NCIS

Season 11 Episode 17

Rock and a Hard Place

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 18, 2014 on CBS
7.0
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The NCIS team enters the world of rock ‘n roll after a bomb explodes during the rehearsal for a military charity concert.

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  • Killing it off again

    3.0
    To start with the good things: Every scene in which that girl DIDN'T appear was okay, sometimes almost like in the old days. Especially the interaction between Tony and Manheim was great. Having house rules is typical for him, and it was quite funny. Hilarious, when he stopped the party. And it was nice when he made Manheim to go onto the stage. The scenes with Palmer, Abby, and Gibbs were nice, too. So I'm starting with 10 points.

    The story with Manheim's son seemed to be too much at first, turned out quite funny then, to drop flat in the end. Minus 1/2 point.

    Would have been great if they had Weatherly played the guitar, or let him do more on stage. Could have saved some points. / Never liked that idea with the gold fish. That he has two fishes now is pathetic and stupid. It's like having an elephant in the room. No one is allowed to say her name, but Tony has a second fish. Because of "My mother was a fish"? (No, no, stop thinking about good ol' times)! / As long as Tony won't have to PAY for the wedding it's pointless to let him plan the whole thing. + Why should McGee have wedding sites as a hobby? Doesn't make much sense to me. But these are only small details. Minus 1/2 point.

    Two mistakes in the script: Tony went alone with Manheim to the venue, without any other agent. / Not changing the safe house after several people were invited to the party. Minus 1 point.

    Storyline started well, then got flatter and flatter, and finally lost the plot completely. Minus 2 points.

    At the moment I'm at 6 points. Average episode that the cast would have saved just one season ago. They would have papered over the cracks of the script, and it could have been an 8-point-episode easily. BUT -

    Every scene in the office in which that girl appears is slightly annoying. Minus 1/2 point.

    Every scene in the field in which that girl appears causes pain. Oh dear, it's so awful to watch. She seems to be unable to cross the road on her own, but she arrested that guy while more experienced McGee was pushed aside. Yeah, sure, I'm buying it. Minus 1 point.

    Unbearable - that girl solved the case because she is smarter than anyone else. And really, really unbearable - she killed off the final scene because she had to start a discussion about Gibbs' gut. Minus 10 points. No, kidding. Minus 1 point.

    And minus 1/2 point because I can't stand that stupid facial impression of her, that bloody frowning that makes her look as if she isn't able to count to three. It makes me sick!

    So, again that girl killed off half of the episode. I'm really trying to like her, or to give her a chance at least, but I can't. Every time she appears on the screen I wish I could push her aside. Go home, Bishop, and let me watch the rest of the cast - with or without Ziva, with or without whoever, but definitely not with YOU!moreless
  • Rock And A Hard Place

    6.0
    Good to see Keith Carradine still trying new guest roles at his advanced age, but this episode drifted off course so many times. It got really boring near the end.
  • Tony grows up! yay!!!

    8.0
    At last some character development for Tony. He's growing up and it's about time too. Ten years without any character growth is a bit much - writers pay attention - less juvenile is good. Also McGee - I'm glad he's getting a bit more story development. Still would like him to get more than the once-per-year-bump-or-bruise. Honestly - he's like practically injury proof the way he always comes out with only a scratch while people die around him. Can't say that I like the know-it-all Bishop girl - but I'm willing to give her a chance.moreless
  • Unsure

    8.5
    I did not know quite what to make of this episode. Most of the team dynamics seemed good, and it was funny in places, but I don't know if this episode is the reason I watch NCIS. To me, NCIS works best when they use good investigation to solve good cases, and the good team dynamics and humour used to look after themselves, not need a separate focus or to occur at the expense of a nuanced case. But I think the cases have got less interesting on average since about the middle of season 7. And a note to the Bishop haters: it's probably a good thing she is featuring in more watered down plots - the idea of her in episodes like "Honour Code" or "Under Covers" (or "Grace Period" or "SWAK") is pretty laughable.moreless
  • Excelent

    10
    I loved the episode.
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon

Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

Special Agent Tony DiNozzo

Pauley Perrette

Pauley Perrette

Forensics Specialist Abby Sciuto

David McCallum

David McCallum

Chief M.E. Ducky Mallard

Sean Murray (I)

Sean Murray (I)

Special Agent Tim McGee

Brian Dietzen

Brian Dietzen

Asst. M.E. Jimmy Palmer

Keith Carradine

Keith Carradine

Manheim Gold

Guest Star

Joel Brooks

Joel Brooks

Ronnie Mustard

Guest Star

Hank Harris

Hank Harris

Denny Johnson A.K.A. Nerdy Man

Guest Star

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