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NCISLA Classified Preview: “This Is What We Do” (S9E08)

Title:  “This is What We Do”

Airing:   November 19th
Filming:  September 20th to September 29th.
What CBS is telling us:  The NCIS team must locate a group of unknown assailants who illegally crossed the border and attacked California Highway Patrol officers. Also, Homeland Security sends over Specialist Sydney Jones (Ashley Spiller), Nell’s older and bossy sister, to assist NCIS with the case, on the 200th episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening:  It is the 200th episode so that means explosions (this is NCIS: Los Angeles), familiar faces (good and bad), family members fans know along with family members fans are about to meet.  Happy 200!

Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

John M. Jackson as Admiral A.J. Chegwidden
A.J. was last seen sharing some Pappy Van Winkle with his two, fellow grumpy old men and Hetty in “Golden Days”.

Pamela Reed as Roberta Deeks
Tony Curtis Blondell as Guy
“Bertie” and Guy were in the season nine premiere.

Jeff Kober as Harris Keane
Long Nguyen as Dang

Both back from “Can I Get a Witness” in the first week of November.

Sammy Sheik as Tobias Thoma / Ahmed Han Asakeem
Last seen in “Queen Pin” where he was not credited with his pre-terrorist name.  Tobias Thoma was mentioned in the season eight opener but he’s been called Asakeem ever since.

Zeeko Zaki as Aimon Shah
Was the money launderer in “Unleashed” who Sam questioned with Sabatino in the club.

Ashley Spillers as Homeland Security Specialist Sydney Jones
As an older sister, I’m a tad disturbed by the term bossy – we’re just more experienced than the younger sibs and impart our wisdom gained by experience.  Plays Janice Swift in Vice Principals and appeared in episodes of Driving Arizona, Maron and The Middle and well as number of short films.

Karan Oberoi as Fazan Kamsour
Was the half-year long wanted terrorist, Parsa, in season 11 of NCIS.  Played Raj in Overruled!, PJ Talwar Mehra in Combat Hospital and Alan Wells in Notorious.  Had guest roles in episodes of The Border, The Listener, Covert Affairs, The Blacklist, Castle, Containment, Conviction (2016) and Training Day.

Alex Gonzalez as Enrique
There are several working actors with this name.

Ricardo J. Chacon as Customs and Border Patrol Officer
Guest starred in episodes of ER, The Closer, Threshold, Night Stalker (2005), Just Legal, Standoff, Girlfriends, Las Vegas, Women’s Murder Club, The Oaks, Weeds, Dexter, Criminal Minds, Southland, The Secret Life of An American Teenager, Twisted, Mad Men, Bosch, House of Lies, The Last Ship, The Fosters, New Girl, American Crime and Fear the Walking Dead.  Plays a lot of law enforcement characters.

Hugo Garcia as Driver
Appeared in a number of Spanish language series for Univision and Telemundo.  Had guest roles in a number of series including Cold Case, Blackout, Unusual Suspects, The Fosters, Graceland, Mixology, Inbetween, Notorious and Teachers.

Ricardo Walker as CHP Officer
Plays Agent Prince in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.  Appeared in episodes of CSI: Miami, Conviction (2006), New Amsterdam, Life of Riley, Ray Donovan, Hit the Floor, The Catch and How To Get Away With Murder.


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” (season seven premiere), “Blame It On Rio”, “Internal Affairs”, “Matryoshka” part one,  “Talion” (season seven finale), “High Value Target”/”Belly of the Beast” (season eight premieres), “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Under Siege”, “Unleashed” (season eight finale) and “Party Crashers” (season nine’s premiere).

Directed by:  John P. Kousakis directed “Imposters”, “Sacrifice”, “San Voir” part one, “The Fifth Man”, “Parley”, “Inelegant Heart” (written by Gemmill), “Chernoff, K.”, “Active Measures” (written by Gemmill), “The Long Goodbye”, “Talion” (written by Gemmill), “Glasnost”, “Unleashed” (written by Gemmill), “Party Crashers” (written by Gemmill), 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: wrote about the Hetty storyline.  Parade interviewed Renee Felice Smith.

