Finally! The Densi storyline continues as Deeks and the team head over to Afghanistan in search of Kensi. Reminiscent of the two part episode, Lange, H., these are the epic stories that the fans relish the most because we get to see how the personal and intimate lives of these characters get to play out on screen. Every week we watch as these men and women risk their lives to make the world a safer place to live. But when they risk it all for each other, that’s when we remember why we fell in love with this show and all these remarkable characters.
All winter we waited for Kensi to return to Deeks and their special love story but now the waters are muddied by another man in Kensi’s past which could play an unwanted part in the emotional and destructive future of Densi. It’s never easy, is it? But I was delighted to see Frank Military not only behind the camera but also the author who penned this pivotal season five episode. Military loves these two characters and it shows in his writing and also in the sensitive way he uses the camera to convey their story….it was an explosive combination.Mr. Deeks is emotionally involved.
If you didn’t think Hetty was prepping Nell for taking over as Ops Manager one day, then all you have to do is watch the intensity in the girl’s eyes. I’m a believer now. As Nell lets out that strained sigh…I knew the situation was grave. Even as Hetty stops the men on the way out of the Mission, her emotions are much higher and intense than ever before. As she speaks to Sam in a very soft voice her concern for Deeks makes me shiver. There is no room for involvement. There is only one mission here which is to bring Kensi home again. But good luck in getting Deeks to leave his heart behind…that's not going to happen.
Once in country, the answers aren’t forthcoming and despite finding Granger safe the team is wound tighter than a drum. Why does the CIA, including Sabatino want the White Ghost dead? There are too many moles lurking around and the team has to go dark for fear of the mission being compromised. It was hard to hear Sam ordering Deeks to do his job but Sam had his marching orders too. Hetty knows Sam is the only one who has a chance in hell in keeping Deeks in line with his emotions.
Kensi’s video file and last words to the team were short but powerful as she expects she may never return from this mission. How she must have wrestled with herself in wanting to know what happen to Jack but also in wanting to be able to return to the team and the man she cares so much for now. She must have had a good reason to give up all that for the truth…. But will it be worth it in the end?
For the record…I have morals.
It’s apparent Deeks is in over his head. As he interrogates the cleric, he is trying bravely to keep it all together and uphold the principals he valued as a lawyer and a cop. Despite telling his Afghani companion he would never compromise these principals, I don’t think he is totally convinced he wouldn’t risk it all to get Kensi back.
Ah! So there was a method behind Hetty’s madness! Hetty confesses she knew about Jack all along and that they were friends! But how could she send Kensi to kill Jack and be sure she wouldn’t take the shot? Why all the subterfuge? Wouldn’t it have been easier to come up with the plan together and without Granger’s knowledge? At least Hetty is clear on who is to blame here. Now her whole team is in danger. It seems the Master of the Universe is only human.
Callen and Sam discover Kensi’s last known location and find disturbing pictures of her and Jack executed in the cave. Callen doesn’t believe they’re real. He knows Kensi and Jack are worth more alive than dead. When the Ops team locates a band of CIA agents miles away, Callen is sure they got to be looking for Kensi and Jack as well.
Brother, I know what torture is and this ain’t it!
Back in the village, Deeks is still trying to force the cleric to talk. Thank god, there is still a hint of the ol’ Deeks under all the anxiety. He’s angry yet still can’t help being a smart ass as he answers Hetty’s call. (Go for the American infidel!) All that comes to a screeching halt when Hetty sends the picture of his fallen partner to his cell phone. While the rest of the team is working to hold it all together, Deeks loses it. The tears in his eyes say it all. As he screams over the cleric spouting Taliban rhetoric, he is ready to give up on all the principals he holds dear just to find the one person who means the world to him. I am shaking as he demands justice for Kensi and begins to act on his rage.
Give the man a bandage.
Well, well….Agent Sabatino shows up just in time, alone and hurt. As the team listens to his story, they are still suspicious of the man and are not sure whether he is friend or foe. From the very beginning Kensi didn’t trust the CIA agent and I have always echoed her feelings. Does the Sabatino controversy end here? I have a feeling he’ll be back.
By this time, both Deeks and Sam are struggling with the impeccable morals that make up their DNA. Sam refuses to kill the child sniper sent by the Taliban but Deeks is quickly losing his internal battle all together. At this point, you got to fear for the man’s sanity. He tries to emulate the type of man he has so desperately hated all his life but he just can’t do it. His apology over and over to the cleric shows us his own torture made him a man whose convictions are now even stronger than ever before. Not even for Kensi could he inflict such horror. Although he states that if the torture would have secured the information, he would have gladly killed the cleric…. I still don’t believe him. He is too good of a man to resort to those tactics. You could see it in his eyes as he rests his head against the man. He knows what torture does to people….he understands the rage.
As the team catches up with the Taliban, Callen draws the group in by offering an exchange of money for Kensi and Jack. But the agents are outmanned and outnumbered. Sam decides he’s going down with his boots on, god love him! The fight scene was riveting as we watched the slow motion shot depict what it would be like to live through something so horrible. When the air cleared it was heart wrenching to see Sam kiss the picture of his family. And like a true western, the cavalry comes to the rescue….more like a one man cavalry… Deeks! In the end it was brains that saved the day and not brawn. Deeks proves there is always another way out other than resorting to violence.
It’s ok. I got you.
This story was never going to have the Densi reunion we had envisioned. It was too raw and filled with darkness. This story has left more scars on Densi’s collective heart and these scars will either be kept hidden or have to be dealt with at a later date, because Kensi knows how Deeks felt when he faced his own death at the beginning of season five. She’s just a former shell of the woman who started this mission and it was heartwarming to see her collapse into Deeks arms at the end. We have never seen Kensi so vulnerable not even the time she searched for her father’s killers. The woman we know and love as Badass Blye may return in the future, but like Deeks, this horrible experience will change her. What we don’t know now is if it will be for the better or for worst. You could tell Deeks wanted to try and make all the hurt go away, but he knows it doesn’t work that way. Kensi will have to find her own way back. Although I am concerned that she was able to bond with Jack during this time, I don’t think this is the last we will see of her former fiancé. Knowing Kensi she won’t be able to let him go without knowing he’s at least safe….and we all know where that could lead. I do worry there will be a lot of guilt going around with Hetty and Deeks both blaming themselves over Kensi’s plight and how it will all paly out over the course of the season?
No memorable moments, and no classic quotes to follow because this episode was one big ball of moments to cherish and hold deep within our hearts. Military and the all the actors did an amazing job of conveying just the right amount of angst, misery and suspense. Eric Christian Olsen also gave another brilliant performance. As I mentioned in the beginning, it’s always the storylines where the team has to take care of their own that leave the heaviest imprints on our soul. From Deeks’struggle to remain a compassionate human being, to Callen’s impeccable instincts and to Sam’s unflappable courage. The beauty of this episode is that they all had to be true to themselves for this mission to succeed. Even Granger came through in the end with a touching acknowledgement from Callen. It made for an incredible story that we will always get to treasure and one that will not be forgotten anytime soon. (Deep sigh.)
Come on folks. It’s your turn now. I know you have a lot to say about this one! Get it all out…you’ll feel better! Don’t forget to come back and read how Deeks’ is coping in The Surf Log and what Kensi is feeling in her Journal. Next week the team returns to the Mission, but will things ever be the same? Find out in our next review of Windfall. See you then!
Title: “Spoils of War”
Writer/Director: Frank Military
Original Air Date: April 1, 2014
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