'NCIS' fans are aware that actress Cote de Pablo has made the decision to leave the show. Her character, Ziva, bid the show farewell in Season 11 Episode 2, under the pretext of needing to spend time focusing on her past. Despite being a criminal procedural show, which is immune to cast changes, fans of the show were disappointed to see the beloved character go. Latin Times has even received fan mail talking about how the show is just not the same without Cote de Pablo. We've been watching the show with and without Ziva, and while the show is still great, it most definitely does not feel the same. As such, we've compiled a list of reasons why Ziva needs to return to 'NCIS.' RELATED: 'NCIS' Season 11 Spoilers: Will Cote De Pablo Character Ziva Return For Season Finale?
1. Anthony DiNozzo. I shouldn't have to say more, but I will: Ziva and Tony finally addressed their feelings for each other in Season 11 and before they could see where the romance could go, the characters were split apart. Fans have been devotedly watching the romantic tension between the two characters for years, only to see them confess their feelings and not act on it. For the love of Tiva, give the fans more action please! 2. Where are the girls? 'NCIS' is outnumbered in terms of male to female team members. With Ziva gone, there's just Abbey left to represent female power. Sure, all the replacements will most likely be women and some woman will replace Ziva in due time, but if they don't, then the team will be incredibly outnumbered.
3. Television needs more strong, powerful women. Let's face it: Ziva is a kick ass television character who is strong, independent, and a great role model to young girls. It's rare to see a character so dynamic and versatile and her leaving the screen is a true loss. "80.5% of all working characters are male and 19.5% are female, which is a contrast to real-world statistics of women comprising 50% of the workforce," writes the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. "With repeated viewings, young audiences may fail to realize this lopsided view is not, in fact, reality and believe there is no need for gender parity or industry change. Today's children will be our future business leaders, content creators and parents and the ones who need to lead the charge for future generations."
4. She binds the team together. Ziva was loved by all and played a crucial role in the lives of everyone whether it be Gibbs or Abbey. Building a relationship like that takes time and it's not a given that the next character will be able to do the same. She was the surrogate daughter figure to Gibbs, sister-figure to Abbey, confidant for McGee and love interest for Tony--how can that be replaced?