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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Blame It On Rio” (S7E5)


Title:  “Blame It On Rio”

Airing:  October 19th

Filming:  April 30th to May 8th. This episode was shot at the end of the sixth season. With Michael Weatherly’s commitment to the mothership, it makes perfect sense to have this episode produced during NCIS’s hiatus.

What CBS is telling us:  NCIS Special Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) partners with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Oct. 19.

What we think is happening:  East Coast Tony meets West Coast Office of Special Projects. Hilarity and hijinks ensue.


Be on the lookout: 


Michael Weatherly as Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo
Weatherly’s Tony was not in Los Angeles with Gibbs and McGee when the two worked with the Office of Special Projects to break up a terrorist cell in the “Legend” episodes, instead working the case from the Navy Yard. Weatherly was quite the busy man last TV season, appearing in all episodes of NCIS, showing up as a plague expert on NCIS: New Orleans and filming this episode in May.


Bobby Lee as Rio Syamsundin
Lee is a comedy actor/writer who worked on MadTV, played a vet in the quickly canceled Animal Practice and voices the Tim/Sumo on The Awesomes.

As with most guest stars, Lee had his photo taken with LL Cool J:


Danielle Bisutti as Sarah Taylor
Was Secret Service Special Agent Ashley Winter on NCIS’s “You Better Watch Out” Season 10 Christmas episode and guest starred in a number of series including CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Leverage, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, Beauty & The Beast, Bones, Raising the Bar, Without a Trace and Charmed.

As with most guest stars, Bisutti had her photo taken with LL Cool J:


Al Coronel as Homeland Security Officer
Played the same role in “Kolchek, A”.


Samantha Cutaran as Flight Attendant
Karine on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and guest roles on Criminal Minds, House, Major Crimes, Intelligence, Castle and Rizzoli & Isles.


Victor Chi as Prisoner/Mr. Hung
Appeared in a number of short films.



Written By:  R. Scott Gemmill
Wrote or co-wrote “The Only Easy Day”, “Brimstone”, “Breach”, “LD50”, “Found”, “Borderline”, “Absolution”, “Archangel”, “Tin Soldiers”, “Impostors”, “Cyberthreat”, “Honor”, “The Watchers” and both sides of the NCIS Los: Angeles/Hawaii Five-0 “Touch of Death” episodes, “Recruit”, “Free Ride”, “Wanted”, “Ravens and The Swans”, “Impact”, “War Cries”, both ends of the “Deep Trouble” season five finale/season six premiere, “Inelegant Heart”, “Praesidium”, “Traitor” and “Active Measures”.

Directed By:  Dennis Smith
Directed “Fame”, “Standoff”, “Rocket Man”, “Cyberthreat”, “Exit Strategy”, “Patriot Acts”, “Out of the Past” part one, “The Livelong Day”, Between the Lines”, “Deep Trouble” part two, “Black Budget” and “Black Wind”.  Smith directed 59 episodes of NCIS and an episode of NCIS: New Orleans.


Insider Intel: 

TV Guide had a big cover article about the crossover:

DiNozzo Goes West: NCIS’s Michael Weatherly Crosses Over to Los Angeles


Official Photographic Evidence:


Unofficial Surveillance: 

The official Los Angeles welcome for Very Special Guest Star Michael Weatherly:


Eric Christian Olsen enjoying his time with Michael Weatherly:


A couple of cops – former and current – hanging out:


RenFaire Nell:


Video Surveillance:



Sneak Peek #1:

I would think Tony would recognize the yellow tracksuit from Game of Death and not just Kill Bill Vol. 1.


Sneak Peek #2:

Looks like yellow isn’t Deeks’s only color statement in this episode. Could the green-eyed monster be riding with Kensi, Deeks and Tony?


The program is preempted next week for the Supergirl premiere (saw it at the Paley Center – a lot of fun and a perfect mix with the action/adventure/fun delivered most weeks by Scorpion and NCIS: Los Angeles).  So we’ll be back in early November (how did that happen) with the first sweep episode of season seven.


Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.

8 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Blame It On Rio” (S7E5)

  1. Awesome! Thank you, Tess!! I was looking forward to your column and you delivered. I thoroughly enjoyed everything expecially the sneak peeks. I see the green-eye monster is surfacing…that will be fun to watch. Great way to start Sunday morning! One more watch od the sneaks before getting on with real-life😉


  2. Two DVR alerts to add:

    Both Eric Christian Olsen and Michael Weatherly will be on “The Talk” tomorrow.

    The episode itself will be previewed on “ET” as well.

    The official CBS twitter account for the program sent out this:



  3. Thanks for this preview!
    I am really excited to see Deeks and Dinozzo together and I hope their interactions will be fun and interesting to watch. I also like a grain of jealousy on Deeks’s side, even if Kensi has proved him recently he has nothing to fear.


  4. Really looking forward to this episode. Thanks for the great preview – I love all the photos!


  5. ETCanada has interviews about the crossover:


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