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Despite his professional attitude towards Gibbs' team, Vance shows that he does care about them at least once when Alejandro Rivera threatens Abby in " Spider and the Fly ". He tells Rivera to leave before he gets hurt and when Rivera asks by whom, he replies angrily: Even after the events of "Aliyah", Vance is shown to still be in official contact with Eli David in his capacity as director of Mossad.

This is shown when he receives a text message on his phone from Eli which says only: Vance also refuses to discuss a phone call from Eli with Gibbs, despite knowing how dangerous Eli is, and despite his precarious relationship with Gibbs and his team.

Upon being promoted to the director's position at the end of season five, 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 revealed in season six "Semper Fidelis" that the document was written by his supervising agent at the time. The Secretary of the Navy tells Gibbs that the file is a fabrication and that he thought all copies had been destroyed.

It is further revealed in the season eight episode, " Enemies Domestic ", [32] that the head of the San Diego field office, when Vance was assigned there, had begun creating a legend for Vance that incorporated fictitious information about Vance in order to backstop a deep cover assignment, including the false information that Vance had been a pilot and director of a field office.

In the season 10 premiere, " Extreme Prejudice ", it is revealed that he survived relatively unscathed. In the season 10 episode " Shabbat Shalom ", Vance is widowed when his wife Jackie is shot and dies in surgery.

Eli David also dies in the episode. In the Season 11 episode " Homesick ", Jackie's estranged biological father Lamar Addison shows up at the family home, much to Vance's displeasure. It is revealed that he walked out on Jackie and her mother and brother when she was young and that he was never married to her mother. Vance and Jackie have two children: Vance met his wife while attending a University of Maryland basketball game while Len Bias was playing.

Gibbs is particularly empathetic to Vance after his wife's murder and his recovery from a serious injury since Gibbs himself has been through a similar experience. In that episode, Secretary Porter mentions that he has been the Director of NCIS for longer than his last two predecessors combined at that point, just over 7 years.

James "Jimmy" Palmer Brian Dietzen is an assistant medical examiner who first appears in the episode " Split Decision ". After Gerald Jackson is incapacitated, Palmer becomes Mallard's assistant. He self-identifies as a sufferer of a "mild" case of diabetes mellitus in the episode " In The Dark ". He often seems intimidated by Gibbs, especially when he goes into one of his trademark strange rambling explanations of something that has not been requested.

Part of the reason that Dr. 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, although Jimmy tries to defend himself by pointing out that Ducky is the one with the map. He was named after former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer , [33] but does not like baseball. Jimmy is the central character of the episode " About Face " where he must recover his memory to find a suspect to a murder case and his attempted killer.

Like Ducky, Palmer speaks to the dead, though he is far more irreverent, sometimes raising not only eyebrows but doubts about his analytic abilities in the process. Some episodes depict an ongoing illicit office romance between Jimmy and Michelle Lee. They make excuses for working late and are seen entering and exiting the underside of the autopsy table. In the episode " Last Man Standing ", Palmer admits to Gibbs and Vance that he and Agent Lee had been "doing it" for a while, but he had broken it off because he felt "used" - an important bit of information about Lee's character, as a bit of dramatic irony reveals at the end of the same episode.

In " 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 freaks out about having to go back through it.

In " About Face ", as Jimmy is being hypnotized by Abby, it seems that Jimmy has a shoe fetish, as he dreamily talks in detail about Ziva and Abby's footwear instead of recalling information about the current case.

The episode also indicates that his mother's name is Eunice. In the episode " Bounce " we see that Palmer regularly helps Tony when he is in charge, despite the fact that Tony has frequently mocked Palmer by calling him an "autopsy gremlin"; yet since DiNozzo mocks just about everyone in the series, this is unsurprising.

Palmer is also shown to have severe tinnitus. Season seven reveals that Jimmy is in love with a girl named Breena Slater, who is employed as an mortician and appears in the episode " Mother's Day ". Barrett congratulates Jimmy on his engagement, and in the season nine premiere " Nature of the Beast ", Ziva says that they are getting married next spring.

Ed alternates between grating on the nerves of the entire team and mocking Palmer's career choice. Most of the team either ignore Ed or quietly tolerate his rudeness out of respect for Palmer and his guest. Palmer eventually tires of Ed's behavior, telling him to sit down and shut up. The end of the episode shows Ed accepting Palmer and expressing a desire for a grandchild.

In episode " Damned If You Do ", Jimmy tells Ducky that he and Breena are on a waiting list for adoption, seeing as how there are so many children without parents. In the season 11 episode, "The Admiral's Daughter" it is revealed to Jimmy through a word game that Breena is pregnant.

During his first few seasons, Jimmy is portrayed as a geek with a tendency to ramble or speak out of turn, much to the irritation of Gibbs and even Ducky on occasions. When he first starts, as with most "newbies", he is subjected to some teasing by DiNozzo.

By season ten, he is shown as more of a surrogate son to Ducky rather than simply his assistant though this relationship has been implied throughout the series. In the season fourteen episode "Keep Going", Jimmy confesses to a victim's son that he is now a qualified doctor, having passed his Medical Examiner test on the third time; he had failed it twice before , but doesn't want the rest of the team to know.

However, everyone finds out because he was speaking in front of a mic, and Ducky congratulates him. Bishop is a " country girl" from Oklahoma and has three older brothers.

She has a love of food, and is often shown eating snacks at her desk. She also tends to associate specific memories with whatever food she was eating at the time. Gibbs later offers her a probationary position as a Special Agent in "Monsters and Men", affectionately referring to her as "probie" for the first time.

After that, DiNozzo and McGee are seen pulling the seniority card by ordering her around to do more menial tasks, such as evidence collection. Bishop is repeatedly shown as a bit of a perfectionist, sometimes asking for second tries, knowing she can do better the next time around.

Alex Quinn has remarked that she is too tightly wound. When first introduced, DiNozzo and McGee quickly notice her wedding band , but she remains coy when asked about her marital status.

