Title: “Under Siege”
Airing: January 29th
Filming: December 7th to December 16th – the final episode filmed before the holiday break.
What CBS is telling us: Hetty goes rogue, leaving the NCIS team completely in the dark, and the mole kidnaps one of the agents, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: This weeks preview and an interview with Eric Christian Olsen spilled the beans on the kidnapping victim but the guest cast provides several surprises.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Erik Palladio as CIA Officer Vostanik Sabatino
Vostanik, you’re back! Last seen hanging in the park with Granger in “Active Measures”, season seven’s opener.
Adam Bartley as Carl Brown
Carl survived to 2017, something that seemed unlikely the last time he was talking to Sam or to Nell. Carl was last seen in “Sirens” watching Nell leave a place where he’ll be for decades (if he survives the episode).
Kurt Yaeger as Sullivan / CIA Officer Ferris
Well, that second name is a bit of a surprise. Sullivan now CIA Officer Ferris was last seen in “Sirens” driving off in his truck to be with his fellow Marines. Maybe not. Since the bad guys in all of this so far are CIA, and the preview has him doing some bad things, Sullivan the Marine may be OK but CIA Officer Ferris might be up to no good. I wonder if Ferris’s first name is Sullivan.
Karina Logue as LAPD Detective Ellen Whiting
Corey Reynolds as ATF Agent Duke Morgan
Carlos Sanz as DEA Agent Mario Sanchez
Our three law enforcement officials are back from “Hot Water” on January 15th.
Salvator Xuereb as CIA Officer Randall Sharov
Curiouser and curiouser. I expected someone from the Russian storyline in this mole episode but not Sharov – did not see this coming. Based on the status of Sharov’s face, he probably didn’t see that coming either. Xuereb was last seen leaving Russia with Callen, Sam, Arkady, Anna and the SEALs in “Matryoshka” Part 2.
Dale Pavinski as Vincent Garvey
Appeared in “Ghost Gun” earlier this season. He was the prisoner who attacked Carl Brown.
Jeronimo Spinx as NCIS Agent Thompson
Tom Winter as NCIS Agent Nassir
Spinx and Winter reprise their roles as Agents Thompson and Nassir. In his last episode, Spinx was the agent who found the money in “An Unlocked Mind” while the team was messing with AUSA Guevara. Winter’s last appearance was in “Rude Awakenings” where he was “riverdancing” with Kensi, Deeks and Agent Thompson.
Jose Joey Abril as Amen
Abril appeared in episodes of Chicago PD, Longmire, Extant (with the delightful character name of “Nose Ring #2”), Murder in the First, Major Crimes, Kingdom, Gang Related, Legit, Castle and Back in the Game.
Robert Mukes as Tiny
Looking at photos of the actor, Tiny may be an ironic name. He worked on several projects as Robert “Bonecrusher” Mukes which supports the idea that Tiny is not small man. Mukes appeared in episodes of Westworld, Justified, The Mindy Project (another darling character name – “Big Meat”), Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, Weeds, Veronica Mars, CSI, Las Vegas, Fast Lane, Nikki, Dharma & Greg, The Brian Benben Show, The Parent’Hood and Men Behaving Badly.
Brian Turk as Guard
Played Gabriel in HBO’s Carnivale. Appeared in episodes of Animal Kingdom, The Exes, General Hospital, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds, The Tick, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Pretender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, Getting Personal, Damon, Nash Bridges, It’s Good to Be King, Cybill, Beverly Hills 90210, Weird Science, Wings and Step by Step.
Written by: R. Scott Gemmill, who wrote the first three episodes of this season – putting the mole storyline in motion in season eight. In the past, Gemmill wrote “The Only Easy Day”, “Brimstone”, “Breach”, “LD50”, “Found”, “Borderline”, “Absolution”, “Archangel”, “Tin Soldiers”, “Impostors”, “Cyberthreat”, “Honor”, “The Watchers” and both sides of the NCIS Los: Angeles/Hawaii Five-0 “Touch of Death” episodes, “Recruit”, “Free Ride”, “Wanted”, “Ravens and The Swans”, “Impact”, “War Cries”, both ends of the “Deep Trouble” season five finale/season six premiere, “Inelegant Heart”, “Praesidium”, “Traitor”, “Active Measures”, “Blame It On Rio”, “Internal Affairs”, “Matryoshka” part one, “Talion”, “High Value Target”/”Belly of the Beast” and “Queens Gambit”. There are a lot of mole storyline episodes in that list.
Gemmill was in the pre-holiday spirit:
Directed by: Ruba Nadda
Nadda has written and directed a number of Canadian films. She also directed episodes of the Canadian based series Killjoys and This Life.
Official Photographic Evidence: SpoilerTV has the promo photos this week.
Just before the holidays with lots of sweets for the cast (and that dreadful shirt from the last episode on Deeks):
Kurt Yaeger at the table read:
Jeronimo Spinx with some behind the scenes video:
Spinx with Linda Hunt:
Spinx with his fellow guest stars:
Adam Bartley at the table read:
Today in having your photo taken with Barrett Foa, Renee Felice Smith and Daniela Ruah:
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Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell:
Jose Joey Abril offered several behind the scenes looks while working on the episode:
Actor Brandon Acuna isn’t in the guest cast but was working in the episode so he also provided behind the scenes video:
Actress Anzu Lawson is also not in the guest cast but was happy to be working with Miguel Ferrer:
After his death, Lawson posted this:
Our time on this side of the veil is fleeting. I make it a point to tell the people that come into my life how much they mean to me as soon as I feel it. We may never get a second chance to smile and laugh with them again; this time around. Rest in heavenly peace #miguelferrer #granger #ncisla @ncisla It TRULY was an honor. Til next time!!
Chris O’Donnell watching and waiting:
Guest star Salvator Xuereb in what doesn’t look like a comfortable spot:
Preview: For some reason, CBS put up the 30-second promo on Tuesday and took it down a few hours later. You can find it here at CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles page. Based on the preview, Kensi’s terrible season eight continues.
Callen seems to be making friends with the ATF.
“Rambeale” works for me.
Possible Sports Related Delays: CBS has a golf tournament that should be long over before primetime starts. On the very odd chance that there is a delay, I’ll put the start time in the comments Sunday.
Big sports delay next week – the program will air a rerun at 10PM ET (“Angels and Daemons” from last season) because of Super Bowl LI. The following week, CBS has the Grammy Awards on Sunday so no classified preview until the episode airing on February 19, 2017. That episode, by the way, will have a 9PM ET/PT 8PM CT/MT start time in the US as CBS previews a new series for their streaming service in NCIS: Los Angeles‘s normal time slot.
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