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Season 18 of
continued on Tuesday night following a two-week break – and it proved to be an emotional watch for viewers at home. NCIS
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In the episode, the show
tackled the devastating effects of the ongoing global health crisis for the first time as it was revealed that medic Jimmy Palmer’s wife, Breena, had died after contracting COVID-19.
Instead of focusing on Breena’s battle with the deadly virus the episode instead skipped ahead a few months to show how Jimmy (Brian Dietzen) was coping as a single dad, following the loss.
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The episode, understandably, came as a shock to
NCIS fans who quickly took to social media to comment on the surprising storyline. One fan tweeted: “ Hands down, tonight’s episode of @NCIS_CBS had to be the most emotional one of the last couple of seasons. Jimmy is such a great and loveable guy. How could the writers go and turn his life upside down like that? @BrianDietzen gave the performance of a lifetime. #NCIS.”
Gallery: Death in Paradise’s most shocking cast changes over the years (Hello!)
Death in Paradise first appeared on our screens in 2011, and since then it has seen a huge cast turnover, with almost none of the original stars still in the show. MORE: Death in Paradise fans share major disappointment as show returns Although this can be very much a good thing since the series has always been evolving and keeping viewers wanting more, it doesn’t mean we weren’t disappointed to see many of our favourite characters go! Find out the most surprising cast changes from the series here… READ: Kris Marshall opens up about scary illnesses on Death in Paradise set Ardal O’Hanlon Ardal announced that he was leaving the show after series nine, four years after taking on the role of DI Jack Mooney. In a statement released in early October, he said: “I’ve spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!) It’s been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world. However, it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle. I’m confident that Death in Paradise will go from strength to strength and viewers will share my enthusiasm for Jack’s successor!” READ: Did you spot this Downton Abbey star in Death in Paradise? He has since been replaced by Ralf Little, who plays DI Neville Parker. Speaking about whether he’d ever return to the series to HELLO!, he explained: “I can say definitely not, I really feel a real sense of closure as an actor, but also as a person, a real sense of completion.”
Josephine Jobert Season eight of Death in Paradise shocked fans after Josephine’s character Florence Cassell left the island following a dramatic turn of events. In her final episode, Florence was shot while following her fiancé, Patrice, who was killed. Although she recovered from her injury, Florence was unable to stay on the island with the memory of her love, and so left to go travelling. READ: Death in Paradise star Josephine Jobert reveals whether she is staying after season ten Josephine opened up about leaving the show herself, explaining: “Just a message to just say thank you and goodbye. For those who watched episode six you now know I’m leaving Death in Paradise. I quit the show for personal and professional reasons – nothing dramatic I swear! Everything is fine it’s just that I’ve been working on Death in Paradise for five years… I loved every minute every minute of it. I’m going to miss the show, I’m going to miss Toby and Ardal and Shyko and everyone so it’s been a tough decision, but that’s life.”
However, you never know when things are going to change, and luckily for fans Josephine confirmed she would be returning to the show for season ten! Ralf Little shared a video of filming on his Instagram Stories where he panned to Josephine, who spoke about coming back to the series, saying: “Here I am! Hi everybody, I’m so excited to be back for this new series,” while Ralf added: “I know. We are just going to have to do our best acting in paradise.”
Aude Legastelois-Bidé BBC bosses also confirmed that Aude will be leaving the show ahead of season ten after two seasons starring as DS Madeleine Dumas. The statement reads: “DS Madeleine Dumas will also be departing Saint Marie’s sunny shores and we would like to thank [them] for bringing Ruby and Madeleine to life and wish them all the very best for the future.”
Danny John-Jules Danny was the most constant thing about Death in Paradise, having appeared in it since it began in 2011. However, the Strictly star, who played Officer Dwayne Myers, wanted to leave so he could go to performing in theatre. READ: Is a Death in Paradise spin-off in the works? Creators tease return of fan favourite character He told TV Times: “I left Death in Paradise because I wanted to get back on stage. I needed a bit more razzmatazz in my life, and then along came Strictly! I haven’t done a [stage] show for more than 20 years, so this is as close as I’m going to get to doing the jazz hands again. “I’ve also been working on my one-man show about Sammy Davis Jnr, that’s why I’m always wearing a bowler hat!” In the show, it was explained that Dwayne was away boating with his father – lucky for some!
