Actress Cote de Pablo is leaving the hit CBS series "NCIS" as of the Oct. 1, 2013 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT) episode on CBS Television Network. As seen in the attached video, Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and Tony (Michael Weatherby) share a romantic moment. Ziva says good-bye, but the door may be open for a future return, since the character lives, according to a statement from executive producer Gary Glasberg, as reported by USA Today on Sept. 30.
The good-bye scene between Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David mirrors the romantic good-bye scene in "Casablanca" between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Attached is a video of the romantic scene between Tony and Ziva.
Cote de Pablo announced that she would not return to the hit series earlier this summer. Fans have been concerned that the character would be killed off, but Ziva will live, leaving the door open for a future return. There are no plans for a return at this time, but it could happen.
Ziva was missing from the season premiere last week The anticipated/dreaded good-bye episode was reserved for the second episode of the season because there was so much story to cover to kick off the season.
Explaining Ziva's absense from the season 11 premiere, Glasberg explained, I couldn't do it in one episode," Tuesday's episode "delivers what you want from Gibbs and then you have this enormous story line of Tony and Ziva ... that hopefully leaves people having an understanding of what's driven Ziva, gets to the crux of their relationship and leaves them in an interesting place as well."
"Past, Present, and Future” finds NCIS agent Anthony DiNozzo searching for Ziva. Tony chases leads in Israel in search of her whereabouts. As we can see in the preview video, Tony finds Ziva and begs her to return home with him and they finally share a romantic kiss...unless this is a dream sequence.
Meanwhile, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team continue the hunt for Parsa and his growing terrorist ring. . Joe Spano guest stars Gibbs' friend and ally Senior FBI Agent T.C. Fornell, according to media information from CBS Television Network.
As the series progresses, the team must adjust to the changes, according to actor Michael Weatherly, who said, "What the departure of Ziva has done to this team is that it has strengthened the connections between all of us. Tony and McGee become much closer, and Tony and Gibbs have had some pretty deep discussions about moving on and moving ahead."
Cote de Pablo has been with NCIS for eight seasons. She replaced Special Agent Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander, now starring in "Rizzoli & Isles"), who was killed off. Former NCIS Director Jenny Shepherd (Lauren Holly -"Pickett Fences") was also killed off.
A regular replacement for Ziva has not been announced. A new character named Bishop (Emily Wickersham) will be introduced in Nov. as an NSA analyst who may or may not become a series regular.
"My intention is not to replace Ziva, but I can introduce a character who is unique and quirky and fun, and hopefully people will embrace her and feel like she is a new element to this group and a new part of moving it forward," stated Glasberg.
"NCIS" has the luxury of waiting for the right chemistry before adding a new character, since they are already a highly successful, much watched drama. It is possible that a number of new characters will be introduced before a series regular is announced.
"NCIS" stars Mark Harmon as Special Agent LeRoy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo, Cote de Pablo as Ziva David, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Pauley Perrette as Abby Scuito, Rocky Carroll as Director Leon Vance, Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer and David McCallum as Dr. Ducky Mallard.