Monsters and Men is the fourteenth episode of Season Eleven of NCIS and also the 248th episode of the entire NCIS series.
As the NCIS team continue searching for Benham Parsa, the leader of the infamous terrorist group, the Brotherhood of Doubt, they also continue investigating the death of Parsa's supposed bodyguard, only for the team to later discover that the body in question is not who it appears to be. Things then turn a turn when Bishop reveals that she has been hunting Parsa ever since her days as an NSA analyst which ultimately threatens to jeopardize the entire case and when Parsa launches his final game plan while being held on the USS Wilmington, triggering a crisis, the NCIS team must act quickly or risk losing one of their own forever...
The episode opens with a recap focusing on the last few episodes which show the emergence of terrorist Benham Parsa and the Drone Attack on the Conrad Gala with the recap ending with NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs ordering NCIS/NSA liaison Eleanor Bishop to find Parsa.
At a batting range, Bishop is busy attempting to hit various balls with a baseball bat.
She fails to hit the first two and attempts to hit the third with her effort succeeding.
As this happens, her boss at NSA, Jeremy Marlens arrives.
Bishop tells Marlens that if he was trying for stealth, a less pungent cologne would've been a smarter choice.
Marlens states to Bishop that no-one wears cologne anymore and that it's body spray with Marlens believing it might be Mountain Musk.
As she hits a ball again, Bishop remarks that it's bold.
"I'll accept bold", Marlens states before remarking that he's also irritated. He then goes on to ask Bishop why hasn't she returned any of his messages?
Having hit a ball, Bishop then heads over, placing the bat against the wall as she tells Marlens that NCIS has been keeping her busy.
Marlens wants to know when exactly was she going to tell him she was working on Benham Parsa?
Bishop snaps that it was assigned to her, that she didn't seek out and that she was just doing her job.
Leaning against the wall, Marlens tells Bishop that as her supervisor, he's doing his and that he's still responsible for her actions and well-being, both of which concern him.
As this goes on, Bishop removes her helmet.
Hands on hips, Bishop stands her ground as she firmly tells Marlens that every other agency out there is after Parsa since the attack on the Conrad Gala.
She protests that Marlens can't except her to take a backseat.
Marlens sharply tells Bishop that that's not the point and that he should have told her with Marlens remarking that he's tempted to pull her joint-duty assignment.
"That's exactly why I didn't tell you", Bishop says.
She then opens the door and heads out into the main area of the batting range.
As she closes the door, Bishop turns to Marlens and tells him that this isn't like the last time.
"Sure feels like it", Marlens remarks.
Bishop just looks frustrated.
Marlens then asks Bishop about Gibbs and if he knows what happened.
Bishop tells Marlens that Gibbs wants Parsa caught and that's all that matters.
"Not to me", Marlens says.
Placing her hair back her ears, Bishop tells Marlens to look... before she stops, admitting to Marlens that he's right and that she should have told him before she asks him to let her see this through and that it's important.
Marlens pauses for a second before relenting, stating "All right".
He then states that it's cold and that Bishop is being too stubborn for him to continue this debate right now. He also says that T.S. Elliot was wrong- February is the cruelest month before asking Bishop how does she stand it in this cold weather?
Bishop, however is busy thinking of something.
As Marlens complains that he misses that Florida humidity, Bishop tells Marlens that she's gotta go.
With that, Bishop grabs her bag, slings it over her body before she runs off, holding the bat as well as Marlens calls her name, obviously eager for answers.
In the Bullpen, NCIS Special Agents Anthony DiNozzo and Timothy McGee are preparing to leave with DiNozzo whistling.
McGee wonders what's with Tony before wondering if Tony has a hot date or something.
"Hot indeed", Tony replies. "105 degrees Fahrenheit".
He then tells McGee to picture this: Bottle of Pinot, roaring fire and Tony sliding into a hot, steamy soak.
McGee states that he'd rather not picture that.
Tony then tells McGee that sometimes they've gotta stop and charge the batteries, get the old juices flowing.
McGee admits that he's not really a bath person.
"Course not", Tony says before stating that baths are kids and that he and McGee are men and men soak.
Slinging his NCIS Backpack onto his shoulder, McGee asks Tony what's the difference.
"These babies", Tony replies before producing a bottle.
McGee approaches Tony's desk and examines the bottle which is "Mighty Aphrodie's Moisturizing Bath Beads- Unlock the Goddess Within".
Tony laughs, remarking that this girl introduced Tony to it and that Tony had no idea.
Tony then goes to state that it exfoliates, makes you tingle in all the right places if McGee knows what he means.
McGee then admits that he's so sorry he asked.
"That makes two of us", NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs announces, arriving into the Bullpen. He then tells the two to grab their gear and that Port Authority in Portsmouth found a body in the water.
As McGee heads back to his desk, Gibbs who's busy putting on his coat on tells them that the clothing matches the BOLO NCIS put on Parsa's bodyguard.
Seconds later, Bishop arrives in, calling Gibbs's name and stating that it's good that he's still here.
Tony wonders if there's a rumble between the Sharks and Jets, referring to the bat Bishop is carrying.
As this happens, the three agents leave the Bullpen.
Bishop stammers that it isn't before telling them that she has a lead on Parsa.
