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.
Day 1. Crazy pace. I've worked in all genes but today was a true learning experience. These guys were moving. The crew was top notch always knowing exactly what was needed and anticipating the next move. Shooting rehearsals and adjusting on the fly. Can't thank @llcoolj and @chrisodonnell enough for being so kind and generous with there time. Super patient. Looking forward to what comes next … #ncisla #season7 #actorlife #hollywood #livingadream
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):
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!
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