He serves as the team's Tech Operator, using the OSP systems to give his colleagues an advantage over the many suspects they're pursing or hunting down, alongside Intelligence Analyst Penelope 'Nell' Jones, who he is currently dating.
Pre-Series/NCIS Season 6Edit
Due to the death of a Marine, both the Washington D.C. NCIS: Major Case Response Team and their Los Angeles NCIS: Office of Special Projects counterparts formed a temporary partnership to catch the Marine's killers with Agents Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Timothy McGee flying to Los Angeles to personally work with OSP for the duration of the case.
While Gibbs worked (albeit grudgingly) with OSP head Lara Macy, McGee and Eric worked together, using their technological skills to help the rest of their colleagues who were out in the field.
After the case was solved, Gibbs and McGee left Los Angeles, having formed new friendships with the OSP team and it's presumed that Eric like the others was left shaken after learning of the assassination attempt against Callen.
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 1Edit
In Episode:Random On Purpose, Eric meets NCIS Forensic Scientist Abigail Sciuto, presumably in person for the first time and after Eric asks her on a date, it was revealed like Abby, Eric knew sign language as he has been learning or using it since he was seven years old.
In Episode:Burned, it was revealed that Hetty had taught Eric how to whistle.
In Episode:Found Eric has difficulty fixing a laptop that has possible information on missing colleague Dominic Vail. Hetty approaches him and confesses that she tolerates him because his skills are unmatched. Now having the incentive, he try's again and successfully fixes the computer.
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 2Edit
In Episode:Absolution, it was revealed that Eric was German-American and he later took offence at some of the team's comments concerning Germans with Hetty apologizing for it.
In Episode:Rocket Man, Eric went undercover for the first time. Unfortunately, he was attacked and nearly killed with Callen and Sam saving him in the nick of time.
After the case was solved, Eric later revealed that he preferred being in the Ops Centre rather than going into the field which strongly suggests that he is more comfortable with his current role as OSP's Tech Operator and that he also has no plans of ever becoming a Field Agent.
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 3Edit
In Episode:Higher Power Sam asks Eric to help him find a popular pony toy for his daughter that has been selling out everywhere. When they end up having to use the one Eric found for their case, Eric procures one from his collection of collectible action figures and offers it for Sam’s daughter.
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4Edit
In Episode:Free Ride, Eric and Nell had their first kiss.
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5Edit
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6Edit
- Like Marty Deeks, Eric enjoys surfing.
- In the NCIS: Los Angeles fandom, fans often mistakenly spell his name as "Beal" instead of "Beale" just like that of Dominic Vail.
- Like Timothy McGee, Eric is an expert in accessing and using everything and anything technology or computer related.
- In one episode, he claims to be of Scottish descent, adding that he originally came to work in a kilt.
- Despite being a main character in the series from the beginning, little to nothing is known about Eric's past.