In 2019, Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Deeks on NCIS: Los Angeles, wrote a milestone episode for the show. The 250th episode featured more information about Hetty’s backstory and her life, when a former black ops agent that she trained returns for revenge.
Now that the show is in its 13th season, will Olsen be back in the writer’s room to pen another episode? In a 2019 interview with CarterMatt, Olsen spoke about his thoughts on writing more NCIS: Los Angeles episodes.
“If [the executives] were to say ‘yea, let’s give the kid another shot,’ I’d love to do that. It’s such a fun exercise and I know the mistakes I made the first time around and I have ideas on how to fix them.” He went on to state that there were scenes cut from his script that he knew would fit into other episodes. Could NCIS: LA possibly revisit some of those scenes? Were they included in the following seasons without fans even knowing?
When asked if he was workshopping any other ideas, Olsen replied, “I think I probably have about 15 episodes written in my head right now.” We can only hope that those ideas get put down on paper and onto our screens eventually.
The 250th episode, “Mother,” was generally well-received. It was dark and violent, mirroring the violence that Hetty experienced and put the antagonist through as a child. Olsen wrote the episode brilliantly, and it’s clear he has potential to be a regular writer on the show, if he wants.
‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Eric Christian Olsen is Writing Another Episode
While it’s not regular writing credit, he is getting the opportunity to write again for NCIS: Los Angeles season 13. Olsen and his on-screen wife, Kensi actor Daniela Ruah, are writing and directing the episode, respectively. He’s apparently penning the 19th episode, and it’s possible he’ll be writing another milestone, with the 300th episode coming up. There is no title released yet; we have some time to wait, as the season is only on episode 3.
In the 2019 interview, Olsen did share that creative writing was one of his passions. “I knew that this was something I wanted to do,” he said. “I think that muscle, as you know, was one of the favorite parts of my education — creative writing. Then, you get your job and you kind of lose that.”
With the busy schedule on NCIS: Los Angeles, it’s no wonder he didn’t have time to write. But Olsen is back in the saddle, and it’ll be exciting to see where he takes the show in his episode. His previous episode explored dark themes: loss, abandonment, violence, and revenge.
Will he stick to the same pattern? Since he’s not a regular writer on the show, he’s had to flex his character knowledge. But, Olsen is a skilled writer and actor; fans have faith in him.