It’s official: Maria Bello has left the NCIS cast.
Even though fans knew this was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye. Maria’s farewell to Sloane took place during season 18, episode 8 “True Believer,” and it was a sad one, to say the least.
Most of the hour revolved around Sloane and Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and their visit to Afghanistan after Sloane’s name was discovered at the site of a hijacked bus. From there, they continued to unravel what was happening and by the end of the episode, Sloane had found her next calling: Working in Afghanistan and protecting the villagers there.
“I did say I needed a change!” she said. “I have loved my time with NCIS. Been a really good path. But you don’t need me anymore.”
Gibbs countered with, “I’m not sure about that,” but he already knew it was a lost cause. It wasn’t her dream house in Costa Rica, but it was her true calling. And then—Gibbs and Sloane sealed their farewell with a kiss. A kiss!!!