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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Cac Tu Nhan” (S9E13)

Title:  “Cac Tu Nhan”

Airing:  January 14th
Filming:  October 31st to November 8th
What CBS is telling us:  While Hetty is being tortured by her captors in Vietnam, Eric and Nell find a clue to her whereabouts, prompting the team to organize a rescue mission with very little information, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening:  Operation Rescue Hetty begins.  Also, a really cool callback based on one of the promotional photos and sneak peek.  This episode was shot before last week’s episode.

Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:

Carl Lumbly as Charles Langston
John M. Jackson as A.J. Chegwidden
Jeff Kober as Harris Keane
Long Nguyen as Dang
The men recently around Hetty are all back for this episode.  Lumbly was last seen in “Golden Days” enjoying a toast to Owen Granger.  Jackson, Kober and Nguyen were all in “This is What We Do” (episode 200).

Gabriel Olds as Spencer Allen
This is the third NCIS related guest role for Olds – appeared in the “Child’s Play” NCIS episode in season seven and “It Happened One Night” from the first season of NCIS: New Orleans.  He also played Lt. Commander David Ridley in the “Friendly Fire” episode of JAG‘s eighth season.

Played Mason Scott in D.C.  Also appeared in episodes of Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Party of Five, Sisters, CSI, Tru Calling, Century City, Charmed, Judging Amy, Six Feet Under E-Ring, Strong Medicine, Commander in Chief, The Evidence, Numb3rs, Medium, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, Heroes, Drop Dead Diva, The Event, Private Practice, Franklin & Bash, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary and SEAL Team.

James Handy as Nelson
Handy’s first role was on the soap Ryan’s Hope in 1977.  He has been working ever since.  He was in feature films from “The Verdict” (as the victim’s family member looking for justice) to “Logan” last year.

TV guest roles span from Cagney and Lacey to Wiseguy; from Quantum Leap to The X Files; from ER to The West Wing and from Criminal Minds to Castle.  Played Arthur Devlin in Alias.   Is one of those “That Guy” actors, as in “I know ‘that guy’ from somewhere.”

Kenny Leu as Billy Van
Played CIA Officer Kenny Young in the “Stop the Bleeding” season 13 premiere of NCIS.  Was Sgt. Eddie Chen in The Long Road Home.  Appeared in episodes of Scream: The TV Series, Zoo and The Player.

Catherine Kresge as NCIS Special Agent Carter
Played Lance Corporal Stella Brooks in the first part of the season 10 NCIS finale (“Double Blind”).  Was in episodes of The OC, That 70’s Show, CSI: Miami, Moonlight, Eleventh Hour, House, The Middle, 90210, Franklin & Bash and Lucifer.

Sylvia Kwan as Young Woman
Appeared in an episode of 90210.


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), “Party Crashers” (season nine’s premiere) and “This Is What We Do” (episode 200).

Directed by:  James Hanlon directed “War Cries”, “The Grey Man”, “Kolcheck, A”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Command and Control” (number 150), “Angels and Daemons”, “Where There’s Smoke”, “Black Market”, “Tidings We Bring” and “Can I Get a Witness?”.

Insider Intel:   TVLine had an article.

Official Photographic Evidence:  Back to SpoilerTV.
If you look at what Eric is holding – that’s a nice call back to season two’s “Deliverance” and “Absolution” episodes.

Unofficial Surveillance:

This episode was filmed on Halloween:

Having fun on the set:

Being careful on the set:

Director James Hanlon with Nia Long:

Director James Hanlon with Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J:

Director James Hanlon’s thoughts on the episode:

Video Surveillance:


Short and to the point.

Sneak Peek:

So Hetty is pro-Neric giving them each a part of how to find her.

Maybe Callen should have invited Mosley for drinks last week.

And from Eric Christian Olsen, “the goods”:

Possible Sports Related Delays:  None.  Once again, CBS has the early NFL playoff game.

Daniela Ruah notes that this episode is part one of two.  Well, it is also our last new episode for about two months.  CBS is airing “Se Murio El Payaso” at 10PM ET next week (against the NFC Championship Game on FOX).  On the last Sunday of January, CBS has the Grammy Awards.  February is all sports all the time on NBC with the Super Bowl starting the month (CBS is airing “Party Crashers” again at 10PM ET) followed by three weeks of the Olympics (and likely more reruns).  The first week of March is the Academy Awards on ABC (another likely rerun).  So we will most likely be back on March 11th with part two and what should be a fairly straight run of new episodes (probably just one preemption for The Academy of Country Music Awards).

TL; DR:  See you in March!




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

13 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Cac Tu Nhan” (S9E13)

  1. Lyssa (Phnxgirl) // January 13, 2018 at 6:11 AM // Reply

    Love the preview as always! Looks like this one will be exciting! As much as I think they won’t, I really hope part 2 gets slipped in during Olympics time, cuz I can’t wait two months to resolve the episode (Especially if they end it on a cliffhanger)!

    And I thought last year’s mole arc gaps were bad! =(

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    • Based on what they’ve done in past Olympics, I can’t see them wasting a first-run episode against the Games. I’m looking at this more as a midseason cliffhanger instead of a season ending cliffhanger.

      Thanks for the kind words.

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  2. Thanks for a great preview. I am so looking forward to this epsiode , to seeing Linda Hunt again, and to a real team epsiode. It feels like there is a lot riding on this epsiode in terms of the fandom, so I hope it is as good as it appears it will be.

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  3. It appears that Deeks is not going to Vietnam for the rescue. Am I right Tess?

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  4. Y isn’t Deeks going with the team to Vietnam he should b going, wht is he on vacation again I think he should b going

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  5. Lots of social media this Saturday:

    Entertainment Tonight also has a segment on Sunday’s episode:

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  6. Thanks for your preview of an episode I’m really looking forward to since the moment I read “Hetty in trouble” and “Team rescue mission to Vietnam”.
    The only drawback is to have to wait so long before the second part, but never mind, as long as it is a good mini-arc.
    Thanks again!

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    • I’m looking at this as a mid-season cliffhanger. Unlike some of the end of the season cliffhangers, we have a two-month gap instead of a four-month gap. Plus, Linda Hunt is back and that’s a good thing.

      Thanks for the kind words!

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  7. Sunday morning social media:

    I have a family thing today so late Sunday social media will likely be just around the time the episode starts tonight. The episode will start on time (CBS has the early NFL playoff game).

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