It seems like forever since the NCIS team was in action and it’s with great relief that the show returns this week to its legion of devoted fans. The storyline takes place in two different countries as Granger and Kensi in Afghanistan join their colleagues back home to assist in the investigation of a murdered federal agent in Los Angeles. Veteran script writer, Frank Military is joined by newbie Andrew Bartels in this enjoyable buddy episode that was sure to please everyone so starved for new material from the best crew in television.A frisky rodent?
I’ve been looking forward to this episode since the promo pictures were posted. It looks like the Hardy Boys plus one are the new action heroes in town, and it’s amusing to watch Callen and Sam incorporate Deeks into their partnership. Before they get called away on the case, the boys have a little fun at Deeks’ expense in showing off their language skills. Deeks should know he’ll never be able to catch up with his colleagues but at least he will be able to carry on with his liaising skills! Is that a word, really?
The team finds that the murdered Treasury agent (Green) was investigating a hawala network in Kabul which practices the ancient Islamic system of money transfer which is a way of transferring money without really moving it. Transactions are all based on the honor system. They need a way to get to Green’s team in Kabul. Conveniently, Kensi and Granger are still working undercover over there and are able to track down his associates who are already trying to find the hawala broker in Los Angeles who is funding the terrorist activity. Granger orders them to plug the leak.It’s time for Sven!
With Eric’s tech skills, the team discovers a rug dealership may be involved from the pictures that were found in the dead agent’s car. Could this lead to the hawala broker or Kate Upton in a bikini? I’m sure Deeks would pick the latter but Sam and Callen are not letting him off so quickly on his assessment of the pixelated photos. (Callen: I think you’re hearing voices, Deeks.) It’s off to the dealership but they need to get inside and poke around first to confirm their suspicions. Deeks decides it’s time for an undercover op with the boys! Who can resist Sven, the fabulous interior decorator to the stars?! Maybe not Sam after having to endure Deeks’ terrible accent but this was a great over the top performance by Olsen, who uses all of his comedic skills to bring Sven to life. The look on Sam’s face is always priceless but I think he was actually enjoying Deeks’ little act… well maybe just a little.
Although the rug dealership does run a hawala business, the owner’s son (Ehsan) is unaware that his partners back in Kabul may be sending money to the Taliban. He agrees to lend his support to NCIS by turning over his transaction records which leads them to a domestic charity who may be funding a clinic in Afghanistan. (Callen: You have an app for an ancient money transfer system?)
You got the best looking after you.
Deeks finds a new partner in Ehsan as they go undercover to a fund raiser that evening sponsored by the charity. I had to smile at Hetty admonishing Deeks about his selfies. Deeks has a chance to get back at his boss later when Ehsan asks about Kensi. This time Deeks is not amused by Hetty’s answer but the old gal manages to redeem herself in the end. (Deeks: Best looking!) While Deeks and Ehsan are having fun at the fund raiser and identifying the terrorist (Deeks: Just the faces, Romeo, just the faces!), Kensi and Granger are four thousand miles away ready to make an assault on the clinic which actually turns out to be a Taliban stronghold. Kensi finds evidence of the hawala exchange which leads to more clues of an imminent attack on US soil. It’s Ehsan to the rescue again as he helps the team bring down the suicide bombers and save the day. I’d like to point out that Wesam Keesh’s portrayal as Ehsan was a joy to watch and was one of the most enjoyable guest stars the show has ever had. I hope he finds a way back in a recurring role one day.
This was an emotional episode on so many different levels. Densi is still struggling with their separation and trying to find more good days than bad but it was nice to see the show highlight the upstanding immigrants who come to this country, fall in love with our way of life and truly want to uphold the constitution of our nation. It was satisfying to watch Middle Eastern American citizens portrayed on television in a positive light for a change. The final scene was moving and greatly satisfying. Nice work all around and kudos to a wonderful collaboration between Military and Bartels! Here’s to many more!
- I enjoyed the beginnings of a possible new threesome-bromance going on between Deeks, Callen and Sam and I think Callen and Sam are enjoying it too! The Three Musketeers? The pact over hiding the missing suit from Hetty was a classic bromance moment. (Deeks: Come on G man. It’s for love!)
- Wow, look at all that blue on Deeks and we thought Callen was the only one who could wear that color? Huh!
- Did you ever think you would be laughing hysterically at a scene between Sam and Deeks? I’m sure the Sven undercover scene will go down in NCISLA folklore! (Check out our great analysis under features of Sam and Deeks’ relationship through out the years: NCISLA’s Odd Couple)
- I love the way Ehsan calls Deeks, Marteen. It just struck me as endearing.
Where’s Kensi? Where’s Deeks? Awhh! How cute was Deeks as he anxiously waited for Kensi to report in? Fiddling with his new blue shirt, eyes darting back and forth searching for the first glimpse of a partner he hasn’t seen since Christmas was really so, so sweet. The letdown was heart breaking. On the other side, Kensi trying to get rid of her helmet hair before seeing Deeks at their next check in is very amusing as well! Of course the second letdown on her end as the lovers are denied another chance to connect was frustrating and sad! I’m afraid an occasional selfie does not a relationship make.
Sam: Is Deeks talking backwards?
Callen: I’m going to go with demonic possession.
Deeks: You know what? Screw this….
Callen: Deeks? What are you doing?
Deeks: Well I was trying to learn Danish and now I’m no longer trying to learn Danish.
Sam: What you were trying to say was (all you Danish folks can fill in the blank)
Deeks: Wow! Thank you for that… anyone know how to say show off in Hebrew?
Deeks: You know what! Forget it! Just remind me to tell Nate about my inferiority complex the next time I see him.
Deeks: The problem is the club is 10,000 square feet. What we need to do is cover the entire lounge area with the rug. What do you think? Is this fantastique?
Sam: I think it’s a little big… a little over the top?
Deeks: Oh yeah, but I’ve always told you, you can’t be afraid of the color. I’ve always said this to him, you can’t be scared of the color.
Sam: Color is the last thing I’m scared of.
Classic Deeks and Hetty
Don’t you love when Hetty messes with Deeks’ head?
Hetty: More than four sexual references in a ten card Rorschach test is a strong indicator for schizophrenia…
Deeks: That’s funny… ok, not funny.
One good turn deserves another:
Deeks: Does her head have to zoom so big?
Hetty: I’ll have Granger and Ms. Blye look into it. And yes, Mr. Deeks, my head does need to zoom in this big. It gives me power!
Deeks: You follow my Instagram?
Hetty: Yes, and if I have to look at one more picture of Monty in his sun glasses I’m going to have Eric crash the account.
So the second part of season five begins with a bang or lack of thereof! With all the Densi spoilers from JPK, I’m almost afraid to find out where the second half of the season will take us. Remember to check out Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal to find out what they thought of tonight’s mission. And don’t forget Destination Deeks! Where in the world will we find Densi this week? See you right back here next time for my review of “War Cries”.
Writers: Frank Military, Andrew Bartels
Director: Eric Laneuville
Original Air Date: January 14, 2014
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi