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Guest Star Goodness

Guest Star Goodness: NCIS “A Desperate Man” 

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

In an episode that went hardcore on matters of love and loss, there were a several great guest stars. Unfortunately, a few of them were a bit underused. I wish we could have seen them do more. Jaleel White

He was Martin Thomas, one-half of the couple that populated the opening scene. The not-so-lucky husband and wife stumbled upon the body of the victim of the week. Jaleel was looking great, wasn’t he? Anyone who’s anyone knows White played the iconic nerd Urkel (and his smooth alter ego Stefan Urquelle) on the late 80s/90s sitcom Family Matters. Most recently, he’s appeared on various shows including House, Psych and The Game.

Ion Overman

Ion Overman played Jaleel’s wife Jane Thomas in the very first scene of the episode. While her primetime credits include The L Word, Desperate Housewives and The Ghost Whisperer, Ion’s roots are in daytime. She’s starred on Young and the Restless but I will forever worship her for being part of the Port Charles cast after it transformed itself into a supernatural-themed soap that featured werewolves, vampires and angels. Overman played good girl nurse Gabriella turned bad girl vampire. Port Charles is one of my favorite soaps of all time.

Louis Ferreira

Louis Ferreira did a great job of playing the distraught husband of the victim. We really got a sense of Metro Detective Nick Burris’ grief over losing his wife. Ferreira has a talent for playing intense and he was definitely that when he arrived at the crime scene to see his wife’s body and as Burris kept pushing Gibbs and co. to find her killer. Ferreira is a veteran of the small screen. Most recently, he had a series regular role on Syfy’s Startgate: Universe. On SGU, he was Colonel Everett Young. But believe it or not, I know him best from his roles on a couple of short-lived series: The Fighting Fitzgeralds and Hidden Hills.

Michael Beach

It was great to see Michael Beach. Would have loved if he had had more to do. He was also a Metro Detective in the episode. He was the supportive partner to Nick Burris; Dinozzo also made fun of his last name which just so happened to be Flowers. Beach rocks in pretty much everything he does. Most notably, he starred as Doc on Third Watch; and has guest starred on such shows as The Game, Brothers & Sisters, ER and Sons of Anarchy. His big screen work includes playing Angela Bassett’s ass of a husband in Waiting to Exhale.

Enrique Murciano

Photo Credit: Sonja Flemming/CBS

The return of CI-Ray meant the return of Enrique Murciano. Including “A Desperate Man,” he’s appeared in three NCIS episodes. After what went down, I don’t think we’ll be seeing the CIA agent back on the show any time soon. Murciano is, of course, best known for his role as Danny Taylor on Without a Trace. But he also starred in the two-part Lifetime TV miniseries, Marry Me, along with Lucy Liu and Steven Pasquale.

NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.

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