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Friends and Lovers is the fifteenth episode in NCIS Season 4 and also the eighty-fifth episode of the entire NCIS series.


The NCIS team investigate when the body of a Navy sailor is found in an abandoned restaurant with the team believing that the sailor might have been the victim of a serial killer, only to discover that there's more to both the victim and the case than meets the eye.


At an empty and abandoned restaurant, Mary Elizabeth Donahue remarks to her boyfriend, David Cross that when he told her they had reservations, Mary was picturing something a little more upscale.

David is surprised that she doesn't recognize it.

"Should I?", Mary wonders.

David tells Mary to think back.

Mary just nods.

As they head into the abandoned restaurant, David cannot believe that Mary forgot.

"Oh my God", Mary says before turning around and saying that this is where David's grandmother choked to death on veal.

"No", David says.

David heads over and tells Mary to picture this: a small water foundation right there and that they sat right there.

At Mary's smile, David remarks that she does remember.

"That we met here?", Mary says before stating that she does remember and she also remembers that it was over ten years ago.

David remarks that he guesses that it's kind of a long time to date.

"Four's long", Mary says. "Twelve?".

"Pathetic", David replies. "I know".

He admits that he should have done this a long time ago so..

He then opens a box and it's shown that there's an engagement ring resting inside it.

Kneeling, David says, "Mary Elizabeth Donahue, will you..?".

But David stops upon seeing something.

Mary tells David that he can do it and that it's only four simple words.

David, now gagging silently points.

Mary turns around and sees what he's looking at.

In the corner is the dead body of an unknown man which is also covered in maggots.

Mary screams and flees, knocking David over.

It then cuts to show the engagement ring which is now lying on the floor with the dead body in the distance.

Act One

Gibbs and McGee after realizing Navy Petty Officer Evan Davidson didn't OD: he was murdered.

Act Two

Act Three

In the morgue, Ducky tells Gibbs that Abby analyzed the contents of Petty Officer Davidson's stomach and that they now know how the poison was administered.

Act Four


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon NCIS Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Junior Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad Liaison to the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Junior Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jennifer Shepard Lauren Holly NCIS Director.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Ducky's assistant.
Jeanne Benoit Scottie Thompson Tony's girlfriend.
Michelle Lee Liza Lapira An NCIS Special Agent who works for the NCIS Legal Department.
Cynthia Summer Stephanie Mello Jenny's secretary.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
John Carson J.R Cacia A Metro Police Department detective.
J.D. Morris Michael Whaley Carson's partner.
Lisa Delgado Corri English A prostitute/escort.
David Cross Brady Smith (actor) A man who appears in the episode.
Frank Holtz Dean Chekvala A junkie.
Scott Pell Jonno Roberts A businessman and owner of One Club.
Mary Elizabeth Donahue Debbie Campbell David Cross's girlfriend.
Matt Barrows Daz Crawford A doorman at the One Club.
Bouncer (Friends and Lovers) Roy Hausmann Uncredited role.
Evan Davidson Patrick T. Johns Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Uncredited role.
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