I was really looking forward to the conclusion of this arc along with some special guest stars and hopefully answers to questions regarding Hetty’s questionable involvement in the White Ghost incident. I think part of the success of the previous episodes has been the continuity of the same writer throughout the storyline. R. Scott Gemmill has taken us on a wonderful ride with these characters along with the help of other co-writers as well (Dana Scanlon is on board this time). One of my favorite directors is also back. Diana Valentine’s talents always stand out from behind the camera, and it’s usually a treat to see how she will mold what’s on the page this time.
As we found out last week, one of Hetty’s biggest nemeses, the East German operative, Mattias Draeger is back and gunning for Hetty. The team leader is still in Washington, unaware of Draeger and demanding to know who wants her out of a job. Her conversation with Admiral Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) is a nice look into what makes Hetty tick. She still has a few tricks up her sleeve. (Hetty: If you excuse me, I’m late for my daily flogging.)
Don’t you think it’s strange that Deeks is thinking about baby names? Of course, Deeks is a man in love… but how many of you out there think that something more is going on here? When Kensi asks if he got some bimbo pregnant, Deeks replies suggestively, “Not yet.” It’s the smile that says it all. And if they weren’t trying to hide something, why get so flustered when Granger catches them walking into the Mission together? Are they really still just partners? Or partners with benefits? Hmm…
Callen is a man on a mission as he searches for Mattias and he is willing to risk everything for his mentor. The team wants to know why the operative is back and why he is after Hetty? Of course, Callen could care less because he knows how dangerous the man is and only wants him out of the picture and he intends to use everything at his disposal to flush him out. After she gets a warning from Granger that Matties is back, Hetty is immediately done playing with the Washington bureaucrats. She is headed back to her team in LA and the family who needs her.
In a scene reminiscent of the suffering Deeks went through last season, Nell is also in hiding and screening calls from her partner. As often as this team is traumatized, they might as well bring Nate back on a permanent basis. This time he attends to Nell who is still grappling over the emotional effects from her first kill in the field. Apparently, this probie is not the girl of steel she wants everybody to believe she is and it is nice to see her having some doubts about her chosen career. Nate’s conversation with Granger about the human condition was a nice touch. Leave it to Hetty to jump start Nell and get her focused again.
Mattias makes an unwelcome appearance as he draws the team into a shootout from a Venice rooftop. After he slips away, Callen is even more determined to find this guy and he’s not listening to anybody, including Granger. Sam has the undesirable task of keeping Callen from going off the grid but even he knows you can’t stop his partner when it comes to keeping Hetty safe.
Welcome back Mr. Arkady! Vyto Ruginis is always entertaining whenever he returns to the show. His reluctant efforts to provide needed information to the team bring some comic relief to all of the scenes he is in and he usually winds up stealing the show. Arkady finally alludes to why Matties is looking for Hetty… the Cold War is heating up again and Hetty’s secrets would be invaluable in the right hands.
The last ten minutes really picked up the pace as Hetty lands back in LA and the team is chasing an elusive Mattias all over the city including… the boatshed? The look on Eric’s face is priceless when they tell him Mattias is heading to Ops next. I know this guy is good but how the heck did he get into the Mission? For some reason, Hetty’s not surprised and knew he would come looking for her there. (Hetty: Mattias my old whatever the hell you are?) The German intends to whisk her off to Russia in exchange for a nice payoff. But what kind of Cold War information could the ol’ gal still be clinging to that would be so important after all these years? The showdown in Ops was a first, with the team racing through the usually secure building to save Hetty. It was fun to watch as the agents circled the wagons but I was a bit befuddled over how we got to this point. If the DoJ leader was still in the building, where was everybody else? The Mission was a ghost town! The scene was exciting but frankly, how they got to that ending didn’t make much sense to me.
Was this truly the conclusion to this arc I was hoping for? Not really. There were so many unanswered questions and I was a bit disappointed with the episode in general. What happened to the mole; was someone trying to kill her and will Hetty ever answer for her actions in Afghanistan? I really was expecting more answers or at least a strong indication of what will come. But one episode does not a season make… so I look forward to seeing what’s coming down the pike. Perhaps some of my questions will be answered in due course… Patience (sigh!).
- Sam playing Mr. Mom to Eric was sweet. (Sam: That’s probably why you crash, Captain Crunch.)
- Ah Callen, does it surprise you he uses a mausoleum as a bank? Nah.
- I think Sam was actually embarrassed when Wallace tried to pick him up! (Callen: I didn’t see that coming!)
- I truly love the way Deeks looks at Kensi when she’s trying to be funny. Like an over indulgent parent, he just has to let her have her way with him!
- Silly Deeks! Trying to take down a cockroach? Well almost… leave it to Kensi to save the day. (Deeks: That’s why we’re partners.)
Not much in terms of Densi for this episode. No more moments tonight. But this scene may be a clue to what the partners are really up to outside of work:
- Granger: I need to talk to you two.
- Kensi: We car pooled.
- Deeks: Yeah, going green.
- Kensi: Yeah, saving the planet.
- Deeks: You know, it’s like Superman. Except of course, I wear my underwear on the inside of my pantaloons.
- Kensi: When he remembers to wear underwear. I’m kidding. I was just kidding. He wears underwear… I think. I’m assuming. I don’t know. We’re just… just partners.
- Deeks: Partners.
Tell us what you think of this episode in the comments below. Maybe you have some answers to my questions! Let’s get a dialogue going… Also come back next week for my review of “Black Budget”… only on wikiDeeks!
Title: “3rd Choir”
Writers: Dana Scanlon and R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Diana C. Valentine
Original Air Date: October 20, 2014
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