Ben Miller Ben was the main lead as DI Richard Poole when the show premiered back in 2011, and bowed out after two seasons when “personal circumstances… made it too complicated”. Chatting to Radio Times back in 2014, he explained: “I arrived out here for the first series and within a few weeks my wife Jessica discovered she was pregnant. MORE: When is Ralf Little planning to leave Death in Paradise? “That threw everything, because it meant she couldn’t come and visit me for the six months I was out here. During the second series, my son Sonny was starting school – your first year of school is so important – and I did think about him coming over here but I’m divorced from his mum, and it wasn’t very practical. Then when I came back, I picked up my baby son Harrison and he started crying because he didn’t know who I was. My personal circumstances just made it too complicated, but I will miss it like a lung. I love it here.” The star will be returning for season ten, and we can’t wait to see him back in action!
Sara Martins Sara played DS Camille Bordey in the first four series’ of the show, and departed the series just one episode after Ben’s exit after her character moved to Paris. Speaking about her departure to What’s on Tv, she explained: “I’ve loved everything about the show. But the only way to grow in life is to take risks, even if it means losing something you love, or leaving a place that’s comfortable. You should always go forward and take new challenges. The unknown is so seducing, although it’s scary!” Sara will also briefly be returning for season ten!
Gary Carr Gary played Fidel Best for the first three seasons of the show before moving on. Although he hasn’t opened up about his decisions behind exiting the show, Kris Marshall told Digital Spy: “I understand where he is coming from. “I was just the same when I was younger. He wants to move on.” But what about his character? In the season four opener, it was explained that Fidel had left St Marie after being promoted and moving to St Lucia.
Kris Marshall Kris played Humphrey Goodman between seasons three and six, but ultimately quit the show when his young children began to start school, meaning that it would have been more difficult to take them to the Caribbean for filming every six months. He told Radio Times: “Every year except last year we took Thomas out with us. The only reason they didn’t come out last year was because my daughter was born and she was only three months old when filming started. Thomas has basically spent half his life in the Caribbean. Every year he went to the same nursery in Guadeloupe. But now it’s time for him to put on scholastic shackles and toe the line.” Two seasons after his departure, his former co-star Tobi Bakare has said he can’t imagine the star returning since the show has evolved, telling HELLO!: “If Kris made a comeback would have to be at the expense of someone else. The show evolves and because it evolves it just has to do what it has to do. Of course I’d love to work with him again, would I like to see him in Death in Paradise? I don’t know.”
Shyko Amos Sadly, BBC bosses confirmed that Shyko’s character Ruby won’t be returning for season ten in a statement which read: “After two series bringing law, order, and joy to the streets of Saint Marie, we’re sad to say goodbye to Ruby Patterson who made such a massive impact in such a short time!”
Another wrote: “Just finished watching
NCIS last episode. Feeling heartbroken about Jimmy and Breena. They were such a sweet couple.”
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However, while most viewers were left heartbroken for Jimmy, others expressed their confusion over the off-screen death. “I’m sorry, did I miss something?? When did Jimmy’s wife Breena die?! WHY AM I SO CONFUSED?!” someone else wrote, while another questioned:
“Did I miss an episode where Breena passes away? Or is #NCIS gonna cover that?”
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Jimmy’s wife died off-screen after in a pandemic-inspired storyline
Actress Michelle Pierce hasn’t reprised her recurring role as Jimmy’s wife since 2015. Speaking to
Entertainment Tonight about the emotional storyline, Brian revealed that the writing team behind the show were keen to incorporate the sad reality of the pandemic into the series without losing a core NCIS team member.
“The producers let me know that [they wanted] the advent of COVID to hit our team,” he said.
“And yet, we don’t want to lose a team member. So
the prospect of having Jimmy lose his wife, the most optimistic team member lose someone, came to the table and they thought it would be a great storytelling mechanic — albeit very, very sad. So they went ahead with it. I was notified ahead of time and prepared for it, I suppose, emotionally.”
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