NCIS has the perfect replacement for Jessica Knight, but it hinges on one condition.

At the end of season 21, Jessica Knight accepted a promotion to become the REACT Chief Training Officer at Camp Pendleton. This move would relocate her far from the Washington D.C. office and her current team. If she leaves, it would not only split up her team—Alden Parker, Timothy McGee, Nick Torres, Kasie Hines, Dr. Jimmy Palmer, and Director Leon Vance—but also impact her relationship with Jimmy Palmer. Finding a suitable replacement for her in season 22 will be essential.

Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant: A Package Deal with Sam Hanna

If Jessica Knight takes the role of REACT Chief Training Officer, Sam Hanna and Special Agent in Charge Jane Tennant must join the team together. Sam Hanna, a former member of NCIS: Los Angeles, would be an excellent addition to the Washington, D.C. office. His rapport with Tennant from NCIS: Hawai’i makes them a perfect combo. Tennant’s presence would also ensure gender balance, keeping the team from becoming entirely male-dominated. Should Knight depart, this pair could seamlessly merge into the flagship MCRT.

The Legacy of Strong Female Characters

It’s complicated for Sam Hanna to fill Jessica Knight’s role alone because the NCIS franchise has a 19-year legacy of strong female characters in this position. The role began with Caitlin “Kate” Todd (Sasha Alexander), who served from the first episode until her death at the end of season 2. She was succeeded by Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), who avenged Kate’s death and became a vital team member. After Ziva’s departure, Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham) took over until Knight replaced her in season 19.

Ensuring Balance and Consistency

Although Hanna is highly competent, bringing Jane Tennant on board would provide the necessary balance and maintain the tradition of strong female leads. Tennant, however, cannot take over the job alone, as it would be a downgrade for her character, especially after the cancellation of NCIS: Hawai’i. By partnering Tennant with Hanna, the team’s dynamic is preserved, honoring the tradition of female agents in this critical position.

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