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NCIS Scoop! An Abs-solute Surprise Is Among Season 9's Many Family Reunions

As CBS’ NCIS unspools its ninth season and inches ever closer to its its 200th episode (airing this winter), TV’s most-watched scripted series will reunite viewers with some familiar, familial faces as well as introduce new ones — including someone holding a key to Abby’s (Pauley Perrette) mysterious past.

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“R.J. [Robert] Wagner is coming back [as Tony's dad], Ralph Waite will come back [as Gibbs' father]…,” executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVLine. “We’re going to reopen the NCIS family album.”

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New entries in said scrapbook include Lily Tomlin (Laugh-In), guest-starring as McGee’s grandmother, and Abby’s yet-to-be-cast brother.

Teasing the long-awaited venture into the enigmatic Ms. Sciuto’s backstory, Glasberg says, “We’re going to learn something about Abby’s family and background that no one is going to see coming — and we’re very excited about that.”

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NCIS premieres its new season on Tuesday, Sept. 20; Abby’s backstory will be explored somewhere “in the first six episodes,” says Glasberg.

In what way do you think Abby’s past will be surprising?



Comments (64)

  • I’ve always thought that Abby would be Gibbs’ daughter …

    Comment by Karen – August 22, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Same here, always thought that gibbs and abby are/were hiding something

      Comment by steve – August 22, 2011 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yikes! with all the kissing and sexual harassing behaviour.That would be gross and very strange.

      Comment by NickC – August 22, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not to be a nit picker but Mark/Gibbs was only 17 1/2 when Pauley/abby was born…and he has always seemed to me to be a very “above board” person. I think it might be something in her past that brought them together and made them friends. Maybe he knew her parents? Maybe she was a witness to a crime that was one of his first investigations?

      Comment by Lady C – August 22, 2011 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Maybe she *committed* a crime that was one of his first investigations. :)

        Comment by great_fan – August 31, 2011 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She is the daughter of a Burbon Street stripper…..

      Comment by Viper – August 29, 2011 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah I have always thought that.

      Comment by Teddi – November 2, 2011 02:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am gonna guess that Abby comes from a family that is even wealthier than Tony’s (was supposed to be). Very preppy, very well connected, very Martha’s Vineyard and Lilly Pulitzer.

    Comment by secondbecky – August 22, 2011 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree. Though I feel it’s kind of a cop out. The obvious “no one will see this coming.” Of course the goth Abby will have a preppy family. I hope they don’t do it and give us something to really surprise.

      Comment by Steven – August 22, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Abby’s New Orleans roots will include African American family members. Would also love to see more of Director Vance family, especially his wife (Paula Newsome).

    Comment by Jasmine – August 22, 2011 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Abby’s family will be very straight-laced or religious.

    Comment by verver – August 22, 2011 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t know if that would count as a surprise given the fact that Abby has mentioned that she is a church-goer and she hangs out with the nuns (her bowling buds). I’m hoping they really shock us with something good since Abby’s rarely, if ever, taken off her game…

      Comment by sladewilson – August 22, 2011 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Abby plays bowling with the nuns every week. So that proves that Abby is very religious, so why would that be suprising.

      Comment by southernurse – August 23, 2011 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Maybe she was a nun in the past…

        Comment by Victoria Regina – August 23, 2011 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope her family is Amish.

    Comment by Kate – August 22, 2011 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is precisely what I suggested to Gary Glasberg when we spoke.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – August 22, 2011 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Except that she’s talked about driving some relative’s pick up truck when she was a kid, so while it doesn’t preclude Amish, it makes it a bit more difficult to go there. I suppose they can do a retcon, but I hope not.

        Comment by znachki – August 22, 2011 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If you read things to come, they talk about ABBY’S brother,coming into town

          Comment by Diane – September 20, 2011 01:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have loved this show from the very first ep. I knew from the beginning that this was going to be a smash hit for cbs. I love Abby and can’t wait to see Kate in the 200th ep.

