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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Where There’s Smoke. . .” (S7E23)


Title:  “Where There’s Smoke…”

Airing:  April 25th

Filming: March 4th to March 14th


What CBS is telling us: Sam and Callen go undercover as firefighters when top secret information about suspected terrorists is stolen from a secure Department of Defense container at the site of a fire, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening:  Lots of cool firefighter scenes as we rev up for the season finale with an episode that has more set photos than any other I can remember.  This was fun to put together.


Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

David Barrera as Captain Vargas

 Was Domingo on The Bridge, Gunnery Sgt. Ray Griego on “Generation Kill” miniseries, ME Mickey Cruz-Alverez on Shark, Dr. Victor Carreras (the heart surgeon who tried to save Jimmy Smits’s Bobby) on NYPD Blue, Sanchez on That’s Life and Richard Higueras on Murder One.

Appeared in the “Shariff Returns” episode of the mothership, Lt. Archuleta in the mothership’s mothership “True Callings” episode.

Appeared in episodes of American Horror Story, Mom, Castle, The Big Bang Theory, The Night Shift, Grim, Southland, Fairly Legal, Southland, The Defenders, Human Target, The Wizards of Waverly Place, In Plain Sight, The Mentalist, Three Rivers, Raising the bar, The Closer, CSI: Miami, The West Wing, Veronica Mars, Medium, Boston Legal, CSI: NY, Without A Trace, Nip/Tuck, ER, The Division, American Family, 24, Strong Medicine, City of Angels, Pacific Blue, The Pretender, LA Firefighters, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Moloney, Space: Above & Beyond and First Time Out.

Steven Flynn as Arson Investigator Peter Hackett

Played Emmitt Arnett, the head of the Dixie Mafia on Justified, Mack on Lincoln Heights, D.A. Martin Toomey on The Practice and Ranger Donald Dixon Jr. on Renegade.

Flynn appeared in episodes of Better Call Saul, Perception, Scandal, Past Life, Lie to Me, Cold Case, Law & Order: SVU, Medium, Close to Home, Numb3rs, CSI: NY, Dragnet (2004), The Guardian, 10-8: Officers on Duty, Providence, Mr. Sterling, Star Trek: Enterprise, Firefly, The X-Files, Crossing Jordan, The Chronicle, Cover Me, The Division, The West Wing, ER, Party of Five, NYPD Blue, The Pretender, Brooklyn South, Wings, Courthouse, Ellen, Melrose Place (1993), LA Law, Empty Nest, Heart Afire, Bodies of Evidence, Jake and the Fatman, Matlock, Dark Justice, Fr. Dowling Mysteries and One Life to Live.

Appeared as two different characters on JAG – Chief Petty Officer Greg Conners in season two’s “Heroes” and Chaplin Oliver Stephens in season nine’s “Good Intentions”.

Josh Duhon as Darren Lee

Was Logan Hayes on General Hospital and appeared in episodes of Ballers, Passions and Criminal Minds.

Skyler Maxon as Marco Guzman

Was Duke Lewis Jr. on Faking It and had guest roles on Major Crimes, Teen Wolf, 90210 (2012), Olympia and CSI.

Jason Sims-Prewitt as Earl Miller

Plays Officer Victor Rhodes on Bosch and had guest roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Now We Know, Henry Danger, How to Get Away With Murder, Austin & Ally, Ground Floor, Revenge, Last Man Standing, Baby Daddy, Devious Maids, The Mindy Project, The Fosters, Scandal, Man Up and Arrested Development.

JoNell Kennedy as Navy Commander Susan Yelton

Was Pat the Coroner on The Mentalist and Maura on Malcolm & Eddie.

Appeared in the “Detour” episode of NCIS and guest starred in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, Shameless, Criminal Minds, Southland, Torchwood: Miracle Day, The Cape, My Name is Earl, Bones, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Judging Amy, Jack & Jill, Three Sisters, The District, Touched by an Angel, The X-Files, The Wayan Bros., Caroline in the City, Veronica’s Closet, Mad About You, ER, The Crew, Ned & Stacey, Hope & Gloria, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Living Single.

Josh Crotty as Brent Williams.

Was in episodes of Recovery Road, Scandal, Betas, Hello Ladies, Tosh.0 and Grimm.



WRITTEN BY: Andrew Bartels

Bartels wrote or co-wrote “Allegiance”, “Zero Days”, “The Grey man”, “Humbug”, “Fighting Shadows”, “Driving Miss Diaz” and “Angels & Daemons”.

