Finding a replacement for Pauley Perrette was one of the biggest questions heading into Season 16 of NCIS. For those wondering if Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover) would fill Abby’s shoes, the show just announced that Kasie is now a full-fledged member of the team – and we could not be happier.
On the latest episode of NCIS, we learned that Kasie’s temporary status had expired. Luckily, she had done such a good job that Vance promoted her to a full-time permanent position. Although Kasie is completely different from Abby (who nobody could ever truly replace) it is great to know that she will be sticking around from here on out.
I think Abby is very likeable and I understand that people miss her. I still miss Tony. ? I have just really enjoyed Kasie’s freshness much the way I did when Ziva took over from Kate. I liked Kate, but I LOVED Ziva.
— Carmel Forsyth (@Cmfsurfer) October 26, 2018
After all, there are plenty of things to like about Kasie, most notably her quirky style and love for ‘50s music. And it will be nice watching her develop as the season wears on.
While Kasie becoming a permanent fixture is great, there is still a lot of tension between Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Vance (Rocky Carroll). This week’s episode featured Gibbs trying to free a Marine wrongfully accused of murdering a man back in the ‘70s. But when he tried to get permission to exhume the body of the man who was murdered,
Vance shot him down because he did not have enough evidence. Fortunately, Gibbs eventually won him over and the two men worked out their differences over a cranberry muffin.
Yay!!! You’re great!! I’m glad you’re on the show! #NCIS
— Susan (@CASusanEsq) October 25, 2018
Another big storyline fans should keep an eye on is Gibbs’ relationship with Sloane (Maria Bello). Producers previously teased that the two will grow closer this year and the latest episode took a few steps in that direction.
In fact, Sloane even reached out and touched Gibbs’ hands while they were watching the tapes. We still do not know if their relationship will turn romantic, but their interactions have been a highlight this season.
New episodes of NCIS air Tuesday nights on CBS.