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NCIS Already Has The Best Jessica Knight Replacement (But With 1 Big Caveat)

Jesicca Knight’s perfect NCIS replacement is clear, but there’s one condition for it to happen. Amid a fairly busy NCIS season 21, CBS opted for a quieter year-ender with “Reef Madness.” The case was straightforward, with Alden Parker and his team responding to the discovery of several bodies aboard a ship that is about to be an artificial reef. It wasn’t exactly as creative or thrilling, especially considering everything that happened during the year, including NCIS’ 1000th episode narrative. That said, it was the circumstances of the agents during this time that made the outing compelling.

Katrina Law as Jessica Knight in NCIS season 21, episode 10.

For starters, Parker experienced a brush with death after getting fatally injured aboard the crime scene. While he was recuperating quite nicely when the episode wrapped up, the incident laid the foundation for the mystery identity of Lily for NCIS season 22. The start of a new storyline may have simultaneously gone down with the end of another, as Knight faced a major decision when she was offered to be the REACT team’s chief training officer at Camp Pendleton. While it’s still uncertain if she will leave the Major Case Response Team (MCRT), NCIS has the perfect replacement for her.

Jane Tennant Is NCIS’ Best Jess Knight’s Replacement

Jane Tennant by a helicopter in NCIS Hawaii

Knight did say yes to Director Leon Vance when asked whether she would take the job on the other side of the continent, which means that when NCIS season 22 returns, Parker’s team has an open slot for a new member. The police procedural isn’t new to this, having replaced several members over the years. However, instead of introducing an entirely new character to fill the void that she will leave. Instead, NCIS can just bring over Jane Tennant to be part of MCRT on the heels of NCIS: Hawai’i’s divisive cancelation.

The transition should be easier than bringing in a fresh player who is tasked with filling the big shoes that Knight will leave when she officially departs MCRT. Tennant, being an already-established character with ties to the main NCIS show will make things smoother for Parker to move forward. It will also function as a way to continue NCIS: Hawai’i with at least Tennant’s story.

NCIS Would Have To Demote Tennant To Join Parker’s Team (But It Might Work)

Major Jane Tennant holds a gun and wears tactical gear in the forest in NCIS Hawaii Season 3

There’s a major caveat, however, to this proposition. In order for this to happen, Tennant must be demoted to be an NCIS Senior Field Agent to join Parker’s team. Admittedly, that isn’t an easy change, considering that she was so good as the Special Agent-in-Charge of the NCIS: Hawaiʻi Field Office. That being said, this may be the only way for her narrative to continue, especially in light of NCIS: Hawai’i’s cliffhanger ending where Maggie Shaw returns with a new mystery for Tennant.

If CBS and the creatives of the NCIS franchise want to make amends without having to bring back NCIS: Hawai’i , which is unfortunately unlikely, transferring Jane to the main show is their best bet.

It’s difficult to say what the finale ending was setting, considering the lack of details. That said, if CBS and the creatives of the NCIS franchise want to make amends without having to bring back NCIS: Hawai’i, which is unfortunately unlikely, transferring Jane to the main show is their best bet. The position can be temporary, only supposed to last until her lingering storyline is officially addressed. Arguably, leaving that plot unsolved is more frustrating than this less-than-ideal but plausible set-up.

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