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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Through the Looking Glass” (S12E17)

Title: Through the Looking Glass

Airing: May 16th, 2021

Filming: March 11th – 19th, 2021

What CBS is telling us: When a Naval Intelligence Officer is tortured and murdered, NCIS must work with Joelle (Elizabeth Bogush), who informs them that other CIA operatives are being killed in the same way. Also, Kensi receives a threatening postcard from David Kessler (Frank Military), the sociopath who is obsessed with her.

What we think is happening: The CIA and David Kessler both bring trouble to town and the team fights to save the day!


Tiptoeing through the “Through the Looking Glass” guest cast

(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)

Gerald McRaney as Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride

Back from last week.  A personal note – Kilbride would be perfect in the “Granger”-role.  Arguing with Hetty and the team while supporting them throughout.

Elizabeth Bogush as CIA Officer Joelle Taylor

Back from “The Noble Maidens”.

Scott Christopher as DI Officer Captain/CIA Officer Chris Behr

Christopher played Det. Edmund Kerrigan in the “Blarney” episode in Season 17 of NCIS.  Was Coach Austin in Everwood, Frank Quincy in Granite Flats and the narrator for the series Hidden in the Heartland.  Guest roles include Promised Land, Touched by an Angel, Modern Family and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

Motoki Maxted as CIA Officer Dylan Tatsuno

Appeared in a number of sort series on Facebook and other streaming services.

Brian Thompson as CIA Officer Steven Erdnase

There are several Brian Thompsons, one most famously the alien assassin on The X Files (obviously that where my rooting interest is).

Kate Boyer as ONI Lt. Commander/CIA Officer Susan Sorensen

Boyer has far more credits as a stunt performer, appearing as a stunt person in episodes of Criminal Minds (AJ Cook’s stunt double), Do No Harm (Alana De La Garza’s stunt double), Vegas, Major Crimes, The Following, Sons of Anarchy, The Bold & The Beautiful, The Young & The Restless, Blue Bloods, Scandal (Darby Stanchfield stunt double), Days of Our Lives, Grey’s Anatomy (Sarah Drew’s stunt double), SWAT, Westworld, The Affair (Ruth Wilson’s stunt double), Sneaky Pete, American Horror Story, Euphoria, Legion, In the Dark, Little Fires Everywhere, The Rookie, Yellowstone (Kate Preston’s stunt double), LA Finest, 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Had guest star acting roles Boardwalk Empire, Do No Harm, Revolution, Colony, Lethal Weapon, Blue Bloods, American Horror Story, Shameless and SWAT.

Garikayi Mutambirwa as Federal Agent 

Mutambirwa appeared in episodes of Seven Days, Get Real, Bull (2000), Dawson’s Creek, Kate Brasher, That’s Life, Boomtown, ER, Boston Public, House, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Dirty John, Animal Kingdom, Blackish and Bosch.

Was Salah in Legends of Souls.  Played Augie Breen in the Season 4 “Witch Hunt” episode of NCIS and Edward Lamb in the Season 2 “If It Bleeds, It Leads” NCIS: New Orleans episode.

[‘Blast from the Past’ addition from Lyssa: As mentioned above, Garikayi had a guest appearance on Get Real, aka Eric’s first tv series (1999-2000) – Here’s Garikayi’s character (on the left) telling his friend that Cameron (Eric) is going to get beat up by Trent (James Roday Rodriguez)]

Marta Portillo as Hotel Maid

Appeared in a few short films.

Frank Military as David Kessler

Kessler was last seen leaving his Dr. Lector-style cell in “Raising the Dead” in December.

Rico Aragon as Michael Olmos

Written and Directed by: Frank Military

Military wrote “Little Angels”, “Deliverance”, “Lockup”, “The Job”, “Greed”, “Betrayal”, “Crimeleon”, “Vengeance”, “Out of the Past” Part One, “Rude Awakenings” Part Two, Season four’s finale “Descent”, Season five’s premiere “Ascension”, “Allegiance”, “Spoils of War” (directed by Military), “Black Budget”, SEAL Hunter”, “Rage” (directed by Military), “Unspoken”, “Unlocked Mind”, “Revenge Deferred”, “The Seventh Child” (directed by Military), “Crazy Train”, “Uncaged” (directed by Military), “The Silo”, “Monster”, “Line in the Sand” (directed by Military), Season 10 opener “To Live and Die in Mexico” (directed by Military), “The Patton Project”, “Better Angels”, “False Flag” (the Season 10 finale), “A Bloody Brilliant Plan”, “Code of Conduct” (Season 11 finale, directed by Military) and “Raising the Dead”.

Military directed one episode he did not write, Season 11’s holiday episode “Answers”.


Official Promo Photos: Seen here at SpoilerTV

Snaps from the Set (and the surrounding areas):


Insider Info: Second Assistant Director on NCIS: LA Hillary Cohen and Barrett Foa spoke this week with Good Day LA and CBS Los Angeles about Every Day Action – the charity Hillary started which redistributes would-be food waste from film sets (including NCIS: LA’s) to those in need. (No episode specifics, but check out this great cause to see how you can help!)


Sneak Peeks:

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Hello! I'm Lyssa, and I'm here because I love NCIS: LA and Deeks and being creative and crafty. Whether that's through my writing, postulating what will happen next on the show, or creating photo edits, or cross-stitching the characters, or building custom Funko Pops and their miniature props, I love it all!

3 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Through the Looking Glass” (S12E17)

  1. Frank Military writes excellent episodes, looking forward to this one. This should be good. Yes Kilbride would fill the Granger role very well indeed.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Scott Christopher // May 17, 2021 at 11:23 AM // Reply

    CBS got some info wrong..Scott Christopher actually played CIA Officer Chris Behr and Rico Aragon played Olmos

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you! And fabulous work on the episode! We have noticed errors happen sometimes with the press releases and we try to fix them as we find them, but when it comes to character names, we often don’t know until the episode airs! I’ll fix it now!

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