In a Reddit thread simply titled “NCIS,” user u/socal_guy1320 kicked off a discussion about Vance’s decision by writing, “I still find it a little odd that out of everything Gibbs has done in his career … It was Gibbs beating the crap out of a dog killer … to get him ‘suspended indefinitely’.”
User u/Birchflyboy was in agreement. “It seems Vance goes all over the place with what’s ok to look the other way on and what’s not,” they wrote. “Half the time he’s ‘you do what you have to’ and the other half he’s ‘no that’s wrong and you are gonna be punished’.”
Several users did have two theories as to what could be at play in Vance’s decision-making. The first is, as u/Birchflyboy put it, “I think this time the issue was it was made public by the guy basically screaming police brutality and getting lawyers involved.” The second was pointed out by u/ChrisF1987, who brought up the recent national discussion around police brutality and speculated, “I’m wondering if current events played a role.”
And while several viewers were confused as to why Gibbs got in trouble for beating an animal abuser in the first place, user u/solidcheese chimed in as the voice of reason. “Am I the only person who thinks it was wrong for Gibb’s to almost beat someone to death?” they wrote. “Doesn’t matter if he has a personal issue with the guy. He’s supposed to be trained to make better decisions under pressure.”
Here’s hoping that when Gibbs returns for Season 19 he’s learned his lesson.