Actress Cote de Pablo is apparently returning to NCIS, according to a 2019 Super Bowl commercial that featured her character, Ziva David, and it immediately sent fans into a frenzy. Is there hope for Pauley Perrette to also make a comeback on the CBS hit series?
In the promo, a voiceover says “the biggest NCIS secret of all” to be revealed in the episode that will air on Tuesday, February 12 titled “She.”
Several old images of Cote appear in the teaser, and Mark Harmon’s Gibbs, who is angry says, “Don’t tell me about Ziva!”
Here is the synopsis for NCIS Season 16 Episode 13: “A malnourished and confused nine-year-old is found hiding in a storage unit. The team reopens an old missing persons case that Special Agent Ziva David had a personal interest in.”
Many believe that Cote will come back and help the team’s investigation to find the remains of the daughter she had with Tony (Michael Weatherly).
Cote walked away from the show in 2013 and penned an emotional goodbye note that read: “As far as my decision to leave, that’s a personal thing, and I’d rather leave it at that. The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing — at times terrifying.”
She went on to say: “Leaving NCIS was not planned, so there is no plan. If I were panicking now, it would defeat the purpose. I need to get really excited about something, because for eight years I was really excited about this character. I don’t want to start anything unless it’s like that.”
She added: “Did I want to leave under those circumstances? That’s another story. But I’m not of the belief that you just take off and leave fans hanging. A lot of people don’t get the privilege of going back to a set and being able to say goodbye to people. I left under my terms, and that was wonderful.”
Are you happy that Cote might make an appearance on NCIS? Is there a possibility that Pauley might be invited back too to the popular show?