Then just two episodes later in “Paper Soldiers” (4×13) Kensi apparently still has this piece of Deeks’ former life on her mind. We are graced with this bit of their typical banter:
D: You want to, uh…? What are you squinting at? Time for some granny glasses?
K: No, I’m trying to visualize what you’d look like behind a desk, as a public defender.
K: Clean-shaven, short hair.
D: I looked exactly like this.
K: Like this?!
K: Clients actually put their lives in the hands of… this?
D: Okay, first off, I was very good at my job.
K: Says you.
D: Secondly, my clients were assigned to me, so they didn’t really have a choice.
K: Oh, I know the feeling.
D: And thirdly…
D: Thirdly, everyone knows that public defenders are the rebels of the legal profession.
K: Rebel without a due process clause? Ha!
D: Kensi just made a legal funny? Is that what that was? How you feeling right now? Pretty proud of yourself? You know what? I’ll give it to you. Touché.
So we learn a bit more here. Deeks is Deeks. Regardless of profession or position he is who he is, take him or leave him.
That aside, a big question is what one thing or series of things prompted his considerable change in career direction? Perhaps he felt he couldn’t have a great enough impact in the lawyer role? Perhaps his moral compass was troubled in having to defend those who were indeed guilty? Yet, more realistically, it’s likely his role as lawyer was simply too late in the process. As a lawyer he could aid people reactively. As a cop he could be more pro-active, to stop crime such as the presumed mental and physical anguish he had himself endured as a child. And speaking of his childhood…
There is a well hidden nugget within “Empty Quiver” (2×16). Following a Deeks/Kensi banter session about how serious she is all the time, Deeks confesses, “It’s a tie between you and this nun back at school who used to whack my hand with a ruler.” Nun? So this means Deeks attended parochial school!
This leads us to many more questions, such as:
- For how long/how many grades did he attend parochial school?
- Did one/both of his parents have a religious connection that led to such a school?
- Since typically parochial schools are costly, how/who supported his tuition? Did he have a scholarship? Is any of this tied to his violin playing?
Finally, it seems as though the abuse in Deeks’ past lent itself to a relatively poor existence. (I mean we know he turned to “exotic dancing” to finance school!) What if that is completely wrong? What if he came from a very wealthy family? What if he had no problem existing as a public defender and now cop because, after meeting a minimum age requirement or finally winning over his family, he’s actually a trust-fund baby?!
What are your thoughts on Deeks choosing two very different, yet related, branches of law?