G Callen, the leader of NCIS LOS ANGELES, is still no closer to apprehending the Russian spy who has been tearing his life apart with cutting-edge deep fake technology.
In the latest NCIS: Los Angeles season 13 clip, Special Agent in Charge G Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell) is more convinced than ever that Katya (Eve Harlow) is the one stealing his identity. The popular NCIS spin-off will return to CBS next Monday, and the new teaser shows a concerning exchange between Callen and fellow agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J).
In a sneak peek at episode 12, Callen reveals that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has still not been able to track down the origins of the deep fake that has been plaguing the team, putting an end to his hopes of solving the case.
To recap, in season 12, the team was duped by a convincing impersonation of Special Agent Fatima Namazi (Medalion Rahimi).
They later discovered a deep fake of Callen had also been created and concluded that whoever is behind the sinister sabotage must already be familiar with the team.
Now, the terrifying impersonator appears to have returned after the agent received a strange call from Dr Hodge (Tom Virtue), following up on a video appointment Callen insists never happened.
The most recent episode ended with Callen speaking with the deep fake version of himself, confirming that whoever is behind the scheme has met him before.
Callen is now convinced that Russian spy Katya is the one stealing his identity, and her scheme is most likely related to his relationship with Anna Kolcheck (Bar Paly).
During the most recent promo for episode 12, Murmuration, Sam confronts a worried Callen while weighing his options.
“DARPA’s media forensics team hasn’t had any hits on a deep fake,” Callen informs his partner.
“Isn’t that a good thing?” Sam responds.
Katya only needs to wait for Callen’s deep fake to draw Anna out of hiding before making her move.
Unfortunately, the lack of new deep fakes suggests that the forensic team may be unable to pinpoint Katya’s location.
Furthermore, if DARPA fails to identify any flaws in the existing recordings, they will not be any closer to shutting down the deep fake.
“Well, the better we get at finding flaws, the better the program gets at fixing its mistakes,” Callen explained.
“It’s invisible because Katya is constantly updating it.” She’s never going to stop.”
If Callen’s suspicions are correct, Katya will not stop until Anna is permanently removed from the picture.
Fortunately, it appears that the team leader’s budding relationship with the Russian operative is still going strong, as he will pay another visit to Anna in Napa in the next episode.
Last season, Katya began her vendetta against Callen and Anna by kidnapping and torturing another of the agent’s ex-girlfriends, Joelle Taylor (Elizabeth Bogush).
She hasn’t been seen in person since the 2019 episode The One That Got Away, and her thick fake smokescreen isn’t going away anytime soon.
The Russian spy is clearly insane and dangerous, but will the NCIS: Los Angeles team be able to track her down and stop her before the season ends?
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