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Main cast

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, portrayed by Mark Harmon, was born in Stillwater, Pennsylvania to Jackson Gibbs and an unnamed mother. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1976 instead of attending college and became a Scout Sniper. After serving tours of duty in Panama and Iraq,[1] he retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He joined NIS, which later became NCIS, after his wife Shannon and only daughter Kelly were murdered in 1991. Since then, he has been married and divorced three times, and is currently single. He currently leads a team consisting of Anthony DiNozzo, Timothy McGee, and Ziva David. In the episode "Bête Noire" Gibbs comes face to face with terrorist Ari and puts a bullet through Ari's right shoulder. He is often shown in his basement building boats, at least one of which he named after his daughter. In the episode "Blowback", when confronting "Goliath" on the plane about "ARES", Gibbs revealed he was a Virgo.

Anthony "Tony" D. DiNozzo

Senior Special Agent Anthony "Tony" D. DiNozzo, portrayed by Michael Weatherly, is a former homicide detective for the Baltimore Police Department. Prior to Baltimore, he worked for Philadelphia PD and Peoria PD. He is a "technophobe" with limited patience for the scientific method and technical terms. He attended Ohio State University as a physical education major and was a member of the "Alpha Chi Delta" fraternity, class of 1989. DiNozzo is said to have played college basketball, "running the point for Ohio State" according to Abby Sciuto in a discussion with her assistant, Chip. It is mentioned that he comes from a wealthy family (but was disowned by his father, Anthony DiNozzo Sr., portrayed by Robert Wagner. Episode titled "Flesh and Blood", aired 01.12.2010.). DiNozzo's mother was over-protective, and she "dressed him like a sailor until he was ten."[citation needed]

He is a flirt, often getting shot down by women, but that doesn't stop him. He was once on a special assignment in which he was supposed to find an arms dealer, but ended up falling in love with the dealer's daughter. In the episode "Knockout", he revealed that he was not doing well with women and that he was still hurting from his relationship with Jeanne Benoit.

Reassigned as an Agent Afloat in Season 5 ("Judgment Day")
Transferred back to the Major Case Response Team in Season 6 ("Agent Afloat")[2]

Ziva David

Ziva David, portrayed by Cote de Pablo, formerly held the post of Mossad Liaison Officer to NCIS, to which she was appointed following the murder of Special Agent Caitlin Todd by a rogue Mossad operative named Ari Haswari. David was Ari's control officer and half-sister. After Ari's death, she requested a liaison assignment to NCIS, where she subsequently joined Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs' team.

Her specialty with the Mossad was interrogation which included various forms of torture. She speaks Hebrew, English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian and Turkish. Despite being fluent in English, she sometimes misinterprets idioms and phrases that have different meanings in other languages if translated directly. Ziva is very skilled with a knife and has been shown teaching her colleagues how to throw it properly. In her career, she has travelled extensively to countries including Egypt (where she met Jenny Shepard), Iraq, the United Kingdom and Morocco.

In the episode "Good Cop, Bad Cop" Ziva became a probationary NCIS Special Agent after she terminated her links with Mossad. Since then, Tony has referred to her (as with McGee) as "Probie".

Ziva rarely speaks of her personal life. Her father Eli David is the director of Mossad. The show never mentions Ziva's mother we only know that she doesn't have the same mother as Ari. Her sister, Talia "Tali" David, was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel. She also has an Aunt Nettie who likes to play mahjong.

Ziva's hobbies include playing the piano, singing, dancing (she took ballet when she was young), cooking, reading, and boxing. She enjoys the fictional drink Berry Mango Madness. She drives a red Mini Cooper, likes listening to the Israeli band Hadag Nachash and the Latin American band Kinky. She does not own a television but her favorite movie is The Sound of Music.

De Pablo describes the character as someone who is "completely different from anyone else on the show" and that because "she's been around men all her life; she's used to men in authority. She's not afraid of men."[3]

Former Mossad Liaison Officer, NCIS
Returned to Mossad Season 6 ("Aliyah")
Returned to NCIS Season 7. Resigned from Mossad to become a Special Agent, leaving former position abandoned ("The Inside Man").

