Duane Henry got a heartfelt goodbye from Pauley Perrette after Tuesday night's episode of NCIS.
Perrette has played Abby Sciuto on the crime drama for more than 15 years. Tuesday's episode was promised to be her last, as the actress has chosen to move on from the series. However, Henry, who played Clayton Reeves, became an unexpected casualty of the story as well.
The two characters were accosted by a gunman, who turned out to be a hired hitman. He shot them both in a dark alleyway, but Abby was able to recover from her injuries. Clayton, on the other hand, didn't make it.
"I love you @RealDuaneHenry," Perrette wrote on Twitter. "You and
Clayton's sacrifice became the driving force for Abby for the remainder of the episode. Not only did she track down the man who hired his killer, he was her motivation for leaving the department.
In the end, Abby informed her co-workers that she was going to escort Reeves' body back to his home in London. She intended to stay and help arrange the funeral, and she wasn't going to come back to NCIS. After a few heartfelt goodbyes, she left for good.
Fans joined Perrette in sending Henry off in style. Many were
Perrette announced her departure from the show in October of 2017 through a post on Twitter.
"So, it is true that I am leaving NCIS after this season. There
Perrette did not offer much more detail as to why she was making this massive transition in her life, though she did tell TV Guide that it was a soul-searching decision.
"I believe in God and the universe so firmly, and it just suddenly became blindingly apparent that now was the time," she said. "After a lot of thought, I decided to announce it myself on Twitter because I didn't want it to be turned into anything 'shocking.' Abby leaving is more than a cheap TV ploy."