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The Fifth Man 

Four men die in an explosion of an otherwise empty diner in Pasadena; all four took part in a program of the Office of Naval Intelligence; the fifth participant, who's someone else, survives; two more die; G and team figure out all of it.


Shane Brennan (created by), Dave Kalstein


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Myk Watford ... Mike Hoffman
Abbie Cobb ... Astrid
Ian Alda ... Dr. Oliver Mathers
Troy Winbush ... George Toretto
Roy Werner Roy Werner ... Rich Man
Wayne Lopez ... Construction Worker
Paul Keith Paul Keith ... Old Retiree
David Magidoff ... College Kid


An eclectic group of four apparently unassociated men, all invited to a meeting, die in an explosion of an otherwise empty diner in Pasadena, California, in the Los Angeles area; all four took part in a program of the Office of Naval Intelligence, which had recruited high-IQ people to play a strategy game; Mathers, the man in charge of the project, tells G and Sam that a fifth man, Hoffman, did not attend the meeting; at Hoffman's pad Kensi and Deeks find the dead body of someone else while a teenage girl, Astrid, slips away; yet another man dies; the team locate Astrid, and Kensi chats with her on a cellphone; Mathers disappears; the team nab Hoffman, who describes Astrid, then the team figure her out; Nell, while playing a game for Hetty, describes a problem; G and Sam meet an official from the Pentagon; the team find Hoffman and Astrid together, and they finish putting the pieces together, then Kensi gets a new poker partner, and Hetty makes a threesome. Written by DocRushing

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

9 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In the casino when approaching the suspect, The four agents pass a table of 4 women that have a comment about each agent, These four women (Ondrea Smith, Julia O'Donnell, Jeanne D. Olsen and Catarina Korn Broder) are their IRL mothers. See more »


When Deeks enters Hoffman's roman, he does it from the left side of the corridor. When Kensi,after chasing Astrid, came in the room, she comes from the right side (as she entered the building from the fire escape). See more »

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Great Show, Lousy Title
11 December 2012 | by ebhickey-551-836677See all my reviews

The only thing wrong with this show is the title. Good story lines, good characters, good scenery. However, they are about as far from the Navy and Marines or just about any military organization they can be. Except for Sam's claims to have been a Navy SEAL they rarely investigate any USN or USMC crimes, unlike the show NCIS where just about anything and everything they do is related to said USN or USMC. They chase spies, gangsters, druggies and bomb threats. Never see them aboard a ship or on a military base. Let's call this show by another name so as not to mislead watchers into thinking it is like NCIS. How about calling it "West Coast Threat Removers," or "LA Crime Scene," or just plain "Government Criminal Investigative Service" or "GCIS."

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