Can you believe NCIS: Los Angeles is already filming its 250th episode? Wow! The cast just celebrated the milestone with a giant cake and moving speeches. NCIS: LA premiered in 2009 as the first spinoff from NCIS, which was itself a spinoff from JAG. As we know, NCIS: LA just finished up a two-part JAG reunion that was left open-ended.
At any rate, the NCIS: Los Angeles team gathered for some 250th episode celebration speeches, as shared on set by actress Daniela Ruah (Kensi Blye):
Here's actor LL Cool J's (Sam Hanna) speech from the video:
I think that this is just a testament to all of you guys and your hard work, the energy, the commitment, the dedication you put into this thing every day. So many -- like Scott had alluded to earlier -- so may unsung heroes. It's not just about the people in front of the camera, a lot of people behind the camera made this possible. I just want to thank the cast and crew and the whole entire team, everybody here. I'm happy to be part of this, and appreciative and grateful. It's amazing, so congratulations.
Daniela Ruah's video didn't include any previous speeches, but it sounds like NCIS: LA showrunner R. Scott Gemmill made a speech right before the cast said a few words.
Special Agent G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell) followed LL with a nod to teamwork:
The crew always says to us 'We're happy to be along for the ride.' I'm happy to be along for the ride! I know this cast is all happy to be along for the ride. It doesn't work without, as Todd [LL Cool J] likes to say, teamwork makes the dream work.
Daniela Ruah also shared more photos -- including cake eating -- from the big celebrations. Swipe through to see all of her great pics:
Sure, Grey's Anatomy just celebrated its 350th episode this week, but 250 is not too shabby for the second spinoff from JAG. NCIS: Los Angeles just started Season 11 with that JAG reunion, and now we're approaching Episode 4, "Yellow Jack," which will air on Sunday, October 20. It looks like that will be Episode 244, so we're still a few weeks away from seeing the big milestone Episode 250.
Also, I'm still confused by the Kensi and Deeks tease NCIS: LA showrunner R. Scott Gemmill gave about Episode 2, but maybe future episodes will elaborate on that front.
So far, NCIS: LA has had some amazing returning guest stars in Gerald McRaney, Bill Goldberg, and JAG's David James Elliott and Catherine Bell. We know Vinnie Jones and Steve Valentine are coming for a "bloody brilliant" episode that I thought might be Episode 4 but it looks like it's coming November 3 as Episode 6.
NCIS: LA Season 11 continues Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. Here's to 250 more episodes?