In the Season 9 premiere episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, while the team gets a new boss, Executive Assistant Director Shay Mosley (Nia Long), Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) is still mourning his wife. Living in a trailer on the beach, it appears that Sam is giving up on his career as he tells his partner Callen (Chris O’Donnell) to find a new partner.
In Season 8, Sam’s former CIA agent wife Michelle Hanna (Aunjanue Ellis) was kidnapped and used as bait to get Sam’s nemesis Tahir Khaled (Anslem Richardson) released from prison. The plot worked. Tahir was released but Michelle wasn’t. She was kept in a portable freezer and died from carbon dioxide poisoning. While Tahir stole her body and threatened to dismember her, her body was eventually discovered intact. NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays at 9:30pm on CBS.