If you find yourself grimacing or groaning at your television set whenever a girl would lean a little too close to Gibbs (Mark Harmon), you're not alone. Rena Sofer, in fact, tells TV Guide
that she's getting the backlash of an NCIS
fandom that is not exactly receptive of the sort of romantic storylines NCIS
has set up for Gibbs this season.'NCIS' Fan Columnist: Is The Relationship Over?
"One morning, the guard who stands at the front gate of my daughter's school said, 'I don't like you,' out of nowhere. I said, 'What are you talking about?' He's like, 'What are you doing to Gibbs?'"
Sofer, who plays hard-nosed attorney M. Allison Hart on the CBS show, continues: "I'm like, 'Oh...that. Trust me. You're gonna like me.'"
Will they? Reception to the antagonistic-turned-romantic-turned-just-plain-confusing story between Gibbs and Hart had been hardly promising, but to Sofer, that's actually a good thing.
"This is one of the few shows on television that doesn't treat its audience like idiots," she adds. "I really don't know whether it's a hookup or not. There's a very ambiguous feeling about the two of them. I love that!"
As for Dina Meyer, whose Holly Snow returned last week on NCIS
, she thinks fans should make room for the possibility that Gibbs might actually enjoy all the flirtations.
"[T]here are some die-hard fans who hope their beloved Gibbs stays single and sticks to his job," she says. "There are people who enjoyed the chemistry that Holly and Gibbs had. He deserves to get a little action here and there! If the fans really love him, right?"
For his part, NCIS
big boss Shane Brennan reveals that Sofer's arc will figure in the upcoming finale, a closer which star Cote de Pablo previously said will be "Gibbs-centric."
"We love ambiguity on NCIS
," he says. "It's one of the secret successes of the show that we have this ensemble of recurring characters, and we're always looking for ways of adding to the family."(Image courtesy of CBS)