How Did Abby Leave 'NCIS'? Fans & the Cast React to Pauley Perrette's Final Episode
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?
'It's sad, But I hope hope hope you will all watch,' she said.
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.
Plus, the craziest theory she heard about why she's leaving. And will she keep the black hair?
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.
Pauley Perrette leaves 'NCIS' on May 8.
— Michael Weatherly (@M_Weatherly) May 9, 2018
We say goodbye to our @PauleyP ... her final farewell episode is tonight at 8pm on @CBS #NCIS BRING THE TISSUES!
Dear Pauley, you were a light and made me feel like family from the first day and everyday for the last two years.. love you sis! pic.twitter.com/BPVdxEH5V5
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) May 8, 2018
Love you P, Totally worth dying for 💜 pic.twitter.com/zPvLpIHTXD
— Duane Henry (@RealDuaneHenry) May 9, 2018
Love you @PauleyP.
Thanks for the last decade and a half.
Gonna miss you a bunch. pic.twitter.com/qoC4SlgIb0
— Brian Dietzen (@BrianDietzen) May 9, 2018
— Sean Harland Murray (@SeanHMurray) May 8, 2018
The actor, who plays Dr. Donald Mallard, announced the news on social media.
They can try to replace Kate, try to replace Ziva and try to replace Tony, but they'll NEVER replace Abby! #NCIS
— Brittany Rivere (@Rivere7) May 9, 2018
— Lisa Marie McKinney (@Lisawestlife10) May 9, 2018
— Tonya ☺️ (@tonya_woodrow) May 9, 2018
— JJ (@jakatia_powell) May 9, 2018
— Pa-tree-see-a (@tree_see) May 9, 2018
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