I honestly don't understand from where you're getting McGee's characterization. It's understandable to dislike a character. There are plenty of characters that I actively dislike. However, I don't malign them just to make a story "better". Or to make it work at all.
I do not believe that McGee could ever raise a finger to Abby. He may be condescending at times, sure, but that's not the same as being cruel.
Also, *please* tell me you're not setting up a Gibbs/Abby romance *this* early in the story. An abused woman--and Abby has obviously been abused, even if we don't know all the details yet--is not going to jump right into another relationship. At least, she should not.
I don't think I was too harsh. I mean, I could've said a lot worse. :-P
In unrelated news, I have three pages of notes on RSS now. All I need to do is figure out how, exactly, it works. Heh. And then teach it to my class. There is a reason I'm not an education major.
(In unrelated unrelated news--see my new icon? *snicker* I love This Week in God.)