Airing: April 8th
Filming: January 23rd to January 31st
What CBS is telling us: Callen and Sam join forces with Anna Kolcheck (Bar Paly) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), when Arkady Kolcheck (Vyto Ruginis) warns NCIS that a notorious international weapons dealer has returned to the states. Also, the case requires Eric to go undercover as a bank IT technician, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: Eric is back in the field as the Kolchecks and the Russian ganster storylines return.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Bar Paly as Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck
Last seen playing video games and kicking butt in “Se Murio El Payaso” earlier this season.
Vyto Ruginis as Arkady Kolcheck
Costas Mandylor as Abram Sokolov
Svetlana Efremova as Vladlena Sokolov
Tembi Locke as Leigha Winters
Rich Ting as Keith
Mark Bloom as Victor
Amy Stewart as Jen
Everyone here is back from “Mountebank” in late October. Arkady, or course, is a delight. The Sokolov siblings are the Russian gangster (Abram) and his friend of Arkady/gambling doyenne sister (Vladlena). Leigha Winters ran the financial firm tending to Abram Sokolov’s money with Keith, Victor and Jen.
Lucas Kerr as ATF Agent Gary Baker
Was Holden Baxter in the season 14 “M.I.A.” episode of NCIS. Appeared in episodes of Sex and the City, The Bold and the Beautiful, Single Ladies, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI, Days of Our Lives, CSI: Cyber and Chicago PD.
Oscar Best as Elderly Security Guard
Was in episodes of The Mentalist, The Mindy Project and Grey’s Anatomy.
Shayla Hale as Hostess
Guest starred in episodes of CSI: Miami, That Guy, Yellow, Becoming Nia, Sexless and Criminal Minds.
Written by: Jordana Lewis Jaffe, not surprisingly, wrote “Montebank” earlier this season. She also wrote or co-wrote 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: James Whitmore Jr. 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”, “History” and last season’s “Battle Scars”.
Insider Intel: None this week
Official Photographic Evidence: Over at SpoilerTV this week.
Today in having your photo taken with Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen:
Today in having your photo taken with Linda Hunt:
Today in having your photo taken with LL Cool J:
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Dis joker barely fits in the frame! On the real, @llcoolj has exceeded my expectations as a person, actor, and entertainer. He goes by Todd as to be one with the crew bc he is so humble. He’s got mad swag and his acting skills are lit. Us smiling is by no surprise bc we can’t stop laughing. Laughing so hard I’m literally wiping away tears on action. Been awesome working with you man. One in a billion brotha
Tembi Locke is pleased to be back:
Rich Ting is pleased to be back:
And made a friend:
While not listed in the guest cast, look for June Schreiner as Vanessa:
Arkady is a delight!
Possible Sports Related Delays: CBS has the final round of the Masters Tournament tonight. I will update the start time if there is a delay (last year there was a full hour delay) 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).
This should be the final delay of the season. There are no “big ticket” sporting events (football, golf “major” or basketball) for CBS until the summer.
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