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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Fukushu” (S13E02)

Title: Fukushu
(Note: Google Translate tells me Fukushu means “Assistant” or “Associate” in Japanese)

Airing: October 17th, 2021

Filmed: July 26th – August 3rd, 2021 (Production 13×02)

What CBS is telling us: NCIS takes the case personally when an LAPD officer’s father, a beloved elderly Japanese American veteran, is the victim of a vicious hate crime, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening: Lots of emotions fly while the team searches for the suspect who committed a hate crime.


Tiptoeing through the “Fukushu” guest cast

(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)

Christopher Sean as LAPD RHD Detective Jack Tanaka
Was Paul Narita on Days of Our Lives, Gabriel Waincroft in Hawaii Five-0 and Bing Lee in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.  Had guest roles in You, The Bay, The Mindy Project, Hollywood Heights and The Bold and the Beautiful.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Craig Tanaka
A longtime working actor who played Lt. AJ Shimamura in Nash Bridges, Capt. Terry Harada in Hawaii, Satoshi Takeda in Revenge, Hiroki Watanabe in Lost in Space (2018) and Nobusuke Tagomi as The Man in the High Castle.

Guest roles include The Wizard, MacGyver (1987), The Colbys, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hotel, Miami Vice, Superboy, Moonlighting, Alien Nation, Mission Impossible (1989), Hardball, Baywatch, Raven, Renegade, Space Rangers, Thunder in Paradise, Babylon 5, Cybill, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996), Stargate SG-1, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Vengeance Unlimited, Seven Days, Walker Texas Ranger (2000), Heroes, Beyond the Break, Hawaii Five-0 (2011), Teen Wolf and The Librarians.

Sebastian Sozzi as LAPD Detective Matt Guerrero Was The Falcon in My Generation, Vinny Cruz in Blue Bloods, Diego Carranza in The Red Line and Cole from Fear the Walking Dead.  Played Kevin Deacon in the terrific “The Arizona” episode, the Season 17 accidental finale, of the mothership.

Guest appearances include Third Watch, Six Degrees, The Black Donnellys, Law & Order:  Criminal Intent, Law & Order, House, Ironside (2013), Castle, Dynasty (2017), Criminal Minds and All Rise.

Jose Yenque as Navy Captain Carlos Fuentes Played Darrell Ray in Days of Our Lives and Gabe Herrera in The Division.  Was Officer John Alcala on JAG.

Appeared in episodes of The X-Files, Chicago Hope, Nash Bridges, Providence, City of Angels, ER, NYPD Blue, Angel, Presidio Med, The Agency, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, Lincoln Heights, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Nip/Tuck, Law & Order: SVU, Lost, 1600 Penn, Lucifer and The Last Ship.

Obi Ndefo as Joyner
Played Bodie Wells on Dawson’s Creek and Rak’nor in Stargate SG-1.

Guest starred in episodes of Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine, The Wayans Bros., The Jamie Foxx Show, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Angel, Star Trek: Voyager Columbo (2000), The District, Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, Half & Half, The West Wing and Beauty and The Baller.

In August of 2019, Ndefo, as a pedestrian, was hit by a drunk driver.  He lost both of his legs around the knee.  Video about his recovery here.

Dashiell Connery as Jason Quinn
Appeared in an episode of The Rookie and Animal Kingdom.  Connery is the son of actors Jason Connery and Mia Sara (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) and grandson of Sean Connery.

Peter Holden as Benjamin Strauss
Was Don Yolk in Brainstorm.  Played a Vector Control Worker in the Season eight “Royals and Loyals” NCIS episode.

Was a guest star in The Wonder Years (1993), The Pretender, Frasier, Charmed (2000), Philly, CSI (2002), The Division, Miss Match, 10-8: Officers on Duty, The District, 24, Scrubs, Cold Case, Bones, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Ghost Whisperer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Scandal, Castle, Matador, Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan, Lethal Weapon, Chances, SEAL Team, Lethal Weapon, Good Girls and Goliath.

Michael Fitzgerald as Billy Strauss
British actor with many BBC credits including Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders.  Played Oliviero Carafa in Borgia.

Tyler Capri Clark as Molly
Had guest roles in episodes of Modern Family The Catch, Timeless, I’m Dying Up Here, SWAT, Station 19, Good Trouble, The Affair, Why Women Kill and The Haves and Have Nots.

Duncan Campbell as NCIS Special Agent Castor
Last seen learning sign language in “Signs of Change” in Season 12.

Written by:  Kyle Harimoto wrote “Omni”, “Merry Evasion”, “Chernoff, K”, “Command and Control” as 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” , “Watch Over Me” and “Cash Flow”.   He co-wrote “Three Hearts”, “Leipei”, “Humbug”, both ends of the “Matryoshka” two-parter, “Smokescreen” part two, “Searching”, “A Fait Acompli” and “A Tale of Two Igors”.

Directed by:  Dennis Smith directed “Fame”, “Standoff”, “Rocket Man”, “Cyberthreat”, “Exit Strategy”, “Patriot Acts”, “Out of the Past” part one, “The Livelong Day”, Between the Lines”, “Deep Trouble” part two, “Black Budget”, “Black Wind”, “Blame it On Rio”, “Defectors”, “Matryoshka” part one, “Granger, O”, “The Queen’s Gambit”, “Hot Water”, “From Havana With Love”, “Plain Sight”, the lighthearted “Monster”, “Superhuman”, “One of Us”, “Smokescreen” part one, “Decoy”, “Mother” (episode 250), “Alsiyadun”, “The Bear”, “Angry Karen” and “Signs of Change”.

Insider Info

Gerald McRaney popped onto The Talk this week. The appearance was not episode specific, but he speaks a bit about Admiral Kilbride’s character, as well as a few of the other characters he’s played across 40+ years of television work. You can check it out on both the CBS website and Paramount Plus (His section starts at 22:25)


Official Promo Photos: Check them out here at SpoilerTV

Shots from the Set (and the surrounding areas): 




Sneak Peeks

(All 4 Sneak Peeks are in this single video)

About Lyssa (71 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!

1 Comment on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Fukushu” (S13E02)

  1. Enjoyed another great preview, thank you Lyssa. I appreciate you separating the spoilers and bts stuff from all the others. There are spoilers out there for so many episodes they run into one for me. Easily confused I guess. Not sure what to make of ‘Fukushu’. Whatever happens will be a surprise to me, always is.


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