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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Old Tricks” (S8E16)

Old Tricks

Title:  “Old Tricks”

Airing:   March 5th – the first of four consecutive Sundays with new episodes.

Filming:  January 12th to January 20th

What CBS is telling us:   After a retirement home resident is kidnapped, the NCIS team uncovers a pair of con artists: Ginger and Edward O’Boyle (Debra Jo Rupp and Martin Mull), who hop from home to home scamming the elderly out of their money. Also, Callen confronts his father on his illegal activity and the danger it places on their family, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening:  With two members of the guest cast best known for their work in comedy, it looks like there may be a lighter touch to this episode over the last few drama-filled hours.


Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

Peter Cambor as Operational Psychologist Nate Getz 

Last seen in “Kulinda” talking to Kensi about her rehab and return.

Daniel J. Travanti as Garrison
India De Beaufort as Alexandra Reynolds

Both appeared in “Glasnost” in November.

Martin Mull as Edward O’Boyle

Currently appears on Life in Pieces as Gary Timpkins (the Shorts’s neighbor).  Was Bob Bradley in season five of Veep, one of the titular characters in Dads, Gene Parmesan in Arrested Development, Russell (Charlie’s Pharmacist) in Two and a Half Men, Mr. White in Til Death, Mr. Munn on The Ellen Show, Leon Carp on Roseanne, Doug Talbot on The Jackie Thomas Show, Dr. Doug Lambert on His & Hers (Doug was the His part), Martin Crane (not Frasier’s dad) on Domestic Life and Barth Gimble in three different series – America Tonight, Fernwood Tonight and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Appeared in everything from Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a high school administrator to playing a serial killer on Law & Order: SVU.  Voiced characters on animated series like American Dad (Fr. Donovan), Danny Phantom (Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius), Family Guy and Family Dog (Skip Binsford).

Feature film work includes “Mrs. Doubtfire”, “Clue” (he was Col. Mustard), “Mr. Mom” and “My Bodyguard”.

Mull worked as a comic – usually with a musical bent.  He was a regular on the late-night talk show circuit.  Aa man of diverse interests, he is a well-respected painter with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.  Mull also was a practice squad place kicker for the Cleveland Browns in 1987.

Debra Jo Rupp as Ginger

Rupp played Kitty Forman on That 70’s Show for the program’s entire run.  She was also Angela Knight Buffay on Friends.  A few seasons ago, she played Vicky Putney in Better With You.  Other recurring roles include Katie on Seinfeld and Mrs. Higgins on Davis Rules.

Recently, she was a Sheriff on Elementary in January and in episodes of Hart of Dixie, Law & Order: SVU, The Tracy Morgan Show, The Hughleys, To Have and To Hold, ER, Touched by an Angel, 7th Heaven, Over the Top, Crisis Center, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, High Incident, If Not For You, The Office (1995 CBS Sitcom), Diagnosis Murder, Phenom, Hearts Afire, Empty Nest, LA Law, Evening Shade, Family Matters, Blossom, Civil Wars, Newhart, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Equalizer, Kate & Allie and Spenser for Hire.

Voiced characters in the movie “Garfield” and TV series Teacher’s Pet.

Marsha Thomason as Secret Service Special Agent Nicole Dechamps

Thomson was FBI Agent Diana Barrigan in White Collar, Naomi Dorrit in Lost and Nessa Hold on Las Vegas.  She appeared in episodes of Bones, Make It or Break It, General Hospital, Easy Money as well as a number of British series in the late 1990’s.

Terryn Westbrook as Rebecca

Westbrook has appeared in episodes of One Day at a Time (2017), This is Us, Jane the Virgin, The Middle, The Fosters, Bones, Man-Teen, Love Bites, Parks & Recreation, The Cape, 90210 (2008), Gigantic, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Samantha Who?, Weeds, Turbo Dates, How I Met Your Mother, The Gilmore Girls and House.

Provided the voice for the title character in Bea Wildered and has voiced characters in both animated series and video games.

Mike Erwin as Pacey Smith

Was the victim of a hit and run in the “Angel of Death” season four finale of NCIS.  Was Colin Hart in the first season and a half of Everwood, Nate Edmonds in Jack & Bobby.  Had guest roles in Bones, Colony, Code Black, Magic City, Vampire Diaries, CSI, Dexter, Ghost Whisperer, The War At Home, CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill, That’s So Raven, Touched By An Angel, So Little Time, 7th Heaven, Judging Amy and Undressed.

Voiced the character Roy Harper/Speed in Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans as well as providing voices to a number of animated series and video games.

Anzu Lawson as Nurse

Back (though I’m not sure how) from “Payback” on February 19th.

Connor Weil as Navy Lieutenant Warren Miller 

Plays Mr. Zapp in the series Foursome, was Young Phil in Roadies (with Peter Cambor), was Mark McNair of Days of Our Lives, Will Belmont on Scream: The Series and Bradley on The Jadagrace Show.  Guest roles include Kickin’ It, Liv & Maddie, The Young and the Restless, Victorious and A.N.T. Farm.

