NCISLA Classified Preview: “Parallel Resistors” (S8E08)
Title: “Parallel Resistors”
Airing: November 13th
Filming: September 30th to October 11th with Daniela Ruah’s scenes shot in early July.
What CBS is telling us: After a graduate student developing an electromagnetic weapon for the Navy is attacked, the NCIS team discovers a connection to international warfare. Also, Kensi continues grueling physical therapy for her spinal injury, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES
What we think is happening: Kensi’s rehab will include scenes with an actor whose real life story could be an episode of a drama itself. There are also scenes in a tiki bar, filming with drones, a baseball field, a child in peril and Raj’s mom from The Big Bang Theory.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Jasmine Kaur as Ganeev Patel
Played a CSI tech on CBS’s Reckless, had guest roles on The Walking Dead, Revolution and Drop Dead Diva.
Kandis Fay as Pamela Volonev
Born to play Pam or Pamela – had roles with that name on both Masters of Sex and Mad Men. Also appeared in episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, Ray Donovan, House, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds and Cold Case.
Shree Crooks as Nadia Volonev
Child actress. Played Scarlett Lowe in last season’s American Horror Story, plays Audrey on Ray Donovan. Was Young Katie Sparks in Extant.
Markus Flanagan as Professor Chapman
Played Luke Fitzgerald on Nurses, Harry Dean on the original Melrose Place, Addie’s Dad Jeff Singer on Unfabulous and played Commander Mike Taffet in the “Hide and Seek” episode of NCIS in season six. Had guest roles on Bones, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, Rizzoli & Isles, The Defenders, The Young and The Restless, Numb3rs, CSI, Heroes, CSI: Miami, Judging Amy, Providence, Malcolm in the Middle, That 70’s Show, Will & Grace, Jack & Jill, The Practice, Fantasy Island (1998), Charmed, Nash Bridges, Veronica’s Closet, Friends, Pacific Blue, Hudson Street, Murder One and The Commish.
Hank Chen as Minjun Rhee
Had guest roles on Law & Order: SVU, Blue Blood, Criminal Minds, Community, Rizzoli & Isles, Switched at Birth, Baby Daddy, Disengaged, Grace & Frankie and Lopez. Appeared in a sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Kurt Yaeger as Sullivan
This looks to be a three-episode role, according to IMDB.
Yaeger is a former X-Games athlete as a BMX rider. After leaving the X-Games and while pursuing his Master’s Degree, Yaeger was a motorcycle accident in San Francisco. His left leg was amputated below the knee. Yaeger also broke his pelvis, fractured seven vertebras and tore his bladder. After months of rehabilitation and nearly 30-surgeries, he changed his plans and became an actor.
Yaeger appeared in a season 11 episode of the mothership “Bulletproof” as Freddie Linn, a former Marine paralyzed due to faulty body armor. Played Greg the Peg on Sons of Anarchy. Had guest roles on General Hospital, The Bold & the Beautiful, The Grinder, Shameless and will appear in upcoming episode of Pure Genius and a new series called Quarry.
Alice Amter as Professor Laleh Moradi
Amter plays Raj’s mom, Mrs. Kroothrappali on The Big Bang Theory. Guest starring roles include appearances on Rosewood, Chasing Life, Hot in Cleveland, The Mentalist, General Hospital, The Whole Truth, Outsourced, The Cleaner, ‘Til Death, Presidio Med, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine and ER.
Tristen Macdonald as Emily Janderman
Back from last week’s “Crazy Train” as the physical therapist in charge of Kensi’s rehab.
Victor Onuigbo as Oluwa Tinabu
Plays Nick on Shameless.
Jason Karasev as Yuri Volonev
Appeared in episodes of KC Undercover, Freak Out, FML, Hart of Dixie, iCarly and Disaster Date.
Eddie Liu as Scott Young/Scott Yung/Caller
Played Ryan in The Waiting Room and Doug on Silicon Valley.
Matthew Grant Godbey as LAPD Det. Dan Evans
Was last credited in “Home is Where the Heart Is” episode before last.
