Title: “Exchange Rate”
Airing: March 14th
Filming: January 13th to January 21st
What CBS is telling us: When a convicted Cuban spy escapes U.S. custody just before he is set to return to his country in a prisoner exchange, the team is shocked to learn that Anna (Bar Paly) helped him break out. Also, Deeks admits to Kensi that he thinks she is too messy, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: The Kolchecks are back and seem to be making trouble once again. Domestic bliss may need a housekeeper (and a better hot water tank) for Kensi and Deeks.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Vyto Rugins as Arkady Kolcheck
Bar Paly as Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck
Both are back from “Matryoshka, Part 2″.
Juan Javier Cardenas as Ricardo Pena/Roman Nulishkin
Appeared as Agent Ryan in a couple of episodes of Scandal and was in episodes of Blue Bloods, The Good Wife and Law & Order: SVU.
Alexis Carra as DOJ Attorney Heidi Reardon
Plays Cynthia McDermott in Recovery Road, was Jessica in Mixology and was in episodes of Young & Hungry, Anger Management, Major Crimes, Bones, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Hawthorne.
Carra made friends on the set:
Phil Abrams as Ben Walker
Plays Dr. Kramer in the DirecTV series Kingdom, was Principal Goldenrod on About a Boy, Phil Lessing on Parenthood, Ed Calston on Switched at Birth, Mr. Piper on Good Luck Charlie, Mr. Klemish on iCarly and Dr. Nelson on Grey’s Anatomy.
Appeared as a hotel manager in the “Left for Dead” episode of NCIS and appeared in episodes of dramas like Criminal Minds, ER, Gilmore Girls and The X-Files (old school) and comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Big Bang Theory, Malcolm in the Middle and Everybody Loves Raymond. Also appears regularly in sketches on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Chris Gann as U.S. Marshal Anthony Howard
Gann works as both an actor and as a stunt professional. Many of his credits are “Driver” or “Van Driver”.
Appeared in episodes of Teen Wolf, Agent X, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Revenge, Star-Crossed, Banshee, Californication, Grimm, CSI, Leverage, Castle, CSI: Miami, Hawaii Five-0, General Hospital, Fallen, 24, Dollhouse, Numbe3rs, Crossing Jordan, My Name is Earl, the Young and the Restless, Charmed, Las Vegas, Port Charles, the Practice, Malcolm in the Middle, Nash Bridges and Payne.
WRITTEN BY: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Jordana Lewis Jaffe wrote or co-wrote “Honor”, “Patriot Acts”, “Dead Body Politic”, “Paper Soldiers”, “Unwritten Rule”, “Big Brother”, “Iron Curtain Rising”, “Exposure”, “Savior Faire”, “Beacon” and “Defectors”.
DIRECTED BY: Tawnia McKiernan
Tawnia McKeirnan is a longtime television director. She has directed episodes of Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, The Librarians, Grimm, Devious Maids, The Mentalist, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Mistresses, Bones, Leverage, Covert Affairs, Perception, Fairly Legal, Warehouse 13, In Plain Sight, Monk, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Army Wives, ER, The Women’s Murder Club, Eyes, Windfall, Las Vegas, The Closer, Jonny Zero, NYPD Blue, 10-8 Officers on Duty, Hunter, VIP, Silk Stalkings and Renegade.
McKiernan is the daughter of legendary television producer Stephen J. Cannell.
Insider Intel: Nothing for this episode.
Official Photographic Evidence:
I believe Hetty’s leather jacket deserves its own episode.
The rain in the last episode was the rain keeping JPK under an umbrella during a scouting location trip:
More rainy day blues from Tawnia McKiernan:
Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen out for a drive:
Eric Christian Olsen offered without comment:
Guest actor Phil Abrams’s chair with Kensi’s and Deeks’s:
Daniela Ruah with director Tawnia McKiernan and cookies!
You would think Hetty’s “missing” status is temporary since it didn’t warrant a mention in the press release.
Sneak Peek #1:
A wise person on Tumblr thought there could be a drinking game based on the number of times Eric said “Mercedes” in the episode just from that clip. Joking aside, wondering why (a) Sam is wondering if Eric can walk him through something we’ve seen the team do dozens of times and (b) if things are a bit tense between either Kensi and Deeks or Eric and Deeks with that “barely” comment.
Sneak Peek #2:
I’d pay cash to see Sam sitting in a beanbag chair.
It looks like there are new episodes for the next three Mondays as Season 7 builds to its end.
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