I’m not exactly sure what is going on in NCIS: LA fandom these days, but there has been a lot of controversy swirling about the amount of attention getting paid to Densi’s relationship. Hopefully this new episode, written by Kalstein and Harimoto will have something in it for everybody no matter what character you are cheering for and love. It’s always wonderful to see Valentine behind the camera as well, bringing a strong feminine touch to the show and the action on screen. It’s a powerful trio working this show, and I have been looking forward to "Three Hearts" for a long time.
The main story centers around an undercover NCIS agent (Angelo) who has gone rogue, but now he is suspected of working for a drug smuggler (Brunson) bringing in contraband on Navy ships. Once he went off the grid, the team has to figure out why and pull him in before his disappearance affects national security.The Kid’s Got Skills
As a proud Deeks/Densi fan I was excited to hear that (according to Dave) this is the episode that would take over where "The Frozen Lake" left off. We’ve been waiting a long time to see how the Kensi and Deeks relationship would progress but a lot has happen since Kensi was whisked off to Afghanistan. I knew we wouldn’t hear the same conversation that might have happen if the partners had met after work that fateful night to discuss their 'thing'….and I was right. Even though their banter was sweet and silly as they start their day, Densi is still having trouble getting to the heart of the matter. Something is brewing beneath the forced smiles.Game Recognizes Game
With Angelo in custody, thanks to a fancy-staged carjacking by Callen and Sam, Hetty and Granger go to work interrogating the rouge agent. But who is interviewing who? They’re not sure what side he’s playing so they send in Kensi and Deeks to continue the interrogation. Angelo is cocky and self-assured and playing the game very well. He finds it funny that Hetty has sent in the partners to get more answers out of him. So he decides to tell them a little story about growing up on a range and like the Frozen Lake metaphore we learn again what’s going on between Densi and what’s unsettling Deeks. It seems everybody has three hearts, one you show to strangers, one that only your soul mate sees but the third is private… too much truth… too much risk to reveal it to the outside world. So Angelo plays the psychic and tells Deeks that Kensi has already seen his third heart! Is it that obvious? Does he wear his devotion to Kensi on his sleeve for all to see? Interesting… and even more so when Angelo tells them it won’t end well. Kensi tries to deflect his little fable by recognizing that Angelo has revealed his third heart too... Angelo is in love with Brunson’s wife who he has been sent to guard. Why does love have to be so complicated? If he’s reading Densi’s body language, he’s doing a great job. They are so much in the throes of a new found love that it must be very obvious to the well trained eye... fidgeting with his hair, the sound of her voice. Deeks is still leading with his heart and wants to take the bait, but Kensi methodical as ever continues to play it cool.
Going undercover again, Callen and Sam find out what Brunson has been smuggling… a drug cocktail called Krokodil that will quickly flood the streets of Los Angeles. Angelo tells Densi that his boss has to pay for the drug and he was supposed to broker the sale. They want to go after Brunson’s wife but Angelo has another fable… this time about raccoons! This guy really knows how to screw with your head! (I wished Kalstein/Harimoto had picked a different analogy but ok, I’ll go with it.) Angelo plays on Densi’s emotions and tries to scare them into believing love doesn’t last forever… or is it raccoons don’t mate forever… not sure by this time! But I get his game… and all of this is not sitting well with Deeks.
I feel like I need to take a shower after that conversation…..
Obviously, Hetty suspected that Angelo was involved with the boss’ wife, and she sends in Densi as bait to get him to talk about his feelings. Only he didn’t take the bait… Deeks did. Deeks sees all his analogies can apply to him and Kensi. Since “Fish Out of Water,” Deeks has been wondering how he was going to make it work out with Kensi. Angelo has stirred up all these emotions again and even though Kensi assures him it will never happen between the partners, Deeks is not buying it.
I enjoyed Sam playing with Stephen Wozniak’s character, Brunson, who plays one of the smarmier bad guys the show has seen in a while. Would love to know where he got his inspiration for playing that character! He gets Brunson to agree to let his gang buy some of the Krokodil in exchange for Angelo. LL Cool J is so much fun to watch undercover, you have to admire how slick he can get. At the Mission, Angelo may have preferred to be turned over to Brunson instead of being interrogated by Hetty. Just when you think you got her pegged she tells you what her real motives are. Cutting the strings indeed!
Angelo is afraid Brunson is going to crack when the deal goes down and gives up more intel to Hetty. He does his damnedest to try and save Olivia and wants to get her out of the middle of deal to keep her safe. But it all falls apart after Olivia hears Callen say the safe word. But Hetty was taken! Callen and Sam are made! So, all along Angelo had gotten in too deep, and let Olivia see his Third Heart. It was also his downfall. Despite the team being able to overcome Brunson and his goons, I’m surprised Angelo lives to see another day after pulling one over on Hetty…but the ol’ gal has something up her sleeve for another day. As he goes free, you kind of have to feel sorry for the guy.