Hannah Tammien as Herta
Appears in the sketch comedy series TMI Hollywood.
Written by: Joe Sachs wrote “Higher Power”, “The Dragon and the Fairy”, “Drive”, “Purity”, “The Livelong Day”, “Fish Out of Water”, “The Black Wind”, “Blaze of Glory”, “Core Values” and “Seoul Man”.
Directed by: Eric Laneuville directed “Partners”, “Purity”, “Allegiance”, “Savior Faire”, “Citadel” and “Come Back”.
Insider Intel: People Magazine profiled guest star Kurt Yaegar just after he finished his role (he is part of the Kensi scenes).
Official Photographic Evidence: Spoiler TV has the photos this week.
This photo was taken during the early July filming for Daniela Ruah’s maternity leave. Today in having your photo taken with Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah when you’re the real life head of NCIS Andrew Traver (and one-time guest star) and his family:
Today in having your photo taken with Eric Christian Olsen:
Today in having your photo taken with Chris O’Donnell:
Today in having your photo taken with Renee Felice Smith (with guest stars Hank Chen and Markus Flanagan):
Guest star Alice Amter with some set selfies and photos.
Eric Christian Olsen on the set at the College of the Canyons:
Filming at baseball field at the College of the Canyons:
Looks like the aerial photography drones will be out in force in this episode:
Some group fun with the guest cast:
Matthew Godbey showing off the new LA bar Pacific Seas:
Godbey was a fan of last week’s episode:
Sam is a SEAL, a Federal Agent but he’s also always a dad.
Possible Sports Related Delays:CBS has late games in a number of difference places for the Miami Dolphins-San Diego Chargers game. While most of the country will start on time, there will be delays in the following areas: New York, Philadephia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and all of Florida except Jacksonville according to the good people at 506sports.com. The show’s Twitter feed (@NCISLA) and @CBSTweet will provide and update and I’ll put it in the comments Sunday evening (especially since I live in one of the possibly delayed areas).
Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.
Thanks for your preview and all the behind-the-scenes photos and news you collected.
Of this episode I especially fear the character of Sullivan: on one side I hope he will be the right trigger that Kensi needs not to give up and react more, on the other side I’m afraid he will be the last straw in Deeks’ and Kensi’s revival of “terrible communication skills” of late.
I cross my fingers Sullivan will give a positive contribution to Kensi’s disability arc (and Densi storyline), because I like the actor and I hope this character will do him justice.
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Totally agree with what you wrote about Sullivan and about the actor. I hope he isn’t that former agent seeking revenge, especially Kensi (+Deeks) been through enough drama already. I am hoping for positive things happening , we’ve had so much drama. (mole, Kensi+Deeks, Granger sick?…).
I really hope they solve the mole case soon, please writers/producers: ) agents are so fast solving terrorist threats in Syria, Afganistan and all over the world and now this mole hunt (close to them) is taking months.
Thank you for Tess for this great preview and thank you all for comments and views, !
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I think Kensi’s rehab is about Kensi’s rehab and not someone who has a vendetta against her or the team. This is her story.
I’m with you on the mole. The show set up a deadline – 90 days. If they’re not done by the annual Christmas/holiday episode, they won’t make their own deadline.
Thanks for the nice words – this is always so fun to do!
I think the program tipped their hand last week when the physical therapist told Kensi, who thought things couldn’t be worse, that there were people rehabbing terrible injuries in the hospital. With what the actor has accomplished with his own recovery, I think he could be the person Kensi needs – someone with a life changing event who did not allow it to define him. Hopefully, that gets her moving in the right direction.
Thanks once again for pulling this altogether.I really do not know how you know all this , but it is great you do. I was looking at Alice Amter’s post when she first put it out there, and I knew she looked familiar but could not place her. Thank you for pointing out she is Raj’s mother from the Big Bang, I must gave seen her a dozen times on that show. This looks like another action packed episode, with action Deeks, so I cannot wait!
