‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Gerald McRaney Says He Hopes Fans See More of Kilbride in the Field

by Suzanne Halliburton

Did you notice the faces of Sam and Callen at the end of Sunday night’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles? They looked stunned, maybe a bit impressed.

After all, there was Kilbride with the collar of Gen. Collins. He gave Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) the what-took-you-so-long shade as he led Collins, the right-wing influencer and future Senate candidate, away in handcuffs.

Being in the field looked good on Kilbride and the 74-year-old McRaney, who portrays him. So will Kilbride get out of the office more, going forward, on future episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles?

“I hope so,” McRaney told TV Insider. “Because I always have fun doing those things. What was it, season before last I guess, that they had me actually involved in a fight scene? That just, even for an old guy like me, sort of loosens up all the creaky joints.”

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Fans Didn’t Get Full Kilbride Experience. But He’s Now the Official Boss

So NCIS: Los Angeles fans didn’t get the full Kilbride treatment Sunday night in the episode called Indentured. But we could see that Sam and Callen were so irritated with him early on that each might’ve wanted to throw a punch. However, they drank some good Scotch with him at the end to celebrate Kilbride’s promotion to full-time boss of the special projects office on NCIS: Los Angeles.

As the episode opened, Sam and Callen were working an investigation with some ATF agents who were trying to bust up a ring of German gun runners. But the Germans figured out that the ATF had an undercover agent in their midst. That started a huge firefight in a warehouse. Sam and Callen were two minutes away when the gun runners finished murdering all seven agents. The last ATF agent told the German leader not to kill him, he had kids. And the ringleader said “they will be orphans now.”

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Agents Quickly Focused on General

Investigators quickly figured out that Gen. Richard Collins was doing business with the Germans. He told Kilbride and Sam he was trying to buy 200 AK-47s to give as gifts to men in an Arizona militia. But the politically powerful Collins said buying guns isn’t illegal. He says he’s stunned to find out that the gun sellers would kill seven federal agents.

The guys back in the office suspected that Kilbride’s investigation was more to clear the general as opposed to find out whether he was guilty. Rountree found a photo of Kilbride and Collins fishing from 13 years ago. They looked chummy. Then Kilbride found out Sam placed a wiretap on Collins’ phone. He canceled it, saying Collins would figure out he was bugged and then no one would receive information.

It all led to the culmination of the NCIS: Los Angeles episode. Kilbride was the first to figure out that Collins already had bought the guns, so he knew where to find the general.

NCIS: Los Angeles returns this Sunday with an episode called Sorry for Your Loss. It’ll also have a gun-running plotline. From CBS: “As Callen continues hunting Katya, Kilbride enlists NCIS to help find a truckload of stolen guns. The assignment becomes more challenging when their suspect, the son of a mob boss they believe was planning to sell them, is found dead.”