I don’t know about you, but these long breaks between new NCISLA episodes are killing me! If the upcoming Densi crisis is not enough for you, now we have to worry about Callen going on blind dates! Oh, the humanity of it all! So with my whining out of the way, it’s time to settle into a new episode by veteran script writer, R. Scott Gemmill who wrote one of the most heart wrenching episode for Deeks this season, Impact. Tonight we also have a new family member in the director’s chair, James Hanlon who did an amiable job behind the NCISLA camera in this episode.
This week the team is investigating the death of two former military contractors who are found murdered in a dump heap off the side of the road. The case goes back to a previous mission… Impact where a journalist was killed to stop the publishing of his book on war crimes in Afghanistan.
Surprisingly, Granger shows up in the Mission without Kensi. I thought Deeks was going to jump out of his skin when he first sees him….does this mean Kensi isn’t far behind? Unfortunately, that’s not the case and Deeks is in disbelief and not a little bit miffed that Granger has left her behind. We get to see a snippet of Kensi trying to survive the cold weather and an off-handed pick-up by Sabatino but it doesn’t look like she is coming home anytime soon. It’s interesting how she is sending messages back home to Nell. It’s our first insight into Kensi’s suspicions about Sabatino… could we be getting closer to the White Ghost? Now we know for sure it was Hetty who sent Kensi over there and even Granger doesn’t know why. It’s getting more interesting by the moment.
While Sam and Callen are tracking down the one suspect who may know what happen to the dead contractors… Team Danger goes into action! Granger and Deeks form an unlikely crime fighting duo as they partner up in the field and I don’t think Hetty is too pleased. Deeks was hoping to get some intel into what is going on with Kensi but Granger is as secretive as ever. Team Danger was fun to watch, but I think Deeks and Granger only have a future together as a possible comedy team!
We finally get to see a very intense scene with Nell and the suspect, Brown who was left in the boathouse after an interrogation. Nell certainly trusted her training in this struggle and although she wasn’t able to overtake Brown, she certainly caused enough damage to keep him from killing her while waiting for back up. I was amazed at her strength and tenacity and she may still make it in the field yet. Good girl!
This was kind of a throw away episode to keep the White Ghost theme moving. The blind date, Team Danger and Wonder Woman Nell were all highlights in this very blah mission. Although the high spot for me was Granger turning into a stand-up comedian! Who knew? But it was kind of nice that the team doesn’t always have to be out there saving the world and that they can make smaller contributions to the planet when it comes to catching bad guys. At least we get a chance to catch our breaths as the intense drama of the final episodes of the season are unveiled. I’ve already started biting my finger nails. This is going to be a tough ride and I think we will ALL have to trust our training going forward!
Memorable Show Moments
- Sam knows his partner inside and out… probably better than any women ever will. So now we get a glimpse into Callen’s life after work… not very interesting, huh?
- Well at least Sam was willing to put Deeks in the trunk… before he would have left him behind!
- We get to see Granger show some empathy towards Deeks’ concern for his partner… it was almost sweet. Hetty’s look on the other hand wasn’t so reassuring.
- If you do get cold, I’ve got a heating blanket… Really Sabatino? That was almost slimy… almost.
- Deeks is the best when it comes to protecting the little man or woman in this case. The way he saved the shop girl’s job was pure genius.
- Those two meerkats you got working in Ops are getting stranger. Oh boy, Granger is on a roll… who turned on his funny bone? The appeal of hot, dirty water… head cheese! LOL!
- Sam trying to fix Callen up on a date was another insight into their partnership. It’s a shame that he has to trick Callen into going on the date but he knows his partner well. I think Callen may owe him on this one!
Eric: And both formerly employed by… any guesses?
Deeks: Circue du Soleil? Applebee’s? You been there? Triple treat sampler… the place is delicious!
Deeks (to Nell): Big stones, Jones!
Deeks (to Granger): Kensi and I aren’t just partners. She’s my friend and I look out for her. So I’m asking you man to man, is there something I should know about?
Classic Hetty and Deeks (and Granger)
Granger: Deeks, nothing personal but you in Afghanistan sounds like a National Lampoon movie. (Wow, Granger made a funny! But you have to smile because he may be right.)
We are off again for another hiatus (sigh) but we will be back again in three weeks with our next review. In the meantime, check out Deeks Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal this week to read their reactions to what happened during this mission and long separation. See you then!
Title: “War Cries”
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: James Hanlon
Original Air Date: February 4, 2014
Diane Volpe is Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi