‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Medalion Rahimi Previews Fatima and Rountree’s Season 13 Storylines

by Suzanne Halliburton

What might Fatima and Rountree, two of the newer full-time characters on NCIS: Los Angeles be up to this season?

We’ll see more of them Sunday night when the show kicks off season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles. The episode is called Subject 17.

And earlier Sunday, CBS tweeted a handful of videos of Medalion Rahimi, who portrays Fatima, talking about what’s up with her character and Rountree (Caleb Castille).

“So what will happen with Fatima and Rountree in season 13,” Rahimi says. “I think that we do get to know them better. We dive into their personal history more. Between them, I think their partnership is stronger than ever. They do face some obstacles — I don’t want to give too much away. But like I said before, they start to dive into the tougher, more difficult aspects of this job. “

Maybe We’ll See More of Fatima/Rountree in This Season’s NCIS: Los Angeles

Chances are, Fatima will do more ops work this season, considering that Nell (Renee Felice Smith) and Eric (Barrett Foa) left the show. She’s great at ops and in the field.

“It’s cool to play the duality of this character,” Rahimi said in a CBS video when she joined the NCIS: Los Angeles cast, full-time. “She’s not only tech-savvy, but she’s also in the field-savvy. She’s a fighter. She loves hand-to-hand combat.”

The NCIS: Los Angeles social media account tweeted a clip of Fatima working in the office, doing research on Russian assets. Take a look:

Tonight’s episode will be Rahimi’s 35th as part of the NCIS: Los Angeles cast.

Rountree came to NCIS: Los Angeles from the FBI. Sam (LL Cool J) took him under his wing. And probably because Fatima and Rountree were the new kids in the office, they bonded.

In the season 12 finale, Fatima told Rountree more about her previous life. She was an actress, but decided to give up the celebrity lifestyle when her best friend died in a drunk driving incident.

Meanwhile, before joining NCIS: Los Angeles, Castille starred in a movie called Woodlawn. It was fitting that his first role was a high school football player. Castille comes from a football family. He was a walk-on at Alabama, playing on the Crimson Tide national championship teams of 2011-12. His dad was an Alabama star and both his older brothers played for the Tide. Castille quit football to concentrate on acting.

Over the weekend, Castille shared some behind-the-scene snaps on his Instagram account.

CBS provided the summary of tonight’s episode: “While Callen suspects Hetty of keeping secrets about his past and Joelle surfaces in her quest to capture Katya, NCIS must track down an informant whose life is in danger. Also, Kensi and Deeks work to expand their family.”

Stay tuned.