When NCIS LA agent Sam Hanna makes the difficult decision to move in with his father Raymond, he faces an uphill battle.
The long-running CBS drama will air its 300th episode at the end of this week, and it’s shaping up to be one of the series’ most powerful entries yet. After learning that his father has Alzheimer’s disease, NCIS: Los Angeles agent Sam Hanna (played by LL Cool J) will leave his houseboat to care for him, though he may have bitten off more than he can chew.
The most recent NCIS: LA promos have hinted at a strained relationship between Sam and his father, Raymond (Richard Gant).
Sam has made the difficult decision to leave his houseboat and share a home with his father in order to care for him as his condition deteriorates.
This will be the first time NCIS fans have met Raymond, and the recent sneak peek confirms their relationship is as tense as his absence suggests.
In the new commercial, Sam enters Raymond’s room and says, “Too much house for one person.”
“Yeah,” Raymond responds. “This from a man who lives on a boat.”
Sam’s wife Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis) was murd3red at the start of season nine, and his children are at boarding school.
He decided to sell his house and buy himself a houseboat, which he named Michelle.
However, only a few years later, he is forced to make another major life-changing decision when he realizes his father requires assistance in caring for himself.
“I don’t live on a boat any longer, Dad,” Sam says.
Although Raymond agreed to the move, he can’t help but wonder what his late wife would think of her son living with his father again.
“You know, I can’t imagine what your mother would think,” Raymond reflects.
Sam’s mother has been presumed d3ad since the agent was introduced in the first season of NCIS: Los Angeles in 2013.
He now provides a touching insight into her personality by arguing that she would support their decision to sell his childhood home.
“She’d think it’s time to pass that house down to the next generation,” he contends.
“The buyers have two children; they’ll enjoy growing up there as much as I did.” I believe she would enjoy living with us. It would please her.”
“Yeah, I suppose,” Raymond admits, and their conversation comes to an awkward end when Sam offers anything else his father might require.
Sam abandons him for the time being, but viewers may see their emotional barriers begin to crumble in the coming episodes.
It’s unclear how many episodes Raymond will appear in, but he could become an important part of Sam’s life outside of the NCIS office in future seasons.
Unfortunately, it may take them a little longer to adjust to living in the same house and resume acting like father and son.
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