NCIS: Los Angeles season 9 episode 18 video: Sokolov’s return; Arkady comedy

John M. JacksonNCIS: Los Angeles season 9 episode 18 is airing on CBS this Sunday and judging from the sneak peek that CarterMatt has for you below, signs point towards this being a fantastic, funny episode of the show. After all, we’ve got Arkady in a towel and a mission that is going to cause the entirety of the team to shake up the plan.

In this clip, you can see Hetty, Kensi, and Deeks trade some banter with Callen plus Arkady as they learn a little bit more about Sokolov’s return to the city … but Arkady really wins us over here with his antics. (Also, Hetty’s reaction to Arkady is all sorts of amazing.) He’s one of the best recurring characters right now so having him around is always a treat. It’s also going to be nice to get Anna back into the mix, even for a brief appearance since she hasn’t been around that much this season. All of this suggests that we’re getting a Callen-focused episode with some nice side stories for some other characters, as well.

With that in mind, we turn now towards Eric Beale and what’s going to be one of the most important missions for him this season. With Sokolov’s return comes many different hurdles, and one of the biggest ones is just finding the right person to send in undercover. Sam can’t really bring back his old persona anymore given that it wouldn’t make sense; meanwhile, many other characters have already been made as NCIS. This is how Eric ends up becoming the primary candidate. For a storyline it’s great to get this character doing something a little bit different from his behind-the-scenes duties working alongside Nell. Those scenes are fun, but in order for some of these episodes to stand the test of time you need to be able to differentiate some of the episodes from each other. “Vendetta” looks on paper to be a memorable hour; now, we just have to see if it lives up to some of the hype.

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