'NCIS' scoop: Matthew Willig on new agent's 'instant attraction' to Abby. What does this mean for McAbby?


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Oh, no, McAbby fans! There’s trouble on the way — and he’s huge.

Former NFLer Matthew Willig (pictured, center) makes his debut tonight on NCIS as Special Agent Simon Cade, an intimidating genius with an eye for Abby. “There’s been some talk about a connection I may or may not have with Abby, and I think there’s something there,” he teases. “I’m a new agent in a new town and I’m looking for someone to show me around.” (Willig and fellow guest star Alimi Ballard’s arrival was first teased in Spoiler Room.)

And you can bet McGee “will definitely get jealous as time goes on,” Willig says. 

“I think the dynamic that Abby and McGee have — they’re sort of in a stale spot. [Cade will] shake that up,” he tells EW. “There was just an instant attraction there with [Cade and Abby]. She’s friendly right off the bat, and there’s definitely a little connection we see.”

The only problem, according to Willig? He’s aware that McGee and Abby fans might not welcome his arrival, and the thought of disrupting a fandom as passionate as the McAbby group is enough to make even him squirm. “I’m paranoid. I may have to watch where I go out at night to make sure I don’t get followed,” he laughs.

What do you say, McAbby fans? Should Willig watch his back? Or are we excited to see McGee sweat it out?

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  • Elin

    Worst idea ever -.- doe jealous Mcgee is kinda cute.. humf

  • Melody

    He definitely needs to watch his back. I’m not going to be hunting him down and stalking the man in the shadows or anything, but I may have a satellite in orbit that is tracking his every move of which I may be reporting back to my dear McGee. I just saying maybe. Hands off Abby!!

  • judy

    abby needs to have some fun even if it is with a new agent.im not a mcabby fan

  • GeekGirl13

    While I’ve loved the idea of McGee and Abby from the moment Tim joined the team, I actually like the idea of a new romance for Abby, especially if its a short term thing meant to move her and McGee along in the long term.

    • KLG

      could be good to shake the two up.. but that bldg is full of hunks.. dont need to mess up the unit and its charisma between the teams and i dont like it.

  • Becca

    I’ll protect you Willig, not that you need protection from someone a foot shorter than you. I’m a firm believer in Gibbs’ Rule #12- Never date a coworker. I also love it when the writer’s throw in a riff of Tiva and McAbby fans. For either of them to get together would change the show completely. Besides when you look at it, they’re a family, ask the agents yourself. And not a family of married couples, but a family of Gibbs being the papa bear with his children. I’m extremely excited to see Willig and Ballard’s addition to the show. Let’s just hope I like their characters a whole lot more than stinkin EJ Barret. And I don’t like her because the riff she’s put in Tiva, but because she just urks me. There’s my two cents…

    • mowarsh

      did you mean Ziva?

      • Alison

        No, Becca meant Tiva – it’s a relationship acronym: Tony + Ziva = Tiva

  • Karen

    watch your back dude!!
    by the way, is this a damn soap opera now?!? jeez! :/

    • ks

      I know! I’m glad I am not the only one who feels this way.
      I’m disliking agent Barett yuck. WAKE UP TONY you need a heavy handed Gibbs slap!

  • Liz

    I want Abby and Tim to get together, but it’s nice to shake things up a bit – I agree that it’s been a bit stale lately. As long as this relationship is just temporary, I’m good!

  • brandy

    Personally, I think it sucks that all we hear about is Abby and McGee, when there is another shipper base out there and it’s called GABBY!!!! Hello, what about Gibbs and Abby, are they ever going to acknowledge that Gibbs and Abby have the best chemistry? I hate these spoilers. McAbby is stale and old. I know there are alot of McAbby shippers out there, but at least Abby and McGee have kissed and so has Tiva, can’t the Gabby shippers like me get at least one real kiss!!!!!!!! So frustrating.

    • “Gabby”?

      I think you mean Daddy.

    • jules

      Ew! Gibbs is way more of a father figure to both Abby and Ziva. To couple him up with either of them would just be gross.

  • Iris

    As a GABBY fan, I’m looking forward to McAbby fans’ frustration! At least your fandom gets press time!

  • Samantha

    Whaaaaat? Gibbs and Abby??? That is just gross!!! I just want someone on that show to have a successful relationship for five freaking seconds! COME ON!

  • JazyJ

    First Ballard, now Willig. Why are they messing with NCIS? It’s great the way it is. Is someone leaving? Ballard’s got to go. Ziva’s the diva on that team.

  • JazyJ

    Brandy, Gibbs is a father figure to Abby. Anything more would be incest.

    • Unhinged

      Not a Gabby fan, or a fan of any of the characters getting together on the show. Now even though they have a father-daughter relationship, it wouldn’t be incest. Seeing as how none of these characters are blood related.

      • @Unhinged

        Perhaps JazyJ was speaking figuratively?

  • Erin

    Not interested in McAbby (Or Tiva). Chucking in Simon, EJ and Ray… I like how they’re expanding and shaking them all up for this killer arc and giving us more potential P2P victims whose deaths would have an impact without it being Team Gibbs. However if part of that leads to these shippery triangles, ugh. Not impressed.

  • KLG

    I hate this turn of events.. I want the new bunch gone asap. And the groups superior could use a personality adjustment. They are making him a bit to high handed and overbearing.

  • jambler

    I like it, I like it!

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