When Abby Scuito left the long-running cr1me procedural series NCIS, fans were devastated. Was her character, however, k1ll3d off?
In season 15 of the CBS drama series NCIS, Abby Scuito (played by Pauley Perrette) said her final goodbyes. While fans were devastated by her departure, some were left wondering if she was k1ll3d off on the show or if the character was simply moved to a new role – here’s everything you need to know about her departure.
On NCIS, was Abby Scuito k1ll3d off?
Abby, the quirky forensic scientist, won fans on NCIS as soon as she was introduced in the show’s JAG backdoor pilots.
The character went on to star in 15 seasons of the show, and was known for her love of Caf-Pow, gothic fashion sense, and skill at solving cr1mes.
Scuito, on the other hand, exited the series in a dramatic fashion in 2018.
She left the show in the episodes One Step Forward and Two Steps Back, as some fans may recall.
She was a part of the tragic Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) storyline, which marked her emotional exit.
Abby went to a restaurant with Clayton in the first episode of her two-part send-off before being held at gunpoint in an alley nearby.
When Two Steps Back got wind of the situation, it was revealed that Clayton had been murd3red while Abby was fighting for her life in the hospital.
The NCIS team quickly deduced that she was the v1ct1m of a hit planned by Robert King (Peter Jason).
Abby, on the other hand, was not k1ll3d off in her final episode and awoke with Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) by her side.
She quickly joined the hunt for King, cornering him in a café and putting cyanide (which was actually caffeine pills) in his drink.
She persuaded him to confess to plotting a hit on her by promising him the antidote.
Then came Abby’s exit, when she informed her team members that she was leaving NCIS to accompany Clayton’s body home to London – and that she would not be returning.
She then left a note for Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) informing him of her departure after packing up her workstation.
As she left the lab for good, viewers were treated to a montage of some of the characters’ best moments.
While some fans thought her exit suggested she might return at some point, star Pauley Perrette has confirmed she will not.
Perrette revealed how important playing the character was to her during her exit from the chat show The Talkback in 2018.
“Yeah, it’s been such an incredible journey, this one little fictional television character,” she said.
“It has been enormous and overwhelming for young girls all over the world, from every country in the world, to have modeled themselves after this TV character over the course of 15 years.”
“And it made math and science not only a viable option for them, but also accessible and enjoyable.”
“And it has inspired these girls, which is so heartwarming.”
Since her time on NCIS, Perrette has landed a starring role in the CBS sitcom Broke.
Unfortunately, the show was canceled earlier this year while the first season was still airing.