‘NCIS’: Why Bishop Quit

Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) made an unexpected exit during NCIS Season 18 finale. If Bishop’s exit surprised you, we’ll explain what happened. Here’s the real reason Bishop left the NCIS team.

Bishop accused of leaking NSA documents to ‘NCIS’

Emily Wickersham on ‘NCIS’ | Cliff Lipson / CBS via Getty Images

Bishop was accused of leaking confidential NSA documents about a secret operation where Syrian refugees were used as bait to lure the al-Qaeda leader into hiding. The information leak, which happened 10 years ago while she was working with the NSA, fell into the hands of arms dealers.

Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) tries to defend Bishop. He asked her to go home till things get settled. However, she came back to the office and said that she was responsible for the information leak. The bishop then left and left the building. McGee follows her to ask her what happened.

Bishop and McGee have a heart to heart

Emily Wickersham and Sean Murray | Bill Inoshita / CBS via Getty Images

At first, Bishop says she doesn’t want to talk about what happened to the NSA leak, but McGee (Sean Murray) refuses to back down. McGee says, “You and I have been together way too much for you to box me out like this.” Bishop decided to talk, telling McGee that she did not agree with the NSA’s treatment of Syrian refugees. McGee, however, does not understand how it could be wrong to hold al Qaeda leaders.

Bishop explains that it was not wrong to capture the leaders. She did not agree with the methods used for the capture. “Using innocent people as pawns – that’s wrong,” Bishop says. However, McGee says he dug deep into NSA intel and found that some of the refugees were foreign fighters who were using civilians as cover. Bishop says the information is from just one source and was unreliable.

McGee asked Bishop if he was sorry about the leaked documents. She says her only regret is not releasing the documents soon enough. McGee, however, says he should have thought about filing a whistleblower report. McGee goes to Gibbs’ house to talk about Bishop. He is upset because the bishop could face up to 20 years in prison for his actions. He asks Gibbs how he can help her, but he says there’s really nothing he can do.

Torres grapples with Bishop’s position

Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) has a hard time investigating Bishop. He was in denial, not wanting to believe the allegations. Torres insisted that he was being framed.

When Torres locates Bishop, he learns the truth. Odette puts the leaked documents in the arms dealer’s bag. Now, Bishop is on track to continue training with him. The information leak was part of an operation led by Odette. Bishop needs to be a disgraced NCIS agent to go anywhere next. Torres believes that her next step may be the CIA or Homeland Security.

When Torres asked Bishop why he pushed him away, Bishop explained that it was all about doing what was best for him. She was offered the opportunity to join Odette and work with her, so she took it. “If we work 9-5 regularly, things can be different,” she tells Torres. “I didn’t mean that to us.” With that, Bishop kisses Torres and walks away.

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