    Comment by Jeff M. – August 22, 2011 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m going with Abby’s parents were not only deaf, so was she. She decided to have a cochlear implant in her early teens. Her parents approved, and she was still young enough to develop a typical speech pattern with intense therapy. A little “out there,” but possible for TV.

    Comment by Andrea – August 22, 2011 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s more than “a little ‘out there’” if that were the case. It’d be pretty obvious that she had a cochlear after being born deaf because her entire speech, syntax, and vocal patterns would be entirely different. Although I do agree there should be more characters in television and film with hearing disability, particularly ones with hearing aids or at least those that don’t use the cochlear to get around the communication issues. It’s sometimes a lonely world with hearing aids as we’re considered not part of the Deaf community but not part of the hearing community.

      Comment by Meg – August 22, 2011 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I bet it will be that Abby was the victim of abuse/rape when she was younger. Never finding her rapist explains her interest in forensics(to help others find theirs) and they could claim that the tattoos cover the scars, both litterally and figuratively.

    Sometime during those “first six episodes” could be a current rape case that brings up a old rape case= Abby.

    Comment by Randi – August 22, 2011 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Leave that crap for SVU. No! Just NO.

      Comment by What? – August 22, 2011 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can’t wait to find out more about Abby. FINALLY. I can’t even begin to speculate what the secret could be. It could be anything I guess since we don’t know much about her to begin with.

    Comment by Clarissa – August 22, 2011 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A murdered/accused sailor turns out to be her son that she gave up for adoption when she was 16?

    Comment by Barnswallow – August 22, 2011 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What next, Palmer’s Aunt from Wisconsin who’s addicted to cheese?

    Come on, NCIS, stop sucking!

    Comment by me – August 22, 2011 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is supposed to be a place for kind words, not rude comments. Please don’t be rude to the show… if you don’t like it, don’t watch it anymore!

      Comment by P.L.E. – August 22, 2011 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Shove it.

        Comment by Me – August 22, 2011 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh, that’s nice. Feel better now?

          Comment by berg1928 – August 23, 2011 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you for a kind response. NCIS has a wonderful cast of characters who play off each other perfectly. They made a huge mistake when they killed of Mike Franks.

        Comment by virginia shepard – August 22, 2011 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I liked it when they had Director Sheppard….

          Comment by Victoria Regina – August 23, 2011 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have always thought that she could either be Gibbs’ long-lost daughter (hence the reason why he knows ASL) -or- Ducky’s long-lost daughter. Or, what if she is somehow related to old boss Tom Morrow? Any revelations/reveals will be EPIC! :-]

    Comment by Erynn – August 22, 2011 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I imagined Abby’s Dad to be a close marine buddy of Gibbs’ who died and asked Gibbs to watch over her. Would explain his care for her as well as the familiarity.

    Comment by dallaswba – August 22, 2011 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Her dad is dead.

      Comment by Joe – August 22, 2011 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is the best suggestion on this board!

      Comment by berg1928 – August 23, 2011 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Abby will have a twin brother she never knew about. Like separated at birth or something.

    Comment by Vikki – August 22, 2011 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m going with her coming from a family of career criminals or grifters.

    Comment by znachki – August 22, 2011 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Things we know about Abby can be found on Wikapedia in the background section and is footnoted by episode.

    Comment by Elynn – August 22, 2011 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really looking forward to this!

    Comment by Renee – August 22, 2011 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jeanne Benoit needs to come back, as a permanent addition.

    Comment by Hemo_jr – August 22, 2011 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NOOOOOO!!!! No Jeanne please, Tony should stay single forever, he’s mine hahahahaha

      Comment by Zahndy – August 22, 2011 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Call me crazy, but I’d like to see an Abby/McGee romance.

    Comment by jill – August 22, 2011 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like that as well…

      Comment by Victoria Regina – August 23, 2011 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There was an episode where they had slept together in a coffin.

