Pauley Perrette’s final episode on NCIS that aired on Tuesday night is undoubtedly the most emotional episode ever.

Playing a forensic scientist, Abby Sciuto, the 49-year-old has won over millions of viewers’ heart.

Her exit hasn’t come as a shocker as she had already announced about her impending departure in October last year.

At the end of last week’s episode, she and MI-6 officer, Clayton Reeves, were confronted by a gun-wielding thief.

And at the start of Tuesday night’s episode, viewers learned that Abby was in critical condition. However, Reeves sadly passed away. 

The mugger had targeted Abby as she had helped put him behind bars years ago.

When she awoke from the coma, she helped lead the team directly to the person responsible, Robert King, an antagonist from the previous season.

After King was back behind bars, Abby told co-workers that she intended to leave NCIS to carry through philanthropic aspirations of Reeves, who died trying to save her.

Clay died saving my life, and I owe him a debt, and I intend to see it through. Clay always wanted to start a charity in honor of his mom and since he’s not here to make that happen, I will. 

As Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), whom Abby considers her father figure, wasn’t there for her big announcement, she thanked him through a letter.

But good news! In the end, as she stated “It’s not goodbye for good. It’s goodbye for now,” we can assume that she will show up sometime, maybe in the season finale.

After Pauley’s exit, the only remaining original cast members in the show are Harmon, David McCallum, Sean Murray and Brian Dietzen. 

Though it’s been heartbreaking for viewers now that their favorite character is gone, they are satisfied that it’s a proper send-off to the iconic character.

Now, Pauley says she keeps a reminder of her character in her home: Abby’s parasol.

A criminal justice degree holder in real life, she works closely with Los Angeles Police Department and John Walsh, a criminal investigator.