on her right wrist and like Shepard and Jones, Bishop is right-handed while McGee is left-handed.
- Unlike her colleagues who use the SIG-Sauer P228 as their sidearms, Bishop has a SIG-Sauer P239 as her personal sidearm.
- Regularly calls Gibbs "Gibbs" although she called him "Boss" in Bulletproof (episode).