They met during their first week at NSA, though during season thirteen they appear to be having marital difficulties. Bishop is horrified and the two separate, with Bishop going home to Oklahoma to get some distance. Despite him wanting to make things work, she has already decided to file for divorce. She sees Gibbs as a father figure and leans on him.

After her divorce she prefers to stay single for a while. Unfortunately, the relationship ends abruptly when Qasim dies from injuries sustained in an attack by a criminal that the NCIS team have been tracking, leaving Bishop grief-stricken and hellbent on exacting revenge for Qasim's murder.

Quinn is extremely concerned about her wellbeing, especially as she eavesdrops on her asking MI6 officer Clayton Reeves to translate the files Qasim was assigned to assist the case. It is revealed that Qasim proposed to Bishop a few weeks before he died. She asked him for some time to think, and he agreed.

Bishop planned to accept the night he died, but never had the chance. While Gibbs and McGee were held prisoner in Paraguay between seasons 14 and 15 , Bishop, as the ranking agent, served as Special Agent-in-Charge of the Major Case Response Team; she retained command until Gibbs was medically and psychologically cleared for duty. Both of them find that they enjoy the experience and develop a mutual lingering attraction towards each other.

Nicholas "Nick" Torres Wilmer Valderrama is an undercover agent who first appears in the season 14 premiere, "Rogue". Nick has been an NCIS deep cover agent for years, but when his cover is blown and he learns his sister's life could be in danger, he races back to DC in an ill-fated attempt to stop it. His mission crosses over with that of Gibbs' team. However, after working with them to bring down his sister's attackers, he is offered a spot on the team with Alex Quinn.

Nick often has trouble readjusting to a normal life and working with a team; he is thus reluctant to wear the NCIS windbreaker or cap when visiting crime scenes. Being undercover for so long has given him a range of skills such as close combat training, but his methods are a bit unpredictable: Nick is also not afraid to break rules if he needs to, which on occasion has him butting heads with Gibbs.

He is very charismatic, has a sense of humor and is very adept in social situations; he once got a suspect to talk by offering her a candy bar. He has a picture of himself on his desk as a reminder of a woman he loved but lost to cancer as a teenager. Torres is superstitious of anything relating to the dead; once forgoing an apartment where the resident had recently died and proclaiming he could never work in a cemetery because of this. He also strikes up a friendly rivalry with Clayton Reeves, and they both try to one-up each other—from undercover tactics to arm-wrestling contests.

In the episode "High Tide", Torres and Ellie Bishop go on an undercover mission, which revolves around them both acting like a couple. Before that she was a field agent, but after her partner was killed in an ambush while the two were following suspects, and her engagement to Mike fell apart, she left the field. Quinn met Gibbs when he was a part of the team investigating her partner's death. She has a sister in her twenties and a mother who is later revealed to be developing Alzheimer's.

She is described as having "sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent". Quinn prides herself on remembering every agent she's ever trained, including McGee, Bishop, and Torres.

Quinn leaves the team at the end of Season 14 to take care of her ailing mother. He first appears in season 13, and returns as a main character for season Because his desk is behind the bullpen of the team, a running gag is he tends to pop up unexpectedly with information in regards to the case at hand.

After a botched undercover job to capture the terrorist Chen, he secretly works with Bishop to find a lead on him and arrest him, despite Gibbs ordering them both to stand down. Reeves has many skills from his career as an MI6 agent and brings those skills to the team when needed, ranging from computer forensics to piloting for his undercover work.

While friendly and charming to everyone he meets, he strikes up a rivalry with Torres; both are seasoned undercover agents and generally try to one up each other. During season 15, it's revealed he is a recovering alcoholic as he often drank to cope the stresses of his undercover operations.

His past is unknown, but he lost his mother at a very young age and was homeless. In an effort to honour her and as part of his recovery, Clayton volunteers at a program that helps homeless veterans and their kids. Devastated by his death, Abby leaves NCIS to escort Reeves' body back to London for his funeral and to start a homeless charity in honour of Reeves and his mother. She holds a Ph. Sloane served in Afghanistan, where she was a prisoner of war.

The memories of this experience are shown to often have a serious effect on Sloane, but also allow her to connect with people suffering from similar trials. Vance during season She was originally a Major Case Response Team leader stationed in Rota, Spain , which attracts DiNozzo's attention as he had previously been offered the same position in the season four episode " Singled Out ", though he does not resent her position as he turned the offer down to stay in Washington.

Barrett's presence is a source of tension between Gibbs and Director Vance, as Gibbs initially believes Barrett was reassigned to Washington because of budget cuts. However, in the episode " Two-Faced ", it is revealed that Barrett is stationed in Washington to track a serial killer known as the "Port-to-Port Killer" or P2P for short. When one of the killer's victims is found within the MCRT's jurisdiction, Vance puts together a task force to capture the killer, appointing Barrett as lead investigator.

Gibbs begins to suspect Barrett and DiNozzo are in a relationship and dividing the loyalties of the team, and is so distrusting of her that he questions her very motivations for being an NCIS agent, opposing her in everything from interrogating a suspect to profiling the killer. In the season eight finale, " Pyramid ", it is revealed that E. After being rescued by Gibbs, she is taken hostage by the P2P but is again rescued by Gibbs. Gibbs leaves the door open for her, having finally warmed to her.

At the end of season eight, DiNozzo is tasked with dealing with an agent who is selling top-secret information. In the season nine premiere, " Nature of the Beast ", Tony stops E. However, the captain was murdered and E. They turn to Gibbs for help and E.

She meets with her team member Simon Cade in an alley. DiNozzo steps in and wants to arrest Cade, and reveals that he was the agent selling top-secret information. However, Cade knows nothing about it and all three realize that they have been used.

