Diane (phillydi) | Bridget L
Welcome to our second Debating Deeks topic: Should Deeks become a member of NCIS or stay an LAPD Detective? I'm joined by the fabulous Bridget L. who feels very strongly that Deeks should stay with the LAPD while I would love to see our loveable Detective become a member of the NCIS team once and for all. After you read our fun debate, be sure to vote on which side of the issue you are on. Let's get started.....
Diane: After five years I would think Deeks would have forgotten what it is like to be an LAPD Detective and want to become part of the NCIS family. I no longer feel that it is his sole identity now. He’s proven that he is a first class undercover agent and it shouldn’t matter where he hunts down bad guys. Justice takes on many mantles and he can fight crime just as easily with NCIS as he can with the LAPD. Also, he never felt at home with LAPD but now he has a home with NCIS.
Bridget: Sure, becoming a part of NCIS, would finally make him an “official” member of the team and family. But I don’t think signing some papers will do that. I think he’s already become a part of the family whether or not some document proves otherwise. I think it’s also nice to maintain that “connection” to the LAPD in case they would need to call them in for help on a case. Deeks may still have ties there that could help them out.
Diane: It’s been almost five years and Deeks didn’t have the best ties with the LAPD even back then. Being a maverick and always undercover, his reputation wasn’t a stellar one within the department so I don’t know if that really would help NCIS any longer after all these years. I think if they still need a LAPD presence it would be better to get another detective/desk jockey type to handle the administrative/diplomatic side of working with NCIS. That was never Deeks strong point, as we know. The man prefers getting his hands dirty on the undercover side. As much as he is accepted as part of the fold now, I think it would go an even longer way to aid in getting the respect of other team members like Callen and perhaps Granger, who haven’t always felt comfortable around the Deeks.
Bridget: Well I’m not really sure that Granger feels comfortable around any one on the team. So Deeks isn’t alone in that point. As for Callen, well I think he’s come to see Deeks belongs on the team just as much as the rest of them and again, a piece of paper isn’t going to tell him differently. Callen and Sam have always judged Deeks by his work and what he does, rather than what he says. I think at the end of Season 4 when Deeks succumbed to torture rather than give up info on Michelle, he solidified his place on the team not only in Sam’s eyes, but Callen as well. I think there’s no question that the team is a strong unit and Deeks is a core member of it.
Diane: I think Deeks is caught in a vortex now. He has to think of his future… and maybe his future with Kensi as well. I don’t think he’s going to be able to go back to the LAPD any longer. He’s gotten a taste of what it’s like to work together with a team that trusts his training (if not always his methods) and he has a boss who respects him and is always looking out for his best interests. He will never have that at the LAPD. Back in season two he told Hetty that he wanted to remain a cop, because that’s who he is… but I think if he looked deep down inside, he would see less of that cop now and identify more with the NCIS agents he works with. He has to move on and away from the LAPD. He has gone far beyond that world.
Bridget: While you’re right, in many ways Deeks has gone far beyond that world, I do also agree that his future is with Kensi. In order to have a better shot at that future he should remain as part of a separate entity, the LAPD, instead of join up with NCIS in an official capacity. Deeks already feels responsible for Kensi getting “sent away” to Afghanistan on the White Ghost mission. He’s also heard how things didn’t work out for Talia and her partner when they got together and how her partner is no longer a part of the DEA because of it. While Deeks wants nothing more than to be with Kensi, he also knows how important their jobs are to both of them and doesn’t want to jeopardize that. At least if he remains part of LAPD they may be able to “blur the lines” a little better when they eventually get together.
Diane: I don’t think it matters what law enforcement agency he is a part of in terms of Kensi. They are all hard on relationships. My feeling is that logistically, Deeks is going to be forced to decide eventually. I don’t think LAPD is going to allow him to continue this gig indefinitely no matter how much pull Hetty has. Of course that’s the realistic side of my argument but this isn’t real life and I guess anything can happen out there in tv land. But my dream is to see that NCIS badge hanging on his hip one day. He should be with an agency that respects his skills and talent… he deserves better and I think NCIS can give him that respect he deserves.
Bridget: You’re right, no matter how it shakes out, it’s going to be a hard road for him and Kensi to realistically work together once they become “more than partners”. But it’s not like this situation hasn’t been approached on other television shows. Castle is a prime example where partners got together romantically and have found a “loophole” in order to continue to work together. Is this always the most realistic situation? No, but I’m sure that something similar would happen with Deeks and Kensi down the road. I think a more realistic loophole would present itself though if Deeks remains with the LAPD over officially joining NCIS. So while I definitely think that Deeks is deserving of that NCIS badge, the fangirl in me wants as little obstacles as possible in the road for Deeks and Kensi to be together. If staying with LAPD helps remove some of those, then I’m all for that.
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Diane Volpe is a Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi