‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Is Hetty Leaving the Show Again?

by Joe Rutland

Alright, all of you “NCIS: Los Angeles” fans out there among Outsiders, we have a new question before us. Is Hetty leaving yet again?

We just sat through the new season’s premiere episode on Sunday night on CBS. Those who watch the drama religiously know that Hetty, played by Linda Hunt, spent some time on assignment in Syria last season.

So when Season 13 opens up, we find Hetty needing to go back. Hollis Kilbride, played by Gerald McRaney, isn’t too happy about this situation. But he OKs it.

According to an article from Matt & Jess, another person who is not happy is G. Callen, played by Chris O’Donnell. Callen is just beginning to see how big a role Hetty has played in his life. He has questions, but Hetty’s out the door and headed back overseas.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Moves Forward In Season 13 As Hetty Goes Away For Some Time

It’s cool, though. Callen sends Zasha, played by Olesya Rulin, over to Syria and spy on Hetty.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” had to work around not having Hunt on set last season. She pretty much stayed away due to COVID-19 protocols. Many of her shots for last season were done at her Los Angeles area home. Now, with Hetty over in Syria, some might think Hunt’s time on the CBS drama is over.

Not so fast, my friends. Hunt is still a part of the show, but don’t be surprised if Hetty is off for a period of time.

On Sunday night, “NCIS: Los Angeles” was ready to rock and roll its way across TV sets in the United States. The premiere, though, was delayed a bit as a National Football League game ran over into primetime programming.

Gerald McRaney Loves Doing His Own Stuntwork on Show

Before you go asking your parents or friends about McRaney, know that he’s been a face on many TV shows. A number of Outsiders might remember him from “Simon & Simon” along with Jameson Parker.

Still, McRaney is now part of the “NCIS: Los Angeles” cast as a regular. Heck, he even loves doing his own stunts as he told UPI in an interview. He gest some stunts this season, too.

McRaney said it’s not as much as other cast members but it does happen.

“I guess because I’m not completely old and decrepit,” he said. “It’s a break from reams of dialogue, which are becoming harder and harder for me to learn anymore.”

Keep an eye out for more Kilbride-Hetty moments, too.

In an interview back in August, showrunner R. Scott Gemmill told TV Line that “they’re both very smart and very stubborn, so it makes for a fun and volatile dynamic.”