Season Five of NCIS aired fom 25 September 2007 to 20 May 2008 at 8:00 P.M Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States. The season was truncated due to a strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
Also from this season on, the opening sequence was shortened to an even 30 second duration instead of the normal 37–44 seconds duration employed during the previous seasons.
- Season Five Cast
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS||Mark Harmon|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS||Michael Weatherly|
|Officer Ziva David||Mossad Liaison to the NCIS||Cote de Pablo|
|Abigail Sciuto||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS||Pauley Perrette|
|Donald Mallard||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS||David McCallum|
|Timothy McGee||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS||Sean Murray|
|Jennifer Shepard||Director of NCIS||Lauren Holly|
Cast Notes Edit
Kill Ari Part 1 (episode), the season three premiere introduced Lauren Holly as the new Director of NCIS, Jenny Shepard. By the fifth season for reasons that were never explained, Lauren Holly chose to leave the series.
As a direct result of this decision, the character of Deputy Director, Leon Vance was introduced in the episode entitled Internal Affairs (episode). Lauren Holly's final performance as Director Shepard occurred in Judgment Day Part 1 (episode) when the character was killed in a shootout.
Judgment Day Part 2 (episode) which marked the debut of Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, the Assistant Director who later became the new Director of NCIS after Jenny's death.
|95||1||Bury Your Dead||25 Sep 2007||Season Premiere|
|96||2||Family||2 Oct 2007||DiNozzo is forced to make a choice with profound consequences|
|97||3||Ex-File||9 Oct 2007||Introduction of Stephanie Flynn, Gibbs's fourth wife.|
|98||4||Identity Crisis||16 Oct 2007|
|99||5||Leap of Faith||23 Oct 2007|
|100||6||Chimera||30 Oct 2007||Halloween episode and the one-hundredth episode.|
|101||7||Requiem||6 Nov 2007||Gibbs aids a family friend|
|102||8||Designated Target||13 Nov 2007|
|103||9||Lost and Found||20 Nov 2008|
|104||10||Corporal Punishment||27 Nov 2007||First appearance of Corporal Damon Werth, USMC portrayed by Paul Telfer|
|105||11||Tribes||15 Jan 2008||Last episode completed before the writers strike of 2008.|
|106||12||Stakeout||8 Apr 2008|
|107||13||Dog Tags||15 Apr 2008|
|108||14||Internal Affairs||22 Apr 2008||Conclusion of the La Grenouille story arc. Introduction of Deputy Director, Leon Vance into the series in preparation for the upcoming story arc.|
|109||15||In the Zone||29 Apr 2008|
|110||16||Recoil||6 May 2008||Ziva goes undercover|
|111||17||About Face||13 May 2008||Palmer holds the key to a case.|
|112||18||Judgment Day Part 1||20 May 2008||Last appearance of Lauren Holly in her role as Director Jenny Shepard.|
|113||19||Judgment Day Part 2||20 May 2008||Leon Vance becomes Director of NCIS and assigns Gibbs a new team of agents|
|Seasons of NCIS|
|Season One ♦ Season Two ♦ Season Three ♦ Season Four ♦ Season Five ♦ Season Six ♦ Season Seven ♦ Season Eight ♦ Season Nine ♦ Season Ten|