Airing: Monday, November 23rd.
Filming: September 15-September 22, 2015
What CBS is telling us: “Defectors” – The team searches for a missing teenage girl who is feared to have been recruited by a terrorist organization, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Nov. 23rd
What we think is happening: Delayed for a week, for most of the episode we are probably seeing the stuff CBS is telling us in their press release. Based on the promo, things turn unfortunate for Det. Deeks at the end. Really unfortunate.
Be on the lookout:
Nicole Steinwedel as Allison Nelson
Bridget Sullivan on The Unit, Olivia Chandler in the season 11 “Alibi” episode of NCIS and some guest star roles in both procedurals and comedies.
The weekly photo of the guest star and LL Cool J:
Arthur Darbinyan as Jahmir Yacoob
Leonid in Season 2 of True Detective, guest roles on a number on crime drama usually playing Russian or Middle Eastern men.
Anjali Bhimani as Mira Yacoob
Nina Patel on Modern Family, appeared from time to time as a nurse on All My Children and has guest starred in several crime dramas almost always playing a medical professional.
Marlane Barnes as Mrs. Belridge
Sandy on Sons of Anarchy and guest star roles on cable series like Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Masters of Sex and Rizzoli and Isles.
Laura Niemi as CIA Analyst Wendy Balian
Niemi plays Dr. Beth Greene on The Young and the Restless, was Sally in the fifth season of Justified, Cheryl in Hollywood Heights, and guest starred on series like Bones, Rizzoli and Isles, Castle, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Weeds, Law & Order: LA, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Smith and Firefly.
Niemi made friends on the set:
James Wong as Andrew Kim
Was Hunter Wong on Sci-Fi’s Cha$e series and plays a lot of doctors in movies and television series.
Rishi Arya as Vignesh Mehta
Ritchee in My Boring Life and supporting roles in several feature films.
Anne Griffin as Lady Friend
Kathleen on Masters of Sex, a guest star role on Without a Trace and a number of short films.
Adam Lieberman as LAPD Detective
Lieberman plays a lot of law enforcement and military types. Was FBI Agent Sanders in season one of Bones, Officer Murphy on Brooklyn South (another CBS Monday 10PM show) and customs officer in the first part of the NCIS “Hiatus” two-parter. Series guest star work includes Aquarius, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, CSI, Franklin & Bash, Hawaii Five-0, Blackout, Persons Unknown, Raising the Bar, The Mentalist, Without a Trace, Dexter, The Unit, The Closer, Medical Investigation, Desperate Housewives, Mr. Sterling, Robbery Homicide Division, Providence, The Whole Truth, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Philly, The X Files, Diagnosis Murder, The Huntress, NYPD Blue, Suddenly Susan and Murder One.
Lieberman proudly displayed his script on Facebook:
Cesar Garcia as Low Rider
No-Doze in both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Appeared in dramas Murder in the First, True Detective, Gang Related, Legit, Criminal Minds, Weeds and Chuck (where he played Shifty Inmate – an interesting credit).
Garcia and his Low Rider’s low ride:
Jenna Seede as Adeela Yacoob
Teen actress who appeared in an episode of Rosewood.
Seede is happy to be on the Paramount set:
Jonathan Roumie as Perry Gaffney
Was Officer Gerard in NCIS’s “The Admiral’s Daughter”, Jonathan in the series In the Now and Jim Fellows on As the World Turns. Roumie appeared in episodes of The Newsroom, Dog with a Blog, Hart of Dixie, Castle, Parenthood and voiced a number of characters on MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch.
Jesse Bernstein as Man/Lucas Belridge
Appeared in episodes of iCarly, Criminal Minds and Miss Match.
Stefanie Malouf as Bahrooz Ali
Was in episodes of The Newsroom and Outsourced. Added Daniela Ruah to the requisite LL Cool J set photo.
Ella Arro as Zahra Yacoob
Roles in a number of short films.
Written by: Jordana Lewis Jaffe who wrote or co-wrote “Honor”, “Patriot Acts”, “Dead Body Politic”, “Paper Soldiers”, “Unwritten Rule”, “Big Brother”, “Iron Curtain Rising”, “Exposure”, “Savior Faire” and “Beacon”.
Directed by: Dennis Smith who 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”, “Black Wind” and “Blame it On Rio”. Smith has now directed 60 episodes of NCIS and an episode of NCIS: New Orleans.
Insider Intel: Nothing up this week so far.
Official Photographic Evidence: http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/11/ncis-los-angeles-episode-708-defectors.html
Unofficial Surveillance: There looks to be limited on-set photos from the cast because this was shot during premiere week and the cast members’ social media accounts were more about countdowns for the new season and not about this episode.
Guest star Laura Niemi showing off her script.
Niemi with Daniela Ruah.
CBS did a small edit to the original preview that aired after “An Unlocked Mind” two weeks ago – Hetty no longer mentions who is coming for “our children” while Kensi says “what?” when Deeks is arrested.
There do not seem to be any sneak peeks up. If anything is released late, I’ll update in the comments.
Despite the assumed cliffhanger, we’re off next week for a rerun of “Forest For The Trees” before what looks to be the payoff for the Internal Affairs investigation (in an appropriately titled episode “Internal Affairs”). Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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