As the three head for the elevator, Gibbs remarks that so do they before revealing that it's in Virginia with Gibbs telling Bishop, "Let's go".
Holding up the bat, Bishop tells them to wait and that Parsa isn't in Virginia.
This has Gibbs, Tony and McGee stopping in their tracks.
Gibbs then approaches Bishop and after lowering the bat, tells her to speak.
Bishop tells Gibbs that Parsa is going to Pakistan and that she should have seen it sooner before revealing that makes it sense. She then digs into her bag, producing her laptop.
Gibbs tells her to slow down and make sense now.
Looking up, Bishop states salted hot chocolate. She then reveals that she was drinking it the first time she read about Parsa's parents.
As she heads over to the monitor, Tony and McGee head into the Bullpen, both intrigued.
At the monitor, Bishop hits a key on her laptop and two photos of two Pakistan natives pop up, Bishop revealing that they are Raza and Sabeen Parsa who were innocent civilians killed in a U.S. drone strike on Pakistan on February 6, 2004.
She tells them that this event is what triggered the psychological shift in Parsa, making Parsa who he is today.
Turning around to face them, Bishop reveals that the ten year anniversary of their deaths is in 48 hours- two days.
McGee and Tony look stunned.
It then cuts to Gibbs who realizes that Parsa's going back to where it all started.
As a sailor works on the steel door with a blow torch, David Harketti, a Navy Hull Technician Chief presumably on the USS Wilmington tells Gibbs that the door was built to stop people from breaking out, not from trying to stay in.
"How long?", Gibbs wonders.
Harketti states for them to cut through three-inch thick steel, that it'll take them twenty/thirty minutes.
Gibbs tells them that they've gotta be faster than that and to blow the damn thing if they have too.
It then cuts to an inside shot of the brig where the blow torch is still on cutting through the steel door while a security guard lies on the floor.
As he sits down at the table again, wincing slightly at the gunshot wound in his left shoulder, Parsa asks Bishop if she's alright.
Bishop tells him that she's better than the two sailors he just killed.
Parsa states that they're casualties of war, he's afraid.
Bishop simply sits there, refusing to meet Parsa's gaze.
Parsa then leans in and tells her that he wanted them to finish their conversation, in private while Bishop turns around even more, greatly unnerved.
He then tells Bishop or "Eleanor" that it's been a long time before saying that he's thought about her.
Finally meeting his gaze, Bishop tells Parsa that he should have stopped by the office, said hello.
Parsa disagrees, stating that's too formal and that he much prefers her apartment in D.C.
Bishop sits there again, staring at the ground but seconds later, gazes at Parsa who asks about Bishop's husband, Jake?
Parsa then says that Jake should really learn to watch his surroundings.
"Stop, Benham", Bishop orders. She tells Parsa that her husband isn't his play.
Parsa sits there, smiling.
Bishop wonders what is?
She wonders if Parsa's going to use her as a hostage? Make a trade for his freedom?
Parsa silently looks away.
Shaking her head, Bishop tells Parsa almost pityingly that it won't work.
Outside, some progress is being made on the steel door as someone yells "Hold on! Hold on! Gotta get through".
It then shows the same shot of the laser cutting through the door while the dead guard lies on the floor as Bishop tells Parsa that he's not getting off this ship.
"A hostage?", Parsa remarks. "Is that what you think you are?".
He then tells Bishop that she knows him better than that.
"This isn't an escape attempt", Bishop states.
Parsa looks at her, his expression accepting.
"It's a suicide mission", Bishop then finishes, her voice full of dread as the truth hits home.
As Bishop stares at the floor, Parsa silently nods.
- Following the case, Bishop is promoted to full-time NCIS Field Probationary Agent and she also joins the NCIS Major Case Response Team on a permanent basis, officially replacing Ziva David with Bishop also presumably resigning from the NSA for good as well.
|Leroy Jethro Gibbs||Mark Harmon||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.|
|Timothy McGee||Sean Murray (actor)||Special Agent of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Abigail Sciuto||Pauley Perrette||Chief Forensic Specialist for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|James Palmer||Brian Dietzen||Assistant Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Eleanor Bishop||Emily Wickersham||The NSA/NCIS liaison officer who after the case involving Parsa is later promoted to Probationary Agent, resulting in Bishop becoming the newest member of the NCIS team and also the official and permanent replacement for Ziva David.|
|Leon Vance||Rocky Carroll||Director of NCIS.|
|Donald Mallard||David McCallum||Chief Medical Examiner for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.|
|Benham Parsa||Karan Oberoi||A terrorist who is also the leader of the group, the Brotherhood of Doubt. Dies after being shot by Gibbs when Parsa attempts to kill Bishop.|
|William Blake||Aaron Hill||Navy SEAL Lieutenant.|
|Pakistani Man 2||Hans Marrero||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Pakistani Man 3||Tony Graham||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Pakistani Man 4||Anthony Martins||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Watchstander||Adrian Gonzalez||A man who appears in the episode.|
|Lloyd Manditsky||John Allen Nelson||JSOC Vice Admiral.|
|Jeremy Marlens||Nestor Serrano||NSA Supervisor who is also the boss of Eleanor Bishop.|
|David Harketti||Rob Evors||Navy Hull Technician Chief.|
|Khalil Farooq||Shishir Kurup||Parsa's cousin.|