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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Mountebank” (S9E05)

Title:   “Mountebank”

Airing:   October 29th
Filming:  August 30th to September 8th
What CBS is telling us:   Sam goes undercover as a day trader after a prominent investment banker with ties to a Russian oligarch is murdered. Also, one of Callen’s aliases is the victim of credit card theft, and Mosley is concerned it signals something bigger, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening:  EAD Mosley is about to experience the wonders and joys every Arkady Kolcheck appearance embodies.  And maybe some of his criminality.  Sam also wears a suit again.  And it is arm day for Deeks.

By the way, the dictionary definition of “Mountebank” is “a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan.” (Or you know, Arkady.)

Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

Vyto Ruginis as Arkady Kolcheck
Our good friend Arkady was last seen in “Glasnost” in season seven.

Tembi Locke as Leigha Winters
Was Alice Kent Staley in “The Searchers” season 12 episode of NCIS.

Played Lisa Dixon in Beverly Hills 90210, Kaylene in Claude’s Crib, Dr. Diana Davis in Sliders, Vice Principal Liz Taylor in Raising Dad, Addie Townsend in Windfall and Grace Monroe in Eureka.

Appeared in episodes of Me and the Boys, Night Stand, Martin, In the House (LL Cool J’s 1990’s sitcom), Hitz, The Wayans Bros., The Jamie Foxx Show, Friends, The Hughleys, One on one, Touched by an Angel, The Division, The Bernie Mac Show, Like Family, Eve, CSI: NY, Quintuplets, Unscripted, The ½ Hour News Hour, House of Payne, The Mentalist, Bones, Castle, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Magicians, Animal Kingdom and Doubt.

Costas Mandylor as Abram Sokolov
Mandylor is a familiar credit on NCIS: Los Angeles.  Costas’s brother Louis was the imprisoned serial killer Lucas Maragos in the “Little Angels” episode in season two.  Appeared in the “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and “Past, Present, and Future” season 11 opening episodes of NCIS.

Played Kenny Lacos in Picket Fences, Alphonse Royo in Players, Monk in Secret Agent Man, Beau/Bill Brewer on 7th Heaven and Greek Vice Admiral Demetrius in The Last Ship.

Appeared in episodes of Tales from the Crypt, FX: The Series, Resurrection Blvd., Nash Bridges, Sex & The City, Flatland, Sacred Ground, Fastlane, Major Crimes and Once Upon a Time.

Was also in a number of feature films and TV movies.

Uriah Shelton as Finn
Played Jack McGuire in Trust Me, Jeff Cargill in The Glades, Josh in Blue and Josh Matthews in Girl Meets World.  Was in episodes of Ghost Whisperer, MADtv, Suite Life on Deck, Monk, Franklin & Bash, Last Man Standing, Justified, The Rev, Instant Mom and 13 Reasons Why.

Svetlana Efremova as Vladlena Sokolov
Had guest roles in episodes of Gideon’s Crossing, The West Wing, The Guardian, Thieves, Strong Medicine, Without a Trace, The Practice, Cold Case, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Joan of Arcadia, ER, Judging Amy, The Young and the Restless, Monk, Dirt, The Closer, The Whole Truth, Motive, Body of Proof, Work It, Shameless, The OA, MacGyver, The Blacklist: Redemption, SEAL Team and The Brave.

Played Zinaida Preobrazhenskaya in The Americans for a few seasons.

Jon Lindstrom as Phillip Nelson
Lindstrom is familiar to soap fans.  For years, he’s played Dr. Kevin Collins and for a while his evil twin Ryan Chamberlain on both General Hospital and its spin-off Port Charles, He was also Mark McCormick on Santa Barbara and Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns.

Played Jacob McCandless in season two of True Detective.

Appeared in episodes of Voyagers!, Call to Glory, Rituals, Rocky Road, Baby Boom, 21 Jump Street, Baywatch, CSI, Everwood, Blue Bloods, Drop Dead Diva, Castle, Recovery Road and Gridlocked.  Was Perry Davidson in the “Oil and Water” episode of NCIS in season 11.

Presilah Nunez as NCIS Analyst Dana Hill
Nunez is credited as NCIS Analyst Dana (no last name) in the “Enemy on the Hill” episode of NCIS in season eleven but also appeared last season in the “Keep Going” episode as Lt. Commander Cheryl Stanley.

Played Carly Sinclair in Secrets and Lies and Erica in The Haves and Have Nots.  Had guest roles in Sugar, Rizzoli & Isles, Rosewood and Dear White People.

Amy Stewart as Jen
Played Arlene Ross in the “Crash” episode of JAG‘s season nine and was Katie Happ in the “Lost at Sea” episode of NCIS in season ten.  Was Sara Dolan in Glory Days, Nina Lombardi in Presidio Med, Brandy Rossi in The Lake and Peter’s Wife in Dig.

Guest starred in the 1990 revival of Dragnet, Undressed, ER, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Wild Card, The West Wing, Las Vegas, Crossing Jordan, CSI, CSI: NY, Close to Home, Everwood, Cold Case, Private Practice, Without a Trace, Raising the Bar, the Starter White, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Lost, Mental, Castle, Trauma, Rizzoli & Isles, Harry’s Law, Bones, Backstrom and Code Black.  

