After almost two-hundred episodes, we were looking for a story area we had not yet covered. When we came across the fact there are "legislative fellows" – Navy officers attached to the staff of members of Congress – we thought it would be a fertile area to mine. As we plotted the "A-story" along the lines of NCIS protecting the officer from an a "hit" put out on his life…we were looking for an accompanying "B-story," which usually is not as dominant. We wanted to do one featuring Abby and, Abby being Abby, we tend to emphasize her being a "do-gooder. In this case, donating a kidney.
Once we made that decision, the story began to take on a life of it's own. But we had no idea it would lead to the area of adoption. We were just thinking there would be fun in Abby inadvertently discovering there was someone out there with similar DNA. And, of course she'd want to find him…or her. We could go either way; they would have similar traits…or be polar opposites. Once we decided it was going to lead to the fact Abby was adopted, Gary Glasberg and we decided to call Pauley Perrette and discuss the story with her. When she commented that she was going to become "Little Orphan Abby" we loved it so much, we unabashedly "stole" the line and put it in the script. That night we got an email from Pauley who had thought about it and was totally on board. So much so that she suggested the casting of Daniel Louis Rivas for her brother. They had worked together in the past and joked about how much they looked alike. We had Daniel in to read and he was spot on and, of course, got the part.
The so-called "B-story" took on a life of its own. It became equally important as the "A-story" as Abby became more and more involved in finding her brother. We hope you enjoyed the closing scene between Abby and Gibbs. We thought both actors were incredible. Over the years, the writing staff has enjoyed revealing more about our characters to the audience.
This marked the seventh episode we have written to be directed by Dennis Smith. We thought he really did a superb job.
We want to end with a special thanks to our post productions producers – Avery Drewe, Josh Rexon and Richie Owens. They "created" the visual effect of Washington D.C. Captitol, opening scene, which was really shot in Los Angeles. The magic of Hollywood!
Frank Cardea & George Schenck, Executive Producers