Title: “Tidings We Bring”
Airing: December 18th – the final new episode of 2016.
Filming: November 1st to November 9th.
What CBS is telling us: Sam partners with Anna (Bar Paly) and Callen with Deeks as the team investigates the disappearance of a Navy Lieutenant Commander who is working with the NSA on foreign cyber threats. Also, the team celebrates the holidays together on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: Both Kensi and Anna physically are back in the office in the annual holiday episode. The Hetty resignation deadline, a missing Navy Lt. Commander and the team wearing kevlar are all a part of this year’s holiday festivities.
I’m a fan of the holiday episodes – they’ve all been good episodes with threads that have been part of season-long or series-long storylines. Jack was first mentioned in “Brimstone” and introduced in “Disorder”. Kensi’s Hawaii trip in “Higher Power” was part of the foreshadowing of her father’s murder mystery. “Free Ride” had mentions of Sidorov. “Merry Evasion” and “Humbug” were about the growing Kensi and Deeks relationship while “Humbug” also introduced Aiden. “Cancel Christmas” introduced Jennifer Kim and the North Korean spy storyline. The holidays matter in the Office of Special Projects.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Bar Paly as Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck
Last seen in “Home is Where the Heart Is” (episode six).
Joel Johnstone as Gregory Jenkins
Played Gus Grissom on The Astronaut Wives Club, Dr. Andrew Cesario on Getting On, Cameron on The Newsroom. Had guest roles on The Fosters, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Criminal Minds and Ed.
Arthuro de Puerto as Manny
Was Hector Valdez on The Bridge, Adres Diaz (Pulpo) on Chicago PD and Luis Flores on Fear the Walking Dead. Played Edward “Collarbone” Rosario in the season 12 “Patience” episode of NCIS and appeared in episodes of The Magicians, Agent X, The Lottery, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI, Austin & Ally, Bones, Touch, Raising Hope, The Mentalist and The Defenders.
Maynor Alvarado as Raul
Had guest roles in episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Med, Raising Hope and a number of independent or short films.
Alison Haislip as Nicole Ross
Was the unfortunate Lt. Commander Hannah Banks in the season 12 premiere of NCIS, played Ali Laurents in the Hulu series Battleground and appeared in episodes of Stitchers, Con Man, Bones, Spooked, Shameless, Franklin & Bash, Trading Eights and has worked as a voice actor for animated series. She also starred in the Funny or Die short “Women for Eli Manning” which makes me happy as a New York Giants fan.
Natalie Wachen as Amy (Clothing Consultant)
Played Lenore White on Boardwalk Empire and appeared in episodes of Switched at Birth, Deception, 90210 and Tyler’s Ride.
Brea Bee as Navy Lieutenant Commander Jennifer Morgan
Bee appeared in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, General Hospital, Breaking In, Bleeder and several short films.
Miguel Angel Caballero as Javier Nunez
Played Orlando Brooks a few years ago on General Hospital, was Isidro Calderon in the “Fit for Duty” episode of JAG, guest starred on The New Adventures of Old Christine, CSI: NY, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, ER, Greetings for Tucson and The Visitor.
Dan Cole as Security Guard
Cole was Dan Gore on The Office and had guest roles in Baskets, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks & Recreation, Monk, Two and a Half Men, Smith and Arrested Development.
Written by: Chad Mazero who co-wrote “Internal Affairs” and “Revenge Deferred” in season seven.
Directed by: James Hanlon is back for a second visit in season eight, directing “Black Market” a few weeks ago. In previous seasons, he directed “War Cries”, “The Grey Man”, “Kolcheck, A”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Command and Control” (number 150), “Angels and Daemons” and “Where There’s Smoke”.
Insider Intel: TV Insider had an article about Callen, Anna, Garrison and the holidays.
Official Photographic Evidence: SpoilerTV has the photos this week.
Some of the cast, the stunt professionals and their director:
The cast with their director:
The crew with their director (and a festive holiday dinosaur):
James Hanlon does a great job chronicling his days working with on his episodes.
Daniela Ruah was back to work with this episode:
Eric Christian Olsen filming with Chris O’Donnell:
LL Cool J and Bar Paly filming in Venice Beach:
The Wonder Twins take the wheel:
Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith enjoying the holiday feelings:
Looks like in the days just after Halloween when this episode was filmed, it was Christmas Time in Venice Beach:
Alison Haislip and Joel Johnstone at the table read:
Natalie Wachen at the table read:
Young extra Alexandra Opal has a photo in her dressing room and some lovely holiday-themed pictures:
Bar Paly with a crew member (still wearing the U.S. Marshals vest):
Actress Brea Bee enjoyed her time on the set:
Today, in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:
(wrong date but nice photo)
And that’s a wrap for both the episode and this calendar year’s worth of episodes:
One of their best previews – very entertaining.
Nice to see that Deeks does not get his spears and peppers confused.
Kind of a cliffhanger there.
E! has a preview scene here with Kensi and Anna not getting along at the Christmas party. I’m hoping that some sort of joke Kensi and Anna planned to show Kensi is back in fighting shape.
Possible Sports Related Delays: CBS has a full doubleheader this Sunday with almost all of the country getting the New England Patriots at Denver Broncos game but some viewers getting the Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers. 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).
This closes my second year of doing these previews (I started with “Spiral” in season six). I am grateful for the opportunity to do this as well as for the fun conversations in the comments every time there is a new episode. Thank you all! The program and these previews will be back January 8th after a preemption on Christmas night and “Head of the Snake” making a 10:30PM ET (approximately – sports again) start on January 1st. Have a safe and happy holiday season with all the best ahead in 2017.
Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.