John Colton as Louis Miller 

Colton often plays educated professionals or law enforcement officers.  He appeared in episodes of The Middle, Sleepy Hollow, Hawaii Five-0, The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Young and the Restless, The Game, State of Mind, Cold Case, Sliders, Hardball, Hunter, Highway to Heaven, General Hospital, Lou Grant, Houston Knights, Santa Barbara, Dallas, The Incredible Hulk, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Alice, Code R and Cannon.

Jeronimo Spinx as NCIS Agent Thompson 

Last seen in “Under Siege” dropping Carl Brown off with Hetty.

Makai Dudeck as Jake 

Child actor.  I believe this was the child actor in “Glasnost” playing Alexandra’s son (he was not credited in that episode).



WRITTEN BY:  Andrew Bartels, who wrote “Glasnost” earlier this season as well as writing or co-writing “Allegiance”, “Zero Days”, “The Grey Man”, “Humbug”, “Fighting Shadows”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Angels & Daemons” and “Where There’s Smoke…”

DIRECTED BY:  Terrence Nightingall, who directed “Expiration Date” in season six.

Insider Intel:   A little info about the episode in at  The episode will also include a tribute to Miguel Ferrer according to

Official Photographic Evidence:  Seat42F has this week’s promo photos.

Unofficial Surveillance:

The guest cast enjoys some time with Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah:

Daniela Ruah enjoys some time with Eric Christian Olsen’s cell phone:

Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:

Jeronimo Spinx was happy to be back.

Andrew Bartels is glad the rain has stopped:

Video Surveillance:



Sneak Peeks:


There was a third sneak peek that the program took down from both YouTube and the CBS website.  If you’re interested, it found a different home online.

A fourth sneak peek is at, and yes, there is finally a Deeks sighting.

Possible Sports Related Delays:  CBS has a college basketball game that should be well over before primetime begins.  On the odd chance that there is a delay, I will update the start time in the comment section Sunday night but this week and next, the program should start on time.


Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.

16 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Old Tricks” (S8E16)

  1. sassyzazzi // March 4, 2017 at 9:40 AM // Reply

    Thanks for the great preview. I am glad we got a fourth sneak peek with Deeks. I am looking forward to this one, I really like Debra Jo Rupp and Martin Mull and I am looking forward to their scenes with ECO. I am really glad to see Kensi back in the field and ecstatic about seeing Deeks and Kensi together again as partners.

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    • Thank you! The fourth sneak peek was very entertaining and a nice, lighter feel than the serious episodes we’ve had all season long.

      As I was rewatching the season premiere last week, I thought to myself in one of the bullpen scenes when Callen, Sam, Kensi, Deeks, Eric and Nell were all there that we haven’t had that all season. It was a nice familiar scene.


  2. Thanks for your awesome preview.
    At last we will have four consecutive episodes! The idea is so thrilling…
    I’m looking forward to this one for two main reasons: Kensi really back back with Deeks in the field and the fact that there will certainly be some funny scenes as we have already seen in the fourth sneak peek. Some relief was in order after so much angst and blood and puzzling revelations.

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    • Thanks! If the program remains on Sundays in the future, this is going to be a regular problem. January and February are filled with primetime football and awards shows. We had a nice straight run in October and November the beginning of every calendar year will be rough.

      I’m with you on Kensi and Deeks being in the field together and completely with you with having some fun in the field going for their first case together in a while.


  3. Looking forward to this show. Just met Debra Jo Rupp a few days ago. She’s starring in a dinner theatre production of Boeing-Boeing here and was hysterically funny. Thank you once again, Tess, for another remarkable preview.

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  4. a great job as always Tess.
    thank you again.

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  5. I really am ready for some lighthearted silliness. seeing Kensi back in the field and the return of the banter will be a welcome change.

    We have some very funny guest actors this week…should be a hoot.

    I am okay with skipping over or not addressing it this episode, but there are a couple of things I am waiting to see. Deeks telling Kensi that it was Hetty that got Deeks arrested by leaking info about Tiffany to Internal Affairs.
    I look forward to seeing Kensi’s reaction to that little nugget.
    Then, at some point Kensi must ask how Deeks got out of jail.
    The deal with Whiting and the subsequent confession by Deeks will either make Kensi feel guilty for what Deeks had to do to save her or make Kensi even more angry with Hetty….maybe both.
    Although Sam and Callen will not be an issue, I am not sure the tension is resolved between the couple and Hetty just quite yet. If Hetty had been honest about why the guys were in jail and that they were safe, all the reactions would have been dramatically different.

    I cant wait to see how they close out the era of Miguel and Granger. He will be missed.

    I hope we see that ring again soon…


  6. Some updates:


  7. More info from social media:

    (We saw what you did there, Connor Weil)


  8. From Chris O’Donnell (and it is a lovely photo of Miguel Ferrer):


  9. We are on time tonight.

    Eric Christian Olsen posted the same Miguel Ferrer tribute:

    Peter Cambor had some fun


  10. Rick Tunell’s pic is of Terrence O’hare (director) talking to Rene Smith and is from EP 815. Terrence Nightengale directed ep 816.

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