‘NCIS’ season 13: What does Cote de Pablo’s new gig mean for possible Ziva / Tony farewell?

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If you’ve read some of what we’ve had to say on the subject of Michael Weatherly’s impending exit on “NCIS” over the past couple of weeks, then you know already what our stance on a potential Cote de Pablo return is: It really should happen. That doesn’t mean it will, but there should be some payoff to a storyline that was a huge part of the Tony DiNozzo’s character arc over the years. She has to be up there on the list with Robert Wagner of people we really have to see again to give the guy proper closure.

So is there a new roadblock keeping such a return from happening? Per the Boston Globe, Cote has joined CSC’s Theatre in the Rough performance of “Death and the Maiden” on April 25, which as some have noted, could produce some sort of conflict with the final days of filming season 13. Is this great news for Cote? Certainly. It’s a popular play by a Chilean playwright, and Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones” will also be taking part.

The truth here is that this, depending on how badly both “NCIS” and Cote wanted to make something happen, would not really after that much of an impact. The biggest thing that needs to be worked out more than anything else is merely figuring out the story to bring her back, and then also making it work in regards to the timing. If Cote was to make a brief return during the finale, who is stopping them from filming out of order to accommodate her? So many other shows have done this over the years.

Ultimately, the main point we’re trying to make here is to not rule out a potential return for her or anyone else to the show unless someone say for-certain that it is not happening. TV producers have a tendency to be very creative when they need to be.

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