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NCISLA Classified Preview: “Best Seller” (S14E11)

Title: Best Seller

Airing: January 15th, 2023

**TIMING ALERT** – We are again airing in the 2nd of 3 primetime slots tonight. Check out the episode at 9pm ET/PT instead of 10pm.

Filmed: October 21st – 31st, 2022

What CBS is telling us: When Sam’s friend Tom Olsen finds himself being hunted down by enemies from his past, the NCIS team must find out who is after him, on the CBS Original series NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

What we think is happening: #marriedcouplegoals Getting to see Daniela and Dave acting on screen together finally is exciting! A literal HALF DOZEN recurring stars joins the team in an adventure to keep Sam’s friend Tom safe after he’s attacked. Well, in this case, the team might just be Kensi, Rountree, and Fatima! – this might be a Deeks-less, Callen-less, Sam-less episode! Maybe not, I’ve just not seen any sign of those three so far. Speaking of married couples, has Tom been remarried since the end of season 8? His wife then was Carol, so I’m wondering if Lauren is a new wife, or a sister, or none of the above?


Tiptoeing through the “Best Seller” guest cast

(courtesy of Tess, many thanks again!)

Erik Palladino as Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Vostanik Sabatino
Vostanik is back from season 13’s “Hard for the Money”.

Bill Goldberg as DOJ Agent Lance Hamilton
Lance is back from season 13’s “Bonafides”.

David Paul Olsen as Tom Olsen
Last seen as Tom Olsen in “Human Resources”.

Lesley Boone as Nina Barnes
Back from “A Long Time Coming” crossover episode.

Natalia Del Riego as Rosa Reyes
Back from “Survival of the Fittest” in November.

Gianni DeCenzo as Luke Austin
Plays Demetri Alexopoulos in Cobra Kai.  Was Owen in the “All or Nothing” season 19 episode of NCIS.

Guest roles include The Middle, The League, Back in the Game, Liv and Maddie and 100 Things to Do Before High School.

Eddie Kaulukukui as Army Col. Tuivasa
Appeared in episodes of The Ex List, Hawaii Five-0, Off the Map, Parings, Criminal Minds, Strange Angel, Corporate, I Know What You Did Last Summer and SWAT.

Daya Vaidya as Marina
Was Nina Inara in Unforgettable, Jen Kowski in Bosch and played Keisha “Summer Diamond” Scott in NCIS’s season two “Pop Life” episode.

Guest starred in episodes of One World, Hyperion Bay, Haunted, Robbery Homicide Division, Cuts, All of Us, Lincoln Heights, Dexter, Two and a Half Me, Twisted, Castle, General Hospital, Major Crimes, Good Trouble, The Black Hamptons and Grey’s Anatomy.

Katrina Begin as Lauren Olsen
Guest roles include Grounded for Life, E-Ring, ER, Gossip Girl, The Agency, No Ordinary Family, Devious Maids, Good Behavior, Rebel, Boomtown, Single Parents and Walker.

Duncan Campbell as NCIS Special Agent Castor
Back from “Blood Bank”.  So he got up.

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” (with Lance Hamilton), “Let Fate Decide” (season 11 premiere), “Decoy” (with Lance Hamilton), “Answers” , “Watch Over Me” (with Lance Hamilton), “Cash Flow”, “Fukushu”, “Bonafides” (with Lance Hamilton), “Come Together” (season 13 finale) and “Of Value”.  He co-wrote “Three Hearts”, “Leipei”, “Humbug”, both ends of the “Matryoshka” two-parter, “Smokescreen” part two, “Searching” (with Lance Hamilton), “A Fait Acompli” and “A Tale of Two Igors” (season 12 finale).

Directed by: James Hanlon who directed “War Cries”, “The Grey Man”, “Kolcheck, A”, “Driving Miss Diaz”, “Command and Control” (number 150), “Angels and Daemons”, “Where There’s Smoke”, “Black Market”, “Tidings We Bring”, “Can I Get a Witness?”, “Cac Tu Nhan”, “A Diamond in the Rough”, “Into the Breach”, “Human Resources”, “Commitment Issues”, “The Nobel Maidens” and “Murmuration”.

On set. Grateful to the crew.


Official Promo Photos: Check them out on our page HERE

Shots from the Set (and the surrounding areas): 



Sneak Peeks:

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!

7 Comments on NCISLA Classified Preview: “Best Seller” (S14E11)

  1. That give this guy an episode of his own but not Eric,That so disrepected to Eric/ and Deeks Fans and yes i know who he is. ECO is a costar though.I will not be watching.

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    • Becca,
      Not only Deeks is missing but Sam and Callen are not in any of the Sneak Peek Clips for “Best Seller”. Having to miss 4 episodes EACH is having a terrible effect on the episodes. It’s no wonder, except for the crossover event, that Los Angeles viewership is down. Plus, Lance and even Sabatino are not good enough actors to fill in for the other 3 stars for NCIS LA.
      I agree that we should have had an EP of Deeks, M. before one with Olsen, T.!


  2. Sarge4501 you are right about the ratings they are horrible this season with good reason. Can’t stand the character of Sabatino just slimy to me. And Lance imho should stick to wrestling cause he can’t act.I really miss the early seasons better writers and better showrunner. Really miss Shane.I am truly afraid that Gemmill had finally killed my favoite show and that this season is it.I really hope im wrong.Between making each actor miss 4 eps and separating Densi even when they were on the same ep was stupid,not to mention the time charge was terrible for the ratings… i hope for ECO next show he is a executive producer so he has some say in how his character is written.

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  3. Watching NCIS la now, this would have been the show that you would have all the main characters there..Sam because of being best friends with Tom, kensi and Deeks because it would have been cool to have whole family there..and callen because he is with Sam..disappointing, what they could have done with this episode..they missed something big , in my opinion..

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  4. Ivelina Plamena Georgievi // January 17, 2023 at 3:16 AM // Reply

    Fans need Densi, Densi moments and Deeks.M episode!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Well Scott Gemmill finally did it. B@st@rd.

    Liked by 1 person

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