‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Deleted Scene Reveals Surprising Details About Nell’s Departure

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Some deleted scenes from NCIS: Los Angeles show just how torn Nell was about leaving the team.

The dialogue is from the 14th episode of season 12. NCIS: Los Angeles called it The Noble Maidens. It was mostly about Anna, Callen’s on-again, off-again Russian girlfriend.

But there’s a subplot. Admiral Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) is putting the big-time push on Nell to take over for Hetty as manager of the NCIS: Los Angeles operations. Hetty is off on some sort of secret assignment in a war-torn region of the world. It’s never specified. And the team wonders if she’ll ever return.

Nell Is Suffering Some Serious Anxiety in this NCIS: Los Angeles Episode

Nell, obviously, is suffering some serious angst at the thought of taking over for Hetty (Linda Hunt). She believes she doesn’t have enough experience or know enough people to be an effective leader. So in a scene that wasn’t included when the episode aired, April 4, Nell (Renee Felice Smith) had a heart-to-heart talk with Kensi (Daniela Ruah).

Nell tells Kensi: “I’m starting to wonder why I picked up the phone when Hetty called.” But then she adds she’d feel guilty if she turned her back on the NCIS: Los Angeles team.

Then Kensi confesses: “You know what I’ve always dreamed of? Being a trail guide. Because you’re outdoors all the time, you’re riding horses, no cell service. No cell service!”

Nell suggests the two can run off and be cowgirls together. And there’s a place they can go — the “Wild Chick Ranch.” Sounds fabulous, right?

You can find the deleted scenes on an Instagram account called EricChristianOlsenFans. The account says it is not affiliated with Olsen, the NCIS: Los Angeles star. He’s Marty Deeks. This account is devoted to Deeks.

The account posted: “These are all the deleted/extended scenes with Deeks and Kensi. There are more, and I may post them all later, in my Dailymotion account- I will let you know when/if I do.”

Take a look:

Fans Now Know That Nell Left the Show

Renee Felice Smith, as Nell, left NCIS: Los Angeles after the season 12 finale. The episode was called A Tale of Two Igors. The title was in reference to a Deeks plot point. A Russian gang, with two Igors, kidnapped Deeks because they wanted him to run their outfit. The plot involved a militarized dolphin. It was mostly comical.

But Nell received another push from Kilbride to take Hetty’s job. But Nell didn’t want it. She turned him down and received the blessing to do so from Hetty herself. Hetty returned from her mystery assignment for one final scene with Nell. And Nell left with Eric (Barrett Foa) to start a security office in Tokyo.

NCIS: Los Angeles season 13 starts Oct. 10. The episode is called Subject 17. Stay tuned.