Season Five of NCIS aired at 8:00 P.M Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States.
It premiered on September 25, 2007 and ended on May 20, 2008.
This is the only NCIS season to have nineteen episodes in it due to the fact that the Writers of Guild went on a strike and as such, Season Five is the only season not to have an episode that aired before Christmas.
- 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
For undisclosed reasons, Lauren Holly (Jennifer Shepard) chose to leave NCIS for good. In light of news of her departure, Deputy Director Leon Vance was created and the character made his debut appearance in the episode, Internal Affairs (episode), played by actor Rocky Carroll.
Holly's final performance in the NCIS series was in the Season 5 finale episode, Judgment Day Part 1 (episode) where her character, Jenny Shepard died from injuries in a gunfight.
In Judgment Day Part 2 (episode), following Shepard's death and Holly's departure from the show, Vance became the new NCIS Director after Jenny's death with Rocky Carroll being promoted to a series regular.
|95||1||Bury Your Dead (episode)||September 25th 2007.||With Tony's cover having been blown, Jenny is forced to tell the NCIS team the truth about Tony's undercover assignment and the team are left horrified when they see footage of Tony's car blowing up, prompting them to wonder if Tony is really dead or if he is still alive while Jenny herself confronts an old enemy.|
|96||2||Family (episode)||October 2nd 2007.||The team investigate the death of a Petty Officer and soon find themselves not only trying to arrest the killer but to also arrest a kidnapped newborn baby.|
|97||3||Ex-File (episode)||October 9th 2007.||A Marine Captain is found dead and Gibbs finds his past and present relationships threatening to collide with one another.|
|98||4||Identity Crisis (episode)||October 16th 2007.||The NCIS team investigate when it's revealed that one of Ducky's cadavers was actually murdered. This episode marks the debut appearance of Dr. Jordan Hampton, a Medical Examiner and also a future love interest for Ducky.|
|99||5||Leap of Faith (episode)||October 23rd 2007.||A suicidal Navy Lieutenant is shot and falls to his death during a high-profile stand-off. The NCIS team investigate and discover that someone close to the victim is responsible. This episode marks the debut appearance of NCIS Intel Analyst Nikki Jardine.|
|100||6||Chimera (episode)||October 30th 2007.||The NCIS team investigate the death of a sailor on board a top-secret Naval research ship and soon discover that there's a secret lurking on board the ship, one that could cost the NCIS team their lives.|
|101||7||Requiem (episode)||November 6th 2007.||Gibbs aids a young woman who was his late daughter's best friend.|
|102||8||Designated Target (episode)||November 13th 2007.||The team investigate the killing of both an admiral and a cab driver, only for Gibbs to soon realize that it was the cab driver, not the admiral who was the true target and that an African-based assassination squad may be behind the killings.|
|103||9||Lost and Found (episode)||November 20th 2007.||The NCIS team discover that the father of a young boy may be a killer but all is not what it seems...|
|104||10||Corporal Punishment (episode)||November 27th 2007.||NCIS investigate when a Marine up for a Silver Star escapes from the hospital he's in. This episode also marks the debut appearance of Corporal Damon Werth.|
|105||11||Tribes (episode)||January 15th 2008.||The NCIS team investigate of a Muslim Marine. This is also the last NCIS episode to have been completed before the Writers Strike of 2008.|
|106||12||Stakeout (episode)||April 8th 2008.||The NCIS team must find a missing stolen Navy radar.|
|107||13||Dog Tags (episode)||April 15th 2008.||The NCIS team raid the home of a Petty Officer and suspected drug dealer, only to find their suspect dead while McGee is left injured by being attacked by the victim's dog. As the team try to determine what happened while also attempting to dismantle a ongoing drug ring at the Pax River Naval Air Base, Abby puts her career and future at NCIS on the line as she seeks to protect the dog's innocence.|
|108||14||Internal Affairs (episode)||April 22nd 2008.||The Frog's body is eventually discovered and the FBI led by Agent Tobias Fornell descend on NCIS to interview the members of the main NCIS team. This episode marks the debut appearance of Deputy Director/future NCIS Director Leon Vance.|
|109||15||In the Zone (episode)||April 29th 2008.||A Marine Captain is murdered in Iraq, prompting NCIS to investigate. As Gibbs, McGee, Ziva and Abby tackle the case from Washington D.C., Tony and Nikki Jardine head to Iraq to determine what really happened.|
|110||16||Recoil (episode)||May 6th 2008.||Ziva goes undercover to stop a serial killer but further investigation by NCIS soon reveals that there may be a copycat killer out there.|
|111||17||About Face (episode)||May 13th 2008.||NCIS investigate the death of a worker and soon discover that an assassin is targeting one of the NCIS team.|
|112||18||Judgment Day Part 1 (episode)||May 20th 2008.||Jenny investigates the death of a former NIS agent and soon begins to suspect that there may be something bigger at stake. This episode marks the final appearance of Director Jenny Shepard although she would later return in the Season 9 episode, Life Before His Eyes (episode).|
|113||19||Judgment Day Part 2 (episode)||May 20th 2008.||As the main NCIS team struggle to come to terms with Jenny Shepard's murder, they must also find out who is responsible while Tony and Ziva struggle to cope with the fact that they both failed to protect Jenny.|
- From this season onwards, the opening sequence was shortened to an even 30 second duration instead of the normal 37–44 seconds duration employed during the previous seasons.
- This is also the last season that has Lauren Holly (Jennifer Shepard) on the DVD cover.
- The Region 2 DVD version*
NCIS: The Fifth Season delivers more drama, surprises, wit and humor than ever before from the elite team of special agents that bravely battles spies, kidnappers, murders and terrorists around the world. This season is marked by mysterious secrets among the cutting-edge crew, an explosive showdown with an elusive arms dealer and a shocking final episode that should not be missed. Starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perette, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Cote de Pablo and Lauren Holly, this 5-disc set includes all 18 Season 5 episodes, plus all-new behind-the-scenes special features.
- Requiem Revisited- The NCIS cast and crew discuss the Season 5 Halloween episode, "Requiem".
- NCIS Season 5: Stem to Stern- The NCIS cast and crew discuss NCIS Season 5 and also the 100th episode, "Requiem".
- The Dressing Room: The Costume and Wardrobe of NCIS- The NCIS Costume Supervisors discuss the costumes that the main NCIS cast as well as one-off and recurring characters are regularly seen wearing.
- NCIS on Location- The NCIS crew discuss locations that they shoot various scenes at. The segment also includes a behind the scenes plan and arrangement for shooting scenes from the Season 5 episode, "Stakeout".
- From Pauley to Abby: Hairspray, Lipstick and Tattoos- A behind the scenes of Pauley Perette in the Hair and Make Up trailer which shows her being given make-up and hair arrangements for shooting scenes in an NCIS episode.
- Cast and Crew Commentaries on Selected Episodes (Region 1 only): Commentary on "Bury Your Dead" with actor Michael Weatherly and Patricia H. O'Hara, Commentary on "Requiem" with actor Mark Harmon & co-executive producer Shane Brennan, Commentary on "Dog Tags" with actors David McCallum & Brian Dietzen and Commentary on "Recoil" with actor Cote de Pablo and director James Whitmore, Jr.
|Seasons of NCIS|
|Season One ♦ Season Two ♦ Season Three ♦ Season Four ♦ Season Five ♦ Season Six ♦ Season Seven ♦ Season Eight ♦ Season Nine ♦ Season Ten ♦ Season Eleven ♦ Season Twelve ♦ Season Thirteen ♦ Season Fourteen ♦ Season Fifteen ♦ Season Sixteen|