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Rock and a Hard Place 

Backstage before a charity-benefit concert in Washington, DC, an explosion kills a Navy petty officer first-class; Gibbs and company investigate; Abby fingers the bad guy, McGee finds out about him, and Gibbs and Ellie catch him at work.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Abby Sciuto
Jimmy Palmer
Leon Vance (credit only)
Donald Mallard
Ronnie Mustard
Bobby Quinn
Luke Pischedda
Denny Johnson A.K.A Nerdy Man
Javi Mulero ...
Earl Grieve
Vivian Sutton


Backstage at the Convention Center, Washington, DC, during preparations for a fund-raising concert to benefit the Hero Comfort Foundation, an explosion kills two men: a janitor and a volunteer worker, who was also a Navy petty officer first-class; Gibbs and company investigate; the fire chief said that the source of the detonation is a part of the warhead of a WW2-era torpedo. McGee and Ellie speak with Mannheim Gold, the apparent target of the explosion; during questioning his agent shows up and starts running his mouth. Mannheim goes home with Tony, then to a sudden gig. The concert takes place at a different venue. Abby deduces who planted the bomb, McGee digs up that man's past, and Gibbs and the gang put the pieces together; they figure out the reason for the bomb and the change of venue, then Gibbs and Ellie find the bad guys and a bunch of loot. Palmer experiences some good ups and a disappointing down. Written by DocRushing

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18 March 2014 (USA)  »

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Every good series has a dud now and then
25 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Possibly the worst episode of NCIS ever witnessed. Choppy, uninteresting, silly character for Carradine, no interesting input from Ziva's replacement.. It was simply a terrible episode for such a fine series. The plot was not believable and characters like the suspect's agent were annoying. It feels like the writers thought "oh wow we'll have Keith Carradine guest star and no matter what the plot is, if we dress him up to look like an aging hippie, everyone will think its cool. Well it wasn't. And even though the writers have mapped Bishop out to be a nice person with high intelligence, her character seems little more than filler, someone to take up space on the camera. They should have given Cote de Pablo the money she wanted. She was worth it.

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