We ended last week’s episode with Deeks and Kensi both looking at the same sweet pictures of each other in happier times together. Like the song, even though they are far apart, it helps thinking they may both be looking up at the heavens and wishing on the same star. It was a poignant moment and we all heaved a heavy sigh wishing that the two lovers were back in the same country enjoying each other’s company instead of pining for each other so many miles away. But the mission must go on, and despite this festive time of year, the entire team learns to adapt and embrace change. The change comes in the form of a temporary partnership as Deeks is paired with Nell Jones who continues her agent in the field training. I’ve been looking forward to watching what happens when these two are matched together because I had a feeling that Deeks would be the perfect teacher for any new recruit and with his sense of humor and patience it could be a delightful pairing…and I wasn’t disappointed.Mele Kalikimaka, boys!
The holiday episode, penned by Kyle Harimoto unites him with veteran director, Karen Gaviola and both help to create a delightful story with lots of action. The team must investigate the attack on a senator’s daughter (Lily) and the State Department wants to see if it is more than a home invasion or if there is a connection to the senator’s cyber warfare crackdown. While Sam and Callen take Lily into protective custody, Hetty quickly assigns Deeks and Jones to interview the Senator (to Nell’s delight). Deeks isn’t so sure about the pairing and the wisecracks are flying (I’m with you, Velma!).
Things aren’t great between the senator and his daughter as both teams find out and it’s obvious from the second attempt to abduct Lilly that this isn’t just a random kidnapping….this girl is in trouble. Callen and Sam are hard pressed to keep her safe from her abductors and having to find inventive ways to keep her on the move. The trio is running dark and the agents have to protect her without the help of the rest of the team.
I Never Found His Head….
Quick cut to Afghanistan where we continue Kensi’s story line and her connection to the White Ghost. Granger is mumbling about modern day comforts and Kensi is wishing she was anywhere but with her boss… the expression on her face is telling. That same expression changes to surprise when Agent Sabatino abruptly comes back into her life. Sabatino has been working on this mission for the past three months and tells her what happen to the guy she came to replace. Kensi is having second thoughts about her role in all this and realizes this op is going to get messy…real quick. Granger reminds her she is working in a war zone and that all bets are off. This has quickly become one of the most dangerous missions Kensi has ever worked and Deeks was right to be more than just a little worried about her safety. Although after Sabatino’s unsuccessful attempt at enticing Kensi on ‘getting together’ later, I have to wonder what else Deeks should be worried about!
Where’s Nell when you need her?
Up in Ops, Eric is having his own set of problems having to work solo and alone without Nell. Lilly’s abductors have been identified as Bosnian nationals by Interpol. Out in the field, Deeks is explaining the merits of urban tracking to Nell as they try and follow Callen and Sam’s movements throughout the city. Nell has a few tricks up her sleeve after reading some classified intel and tells Deeks she thinks she knows where Callen may be heading. It seems even Deeks can learn something new from his junior partner.
Nell was right… From his time spent with the CIA, Callen knows where to find a cache of weapons and phones that are hidden around the city by his old agency in some very functional locations. (I don’t know about you, but I won’t ever look at a utility box in the same way again!) With reinforcement in tow, they circle back to apprehend the rest of the criminals and it’s not pretty after they find out that the Senator may be in cahoots with the Bosnian nationals. But it turns out to be a story of revenge and retribution because of a long standing grudge held by one Bosnian in particular. A family vendetta? Callen knows all too well about that kind of reprisal. The team will be able to collect on a few favors in the future and I’m sure they will call the Senator on his promise eventually one day.
Monty Made a Pot Roast!
It’s Christmas back in Afghanistan and Granger is grumpy, Kensi is homesick and Sabatino is trying to impress the team with his down home country cooking (Bearded vulture? Really? No thank you!). When Kensi finds there is mail waiting for her, she goes running to her bunk. There was so much speculation all week long about what was in the box and who sent it… I think I was a little surprised it was from Hetty. The Christmas cake tin turns into a secure phone and direct line to the Ops Manager who tells Kensi there may be a leak in her unit and wants her to smoke them out. But Hetty also has one last special present for Kensi… and it’s Deeks! Although the banter is awkward between the two sweethearts, you can tell they are both overwhelmed at the sound of each other’s voices. We don’t get to hear the ending of this call but the gift turns out to be the best present in the world for this boy and girl. It seems Hetty is not so cold hearted as we originally thought! Wait until Monty finds out Deeks got to talk with Kensi! Maybe he will stop moping around the house listening to Tory Amos all day! Gotta love Deeks!
- I enjoyed the beginnings of a possible new threesome-bromance going on between Deeks, Callen and Sam. Even Callen seems to be appreciating Deeks support while trying to explain Christmas card protocol to Sam. The Three Stooges? Well, maybe not yet… but they are getting close!
- No elf ears this Christmas but I’m loving the reindeer antlers on Eric! Perfect.
- Looks like Eric is getting the Gorgon stare from Hetty these days when he tries to understand why Nell had to go out in the field again. Give it up Beale! You’ll get nothing from your fearless leader!
- Nice to see Hetty out in the field again too. I don’t think she will ever let aging stop her!
- Loved hearing Kensi call Granger a Grinch! I think we have a new nickname for the man… LOL!
- Ha!! Deeks singing! The Little Saint Nick was one of the songs I grew up singing as well, along with the Beach Boys. How appropriate for this beach boy!
Deeks and Kensi Head to Head
Deeks is missing Kensi but still finds time to make fun of her vacation choices:
Deeks: Last spring Kensi used her vacation days to go to this urban tracking class. She couldn’t stop talking about baseline which is a big part of urban tracking.
Nell: Go Kens!
Deeks: Honestly! Who does that for fun? You know what I mean? If you give me a week’s vacation I’m going to the beach. I don’t care if it is the left coast or the right coast. There’s got to be sand, there’s got to be surf and there has definitely got to be ladies with bikinis.
Deeks: Mele Kalikimaka boys!
Sam: Deeks what do you do with the holiday cards you get?
Deeks: What are you talking about? I display them on my fireplace.
Callen: Thank you!
Deeks: Oh wait, let me guess. You’re making holiday lanyards out of a paracord and then hanging the cards on those… you see red and green paracords would be sick.
Callen: That’s not a bad idea!
Deeks: That’s what I’m talking about.
Sam: OK, if, and I emphasize if I was to display them… how long would I have to keep them up?
Eric: January third.
Sam: January third?!!
Deeks: Wow! That is a lot of brandy. You can’t even technically call it egg nog at this point.
Nell: Pull up your skirt and drink.
Deeks: Oh wow, well played.
Nell: Now look, I know it’s going to take me awhile to get to Kensi’s level.
Deeks: Not without a booster seat.
Classic Hetty and Deeks
Hetty: And you two can go interview the Senator.
Deeks: The two… you mean the two of me?
Hetty: I want you and Nell to see the Senator. Find out if he knows anything about the PLA threats.
Deeks: Me and Nell-asaurus?
Hetty: Yes. I move fast, Mr. Deeks. You got to keep up.
Nell: Let’s go Shaggy.
Deeks: Well played. I’m with you Velma. Just for the record this is a terrific idea… terrific.
Well, we have a few weeks off for the holiday and we won’t return with another review until January 14. Be sure to stop by later this week to read Deeks Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. Find out their thoughts after Kensi opens her present from Hetty! Also we have a few holiday fan fics coming up from Sweet Lu and yours truly… so don’t go too far. Keep the home fires burning and have a great holiday all!
Title: “Merry Evasion”
Writer: Kyle Harimoto
Director: Karen Gaviola
Original Air Date: December 17, 2013
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi