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Ambush is the eighth episode of NCIS: Los Angeles Season One.


A young Marine reservist is brutally murdered in a fish aquarium, prompting OSP to investigate his death and the team are stunned when they discover that the victim's death is also connected to a case that Special Agent Mike Renko is investigating to a dangerous militia group, the Enhancing Law Enforcement or ELE. As they struggle to find the Corporal's murderer and recover six stolen anti-tank missiles while preventing ELE from launching their next attack against illegal immigrants, the whole situation soon escalates into a highly tense stand-off with a lot at stake and has Special Agent G. Callen caught in the middle. Meanwhile, Hetty is in Washington, D.C., attending a Senate hearing.


Main Characters

Name Portrayed by Occupation
G. Callen Chris O'Donnell Special Agent-in-Charge, NCIS:OSP
Kensi Blye Daniela Ruah Special Agent, NCIS:OSP
Sam Hanna LL Cool J Special Agent, NCIS:OSP
Henrietta Lange Linda Hunt Operations Manager, NCIS:OSP
Nate Getz Peter Cambor Operational Psychologist, NCIS:OSP
Dominic Vail Adam Jamal Craig Special Agent, NCIS:OSP

Recurring Characters

Name Portrayed by Occupation
Eric Beale Barrett Foa Tech Operator, NCIS:OSP
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS
Mike Renko Brian Avers NCIS Special Agent
Thompson Jeronimo Spinx NCIS Special Agent

Guest Characters

Name Portrayed by Notes
Malcolm Tallridge Michael Reilly Burke The founder of ELE/Enhancing Law Enforcement
Scott Riley Brian Letscher Corporal, USMC
Jay Owen Beckman A member of the militia group
John Bordinay Richard Brake Tallridge's second-in-command
Secretary of the Air Force Steven M. Gagnon Friend of Hetty's whose first name is Desmond
Congressional Staffer Jennifer Chang
Capitol Policeman Cory Tucker
Jamie Fred Salmon Uncredited

Detailed Summary

Major Events


  • Enhancing Law Enforcement would later be mentioned in the Season 3 episode, Touch of Death.
  • During the episode, Hetty remarks to Director Leon Vance that the last she'd heard was that Macy was working out of a Quonset hut in Djibouti, although this was later contradicted in the NCIS Season 7 episode, "Patriot Down" where it was revealed that prior to her murder, Macy had been working with a task force in Marseille, France.
  • The episode name "Ambush" refers to the supposed ambush of the militia group during the episode.