Horace Kilbride is gruffly running the show on NCIS: Los Angeles. And as a retired admiral, he’s aware of how powerful some of his military cohorts can be among the general public.
We’ll see all that in tonight’s NCIS: Los Angeles episode called “Indentured.”
Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) told Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) about the general as they discuss their next case, which involves the murder of several ATF agents. Callen accuses Kilbride of going out of his way to make the general too “comfortable.” And from clips provided by CBS, Kilbride bristles at the accusation. There’s a reason to tread lightly.
“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.”
How the NCIS: Los Angeles agents treat the general could have a lasting impact the rest of the season.
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Now, here’s the undercurrent of the episode. A right-wing militia is suspected of killing several undercover ATF agents. Sam and Callen get there to find the dead bodies. And the general might have supplied the weapons to the militia.
This is how Kilbride introduces the case:
“ATF believes Meyer is about to sell those weapons to this man, that’s Army Gen. Richard Collins.”
Callen identifies Collins as a “right-wing influencer.” Sam asks, “What was the general going to do with so many weapons?”
Kilbride tells them, “apparently, the general was working with a very large militia group in Arizona.”
And Sam provides some background on the militia in question. “Sons of our Fathers, anti immigrants. Big on election conspiracies. If they heavily arm this militia, that could be a really dangerous powder keg.”
Kilbride only wants he and Sam to interview the general. They’ve served in the military. Callen didn’t.
“I thought the general might be more comfortable with two former military personnel,” Kilbride said.
So, the NCIS: Los Angeles agents need to handle the general quite delicately if they don’t want to risk their careers.
Agents Ponder Whether Kilbride Is Too Close to a Suspect
Here’s another aspect of tonight’s NCIS: Los Angeles plot. The team finds photo of the two of them together. They even fished together. And as Kilbride stands large over the case, the agents ponder whether their leader is showing some bias.
“This case will be handled in a manner that I see fit,” Kilbride said to a questioning Sam.
Sam even complained to Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) that “they won’t let us go after him.”
Check it out tonight. The new NCIS: Los Angeles comes on at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 Central.