They then get shot, Cade fatally, E. A petty officer she had called for help dies at the hands of an unknown assassin. Gibbs and his team investigate the murder, reuniting them with E. Agah Bayar Tamer Hassan is an international Turkish arms dealer, who first appeared in the season eight episode " Broken Arrow ".

He had a brief appearance in the episode " Kill Screen " and returned in the season nine episode " Need to Know " and the season 12 episode Lost Boys. Gibbs does not like Bayar, as he seems to avoid trouble with federal agencies too easily. S and the main antagonist of season seven. He is hired by an Iraqi tribal leader to capture her daughter and granddaughter from Mike Franks' home in Mexico. Bell sends two of his men to accomplish the mission, but they are killed by Franks' daughter-in-law, Leyla Shakarji.

Franks and his family run away to Gibbs' home in Washington, D. With the help of Damon Werth, a former Marine under Bell's employ, Gibbs traps and arrests Bell before turning them over to the Mexicans for trial. Bell is released with the help of American lawyer Margaret Allison Hart. He then sends Hart to Washington in a bid to have his revenge against Gibbs. In " Patriot Down ", Hart reveals to Vance that since he got out of prison, Bell had been gathering information on Gibbs and is responsible for uncovering evidence that almost twenty years earlier, Gibbs killed Pedro Hernandez, the drug dealer who murdered Gibbs' wife and daughter in Bell orders his right-hand man, Jason Paul Dean, to kill Special Agent Lara Macy, who has discovered this evidence but subsequently buried it according to " Legend, Part 2 ".

Bell and his men then set out for Mexico to murder Mike Franks and his family, but they are all killed by Dean who is revealed to be working for an unknown party.

Gibbs initially believes Bell's body is actually Franks, but Dean confesses to the murder, leaving the fate of Franks and his family unknown until " Rule Fifty-One ". In the same episode, it is revealed that Bell was working for the Reynosa drug cartel.

Paloma Reynosa, daughter of Pedro Hernandez and head of the cartel, plans to use his vendetta against Gibbs to have her revenge for her father's death. She orders Dean to kill him as she no longer needs him. She is an ER resident in Washington, D. In the episode " Angel of Death ", it is revealed that she is the daughter of arms dealer René Benoit and that Director Shepard, during Gibbs' absence at the end of season 3, assigned Tony to an undercover mission to get close to her.

After her father is found dead, an FBI team led by Agent Tobias Fornell investigates Gibbs' team and interrogates Tony based on testimony from Jeanne that he killed him. She later admits to Shepard that she lied out of anger at Tony for breaking her heart by lying about his identity and his intentions.

She leaves the squad room after telling Tony who did not lie about his feelings, despite his undercover deceptions 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. Two doctors go missing, one of whom is Jeanne's husband. She joins Tony and Tim on their mission, where Tony promises that they won't rest until they locate her husband. On their return flight, Jeanne thanks Tony and tells him that she owes him.

He responds "No, you don't Months later, in " Loose Cannons ", Tony encounters Jeanne and her husband while investigating a case; she worries about it being connected with her father, which Tony assures her it isn't.

He tries to apologize, as he didn't know, but she says she was beginning to feel whole again until encountering him. Later, after the case is closed, Tony returns to Jeanne's office to find her alone after a fight with her husband regarding her unresolved feelings for Tony.

Tony fully apologizes to her and sits down with her, admitting he isn't feeling whole either. They then have an amicable conversation about both of them wanting to go back in time to fix their relationship, in the hope of a happier ending. However, as they part, they both stand up and have a tense moment where they nearly kiss, but both agree it should not go any further. He is always referred to by his sobriquet , an ethnic slur for the French.

He is introduced in the episode " Blowback ". Director Shepard has been obsessed with bringing him to justice for over ten years because she believes he killed her father and made it look like a suicide.

Although he has connections to Iran, the CIA appears to tolerate him as a method of funneling disinformation to Iran as well as maintaining him as a prominent arms dealer so as to keep a degree of control over the arms trade.

According to a psychological profile by Dr. Mallard, even though La Grenouille is a "merchant of death", he is not a violent man by nature, a viewpoint Gibbs later embraces, as he too learns the fact that the arms dealer isn't really dangerous anyway.

Subsequently, the CIA do their best to protect their asset. In " Bury Your Dead ", Benoit asks Director Shepard for protection, claiming someone is trying to kill him and take over his arms business, added to the fact that he no longer trusts the CIA. Shepard tells him "protect yourself" in true devotion to her father and hands him her gun, although it is later shown that he doesn't take it, as Gibbs is there in the same room to see what really happened that night.

At the end of the episode, he is seen floating in the Washington Channel with a single gunshot to his head from Director Shepard's gun. In the episode " Angel of Death ", it is revealed that La Grenouille is the father of Jeanne Benoit, the woman that DiNozzo falls in love with after seducing her in the course of Director Shepard's undercover investigation, which Shepard later reveals in an apology to the young woman for "crossing the line" in " Internal Affairs ".

Originally from a small town in Ohio and an only child, Borin served a tour of duty in Iraq as a sergeant before presumably retiring from the Marines and joining CGIS where she later rose through the ranks, eventually getting the opportunity to lead her own team. Her most recent appearance was in the season twelve episode, " The San Dominick ".

She is similar to Gibbs; both are coffee drinkers, liking it the same way, and workaholics with a strong sense of duty to their jobs. In " Safe Harbor ", Tony attempts to matchmake the two of them, to no avail, although Borin continues to humor him by returning his wisecracks. The character is also a recurring special guest on the spin-off NCIS: New Orleans , first appearing when she and Special Agent Dwayne Pride's team conduct a joint investigation.

She previously worked with Pride on a joint undercover operation. Prior to the series' start, he was Gibbs' partner and subordinate, but eventually was transferred out as an Agent Afloat, when he was replaced by DiNozzo. He looks up to Gibbs, and enlists his and his teams' help in tracking down a drug dealer on board the USS Enterprise. Burley knew or at least knew of Mike Franks, and calls Gibbs following his death to express his condolences. Over eight years after his first appearance, Burley returns in the season nine episode " Playing with Fire ", where he leads DiNozzo and David in tracking down and thwarting a terrorist who tries to destroy the carrier USS Benjamin Franklin in Naples, Italy, under the orders of businessman Harper Dearing.