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Thanks for the kind words! These are fun to do – nice break from real life.
The cast stuff always is important to me because if I recognize someone but can’t place them, it distracts me until the commercial break and I can check the person out on IMDB.
That’s funny Tess; that’s what I do. I love IMDB! And then I do OHHHH really? I didn’t recognize him/her or that’s where I saw him/her etc. Its a great site; nice to learn I have a fellow IMDBer :-)!!
I think JPK is wrong with the time – it is 8PM ET/7PM CT in most of those areas (but now where I live). I’ll update that tomorrow.
A Sunday morning photo from Daniela Ruah:
Makes me think Sully is just what Kensi needs.
I’m going to be optimistic about this; I also like Kurt Yaeger; seen him in a few flicks; he’s great. My only concern is that Kensi may lean on him too much and let’s not forget if this guy is Sullivan; its not good. Sullivan was an agent who Hetty thought died after he went back into the field after being injured; hence why Hetty kept Kensi in Ops her first day back from Afghanistan. She didn’t want another Sullivan situation; sending an Agent on assignment too soon after being injured. Sullivan has never been seen; is he good, does he want payback, is Kensi his window of opportunity; oh the questions!!! I’m looking forward to a good episode tonight; however; last EP we only got one Densi scene just one. If Sully is what Kensi needs; what about Deeks who’s been by her side with the during her horrible journey. I think I better ready my heart for this one ;-).
Again, thank you for all work that goes into these previews; its just fantastic how you pull all this together for us fans! We are truly grateful!!
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I don’t think this is the same Sullivan. The Sullivan situation happened in 1999 – this Sullivan, if his age is close to the actor’s, would be very young to be that Sullivan.
And thank you for the nice words – these are fun to put together. After a long day at work, it is fun to hunt around on Instagram or Twitter to see if there are photos for the episodes.
Oh Tess! I sure hope you are correct! I also hope they (writers) don’t go to the triangle crap we’ve already been through with Kensi and Deeks. I’m all for whatever will help Kensi get better; I’m really concerned about this Sullivan character. I’m actually hoping he’s a good guy; I like this actor a lot and would love to see more of him then just a few episodes; time will tell!
I would like to see Sam’s Seal Buddy Tom Olsen again; that was great!
Happy NCISLA night everyone!
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WikiDeeks absolutely rocks – everyone here is so talented and smart!
Sullivan looks to be a solid guy.
I am so happy that you were right and it seems Sullivan is not that former agent Sullivan.
The mole hunt has been going on for so long that I think my imagination is running a bit too fast 🙂 I
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I agree, lets hope the writers don’t….how did you put it… don’t go to the triangle crap… well said.
Deeks has always bee there, they are stronger together and after everything Deeks has endured….Well lets look back a bit. Kensi discounting him at first, being openly mocked, called a temp, unprofessional, having his abilities and even his character questioned, punched in the face by the woman he loves, Siderov, Afghanistan, Romania, Russia, having to lie to Kensi about a being fired, Kensi being accused of murder, good grief how the list goes on…..
He has always been there…faithful and loyal… Doesn’t he deserve this.
Doesn’t he deserve to be the one she leans on, the one she depends on, the one she needs..after all this time, doesn’t he deserve to be that guy…
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“doesn’t he deserve to be that guy…”
Not everyone can be everything to all people. Deeks has been kind, supportive and just everything Kensi needs him to be. But someone going through what she’s struggling with will have insights Deeks will never have. And right now, maybe that’s what Kensi needs.
I don’t see a triangle. I see a friend.
Tess; I agree I hope there’s no triangle; however that Sullivan; played great by Kurt Yaeger; was really good. I still think he is up to something. I mean really how did he describe Kensi’s fiancé (glad she used that word) so accurately. On the surface you wouldn’t put those two together; he just seemed to know too much; more than a guess. I’m staying suspicious of this guy for now. I like the character a lot and hope he’s a good guy; but I think he tipped his hand last night; just my opinion.
Another EP with one Densi scene; however that one scene was golden!!! I’ll take it!!