Rock and a Hard Place (episode)

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Rock and a Hard Place

First aired
March 18th, 2014
Written by
Steven D. Binder
Directed by
Arvin Brown
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Rock and a Hard Place is the seventeenth episode of Season Eleven of NCIS and the 251st of the series as a whole.


After a bomb detonates in the dressing room at a military charity concert, the NCIS team must determine if the target was a washed-up ‘80s rocker or if the bomb was part of a larger scheme. Meanwhile, Jimmy prepares for fatherhood.


Act One

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Major Events

  • Jimmy Palmer reveals that the birth mother he and Breena had met decided not to go through with the adoption, leaving the couple grief-stricken, Jimmy even moreso.
  • Tony DiNozzo was forced to plan for his father's wedding due to his attempt at curtly refusing to plan having his father hang up mid-sentence.
  • Tony DiNozzo was revealed to have been the co-writer of the rule plan for the apartment he lived at alongside his landlord.



Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
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
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Special Agent, MCRT, NCIS
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist,NCIS
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner, NCIS
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham NSA Analyst and NCIS Special Agent.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Anthony DiNozzo Senior Robert Wagner His voice is heard in a phone call with Anthony DiNozzo at the start of the episode.

Guest Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Bobby Quinn David Shatraw Manheim Gold's Agent.
Denny Johnson Hank Harris Nerdy Man and the illegitimate son of Manheim Gold.
Earl Grieve Javi Mulero Head Janitor and the second murder victim.
Ronnie Mustard Joel Brooks Manheim Gold's Agent in the 80's.
Luke Pischedda John Sloan
Holgate Justin Alston NCIS Special Agent assigned to guard Manheim Gold.
Manheim Gold Keith Carradine A former rock star who was big in the 1980s.
Damien Hunter Linc Hand Navy Petty Officer First Class and the first murder victim.
Vivian Sutton Susan Cremin
Keyboardist Tracey McCall

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