DIRECTED BY: James Hanlon

Hanlon directed “War Cries”, “The Grey Man”, “Kolchek, A.”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Command & Control” and “Angels & Daemons”.

Hanlon is a former New York City firefighter.

Hanlon and Bartels while filming the episode:


Insider Intel:. Look for some pre-episode interviews on the Extra TV based on these photos.


Official Photographic Evidence:  Spoiler TV has photos here.

Unofficial Surveillance:  There was a lot for this episode.

Friends fighting fires:


Guest stars fighting fires:


While Callen and Sam are away, Kensi and Deeks will play:


Nell gets to go in the field and not in a fashionable way:


Barrett Foa on Nell’s feelings for firefighters:


A colorful location from the episode:


Not so colorful location from the episode:


Dangerous stunts and locations in the episode:


Director Hanlon with his stars:


Today in photos with LL Cool J (and some with Chris O’Donnell too):


Video Surveillance:


I am expecting great stunts and a real feel in a fire from this episode.

Sneak Peek #1:

While it is played for laughs (and I love Kensi’s comforting but nonchalant way of dealing with Mercury in retrograde), there is an ominous feel to the conversation.

Sneak Peek #2:

Two weeks in a row with no second sneak peek.

See you all next week for the season finale preview!  My oh my this season flew by!



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



17 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Where There’s Smoke. . .” (S7E23)

  1. sassyzazzi // April 24, 2016 at 9:23 AM // Reply

    Thanks Tess for this preview, and thanks for putting together all those photos,there certainly were a lot of great pictures. I would be interested to know how Hanlon went from bring a NYC firefighter to a Director in LA. It does seem like the conversation between Deeks and Kensi is foreshadowing the finale. Wow, it is hard to believe we are one episode away from the finale, feels like the season just started.


    • Hanlon was a co-director on a documentary about a rookie firefighter in New York learning how to fight fires and work inside a firehouse. That documentary never happened because while filming with the firefighters on 9/11/01, they were checking out a gas leak in lower Manhattan and wound up making the “9/11” documentary instead. He and the Naudet brothers won Emmys for it. After he retired from the FDNY, he moved to LA, studied at UCLA and is now a director. While he was a firefighter, he was an actor in NYC, showing up on the all usual NY shows (the Law & Orders, Third Watch).

      Hanlon isn’t the only former FDNY member working on TV – Hisham Tawfiq on The Blacklist and Steve Buscemi are both former firefighters.


      • sassyzazzi // April 24, 2016 at 2:11 PM // Reply

        Thank you so much for the information, I had no idea that Hanlon worked on the 9/11 documentary; that is very impressive.


  2. Terrific picture book!


  3. Thanks so much for the preview! So many handsome men!!


  4. Wow! Plenty of material this time. It seems like a very promoted episode. I am really looking forward to Sam and Callen undercover as firefighters using their own names… Have they run out of cover names this year?


  5. Reader1976 // April 25, 2016 at 7:04 AM // Reply

    Amazing compilation. Thoroughly enjoyed. There is so much info and I’m amazed by your ability to ferret this all out. Your knowledge is amazing, Tess!
    The conversation between Densi…sweet that Kensi is so calm and reassuring…but the foreshadowing…yikes.


    • The part of the Kensi-Deeks conversation that really caught my ear was that Deeks said his “Mom is fantastic.” It makes me think that Mother Deeks is herself is in a good place for the first time in a long time. That was an odd way for him to phrase the good things in his life.

      This was fun to put together just because everyone had their cellphones out and taking pictures.


  6. Aargh you’re killing me…the sneak peeks aren’t available in the UK so I have about a hundred possible foreshadowing conversations in my head now!


    • My apologies, my international friend! The sneak peek has Deeks worried that he’s sick. Kensi says he’s fine but Deeks is troubled. Everything is going too well. He and Kensi are fantastic together; work is great, especially with the Internal Affairs investigation over; his mother is fantastic and even Monty is in great health. Deeks is waiting for some soul crushing happening to ruin everything. That’s never good – Deeks is the sunniest character most weeks and even he feels some impending sense of doom.


  7. Some late photos:

    JoNell Kennedy with (who else) LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell

    LL Cool J in his fire gear:

    Chris O’Donnell fighting fires:

    What it looks like that camera man in with Chris O’Donnell was shooting:

    LL Cool J in the smoke:

    Director James Hanlon and LL Cool J:


  8. And today’s Tweets:


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