The question for Deeks fans in this episode is how the Detective will carry on his mission within the agency without his beloved partner by his side. Kensi has been secretly snatched away on an undercover assignment branded the White Ghost. Deeks has to find ways to adapt and adjust to working alone and he seems lost without Kensi and not doing too well on his own. The team isn’t helping either.Lost your favorite chew toy??
I’m enjoying the new and approved (and don’t forget appreciative) Sam Hanna. Finally, someone is thinking about Deeks and his feelings within the team. I think Callen, on the other hand, is a bit jealous. He loved listening to Sam rag on Deeks for the last five year and now he’s almost resentful of Sam’s attention to Deeks. Well, it’s human nature, and we’ve all been there, but I guess I expected a bit more maturity from the team’s leader.
Jaffe and Wharmby bring to screen the story of a former Romanian Communist leader and war criminal who disappears abruptly before he and can be brought to justice by his country. Anton Zevlos dealt in human trafficking rings, primarily with children and babies who were used as organ donors. Nice guy. Now he is living in Los Angeles and doing a pretty good job of evading the authorities. The team has been sent to lend their expertise in the search.
Well for starters, I could have my partner back.
Meanwhile at a location half way around the world, Kensi reports into a new Red Team who has no idea why she is there. Looks like Kensi is not the only one feeling out of place. We get our first look at the new tech operator who will be joining the team as well. Back at the Mission, Deeks looks like a lost puppy dog as he admits to Hetty he is lost without his partner. Not only is he lost but now he is blaming himself for Kensi’s dangerous reassignment and offers to leave so Kensi can return to the fold. I don’t know about you, but my heart broke for the man.
The team’s search leads them to Zevlos’ lawyer who may be playing games and helping the war criminal in his escape. How much did she know about her client? Deeks gets the job of interrogating her and puts on his lawyer face. Deeks’ discontent is evident in his dealing with Shear, no fooling around. Deeks is all business. This gives us an insight at how Deeks may have cross examined people in a court room.
The side story continues as Granger makes his entrance and finally Kensi gets some answers as to her top secret mission… White Ghost. Kensi has to track down and kill a possible Taliban sympathizer, maybe a rouge American contractor. Back in LA, Zevlos keeps evading the team as he makes his way to an escape route and SecNav has mysteriously taken the team off the case. This doesn’t sit well with the three musketeers, and you know they are going to keep working the case despite Hetty’s orders.
Feel free to use your flotation device…
Deeks dressed up as a flight attendant! Merry Christmas to me! I think he would make a great attendant, delivering drinks, disarming passengers! Callen and his flight crew get the CIA agent to talk about his association with Zevlos despite Deeks’ trepidation regarding Callen and Sam’s ability to fly the plane. (I’ll let you guys work that out. I’m just going to go ahead and leave my chute on!)
It becomes clear as to why Zevlos was let go by SecNav who would probably threaten to expose CIA assets around the world. The team is tenacious and discovers Zevlos and his lawyer trying to escape via yacht. As Sam takes the shot, the case is closed and the agents get the satisfaction of bring the war criminal to trial in his home country despite Hetty’s orders.(Hetty: And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.) Hetty is not amused and she is afraid one of these days her agents are going to hang themselves. Let’s hope not… It’s watching these characters go against the grain which makes the show exciting and fun to watch even if they do get docked a day’s wages! It was a lot of fun as the Callen and Sam show finally became a threesome as Deeks is accepted into their elite partnership.
Kensi, not getting a whole lot of points towards Miss Congeniality by Granger, is finding her own set of challenges. We are left wondering where she will be headed next as she follows her new mission to its ending. And what can I say about the final scene? It was such a sweet moment between Kensi and Deeks as they stared at pictures of each other from so many miles away. It’s all they have of each other for now and if you have ever spent long times away from the person you love, you know how broken and sad the heart becomes and love is all you have to keep you going. It will have to be enough for now.
- Hetty has a new toy! As Callen says she’s already in three places at once! This new robot is a bit scary!
- I loved Deeks trying to explain why he knew what Louboutines were. Still trying to hide his relationship with Kensi but not doing a very good job. The look on his face when he was
remembering that intimate experience was so sweet. Come on Deeks! Admit it!
- Fun to watch Nell being hit on by the CIA agent. Who knew she could look so seductive until she started talking about colitis! LOL!
- We’re learning new things all the time about our heroes! Callen and Sam are certified pilots! Wow!
Kensi and Deeks Face to Face
Deeks (about Kensi): What? My partner is a woman. Or at least she was. I mean she’s still a woman. Actually I’m not sure if she’s still a woman. I’m sure she’s still….not that I know that from any sort of intimate experience. I’m just saying that she is not here with me.
Callen: We got it.
Deeks is obviously lost without Kensi as he tries to wheedle information from Nell and Eric as to her whereabouts. Poor guy must feel like the only one at the prom without a date.
We’re getting to see another facet of Deeks’ personality when he is disheartened and alone. He gets testy and the happy, fun loving Detective is gone. Very interesting to watch the personality change, don’t you think?
Classic Hetty and Deeks
Hetty: Mr. Deeks?
Deeks: Yes Hetty…Whoa, danger Will Robinson! What the hell is that?
Hetty: It’s advanced telepresence. It allows me to be in several places at once. I’d like to see you in my office Mr. Deeks!
Deeks (to Hetty): Alright, I’m just going to ask you…is this because of me? You sending her away like that is that because of me because if it is this is simple because I can just walk. You know, I’ll just go back to LAPD because you don’t have to punish Kensi for something that I did or something that you think that we did. So if there is a problem, I take full responsibility for that.
Hetty: Where’s the third blind mouse?
It’s that time of year, and I always look forward to the holiday episode which will be coming our way next week….Merry Evasion. Join us for this review and all the promos and pictures from the episode!
Title: “Iron Curtain Rising”
Writers: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Director: Tony Wharmby
Original Air Date: December 10, 2013
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi