NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: Major inaccuracy in G Callen’s backstory exposed

G Callen (played by Chris O’Donnell) and Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) bowed out of NCIS: Los Angeles’ most recent season in typically dramatic fashion as they lent a helping hand to JAG alumni Sarah ‘Mac’ Mackenzie (Catherine Bell). The impromptu finale proved the CBS drama is still as popular as it’s even been, raking in millions of viewers as the season drew to a premature close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic shutting down production.

Fans will undoubtedly be re-watching previous seasons in the time before the next series rolls around as they refresh their memories on what Callen and Sam have been up to over the past decade.

And for those already familiar with G Callen’s antics and life prior to joining the crew, they’ll know his upbringing wasn’t the easiest.

The NCIS: LA stalwart has made no secret about spending his youth in and out of foster care.

In fact, Chris O’Donnell’s character has often left colleagues and other characters stunned by revealing he spent time in 37 foster homes throughout his childhood.

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: Huge error in G Callen

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: Huge error in G Callen’s backstory (Image: GETTY/CBS)

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: Chris O'Donnell

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: Chris O’Donnell (Image: GETTY)

He was entered into the system after his mother fled from his home country of Romania when he was a toddler.

His father had been working for the KGB while his mother was a CIA officer, which resulted in his parents becoming involved in several unsavoury feuds.

It was a feud with the Comescu family which ultimately resulted in Callen’s parent’s deaths.

Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt) was the CIA handler of Callen’s mum but was unable to save her.

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: G Callen and Sam Hanna

NCIS Los Angeles plot hole: G Callen and Sam Hanna (Image: GETTY/CBS)

When brought over to the USA, Callen clearly didn’t adapt to life in the social care system as he’s reiterated the longest time he ever spent in one home was three months.

However, one eagle-eyed fan has pointed out that Callen’s recollection of his childhood years has opened up a rather glaring plot hole in his backstory.

Taking to online forum moviemistakes, the fan explains the maths simply doesn’t add up.

The NCIS: Los Angeles fan said: “It is said G. Callen has lived in 37 foster homes between the ages 5 and 18,”

They continue: “The longest ever having stayed in one is 3 months.

“5-18 is 13 years, meaning even if he had lived 3 months in EVERY foster home, it’d have to be a minimum of 52 foster homes.

“Since 3 months was the longest, it is logical that the others were shorter, therefore, the number would have had to be much higher.”

Could Callen simply have mixed up his timings or is it a clear error in the character’s history?

Hetty returned to Callen’s life in his teenage years and took him under her wing.

After spending time working for the CIA, Callen soon moved to NCIS.

It was here where he met Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Sam Hanna and many years later, became the ruthless agent fans see today.

NCIS: Los Angeles season 11 is available to stream on CBS All Access now.