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Pushback is the seventh episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.


When a flash-drive containing photos is found on the body of a murdered young woman, the OSP team discover that the subject in question is none other than Callen himself, resulting in the re-opening of the investigation into Callen's near-fatal shooting six months. With his team's help, Callen sets out to find out who was responsible for arranging the assassination attempt on his life.

Episode Name OriginEdit

  • The name "Pushback" refers to the looking back over Callen's shooting and digging into something that has for years been left in the past.

Major EventsEdit

  • It's revealed that six months have passed since Callen's near-fatal shooting in "Legend Part 2".


  • This episode wraps up the storyline of Callen getting shot which originally began in the NCIS Season 6/NCIS: Los Angeles pilot episode, Episode:Legend (Part 2).


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
Liisa Evastina Hannil Rostoff

Other CastEdit

Character Actor Role
Arkady Kolcheck Vyto Ruginis Russian liason for Operation Cossack
John Cole Charles Esten Alias assumed by Stanhope after he faked his death.
Ethan Stanhope Charles Esten Former CIA Agent who betrayed Operation Cossack before it even began and attempted to have Callen and Kolcheck killed.
Max Tyrus Played by Gregory Sims Cole's personal bodyguard.
Ricky Taylor Andrew Rothenberg (actor) Former DEA Agent. Is now deceased. He participated in Operation Cossack.
Tanner Played by Andre M. Johnson One of Arkady Kolcheck's bodyguards.
Jax Played by Dylan Kenin

Young G. Callen

Played by Kyle Michael Dietz
Employee Hilary Ward
Young Alina Rostoff Natalie Bessler
Oil Refinery Guard Tony Aaron II Uncredited role.