Santa Clarita, Los Angeles - CBS studio bosses had bust a gut dropping zillion of hints about the simmering chemistry between former Mossad agent Ziva David and Special Agent Tony DiNozzo.
But the pair's eagerly anticipated on-screen consummation has been dealt a death blow as 25 million fans are set to discover on 24 September when NCIS Season 11 returns to TV.
According to an exclusive preview of Tuesday night's premiere there's a very different romantic story line that deals with Ziva's anticipated departure.
And the bottom line is that feisty, dark-eyed former Israeli killing machine Ziva David walks up the aisle to become the fifth Mrs Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
Yeah, that's right, the lady never gave her heart - or her body! - to Proby DiNozzo despite all those fizzing pheromones and smouldering glances across a pair of loaded hand guns.
So studio bosses had filmed two completely different endings to 11th season to deal with Ziva's inevitable exit without killing her off and upsetting their enormous fan base, said to have grown to a staggering 20 million per night.
Catch the nuptial scenes right HERE as Gibbs and Ziva tie the knot.