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"NCIS: Los Angeles" Familia (2011)

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NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 2: Episode 24 -- Hetty's sudden resignation prompts Callen and the NCIS team to investigate the reason why she would disappear in the hopes of tracking her down.


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Original Air Date:
17 May 2011 (Season 2, Episode 24)
Hetty turns up in Prague and proffers a message. G and Sam investigate; Eric and Nell help. G, Sam, Kensi, and Deeks go to Prague, find a lead, and follow it to Romania, where G has a flashback, and Hetty delivers the message. [Continued.] Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen

Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye

Eric Christian Olsen ... Marty Deeks

Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale

Renée Felice Smith ... Nell Jones

Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange

LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna

Rocky Carroll ... Leon Vance

Claire Forlani ... Lauren Hunter

Cristine Rose ... Alexa Comescu

Robin Atkin Downes ... Prague Henchman

Adam Tsekhman ... Grigore Comescu

Jilon VanOver ... Luca (as Jilon Ghai)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dylan Boyack ... Kid

Dane Justman ... Sniper

Rob Locke ... Big Guy

Angelina Lyubomirova ... Luca's Floozie (as Angelina Lumir)

James Ryen ... Suit Guy

Hans Schoeber ... Older Man

Michael G. Welch ... Bernie Fisher

Craig Robert Young ... Dracul Comescu

Grant Garry ... Prague Hoodlum (uncredited)
Joseph G. Quinn ... Jenkins Smith (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Whitmore Jr. 
Writing credits
Shane Brennan (created by)

Shane Brennan (written by)

Joseph C. Wilson  story editor

Produced by
David Bellisario .... producer
Shane Brennan .... executive producer
R. Scott Gemmill .... executive producer
Gil Grant .... consulting producer
Christina M. Kim .... supervising producer
John Peter Kousakis .... executive producer
Frank Military .... co-executive producer
Chad W. Murray .... associate producer
Lindsay Sturman .... supervising producer (as Lindsay Jewett Sturman)
Rick Tunell .... co-producer
Erik Whitmyre .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Victor Hammer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lise Johnson  (as Lise Angelica Johnson)
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
Rhonda O'Neal .... key hair stylist
Trefor Proud .... makeup artist
Brooks Stenstrom .... hair stylist
Production Management
Christopher J. Molnar .... post-production supervisor
Rick Tunell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen D. Brennan .... dga trainee (as Kathleen Doise)
Troy Brown .... second unit director
Molly Rodriguez .... second second assistant director
Suzanne Saltz .... second assistant director
Ellie Smith .... first assistant director
Art Department
James Addink .... art department coordinator
Mike Brooks .... construction coordinator
Jill Carvalho .... set dresser buyer (as Jill S. Coverdale)
Scott Cockerell .... set dresser
Lance Larson .... assistant property master
Ron Licari .... assistant property master
Steven B. Melton .... property master
Evan Regester .... graphic designer
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser (as Trevor Rudolph)
Krista Schoenbaum .... construction assistant
Sound Department
Wilson Dyer .... sound supervisor
Chris Elam .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Fisher .... sound effects editor
Chris Haire .... sound re-recording mixer
Ross Levy .... utility sound technician
Andrew Morgado .... adr mixer
David Schneider .... sound mixer (as David M. Schneider)
Special Effects by
Donald Frazee .... special effects supervisor (as Don Frazee)
Visual Effects by
Dylan Chudzynski .... visual effects supervisor
Kelli Barksdale .... stunt double
Troy Brown .... stunt coordinator
David Castillo .... stunt performer
Eric Linden .... stunt double: Chris O'Donnell
David Castillo .... stunt double: Jilon Ghai (uncredited)
Victor Favrin .... stunts (uncredited)
James Ryen .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Matt Cohen .... computer/video engineer
John C. Cole .... key grip (as J. C. Cole)
Todd Csernecky .... best boy electric
Kathleen Farry .... second assistant camera: a camera
Frederick Iannone .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Fred Iannone)
David Jarrell .... gaffer (as David B. Jarrell)
Matt Kennedy .... still photographer
Ryan 'Sparks' Lynch .... set lighting technician
Russell McElhatton .... camera operator: "a" camera
John Scott Mills .... digital imaging technician
Casting Department
Krysti Baxter .... casting assistant
Meredith Fordney .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Halperin .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jacob Tillman .... on-line editor
Eric Wilson .... assistant editor
Patrick Woodard .... colorist
Location Management
Arthur Edmonds III .... key assistant location manager
Jason Savage .... location manager
Roger Fath .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
James S. Levine .... composer: theme music
Michael Mason .... music mixer
Mark Wike .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
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
Russell Dague .... production coordinator
Jimmey Donchey .... script coordinator
Megan Doyle .... production staff
Dave Kalstein .... executive 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)
Lucas Paul .... production assistant
Adam Rex .... production assistant
Dana Scanlon .... assistant to executive producer
Osama Shofani .... technical advisor (as Osama Shofani USMC Ret.)
Laura Starks .... assistant production coordinator
Kelly N. Stephens .... production assistant
Diana Valentine .... script supervisor
Bernadette Valer .... second assistant accountant
Tim Clemente .... consultant (uncredited)
Darce Florio .... voiceover/looping (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 CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Sound Mix:

