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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Dead Stick” (S14E04)

Title: Dead Stick

Airing: October 30th, 2022

Filmed: August 12th – 22nd, 2022

What CBS is telling us: When Aiden Hanna’s plane crashes and he is accused of being at fault for the accident, the NCIS team must investigate to clear his name. Also, Rountree considers how he wants to handle the aftermath of the incident with the LAPD and Sam finds a new caretaker for his father, on the CBS Original series NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening: 3 generations of the Hanna family converge when Aiden is blamed for the crash of his plane. This episode description sounds like a case straight out of our “Grand-mothership” show: JAG. Harmon Rabb and Sarah Mackenzie were often tasked with investigating cases just like this due to Harm’s experience as a naval aviator before becoming a JAG lawyer. Since our team has met both of them previously (as well as their former boss, Admiral Chegwidden), I hope that there is at least a mention!

Need a recap of last week?: Check out Karen’s Review of “The Body Stitchers” here!

Tiptoeing through the “Dead Stick” guest cast

(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)

Kavi Ramachandran Ladnier as NCIS Reserve Agent Shyla Dahr
Last seen in “Game of Drones”, the season 14 premiere.

Richard Gant as Raymond Hanna
Back from last week’s “The Body Stitchers”.  

Tye White as Aiden Hanna
Back from “Watch Over Me”, the 17th episode in season 11.

Joanna Bacalso as Navy Lieutenant Commander Kristina Hirsch
Bacalsco was Christine on SEAL Team.  Appeared in episodes of Forever Knight, La Femme Nikita (1997), Veronica’s Closet, The Jamie Foxx Show, The District, Son of the Beach and Lost Girl.

Gabriel Burrafato as Navy Commander Jose Espinoza
Guest roles include T and T, The Hitchhiker, Degrassi High, Scales of Justice, Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop, Catwalk, Top Cops, Robocop: The Series, Street Legal, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Due South, Relic Hunter, Switched at Birth, Criminal Minds, Extreme Measures, You’re the Worst, The Young and The Restless, The Boys, 9-1-1, Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder and The Lincoln Lawyer.

Ryan Radis as Jake Primiani
Played Beckett in Ray Donovan.  Appeared in episodes of Days of Our Lives, House, Mr. Sunshine, Partners, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and was Andrew Lewis in the “Fake It Until You Make It” NCIS season 15 episode.

Christopher Amitrano as Navy Maintenance Master Chief Brian Frazier
Played Officer Hollis on ER.   Was a Local LEO in the “Daughters” episode of NCIS, the season 16 finale.

Guest starred in episodes of Third Watch, NYPD Blue, 24, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, Jane the Virgin, Shameless, For the People, Hawaii Five-0 (2019), All Rise, Good Trouble and The Lincoln Lawyer.

Sean Freeland as Marco Madsen
Guest starred in episodes of Nashville, Constantine, The Game, Ozark, The Walking Dead, Layers, Star Trek: Picard and Westworld. Freeland was touting his guest starring gig here.   Brittany Freeth as Navy Air Controller Was in episodes of Heartbeat and General Hospital.  Played a pilot in the “Pledge of Allegiance” episode of NCIS in January.

Erik R. Norris as Patrick
Guest starred in episodes of The League and Touch.

Linara Washington as Nurse Constance Harper
Was Lara Morgan, the nanny for Leon Vance’s children on NCIS and Cassie on Casting The Net.

Appeared in episodes of ER, American Dreams, Jack & Bobby, Cold Case, Prison Break, Without a Trace, Prison Break, Close to Home, Wrigleyville, Standoff, Veronica Mars, Life, CSI, Castle, Ghost Whisperer, Private Practice, The Defenders, Touch, Masters of Sex, Code Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Madam Secretary, Station 19, Monogamy, Criminal Minds, Dirty John, Shameless, The Rookie and 9-1-1: Lone Star.

Written by:  Lee A. Carlisle wrote or co-wrote “Golden Days”, “Reentry”, “Into the Breach”, “Concours D’Elegance”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Sundown” and “Pandora’s Box”.

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”, “Signs of Change” and “Fukushu”.


Official Promo Photos 

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Check out photos of “Dead Stick” here! (new photos added since initial post!)

Shots from the Set (and the surrounding areas): 



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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!

3 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Dead Stick” (S14E04)

  1. Interesting. I hadn’t thought ECO was in this one, but it sure looks like him and his brother rescuing someone from a burning car.


    • Are you referring to that last Instagram post? The post was made during the filming of this episode, but the caption says “photo dump” so it is possible it is a collection of photos from different episodes. I probably should have specified that! Whoops!

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