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto

Pauley Perrette portrays Abby

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto, portrayed by Pauley Perrette, is a forensic specialist with NCIS. As indicated in the episode "Seadog", she is the child of deaf parents. She is known for her gothic style of dress and addiction to the fictional, high-caffeine beverage "Caf-Pow". Abby had a brief and "casual" relationship with Special Agent McGee, as seen in the episode "Reveille" in season one, which ended with the two remaining friends. She is the most active and affectionate person of the team, often hugging everyone and talking fast. She is one of the few who can talk to Gibbs freely, and he often buys her Caf-Pow. She and Gibbs, who also calls her "Abbs/Abs", are both fluent in sign language, and often use it, much to the chagrin of their colleagues. She has a stuffed farting hippopotamus named Bert that often appears in the show.

Abby's hobbies include a bowling league with nuns, helping build homes for the needy, and playing computer games.

Timothy McGee

Timothy McGee, portrayed by Sean Murray, first appeared in the episode "Sub Rosa" as a Case Agent stationed at Norfolk, and was promoted to Field Agent and assigned to Agent Gibbs' team in the second season, becoming a regular character, where he became a Junior Special Agent with NCIS. He serves as a field computer consultant and occasionally assists Abby Sciuto in the lab.

His clashes with DiNozzo over his methods have earned him the pejorative nickname "McGeek" and "McGoo" (along with other derisive nicknames based on his surname), as well as "Probie", and "Elf Lord", the latter used by multiple characters due to his elf character in an online role playing computer game. He was trained in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and computer forensics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also graduated the top of his class at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

McGee is also a writer, writing mystery crime novels including a national best seller, Deep Six, under the pseudonym Thom E. Gemcity (an anagram of his name), featuring characters based on his fellow co-workers and others from his everyday life. He also drives a silver Porsche Boxster as seen in the episode "Twisted Sister". He has Apple's iPhone smartphone, and uses it frequently on investigation.

He was transferred to Cybercrimes Division in Season 5 ("Judgment Day"), and transferred back to the Major Case Response Team in Season 6 ("Last Man Standing").[2]

Leon Vance

Leon Vance, portrayed by Rocky Carroll, first appeared in the episode "Internal Affairs" as Assistant Director in Season 5. He is named Director after the death of Jenny Shepard. It has been revealed in the episode "Knockout" that he was originally from Ohio, but grew up in Chicago where he trained to be a boxer. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, but was forced to take a medical discharge before ever serving due to having undergone surgery to repair a detached retina suffered during his boxing career.[4]

Leon Vance has a wife, Jackie, and two children, a daughter, Kayla, and a son, Jared. He met his wife while attending a University of Maryland basketball game while Len Bias was playing.[4]

After joining NCIS, Vance was assigned on a protection detail for a Serbian politician at a UN Summit in Prague. The politician and Vance's partner, Neil Wilson, were killed by North Korean operative Lee Wuan Kai and he was wounded. He spent several years chasing her, missing her five times in five different towns. He nearly caught up with her in Los Angeles with the help of the NCIS OSP unit stationed there but failed again. Kai was killed by Vance's wife Jackie after having murdered the men who turned her into a killer when she was a girl.

In the episode "Knockout", 2009, Tyler Keith Owens, an old friend of Leon Vance is murdered. Vance personally oversees the case using the members of Gibb's team. Vance keeps stating that Owens was a marine but there is no military record for him. At one point Gibbs stops by the home of the director. Mrs. Vance tells Gibbs how she and the director met. She also tells him that the director did not go into active duty in the marines due to a detached retina. Gibbs asks Ducky to re-examine Owen's body and this time look for any surgical procedures. Ducky reports to Gibbs that a surgical operation for a detached retina was performed on Owens. This leads the viewer to wonder who Vance really is.

Upon being promoted to the director's position at the end of Season 5, Vance immediately goes to former director Shepard's office, and is seen to shred a single mysterious document from his own personnel file. It is later revealed in season 6 ("Semper Fidelis") that the document was a letter of recommendation from his supervising agent at the time, Douglas Scott Reilly. The Secretary of the Navy tells Gibbs that the file is a fabrication and that he thought all copies had been destroyed. The letter is reproduced here

Vance is also a recurring character of the NCIS spin-off, NCIS Los Angeles.

Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard

Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, portrayed by David McCallum, is the Chief Medical Examiner at NCIS. Dr. Mallard is a Scottish-born doctor,[5] who has been long-time friends with Gibbs, and underwent medical education at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. He has a "second talent", as Gibbs calls it, to be able to read people, which he expands in Season 4 by studying psychology. In cases without actual bodies, he assists by using his psychological training to decipher the clues left by the perpetrators. Dr. Mallard is an eccentric character who often talks to the deceased and rambles to the living with many long personal remembrances or historical accounts, but is a kind man at heart. He also refers to his co-workers by their full first names (ex: Abigail instead of Abby) - with the exceptions of Gibbs and medical assistant Jimmy Palmer, whom he addresses as Jethro and Mr. Palmer, respectively.

Ducky and Gibbs have worked together for many years. When Gibbs was asked, "What did Ducky look like when he was younger?" he replied, "Illya Kuryakin" - the Russian spy played by McCallum in the 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E..[6]

Ducky drives a Morgan that he restored himself. In the episode "Hung Out to Dry," it is revealed that he has a nephew, though no further information follows.

Although staying mainly in his lab and going to crime scenes to examine bodies, he was sent on a highly important undercover mission in the episode "Blowback".

The ring tone on his cell phone features bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave".[7]

He lived with his aging mother and their four corgis until season 6. In the episode "Broken Bird", Ducky revealed his mother had moved out and had Alzheimer's disease.[8] Nina Foch, the actress who played Ducky's mother, died on December 5, 2008, necessitating the change. In the episode "Double Identity", it was revealed Ducky's mother had died. Her headstone indicated 1912-2010.[9]

Recurring cast

Jimmy Palmer

Jim (Jimmy) Palmer, portrayed by Brian Dietzen, first appeared in the episode "Split Decision". After Gerald was incapacitated, Palmer became Mallard's medical assistant both in the field and in the morgue. In the episode "About Face", Jimmy became a central character of the episode who must recover his memory to find a suspect to the murder case and his attempted killer. He self-identifies as a sufferer of a "mild" case of diabetes mellitus in the episode "In The Dark". He is terrified of Gibbs.[citation needed] Part of the reason that Doctor Mallard and he are often not at the crime scene until well after Gibbs and his team arrive is related to Dr. Mallard's emphasis on Jimmy being a horrible driver and always getting lost. He was named after former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer[10]. Palmer is currently dealing with ex-agent Lee's real loyalty and her death as he was sleeping with her.

In the episode "Last Man Standing", Palmer reveals to Gibbs and Vance that he and Agent Lee had been "doing it" for a while.

In the episode "The Good Wives Club" it is revealed that Jimmy is claustrophobic; when he is entering the enclosed hallway he is seen sweating profusely and when he has to go get the body bag he gets freaked out about having to go back through it.

In the episode "About Face", as Jimmy was being hypnotized by Abby, it can be inferred that he has a foot/shoe fetish as he dreamily states in great detail about Ziva and Abby's footwear, instead of recalling information about the current case. The episode also leads us to believe that his mother's name is Eunice.

In many of the episodes, Jimmy is seen fraternizing with Michelle Lee. Often they make excuses for working late and are seen entering and exiting the underside of the autopsy table.

Jackson Gibbs

Jackson Gibbs is the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, portrayed by Ralph Waite. After his son left to join the Marines, Jackson Gibbs continued to live in the town of Stillwater. He was widowed some years before the events in the sixth season episode "Heartland." During the episode "Frame UP", Gibbs mentions that his father painted pin-up girl Betty Grable on the nose of his P-51 Mustang. From this, it is possible that Jackson served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II.