Official Photographic Evidence:  Spoiler TV  has this week’s episode photos.

Unofficial Surveillance:

A grateful cast and crew:

View this post on Instagram

200 Episodes! #blessed #day1

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Getting to 200:

Hanging with the director:

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#SQUAD #ncisla #october1st

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Undercover Executive Assistant Director:

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Mosley @ncisla #undercover ❤️

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Action!Hetty will make an appearance:

Quality time in the boat shed interrogation room:

This week in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:

Bad parking:

Oh, the places they shoot!


Video Surveillance:


Sneak Peek:

Nice little call back to their first road trip in “Borderline” (also written by R. Scott Gemmill).

It wouldn’t be a milestone NCIS: Los Angeles episode without an explosion.

This video is from the article:

Possible Sports Related Delays:  CBS has a full doubleheader this Sunday with most the country getting the New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders game from Mexico City.  Some viewers will get the Cincinnati Bengals at the Denver Broncos.   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.

Enjoy #200!



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

11 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “This Is What We Do” (S9E08)

  1. I am really excited for this episode. Congrats to the show. Than you Tess for all you do for the fandom.

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  2. I am really looking forward to this one (so excited to meet Nell’s sister!) and I hope we will get the well-balanced mix of ingredients that’s always been the peculiarity of NCIS:LA’s best episodes.
    200 episodes is an important achievement for a show.
    I enjoyed all the cast interviews above and I liked how much everybody more or less said they are family and they have a lot of moments of the show to remember.
    Here’s to an amazing Season 9 and many more seasons to come!

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  3. Saturday social media:

    The LL Cool J/Linda Hunt interaction is always delightful (click on for three videos):

    From a Bakersfield TV station:

    From LL Cool J:


  4. Sunday morning social media:

    From CBS:


  5. Five minute delay in the ETZ/CTZ:

    Enjoy #200!


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    Our 200th episode airs tonight. The reality of this number blows my mind. If u watched all the episodes back to back without sleeping it would take over 8 days to see them all. If we condensed all the filming and didn’t take weekends off it would take over 4 1/2 years straight to film. It’s crazy. Only 38 other dramas have achieved it in the history of TV. Thats because of @cbstv and @cbstvstudios and the support they have given us. We are here because of my two work brothers @llcoolj and @chrisodonnell that do all the heavy lifting. You guys are the pillars that hold up the Parthenon. We are here because of Linda and Miguel who have always anchored the show with their gravitas. We are here because of our amazing writers, producers, and CREW. Leading from the top with Gemmill, Military and @jpkous. These guys work 70-80 hours a week with no scenes off. Its because of our amazing publicity team of @katiebarkerpr and @kristenjane who haven’t slept since 2009 because they never stop working. It’s because of the extraordinary talents of @reneefelicesmith and @barrettfoa carrying pages of exposition, comedy, and MY favorite love story. It’s because of the new life that @iamnialong and @andreabordeaux have brought to the family dynamic. AND, it’s because of the best partner on TV with @danielaruah. Even when u drive me crazy and i want to jump out of a moving car to escape you, i still recognize how lucky i am to have u in my life; You’re amazing. Last and not least, the most important component of this equation is everybody that is reading this, because at the end of the day the only thing that gets a tv show to 200 epiosodes is the fans. You guys have stuck with us from Tuesday nights, to later on Tuesday nights, to Monday nights, to Sunday nights, and this year to later on Sunday nights. We are only here because of you, and my work life is this amazing because of your support and commitment to the show, so from the bottom of my heart i thank all of you. ALL of YOU!! We have to take stock of these moments to recognize and celebrate the journey!!!! Pic by the rockstar @theworldofdifference #littlebitofperfect #ncisla #200episodes #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

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