Burley is injured by the terrorist in the process. Nicknamed "Mo", she assisted Gibbs in the episodes "Alleged" and "Viral". Barrett's team who appears in three episodes in season eight and the season nine premiere. In the episode "Swan Song", he is wounded in a shootout with Jonas Cobb, but recovers.

Following his recovery, he drops off the grid and is suspected of being a mole. Cade was shot and killed by Jonathan Cole in the season nine premiere "Nature of the Beast".

An expert on Middle Eastern terrorists , she works as an interrogator at Guantanamo Bay. During " Minimum Security ", she is viewed with suspicion by Gibbs as the deceased victim in the episode had letters containing her name. She develops a romantic relationship with DiNozzo and the two seemingly stay in contact, but she breaks it off at the end of " Heart Break " after hearing nothing from him or possibly due to her anger at Gibbs giving her grief.

Following the aftermath of Kate Todd's death, Cassidy temporarily joins Gibbs' team during " Mind Games " and helps in the case of a serial killer as well as tracking down a copycat who is carrying out similar killings. After becoming a team leader and being assigned to the Pentagon , Cassidy's team is killed while investigating a suspected terrorist, and she later joins the team to find out who arranged the phone call and the trap that sent her team to their deaths.

She also has a hostile relationship with Ziva David, pronouncing Ziva's surname wrong to antagonize her, a trait that Abby repeats upon meeting Ziva for the first time.

It is later revealed that Ziva has been allowing herself to be the target of Cassidy's anger in order to help her through the ordeal of losing her team. Furthermore, as a result of the bombing, Cassidy is left with psychological scars and begins developing survivor's guilt , believing herself to be the one responsible for unknowingly sending her team into the trap. Her death leaves Tony grief-stricken and finally gives him the courage he needs to tell Jeanne that he loves her.

Her portrait is later seen in a bar wall honoring officers who have been killed in the line of duty. She first appears in " Check ". She appears in season 11 episode 8 " Alibi ", season 12 episode 8 "Semper Fortis" and season 13 episode 9 "A Day in Court". She has worked with Gibbs and his team on a case, while working for the FBI off screen. Dunne tells Carrie that he has an alibi, in that he was involved in a murder outside of the base at the time of the hit and run, and that somebody else must have stolen his truck.

Due to attorney-client privilege, Carrie cannot tell Gibbs and the team anything about Dunne's crime other than he has a solid alibi. However, she manages to leave small, subtle clues for the team to follow. Originally recruited into a CIA assassination team code-named Frankenstein, Cobb cracked under intense and inhumane training before escaping.

He re-surfaced in Rota, Spain , where he began his pattern of killing Navy personnel when they made landfall. One body in the episode " Baltimore " resembles P2P's work, but is later found to be a copycat by Dr.

Mallard because of the way the knot is tied. The killer is revealed to be Agent DiNozzo's former superior at Baltimore PD, and the victim is DiNozzo's former partner there, with whom he never got to reconcile. The real P2P, though not known to be Cobb at the time, makes the deception final through a fake Abby Scuito email. Cobb's modus operandi involves luring his victims into a trap before slashing their throats from behind.

He then scrubs the body down with a hospital-grade cleanser before wrapping the bodies in plastic and dumping them in isolated areas. He has been known to dress seamen in the uniforms of officers, and often leaves personal effects of his victims behind frozen in ice that foreshadow his next kill, though his m.

Psychological profiling of Cobb depicts him as methodical, intelligent, and opposed to authority, but not easily distracted by law enforcement. The threat posed by Cobb is deemed so great by Director Vance, that he deliberately changes NCIS policy to antagonize Gibbs in the hopes of setting Gibbs up as a figure Cobb will identify with, in an attempt to lure Cobb into a trap.

While Gibbs interrogates him with Agent Barrett watching, he tells a story about the son of a Marine who was told that he had to have his horse put to sleep, which turns out to be a deadly seed planted into Cobb as a child, since the story was about him anyway. Cobb is killed in the season eight finale, " Pyramid ", where it is revealed that everything he had done since his first kill in Rota has been a part of a larger plan to get revenge on those he holds responsible for Operation Frankenstein—Leon Vance, Trent Kort and the Secretary of the Navy.

He is aware that what he does is evil, but maintains that his actions have been for the greater good. He is shot and killed by Gibbs and Vance when he refuses to surrender. In death, he is said to have had a smile on his face while his corpse lay on a wrecked car. He was formerly a member of "Phantom Eight", a clandestine team of operatives assigned to the Watcher Fleet tasked with protecting the United States Navy. Cole goes rogue some time after the Phantom Eight are disbanded and begins working with Sean Latham, the corrupt Director of Special Operations for the Office of Naval Intelligence and a former member of Phantom Eight himself.

Cole and Latham conspire to sell a series of microchips belonging to Phantom Eight members, which give their owners unrivalled access to the Navy mainframe. DiNozzo, having forgotten the events that led up to the trauma of the shooting, attempts to reconstruct his memories, recounting his investigation of NCIS Agents Simon Cade and E. His investigation centers on a microchip Barrett extracted from the body of Gayne Levin, who also served in Phantom Eight, but wound up the last murder victim of Lt.

Jonas Cobb, the Port-to-Port Killer. Cole manipulates DiNozzo, Barrett, and Cade into first distrusting one another and then meeting, where he attempts to kill all three before fleeing with the microchip. Cole kills Cade, wounds DiNozzo, and misses Barrett, who flees. He later approaches DiNozzo in the hospital under the Casey Stratton alias, but is unable to kill him as DiNozzo is under guard.

Cole reappears in " Housekeeping ", where he attempts to kill E. Barrett, who has since resurfaced. After the first failed attempt, Latham advises Cole to abandon his mission, but Cole refuses, claiming that he has to see it through, and he murders Latham.

The safehouse is empty, and Cole is apprehended. Cole agrees in exchange for a slightly reduced sentence, but Dearing is already aware of his role and rejects his offer of help. Although Cole never offers a reason for his crimes, and the circumstances that led to his becoming a traitor are never detailed, he does admit that he thought he had good reasons for doing what he did; he was soon proven wrong.

First appearing in "Loose Cannons", Grace builds a professional relationship and personal friendship with Gibbs, nicknaming him "Popeye", and often resorting to child psychology including picture charts to tap into his psyche. Grace returns in "Privileged Information", as Gibbs investigates a patient of hers, a Marine Sergeant, after she ends up in a coma, and tells Gibbs he should treat it as a murder investigation, but cannot divulge further due to doctor-patient confidentiality.

When the patient dies, Grace tells Gibbs that the patient was involved in covering up a murder, but that she didn't tell her any details. Gibbs surprisingly is able to open up to her about his troubles more than she's already known, but McGee skips his appointment with her, frustrating her. Gibbs is able to convince McGee to go to his appointment with Grace, and meets with McGee outside her office after the session, having himself become a more regular patient of Grace.

Craig is promoted to Acting Director following the drive-by shooting of Jackie Vance. It is in this capacity that he helps investigate Ajay Khan "Canary" , though he later steps down from his position in "Hereafter".

Craig is a bureaucrat, with little-to-no field experience. She has made four appearances to date, the first being in the season eight episode " A Man Walks Into a Bar In the season nine premiere " Nature of the Beast ", she helps the team piece together the events of Tony's undercover assignment.

Her most recent appearance is in the season eleven " Double Back ", when she psychologically evaluates McGee after a bombing leaves his girlfriend Delilah paralyzed. He was in office from at least during which he made his first appearance until he resigned in during the events of " Pyramid ". David also had a younger daughter, Tali, Ziva's full sister, who is also deceased. Though appearing to be "all business" and uncaring about his children, Eli's reasons for this come from the need to preserve the existence of Israel, a country surrounded by enemy nations.

He and Director Vance have shared a history since a time in Amsterdam when Eli saved his life from the attempts of a Russian hit squad. Towards the end of season six, Eli sends Michael Rivkin to Washington in what Vance describes as a not-so-subtle message that he does not think NCIS are doing their jobs.

During " Semper Fidelis ", Eli is suspected of using Michael Rivkin to spy on the Americans and using the intelligence to locate a terrorist handler and find a training camp located in Somalia. Vance claims that Eli ordered Ziva to kill Ari and gain Gibbs' trust. Later, David demands that Ziva return full-time to Mossad and complete Rivkin's assignment. Ziva thus travels covertly into a Somali terrorist camp to eliminate Saleem Ulman, its leader.

After one member of the team is killed and the other two are wounded, their instructions stand, and this leads directly to Ziva's captivity and torture at Saleem's hands.

Afterward, during the episode " Good Cop, Bad Cop ", Eli sends Mossad operative Malachi Ben-Gidon to Washington to discredit Ziva and her account of events that led to her capture prior to " Truth or Consequences ", which prompts her to believe that her father is corrupt: Unfortunately, both he and Jackie, Director Vance's wife, are shot and killed in the Vance home during dinner in a drive-by shooting orchestrated by hawkish anti-peace Mossad personnel headed by Deputy Director Ilan Tohar Bodnar Oded Fehr.

The last we see of Director David is Ziva holding his body while sobbing and praying in her native Hebrew. Harper Dearing Richard Schiff is the primary antagonist during the last episodes of the ninth season.

Initially described as "an eccentric businessman whose son was killed in a terrorist bombing", [40] he appears as a domestic terrorist, out for revenge against the Navy due to the death of his son, Evan, which is revealed in " Up in Smoke ".

Samatha Ryan describes Dearing as "a sociopathic, paranoid narcissist". Robert Wagner is the father of Tony DiNozzo. Described by his son as a "con man", DiNozzo prefers to refer to himself as an entrepreneur. From season seven, he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his son, from whom he had been previously estranged. The character is shown to be particularly charming.

Jones is a probationary agent first introduced in the Season 9 episode " Sins of the Father ". Usually known as "Dorney" to the rest of the team, he is often assigned to the evidence locker against his wishes and desires to become a full field agent.

In " Need to Know ", Gibbs decides that he is ready and hands him his first field assignment. Like McGee during his days as a probie, Dorneget is often the butt of Tony's hazing pranks in Season 10, most notably in the episode " Prime Suspect ". The character does not return for Season 11 but is briefly mentioned in the Season 12 episode " The San Dominick ", when he calls McGee for updates regarding Gibbs and the hostage situation.

In "The Lost Boys", Dorneget is killed in Cairo in a terrorist bomb attack after saving dozens of people at a hotel. He returned in episode four, " Good Cop, Bad Cop ". His third appearance and the last to date is in season seven, episode seven, " Endgame ", although this time it was in person in DC, when Ziva notices that he "cleans up nice". In the distant past, prior to her appointment to Mossad, Orli had an affair with Eli David that led to the dissolution of his marriage to Rivka David.

Though she and Ziva are initially resentful of one another, they reconcile in the season following Ziva's departure from NCIS — and Elbaz is one of the only people she confides in about the paternity of Tali. During Eshel's first appearance, he assists in the investigation into Ilan Bodnar, working with Tony and Ziva; in the same episode, it is mentioned that he and Ziva spent the night together after her father's funeral. In "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot", Eshel lends his expertise in order to give DiNozzo an insight into Ziva's personal life and current whereabouts.

