Even though NCISLA is on a new day and time, the season six premier begins exactly where we left off with last year’s cliffhanger, Deep Trouble, Pt.I. As Kensi and Deeks look helplessly out over the harbor, Callen and Sam are trapped somewhere underwater in an armed submarine which is heading straight for a Navy aircraft carrier stationed at San Diego. R. Scott Gemmill completes his two-part story and brings in veteran director Dennis Smith to take over on camera duties. Unfortunately, the final episode of last season wasn’t reviewed with much enthusiasm on my part as compared with some of the other cliffhangers in the past. So I was hoping that the season six premier would bring a much more exciting storyline this time and YES….. Mr. Gemmill delivers!
We’re on Our Own
The action starts up again fast and furious as Kensi and Deeks realize they have to find a way to prevent the sub from making it to open waters. It’s not going to be easy as the vessel makes its way silently underwater without being seen. The whole team is now working furiously to stop this sub including Hetty who interrupts her trip to Washington, where she was slated to explain her actions in the White Ghost debacle. She returns to the Mission to help her agents and friends, despite Granger’s warning (Hetty: I have a lipstick gun in my purse and I’m not afraid to use it.). Back in the sub, Callen and Sam are on their own and pulling out all the stops to slow down the sub but without light and air it’s going to get real messy and quick. This is a Jihad suicide mission and the two agent are going along for the ride unless they can stop the catastrophe that awaits them.
I think we all can agree there was never any real chemistry between Deeks and Talia last season, so I was surprised that the DEA agent made her way back in this episode to resume her catfight with Kensi. But jealousy is a strong emotion and even if Kensi truly doesn’t believe there is anything going on between Deeks and Talia, it works to help move the Densi storyline along a bit more. Kensi is still struggling over her feelings for Deeks but she may be finally ready to fight for her man. As the newly formed trio combines forces to stop the sub, Kensi finagles a way to keep Talia away from her partner and Deeks is confused and not amused.
Finally! The 500 ton elephant in the room has been acknowledged! Even though the catfight that ensues is a bit silly, at least Talia has the guts to challenge Kensi regarding her feelings for Deeks (Best line of the night: You need to let that boy under your hood for a little oil change!). Glad to see someone has the guts to call it the way she sees it. Of course Kensi responds with her signature head butt (ugh!) but the return shot was a beaut! It’s not all fisticuffs as the two female agents figure out the real purpose of the sub’s mission and perhaps gain a little respect for each other along the way.
Inside the sub, Callen and Sam also realize where all the explosives are headed and the original drug search is turning into an international terrorist plot and a suicide mission for our boys. If they can’t stop the sub, they are going to have to sink it and if they don’t do it…the Navy will. (Sam: I don’t ever think I’ve seen you so excited about a suicide plan!).
To Friends and Partners!
The remainder of the episode was a race to rescue the two agents onboard the sub and prevent it from reaching its ultimate destination. Despite the tense storyline, there were a lot of light moments as well between Callen and Sam, and Densi and Talia. Even with all the trailers and spoilers that were leaked in the weeks before the premier, I’m happy to say Deep Trouble, Pt II was a very satisfying conclusion to the cliffhanger. It was good to see the gang back in control again and doing what they do best. It was first class action and storytelling all the way which is what we have come to love about this show. And of course it wouldn’t be the same without its signature humor and the amusing bantering going on between partners. Gemmill’s dialogue is fresh and laugh-out-loud funny. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great new year ahead for the NCISLA franchise. It will be interesting to see if the show’s ratings will remain the same as they move to this new date and time. Fingers crossed!
- Callen: What the hell you doing there MacGyver? I enjoyed seeing Sam use all his math and MacGyver skills despite Callen’s razzing. It showed another side to the big man not always on display.
- Did Sam actually say he preferred Deeks’ company after Callen’s terrible Mr. T. imitation? Yep, we’ve come a long way baby!
- As much as I hated the catfight between Talia and Kensi, it certainly cleared the air, even if Kensi didn’t like what she had to say.
- Granger finally becomes a member of the team and sticks his neck out for his agents and Hetty. About time!
- At the hospital Deeks interrogates the main suspect in the brotherhood group and it looks like he uses an old tool in his interrogation box. I was surprised to see him using force again to try and get Wilson to answer his questions. It didn’t work in Afghanistan but he’s willing to try it again. Interesting. I prefer the mind games he plays with Wilson later. Deeks is always better using his head than his brawn. His lawyer brain is fun to watch as he tricks Wilson into spilling the beans.
- Ok, so Deeks carries around a small bottle of whiskey with him at all times? Really? I knew he had to have something else up his sleeve! So does that mean he carries a small bottle of apple juice around at all times? I don’t even know where to go with that one! (Deeks: I saw a guy with a drill bit in his head and he could probably use a drink.)
- Wilson: I refuse to die. Deeks: And I refuse to grow up, actually, that’s working out pretty well for me! (Yes it is, Mr. Deeks.)
- I think this is the first time I can remember Deeks so annoyed with Kensi’s behavior. As Kensi steers Deeks away from driving off with Talia, I found it funny how he has to bite down on his tongue to hold off on any sarcastic remarks. Always picking his battles; it’s one Deeks knew he couldn’t win.
- Deeks is really not liking this new alliance between Talia and Kensi towards the end but it’s really fun to watch him squirm, isn’t it?
- Deeks: Am I missing something? Kensi: Yes, and it’s called a cerebral cortex. (Good one, Kensi!)
- How sweet was Deeks when he teases Kensi and agrees that she will make a beautiful bride? Yes, more tickling and less punches!!!
- Always love when Kensi reaches out to Deeks for support since it’s so rare. But when she grabs his hand, my heart stopped. Beautiful moment.
Welcome back to Season Six everyone! It was great to see the gang back in action again. Next week we have a special surprise as one of the crew stops by to talk to wikiDeeks about next week’s episode. Make sure you join us Monday for this interview and my review of the episode “Inelegant Heart” See you then!
Title: “Deep Trouble” Part II
Writers: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Dennis Smth
Original Air Date: September 29, 2014
Diane Volpe is a Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi