NCIS: Los Angeles may not exactly be known for its take on politics but it looks like they’re going to change that in the upcoming 4th season season. Rachel Ticotin is set to guest star on the series as a politician. 

TVLine reports that the actress, perhaps best known for her role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Total Recall, will guest-star in the fourth episode this season. Ticotin will be playing the role of Monica Tenez, a woman described by NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan as “the sort of candidate that everyone would love to vote for this year – and by that I mean, if you looked at the Occupy movement and the general mood towards politicians and their dysfunctionality, here’s a candidate that you would love to vote for.”

Brennan also acknowledged that the episode won’t be one that fans might consider “traditional,” saying that he hopes to “really touch a nerve with the audience in terms of what they think of politicians. We tried to make it very contemporary in that sense.”

Seems like a lot of shows are taking a crack at politics this year, which is no surprise considering that it’s an election year, but I definitely didn’t expect NCIS: Los Angeles to take a stab at it. I used to think that I wasn’t into political shows but then series like The West Wing and Political Animals come along and change my mind. So I’m hopeful that though this will be a different kind of episode than what we’d normally expect from this series, that it will still be a good one. 

I do have to wonder what he means by touching a nerve in terms of what we think of politicians. Most people don’t have a very high opinion of politics or politicians so I can assume that means that this character is going to be one that will do something extraordinary to win us over. Will it be because of something that she does for someone on the team or in general for the rest of the country? I guess we’re going to have to wait and see. 

Are you planning to watch NCIS: Los Angeles‘ politically-themed episode? How do you think they’ll handle the rather unfamiliar subject matter?

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Michelle Carlbert

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV