Chris O’Donnell, star of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ explains why Callen can’t give Anna That Engagement Ring
Receiving a severed female finger via courier is quite the mind trip for a guy who has been carrying around an engagement ring. But that’s exactly what happened to NCIS: Los Angeles Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) the last time we saw him.
That digit belonged to his ex-girlfriend, CIA agent Joelle Taylor, not his intended, rogue operative Anna Kolcheck (Bar Paly) (Elizabeth Bogush). Katya Vitkoya (Eve Harlow), a Russian obsessed with Anna, has kidnapped her. Meanwhile, another Russian (Alex Portenko) has informed Anna that she is supposed to murd3r Katya. It’s a tad complicated!
To add to the twistiness, Callen’s lingering mistrust of Anna casts a shadow over March 28th’s action-packed mission to rescue Joelle. On the February 21 episode, she went missing, leaving G. with the ring box. In the February 28 installment, when he tracked her down (to a remote house teeming with Russians), she claimed she’d gone into hiding to protect them both from Katya. However, when Anna left to look for Joelle, hoping to elicit information from the woman’s psycho captor, her so-called allies bludgeoned Callen over the head. What’s going on?!
“It’s taken Callen a long time to get to the point where he’s ready to take the next step in his life. He clearly adores Anna and believes the time has come for them to marry. Regrettably, the rug has been pulled out from under him. “He’s learning that he may not know the real Anna or be able to trust her,” O’Donnell says. Nonetheless, “he must set these questions aside and focus on the business at hand.”
Taking care of business, according to the actor, will return Callen to his old “lone wolf” ways, while the rest of the NCIS team assists Anna’s vodka-loving father, Arkady (scene-stealer Vyto Ruginis), who has also been threatened by Katya. It’s all part of a larger puzzle involving a high-level Russian mole, which falls into place between March 28 and April 4 — and eventually involves NCIS boss Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt). “Hetty sometimes jeopardizes her own safety for the greater good,” executive producer R. Scott Gemmill teases, “and may soon find herself needing the team to come to her rescue for a change.”