Airing: November 20th
Filming: October 12th to October 20th with Daniela Ruah’s scenes shot in early July.
What CBS is telling us: After Callen’s father, Garrison (Daniel J. Travanti) is found in an NCIS patient’s hospital room during a radiation poisoning case, Callen must take him to the boatshed for interrogation. Also, the team discusses their Thanksgiving plans, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: Guest thoughts from the episode’s director:
And from the episode’s writer:
My more pedestrian thoughts: I’m confused by the wording of “NCIS patient’s hospital room” – is this is a person of interesting to NCIS, an NCIS agent (not Kensi) or informant, just not sure.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Daniel J. Travanti as Garrison
Last seen saying goodbye to Callen in “Matryoshka” Part Two.
Vyto Ruginis as Arkady Kolcheck
Every episode is just a little better with Arkady. He was last seen stuffed into Hetty’s Jaguar in “Exchange Rate” last season.
India de Beaufort as Alexandra (Alex)
India de Beaufort plays Radha on Younger, was Jules Jackman on Blood & Oil, Layla Roslyn on Chicago P.D., India on Necessary Roughness, India Jordain on Jane by Design and Miranda Stone on One Tree Hill. Had guest roles on Chuck, Castle, How I Met Your Mother and The Night Shift.
Joan Severance as Mary Reynolds/Katerina Polunin
Severance is a former model turned actress. She played Kevin Spacey’s sister Susan Proffitt on Wiseguy back in the late 1980’s in the show’s first season, was Anna Whitman on Wicked Wicked Games and Security Chief Camille Hunter on Love Boat: The Next Wave. Severance appeared in episodes of Masters of Sex, American Horror Story, CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill, She Spies, Profiler, LA Law, Red Shoes Diaries, Good Sports, Midnight Caller, Murphy Law, Max Headroom and The New Mike Hammer.
Severance wrote about getting the role at her website.
Anthony Hill as Waiter/Jason
Was Navy Petty Officer Third Class John Blaney ‘JB’ Hicks in season 12’s “Semper Fortis” of NCIS and appeared in episodes of Looking, Scorpion, How To Get Away with Murder, Fuller House, Colony, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rizzoli & Isles and Rush Hour.
Kurt Yaeger as Sullivan
Yaegar is back from last’s week’s “Parallel Resistors”.
Tom Choi as LAPD Officer Fong
Played the same role in “Drive” in season four.
Ward Roberts as Artem Fedor
Fedor was the man Kensi, Deeks and Eric arrested at the request of Arkady’s protege in Russia during “Matryoshka” Part Two – a dangling storyline I’m happy to see picked up in season eight.
Tristen MacDonald as Emily Janderman
MacDonald is back from last’s week’s “Parallel Resistors” as Kensi’s physical therapist. This looks to be her final appearance in this storyline according to the graphic she put out to promote her role in “Crazy Train”.
Zoran Radanovich as Assassin
Appeared in episodes of Castle, Doll House, Undercovers, The Unit, ER, Days of Our Lives, Criminal Minds, Sleeper Cell, Alias and Seven Days.
David Storrs as Vagrant/Calvin Stokes
Appeared in episodes of Fameless, Baby Daddy, Scorpion, Maron, About A Boy, Shameless, Freak Out, Deal With It, Clipaholics, Betty & DD, Not Safe For Work, 10 Things I Hate About You, Entourage, Happy Endings, Southland, Smile, You’re Under Arrest, Do Not Disturb, Casanovas, Scar Tactics, Prom Queen, Hi-Jinks, ER and Come To Papa.
Meredith Giangrande as Young Tan Woman/Dawn
Had guest roles in episodes of Monk, Nip/Tuck, Valley Peaks, The Mentalist, Rizzoli & Isles, American Housewife, Bosch, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mom, 90210 (2013), Two and a Half Men, The League, Dexter, General Hospital, Mind of Mencia and CSI.
Written by: Andrew Bartels wrote or co-wrote “Allegiance”, “Zero Days”, “The Grey Man”, “Humbug”, “Fighting Shadows”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Angels & Daemons” and “Where There’s Smoke…”
Directed by: John Peter Kousakis directed “Imposters”, “Sacrifice”, “San Voir” part one, “The Fifth Man”, “Parley”, “Inelegant Heart”, “Chernoff, K.”, “Active Measures”, “The Long Goodbye”, “Talion”, all of the Afghanistan scenes from “Iron Curtain Rising” to “Zero Days” in season five and all of Kensi’s injury/recovery storyline scenes from “Queens Gambit” to “Sirens” (next week’s episode) in season eight.
This photo is from the week of shooting Daniela Ruah’s hospital/rehab scenes before her maternity leave. I think we can all agree – that sign is amazing!
Official Photographic Evidence: Seat42F has this week’s promotional photos.
Writer Andrew Bartels gave his Twitter followers a big hint about who will be the featured character in the episode:
Filming was done in a cemetery:
Some quality time in the boat shed in this episode:
Guest star India de Beaufort and her stunt double:
Sam Farmer is a sports writer for the LA Times. He also had the program shooting by his home:
Eric is trying to hard.
Not a happy reunion.
Possible Sports Related Delays: CBS has a full doubleheader this Sunday with almost all of the country getting the Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks game but some viewers will see the New England Patriots at the San Francisco 49ers. I will update the start time if there is a delay (there is a planned 8:30PM ET/7:30PM CT start for this episode) in the comments section Sunday night Other places to find the start time include the show’s official Twitter account (@NCISLA) and CBS’s official twitter account (@CBSTweet).
Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.