He is mentioned in "Family First", with DiNozzo stating he has asked Eshel about Ziva's current location, but he has not had contact with her in over a year. In the Season 11 episodes "Kill Chain" and "Double Back", Delilah is left badly injured in a missile attack at a black-tie event she and McGee are attending. While McGee is not seriously injured, Delilah is left permanently paralyzed due to shrapnel embedded in her spine, and she thereafter uses a wheelchair.

She continues to assist the NCIS team. After spending almost a year as a senior intelligence analyst in Dubai , Delilah returns in the episode, "Status Update".

When she returns as team leader now based in the US, she and McGee move in together. McGee later buys an engagement ring, with the intent of proposing to Delilah. When McGee spontaneously proposes to Delilah in the elevator in the episode "Love Boat", she accepts. By the middle of "Something Blue", McGee and Delilah have been planning their July wedding when Delilah collapses due to the stress of wedding planning. While she recovers in hospital, she and McGee find out that she is pregnant.

This causes them to change their minds about wedding planning and they marry in a private ceremony in their apartment surrounded by the NCIS team.

In the episode "Ready or Not", Delilah goes into labor and Abby takes her to the hospital. McGee is unharmed and eventually is able to be with Delilah when she gives birth. Her political career started when she was elected to the School Board; she has been a member of the House since She was a descendant of Attila the Hun. Congresswoman Flemming starts a romantic relationship with Director Vance after his team investigates death threats against her and the death of her aide.

When Flemming and Vance come to blows over their different views of politics, the two agree that they are not good at not letting these differences interfere with their relationship and decide to take a break from it to figure things out.

She first appears in " Ex-File ". Emily first appears during season four, played by Payton Spencer. During season eleven, "Devils Triad", Emily is kidnapped and subsequently rescued by NSA Analyst Eleanor Bishop, while in season twelve she is visibly distraught following her mother's death.

She later appears in person in the episode "Dead Letter", where she quickly learns about her father being critically wounded by an unknown assassin. Out of anger and grief especially as it happens just a year after her mother has been murdered , she demands that Gibbs swear to her to find the one who did this and make him pay. She later calls Gibbs requesting his help, as the nurse at the hospital refuses to resuscitate Fornell due to a "do not resuscitate" clause he had written when he was still grieving for her mom's death.

While waiting for him to wake up, she attempts to paint his toenails to look like watermelons, but then she notices he is waking up and tries to talk to him. He is only awake for a few moments, but he tells her to tell Gibbs some vital information relating to SISCO regarding stolen cell-phones.

This information allows them to track down Jacob Scott whom they had believed was the man who murdered Terdei and left Fornell under critical condition at the time who, much to everyone's surprise, has surrendered to NCIS custody at the Navy Yard.

In "Family First", she is still waiting for her dad's recovery. During this time, she also runs out of nail-polish, thus leaving her pedicure on her dad incomplete. In addition, Gibbs, under the pretense of helping to catch the man who tried to kill Tobias although it is heavily implied that it is actually to help Emily come to terms with what might happen , brings his shrink, Dr. Grace Confalone, who also proceeds to help her with the project. She affectionately calls Gibbs "Uncle Gibbs".

Fornell Joe Spano , later a private investigator, first appears in the series premiere episode " Yankee White ". The two frequently pretend to be furiously angry at each other in front of their agents, while privately they are on friendly terms. When their teams have to share jurisdiction on a case, Gibbs usually asks for operational control; in exchange, credit for successes is claimed by Fornell's team.

Their friendship is close enough for Gibbs to delay his retirement in the episode " Escaped " to assist Fornell in recapturing a fugitive. In the episode " The 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 to further the investigation to clear him of guilt.

It is 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 often refers to Diane as "our ex-wife" to Gibbs. Fornell and Diane have a daughter, Emily. After a period of estrangement, the two reunite and agree to marry. Diane is later murdered, and Fornell turns to alcoholism for a short time. After being shot by an unknown assailant later revealed to be Trent Kort in " Homefront ", Fornell spends the next few months convalescing on Gibbs' couch, before finally returning to his own place around Christmas.

In season 15, Gibbs discovers that Fornell had falsified evidence to get Gabriel Hicks convicted as a serial murder and is forced to testify against him, resulting in his being fired from the FBI and becoming a private investigator; this causes a temporary break in their friendship.

They make up when Hicks is eventually found to indeed be guilty and is arrested, exonerating Fornell. Despite being offered back a position in the FBI, Fornell chooses to stay in his new career.

Muse Watson is introduced in episode flashbacks in the episode "Hiatus" Part 1. In "Hiatus" Part 2 , it is stated that he retired to Mexico in , roughly five years after Gibbs joined NCIS, after being disgruntled with the government's failure to prevent the Khobar Towers bombing. 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 helps hide his granddaughter and the girl's mother. Gibbs has picked up many of his mannerisms, including the trademark head slap he gives to DiNozzo and his ability to find a way around red tape.

Jenny Shepard, who was still a junior agent during Franks' time, brings him back in hopes of helping Gibbs regain his memory after suffering a concussion in part 2 of "Hiatus".

He is unable to help Gibbs regain his memory, although Gibbs recognizes him on sight. Franks is the only survivor of the gun battle that ends Director Shepard's life and finds some evidence for which the new director was apparently looking, though he is outside getting himself water for tea when the shooting starts and goes back in to make sure that the other shooters are dead. He is the last person to know about then-Director Shepard's incurable illness during her lifetime, as Gibbs only has suspicions at the time as of "Judgment Day" Part 1.

In his visit to Gibbs' bedside in season three, 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.

In season seven , Franks is seemingly ambushed by Colonel Merton Bell's henchmen and hitmen from the Reynosa drug cartel. His fate is left ambiguous and whether he is killed or captured in the attack is unknown. However, Franks later appears again to assist DiNozzo in investigating Alejandro.

As a result of the gunfight between Bell and the Reynosa Cartel's men, Franks loses his right index finger. In the beginning of season eight, in the episode " Spider and the Fly ", he appears after four months by showing up at Gibbs' house to help him, the team, Vance, and Jackson Gibbs destroy Paloma and Alejandro once and for all.

