NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )
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Blame It on Rio 

The team helps NCIS agent Tony DiNozzo track down a money launderer who escaped just before being brought into his custody.


Dennis Smith


Shane Brennan (created by), R. Scott Gemmill | 1 more credit »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen
Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye
Eric Christian Olsen ... Marty Deeks
Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale
Renée Felice Smith ... Nell Jones
Miguel Ferrer ... Owen Granger
Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange
LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna
Michael Weatherly ... Anthony DiNozzo
Bobby Lee ... Rio Syamsundin
Cassius M. Willis Cassius M. Willis ... NCIS Special Agent Russell Wallace (as Cassius Willis)
Laird Macintosh ... Plastic Surgeon
Al Coronel ... Homeland Security Officer
Danielle Bisutti ... Sarah Taylor
Samantha Cutaran ... Flight Attendant


Tony DiNozzo shows up at the LA office to ask for help. It seems like he was sent to pick up a prisoner, a money launderer who was caught in Asia and being brought to the US so that he could them what he knows about his clients some of whom are terrorists. But when the Marshall who was bringing him arrives at the airport, they discover the man he is with is not the man but a double. Apparently while in flight the Marshall was drugged then the prisoner changed places with the double. They track the man down but some men show up with guns and the man gets away. Apparently one of his clients doesn't want him to talk. Written by

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Release Date:

19 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode makes Michael Weatherly the third actor to appear in all three NCIS shows. The first two were Pauley Perrette and Rocky Carroll. See more »


When Kensi looks at Dinozzo's phone she queries him "Gibbs?" indicating she doesn't know who he is. But during the spinoff episodes from NCIS "Legend" (S06E22&23) Gibbs visits the NCIS-Los Angeles facility and meets Kensi among others. So she should know who he is. See more »


Owen Granger: [walks up behind Eric & Nell in the Ops Center] . Ahem.
Eric Beale: [taken by surprise] Granger. Director. Assistant.
Nell Jones: He's been talking backwards all morning. I'm pretty sure it's a software issue.
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References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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13 November 2015 | by tdfugereSee all my reviews

I'll preface this by saying that this is the only NCIS series I've seen, and have been binge watching it after seeing the cross-over episode with Hawaii Five-O. Therefore, DiNozzo was an unknown to me. So many of the episodes have been getting repetitive with the ultra-serious war on terror. It was great to have a little (lot) of levity. Comedy in a drama series can sometimes be hard to pull off, but this was done beautifully, upping Deeks's goofiness and Sam/G's banter. Kensi rarely has the opportunity to match Deeks's roving eye for the opposite sex, so her flirting with DiNozzo is a little payback at worst, and at best, keeping her "ship" with Deeks under wraps, since Deeks himself protested the "ship" to DiNozzo. Fun to have an episode where the bad guy wasn't really so bad, even if his over-the-top character was *way* over the top (which is why it was so funny). Favorite episode of the series, quite honestly. Enough that it prompted me to come here and write this!

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