Title: Live Free or Die Standing
Airing: May 1st, 2022 (At the Usual Time, but don’t miss “Hard for the Money” right before!)
Filmed: March 10th – 18th, 2022
What CBS is telling us: The NCIS team works with DEA Agent Talia Del Campo (Mercedes Mason) to find a missing whistleblower set to testify against gun manufacturers marketing to drug cartels, on the second of back-to-back episodes of the CBS Original series NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
What we think is happening: The terrific Team In-Laws have created us an episode of much mystery! A lot has been kept under wraps. I know Talia is back (yay!), Beale leaves the team wonderful gifts (more yay!), and Gibbs from the DC NCIS team gets name-dropped, which hasn’t happened since Dinozzo appeared in season 7 (still even more YAY! – This gives me hope that maybe we ARE getting closer to a crossover in the future)! Could it be that Eric wanted to acknowledge Gibbs/Mark Harmon since even if we DO get a future crossover, it’d be not as likely to include a Local Boys* reunion?
Tiptoeing through the “Live Free or Die Standing” guest cast
(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)
Mercedes Mason as DEA Agent Talia Del Campo
Welcome back Agent Del Campo after your time on AMC and ABC. Talia was last seen in “The Guardian”, part one of the three-part season 10 finale/season 11 premiere. And since we’re talking about the three-parter, who killed Ellie Simms?
Rick Pasqualone as Martin Henderson
Does a lot of voices for animated series/films and video games.
Had guest roles in Weird Science, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Kirk, Caroline in the City, Moloney, USA High, Vengeance Unlimited, Days of Our Lives, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Friends, Falcone, NYPD Blue, CSI, Charmed, Without a Trace, Blind Justice, CSI: NY, Shark, Crash, Desperate Housewives, All My Children, Glee, Children’s Hospital, The Young and the Restless, Melissa & Joey, Guidance and General Hospital.
Was Cpl. Paul Dafelmair in “Hung Out to Dry”, the second-ever episode of NCIS. Appeared in three episodes of JAG as two different characters, Lt. Kyle in both Smoked and Ares in season one and Capt. David White in season 10’s “Fit for Duty”.
The LL CooJ photo is definitely back!
Goya Robles as Miguel Flores Plays Yago in Get Shorty and had guest roles in The Mentalist and Power Book III: Raising Kanan.
Did I mention the LL Cool J photo is back?
Dan Gauthier as Carlyle Huntington
Played Lt. John McKay in Tour of Duty, Kyle Parks in Sisters, Kent Atkinson in Muscle, Jonathan Mitchell in Courthouse, Matt Liston in Ellen, Dick Harrison in Beverly Hills 90210, Jeff Baylor in Melrose Place, Kevin Buchanan in One Life to Live and Bruce Cooper in Faking It.
Guest roles include Married with Children, 21 Jump Street, Punky Brewster, Room for Romance, Who’s the Boss, Life Goes On, Silk Stalkings, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Winnetka Road, The Cape, Sliders, Friends, Martial Law, Love Boat: The Next Wave, Rude Awakening, Cupid, Jesse, Nash Bridges, Nikki, Will & Grace, Charmed, Still Standing, Oliver Beene, Supernatural, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lost, No Ordinary Family, Make It or Break It, Hot in Cleveland, The Mentalist and Criminal Minds.
Larry Herron as DEA Agent David Ramirez
Had guest roles in episodes of ER, Lie To Me, Numb3rs, Medium, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: LA, Shameless, Modern Family, Adam Ruins Everything, The Brink, Insecure, Life in Pieces, Snowfall and Animal Kingdom.
Played Master Gunnery Sergeant Jason Kelly in the season 8 “Short Fuse” episode of NCIS
Carolina Gutierrez as Emma Ruiz
Guest starred in episodes of Scorpion, Good Samaritans and The L Word: Generation Q.
Alicia Urizar as Isabella Cruz
Played Amber in Welcome to My World. Guest starred in episodes of Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Longmire, Code Black and For the People.
Was Gabriella in the season 14 finale “Rendezvous” NCIS episode.
Pam Trotter as Loretta Dawson
Guest appearances in episodes of Son of the Beach, All of Us, Boston Legal, My Name is earl, Everybody Hates Chris, Dollhouse, Chuck, HawthoRNe, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Austin & Ally, Happy Endings, Wendell and Vinnie, Kirstie, Melissa & Joey, Murder in the First, The Middle, Stitchers, Life in Pieces, The Goldbergs, One Day at a Time (2018), The Goldbergs, The Mick, Superstore, Good Girls, American Princess, Stumptown, Atypical, Good Trouble, General Hospital, Tacoma FD and As We See It.
Sheila Wills as Thelma
Was Angie in B.J. and the Bear, Joan Hopkins in Days of Our Lives and Rita Barton in Generations.
Guest roles include Marcus Welby MD, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, What Really Happened to the Class of ’65, Baretta, Switch, Battlestar Galactica (1978), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Quincy, Galactica 1980, CHiPS, McClain’s Law, The New Odd Couple (1982), The Jeffersons, The Powers of Matthew Star, Webster, Stir Crazy, The A-Team, The Bold and the Beautiful, Cagney & Lacey, Hunter, Family Medical Center, Knots Landing, Shannon’s Deal, Swamp Thing, Beverly Hills 90210, 7th Heaven, Scrubs and All American.
Brian Leigh Smith as Bomb Tech Aaron Roberts
Smith returns as Bomb Tech Aaron Roberts from “Mother” but also appeared as a police officer in “Overwatch” and was a wingman in “The Bear” season 12 premiere.
Duncan Campbell as NCIS Special Agent Castor
Was in the first part of the Sunday, May 1 doubleheader.
Written by Eric Christian Olsen who also wrote “Mother” in season 11.
Directed by Daniela Ruah who also directed “Russia, Russia, Russia”, “Lost Soldier Down” and “Pandora’s Box”.
Lots of press for this extra special episode! Entertainment Tonight had a feature on episode number 299, and Eric and Daniela did the morning show press circuit as well.
Official Promo Photos: Available here at Give Me My Remote (MQ)
Shots from the Set (and the surrounding areas):