Heartland (episode)

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Heartland is the fourth episode in Season Six and also the 117th episode of the entire NCIS series.


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...


In the alleyway of a bar, a bouncer is busy dragging two people despite one protesting.

The bouncer simply shoves both men down the steps, telling them to get outta here before he turns back, telling another man that it's time to go.

He then pushes Sergeant Seth Welch down the steps with Welch protesting that that's no way to treat a Marine.

Corporal Ethan Lacombe tells the Sergeant to ease up and that they should go home.

Welch then realizes that he left his credit card at the bar and attempts to gain access to the bar, only for the bouncer to slam the door shut.

"Come on", Lacombe states.

Welch begins pounding at the door but it's no good.

Lacombe suggests that the Sarge get it tomorrow but Welch refuses, telling Lacombe that there's no tomorrow and that he's going around front.

As Welch heads off, Corporal Kelvin Taylor remarks to Lacombe that the sergeant is a little drunk.

The two laugh about it with Lacombe helping Taylor lean against a bin as Lacombe tells Taylor that he's alright.

Both laugh again.

Seconds later, two mysterious men arrive in and Lacombe sees them coming but he can't do anything as the two descend on Lacombe and Taylor, giving both men a vicious beating.

The two attackers then dump Lacombe into some trashbags and begin beating Lacombe rather brutally and mercilessly before fleeing seconds later.

As the two men leave, Welch arrives out with his credit card and as he slips it back into his wallet, he tells Corporal Taylor to stand to attention.

Taylor simply stands there, unable to move.

Welch calls out Taylor's first name: Kevlin and as he stands in front of Taylor, puzzled, Taylor then collapses into Welch's arms before Welch looks behind him, spotting the blood on the wall.

Welch then places Taylor gently on the ground before hearing a groan.

As Welch rushes over, he throws the trashbags aside and holds Lacombe in his arms, Lacombe alive but barely with Welch telling Lacombe or Ethan to hang on.

It then cuts to a shot of the alleyway showing Welch cradling Lacombe while yelling for help as Taylor's lifeless body lies on the ground.

Act One

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 NCIS Special 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".


Tony after discovering that one of the Marines is from Stillwater, Pennsylvania which also happens to be Leroy Jethro Gibbs's hometown.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

Major Events


  • The song that is played during the last few minutes of the episode in the background is Michael Bublé- "Lost".


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 Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent and second-in-command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Mossad/NCIS Liaison Officer and 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 Forensic Specialist associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS. Credited but does not appear in the episode.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner associated with the NCIS Major Case Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner, NCIS.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
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 Farber 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.
  v - e - dNCIS Season Six
Last Man Standing (episode)Agent Afloat (episode)Capitol Offense (episode)Heartland (episode)Nine Lives (episode)Murder 2.0 (episode)Collateral Damage (episode)Cloak (episode)Dagger (episode)Road Kill (episode)Silent Night (episode)Caged (episode)Broken Bird (episode)Love and War (episode)Deliverance (episode)Bounce (episode)South by Southwest (episode)Knockout (episode)Hide and Seek (episode)Dead Reckoning (episode)Toxic (episode)Legend Part 1 (episode)Legend Part 2 (episode)Semper Fidelis (episode)Aliyah (episode)

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