Airing: April 20th
Filming: March 16th to March 25th
What CBS is telling us: “Beacon” – Callen and Sam are shocked when an old acquaintance, who they thought was the recent victim of a murder, appears and asks for their help. As the team investigates, they uncover a possible breach of America’s economic sanctions against Russia, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 20 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
What we think is happening: Well, I am hoping that the old acquaintance is Arkady since things look bad for him in the promos/previews. I am surprised we’ve waited this long to see Arkady again. He had a small and unfriendly appearance in “The 3rd Choir” (not the delightful Arkady we loved in “Wanted” or “Reznikov, N.”).
Joelle is in the episode. Callen teased early in the season that Jo will be “connected to someone that we’ve seen in several past episodes.” Could that be Arkady?
With the CBS’s season finales release, I think our friends the Russians come back front and center for the final few episodes.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST
Vyto Ruginis as Arkady Kolcheck
Arkady! You’re back! You were missed! I love Arkady! I loved him in “Pushback”, “Tin Soldiers” (sneak great episode), “Neighborhood Watch”, “Rude Awakenings” Part Two, “Wanted”, “Reznikov, N.” and “The 3rd Choir”.
Elizabeth Bogush as Joelle Taylor
Jo! You’re back! Appeared in both “War Cries” and “Humbug”. Bogush is going to be on CW’s The Messengers.
Aisha Kabia as Coast Guard Lieutenant Joyce Kelly
Appeared in a number of dramas (CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Chuck, Three Rivers, Knight Rider (2008) and Moonlight). Was Kara (Brad’s girlfriend) on How I Met Your Mother in season two.
Dan Warner as Man with Hoodie/Brett Smith
Plays a lot of security guards/cops/marshals/sheriffs in movies and television series, including the mothership’s “Chained” episode.
Matt Stasi as Patrick Berkeley
Handful of supporting roles in films/shorts and guest star roles on CSI: Miami and the original Beverly Hills 90210.
Elena Evangelo as Elia Berkeley
FBI Agent Susan Heller in season three of Justified, Gabby on The Young and the Restless about seven years ago and appeared in episodes of Parenthood, House, Revenge, Victorious, Monk, Las Vegas, Windfall, Alias and NYPD Blue.
WRITTEN BY: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Wrote or co-wrote “Honor”, “Patriot Acts”, “Dead Body Politic”, “Paper Soldiers”, “Unwritten Rule”, “Big Brother”, “Iron Curtain Rising”, “Exposure” and “Savior Faire”.
DIRECTED BY: Diana C. Valentine
“Lokhay”, “Fallout”, Three Hearts”, “The 3rd Choir” and “Forest for the Trees”.
The two women reviewing the episode with executive producer Shane Brennan:
Renee Felice Smith thought this was the first time the program had a female writer teamed with a female director (it is not – “Overwatch” was – hat tip to tumblr user chrisodonline) but still a picture of the two women in charge up in Ops:
Insider Intel: Nothing up this week so far.
Official Photographic Evidence: Straight from CBS:
It looks like Kensi and Deeks are in Arkady’s home while Sam chills at the pool with towel guy Callen.
Actor Dan Warner shows off his script and his character’s wardrobe:
Aisha Kabia posted a photo of herself in her character’s Coast Guard uniform.
@jacqniv Twitter/Instagram accounts are a source of behind the scenes photos, usually posted day of or the days just after the episodes air.
LL Cool J has been loading short scenes as well to his Instagram account on the day of the episode.
Monday at 10PM – action and explosions.
Sneak Peek #1:
The team actually seems far more upset about Arkady’s apparent death than Callen. Could Callen be running a con on everyone?
Sneak Peek #2:
I thought Callen and Arkady were friends. Something is up here.
Off next week (rerun of “In The Line of Duty”) and then back for the final three episodes of season six!
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