Tobias C. Fornell

Tobias C. Fornell, portrayed by Joe Spano, first appeared in the episode "Yankee White". Fornell is a Senior FBI Special Agent. He is often involved in "inter-agency turf wars" with Gibbs' NCIS team. The two frequently pretend to be furiously angry at each other in front of their agents, only to meet in an elevator and talk, revealing a pre-existing friendship. Their friendship is close enough for Gibbs to delay his retirement in the episode "Escaped" in order to assist Fornell in recapturing a fugitive. In the episode "Bone Yard", Fornell comes to Gibbs for help when he is accused of being a mole for the mafia. In the same episode, he reveals that Gibbs is likely his only friend. Gibbs seems to feel similarly about Fornell, going so far as to fake Fornell's death, just in case the investigation didn't clear him. It was revealed, in the episode "Twilight", that Fornell was married to Gibbs' second wife (Diane) after she and Gibbs divorced, something that Gibbs warned him against. Fornell and Diane had a daughter, Emily.[11]

Mike Franks

Mike Franks is portrayed by Muse Watson, introduced in episode flashbacks in the episode "Hiatus (Part 1)". Retired NIS/NCIS Agent Mike Franks was called in to help with Gibbs' memory after he went in a coma from a bombing. He is Gibbs' former mentor and partner, still referring to Gibbs as "Probie". Although he comes across as crass and uncaring, Franks has been known to be very devious and sneaky, even hiding the fact that he had a son, though Gibbs helped hide his granddaughter and the girl's mother. He was the only survivor of the gun battle that ended Director Shepard's life and found some evidence that the new director was, apparently, looking for, even though he was outside getting himself water for tea when the shooting started and went back in to make sure the other shooters were dead. In his visit to Gibbs' bedside in the fourth season, it is revealed in flashbacks that he warned members of the intelligence community about the threat that Osama Bin Laden posed to American servicemen abroad some time before the Khobar Towers Bombing. After the deaths of a number of Air Force personnel in the bombing, Franks retired to Mexico and handed control of the MCRT to Gibbs.

Nikki Jardine

Nikki Jardine, portrayed by Susan Kelechi Watson, first appeared in the episode "Leap of Faith". She assisted Gibbs' team in keeping watch on communications, and speaks fluent Arabic. In the episode "In the Zone", despite being a germaphobe revolted at the idea of field work, Jardine asked to go to Baghdad with Tony. She ostensibly went there on a case, but she also had her own reasons for going. Her brother had been injured while serving there, and a local villager, mistaken by Marines as an insurgent, was killed while attempting to help him, prompting Jardine to help the villager's children. Her last appearance was in the episode "In the Zone."

Dr. Jordan Hampton

Dr. Jordan Hampton, portrayed by Torri Higginson, first appeared in the episode "Identity Crisis". When a "John Doe" was donated to science and Ducky found mercury in his brain, he was outraged that the Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy didn't think to check his brain before donating him. As he and Gibbs went to confront "him", (Ducky mistakenly assumed that Dr. Hampton was male) he asked Gibbs to think no less of him for giving the M.E. a piece of his mind. After finding out that Dr. Hampton was not male, Ducky was visibly placated. Jordan came back to Ducky's autopsy room to help him find anything else she might've missed, and decoded the tattoo on his arm, helping Gibbs and his team eventually solve the case. She also reveals in this episode that she likes things neat and clean.

She made a reappearance in the episode "Broken Bird" to help Ducky overcome grief and guilt for euthanizing a tortured Afghani when he was a doctor in the military. The two show some romantic interest in both episodes. Also, although she did not appear in the episode, she gave Ducky the autopsy report for La Grenouille in the episode "Internal Affairs."

Trent Kort

Trent Kort, portrayed by David Dayan Fisher, first appeared in the episode "Smoked". He works for the CIA and while he hasn't done anything illegal, he almost always has his own agenda. He also has a bad tendency to lie to peoples' faces, especially Gibbs. (In the episode "Dead Reckoning" he tells Gibbs that trust is elusive at best and Gibbs responds by saying that between him and Kort, it's not elusive but impossible). He has managed to keep a neutral relationship with everyone on Gibbs's team except DiNozzo, since he blew Tony's car up in the episode "Bury Your Dead", and kept La Grenouille informed about Tony's relationship with his daughter, even though it was supposed to be an undercover mission to get to La Grenouille. However, Kort is shown to have some strong ties within the CIA, as he was able to get files on Ducky as well as Director Vance for Gibbs. It is also speculated that Kort is the one to have killed both Jasper Shepherd and La Grenouille.However this is not the case as Jennys Glock17 magazine is found to leave the same imprints on a 9mm bullet as the one that was found on the ship that killed "TheFrog"

Deceased characters

Ari Haswari

Portrayed by Rudolf Martin. Haswari is a terrorist who attacked and wounded both Gibbs and Gerald Jackson when he infiltrated the NCIS morgue during the episode "Bête Noire". NCIS initially identified him as an undercover Mossad agent in the episode "Reveille", but he was a rogue agent working for Hamas and he was later found to be the leader of an Al-Qaeda cell in Washington, D.C..