So we end the episode with how it all started. Deeks used that knife to get him through the darkest days of his separation from Kensi. Now he’s using it to rip open envelopes. Sometimes a knife isn’t just a knife. As he returns the weapon to Kensi, you can see the wheels turning and the confusion swirling in his mind. Deeks became unsure about his relationship with Kensi since she left and it became apparent after his talk with Talia that he’s not sure how their ‘thing’ is really going to work out. Both Kensi and Deeks have come so close to death this season. He almost lost the one person in the whole world that has ever meant this much to him and he is questioning if he can handle it. That’s the kind of truth that puts you at risk. It’s hard to live with all that vulnerability. Just ask Kensi. When he tells his partner he doesn’t know what to do about their thing he’s a lost man. We usually don’t get to see him so uncertain. It’s a different Deeks for us and that’s hard to take. (But it’s also great to see another aspect of his character too.) He wants so hard to make it work, he just doesn’t know how. For once in his life he can’t act on gut alone, he has a whole lot of feelings to work through. It could be part of the PTSD weaving its ugly head back into his life or just the raw emotions of loving someone that may be impossible to love. I think it’s real and so human. It’s a complicated dance but so is the mystery of life.
I was a bit disappointed at the end until I saw Kensi heading for the box and then using her knife to slice through the tape. As Deeks looks inside and gives a laugh, he pulls out another sealed box. There was hope in his face. The fact that he didn’t take out his own knife to open the nestled box was telling, too. He realized he would symbolically need Kensi’s knife again to find out what was inside. Usually you don’t put one box inside another unless the item is delicate and that’s what I think Kensi was trying to tell him. Have patience with our relationship and when you need my knife back you know where to find it. The knife belongs to both of them now, to use when needed.
Is this the ending I wanted? Of course not. But I think we’ve got to be patient and go along for the ride. I truly believe they will be together in the end. I don’t think their love is going anywhere and we get to see how it will affect them as they work together. If it was all signed, sealed and delivered it wouldn’t make for such an interesting love story. I believe Hetty is correct… This is just the end of the beginning and now we get to see them move on from their thing to a real relationship. In fact, I would be happy if we never hear the word ‘Thing’ again. Let’s make this all about the love story instead as we go forward into next season.
I’ve said it before, I enjoy the way Dave Kalstein makes you work to understand what’s going on underneath the surface. I love putting the pieces together and coming out at the other end with a theory that works for me. Although it was a bit confusing at times, Dave does make you think, and that’s so rare for these kinds of procedural dramas.
- Poor Callen had to wear Deeks’ homeless coat. That must have been a hoot when he went into wardrobe to pull that thing out!
- Finally… Kensi calls Hetty out for something! She doesn’t like her using her relationship with Deeks to get answers from Angelo… But why didn’t we ever see the conversation as to why she used her to go after the White Ghost?
- I’d rather but a bullet in your skull and dump you in the ocean. But neither one of us is getting what we want tonight. Granger just makes me laugh out loud sometimes at his off the cuff remarks. Gotta love him.
- How cute did ECO look as Kensi was opening the box. Now I know what he looked like as a kid when he was opening up his boxes at Christmas time. The wonder and suspense on his face… priceless.
Deeks: The good news is this team totally respects your privacy so you are fine. This team thinks it’s totally awesome, yet a little bit predictable that you wear a wonder woman sports bra.
Kensi: Ok I wouldn’t exactly call them wonder woman sports…
Deeks: No, I saw it..that’s what it was. They are perfect because they match my superman underwear.
Kensi: I didn’t need to know that.
Deeks: I didn’t need to tell you that.
Deeks: Contrary to hundreds of years of scientific evidence, I believe that raccoons do mate for life.
Kensi: Don’t cut yourself.
Deeks: Kid’s got skills.
Kensi: You can’t nervously style that mop without any fingers
Deeks: There’s nothing to be nervous about because I have my partner back.
Kensi: And it feels good.
Deeks: It feels right.
Kensi: The band’s back together.
Deeks: Rock and Roll!
Kensi: Van Halen!
Deeks: Original line up?
Kensi: Diamond Dave era?
Deeks: I mean, is there any other?
Deeks: Hot for Teacher.
Deeks: What’s in the box?
Kensi: You mean that box?
Deeks: I mean, is there any other box?
Kensi: Apparently not.
Deeks: You didn’t answer the question.
Deeks: That was easy.
Kensi: Like I never left.
Deeks: Wait! You left? When? Seriously? You were gone? Did you go to Afghanistan?
Kensi: Kid does have skills.
Deeks: Speaking of skills, what are you, uh, what are you up to tonight?
Hope you enjoyed Dave’s interview that we posted yesterday. If you haven’t read it yet, you are in for a treat. Of course we have new editions of Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal tomorrow as well. Next week also we have a special feature story by Anonkp which is an analysis of the Deeks/Hetty relationship. You don’t want to miss that one either! We’re counting down to the last three shows of the season and a new review in two weeks! See you all then!
Title: “Three Hearts”
Writers: Dave Kalstein, Kyle Harimoto
Director: Diana Valentine
Original Air Date: April 15, 2014
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