How Did Abby Leave ‘NCIS’? Fans & the Cast React to Pauley Perrette’s Final Episode

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In last week’s NCIS episode, “One Step Forward,” Pauley Perrette‘s beloved character Abby was shot, leaving many fans wondering if she’d make it.

Then, in Tuesday night’s “Two Steps Back” — Perrette’s final appearance on the show — Abby’s fate was left up to chance as the episode opened with the team surrounding a body bag. Could it be her?

No, in this case it was Reeves (Duane Henry), meaning that NCIS would say goodbye to two characters before the episode’s end.

Fans quickly learned that Abby was going to recover from being shot, as she woke up to McGee (Sean Murray) in her hospital room. So if she didn’t die, what could have been the reason for her departure? In true Abby fashion, she put her deceased co-worker ahead of herself and revealed that she would be accompanying Reeves’s body to England. After that, she announced she’d be staying there to start a charity Reeves had wanted set up in his mother’s honor.

The reveal was made in front of the team in the lab, and emotions were running at an all-time high. As for Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Abby left him a note as a montage of some of their sweetest moments played alongside her narration. But don’t fret, she still came face-to-face with Gibbs before leaving for good, in a sweet moment.

Fans weren’t the only ones affected by the emotional exit — the show’s stars also shared their own reactions to Abby’s final appearance. Former NCIS star Michael Weatherly, current castmate Wilmer Valderrama, and more took to social media for the occasion. See those sentiments and more below, and let us know what you thought of Perrette’s final episode in the comments.

The Stars

I will be watching #abby tonight on #ncis and telling my kids,”…it’s ok. It’s ok.” Big kiss!

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The Fans

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