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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Battle Scars” (S8E21)

Title:   “Battle Scars”
Airing:  April 23rd
Filming:  March 3rd to March 13th
What CBS is telling us:   After a highly-decorated Navy Captain, Charles Langston (Carl Lumbly), kidnaps a Veterans Affairs administrator who has been siphoning funds, the NCIS team must work with Hetty’s former Vietnam War colleagues, now-retired Admiral AJ Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) and Admiral Sterling Bridges (James Remar) to solve the case, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening:  AJ is back, probably without the oar (Joelle will be relieved) with a pair of fellow Naval officers.  One is in trouble.

Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

John M. Jackson as Retired Admiral AJ Chegwidden

Back from “Payback”.  Seems he hung around California after all.

James Remar as Admiral Sterling Bridges

Remar has been a regular on television over the last few years.  He is Kodiak in Hulu’s The Path and Cephelo in The Shannara Chronicles.  Played Jimmy Evans in Grey’s Anatomy.  Syd in State of Affairs, Henry in Wilfred, Harry Morgan in Dexter, Giuseppe Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, Jonah Prowse in Jericho, Vincent Colville in North Shore, Richard Wright in Sex and the City, Det. Madjanski in Third Watch, Tiny Bellos in The Huntress and Frank Cisco in Total Security.

Appeared in episodes of Gotham, Code Black, Motive, From Dusk to Dawn: The Series, Hawaii Five-0 (2011), Flash Forward, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, The Unit, Eli Stone, CSI: Miami, Battlestar Galactica, Without A Trace, Peacemakers, The Twilight Zone (2002), The X Files, Strong Medicine, 7th Heaven, Nash Bridges, Wheels of Justice, Tales from the Crypt, Crime Story, Miami Vice, The Equalizer and Hill Street Blues.

Provided voices for “Ratatouille” (Larousse), The Legend of Korra (Tonraq), The Batman (Black Mask), Beware the Batman (Silver Monkey), Ben 10 (Vilgax), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Two-Face), Justice League Unlimited (Hawkman) and Justice League (Lead Manhunter).

Remar was in a number of big films over the years including “48 Hrs”, “The Long Riders”, “Warriors”, “Judge Dredd”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”, “Pineapple Express”, “RED” and “Django Unchained”.

Carl Lumbly as Retired Navy Captain Charles Langston

Played Real Admiral Beau Hindley in the “Tell-All” season eight episode of NCIS.  Was Delavenne in Zoo in season one, Pastor Leon Wright in The Returned, Captain Joel Rucker in Southland, Marcus Dixon on Alias, Mayor Christian Davidson in EZ Streets, Dr. Miles Hawkings in M.A.N.T.I.S., Marcus Petrie in Cagney & Lacey and Dr. Morris in Going to Extremes.

Played Earl Williams, season long-defendant in L.A. Law, a college professor who was charged with murdering his female research assistant.  In an interview, Harry Hamlin, who played defense attorney Michael Kuzak, said that people still ask him if Williams was really guilty or not.

Lumbly appeared in episodes of SIX, UnREAL, Criminal Minds, Trauma, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Battlestar Galactica, The X-Files, Kate Brasher, Family Law, The Magnificent Seven, ER, Any Day Now, Touched by an Angel, Chicago Hope, Nurse, BJ & The Bear, The Jeffersons, Taxi, Lou Grant and Emergency!.

Another animated series voice actor.  Was Uncle S’Yan in Black Panther, Tornado Champion in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, J’onn Jonzz in a number of Justice League animated series with fellow guest star James Remar.


Written by:  Jordana Lewis Jaffe and Andrew Bartels.  Jordana Lewis Jaffe wrote or co-wrote “Honor”, “Patriot Acts”, “Dead Body Politic”, “Paper Soldiers”, “Unwritten Rule”, “Big Brother”, “Iron Curtain Rising”, “Exposure”, “Savior Faire”, “Beacon”, “Defectors”, “Exchange Rate”, “Black Market” and “Payback”.  Andrew Bartels wrote or co-wrote “Allegiance”, “Zero Days”, “The Grey Man”, “Humbug”, “Fighting Shadows”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Angels & Daemons”, “Where There’s Smoke…”, “Glasnost” and “Old Tricks”.

Directed by: James Whitmore, Jr. is back after a several season hiatus.  He directed NCIS‘s “Legend” part two which introduced the OSP team before directing “Identity”, “Found”, “Human Traffic”, “Empty Quiver”, “Plan B”, “Familia”, “Lone Wolf”, “Vengeance”, “Recruit” and “History”.   Whitmore has been working on the mothership, the New Orleans sibling, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, Suits and Quantico.  As an actor, James Whitmore Jr. appeared in “The Long Riders” with James Remar and directed Remar in an episode of Jericho.  He directed John M. Jackson in several JAG episodes (along with an episode of Bones and an episode of Wiseguy).

