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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Party Crashers” (S9E01)

“Party Crashers” — Pictured: Daniela Ruah (Special Agent Kensi Blye), Chris O’Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen), Renée Felice Smith (Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones), and Barrett Foa (Tech Operator Eric Beale). After Hetty turns in retirement papers and then disappears, Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley (Nia Long) arrives in Los Angeles to oversee the team and immediately makes staffing changes. Also, still mourning the death of his wife and living in a trailer on the beach, Sam is adamant that Callen should find a new partner, on the ninth season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 1 (9:30-10:30, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Erik Voake/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Title:   “Party Crashers”

Airing:   October 1st

Filming:  August 1st to August 9th with one day of extra shooting on August 21st.

What CBS is telling us:   After Hetty turns in retirement papers and then disappears, Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley (Nia Long) arrives in Los Angeles to oversee the team and immediately makes staffing changes. Also, still mourning the death of his wife and living in a trailer on the beach, Sam is adamant that Callen find a new partner, on the ninth season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening:  New friends, new stories, new season.  We’re back!


Be on the lookout: Two additions to the Office of Special Projects staff:

Nia Long as Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley

Long appeared last season in Empire as Giuliana Green, as Neika Hobbs in Dear White People, Izzy in Hand of God, Alexis Russell in Uncle Buck, Billie Page in The Divide, Tamara in House of Lies, Katie Graham in Big Shots, Sasha Moore in Third Watch, Andrea Solomon in Judging Amy, Lisa Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Kat Speakes in The Guiding Light back in the early 1990’s.

Appeared in episodes of Chase, Boston Legal, Everwood, Moesha, ER, Living Single, 227 and voiced the character of Roberta Tubbs in The Cleveland Show.

Feature film work includes “Keanu”, “Alfie” (2004), “Baadasssss!”, “Boiler Room”, “In Too Deep”,”Soul Food”, “Love Jones”, “Friday”, “Made in America”, “Boyz n the Hood”, the movie franchises “Are We There Yet” as Suzanne, “Big Momma’s House” as Sherri and “The Best Man” as Jordan.

Long will be a series regular.

Andrea Bordeaux as NCIS Special Agent Harley Hidoko

Bordeaux was Neda in Rizzoli & Isles. Appeared in the mothership’s “Under the Radar” episode in season 11.   Also appeared in episodes of Criminal Minds, Bones, Made in Jersey, NYC 22, Smash, How to Make It In America and Law & Order: SVU.

Bordeaux will recur this season.


Patrick. St. Espirit as LAPD Lieutenant Roger Bates

Last seen in “Internal Affairs”.  Is in CBS’s SWAT pilot as the boss of the SWAT team.

Pamela Reed as Roberta Deeks

Last seen in “Sirens” joining Julia Feldman for a cocktail.

Long Nguyen as Dang

Appeared in episodes of Preacher, Scorpion, Big Time Rush, CSI: NY, American Dreams and John Doe.  Was Ky Van Tu in the NCIS episode “The Searchers” in season 12 and a translator in JAG‘s “Fortunate Son” in season eight.   Nguyen is credited in another upcoming episode.

Tro Shaw as Manager

Appeared in a number of short films.

Tony Curtis Blondell as Guy

Guest starred on Riley Rewind, Jacko’s Wild Ride, Borderline Coyotes, Chicago Hope, La Femme Nikita, Starhunter, Soul Food and was a police officer on a number of episodes of All My Children.  According to Blondell’s social media accounts, he will be a recurring character later this season.

One guest star who won’t appear in the season premiere but will be back soon, Monty:


Written by:  R. Scott 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”, “The Queens Gambit”, “Under Siege” and “Unleashed”.  This is Gemmill’s fourth consecutive season premiere.

Directed by:  John P. Kousakis directed “Imposters”, “Sacrifice”, “San Voir” part one, “The Fifth Man”, “Parley”, “Inelegant Heart”, “Chernoff, K.”, “Active Measures”, “The Long Goodbye”, “Talion”, “Glasnost”, “Unleashed”, all of the Afghanistan scenes from “Iron Curtain Rising” to “Zero Days” in season five and all of Kensi’s injury/recovery storyline scenes from “The Queen’s Gambit” to “Sirens” in season eight.

Insider Intel:  There are several “what to expect in season nine” columns about NCIS: Los Angeles:

EW looked at the new addition to the main cast.

TV Insider has info on the changes in season nine.

TVGuide wrote up a recap of season eight and a look ahead to season nine.

While promoting “Battle of the Sexes” last week, Eric Christian Olsen mentioned NCIS: Los Angeles in this Parade Magazine article.  He also spoke to ET at a charity event here.

Daniela Ruah also spoke to Parade Magazine about the new season.