Both of his parents medical doctors, Ari's mother, Hosmoya Haswari, was Palestinian and his father, Dr. Benjamin Weinstein (actually Eli David using an alias) was Israeli. He underwent medical training in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, in order to serve undercover inside the Gaza Strip, where his mother was killed during a retaliatory bombardment by Israel.

After the murder of Special Agent Kate Todd in the episode "Twilight", and several further attacks on NCIS members (including Gibbs) in the two part episodes "Kill Ari (Part 1)" and "Kill Ari (Part 2)", he was killed by his half-sister, Mossad officer Ziva David, who is later offered and accepts a position at NCIS as Mossad liaison officer. It was revealed in the episode "Aliyah" by Director Vance that Ziva killed Ari under orders from their father (Mossad Director Eli David), in order to gain Gibbs' trust.

Brent Langer

Brent Langer, portrayed by Jonathan LaPaglia, first appeared in the episode "Tribes". He is killed in the episode "Last Man Standing" by Agent Lee, and initially suspected of being a mole. Lee was, in fact, the mole, and killed him to preserve her cover. He was an FBI agent, initially trained under Gibbs at NCIS and was transferred back to NCIS at Gibbs' recommendation. He had previously worked with Gibbs' team in the episode "Tribes", where he assisted the team in tracking down a terrorist recruiter. Gibbs places his voided FBI agent ID card on a wall commemorating fallen personnel in the episode, "Collateral Damage",[12] just as Gibbs was turning his suspicion back to Agent Lee.

Caitlin "Kate" Todd

Caitlin Todd, portrayed by Sasha Alexander, first appeared in the episode "Yankee White". Todd was a former Secret Service agent, recruited by Gibbs after she successfully helped him solve a murder aboard Air Force One. She worked well with everyone on the team, becoming particularly close with Ducky and Abby, who convinced her to get a tattoo (referenced in the episode "Kill Ari (Part 1)"). Her relationship with Gibbs is unique, as there appeared to be a real friendship between the two characters; which is considered unusual considering Gibbs is not a close friend with anyone. Her relationship with Tony, however, was more adversarial. Tony frequently flirted with her and went through her personal belongings, no matter how many times she pointed out that his behavior was grossly unprofessional. Kate was killed in the line of duty at the end of the episode "Twilight" by Ari Haswari, collateral damage in the terrorist's obsession with Gibbs. Todd also made appearances in "Kill Ari" parts 1 and 2 as a hallucination, remembered by her teammates. She was replaced at NCIS by Israeli Mossad Liaison Officer Ziva David.

Jenny Shepard

Lauren Holly portrayed Director Shepard

Jenny Shepard, portrayed by Lauren Holly, first appeared in the episode "Kill Ari (Part 1)". She replaced former NCIS director Thomas Morrow, at the start of the third season after Morrow took a Deputy Director's position with the Department of Homeland Security. She is also a "military brat" as her father Colonel Jasper Shepard was an Army officer.[13] She was Gibbs' former partner and former lover. While she and Gibbs were stationed in Europe, Gibbs was ordered back to the States and she was offered her own section in Europe. When Gibbs asked Jenny to go with him, she refused. They were reunited in "Kill Ari (Part one)" which stirred Gibbs` heart, and opened a constant flirtation between her and Gibbs. Jenny was killed in the episode "Judgement Day (Part 1)". At the time of her death she was already dying from an illness that is never specified.

During season 4, Director Shepard places Tony DiNozzo on an undercover assignment to get close to notoious international arms dealer René Benoit. The sub-plot comes to a head late in the season when it is revealed that she blames Benoit for the death of her father and that Benoit is now central to a major CIA deep-cover operation. Gibbs confronts her over the operation, sugesting that Shepard is letting her emotions dictate her actions and that she has knowingly placed DiNozzo in danger an jeopardised a major CIA operation for the purposes of getting revenge while hiding behind her position as NCIS director to justify her actions.

