For everyone out there who was hoping that we would see Cote de Pablo return for the send-off to her former “NCIS” co-star Michael Weatherly, we have some news courtesy of the actress herself that may be rather entertaining.
While speaking during a Q&A session today at Babson College in Massachusetts, the actress confirmed (per several people who were attending) that she will not be appearing in the season 13 finale airing next month. It’s disappointing news to hear, and it does squelch a little bit of the hope that we had that this was something that CBS was hoping to keep secret. Honestly, if Cote were not appearing we actually think it would be a better move for the show / producers make that crystal clear in advance, largely because you don’t really want to run the risk of heavy backlash from people watching the episode and expecting something.
Even if there is no physical appearance, we do know that Ziva is going to at least be a component of the story leading to Tony’s exit. Maybe season 13 is set up in a way where he goes off and finds her, or her name is at least brought up in several conversations. We know that the principal storyline for this episode is going to be seeing a case all about someone targeting current and former agents, so in that sense the possibilities for Ziva mentions are pretty endless.
In terms of other guest stars, Robert Wagner is meant to return one more time before Weatherly departs, and there could be some other surprises thrown in here, as well.
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Update: Check out Cote’s explanation below.