NCIS (2003– )
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Damned If You Do 

A familiar face defends Gibbs in Parson's investigation. While the team tries to help Gibbs, they must solve the murder of a Navy SEAL.


Tony Wharmby


Donald P. Bellisario (created by), Don McGill (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Mark Harmon ... Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Cote de Pablo ... Ziva David
Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto
Sean Murray ... Timothy McGee
Brian Dietzen ... Jimmy Palmer
Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance
David McCallum ... Donald Mallard
Colin Hanks ... Richard Parsons
John M. Jackson ... A.J. Chegwidden
Muse Watson ... Mike Franks
Allan Louis ... Captain Wayne
Natalija Nogulich ... Judge Maddox
Nicole DuPort ... Emily McBride
Alan Dale ... Tom Morrow


Parsons continues to badger Gibbs; Gibbs finally breaks his silence but only slightly. To the surprise of Parsons, AJ Chegwidden, a retired admiral and a retired judge advocate general (JAG) of the US Navy, arrives to defend Gibbs (because Vance has called him); Gibbs breaks a slight smile. Ducky and Palmer find bugs; AJ and Gibbs find that someone has tossed Gibbs's pad; Tony and Ziva join them; they all go to Gibbs's secluded cabin. McGee shows up and collects Tony and Ziva, then they investigate the death of a SEAL lieutenant; the widow has received his head in a cardboard carton; Palmer learns that it's radioactive. Tom Morrow, from the DoHS, gives some startling news to Vance; the three musketeers turn in their badges; Vance shreds one file, and Gibbs burns even more; Morrow hands Parsons a letter in which the IG of the DoD cancels the investigation; Parsons babbles; Gibbs goes on a top-secret mission. Four months later Gibbs takes a shot. [To be continued next season.] Written by DocRushing

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Plot Keywords:

loyalty | decapitation | bomb | See All (3) »


TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

14 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The scene where Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) shares info about Parsons (Colin Hanks) is a nod to the movie 'Philadelphia' in which Colin Hanks' father (none other than Tom Hanks) played the lawyer who is HIV-positive and is discriminated against by his own law firm. See more »


While playing her video game Abby says, "I hate unnecessary gang violence as much as the next girl, but sometimes there is no alternative." If there is no alternative, then it is not unnecessary violence of any kind.. See more »


Leroy Jethro Gibbs: All I ever wanted to do was be a good Marine.
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NCIS Theme
Performed by Numeriklab
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