In several episodes during season five, before her death in the episode "Judgement Day (Part 1)", her failing health becomes a plot issue as for example when Ducky is shown to be ordering a test on a blood sample to Abby, telling her that it is from a John Doe. However, when Abby talks to Jimmy Palmer, he says that they have no John Does. Gibbs deduces, correctly, that the only person Ducky would act this way for would be the Director, at the end of the episode "Stakeout". In the next episode "Dog Tags", Gibbs questions Jenny about her illness and she lies to him, saying she's fine.

Mike Franks also discovers her illness by going through her purse and finding her medication. In the episode "Judgement Day (Part 1)", Franks and Jenny are talking in an abandoned diner in the California desert and she indicates that she is dying and reveals that she regrets her decision to leave Gibbs in Paris and that she's still in love with him. It is revealed that she botched an operation ten years prior where she and Gibbs had been ordered to assassinate Russian lovers who were crime lords. Gibbs shot the man, but Jenny faced the woman, Natasha (aka Svetlana), down and let her live. As a result, Natasha sends assassins who kill Jenny in the diner but only after Jenny manages to kill all of them. Franks, who had been outside at the time of the shooting, returns to Jenny's house where Natasha is trying to kill Gibbs and Franks shoots her. Gibbs and Franks decide to cover Jenny's mistake and death by burning her Georgetown mansion down and her cause of death is reported as "death in home fire."

After Jenny's death, she was replaced by Deputy Director Leon Vance.

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee, portrayed by Liza Lapira, first appeared in the episode "Shalom". Special Agent Michelle Lee was the newest addition to the NCIS Major Case Response Team based out of Washington Naval Yard. She was brought in between season three and four to bring the team back up to full strength following the departure of Supervisory Special Agent Gibbs. Following Gibbs' return early on in the season she was transferred to the legal department and was frequently seen delivering warrants to the team, also having a covert affair with Assistant Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer during that time. She returned to the series in season six as part of Gibbs' new team, but was reassigned after the first episode. It was revealed that she was a mole in NCIS who accessed Joint Chiefs' strategic battle plan in the Middle East. She was caught in the episode "Cloak"; however she claimed that she was forced to trade government secrets because her daughter had been kidnapped. However, it was revealed that the person who was kidnapped was actually her sister. In the episode "Dagger," after she learned over Gibbs' phone that her sister was safe, she gave him silent permission to kill the real villain, who was standing behind her and using her as a human shield in a standoff with Gibbs. Gibbs fired into Lee's abdomen, the bullets passing through her body and killing the villain. At the end of the episode she died from her wounds.

In the course of her espionage, Lee killed Special Agent Brent Langer and Petty Officer Steve Vargo, whom she was blackmailing for the aforementioned classified information.

Paula Cassidy

Paula Cassidy, portrayed by Jessica Steen, first appeared in the episode "Minimum Security". Paula Cassidy was a criminal profiler for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. An expert on Middle Eastern terrorists, she worked as an interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. After becoming a team leader, her team is killed, and she later sacrifices herself to stop a suicide bomber in the episode "Grace Period", thus saving Gibbs, DiNozzo, Ziva, and three Muslim clerics, who were signing fatwās to promote peace in the Middle East.

René Benoit (La Grenouille)

Portrayed by Armand Assante, René Benoit, alias La Grenouille ("The Frog"), is an arms dealer from France. He is introduced in the episode "Blowback". Director Shepard had been hunting La Grenouille for over ten years. Although he had connections to Iran, the CIA appear to have tolerated him as a method of funneling disinformation to Iran. According to a psychological profile by Dr. Mallard, La Grenouille, while a "merchant of death", was not a violent man by nature, a viewpoint Agent Gibbs would later embrace. In the episode "Bury Your Dead", La Grenouille is forced to ask Director Shepard for protection because he believes someone is trying to kill him and take over his arms business. Shepard hands him her Glock 19 9mm, telling him "protect yourself". At the end of the episode, he is seen floating in the Washington Channel with a single gunshot to his head. In the episode "Angel of Death (1)", it was revealed that La Grenouille is the father of Jeanne Benoit, the woman that DiNozzo fell in love with after seducing her in the course of Director Shepard's undercover investigation.

