This Sunday’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles will feel like viewers are getting some terrifying, what-if details if real-life headlines played out a certain way.
The episode is called “Indentured.” And the sneak peek provided by CBS lets us know this episode will have another heavy dose of retired Admiral Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) running the show.
Here’s the synopsis of NCIS: Los Angeles provided by CBS: “Sam and Kilbride clash when a case involving an arms dealer responsible for the slaughter of ATF agents leads them to a well-connected colonel and friend of Kilbride, accused of supplying militia groups with guns. Also, Kensi and Fatima go undercover at a rehab facility to question the arms dealer’s girlfriend.”
In Upcoming NCIS: Los Angeles Case Retired General May Be Supplying Weapons to Militia
In this clip, we see Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) walk into Kilbride’s office for information about a new case. Kilbride tells Sam and Callen:
“ATF believes Meyer is about to sell those weapons to this man, that’s Army Gen. Richard Collins.”
Callen says he recognizes him as a “right-wing influencer.” Sam asks, “What was the general going to do with so many weapons?”
Kilbride tells the NCIS agents “apparently, the general was working with a very large militia group in Arizona.”
And Sam knows that militia group. “Sons of our Fathers, anti immigrants. Big on election conspiracies. If they heavily arm this militia, that could be a really dangerous powder keg.”
Callen believes they should have a conversation with the general. But this is when Kilbride says no.
“I have already called Gen Collins’ office and scheduled a meeting for Agent Hanna and me that we need to speak to him,” Kilbride said. Callen wants to know why he’s not included.
“I thought the general might be more comfortable with two former military personnel,” Kilbride said. Callen bristles at the idea of making a general “comfortable.”
That’s when we find out that this general needs to be handled, delicately, for the sake of all their careers.
“I know Gen Collins. He is a highly decorated officer,” Kilbride said. “This is how I want to handle it. … Agent Hanna, we need to proceed with caution. Gen Collins is incredibly powerful and politically well connected. It can mean both of our careers if we mess this up. “
NCIS: Los Angeles is addressing some hot topics. Last Sunday’s episode examined hate crimes against Asian-Americans. Two men beat up a 73-year-old Vietnam War vet. His dad was an LAPD robbery/homicide detective. Kilbride, as a retired admiral, took special interest because the victim, a former lieutenant, served in the Navy.
Last Sunday’s episode drew an audience of 5.6 million, which was down about 200,000 from the season 13 premiere.