Musical Chairs

First aired
November 19th, 2019
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Musical Chairs is the 8th episode of NCIS Season 17 and also the 386th episode of the entire NCIS series.


The team investigates the murder of a musician in the Navy's most elite band that performs at diplomatic events around the world.

Major EventsEdit

  • Gibbs has to take an abrupt leave of absence due to Fornell's daughter Emily going through rehab again (while using "Sturgeon Fishing" as his official excuse), even leaving behind both his phone and his badge and gun as well as leaving McGee in charge for the duration of the investigation.
  • Jacqueline Sloane's daughter Faith delivers some medical paperwork for her to fill out, acting as the first time the two have had any significant speech to each other since their first meeting since her birth.


The song played at the beginning & end of this episode is Sing, Sing, Sing (with a swing) composed by Loius Prima.


Series RegularsEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray Senior Special Agent and second-in command of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Eleanor Bishop Emily Wickersham Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Nicholas Torres Wilmer Valderrama Special Agent for the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Jacqueline Sloane Maria Bello NCIS Forensic Psychologist.
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Chief Medical Examiner for the Major Case Response Team.
Kasie Hines Diona Reasonover NCIS Forensic Specialist.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Donald Mallard David McCallum NCIS Historian

Recurring CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Faith Tolliver Kate Hamilton NCIS Forensic Psychologist Jacqueline Sloane's daughter.

Other CastEdit

Name Portrayed by Role
Neil Farzad Eyas Younis Navy Senior Chief Musician
Hannah McClain Emma Bell Navy Musician First Class
Luke Undervoy Owen Saxon Navy Musician First Class
Hugo Grava Link Ruiz Music equipment manager and rhodium smuggler
Andrew “Andy” Hopper Eric Winzenried
John Warren Richie Rosales  Navy Musician First Class and murder victim 
Mature Woman Peg Shirley
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