Eric Beale makes mention that he is scared of hand puppets. His actor, Barrett Foa, appeared in Avenue Q which is very puppet heavy.
Deeks tells Kensi she was a terrible dancer. Daniela Ruah won the first season of the Portugese version of Strictly Come Dancing.
Actor-Shared Background: Both LL Cool J and Sam are heavily into fitness and exercise. J even wrote a book or two about his "Platinum Workout".
Author Existence Failure: Granger's fate will be unknown now that Miguel Ferrer has died from cancer. At the time of his death, he had appeared in the first fifteen episodes of season eight, with nine episodes remaining.
Fake American: Subverted. Though Daniela Ruah had a successful career as a telenovela actress in Portugal and is of Portuguese-Jewish descent (in addition to partial Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Jewish descent), she was actually born in Boston and moved to Portugal (which is where her parents are from) when she was five.
Life Imitates Art: One episode uncovered a conspiracy a company that tests agents to see if they should get top security clearance allowed dozens, maybe even hundreds of people to get access to government secrets. A month later on the same channel60 Minutes airs a report that security testing companies may have allowed a huge number of people within the US government to access secure places when they should never have been given clearance at all.
Unlike the show there was no conspiracy, just a lot of overlooked incidents (one man claimed he "lived in Seattle and worked in New York" and left out the small detail that he had punctured someone's tires with a shotgun; he later killed 12 people in the secure area he worked in) and a need for people with security clearance even if they were clearly unfit (Brad/Chelsea Manning actually told the woman overseeing him that "the [US] flag means nothing and [he] has no allegiance to this country" and later attacked her because she wouldn't get off his back about his suspicious behavior. He kept his security clearance (60 Minutes used her old name and pronouns because this was prior to her transition)).
The Pete Best / The Other Marty: Louise Lombard played Lara Macy in the NCIS backdoor; when the series went into production, Macy was dropped and Linda Hunt's Hetty was added.
Real-Life Relative: The main ship of Deeks and Kensi, becomes quite hilarious when you find out that Daniela Ruah is married to Eric Christian Olsen's stunt double. His stunt double? His brother David Paul Olsen. Not only are they brother and sister-in-law, but her husband is also on set to watch their shipping.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Miguel Ferrer's diagnosis with throat cancer (in which he succumbed to) was written into the series when his character Granger goes into radiotherapy during the pre-teaser scene of "Crazy Train". When Ferrer ultimately passed away due to the disease, rather than having Granger also die, the writers decided to have Granger walk away from everything in pursuit of his own adventures.
"Neighborhood Watch": in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting a movie changed its name to just The Watch and a reality series of the same name about watchmen was apparently canceled; not this episode. A lot of people get shot in a gated community in a sunny state, though none of them were black (a few wear hoodies, though).