‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: Season 11, Episode 4: The Team Deals with a Deadly Virus

It looks like this upcoming episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” is going to be intense. In season 11, episode 4 (titled “Yellow Jack”), the crew must contain a plot to release a deadly virus that could cause an outbreak in the United States. In a teaser photo some of the team members are wearing hazmat suits. Terrorists want to use the virus to make people sick and spread the infection to others.  

 LL COOL J (Special Agent Sam Hanna), Wesam Keesh (NCIS Special Agent Ehsan Navid) and Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen) in NCIS Los Angeles Season 11 Episode 4 | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
LL COOL J (Special Agent Sam Hanna), Wesam Keesh (NCIS Special Agent Ehsan Navid) and Chris O’Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen) in NCIS Los Angeles Season 11 Episode 4 | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

In the teaser, Callen (Chris O’Donnell) is shown saying “We might have our first exposure.” Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) says, “This could mean a major outbreak.” Things get worse when another character adds, “The dead will number in the thousands. Military heroes will be tossed like animals in a mass grave.” This sounds pretty bad.

A body is discovered in an alley

In another teaser, we can see things are getting worse, as people are being found dead. Apparently, the virus is starting to spread. In one scene, a body is discovered in an alley. Thankfully the person who found the body didn’t touch it. “Early this morning, an LAPD patrol discovered Grant in the alley. Thanks to the APB, he didn’t touch the body,” said an official at the crime scene.

There’s an attempt to minimize panic

Although it looks like the virus is serious, officials are telling Americans it’s a measles outbreak in order to hide the fact that it might be Ebola. Kensi asks the official (Kaufman) why they’re saying it’s measles, and Kaufman responds, “You know how you don’t shout fire in a crowded theatre? Well, the same goes for shouting Ebola in the middle of flu season. You risk every person with a fever flooding the hospitals and paralyzing our response.”

Deeks was a bit confused by the response, saying, “Wait a minute, isn’t Ebola curable now?” Kaufman says it is curable, but you have to get treated right away. So, if you don’t get the proper medication as soon as possible, there’s little chance for survival. “I just got back from the Congo, where we deployed two new treatments. Mortality rates have decreased but they need to be administered soon after infection.” Kensi has more questions, asking about the likelihood that Grant (the person found in the alley) was really infected. “Are we sure that Grant was infected?” she asked. Kaufman says all of the samples came back positive, so she was sure about the diagnosis. However, Deeks says it looks like Grant most likely died from a gunshot wound and not from exposure to the Ebola virus.

Someone else is found in a cargo container

And if that wasn’t bad enough, someone else was found. The teaser doesn’t say whether this person is found dead or alive or if he was infected with Ebola, but we do know that a person was found inside a cargo container. And it looks like a second person was with him inside the container.

The next episode of NCIS: Los Angeles airs October 20 at 9:00 p.m. EST on CBS.

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