Dan Southworth as Alika Hatch
Southworth has worked as both an actor and a stunt performer.

He was Eric Myers/Quantum Ranger in a number of Power Ranger series, videos and video games, was Mark Leonard in Divergence and Kenshi in Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Appeared in episodes of Martial Law, VIP, Charmed, General Hospital: Night Shift, Sketchy, Revolution and Kickin’ It.

Rich Ting as Keith
Ting was Lee Cheol-Min in season two of Iris and guest starred in episodes of Boston Legal, Beyond the Break, The Messengers, Rush Hour and Supergirl.

Mark Bloom as Victor
Appeared in episodes of House, Windfall, Monk, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Law & Order: LA, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Event, Castle, Scandal, Jennifer Falls, Grimm, The Goldbergs, Major Crimes, Just Add Magic, Lopez, Black-ish, House of Lies, Silicon Valley, Grey’s Anatomy, Days of Our Lives, Dr. Ken, Teen Wolf, The Mindy Project and Speechless.

Americus Abesamis as Tomo
Abesamis is also an actor and stunt performer.  Plays Officer Kiko Puhinui in Amazon’s Bosch.

He appeared in episodes of Strong Medicine, On the Cover, Monk, Heroes, Hurl!, Hannah Montana, The Mentalist, Chuck, MADtv, Without a Trace, Castle, The Office, The Suite Life on Deck, The Neighbors, The Client List, How I Met Your Mother, Kickin’ It, Ground Floor, Skin Wars, Shameless, Conan, The McCarthys, A to Z, Grandfathered, Life in Pieces, Jane the Virgin, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Murder in the First, The Young and the Restless, Baskets and Insecure.

Written by:  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”, “Payback” and “Battle Scars”.

Directed by: Terrence O’Hara, who directed “The Only Easy Day”, “Brimstone”, “The Bank Job”, “Borderline”, “Tin Soldiers”, “The Job”, “Backstopped”, “Crimeleon”, “Blye, K.” Part Two, “San Voir” Part Two, “End Game”, “Paper Soldiers”, “Descent”, “Ascension”, “Fish Out of Water”, “Blaze of Glory”, “Command and Control” (episode 150), “Matryoshka” Part Two, “Belly of the Beast” and “Payback”.

Insider Intel:

Official Photographic EvidenceSeat42F has this week’s promo pictures.

Unofficial Surveillance:

Hard at work behind the scenes:

Hard at work shooting a scene:

Fun at work (two videos in the first Instagram post, one in the second):

Renee Felice Smith giving away some secrets of the trade:

Barrett Foa getting his Eric look back:


Guest cast:

Video Surveillance:



Sneak Peek:



Possible Sports Related Delays:  CBS has one late regional game – Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks – but it is going to a number of big cities in the Eastern and Central Time Zones (Houston, of course, but also New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Charlotte, Tampa Bay, San Antonio, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Austin to name a few).   Most of the country will be starting on time.   I will update the start time if there is a delay in the comments section Sunday night (especially since I live in one of the delay cities).  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.



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

9 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Mountebank” (S9E05)

  1. Tess, once again many thanks for this. It is really wonderful to see all the hard work that goes into these episodes, and your preview enables me to appreciate once again why I love this show. I am definitely going to appreciate the return of Arkady and arm day for Deeks.I will just ignore Mosley once again being unpleasant and delivering her lines in a flat yet snarky manner in the sneak peek; I will not let her ruin my excitement for this episode.

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  2. Thank you! Any return of Arkady is always an episode to look forward to!


  3. Saturday’s social media:

    A nice Navy Day Salute from ECO, CO’D and Wilmer Valderrama from the mothership:

    And a third sneak peek from LL Cool J:

    Weekend greetings from the program:


  4. Arm day? I just watch the show for the storylines. 🙂 Bwa hahahha!


  5. Thanks for your preview.
    Let’s hope it will be a nice episode and the characters won’t be too OOC (I can’t help it, I don’t trust this author much for continuity and consistence).
    I’m really looking forward to Arkady’s return, his episodes are always special and extremely fun.
    On the other hand, I’m not so anxious to see more moments in which Mosley has to prove at any cost that she’s the boss (like in one of the sneak peeks). How I miss Hetty in those scenes… I can hardly believe I would have said this, but I miss Hetty’s interactions with the team. Even if I still have to forgive her for many of her choices from Season 5 on, Hetty is still Hetty and can’t be replaced easily by whatever random presumptuous EAD.

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    • I so agree about missing Hetty, I watched the rerun of “Ghost Gun” last night, and all I could think to myself is how much I miss Hetty and her support for Deeks .

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    • Thank you!

      Arkady is always a delight. I think a nice scene with EAD Mosley may be a reminder that the agents aren’t always dealing with the most forthcoming souls.

      Hetty is missed. In recent years, Linda Hunt may not have been in an episode but Miguel Ferrer would be – you had that dry sense of humor in every one of their scenes. They haven’t allowed Mosley to be anything but the boss. Having her be a person would help the character and the program a lot.


  6. Sunday afternoon social media:

    Back later with the adjusted start time in a number of areas.


  7. 29 minutes for those of us who got the awesome Houston at Seattle game:


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