Airing: January 8th (Happy New Year one and all!)
Filming: November 10th to November 18th
What CBS is telling us: After a Navy reservist is killed while protecting a city councilman, Sam is sent undercover in a private security firm with links to several criminal organizations. Also, Callen and Anna (Bar Paly) discuss the next steps in their relationship, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: Kulinda is Swahili for protect. Anna is back! Nate is back! Could Kensi be back soon? Oh, and the show’s executive producer is wishing us a happy New Year!
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Peter Cambor as Operational Psychologist Nate Getz
Last seen in “Head of the Snake” – the last rerun episode on CBS.
Bar Paly as Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck
Last seen in “Tidings We Bring” – the last first-run episode on CBS
Nigel Gibbs as Harold Irvin
Played Det. Tim Roberts on Breaking Bad, was Sanford Wells on House, Assistant Chief Roy Phillips on The Shield, Dr. Burke on Any Day Now and Det. Wyler on the original Melrose Place.
Played Admiral Theodore Tully in the season 12 “Playing with Fire” episode of NCIS and appeared in the “Pas A Deux” episode of JAG in season eight. Was in episodes of everything from Conviction this season to big hits like Grey’s Anatomy, The West Wing and Seinfeld; a lot of procedurals (Bones, CSI, Criminal Minds, Hunter); medical dramas like ER and Chicago Hope; soaps like Days of Our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful as well as comedies like A Different World, Roseanne and Coach.
Sam Adegoke as Junior Sancho
Plays Chris Walker on Switched At Birth, Billy James on Murder in the First. Appeared in episodes of Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Wicked City.
Romeo Brown as City Councilman Tony Hill
Was Lt. Joe Johnson in the “Unknown Soldier” episode in the final season of JAG and had guest roles in Welcome to the Family, Rizzoli & Isles, The Women’s Murder Club, Raines, Dexter, Charmed, Dr. Vegas, American Dreams and Yes Dear.
Eddie George as Byron Brown
George is a retired football player who won the Heisman Trophy in 1995. He has worked regularly on football pre-game shows as an NFL Analyst. He also started an acting career that moved from regional theater to playing Billy Flynn (the Richard Gere role) on Broadway in “Chicago”. He has appeared in the series Shooter on USA Network and played himself on HBO’s Ballers.
George is married to Tamara Johnson, who competed in the 18th season of Survivor.
Blair Fowler as Poppy Gold
Fowler is a YouTube star who was part of the 28th season of The Amazing Race.
Issac Ryan Brown as Joey
Child actor who plays the young Dre on Blackish. Played Christophe on How To Get Away With Murder, Ryan on OMG!, Jake on Adam Ruins Everything and Deion on Devious Maids.
Mike Gray as D’Andre Linton
Appeared in episodes of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, The Goldbergs, Growing Up Fisher and The Middle.
Jeffrey Muller as Mark Newton
Played Agent Kaminsky in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Appeared in episodes of Westworld, Parks & Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, Better with You, The Young and The Restless, Saving Grace, Crossing Jordan and The Office.
Christy Choi as Young Woman
Was in episodes of Grandfathered, Z-Nation and Significant Mother.
Gabe Humphrey as Russell
Teen actor. Appeared in episodes of School of Rock, See Dad Run and a number of short films.
Haley Brooke Walker as Hope
Child actor who was in episodes of Chicago Med, Code Black, Sleepy Hollow (as young Abbie) and True Blood (as Crystal),
Gracie Marie Bradley as Fan 1
Was in episodes of Grandfathered, Modern Family, State of Affairs and Red Circles.
WRITTEN BY: Kyle Harimoto wrote “Omni”, “Merry Evasion”, “Chernoff, K” and “Command and Control”, “Granger, O.” and “Ghost Gun” while was a co-writer on “Three Hearts”, “Leipei”, “Humbug” and both ends of the “Matryoshka” two-parter.
DIRECTED BY: Tawnia McKiernan, who directed “Exchange Rate” in season seven and “High Value Target”, the season eight opener.
Insider Intel: Eric Christian Olsen gave an interview to KTLA last month with clips from this episode and a look at what’s coming with the mole storyline.
Official Photographic Evidence: Seat 42F has the promo photos this week.
Today in having your photo taken with Eric Christian Olsen and with Renee Felice Smith:
Today in having your photo taken with Eric Christian Olsen (with Renee Felice Smith in the background):
Today in having your photo taken with Eric Christian Olsen (without Renee Felice Smith in the background):
Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:
Table read photo:
Some beautiful locations in this episode:
There was some art:
And there was a drum circle:
This does not look like a good day for this car owner:
Photo of two of the guest actors:
Actors Romeo Brown and Sam Adegoke on the set:
Several child actors on the set:
Directors on the set – Tawnia McKiernan for this episode, Jonathan Frakes finishing up “Sirens”:
McKiernan completes her second visit to NCIS: Los Angeles’s eighth season:
We need more undercover assignments where Sam wears a suit.
Possible Sports Related Delays: None. CBS does not have the late NFL playoff game this week (and they do not have a Sunday NFL playoff game at all next week). We will be on time for the next few episodes with really only the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (two weeks in March) and the Masters Golf Tournament (a week in early April) as the known sports delays on the horizon.
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