The dynamic duo of Wilson and Valentine are back again this season and you can be sure we’re always in for a bumpy and interesting ride! Last week’s episode was light and fun but it was obvious from the trailer we were going to be in for an intense and emotional rollercoaster ride this week. This time more than one member of the team is affected by the fallout of a missing nuclear detection device and only one may wind up taking the blame. Hetty suspects an old colleague (Kelvin Griffin) is the one responsible for stealing the device and his covert actions may now be coming back to haunt her. Granger accuses Hetty of destroying the man’s career at one time which could definitely be the motive behind setting up the possible nuclear destruction of Los Angeles. Hetty’s former actions could mean the grand dame is in a lot of trouble and the team sets out stop the destruction and save Hetty’s career. Tall order!
When the team finds Griffin’s work shop they discover he wasn’t planning a nuclear fallout after all, but an event of mass disruption that would include, panic, economic damage and terror across LA county. Griffin was testing the federal agencies and their response times, protocol and sensitivity of the device. How long would it take to bring down an area of this magnitude? It was all an experiment by Griffin and his partners who turn out to be the Russians still operating on Cold War time.
Hetty’s interrogation of Griffin was illuminating. We rarely see her in this role and she is not amused! (Granger: She let him go once. Sam: Something tells me she’s not going to make that mistake again.) You don’t sell information to the Russians on Hetty’s time! But it may be too late for her, as Granger tells the team someone will have to take the blame. But this gang is not going to let Hetty go down without a fight as they set out to secretly storm the Russian consulate to get the intel back. (Eric: I hear the gulags are lovely this time of year.) After the successful mission, Granger isn’t amused by the team’s antics either (Granger: You all deserve each other.) I’m not sure if he’s upset because they did something illegal or because they saved Hetty’s butt? Looks like Granger still has it out for Hetty and he is, perhaps, also jealous that she has such a loyal team that would go to such extremes to help her. (Hetty: I’d certainly like to think so.) Yes, she is one lucky lady.
Although there was a lot of talk about bombs, there was no boom as we have come to expect from a Joe Wilson script. It was a very low-key, almost solemn episode to highlight the fear of what could really happen if terrorists decided to take down a large city like Los Angeles one day. It’s an alarming scenario but the team is able to systematically figure out the motive and the workings of the people involved but unfortunately there wasn’t much tension or excitement in this episode until we get to the subway scene. Wow! That was a very close call on the train tracks and Sam knew it. (Sam is starting to make a habit of this jumping from train tracks at the last moment thing, isn’t he?) He almost lost his partner when they rescued Griffin and the episode came alive after that. Watching the team trying to recover the information Griffin sold to the Russians was exciting and fun and the camera angle used with Callen and Sam falling out of the window, guns blazing (!), was brilliant. Nice job, Ms. Valentine! It was an entertaining group/buddy episode and Joe Wilson pulls it off with his usual panache.
Show’s Synopsis: A nuclear detection device has been stolen and Los Angeles is threaten by a full blown nuclear attack. An energy research facility has been compromised when the detection systems used for finding nuclear bomb signatures are stolen after a break-in. The robbers downloaded the detection’s data base for one area only… Los Angeles. When the robbers are killed by a lone assassin the team has to find where the new threat is coming from and fast!
Moments to Remember
- Every time I think they will run out of new ways of calling the gang up to Ops, Eric surprises me. I had to giggle when he got excited by Deeks’ recommendation to use smoke signals next. Oh, Beale, you are such a geek! But I think Callen is right… time for an intervention.
- I love Eric’s backup! That gun was bigger than Hetty! It was great to see Eric and Hetty working together as a team for a change. For once, Eric set aside his fear of Hetty and asks her to be forthcoming with him. It was a real moment between the two which I’d like to see more of in the future.
- Sam’s emotional response to Callen’s close call with a commuter train was heartwarming. You know the man would be devastated if he ever lost his partner.
- Yeah! Fern it back! Was that a bit of annoyance we see on Kensi’s face? Ha!
Densi Face to Face
Deeks: Ok, honestly… who still uses a payphone? I’d rather kiss the Outbreak monkey than use a payphone.
Kensi: How are you a germaphobe? I’ve seen your apartment.
Deeks: Hey, I’m fine with my own germs and you of all people should not be giving housekeeping notes. I’ve seen cleaner litter boxes.
Kensi: Oh, meow!
Kensi: What are you doing?
Deeks: It’s like a gentle message to my glutes.
Kensi: No, I totally agree with Sam, a woman likes a guy that builds things, it’s sexy. It stems from a primal attraction for shelter.
Deeks: I built a tree house, how’s that for sexy?
Sam: I guarantee that’s still not standing.
Deeks: Maybe not but it’s where I lost my–
Deeks: –grip. I was going to say that’s where I lost my grip, fell down and broke my coccyx. I got a scar. You want to see it?
Classic Deeks & Hetty
Deeks: Oh, this isn’t weird at all.
Hetty: I heard that Mr. Deeks.
Deeks: I’m pretty sure that look just pierced my soul.
Deeks: You good Hetty?
Hetty: Just dandy!
What did you think about this week’s episode? Leave your comments below! Hope to see you back next week… How excited are Densi fans after that trailer?? Whoa!
Writer: Joseph C. Wilson
Director: Diana C. Valentine
Original Air Date: November 12, 2013
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi