Deeks in rehab!?? From the very beginning when we got the initial tease from Shane Brennan that Deeks was going to be fighting a possible case of sex addiction on NCIS: Los Angeles, we were left wondering if this is real or another undercover persona. With all the problems Deeks has faced since his trauma, it wouldn’t be surprising if PSTD presented another side effect for him to deal with in his recovery. But thankfully we find Kensi and Deeks are instead using their undercover skills in a rehab center as they investigate the death of a US Navy officer. Gil Grant and Paul Kaufman have worked together before in last season’s "Skin Deep," and Densi fans have been waiting patiently for this episode to air since last week’s trailer which promises to move the relationship forward into the next phase… and oh boy, does it!
When a Navy Officer shows up dead and floating in a pool at an addiction recovery center, the team goes on assignment to try and find his murderer. Lt. Commander Gary Leonida was drying out at the Tranquility Villa unbeknownst to his military supervisors and now the government is concerned his high level IT knowledge could be compromised. The team sets off to find out more about the officer’s time spent at the center and who may have supplied the drugs that killed him. Security at the center identified a visit earlier in the day as his sober buddy who claims he hadn’t seen Leonida for three days and has a rock solid alibi. Altered camera footage and truth serums in Leonida’s blood system, sends Kensi and Deeks undercover with unique roles too play at the rehab center (Callen: I hear a cry for help.).
Sex addition is real….or so Deeks finds out as he checks into the Villa. His fellow inmates snicker as the counselor announces his addiction and I was a bit put out at how cavalier she was in throwing around his personal information. Kensi is also struggling with the unhealthy food selection on the menu offered to patients in recovery there. Perhaps it was a sure sign this place was not all it was made out to be in the brochure! It’s plain that the officer’s death is highly suspicious by now and deleted security footage by the center shows who really was involved in the crime.
Deeks is convincing as a sex addict and shows off his undercover skills in a very different light. Usually we see the agent sporting a janitor’s outfit or a homeless getup. It’s nice to see him using his talents in a more serious vein and perhaps we wouldn’t have seen this side of Deeks if he hadn’t gone through the trauma of PTSD and suffered some of the side effects that mirror addition. His low key approach allows him to find the patient who was seen on the deleted security footage with the dead officer. Finding the party girl leads to his killer. A member of an ultra-right wing extremist group identified by the girl killed Leonida for information on how to gain control over US predator drones. With an inside co-conspirator at the rehab center the group almost destroys a Pakistani village with one of our military drones. The team saves the day at the last possible moment and most likely American/Middle Eastern relations.
This was a strange episode. The story line was a bit dry despite the enormity of the mission and our heroes seemed a bit too bored. Considering their actions just saved the eruption of a third world war, their reactions were jaded as if it was just another day at the office. I think I was as bored as the rest of the team until I saw the rear end bump Deeks gave Kensi on the way to the taco bar. It felt like the final scene wasn’t even a part of the episode and just a tag on to move the ship along…so it did feel a bit out of place. But while Densi fans, including myself, had to wait until the end of the show for the story behind the teaser we anxiously waited for all week… I wasn’t disappointed.
Kensi is confused because Deeks takes her to a ‘nice’ restaurant instead of their usual dive but she’s on to him like white on rice. She forces him to come clean about this faux date and accuses him once again of never saying what he means…and once again Deeks doesn’t let us down! The great communicator has returned. The best moment of the entire show was Kensi getting out of her chair and taking Deeks up on his offer. For a second there, I thought she was going to let us down. But this time she didn’t freeze and run away. I loved her reaction and had a good laugh! Finally! She obviously has been thinking a lot about this very moment and she was ready with a response! The expression on Deeks’ face is priceless and in an instant Deeks and Densi fans are in heaven. It’s taken a long time to get to this place but they both had a long time to think and had to get past the baggage of the last few months. After Deeks expresses his true feelings, I don’t think anyone was going to stand in their way of enjoying the rest of that evening!
So relish this moment now folks… from all the spoilers it’s probably not going to last… but damn, it felt good!
- Kensi and Deeks have tats? I wonder if we will ever get to know where? Although I really didn’t need to know about Eric’s tat! Strange boy.
- Eric is still grilling Nell for more intel about her personal life and now he’s trying to find out what kind of tat she sports. (Nell: Why would you assume my tattoo is something cute and sweet? Eric: Because you are.) Keep trying Eric, she’s bound to give in one day!
- Callen and Sam’s razzing over the power cars was amusing. (Callen: Goes without question, huh?). I guess Sam doesn’t always have Callen’s number! (Callen: Talk to me about body piercing.)
Densi Face to Face
Deeks: So Winkler’s a meth head carpenter… I bet he works fast at least.
Hetty: I thought going undercover as a nutritionist would suit Mr. Deeks.
Kensi: Ah no, no Hetty. He had a burrito and a pop tart at 8 o’clock this morning which he ate at the same time!
Deeks: I also had a glass of orange juice and a multi vitamin.
Kensi: A Flintstone’s chewable which he only bought since they ran out of Sweet Tarts.
Deeks: They’re delicious.
Hetty: Poor attempt at humor on my part, Ms. Blye.
Kensi: I’m not a nutritionist.
Deeks: And I don’t have a problem with sex… Eh…
Deeks: I don’t want to be here with you right now.
Deeks: I want to be at my place right now… With you.
Deeks: Well, there is some good in this world Mr. Frodo and it’s worth fighting for…
Classic Hetty and Deeks:
Hetty: I had something else in mind. Something more in your natural wheelhouse.
Deeks: I didn’t even know I had a wheelhouse.
Hetty: Oh you have a wheelhouse.
SO… What did you think about this week’s episode? Leave your comments below! See you back next week!!
Writer: Gil Grant
Director: Paul A. Kaufman
Original Air Date: November 19, 2013
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi