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"NCIS: Los Angeles" Random on Purpose (2009)

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Original Air Date:
24 November 2009 (Season 1, Episode 9)
A Navy chief petty officer dies of a slashed throat; he worked with a highly classified technology; Callen and company investigate. Abby, from Washington, DC, lends a hand, gets into a mess, and solves 15 murders, then G zaps the bad guy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Decent production quality, boring story, bad acting and disastrous characters but some creative ideas, underground but anecdotic elements, convincing and malicious Linda Hunt See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen

Peter Cambor ... Nate Getz

Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye

Adam Jamal Craig ... Dominic Vail

Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange

LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna

Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance

Pauley Perrette ... Abby Sciuto

Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale

Kris Lemche ... Tom Smith

Sean Wing ... Ted Brock

Dawn Stern ... Gretchen Jenkins

Tanya Clarke ... Magda McEllon
Adrian LaTourelle ... Frank McEllon

Kinga Philipps ... Steampunk Barback

Matt Lasky ... Steampunk Bartender

Taja V. Simpson ... Female Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mathew Dunlop ... Steampunk in Doorway (as M.R. Dunlop)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Steven DePaul  (as Steven De Paul)
Writing credits
Shane Brennan (created by)

Speed Weed (written by)

Produced by
David Bellisario .... producer
Shane Brennan .... executive producer
R. Scott Gemmill .... executive producer
Gil Grant .... consulting producer
John Peter Kousakis .... co-executive producer
Matt Pyken .... consulting producer
Lindsay Sturman .... supervising producer
Rick Tunell .... co-producer
Erik Whitmyre .... associate producer
Original Music by
James S. Levine 
Cinematography by
Victor Hammer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lee Haxall 
Casting by
Susan Bluestein 
Jason Kennedy 
Production Design by
Thomas Fichter 
Art Direction by
Anthony D. Parrillo  (as Anthony Parrillo)
Set Decoration by
Michele Poulik 
Costume Design by
Darryl Levine 
Makeup Department
Nickole Jones .... key hair stylist
Kelly O'Leary .... additional makeup artist
Rhonda O'Neal .... key hair stylist
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Brooks Stenstrom .... hair stylist
Chris Burgoyne .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Christopher J. Molnar .... post-production supervisor
Rick Tunell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric A. Pot .... first assistant director
Ellie Smith .... second assistant director
Christopher Wolfe .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Brooks .... construction coordinator
Jill Carvalho .... set dresser buyer (as Jill S. Coverdale)
Scott Cockerell .... set dresser
Lance Larson .... assistant property master
Steven B. Melton .... property master
Justine Wu .... On-Set Dresser
James Addink .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Ron Licari .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Evan Regester .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser (uncredited)
Krista Schoenbaum .... construction assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wilson Dyer .... sound supervisor
Chris Elam .... re-recording mixer
Chris Haire .... re-recording mixer
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
Phillip W. Palmer .... production sound mixer
Kevin Fisher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Robin Harlan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Patrick Martens .... boom operator (uncredited)
Sarah Monat .... sound (uncredited)
Randy Singer .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Donald Frazee .... special effects supervisor (as Don Frazee)
Visual Effects by
Dylan Chudzynski .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Le Blanc .... computer graphics playback (uncredited)
Rodrigo Washington .... cg supervisor (uncredited)
Troy Brown .... stunt coordinator
Matt Thompson .... stunt double
Bill Young .... precision car coordinator
David Castillo .... stunts (uncredited)
Brennan Dyson .... stunt double: LL Cool J (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... water safety (uncredited)
Mandy Kowalski .... stunts (uncredited)
Eric Linden .... stunt double: Chris O'Donnell (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Cohen .... computer/video engineer
Todd Csernecky .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Colin Edwards .... grip
Kathleen Farry .... second assistant camera: a camera
Frederick Iannone .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Fred Iannone)
Ryan 'Sparks' Lynch .... set lighting technician
Russell McElhatton .... camera operator: "a" camera
Steve Alessi .... grip (uncredited)
Tony Bendt .... best boy grip (uncredited)
John Scott Mills .... digital imaging technician (uncredited)
Jacqueline J. Nivens .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Goble .... casting assistant (as Meredith Fordney)
Anthony J. Kraus .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melanie Ghisays .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Chris Tracy .... post-production coordinator
Eric Wilson .... assistant editor
Patrick Woodard .... colorist
Location Management
Tony Salome .... location manager
Dorion Thomas .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
Josh Klein .... composer: additional music
James S. Levine .... composer: theme music
Mark Wike .... music editor
Transportation Department
Dawn Ballou .... driver
David Bassett .... transportation coordinator (as Dave Bassett)
Other crew
Christopher Billig .... main title design
Royce Binion .... stand-in: LL Cool J
Erin Broadhurst .... assistant to executive producer
Tim Clemente .... consultant
Russell Dague .... production coordinator
Jimmey Donchey .... script coordinator
Tom Holzhauer .... production assistant
Tom Holzhauer .... set production assistant
Dave Kalstein .... story editor
Matthew Klipper .... production accountant
Justin Maradiegue .... multimedia coordinator
Chad Mazero .... assistant to executive producer
Dana M. Michaelsen .... first assistant accountant (as Dana Michaelsen)
Laura Starks .... assistant production coordinator
Diana Valentine .... script supervisor
Speed Weed .... executive story editor
Daniel Beck .... stand-in: Chris O'Donnell (uncredited)
Jamila Farwell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vanessa Gibson .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Peter Kelley .... acting coach: Chris O'Donnell (uncredited)
Adam Rex .... production assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shane Brennan  creator

Lori Seaman .... stunt driver (2009)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles A. Vogeler .... 24 frame video operator (2009)
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Abbey Sciuto, performed by 'Pauley Perrete', is currently the only character that has appeared in JAG and subsequent spin offs. She appeared in "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" in JAG, stars in NCIS. Now she's appears in "Random on Purpose."See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While talking to the Abby, the Phantom mentions that she's in her late 20s. By the time that NCIS (the original one) started Abby had already worked there for a little while and had obtained both a bachelors and a masters degree prior to that. On average it takes 4-5 years to obtain a BS and another 3-4 for the MS. This would mean that upon getting her MS she would have most likely been between 25 and 27. This episode was released during the 7th season of NCIS. That means that Abby's age has to be at the very least 32 during this episode (unless she was a prodigy who graduated early).See more »
Special Agent Sam Hanna:Flagstaff PD found footprints in the dust. Same size. Same pattern. Abby's right. The Phantom's real.
Special Agent Kensi Blye:My god. I am buying that woman a beer.
Special Agent G. Callen:I'll buy her a brewery. But I still need to know why McKellon.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "NCIS" (2003)See more »


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3 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Decent production quality, boring story, bad acting and disastrous characters but some creative ideas, underground but anecdotic elements, convincing and malicious Linda Hunt, 12 December 2009
Author: igoatabase from France

I had never seen the show before and decided to watch this episode for two reasons. First because of a Gothic-punk featurette with Abby Sciuto, a character from NCIS. Moreover on Wikipedia she's described as "a paradox wrapped in an oxymoron smothered in contradictions in terms" so I thought her profile could be interesting. Second the episode summary I read mentioned patterns and a serial killer which instantly reminded me of Dexter. These elements intrigued me but now that I've seen Random on Purpose I wish I had done something else.

The production quality was correct even if I noticed some bad lighting. The major issues were the story and acting. The investigation was boring and following the male characters running all around wasn't even entertaining. However I admit that the filming and editing were dynamic and original at times. I specially liked how the scenes with the motorbike falling was "first person" filmed. The dual interview was original even if I found it too hasty. As for the acting Linda Hunt did a great job as Henrietta "Hetty" Lange, some sort of mini James Bond's M. But the other performers didn't convince me at all and I was specially disappointed by Pauley Perrette who played Abby.

It leads us to the characters. In general I found their chemistry didn't work but as I didn't know them I probably just couldn't relate. However I'm sure of something, that Abby is silly, antipathic and boring. She's some sort of dark geek, ecstasy powered. She was just too excited and jumpy. It's cute with a little girl but watching a woman acting like that was just painful to watch. So she wasn't the smart and funny babe I hope she would be. The only scene with her I liked was at the "Steampunk" club because I thought its underground universe was believable and refreshing. I specially enjoyed how the clubbers nicknamed the others. "Muggles" if I understood correctly. It reminded me of Harry Potter but I was probably hallucinating. In fact I don't get why the writers didn't focus more on the relationship between the dark scene and the killer. It would have definitely brought some contrast and depth to that too shiny story.

So overall once I'm done with this review I'll quickly forget about it. There were some high-end technology to appeal the geeks, like the large touch screens, but it was nothing like in CSI: NY because it felt like the characters were just showing off. They just didn't look like special agents and in general I wish the show had less muscle and more brain. Moreover Hetty's role was far too anecdotic when she's the only character I really liked.

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