NCIS: What happened to Tony Dinozzo’s first female partner Vivian Blackadder?

NCIS has seen a massive change in the cast, especially over the past few years. But what happened to Tony Dinozzo’s first female partner on the show?.

NCIS finished its 17th season earlier than expected last month as the show was unable to film the final few episodes. However, the CBS drama will return for an 18th season and the stories which were planned for the end of the latest series will still be used. A release date for season 18 has not yet been announced. NCIS’ Agent Tony Dinozzo (played by Michael Weatherly) was one of the series’ original characters, having starred in the drama from the very first episode. In Yankee White, a Navy Commander died on board Air Force One and NCIS teamed up with secret service agent Kate Todd (Sasha Alexander) to find out what happened. As she went against protocol, Kate was fired from the service but hired by Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) shortly after. She became a fan-favourite and worked alongside Tony for the majority of the first two seasons.

At the end of the second series in episode Twilight, the team had cleared a warehouse housing a terrorist cell. However, in a shocking moment, Kate was shot in the head by Mossad double-agent Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin). In season three, viewers found out Haswari had killed Kate in order to target Gibbs. All of the agents were devastated by Kate’s death and even when Agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) was first introduced, they struggled to let go, not wanting to clear out her desk for their new arrival. Despite what many would think, Kate was not actually Tony’s first ever female partner.

What happened to Tony Dinozzo’s first female partner Vivian Blackadder?

NCIS was originally a spin-off show of US Navy drama JAG in the 90s where Gibbs was first introduced. In season eight, episodes Ice Queen and Meltdown acted as backdoor episodes to the NCIS series, featuring Gibbs and Tony. They also featured FBI agent-turned-NCIS Special Agent Vivian Blackadder (Robyn Lively) who was Tony’s partner. She was the third member of the original trio, joining the team before Tony who became part of NCIS a few months earlier after resigning from the Baltimore Police Department. However, Vivian didn’t last very long as Tony’s partner or even got her time to shine on NCIS. Vivian did not get to star in NCIS after she appeared in the two episodes of JAG. Over the years, it has been widely reported JAG creator and Executive Donald P Bellisario said in an interview he thought Lively, actress Blake Lively’s sister, was too “soft”. So even before NCIS began, Lively was dropped from the show and led the writers to create Tony’s new partner Kate. But fans will most likely remember Tony’s partner as Ziva David. Although he wasn’t keen at first to welcome a new female agent to the team following Kate’s death, Tony soon warmed to Ziva. The pair had a will-they-won’t-they kind of relationship with fans eager to see them get together. When Ziva was believed to be dead, it was revealed she had a daughter with Tony called Tali. He left NCIS shortly after so he could look after Tali in Paris. In season 16, fans were shocked to find out Ziva didn’t actually die in a mortar attack and had been in hiding. She then left NCIS behind so she could join both Tony and Tali in Paris where they now live together. NCIS season 17 is available to watch on CBS.