      Comment by berg1928 – August 23, 2011 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So are we finally going to find out why Abbey dresses like a moody 13 year old?

    Comment by Dee – August 23, 2011 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You should get your eyes checked. She’s got WAY too much style for any teen to pull off and she makes her fashion choices seem like they’re fun and joyful. And stop posting like a moody 13 year old.

      Comment by ultimate troll – August 23, 2011 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh, I see you love Abbey, my apologies. I’m posting as a grumpy 40 year old who knows she would never in a lifetime be allowed to work there in those Hot Topic get ups. And she should by all rights be in her 30s so it’s irritating to see her acting like a big teenager. I guess it’s supposed to be cute and endearing but it’s not.

        Comment by Dee – August 23, 2011 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The actress who plays Abby is 42! Say what you want, but the girl looks great!

          Comment by Jenna86 – August 31, 2011 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • She works in a world of damages and outrageous, so whether a fictional character or not, she can be who she wants to be. As for myself… I think she is totally hot.

          Comment by Mike – September 1, 2011 01:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will Abby be who Tony will be investgating at the beginning of the new season? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Comment by BUCK – August 23, 2011 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I happen to like the interplay between Tony and Ziva= Tiva. I don’t think they will ever get together, but I would like to see Jeanne return. A woman Tony really loved and I think they would be a good match, sorry Zahndy, I just like this series. So much so I have nicknamed my great grandson “Probie” Just keep episodes comming

    Comment by Mel – August 23, 2011 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • perfect person to play her brother is Steve Valentine – they have similiar features.

    Comment by dotsiem – August 23, 2011 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m just thankful that NCIS will have a storyline that isn’t about Tony, Gibbs or Vance.

    Comment by Pat – August 23, 2011 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Abby has mentioned a brother in the past. Either on an episode during season one or two. Anyone remember?

    Comment by vrtv – August 24, 2011 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ziva and Abby are sisters. Her dad put Abby in a convent and was raised by Nuns.Ziva worked with her dad ,doing you know what ! Gibbs knows about them both! Abby loves dogs,Ziva loves guns . Hows that ?

    Comment by Jerry Thornton – August 25, 2011 12:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What if Abby is the one selling secrets? You know, the one Tony is supposed to be investigating… I mean if Abby is being investigated, her family (brother) would come out in the limelight, right?

    Comment by Sandy – August 25, 2011 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • im guessing her brother is deaf.. how else does she know sign language?

    Comment by sami – August 26, 2011 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d like to see Gibbs meet wife #5

    Comment by Sue – August 26, 2011 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wife #5 could be one of the terrorists they’re after. Poor Gibbs.

    Comment by Sue – August 26, 2011 07:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really want to see Tony and Ziva get together in a more personal sense instead of a little nookie here and there. It’s like they’re constantly fighting their sexual tension. They’re meant for each other.

    Comment by Daughter of a Marine – August 30, 2011 09:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No way Gibbs meets #5 — unless it’s me! Lol. I think his character will stay single. No one could ever fill (1st wife) Shannon’s shoes. All others were just mistakes. He’s happy with his work and NCIS family.

    Comment by gibbsgurl – September 6, 2011 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So freaking excited for the new season!!! I can guess but I really don’t have a clue about what Abby’s secret is gonna be. I’m glad they are going into Team Gibbs’ family again, it’s a good subject for the show. :-)

    Comment by Madster – September 7, 2011 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The writers do a fantastic job, let us not sack them for the occasional slip. If Abby is the oldest siblilng, her brother could feasably be a 5 yrs old. A good guess would be a deaf younger sibling, not neccessarily her brother. It would be cool if he were on a sebatical from a prehisoric dig site. It would tie the two of them together. By the way, who cleans the rest rooms and changes the light bulbs in all these shows. I never see a “Closed for cleaning” sign.

    Comment by Redneck Custodian – September 17, 2011 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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