A Man Walks into a Bar (episode)

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A Man Walks into a Bar is the fourteenth episode in Season Eight of NCIS and the 176th episode of the entire NCIS series.


As the NCIS team investigate the murder of a Naval Commander who was due to retire in eighteen months, they also go through a series of mandatory psychological evaluations with the sessions themselves also revealing personal issues within the team as well as a connection to an incident that changed the team forever....


Act One


Gibbs after learning that the Navy Officer's death has hit the headlines.

Act Two

In his office, NCIS Director Leon Vance is busy talking to the SECNAV and tells the SECNAV that he understands before hanging up just as Gibbs arrives in.

As soon as he's hung up, Vance informs Gibbs that the Colonial is on lockdown.

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Tony's mother died when he was eight years old.
  • The team meet Dr. Rachel Cranston who is later revealed to be the older sister of their deceased colleague, NCIS Special Agent Kate Todd.



Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Michael Weatherly Senior Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo NCIS Probationary Agent and also a member of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Dr. Rachel Cranston Wendy Makkena Psychologist conducting evaluations of the team, and Caitlin Todd's older sister.
Special Agent Caitlin Todd Sasha Alexander NCIS Special Agent and also Dr. Cranston's younger sister. Once part of the Secret Service Presidential Protection Detail, she later joined the NCIS team up and began her career which lasted up for a year and a half. However, it all ended in tragedy when in the last few seconds of the Season 2 finale, Twilight (episode), she died after being shot in the head by an old enemy of the team. It is revealed in the DVD commentary for this episode that Sasha Alexander came back to use her current voice during the phone call with her sister.
Captain Thomas Lind, USN Scott Lawrence A Captain on board the ship.
Admiral Wayne Hargrove, USN Robert Newman (actor) A man who appears in the episode.
Nancy Hargrove Kim Johnston Ulrich Wayne Hargrove's wife.
Ensign David Howard, USN Brian Skala A man who appears in the episode.
Petty Officer Rena Oliver, USN Alexandra Barreto A woman who appears in the episode.
Seaman Marcus Leonard, USN Dustin Seavey A Seaman with the United States Navy.
Navy Information Systems Technician Victor Davies, USN Andrew Pattison A man who appears in the episode.
Min Ho Kwon Matthew Yang King He was suspected to be the murderer. However, at the time of the murder he was sending photos of the weapons system to the North Koreans.

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