Michael Rivkin

Michael Rivkin, portrayed by Merik Tadros, first appeared in episode "Last Man Standing" as a Mossad agent. He was working with Ziva David who is on an undercover mission for the Mossad (Ziva having been dismissed from NCIS in the previous episode). Later on in the series, he was seen in the office of the head of Mossad, Eli David, Ziva's father, as Ziva talks on the phone to Gibbs. Tony becomes suspicious of the man that Ziva appears to be dating, and keeps trying to find out who he is. For example, in the episode "Legend (Part 1)", Tony asks Abby to check the records on Rivkin. In the episode "Legend (Part 2)", Michael appears as an undercover Mossad agent who is investigating the same terrorists that NCIS is investigating. He is asked to leave the US by NCIS agent in charge in Los Angeles, Clara Macy. In the episode "Semper Fidelis", what appears to be an open and shut case of a federal agent killed by a terrorist is complicated by the presence of Rivkin, who’s still in the US visiting Ziva. Tony traces communication with the terrorist's computer to Ziva's apartment, where Tony finds Rivkin. A struggle ensues, and Tony shoots Rivkin dead in self defense. Finally, in the episode "Aliyah", the relationship between Rivkin and Ziva comes out and this leads Gibbs, Leon Vance, and Tony to Israel. There Eli David accuses Tony of killing Rivkin out of jealousy and Gibbs accuses Ziva of betraying the team.

Other characters

Cassie Yates

Cassie Yates, portrayed by Tamara Taylor, first appeared in the episode "SWAK". Cassie Yates is a recurring NCIS Special Agent. Due to Taylor's commitment to the series Bones, however, Yates has made few appearances on the program.[citation needed] Her last appearance to date was in the episode "Jeopardy".

Charles "Chip" Sterling

Chip Sterling, portrayed by Michael Bellisario, first appeared in the episode "The Voyeur's Web", as a new lab assistant for Abby Sciuto, much to her aggravation (Throughout Chip's employment, Abby vainly insisted that she was capable of working alone). Chip attempts to frame Tony for murder (in which he almost succeeds) in the episode "Frame Up". He also attempts to attack Abby with a knife after being discovered, but she quickly subdues and hog-ties him with duct tape and then asks if she can now work alone.

Eli David

Eli David, played by Michael Nouri, has had a recurring role as the head of the Israeli Mossad, who also happens to be Ziva David's father. Specifically, he appears in the episode "Last Man Standing" talking to Director Vance with Ziva David in the room. Later in that episode he agrees to allow Ziva to return to NCIS. In "Aliyah", when Ziva, Gibbs, Vance, and Tony travel to Israel, Eli David accuses Tony of killing Michael Rivkin out of jealousy.

Faith Coleman

Portrayed by Alicia Coppola. Lieutenant Commander Faith Coleman is a prosecutor for the Judge Advocate General's office. Coleman first appeared in the episode "Ice Queen" of JAG and went on to make several appearances on NCIS, assisting Gibbs and his team. She successfully defended Commander Harmon Rabb when he was accused of the murder of fellow JAG lawyer Lieutenant Loren Singer. Her last appearance to date was in the episode "Hometown Hero".

Gerald Jackson

Gerald Jackson, portrayed by Pancho Demmings, first appeared in the episode "Yankee White". Gerald Jackson was Dr. Mallard's original assistant until being incapacitated by Ari Haswari after being held hostage in the morgue[14] While recuperating from his shoulder gun shot wound, his position was filled by Jimmy Palmer. Approximately a year and a half later, a week before he was scheduled to return to work, Gerald was again captured by Ari Haswari in an effort to secure Dr. Mallard's audience[15]. After Ari released him, Gerald had not been seen since and has been replaced by Jimmy Palmer.

