On Tuesday, “NCIS” returned with its latest episode for its current season. The episode was dedicated to a crew member who recently passed away and was with the drama series for a long time.
On May 4, 2021, “NCIS” was back again on the CBS channel with its thirteenth episode from its eighteenth season. The episode was titled “Misconduct” and was meant as a tribute to someone special.
In the episode, Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) went to court to testify against an old enemy. Torres (played by Wilmer Valderrama) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) investigated a hit and run incident.
Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo, Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, and Brian Dietzen at CBS Upfront Presentation on May 15, 2013, in New York City | Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images
The episode was filled with twists that linked the two cases together. At the end of the episode, the title card appeared, revealing how the episode had been a touching tribute to the late Shannon Soucie.
However, the title card didn’t explain how Soucie was linked to the series. Brian Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer took to social media after the episode to explain how the late crew member was linked to “NCIS.”
He described her as a “beloved crew member” who was also his softball teammate and a friend. The actor explained how he’d worked along with her for many years as she was part of the show’s hair department.
Dietzen proudly shared how Soucie had done a wonderful job on the set. He revealed that she was a kind person and that he was broken-hearted to hear of her recent death and would miss her.
According to “Express,” the late crew member had worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist. Soucie also earned herself an Emmy Award nomination for her work behind the scenes for the 2000s film “Geppetto.”
The late nominee also had the pleasure of working with the likes of Bruce Willis and Justin Timberlake in 2006’s “Alpha Dog.” More than ten years ago, she worked as a key hairstylist for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Soucie began working on “NCIS’” third season in 2005 and stayed with it for more than 15 seasons before her death on April 19, 2021. When she died, she was 55, and the cause of death wasn’t mentioned.
On the day the episode paying tribute to her aired, her colleague, Diona Reasonover (who plays Kasie Hines), posted about her on Instagram. The actress shared an image of Soucie and mourned her death.
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