Fans were devastated when Pauley Perrette revealed she would be leaving the show in 2018. She had a starring role in the series since it debuted via a two-part backdoor pilot on “JAG” in 2003 (per IMDb), and she was a fan favorite for her quirky, though always optimistic personality.
As a core member of the NCIS investigative team, Abby often found herself in dangerous situations, and none was as critical for her as during her two-part episode exit from the show she experienced in the show’s 15th season during the episodes “One Step Forward” and “Two Steps Back.” Per Express UK, Abby and Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry) were shot in an alley in what was discovered to be a hit on the forensic scientist ordered by Robert King (Peter Jason). While Reeves lost his life, Abby was hospitalized with her wounds before getting King to confess his plan to murder her. After solving the case, Abby told her fellow NCIS coworkers she wouldn’t be returning.
However, while Abby’s brush with death seemed like the perfect vehicle for her character’s exit, the experience of being in danger actually hits quite close to home for the actress.