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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Cancel Christmas” (S7E11)


Title:  “Cancel Christmas”

Airing:  December 14, 2015 – the final new episode of the calendar year.

Filming:  October 15th to October 27th – Christmas in October.

What CBS is telling us:  “Cancel Christmas” – When a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees, the team must search for who is responsible for smuggling spies into the country. Also, Deeks and Kensi try to find a way to include their mothers in their Christmas plans, and Hetty notices that Granger isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, on NCIS: Los Angeles.

What we think is happening:  An article mentions that Sam wants to pick up Aiden at the airport and have a nice, quiet holiday with his family. Without Pamela Reed or Laura Harring in the guest cast, the holiday plans may include Deeks’s and Kensi’s moms but the episode does not.

Let’s talk about Granger’s holiday cheer for a second. The holidays have not been kind to the Assistant Director in recent years. Season 3– probably packing up his life and moving out to LA to investigate the daughter of an old team member for murders she may have committed based on his intel. Season 4– not with the team or in the office when they’re off on the Van Buren. Season 5– in Afghanistan. Season 6– recovering from being poisoned. He has some reasons to be all bah-humbuggy.


Be on the lookout: 


Lenny Jacobson as Mike Hobbs

Lenny on Nurse Jackie. Guest roles in both dramas and comedies like Grimm, Shameless, Halt and Catch Fire, Bad Teacher, Jessie, The New Normal, CSI, Rizzoli & Isles, Law & Order: LA, October Road, Las Vegas and Entourage.  Played a security guard in the “Thirst” episode of NCIS.

Appeared in “Celeste & Jesse Forever” with Eric Christian Olsen. He provided the weekly LL Cool J on the set photo:

Malese Jow as Jennifer Kim

Currently appearing on The Flash as Linda Park on Earth 1 and Dr. Light on Earth 2.  Was Julia Yeung on Star-Crossed last season on CW, Anna Zhu on The Vampire Diaries and was a regular on three NICK series- Lucy Stone on Big Time Rush, Cadence Nash on The Troop and Geena Fabiano on Unfabulous. Had guest roles on Castle, CSI: Miami, Desperate Housewives, Hannah Montana, iCarly and The Wizard of Waverly Place.

Elizabeth Bogush as Joelle Taylor

Last seen in “Beacon” being dropped off at her school.

Nicole Dalton as Gloria

Guest roles in episodes of Hot in Cleveland, The Good Guys, Hillers, My Boys, Numb3rs and Cold Case.

Tye White as Aiden Hanna

Last seen in “Humbug” as a surprise for Sam.

Walter Wong as Kwok

V-Lin on Sons of Anarchy. Appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, 24, Heroes, Standoff, Still Standing, Grey’s Anatomy, Wanted, Hawaii Five-O and ER.  Was a civilian crewman in the “Chimera” episode of NCIS.

David An as Jason Lam

Played medical personnel on Grey’s Anatomy, Scorpion, The Vampire Diaries and The Red Band Society.

Erica Lynn as Edna

IMDB has several Erica Lynns.

Christine Bently as Mrs. Claus

Ms. Bently is not your typical Mrs. Claus. She has appeared in episodes of Ballers, Drop Dead Diva, Necessary Roughness and Lone Star.



WRITTEN BY: Joseph C. Wilson who wrote or co-wrote “Full Throttle”, “Stand-off”, “Personal”, “Plan B”, “Sacrifice”, “Blye, K.” Part One, “Gold Standard”, “Unwritten Rule”, “Fallout”, “Between the Lines”, “Exposure”, “Reign Fall” and “Kolcheck, A.”

DIRECTED BY: Paul A. Kaufman who directed three episodes- “Skin Deep” and “Chosen One” in Season 4, “Recovery” in Season 5.


Insider Intel:

Nothing up this week so far. has one of those “holidays on your favorite programs” slideshow. NCIS: Los Angeles is slide 15 discussing the Hanna holiday plans.


Official Photographic Evidence:

We have Santa Deeks, March of the Wooden Nell and Eric along with Callen trying to decorate Sam’s car and Kensi force-feeding the bad guy some popcorn.


Unofficial Surveillance:

Daniela Ruah is unhappy Kensi’s car is being decorated by Eric Christian Olsen’s hidden script:

Miguel Ferrer’s Granger just looks unhappy:

Some of the episode was shot in Long Beach:

Tye White hanging with his TV dad, LL Cool J.

Guest star Malese Jow is channeling Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell:

Rick Tunell spreading some October holiday cheer:

Barrett Foa is dressed for the occasion as well


Video Surveillance:


If Marty Claus has to take you down, it is nothing but coal in someone’s stocking.


Sneak Peek #1:

Hopefully Callen got Sam boots as an emergency gift.


Sneak Peek #2 :

Is it me or does that seem to be Kensi and Deeks bizzaro conversation?  Wouldn’t it seem like Deeks would want some fellow jungle cat in the field while Kensi would be raising the skeptical eyebrow?

This is the final episode of 2015. My first preview was “Spiral”– 2015’s first episode and I’ve had a blast this year. Looking forward to a nice holiday hiatus (no rerun next week, “Rage” will air the Monday before New Year’s). Have a happy holiday hiatus, a Merry Christmas, a cool Yule, a festive Festivus and a great start to 2016.   Previews will resume with January 4th’s “Core Values” episode.


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

13 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Cancel Christmas” (S7E11)

  1. Thanks again for a great preview, I so look forward to these.


  2. This is awesome as usual😄 Love all the sneak peeks and bts. Sure hope G gets Joelle a backup present. And I see Aidan is appearing. That’s great, I’m a sucker for family reunions😄 This looks like a fun episode.

    Thank you, Tess for graciously gathering and presenting each episode. I didn’t think that I could enjoy NCIS LA anymore than I do, but your previews make my experience even better. Thank you! Happy Holidays! 🎁 And Happy New Year! 🎉


  3. Thanks for your preview, the last of 2015. Time has really flown.

    To be honest I am not very excited for this episode, I don’t know why, maybe because I can’t get Internal Affairs Deeks out of my head and I hope with all my heart that Santa Deeks of this episode can do the miracle of making me forget the other 🙂

    Happy Holidays!


    • The character becoming more complicated works for me – it would have been easy to have Deeks be as pure as the driven snow (holiday reference) but by keeping him a little dark, there are so many dramatic opportunities for the character.

      Happy Holidays to you as well!


  4. The program sent out a number of photos/videos and I was stuck in a last of the year all day meeting. Sam is throwing the bad guy into the holiday cheer:


  5. Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith share some behind the scenes moves:


  6. Writer Joe Wilson goes boom!


  7. CBS is all in on Neric:


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