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, killing two personnel including a Petty Officer with the Navy, the NCIS team must determine if the target was a washed-up rocker who was successful in the 1980s or if the bomb was part of a larger scheme while Jimmy Palmer prepares for fatherhood.
In the Bullpen, McGee reveals to Gibbs that Mustard's alibi checks out and that Mustard didn't plant the bomb.
|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.|
|Anthony DiNozzo Senior||Robert Wagner||His voice is heard in a phone call with Anthony DiNozzo at the start of the episode.|
|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||A man who appears in the episode.|
|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||A woman who appears in the episode.|
|Keyboardist||Tracey McCall||A woman who appears in the episode.|
|NCIS Season Eleven|
|Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ♦ Past, Present and Future ♦ Under the Radar ♦ Anonymous was a Woman ♦ Once a Crook ♦ Oil and Water ♦ Better Angels ♦ Alibi ♦ Gut Check ♦ Devil's Triad ♦ Homesick ♦ Kill Chain ♦ Double Back ♦ Monsters and Men ♦ Bulletproof ♦ Dressed to Kill ♦ Rock and a Hard Place ♦ Crescent City ♦ Crescent City Part 2 ♦ Page Not Found ♦ Alleged ♦ Shooter♦ The Admiral's Daughter ♦ Honor Thy Father|