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Series Name
Season 01, Episode {{{number}}}
Air date November 17, 2009
Written by Lindsay Sturman
Directed by Rod Holcomb
Episode Guide
Episode:Random On Purpose

Ambush is the eighth episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.


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.

Major EventsEdit

Episode Name OriginEdit

The name "Ambush" refers to the supposed ambush of the militia group during the episode.


  • Enhancing Law Enforcement would later be mentioned in the Season 3 episode, 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.


Series RegularsEdit

Actor/Actress Character Role
Chris O'Donnell G. Callen Special Agent
LL Cool J Sam Hanna Special Agent
Linda Hunt Henrietta Lange Operations Manager
Peter Cambor Nate Getz Operational Psychologist
Daniela Ruah Kensi Blye Special Agent
Adam Jamal Craig Dominic Vail Special Agent

Recurring GuestsEdit

Actor/Actress Character Role
Barrett Foa Eric Beale Tech Operator
Rocky Carroll Leon Vance Director of NCIS
Brian Avers Mike Renko NCIS Special Agent

Other CastEdit

Character Actor Role
Malcolm Tallridge Michael Reilly Burke The founder of ELE/Enhancing Law Enforcement.
Private Scott Riley, USMC Played by Brian Letscher
Jay Played by Owen Beckman A member of the militia group.
Secretary of the Air Force Played by Steven M. Gagnon Friend of Hetty's whose first name is Desmond.
Congressional Staffer Played by Jennifer Chang
Capitol Policeman Played by Cory Tucker
Thompson (Ambush) Played by Jeronimo Spinx
John Bordinay Played by Richard Brake Tallridge's second-in-command.
Jamie Fred Salmon