“In the Line Of Duty”
Airing: January 19th
Shot: December 1st to December 10th
What is CBS telling us: “In The Line Of Duty” – After U.S. Ambassador Nancy Kelly narrowly escapes a terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Tunisia, Callen and Sam are sent on a secret, dangerous mission to obtain key evidence from the crime scene. Upon their return, the team seeks Kelly’s help to provide missing information, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Jan. 19 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen, host of THE TALK, guest stars as U.S. Ambassador Nancy Kelly.
What we think is happening: Well besides being the cross-promotion go-to team at CBS (Hawaii Five-0, Scorpion, now The Talk), the Los Angeles NCIS team is working with the FBI to find out who killed security personnel protecting US Ambassador and Big Brother host Julie Chen. Sam knew one of the dead men from their time in the Navy. This looks to be a team-oriented episode.
According to the sneak peek, there is an FBI agent and Julie Chen in the NCIS gym. That gym has had more outsiders wandering around this season than all the five seasons combined. You had the lady DoJ investigator who was on furlough from Under the Dome along with her minions, Mattias and now a random FBI guy and the host of Big Brother. This is a worrisome turn of events for some super-secret government facility. It was so much better when Deeks was the only outsider there and Callen was freaking out when Lauren Hunter let a stranger in the building.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST
Julie Chen (U.S. Ambassador Nancy Kelly)
The host of Big Brother and The Talk.
Don Franklin (Navy Captain Alan Beck)
Franklin played Agent Sachs on NCIS. He was Fornell’s #2 who often clashed with Tony.
Joe Nieves (FBI Special Agent Brad Reese)
The random FBI guy hanging out in places he doesn’t belong! Get thee to the boat shed!
Maz Siam (Munir)
Paul Tassone (Otto/Steve/Walter)
Pick a name, my friend, pick a name!
Jay Pickett (Navy Commander Tom Harris)
Delpaneaux Wills (Security Detail Leader Ray)
Neil Arnote (Clayton Waters)
Tory Berner (Receptionist) Tory is Chris O’Donnell’s niece.
WRITTEN BY: Tim Clemente
Clemente wrote “Blood Brothers” and “Free Ride” and works as a technical consultant to the program.
DIRECTED BY: Karen Gaviola
Gaviola directed “Blood Brothers”, “Overwatch”, “Betrayal” , “Rude Awakenings” Part Two and “Merry Evasion”.
Unofficial Photographic Recon:
A similar photo shows up on Franklin’s Twitter account with LL Cool J and some rather rough looking make-up for Franklin.
Eric Christian Olsen, Julie Chen and Daniela Ruah announce her appearance on NCIS: Los Angeles during The Talk.
@jacqniv, the Twitter account of the program’s staff photographer, usually has some exciting behind the scenes photos posted the day of the episode (especially if there are explosions).
Sneak Peek #1: http://youtu.be/i9WujEaCunQ
Sneak Peek #2: http://youtu.be/4eklXCBnpGQ
In the sneak peeks, everyone looks to be all business, even if there are strangers in the gym!
Eric Christian Olsen had a short clip from the episode during his The Talk late night interview on Thursday where Kensi and Deeks were examining evidence wearing magnifier eyeglasses. Deeks made a Mr. Magoo joke which Kensi didn’t get. There was banter about Magoo being before Kensi’s time, cartoons and vintage animation.
Electronic Press Kit/Behind the Scenes: http://youtu.be/vebltlHIJFc
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