'NCIS' Season 17 Episode 14 leaves fans guessing who murdered the man who tried to kill Agent Torres

The killer of the man who hurt a member of the NCIS team was not revealed, but fans can't help but speculate the identity of the murderer

                            'NCIS' Season 17 Episode 14 leaves fans guessing who murdered the man who tried to kill Agent Torres
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Spoiler alert for 'NCIS' Season 17 Episode 14: 'On fire'

With the promo of Episode 14 'On Fire' showing Torres badly hurt, fans spiraled with questions if the NCIS team was going to be down a member.

In this episode, we witness the chase of the criminal that was responsible for the hit-and-run that put Agent Nicholas Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) in the ICU and left Agent Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham) with PTSD and hulk-like hidden anger.

Like every narcissistic criminal, Xavier Zolotov suffers from the histrionic disorder, making not only his demeanor drastic but his sense of invincibility utterly delusional.

Claiming "Sovereign Immunity", the man gets out on bail because he knows people in high places. This infuriates Bishop, who, after a traumatic experience is unable to handle her anger. She admits to Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) that she wants Zolotov dead.

As the episode progresses we see that the person responsible for Torres almost dying was Colleen Kennedy. She is currently Zolotov's girlfriend and under investigation for the suspicious heroine overdose her sister passed away from.

Torres happens to be the undercover cop on the case and has a hit on his head, courtesy of Kennedy. While they catch the woman red-handed attempting to murder Torres in his hospital bed, the police also find Zolotov's dead body at her house but can't tie her to his murder.

She also denies having killed Zolotov and all the evidence linking her to his murder is completely circumstantial. When McGee confirms that Bishop didn't commit the murder, the camera zooms in on Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) hinting that he is behind it somehow.

Alas, the killer of the man that hurt a member of the NCIS team is not revealed, but fans can't help but speculate the identity of the murderer.

One fan tweeted, "Awesome show tonight. Glad you're gonna be ok.  Ending with Bishop and McGee talking & Gibbs entering the elevator alone with that look on his face left me wondering who really killed him. Guess we'll never know...or will we. #NCIS"

If Gibbs were the killer, fans also speculated the reasons why he would commit the crime, with one of them tweeting, "I think if he did it, it was to keep Bishop from doing it herself and screwing up her life." How far would Gibbs go though?"

Another shocked fan tweeted, "Yea definitely didn't think he would do "it" again. Wait a minute.....is that why he was "late" running up behind them when they got to the girl's door? He said he came from the hospital....... Nah....he wouldn't, would he?  #NCIS."

With some suspecting the Gibbs might be the man behind the mystery murder, others even think it may be NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll). Another fan speculated, "Gibbs didn't do it. Leon had someone snuff the sob. But Gibbs knows who did it! #NCIS."

Others swore on Gibbs' innocence, blaming Zolotov's estranger lover, "Yeah I don't think Gibbs killed Xavier. Although the shot was perfect. The blonde hair doesn’t mean anything because it was literally homegirl’s bathroom. Bishop wouldn’t do something like that. His wife probably ordered a hit on him for screwing her over. #NCIS," guessed a fan.

Fans are hoping that the killer will be revealed soon with one of them tweeting, "Did he...or didn’t he? I think we might be revisiting this before the end of #S17. #NCIS #Gibbs #HisKids" while another tweeted, "Gibbs didn’t do it... or did he? Either way, I fear this will be brought back come May. #NCIS"

NCIS' Season 17 airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm ET only on CBS.

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