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, killing two personnel including a Petty Officer who's with the Navy, the NCIS team investigate and must determine if the target was a washed-up rocker who was successful in the 1980s or if the bomb was part of a much larger scheme while Jimmy Palmer prepares for fatherhood.


Act One


Gibbs at the crime scene.

Act Two

Act Three

Act Four

Act Five

In the Bullpen, McGee reveals to Gibbs that Mustard's alibi checks out and that Mustard didn't plant the bomb.


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 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.

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