‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Renee Felice Smith Gives Look at What’s Provoking Her Imagination

by Suzanne Halliburton

Let’s check in with NCIS: Los Angeles alum and fan favorite Renee Felice Smith. What is she musing about this week?

As her fans know, Smith loves to share on social media, whether it’s vacation snapshots, dog photos or cute decoration tips.

On Thursday, the former NCIS: Los Angeles star was pondering a quote from one of the United States most creative minds. She posted a photo of a brown leather binder embossed with an uplifting kind of statement: “An idea is salvation by imagination.:

And she captioned said photo: “pretty much” complete with a Frank Lloyd Wright hashtag..

NCIS: Los Angeles Fans Don’t Want to Let Go of Nell

It’s difficult for NCIS: Los Angeles fans to forget sweet, brilliant Nell Jones, who was one of the unit’s intelligence analysts. She almost became the new Hetty (Linda Hunt) at the end of last season. Instead, her character and Eric (Barrett Foa) left Los Angeles to open a security company in Tokyo. Hetty provided her blessing for Nell’s change of career and geography. Seeing Nell and Eric drive off in Eric’s fancy news sportscar definitely was the most shocking part of an otherwise tame season 12 finale.

And just about every time Smith shares a snapshot, or an inspirational quote on Instagram, an NCIS: Los Angeles fan expresses his/her bitterness that Nell no longer is on the show. It’s difficult to forget a character who was on the show for 253 episodes. Her Thursday post generated back-to-back replies. “Please come back to NCIS Los Angeles season 13,” one fan wrote. Another quickly added: “NCIS Los Angeles season 13 is horrible without you.”

Here’s a Quick Catch Up on the Series

We don’t think it’s horrible by any stretch, but NCIS: Los Angeles definitely has a different vibe without Nell and Eric. The main cast continues solving crimes. You catch glimpses of their personal lives. Like Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) are planning to expand their family with a foster child. Meanwhile, Callen (Chris O’Donnell), who was a foster child, is trying to figure out what happened to him in his earlier years. Did Hetty groom him for a spy career when he was in middle school? Looks like it.

Fatima (Medalion Rahimi) and Rountree (Caleb Castille) are this year’s new Nell-Eric. But both Fatima and Rountree do field work. Fatima went undercover with Kensi, pretending to be drug addicts at a rehab center. She had a fabulous fake fight with Kensi. Meanwhile, in the latest episode, Rountree pretended to be a newspaper reporter to help scope out a bomb on a bus.

So NCIS: Los Angeles chugs along with its ensemble cast. Ruah also is directing. CBS announced Thursday that one of her directed episodes has an air date. It’ll be Jan. 2. The episode is “Lost Soldier Down.” And the summary: “NCIS investigates the apparent suicide of a Navy intelligence officer who leapt to his death after taking LSD. Also, while Kensi is away, Deeks makes plans to redo the backyard without her input.”

As always, stick with Outsider for more NCIS: Los Angeles details.