Insider Intel:  Nothing this week.

Official Photographic Evidence:   Over at SpoilerTV this week.

Unofficial Surveillance:

These Navy higher-ups may be in trouble but they’ve found a glorious place to in trouble.

(Remind me to have issues under gorgeous blue skies with the ocean nearby.)

That’s a lot of equipment:

That’s some classic equipment:

Recreating a classic photo:

Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J, guest star not in the press release edition:

Video Surveillance:


Sadly generic preview again.  It is a good one – gives you a good feel for the show’s more dramatic moments.

Sneak Peek:

That’s the perkiest non-helpful person in the history of law enforcement.

Possible Sports Related Delays:  None expected.

We’re down to the final four episodes of season eight.  Buckle up!




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

24 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Battle Scars” (S8E21)

  1. Not a peep about Densi in this episode. Maybe they took the week off.


  2. Nothing about Densi…..again.


  3. let’s hope it is because the showruners are guarding a big surprise…
    just sayin’



  4. Thanks for all the instagrams/tweets I missed seeing. Malibu really is beautiful. I really wish TPTB would realize that they need to include most of the team in the sneak peeks, especially now that they are giving us generic promos.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for the nice words! With most of the guest stars in the press release and the director not active on social media, I was really short on photos this week.

      I wonder if they realized including Elizabeth Bogush in the press “Payback” press release, in the photos about the episode and some of the promos blew the surprise of finding Joelle tied to the wheelchair in the church far less of a surprise. Same with her being the mole – why was she in the episode if she wasn’t the mole?

      With what is rumored to be coming – I think they’re playing the final few episodes close to the vest. More surprises for us, I suppose.

      Thanks again!


  5. IF in this episode there is the BIG Densi scene every Densi fan has been waiting for more or less all season, hopefully in one of the next four episodes (trusting DR’s words “You’ll get a proper proposal by the time the season finale rolls around”), I’m glad they didn’t spoil it in the (generic) preview or in the only sneak peek they showed.
    If the proposal isn’t in this episode, I only hope, when it arrives, it will be given the time and importance Deeks and Kensi and their step deserve, without interruptions, misunderstandings, second thoughts or, even worse, forced humor. I don’t care if it isn’t this week as long as it is a memorable Densi scene and not a moment with a bittersweet taste we have gotten used so much to this season.

    Many thanks for your preview, I honestly remembered very little about the time they filmed this episode, let’s hope it’s a good sign TPTB didn’t share much on purpose!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I agree, I would like a good honest emotional proposal…followed by a yes and some hugging action.
      no interruptions, no Eric or Nell calling on the phone, no IA knocking at the door…
      I would think that doing it right would mean that it should happen in the next 2 episodes or possibly at the beginning of 8/23. before the next big threat comes up.
      really, this deserves to be the big moment in the episode…haven’t they earned it?

      things that would not be ok…
      silliy joking clowning around
      somebody getting cold feet and backing out
      Deeks getting arrested by IA immediately afterward
      having the Sam issue overshadow something we have waited on for 7 years.
      Deeks not telling Kensi about his confession to Whiting and refusing to move forward with the relationship until it resolved.
      Kensi saying no.., or her asking Deeks and him saying no…after all, we were promised a proposal…not an engagement…weren’t we…
      … a minor detail and minor detail in the comments…but accurate none the less.
      would TPTB dare pull something like that on the fans?

      it might even drive me to complain.

      I really do want them to have an honest discussion before they agree to get married.
      Deeks childhood, just what bad things Kensi did while living on the street, and Deeks telling Kensi about Whiting,.
      I do not want to see Kensi say yes and then find out that Deeks is lying to her, or at least keeping things hidden…NO MORE SECRETS…right?



      • sassyzazzi // April 22, 2017 at 5:03 PM // Reply

        Ed, I really like this, I certainly agree, it is what I would like to see!


      • I totally agree with you ed, and like you my whole family and I are all densi all the way, I got blocked in the spoilertv forum for speaking my mind to someone who doesn’t like kensi or deeks and just keeps bad mouthing them saying things like they can’t act and kensi and s**t like that, sorry, its been long enough lets have the proper proposal that we all deserve.
        by the way ed we love all your posts, thak you and keep it up


      • And no engagement without at least an apology for the punch, preferably actual consequences. That should tie in to the discussion of Deeks’ childhood.


