In the vast history of “NCIS,” the shaky friendship between Agent Gibbs and NCIS Director Jenny Shepard (Lauren Holly) stands out as one of the strangest and most convoluted of the bunch. Sometime before viewers saw them interact for the first time on camera, the duo shared in a somewhat romantic connection, as Screen Rant explains. However, this history continually manifested itself in conflict, despite their respect and appreciation of one another after the fact. Not to mention, their ties severely stunted Shepard’s growth as an individual — something that her interactions with other characters thankfully remedied to an extent.
To further analyze the unhealthy situation between Gibbs and Shepard, “NCIS” fans discussed the matter on Reddit a few months ago. “Why did fans reject the romance of Agent Gibbs and Jenny Shepard?” user awal0n asked, prompting the community to chime in. Redditor Dreamlacer made an excellent point, noting that Shepard’s penchant for reminding Gibbs of their past so often made it difficult for them to do their jobs. Another fan, maraudelle, broke down the key shortcomings of their subplot and detailed that the writing behind Shepard was the true failing of it all, hence the unintentional uneasiness surrounding her and Gibbs.
At this stage in the game, Director Shepard is long dead, and, as mentioned previously, Agent Gibbs is gone from the “NCIS” scene. Therefore, we’ll never get to see any meaningful redemption for the messy side story that was their relationship-turned-friendship-turned-occasional rivalry.