Hollis Mann

Hollis Mann, portrayed by Susanna Thompson, first appeared in the episode "Sandblast". Lieutenant Colonel Mann is assigned by the Army CID to help in a co-operative investigation with NCIS involving a bombing at the Army-Navy Golf Club. She is offered a position at NCIS by Director Shepard, but instead chooses retirement, in the episode "In The Dark". She and Gibbs had a serious relationship, even earning the nickname "future ex wife number four" from Tony Dinozzo. Their attraction becomes overt in the episode "Sharif Returns", as they discuss their possible relationship but refuse to act on it until Sharif is caught. At the end of the episode, they kiss. Although she and Gibbs clearly have serious feelings for each other, she is often frustrated by his reluctance to express his emotions. In the episode "In the Dark", she returns from choosing her successor and confronts Gibbs, saying, "I'm aware there are three billion men in the world, and not all of them have to want me, but you should want me, and the fact that you don't makes me wonder why I ever wanted you." She is upset to hear that he has worked through the night to fix her plumbing, seeing it as a sign that he doesn't want to stick around. He calmly informs her that he did so because he wanted to surprise her, but that "it's gonna be a bigger job than he thought... It's gonna take awhile". She realizes that this is his oblique way of committing to their relationship for the long haul and kisses him fiercely.

She last appears in the episode "Ex-File"; the relationship ends when she discovers that, no matter how strongly Gibbs feels about her, he is still mourning his wife and daughter. In the episode "Lost and Found", the "Stars and Stripes" military newspaper Shepard is reading reveals that she has relocated to the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

Jeanne Benoit

Jeanne Benoit, portrayed by Scottie Thompson, first appeared in the episode "Sandblast" as Tony DiNozzo's new girlfriend. She is a medical resident in Washington DC. In the episode "Angel of Death (1)", it is revealed that her father is the arms dealer "La Grenouille". It is also revealed that Director Shepard, during Gibbs's absence (following his retirement at the end of season 3), assigned Tony to an undercover mission to get close to her, so that Shepard could get closer to finding Jeanne's father. After "La Grenouille" is found dead, an FBI team led by Agent Fornell investigates Gibbs's team and interrogates Tony based on testimony from Jeanne that he killed her father. She later admits to Shepard that she lied out of anger toward Tony for breaking her heart by lying about his identity and his intentions. She leaves the Squad Room after telling Tony (who lied about his feelings) that she wished she had never met him. In the episode "Bounce" she is mentioned as someone who could possibly have a grudge against Tony and be willing to frame him.

Vivian Blackadder

Portrayed by Robyn Lively, (JAG episodes "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown"). A former FBI agent, she joined NCIS after the attack on the USS Cole, in which her brother was killed. She is the only major character that appeared in the pilot episodes from JAG, and not in the series NCIS.

Jethro (AKA Butch)

Jethro is a Navy drug detecting dog from season 5 episode "Dog Tags". Named after Gibbs by Abby for being "handsome and quiet". Gibbs walks in on Abby saying"Who's a good Jethro?" with him replying from behind, "I'm a good Jethro." He was framed for murder of a petty officer. Abby proves Jethro's innocence and forces McGee to adopt him, much to his dismay. (Jethro attacked him earlier in the episode.)

In the episode "In the Zone" though, to answer Tony's queries about the girl kissing McGee, Ziva puts a picture of McGee and Jethro up on the screen, with Timothy smiling and Jethro licking his face.

Merton Bell

Colonel Merton Bell is the head of the First Defense Incorporated, the largest security and bounty hunting firm in the US. He was hired by an Iraqi tribal leader to capture her daughter and granddaughter from Mike Franks's house in Mexico. Bell sent two of his men to accomplish the mission but they were killed by Franks's daughter-in-law, Leyla. Franks and his family ran away to Gibbs's house where they could be protected but Bell found out they were there. He sent a squad to capture them but a last minute defection made him fail. With the help of Damon Werth, Gibbs trapped and arrested Bell before turning them over to the Mexicans for trial.

Bell was released with the help from US Attorney M. Allison Hart. He then sent Hart to Washington in a bid to have his revenge against Gibbs.

References

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  5. ^ In the episode "Iceman", Ducky mentions that he is from Scotland during an autopsy.
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  15. ^ "Kill Ari: Part 2". NCIS. No. 2, season 3.

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