Franks, a Marine like Gibbs, is given a full military burial at the end of the season-eight finale. Franks was also revealed in this episode to be dying of cancer and Gibbs was making him a coffin.

In " Anonymous Was a Woman " Franks is shown in flashback as having conducted a rescue program for Afghan women. Mike continues to appear as a figment of Gibbs' imagination, often offering advice. After his son left to join the Marines, Jackson Gibbs continued to live in the town of Stillwater, Pennsylvania. He was widowed some years before the events in the season six episode "Heartland". Disoriented once while returning from a mission, Jackson was saved by an enemy German pilot.

The pilots' reunion is the subject of the eleventh season's episode Better Angels. In " Heartland ", it is revealed that Jackson and his son are estranged, but in later appearances, they reconcile and become close. LJ revealed to Gibbs that he, Jackson and the latter's wife Ann were friends growing up and both men fell in love with Ann. Due to segregation , Jackson married Ann as LJ was African-American and an inter-racial marriage was a social taboo during that time.

The strained relationship between Gibbs and Jackson starts to mend after they bond during the case and they get an insight into what the other is feeling. Gibbs finally starts to forgive his father when he learns that he has finished restoring the car that had been Gibbs' only dream during his teenage years. Jackson later tells Gibbs to take the car and they promise to keep in touch. Gibbs also starts to call his father "Dad" instead of "Jack". It is eventually revealed that Gibbs' resentment for his father came from the difficult relationship between his parents.

Gibbs' mother, Ann, was a hard woman to live with and they mutually had affairs despite their strong feelings for one another. Gibbs blamed his father's affairs for his mother leaving. The only thing that kept Gibbs and his father in contact after that was Gibbs' wife, Shannon.

In the season 11 finale, " Honor Thy Father " which aired exactly three months after Waite's death in February , Vance tells Gibbs that Jackson suffered a fatal stroke. Jackson is buried with full military honors. LJ and Gibbs' team are present at the funeral. She first appears in "Hiatus" Part 1. When a " John Doe " is donated to science and Ducky finds mercury in his brain, he is outraged that the medical examiner who performed the autopsy did not think to check his brain before donating him.

As he and Gibbs go to confront "him" Ducky mistakenly assumed that Dr. Hampton was male , he asks Gibbs to think no less of him for giving the M. 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 have missed, and decodes 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 Afghan 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".

Allison Hart Rena Sofer is an attorney. She is contacted by Colonel Merton Bell while he is being tried by the Mexican authorities for bounty hunting in their country. Hart successfully gets Bell released from prison on the condition that he not leave Mexico. Vengeful against the man who sent him to prison, Bell sends Hart to Washington to defend any accused who are involved in Gibbs' investigations. Hart starts to take up every case that involves Gibbs.

Hart's skills as a lawyer are a match for Gibbs' skills as an investigator. Despite their animosity, they appear to be attracted to one another. It is implied that they share a kiss at the end of one episode. In the episode "Mother's Day", when Gibbs' former mother-in-law Shannon's mother becomes a suspect in a murder investigation in which the victim was linked to the cartel responsible for the deaths of Shannon and Kelly, Gibbs covertly hires Hart to defend her.

He then deliberately makes procedural errors to prevent her arrest and prosecution, permitting Hart to get her out of NCIS' custody.

In the episode "Patriot Down", Abby writes a report on the murder of Mexican drug dealer Pedro Hernandez, a crime committed by Gibbs in in retaliation for Hernandez' murder of Gibbs' wife and daughter. The report never makes it to Mexico as it is intercepted by Hart, indicating that she has switched her allegiances. Her last appearance is " Rule Fifty-One ", in which she confronts Gibbs over the report, and though she states that the report will end his career, she offers to defend him in court if it comes to that.

Off-screen in " The Spider and the Fly ", Hart resigns from her job at NCIS and moves away, taking the report with her in order to protect Gibbs from Paloma Reynosa and Alejandro Rivera, Hernandez's two children hell bent on revenge on Gibbs for their father's murder. After Alejandro accidentally kills Paloma, mistaking her for Gibbs, and is arrested, Hart mails the report back to Vance, who then puts it far away in storage. NCIS initially identifies him as an undercover Mossad agent in the episode " Reveille ", but he is really a rogue agent working for Hamas and he is later found to be the leader of an Al-Qaeda cell in Washington, D.

Ari is an early arch-enemy of Agent Gibbs, as well as Eli David's first-born child. Both of his parents were medical doctors; Ari's mother, Hasmia 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. The event prompted Ari to join the radical Islamic cause. It is shown that he hates his Israeli father as Eli David arranged for the attack on Gaza on a day when Ari was in the city.

He preferred to be referred to as Haswari in school instead of Ari. Ari's motivation for his actions is his hatred of his father, who groomed him from birth to be a spy within Al-Qaeda, and was very likely the reason why Gibbs later suspects him in "Twilight" to be the head of an Al-Qaeda cell in Washington, D.

It is revealed in the episode " Aliyah " by Director Vance that Ziva had been under orders to kill Ari, as he was out of control and planning a massive terrorist attack, and to gain Gibbs' trust in the process, which ended whatever secret Gibbs and Ziva could keep from the rest of NCIS.

Ziva initially does not believe that Ari was an enemy agent and becomes his control officer in hopes of protecting him, until he nearly kills Gibbs, when she hears the truth from his own lips.

As they continue their search, Nemo asks his dad if they will have to say goodbye to Dory, to which Marlin replies that they will. The gang make it to quarantine and hop through tanks to reach the blue tangs, who are waiting to be packed into the transport truck to Cleveland until they bump into the side of a tank being lifted and get knocked into a mop bucket. Hank rescues them in a glass beaker and tells them they have three minutes to get everyone out before he leaves for Cleveland with the quarantined fish.

