How CBS' FBI Used Photoshop To Perfect A Twist For OA

Zeeko Zaki as OA on CBS' FBI
(Image credit: CBS)

Spoilers ahead for Episode 20 of FBI Season 4 on CBS, called “Ghosts From The Past.”

Only a couple of episodes are left before FBI’s fourth season comes to an end, and “Ghosts From The Past” was another rough one for OA. Not long after his fear of sarin gas was triggered and his partner was hospitalized due to her exposure, he struggled to cope with the reappearance of an old enemy on the tenth anniversary of an army friend’s death. Nina thought that he was imagining connections that weren’t there when he was convinced that a man named Tamir who he’d chased in Afghanistan was back, and she wasn’t alone. OA turned out to be right, and thanks to a Photoshop job, FBI guaranteed that the reveal was a good twist. 

Tamir Hazara was a target who OA and his unit chased for a long time in Afghanistan, and he was convinced that he wasn’t dead after seeing somebody who looked an awful lot like him in a restaurant. He couldn’t get close enough to be absolutely sure, and it turns out that the show’s graphic designer went the extra mile to guarantee that viewers couldn’t be absolutely sure at first either. The Wolf Entertainment Twitter account shared some behind-the-scenes trivia about the storyline:

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Graphic designer Anastasia Vasilakis used Photoshop to alter actor Fawad Siddiqui’s appearance just enough to sow some seeds of doubt about Tamir’s identity for OA, who already was dealing with the doubts of his coworkers. Kudos to OA for sticking to his guns even when nobody else thought that he was right, especially since that might have been different if Maggie was still on active duty as his partner instead of recovering from the sarin gas. (You can rewatch that game-changing episode with a Paramount+ subscription.)  

OA’s expertise and experience with Tamir turned out to be the key to catching him and saving lives before he could quite literally disappear underground again. There was a pretty incredible sewer fight scene that might have been more than a little cathartic for OA, who probably needed a win at this point. He also received apologies from both Jubal and Nina for doubting him, and Nina’s speech about stress hiding away for years before rising up to cause problems resonated with her temporary partner, and he was ready to open up to a therapist about what he’s been going through.

This rough episode for OA comes after actor Zeeko Zaki led the casts of all three FBI franchise shows in celebrating some very good news. FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International were all renewed for two more seasons, bringing the FBI season count up to six, the Most Wanted count up to five, and International up to three. It was especially good news in light of how soon the finales are on the way for the 2021-2022 TV season. All three FBI shows will air their finales on Tuesday, May 24 starting at 8 p.m. ET with FBI (opens in new tab) on CBS.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.