“FBI: International” showrunner Derek Haas saw in the real-life stories of FBI agents an interesting dynamic to highlight on his show. In the relationship between Scott Forrester (Luke Kleintank) and Jamie Kellett (Heida Reed), audiences can see the real tension that often plays out between FBI agents, who marry each other with surprising frequency, perhaps due in part to the unique demands of their jobs.
In a recent interview with TV Insider, Haas explained that the will-they-or-won’t-they question for Forrester and Kellett was answered before the series began. But that’s just when things started to get fun.
“Yeah, we thought that was an interesting way to do it,” Haas said. “We had been reading about how many FBI agents marry other FBI agents. What were the dynamics that would cause that? To us, it was, well, the only people that can really understand what you do on the job are the people that are on the job, and so that makes really powerful relationships.”
“And just to be different, we thought, what if they got together right before our series started and what complications would that bring about?” he added. “That’s what we’ve been exploring.”
‘FBI: International’ Showrunner Teases New Episode
In the most recent episode of “FBI: International,” Forrester got a little overprotective toward Kellett. After leaving her behind in the office in a previous episode, he’s now trying to sideline her in this one in order to keep her safe. But Kellett won’t take that lying down, as the showrunner explained to TVLine.
“She’s along for the ride this time, and Forrester is still nervous about her being in harm’s way,” Haas said. “So he’s trying to sideline her, which you just can’t do. It’s kind of like [with] an athlete, if you play cautiously, that’s the way you get injured. You can’t have her back, but not fully back. That’s where they come to a head.”
Haas’s comments suggest that his efforts to protect her backfire and put them both in danger. But to find out what happens, you’ll have to watch. Full episodes of the CBS show are available here.
Show Addresses Conflicts Inherent in Relationships on the Job
But just because some FBI agents marry their colleagues doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always a good idea. Haas added that “FBI: International” will address some of the challenges that come with having relationships at work. Among the complications for Forrester and Kellett: he’s her supervisor.
“Those factors are going to come into play, especially as these episodes head towards the winter finale,” Haas said. “We’ve arced it out through 13 episodes so far and the Forrester-Kellett relationship and all those dynamics are not going to go unnoticed. It becomes a big part of the storyline.”
At the end of the day, “FBI: International” tries to bring some realism to its fictional storylines. So audiences can glimpse through Forrester and Kellett some of the same struggles that real FBI agents have faced, albeit in highly dramatized form.