Heartland is the 117th episode of NCIS and the fourth episode in Season Six.
Two Marines are attacked in an alleyway while outside a nightclub. One dies from injuries while the other survives but with severe injuries. The team's investigation soon leads them to Stillwater, PA, where one of the Marines originally hailed from and which also happens to be Leroy Jethro Gibbs's hometown. Gibbs, McGee and Ziva head for Stillwater while Gibbs is forced to confront his past as well as some people, one of whom happens to be related to him...
The alleyway behind the bar has become a crime scene and as photos are taken, NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee remarks that none of the bar staff heard anything because they like the music really loud.
"Discourages talking", fellow Agent Anthony DiNozzo remarks. "Encourages drinking and other mouth-related activities".
McGee remarks that the camera's been disabled and that the dumpster's been moved.
"Yeah, hiding place", DiNozzo snaps. "Already thought of it".
- Gibbs's father, Jackson Gibbs is introduced for the first time.
- The song that is played during the last few minutes of the episode in the background is "Lost" by Michael Bublé.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||Special Agent in charge of the Major Case Response Team, NCIS.|
|Anthony DiNozzo||Michael Weatherly||Senior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Ziva David||Cote de Pablo||Mossad Liaison to the NCIS.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray||Junior Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist, NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS. Credited but doesn't appear.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS.|
|Jackson Gibbs||Ralph Waite||Father of L.J. Gibbs.|
|Young Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Sean Harmon||Gibbs as a teenager. Sean Harmon is the son of series regular Mark Harmon.|
|Young Shannon Gibbs||Aviva||Gibbs's wife, Shannon as a teenager.|
|Chuck Winslow||Richard Lineback||Local businessman who owns the mining company in Stillwater.|
|Ed Gantry||Casey Sander||Local policeman and long-time friend to Chuck.|
|Nick Kingston||Christian Campbell||Chuck's son-in-law.|
|Emily Kingston||Kayla Mae Maloney||Chuck's daughter.|
|Chris Kingston||Griffin Churchill||Emily's and Nick's son.|
|Sergeant Seth Welch, USMC||Geno Monteiro||NCO U.S. Marines who found both victims and is left guilt-ridden over what happened.|
|Janet LaCombe||Dendrie Taylor||Ethan's aunt.|
|Corporal Ethan Lacombe, USMC||Erik Eidemem||Victim and Emily's boyfriend. The two were actually brother and sister. Is also Chuck 'Charles' Winslow's son.|
|Corporal Kelvin Taylor, USMC||Brandon Hirsch||Victim.|
|Young Jackson Gibbs||Clint Carmichael||Jackson Gibbs as a middle-aged man.|
|Young Ed Gantry||Thomas Blake Jr.||Ed Gantry as a teenager.|
|Young Chuck Winslow||Marcus Christian||Chuck Winslow as a teenager.|
|Coal Miner||Tim Barraco||Local Miner. Uncredited role.|