Peter Cambor on NCIS: Los Angeles Future: It's a Mystery!

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On Tuesday night's NCIS: Los Angeles, OSP psychologist Nate Getz returned from his secret assignment, only to leave again by episode's end for ... the same unknown locale.

So where is Nate? Will he be back? Is creator Shane Brennan planning an open-ended, ongoing story arc with Peter Cambor's character like we saw last season with Agent Vaile?

"I don't think this is the last you'll see of Nate," Cambor tells TV Guide.

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Nate is gone ... but for how long?

"It's kind of a big mystery," the actor says, shrouded in mystery. "If there's not a bullet in my head, I'm not gone. It's left open-ended for some reason. That adds to the mystery."

Cambor says he's been sworn to secrecy by Brennan, who first pitched the storyline to Cambor last year: "I was like, 'Oh, that's different than what I thought it was going to be.'"

"But I totally understand the reasons. It's just part of the deal."

"It's a really exciting profession in the sense that you don't know what the next day's going to bring. It can be awesome, crazy, surprising and scary, but that's part of why I signed up. In a strange way, being an NCIS agent is a microcosm for the entertainment business."

For those NCIS: LA viewers dying for answers about what Dr. Getz is up to, Cambor suggests reexamining some of Nate's body language in the most recent episode.

"In 'Borderline,' when you see Nate, he's been through something," the actor says. "He's got what the other agents have: he's got a little bit of the thousand yard stare. He's learning how to use a gun, and there's a reason for that."

So is Nate in training to become a full-fledged agent? He flirted with that idea last season, and the answer ultimately may lie with Hetty (Linda Hunt), Cambor says.

"Hetty definitely has everything to do with it," he says. "She was watching Callen [Chris O'Donnell] for a long time before he became an agent. She pulls the strings when they need to be pulled, and she knows when people are ready."

Wherever Nate's headed - Callen's hint suggested Iraq or Afghanistan - look for him to be there a while. Cambor's status on the show has been changed from series regular to special guest star, ensuring viewers won't see him every week.

Cambor promises even greater changes in his character, though.

"Nate is going to continue to change and evolve, and it's going to be a long road between here and what happens to him. I'm really excited about how this all played out."

Where do you think Nate is, and how will it change him? Will you miss him on NCIS: Los Angeles in the meantime? How are you liking the series so far?

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I loved the realism Peter Cambor brought to his character. Having grown up with a parent in the psychology field, I think the personality he gives his character is very much typical of someone in that field. It seemed genuine. Also, I liked the profiling aspect of each case that is now missing in each episode. It was one of the things that made this show different from the original NCIS. The new short girl has got to go! No, no no, she is way too annoying and not even close to filling the shoes of Nate Getz. Bring Nate Back!


The only advantage to the loss of the character Nate is that now Peter knows that despite the small bones the powers that be threw him; the fans recognized and appreciated his talent and ability. Peter should find a show that will use and appreciate his abilities and then tell NCIS - LA to kiss-off and laugh as their fan base dwindles.


I do miss Nate's role. Though he's not an agent, he's a good psychologist. He's really important, and he has good interactions with others!How let he go? Now his role has some changes (turns into a greater agent or something? with a mission) I do wish to see Nate again!


I love Nate! Bring him back FULL TIME not this "special guest star".


It give him something to do I say go for it


Please bring Nate back-donot like the new girl.


Please do not take Peter off the show; really enjoy Nate he adds lots to the show.


I think if the writers had given him more 'meat' to a story line it would have worked out better for the actor. Unfortunately, his position was too vague. His position was never utilized. On the other hand, the character of the new guy (the LA cop) has already been established as part of the team.


I disagree with the comments that peter cambor's role was anything but someone who took up space.What did he add to the show or any story line?Nothing.All his character did was stand adround and stare.The writers never did give him any substance to his role.Compare NCIS LA to NCIS.Everyone on NCIS is sharply defined.My only criticism is give Jimmy more air time.He's so very good!On ncis la, Cambor never did have any real contribution to the story lines.Just my opinion.


Here we go again. The kiss of death befalls NICIS-LA as it did House and every other good show. Why do writers coninually shoot themselves in the foot? Stop tinkering with a winning formula. Nate was a critical part of the team. When he is gone, so is my loyalty to the show

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