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Leon Vance:[as he's about to enter his username and password] You don't have keystroke recognition software installed on this computer, do you Miss Jones?
Nell Jones:[Nell types on the keyboard] No, sir.
Leon Vance:I'm pleased to hear it.
[Enters his info]
Leon Vance:Done.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Season 2: Settles in a bit and makes for a decent enough by-the-numbers fare, 24 July 2011
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I may have mentioned that my partner works quite hard and, while I would love to watch more shows like Deadwood and Game of Thrones, the truth is that at times you do just need to switch off and have some time where your brain is not required. Enter stage left NCIS: LA – a show that has the decency to allow you to watch it without really having to be at the top of your game. If you miss a bit of the plot, you'll not need to worry because the characters are frequently explaining key bits to one another to help you keep up and, in case you are at risk of dozing off, there are frequent loud bits of running and shooting to remind you that the TV is on. This is the sort of TV she needs at the end of the occasional very long day and it is the reason I find myself back here for a second season.

Having watched a first season that seemed happy to go by the numbers I knew what to expect and the show didn't surprise me by doing anything different. Some shows will use a successful season and a solid audience to push the boat out, try to add new things, make it more interesting; however the majority will not do this and will instead try to keep delivering the same formula until the audience tire of it – this is NCIS:LA's goal. As before we have weekly cases where the team are drawn in to solve a murder or stop something happening against the clock etc – normally by a mix of technology, asking questions, running, driving fast and shooting. This mix is reasonably entertaining and the sunny locations and cool "no consequences" air does make it easy viewing for those looking for it.

I would have liked a bit more danger, tension or, frankly, guts from the show, but I was not surprised when it never came. It only actively hurts the show a handful of times, when main characters are hurt etc to create a plot but yet are totally fine even while in a hospital bed (specifically Deeks' double shooting at close range seems to have given him little more than a bit of a stiff shoulder). Speaking of plot devices, the show does at time seem to be stretching for a link to the team to justify them being involved (we asked each other several times this season "why are they in charge of this?") but mostly the slick presentation and pace takes over and you stop trying to resist it by clinging to the plot origins. At the end of the season the show suddenly decides to try and have a darker end and (in the final two episodes) reintroduces a theme from the first season as if it was a narrative thread running through the whole show (which of course it is not). This clunks badly and feels so cheap as it cries out "look at this plot – you'll have to come back for more in the next season now", even though it means no such thing and feels stuck on and out of place. Outside of these episodes though, mostly the show works pretty well and it seems to have a confidence in itself that lets it be a bit more slick and a little bit more fun.

The cast are part of the presentation and are part of this confidence. O'Donnell looks like he is battling weight a little (although if I look this good at 41 I'll be shirtless everywhere I go) but otherwise he is engagingly solid. If you think it is unfair of me to talk about an actor and mention his appearance first then talk to the show itself, since it started it. All of the cast are superficial and style first, character second (distant second). LL Cool J is not as good a presence as I hoped – he feels hemmed in and a little emasculated; it doesn't help that he looks a bit too plasticy for his own good – not alleging anything with that remark, I'm just saying he has a weird look to him. Of course any suggestion that LL has had plastic surgery is blown out of the water by the addition of Forlani to the cast – her face looks terribly affected by botox, surgery or something. I'm not sure why she is introduced at the end and I really hope that she is not in the third season for very long if at all (especially not if she is the replacement for Hunt, who again is funny and a welcome presence). It may detract from the danger but I liked Olsen's playful flirting and joking – it reminded me to enjoy the show and I thought he and Ruah worked really well together (again, despite robbing some action sequences of actual danger by their bantering). The geeks whose names escape me continue to be used for plot development and comic relief – to mostly good effect.

Overall this season benefits from a bit of confidence and a stronger sense of fun and energy to it, but it never goes too far from what you already know it is. Case per week stuff with slick presentation, good looking cast, cool technology and lots of running with guns. It lacks danger or tension and mostly you'll not care too much about the specifics, but it does the job. You already know what it is and it does it by the numbers throughout the season – you'll not remember it once it is gone but it is solid enough for casual half-watching at the end of a busy day.

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