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Keep Your Friends Close is the 14th episode of NCIS Season 15 and also the 344th episode of the entire NCIS series.


After the body of a missing Navy commander is found, Vance orders Gibbs and the NCIS team to work with former FBI Agent Tobias "T.C." Fornell, the private investigator who was hired to locate him while Bishop and Torres interview convicted investment advisor Albert Hathaway when the victim is linked to his highly publicized trial.


Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Gibbs after watching Fornell take down a suspect via the use of a Taser.

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • Since being fired from the FBI, Fornell becomes a Private Investigator.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Special Agent.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team. Despite being credited, McCallum does not appear in this episode.
Clayton Reeves Duane Henry Interagency Liaison between MI6 and NCIS.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Tobias Fornell Joe Spano Former Senior FBI Agent
Gabriel Hicks Graham Hamilton
Jessica Shaeffer Hilary Ward Hicks's lawyer.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Sarah Willis Vinessa Antoine
Albert Hathaway Kevin Pollak
Michael Barrett Jeff Berg
Joey Barrett Matt Lowe
Ozzie Duncan Dustin Ingram
Sean Evans Kinsey McLean Navy Commander.
Julia Marino June Carryl
Patrice Jansen Chantelle Barry
Keith Sanchez Jeremy Andorfer-Lopez Virginia State Police Officer.
James Willis Peter Jang Navy Commander.
Marsha Jones Maury Morgan Virginia State Police Officer.
Person In Line Sabina Nogic Uncredited role.
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