TVGuide spoke to Nia Long about her new role.

LL Cool J on the beach caught the attention of the Daily Mail.

Official Photographic EvidenceSeat42F has the photos.

Unofficial Surveillance:

Is it really unofficial surveillance when the director shares where the episode will be Sunday night?

Some locations to look for:

This was the set for the extra day of filming, three weeks after the start:

Back to work:

Eric Christian Olsen talking to his director:

LL Cool J with Eric Christian Olsen’s back:

LL Cool J on his own:

Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:

(with Chris O’Donnell in the passenger seat).

Chris O’Donnell enjoying the day’s work:

Today in having your photo taken with Daniela Ruah:

Family on set:

Friends on the set too:

Guest stars on set:

A hint about how the episode will open:

That doesn’t look good:

The sort of spoilers that drive people to this preview post every week:

Video Surveillance:


Some scenes from last season but this looks action-packed.

Sneak Peeks:

A fun start to the day.

Kensi and Deeks aren’t the only ones at the beach.

A not so fun start to the day.

Possible Sports Related Delays:  CBS has a full doubleheader this Sunday with the entire country (which is rare) getting the Oakland Raiders-Denver Broncos game. I will update the start time if there is a delay (there is a planned 9:30PM ET/8:30PM 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).

Any late info from the cast or crew will also be in the comment section.

So glad to be back!


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

18 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Party Crashers” (S9E01)

  1. As always a first class run down of the show by Tess! It’s good to have the wikiDeeks team back! Here’s to a great season 9!!!

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  2. Wow, what a compilation. As we start the new season, I once again thank you Tess for doing this and keeping it all straight for those of us who are fans. I am excited for season 9 as I am sure everyone is. I am anxious to see what they do with the new additions to the cast. I hope the new additional cast members are well integrated into the show and also do not result in less screen time for the existing characters we love.

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    • Thank you! So glad to be back!

      I think the new characters gives the rest of the cast some flexibility – Sam won’t have to be shot if LL Cool J needs a week to host the Grammys. Callen won’t be sent on a special assignment every March because Chris O’Donnell plays the Pebble Beach Pro-Am every year (it is a CBS golf tournament).


  3. Getting more and more excited, thanks for this, Tess! One thing I hadn’t noticed on the set list previously – the last location on it is Saigon. I wonder if that will have to do with Hetty/Granger? Also a question for anyone who may know about these things – Shay Mosley/Mosely is an Executive Assistant Director. Is that higher or lower on the food chain than a plain old regular Assistant Director?

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    • I would imagine Saigon does. One actor (Long Nguyen) is in several episodes. Hetty’s Granger related storyline is supposed to last a while. That makes perfect sense.

      According to the interwebs, the Executive Assistant Director is a higher position than Assistant Director. Controlling the OSP requires, its seems upper management’s full attention.


  4. Thank you Tess for your great preview. Here we go again 🙂

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  5. Very excited! I will probably miss original run Sunday night due to a typically late-running class so I’ll watch it Monday via Amazon Instant.

    BUT …..

    I mean, come on, can they not have a premiere without someone either going “rogue” OR Hetty turning in resignation and disappearing? Is there a contract somewhere? Written in blood upon pain of death ….?

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    • What did Nell say, NCIS: LA we be crazy – someone is always off doing something.

      With Hetty releasing Khaled in “Uncaged”, she probably resigned before they could fire her. I’m sure a little way into the season (200 will be the 8th episode overall), the team may need Hetty or Hetty may need the team.


  6. OK, another question, now that I’m seeing all of this in one place. JPK teased someone we wouldn’t see in a while would be back in the premiere, and then said Monty would be back but not in 901. So does that mean Monty was who we has teasing in the first place and just misspoke about it being in 901, or is someone being left off the guest cast list? I know Bates and Mama Deeks will be back in the premiere, but we’ve seen them both relatively recently (S7 and S8, respectively), so would either of them be described as someone we haven’t seen in a while?

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    • I saw that too but I never put too much into statements like that. Someone we haven’t seen in a while could be Nate or Bates or Aiden – what the program considers “a while” is not always what the fanbase thinks.


  7. Saturday’s social media:


  8. This NCIS:LA hiatus really flew by, at least for me.
    Now I’m glad our beloved characters are going to be back for more hours of good television as much as I’m happy to read your unmissable weekly Previews, Tess.
    Here’s to a memorable and overwhelming Season 9!

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  9. Sunday’s early social media posts:

    CBS put Daniela Ruah on the NCIS: Los Angeles Instagram Account, answering questions:


  10. Whatever time is in your local listings is correct for tonight. Enjoy!


  11. Such an impressive compilation Tess! I love looking through these after I watch the episode.


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