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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Unspoken” (S7E6)


Title:  “Unspoken”

Airing:  November 2nd.

Filming:  September 3rd to September 14th

What CBS is telling us:  “Unspoken” – The team searches for Sam’s former partner, Ruiz (Anthony Ruivivar), who disappears while buying a deadly explosive during an undercover operation, on NCIS: Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 2

What we think is happening:  Sam’s past once again stuns the team as Sam’s first NCIS partner is involved in bombing.


Be on the lookout: 


Anthony Ruivivar as Mark Ruiz

Was EMT Carlos Nieto on Third Watch, Agent Guillermo Borjes on Travelers (which is very similar to Quantico, just with student Matt Bomer instead of FBI Agent Priyanka Chopra), Alejdo Salazar on The Whole Truth, Officer Hank Lucero on Southland, DAA Ozzy Michaels on Major Crimes, General Bill Carver on Revolution, Agent Henry Knox on Beauty & the Beast, Marco Reyes on Hawaii Five-0 (the drug lord who killed Danny’s brother), Alex Longshadow on Banshee, and Agent Jimenez in the Quantico pilot. Provides the voice for Nighthawk in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Bruce Wayne/Batman/Thomas Wayne for Beware the Batman.

Had guest roles on Castle, CSI, Nashville, The Mentalist, Burn Notice, Criminal Minds and Law & Order.

Andrew T. Lee as Ramon Santos/Amir Mattar

Was Marty (great name) on General Hospital from 2006-2009 and had guest roles on a number of crime dramas.

JB Tadena as Diego Lacan

Guest roles on American Horror Story, Perception, Criminal Minds, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Grey’s Anatomy.  Tadenda shared his feelings about working with episode co-writer Erin Broadhurst and director Diana Valentine:

Arlene Santana as Alicia Ruiz

Recurs on Grey’s Anatomy as a nurse with guest roles on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Scandal and Castle.

Santana was excited to be at Paramount Studios to work on the episode:

Stacey Hinnen as Gary Madison

A number of guest roles as blue-collar workers (Gruff Handyman, Gas Station Attendant in a number of crime dramas).  Appeared on the mothership in two years ago as a courier in “Canary”.

Eugene Shaw as Isko Lacan

Brian Tan this summer in Murder in the First and guest star roles in a number of procedural dramas.

Aiden Lew Andowski as Joey Ruiz

Child actor. Happy to be at Paramount Studios:



WRITTEN BY: Erin Broadhurst and Frank Military

Broadhurst co-wrote “Praesidium” with R. Scott Gemmill.

Military wrote/co-wrote “Little Angels”, “Deliverance”, “Lockup”, “The Job”, “Greed”, “Betrayal”, “Crimeleon”, “Vengeance”, “Out of the Past” Part One, “Rude Awakenings” Part Two, “Descent”, “Ascension”, “Allegiance”,  ”Spoils of War” (which he directed), “Black Budget”, SEAL Hunter” and “Rage” (which he also directed).

DIRECTED BY: Diana C. Valentine

Directed “Lokhay”, “Fallout”, Three Hearts”, “The 3rd Choir”, “Forest for the Trees” and “Beacon”.  Valentine sings the praises of LL Cool J:


Insider Intel:  Nothing up this week so far.


Official Photographic Evidence:


Unofficial Surveillance:

Kensi and Deeks working a crime scene (with a steadicam):

Guest star Antony Ruivivar is promising explosions for this episode:

This episode was filmed the week the cast and producers were at PaleyFest so most of the photos taken that week were from the event and not the episode.


Video Surveillance:


Stunning as always to see an explosion on this program.  Sam’s past gets a face – Mark Ruiz.

Sneak Peek #1:

Hmm, could that be a little Deeks IA woes foreshadowing with Deeks’s “People change Sam, especially when they’re in deep cover.”  A little something to file away.

Sneak Peek #2:

Perhaps the betrayal comment in the preview is about Ruiz’s addiction issues.


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

13 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Unspoken” (S7E6)

  1. It’s preview Sunday😄 Love this. I really enjoy the look bts and learning about the directors and guest actors. I’m enjoying the angst that Sam is going through. Sam is solid…loyal and always has his partner’s back as we’ve seen partnering G. I am looking forward to seeing how he disengaged from his former partner. Was it due to Ruiz. entering drug rehab or ?!? I can’t imagine Sam asking for a new partner and not trying to straighten out Ruiz… Sam’s angst over his former partner is getting me excited for Monday. I hope this is a theme that carries over to the Densi and other teams including Hetty and Granger. It would be nice to see this as a catalyst between for Deeks to open up to Kensi.
    Thanks, Tess😄


  2. Thanks for your preview. I hope this episode will lay the basis for the upcoming Deeks and Kensi “partners who lie” or “partners we don’t know so well as we thought” issue.


    • It certainly leaves open the idea that your partner isn’t always who you think they are.

      I’d also like some info on the Sam timeline – when did he leave the SEALs, when did he work on a taskforce with Michelle, when did he join OSP.


  3. Great preview Tess. Do you know how many shooting days ECO missed on his Hawaiian vacation? Just trying to anticipate how much (or little) we’re going to see of him tomorrow night.


    • He was away for a few days but we’ve seen episodes where Chris O’Donnell has been at the AT&T Pro Am or LL Cool J was hosting the Grammys and they had some presence in the episode. They could shoot all of the Deeks scenes over a day or two and he could look like he had a real presence in the episode.


      • I had sort of assumed he might not be there at all, so I was happy to see he has at least a few scenes. I wonder if it was just a fluke of scheduling that gave him enough consecutive days off to go away, or if the episode is super-Sam heavy. It appears to be the latter, but you can never really tell from the promos.


    • Oh, and thank you!


  4. Thanks Tess. I always look forward to your previews.


  5. I appreciate this preview and all the little nuggets you share with us!


  6. Totally off topic: Tess please write more Deeks fan fics. I’ve read everyone of your stories multiple times. Your take on Deeks is my favorite. I wish you could write for the show.


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