In the tank, the other blue tangs are shocked to see Dory. When she asks where her parents are, the other fish tells them that a young Dory disappeared and that her parents went to quarantine to look for her, but never returned. Dory is shocked at the news and, believing her parents to be dead, zones out as the tank is taken. Hank rescues her from the tank, leaving Marlin and Nemo behind by accident.

Distracted by being spotted by a human, Hank drops the beaker that contains Dory, smashing it and causing Dory to be dropped down into a drain, and flushed out back into the ocean. Dory panics, asking other fish for help in finding "them," but her memory problem makes her forget who she was looking for.

Asking herself what Dory would do, she begins to look around, heading to a kelp field. She despairs, remarking that there is nothing but kelp until she spots some shells in the sand. Remembering that following shells would bring her home when she younger, she follows the trail to see more trails of shells, all leading to the same point.

At this point, Dory sees two fish swimming toward her, and is finally reunited with her parents. They have an emotional reunion, with Dory apologizing for her problem her memory loss and remarking that she has tried to fix it. Her parents reassure her that she has nothing to apologize for and that she has finally found them and they had been waiting for all this time, making shell trails to guide her home.

When they ask her if she had been by herself for all that time, she remembers Marlin and Nemo, and that they have been taken to the truck.

Inside the truck, Marlin and Nemo ask if anyone saw where Dory went, spotting a fish they think is Dory until it turns out to be Hank in disguise. He apologizes for losing her as the truck doors close. Dory, in the ocean, heads back towards the Institute with her parents to rescue her friends, recounting their tales from Finding Nemo along the way. Jenny and Charlie do not think that they will be able to help, but Dory says that she misses them and that they are family, convincing them to help.

Dory says that meeting Marlin and Nemo was destiny, reminding her of the whale, Destiny, who she calls to. Inside their enclosure, Destiny and Bailey hear Dory and escape their tanks, leaping over a wall to help her. Fluke and Rubber leave their rock to follow them, joining in on the chase to stop the quarantine truck as it heads towards the freeway. At a bridge, Dory asks a group of otters for help in stopping traffic and tells Destiny to flip her up onto the truck when she asks.

Dory's parents worry that she is leaving them again, but she tells them even if she forgets, she can find them again. Destiny flips Dory up onto the bridge where the group of otters is waiting, one of them catching her in its paws.

She instructs the otters to have a cuddle party, stopping the traffic on the bridge, which includes the quarantine truck. The otters break into the quarantine truck, reuniting Dory with Marlin and Nemo, as well as Hank, who scoops her up and drops her back into the tank of blue tang.

Nemo tells Dory he thought they would never see her again, but she remarks that she could not live without the rest of her family. Marlin calls Becky for help, but she leaves Dory behind, dropping Marlin and Nemo into the ocean with the rest of the gang. He manages to send Becky back for Dory, inside the truck, where Hank tried to say his goodbyes. Dory tells him that he is not going to "the Cleveland" and is instead coming to the ocean to live with her.

He argues, but Dory convinces him to come with her instead. As they try to leave, the truck's doors close, and it drives off with them still inside. Hank and Dory escape through the roof of the truck and get into the cabin, where Hank attempts to drive the truck. They escape, driving the wrong way back down the freeway, hitting a roadblock before veering off and driving the whole truck into the ocean, freeing all the other fish, and Becky, as well.

Dory, along with Marlin, Nemo, and her parents, head back to the reef, where they play a game of hide and seek, although Dory forgets what it is they were doing before she remembers and finds both pairs, along with Nemo's class.

Destiny and Bailey pop out, remarking that Dory had not found them, as Hank gathers the class back up. A student inquiries after Mr. Ray, whom the viewers find out has gone to join in the stingray migration. Hank remarks that if Mr. Ray is smart, he will stay away for a long time, and until he is back, Hank is the teacher. Bailey asks who wants to learn about echolocation, upon which the students groan.

Dory's parents leave for a swim, and when Marlin asks Dory if they are going home, she remarks that she is going to the drop-off. Marlin panics, thinking she is going to swim off again, and follows her, stopping her to ask if it is a good idea. She tells him that she is going to enjoy the view, and he lets her go, although he follows her. At the drop-off, Dory and Marlin enjoy the view, and Marlin says that Dory has done it.

The film flashbacks briefly to Dory and her parents, who tell her she can do anything. Dory agrees, and Marlin says that it really is quite a view, to which Dory remarks "unforgettable. In , after disagreements between Disney's Michael Eisner and Pixar's Steve Jobs over the distribution of Pixar's films, Disney announced that they would be creating a new animation studio, Circle 7 Animation , to make sequels to the seven Disney-owned Pixar films which consisted of the films released between and The studio had put Toy Story 3 and Monsters, Inc.

In July , it was reported that Andrew Stanton was developing a sequel to Finding Nemo , with Victoria Strouse writing the script and a schedule to be released in However, the same day the news of a potential sequel broke, director Andrew Stanton posted a message on his personal Twitter calling into question the accuracy of these reports.

The message said, "Didn't you all learn from Chicken Little? Don't believe everything you read. Nothing to see here now. In September , it was confirmed by Stanton saying: When that went away, everything slid up. I know I'll be accused by more sarcastic people that it's a reaction to Carter not doing well, but only in its timing, but not in its conceit. In a Los Angeles Times interview, Stanton talked about the sequel's origin: I was always 'No sequels, no sequels.

Sequels are part of the necessity of our staying afloat, but we don't want to have to go there for those reasons. We want to go there creatively, so we said to Disney , 'Can you give us the timeline about when we release them? Because we'd like to release something we actually want to make, and we might not come up with it the year you want it. The film's ending was revised after Pixar executives viewed Blackfish , a documentary film which focuses on dangers of keeping orca whales in captivity.

Initially, some of the characters would end in a SeaWorld-like marine park, but the revision gave them the option to leave. On September 18, , it was announced that the film would be pushed back to a June 17, , release. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was moved to the November 25 , slot in order to allow more time for production of the film.

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