        • having Deeks talk about his childhood and the things that formed who he is would be good to see.
          I would like for him to talk about how everyone he counted on in his life has hurt him or let him down in some way. from his dad’s abuse, to his mom’s inability to protect him. his best friend Ray becoming a criminal, Hetty allowing for him to think Afghanistan was his fault, Kensi’s punch, Hetty leaking info to IA about his case, saving Sam and his wife then Sam saying words of support that he failed to back up for years to follow like nothing changed.
          the poor guy has had a rough time.
          here is the point where Kensi apologizes, expresses her love and devotion, and promises to do everything in her power to never hurt or disappoint him again for the rest of their lives together…



    • Thanks for the nice words! The director, one of the writers and all three named guest stars are not big Twitter or Instagram users so we’re light on tweets or photos about the episode.

      I’m not concerned about any “big” Densi scene. Season eight has been a really solid season. They’re doing it right – I’m trusting them for the last four episodes.


  6. Thank you for the preview. I had not seen many of the photos. I am hoping everyone is quiet so we can be really surprised.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Happy Saturday Evening –

    From LL Cool J’s Instagram account, preview #2:

    From the show’s official IG account:


  8. Tess,
    thank you again for the fantastic work.
    it is so greatly appreciated.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Ed! This was wasn’t really as “busy” as the other episodes with the lack of a long guest cast or any social media from the guest stars. Still always fun to do and hopefully informative.


  9. LOVED the perkiest non-helpful person in the history of law enforcement. I would love to see her in every instance of a non-helpful law enforcement person in season 9 as a running joke.

    Liked by 1 person

    • She was terrific. I’m not sure who the actress is but that is taking a part that is largely a plot-point – the FBI once again is not helping NCIS – and making it your own!


      • she was every bit as non-helpful as officer Chan behind the desk at the police station that both Kensi and Deeks had to deal with in “Hot Water”
        she was just as good at not helping, but was far friendlier about it.
        Seldom has someone said go away tough luck quite so nicely…
        a very good job.


  10. Social media Sunday.

    First, the good news:

    And from LL Cool J:


  11. Late additions:

    They left a lot of people who were credited in the beginning of the episode out of the press release. Of note:

    Adam J. Harrington as Robert Bryant

    Harrington is Jason Abel in Daytime Divas, Sutherland/Gamble in TURN: Washington’s Spies. He was Carlyle in Drop Dead Diva, Agent York in Mob Doctor, Ethan Conant in The Secret Circle, Agent Walker in Dexter and Connor James in Queer as Folk.

    Was Jason Axelrod in the “Watch Over Me” episode of NCIS: New Orleans.

    Appeared in episodes of Shadowhunters, Major Crimes, Baby Daddy, Supernatural, CSI, Castle, Parks & Recreation, Luck, CSI: Miami, Outlaw, CSI: NY, Turbo Dates, Reunion, Smallville, DaVinci’s Inquest, Jerimiah, The Dead Zone, Seven Days and Outer Limits.

    Erin Way as FBI Agent

    She was great.

    Way plays Lindsey in Colony, Kat in Alphas. Was Wendy Chapin-Lomeister in Detroit 1-8-7, Lucy in Love Vampires and Fiona in Splatter. Appeared in episodes of Bones, Supernatural, Code Black, Rizzoli & Isles, Warehouse 13, The Mentalist, Betrayal, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Hawaii Five-0 and Girlfriends.

    Guri Winberg as Yaniv

    According to IMDB, he’ll be back next week.

    Appeared in episodes of The Mentalist, Body of Proof, The Good Guys, Cane, Burn Notice, The Closer, Pensacola: Wings of Gold as well as a number of feature films.

    William O’Leary as Attorney

    Marty Taylor in Home Improvement, Ben in Dear John and had guest roles in a number of dramas from 24 and the CSIs to The X Files and Matlock.

    Ali Hillis as VA Intake Clerk

    Another voice actor in a large number of animated series. Also appeared in episodes of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Bones, Castle, CSI, Memphis Beat, Less than Perfect, Boomtown and Felicity.

    Was Rachel Hanna (great name!) in the “Retrial” episode of JAG in early season 10.

    Jeryl Prescott as Barbara

    Prescott played the soldier looking for treatment at the VA hospital.

    Plays Golden in Powers, Cherry in Ray Donovan, was Jacqui in The Walking Dead. Appeared in episodes of Castle, Revolution, Modern Family, Rectify, Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill and Surface.


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