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NCISLA Classified Preview: “A Tale of Two Igors” (S12E18)

Title: “A Tale of Two Igors”

Airing: May 23rd, 2021

Filming: March 22nd – 30th, 2021

What CBS is telling us: Deeks is kidnapped by an associate of Kirkin’s (Ravil Isyanov) in need of his help and NCIS investigates the shooting of a militarized dolphin equipped with a Russian microchip. Also, Beale makes Nell an interesting offer and Hetty returns

What we think is happening: A dolphin’s been attacked by Russians, Deeks is kidnapped, Kensi is confused about the two Igors, Sam is worried about Aiden, Beale has a Batmobile, Rountree is on top of the Food Truck, Fatima is on the rocks, Kilbride is putting pressure on Nell, and Callen hears about it from both of them. Last but not least – Hetty returns. (And 2 hours before the episode, Eric is answering viewer questions on the CBS Twitter feed!)

Tiptoeing through the “A Tale of Two Igors” guest cast

(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)

Gerald McRaney as Retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride

It has been an Adm. Kilbride season, appearing in a third of this season’s 18-episodes, including last week’s “Through the Looking Glass”.

Sandi Todorovic as Igor Kuznetsov

Todorovic played a Visa Guard in Counterpoint and appeared in a number of short films.

Sisa Grey as Dr. Jennifer Tuala

Grey was Ida in SMILF, Wolfie in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Officer Shepherd in Bosch.  Guest roles include appearances in Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0 (2016), Adam Ruins Everything, I Am the Night, Single Parents and Magnum P.I. (2020).

Denys Toliarenko as Taras

Toliarenko is a Russian actor with international credits.  In the US, he was a reporter in Perry Mason on HBO last summer.

Luke Sholl as Henry

Sholl works regularly in sketch comedy series.

Michael Klesic as Igor Lebedev

Klesic appeared in episodes of NYPD Blue, Murphy’s Law, MI-5, Law & Order: UK, The Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Intelligence, Shameless, Ray Donovan, Fresh Off the Boat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and SWAT.

Ravil Isyanov as Anatoli Kirkin

Poor Kirkin was last seen in “The Noble Maidens” being a noble man.

Written by: Kyle Harimoto and R. Scott Gemmill

Kyle Harimoto wrote “Omni”, “Merry Evasion”, “Chernoff, K”, “Command and Control” (episode 150), “Granger, O.”, “Ghost Gun”, “Kulinda”, “767”, “Se Murio El Payaso”, “Assets”/“Liabilities”, “Venganza”, “Superhuman”, “One of Us”, “Let Fate Decide” (Season 11 premiere), “Decoy”, “Answers” and “Watch Over Me”.  He co-wrote “Three Hearts”, “Leipei”, “Humbug”, both ends of the “Matryoshka” two-parter (part one with Gemmill), “Smokescreen” part two, “Searching” and “Cash Flow”.

R. Scott Gemmill wrote/cowrote “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 5 finale/Season 6 premiere, “Inelegant Heart”, “Praesidium”, “Traitor”, “Active Measures” (Season 7 premiere), “Blame It On Rio”, “Internal Affairs”, “Matryoshka” part one,  “Talion” (Season 7 finale), “High Value Target”/“Belly of the Beast” (Season 8 premieres), “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Under Siege”, “Unleashed” (Season 8 finale), “Party Crashers” (Season 9’s premiere), “This Is What We Do” (episode 200), “Các Tù Nhân”, “Goodbye Vietnam”, “Ninguna Salida” (the Season 9 finale), “Hit List”, “Asesinos”, “Till Death Do Us Part”, “Choke Point”, “The Guardian”, “Hail Mary”, “Kill Beale Vol. 1”, “Alsiyadun”, “Fortune Favors the Brave”, “The Bear” (Season 12 premiere), “Angry Karen”, “Love Kills”, “Russia, Russia, Russia” and “The Noble Maidens”.

Directed by: John P. Kousakis

JPK finally joins the Season 12 party. John P. Kousakis directed “Imposters”, “Sacrifice”, “San Voir” part one, “The Fifth Man”, “Parley”, “Inelegant Heart”, “Chernoff, K.”, “Active Measures”, “The Long Goodbye”, “Talion”, “Glasnost”, “Unleashed”, “Party Crashers”, “This Is What We Do” (episode 200), “Goodbye Vietnam”, “Ninguna Salida”, “The Guardian”, “High Society”, all of the Afghanistan scenes from “Iron Curtain Rising” to “Zero Days” in Season 5 and all of Kensi’s injury/recovery storyline scenes from “The Queen’s Gambit” to “Sirens” in Season 8.

An early viewing tip – CBS has the PGA Championship final round on Sunday.  That is one of the biggest golf events of the year (one of the four “majors”).  There is the possibility that there will be a delay in the ETZ/CTZ.

See you all at the start of Season 13 with hopefully more episodes. Kudos to everyone involved with the program (and most of CBS’s shows) for getting the promised 18-episodes on the air.

Insider Info

Lots of promotion for this week’s finale episode:

From TVLine – In addition to some comments from Scott Gemmill, this article includes a sneak peek!

From TVInsider – an Interview with Renee Felice Smith on Hetty’s return.

From Entertainment Tonight – Eric talks briefly about the fate of our team and whether or not we might see Deeks in Hawaii!


Official Promo Photos: Some of the Promo pictures can be found here at TVInsider. Seat 42f has them all here

Snaps from the Set (and the surrounding areas):




Sneak Peeks:

Season 12 Preview Wrap-up

Well, that’s it for our episode previews for Season 12! It’s been a heck of a ride, and I’m already counting down the days until Season 13 production begins! Thank you to the wikiDeeks crew for inviting me to assemble these here for you all, to Tess for collaborating with me with your guest cast tiptoes, and also to @ericchristianolsenfans on Instagram for teaching me many tips and tricks for finding out all the latest NCIS:LA news as it happens! It’s been so much fun, thanks for having me, and I’ll see you all soon!

Season 12 Reflections from Cast and Crew

From Craig Dobbin – Music Composer


About Lyssa (61 Articles)
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!

5 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “A Tale of Two Igors” (S12E18)

  1. Well, I’m mainly excited to see Hetty take her office back tomorrow, and for what looks like a sassy confrontation with Kilbride (I’ve missed her sass so much!)
    Thanks for covering this Season.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. terrence mcqueen // May 23, 2021 at 4:55 AM // Reply

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  3. Thank you for your hard work Lyssa, once again very interesting. Have to say, after seeing pictures of Deeks in his wetsuit, who wouldn’t want to kidnap him? I would if I could.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Great preview!

    Liked by 1 person

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