NCIS teased a grim fate for Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) in the preview for the May 8 episode.
In the last scene of Tuesday’s episode, Abby is shown leaving a restaurant with co-worker Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry). An unknown man approaches them and pulls a gun on them in an apparent mugging. Abby then tries to talk the shooter down, there is a momentary struggle and a shot rings out. The screen cuts to black before we see who was shot and what exactly happened.
Apparently Abby was struck by the bullet because the preview shows medical professionals rushing to treat Abby at a hospital.
She is then shown unconscious in a hospital room as the NCIS team visits her.
“How could this happen?” Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) says “Can anyone explain that to me?”
Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has the most emotional moment in the teaser as he feels guilt for not being there to protect her.
“I know I let you down, Abs,” Gibbs says. “I said that I would always keep you safe.”
McGee (Sean Murray) is also seen discussing her condition, saying “The outlook’s not so good.”
While it is unclear whether or not Abby will die in next week’s episode, it appears the creative team is heavily teasing that will be the case.
Perrette recently sat down with CBS News to discuss leaving the role she has played for so long.
“It makes me sad to imagine a world without Abby in it,” Perrette said. “It really makes me sad.”
Apparently saying goodbye to the show has been a rough emotional rollercoaster for her. She says she typically cries going to and leaving work for production.
“I’m still grieving,” she said. “It feels different every day. It’s sad. I usually cry in my car every day when I drive to work, and I usually cry on my way home at some point.”
As for why she is saying goodbye to the show after more than 350 episodes as a main cast member, she touched on the fact that she wants a bit of privacy.
“It’s being a commodity,” Perrette said. “I think I’ve earned some time to myself (to) stay home, go to church.”
Despite that desire for privacy, the 49-year-old actress is not looking to retire from acting. She said she loves the work, and she is currently fielding a slew of offers from “everyone.”
“It’s not like people aren’t asking,” Perrette said. “I’m being offered.. a lot. There’s a lot of conversations going on. And there’s me sitting at home on the couch drinking beer with my dogs, and I’m really good at it.”
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS
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