‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Alum Renee Felice Smith Hypes Up Patriotic Fireplace Decorations

by Suzanne Halliburton

To Renee Felice Smith, former co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles, nothing says high-end decor than a collection of statues.

And in this case, we’re talking the Statue of Liberty. Someone’s fireplace mantle is stacked with them. And Smith, who played the quirky Nell on NCIS: Los Angeles, decided to share her love with Lady Liberty with her 169,000 followers on Instagram.

She captioned the snap:” ok. this mantle decoration is a sheer brilliance. talk about inspirational!” And Smith tagged Amy Beth Cupp, a lifestyle/decor expert.

Cupp acknowledged Smith for the Instagram props. “Aw! Thank you so much!” she replied to Smith’s post.

As NCIS: Los Angeles fans are well aware, Smith no longer is on the show. She left in late May after the season 12 finale. On the show, Smith played Nell, an intelligence analyst. She and Eric (Barrett Foa) planned on opening a security agency based in Tokyo.

Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) was trying to pressure Nell to take over the office. That was Hetty’s job, but Hetty was off working a case in an unidentified, war-torn country. Nell didn’t decide to leave the NCIS until she spoke to Hetty personally. Hetty gave her approval and Nell decided to follow her heart.

Since leaving the show, Smith is keeping a lower profile. But she still loves to share her life with her fans. She did a book tour to promote “Hugo and the Impossible Thing.” She and her partner. Chris Gabriel, co-wrote the children’s book. Hugo, a French bulldog, was Smith’s first dog and very best friend. A few years ago, doctors diagnosed Hugo with a brain tumor. He was given days to live. But Smith managed to start Hugo’s treatment within days of the original diagnosis.

Hugo survived and thrived for three more years. He died when he was 10.

Meanwhile, NCIS: Los Angeles moved on without Nell, a definite fan favorite. Showrunners elevated McRaney to full-time cast for season 13. And coincidentally, Kilbride received the same promotion he wanted Nell to take.

And McRaney’s Kilbride has been front and center in most of the NCIS: Los Angeles episodes since the show made its season premiere, Oct. 10.

Kilbride killed a CIA operative turned traitor in the last new episode, which ran Nov. 7. It turns out that Kilbride recruited the operative, Laura Song, when she enlisted in the Navy. Song spied on the Chinese Navy for decades, but switched her allegiance to her father’s home country.

Before he shot her, Laura told Kilbride: “You didn’t choose me, I chose you. You were the perfect mark, a man with a broken family, wanting a second chance.”

And then we see that Kilbride carried a photo of Lily in a leather portfolio. Hopefully, NCIS: Los Angeles reveals more of Kilbride’s backstory. The series returns with a new episode called “Sundown” this Sunday. The CBS plot summary says “Sam negotiates and Rountree goes undercover, when a man takes a busload of hostages and threatens to blow it up unless his daughter’s war crimes are posthumously cleared.”