I have always said that when NCIS: Los Angeles concentrates on the main characters of the show, there isn’t a better television drama series around on the tube today. It’s always refreshing to see the team working together for the benefit of each other instead of trying to solve another ‘save the world’ mission that sometimes leaves me numb and disinterested. The past two episodes from the mothership, NCIS, have been very emotional and personal and moved me to the point of actually shedding a few tears. After 12 years this show still has the capacity of making me feel something deep from within. The storylines still feel real to me.
Unfortunately for me, NCIS:LA has been cold and mechanical for most of this season. There have been a few bright spots but it seems not much has been going on between the characters and the storylines can be frustrating and unnecessarily complicated. I originally connected with this show because of the interaction between the main characters and in particular Densi. I wanted to share in their lives and watch how they positively affect the people around them. Since I’m always chasing rainbows, I decided I was going to look forward to this episode with renewed enthusiasm. This time we have a story that centers on the core team and this is definitely a step in the right direction. There has been talk of a mole within the team all season and there may be grave consequences for one of our beloved members as well. R. Scott Gemmill is back and working alongside a new writer, Michael Udesky, and we welcome Eric Pot behind the camera lens again.
I also know you better than you think, missy!
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot of Densi this episode, but was pleasantly surprised to watch a playful Deeks demonstrating to Kensi how well he really knows her. Although Kensi finds it unsettling, she’s really uneasy at how much he has can see deep down in her soul. Other than her father, she probably hasn’t let many men that close to her since Jack… and we all know how that ended. So who can blame her for holding back? But if there is going to be any future for Densi, she is going to have to let Deeks get into those nooks and crannies deep within her heart. Deeks also sticks his neck out big time when he tells her how much he loves the soft side of Kensi Blye. Kensi deflects his words by calling it creepy, but that’s just her way of deflecting something she can’t process quickly. It was charming and she knows it! We can only hope this conversation will be the catalyst that will create a forward movement in their relationship.
Nice work Poison Ivy
Densi doesn’t have time to finish their illuminating conversation as Nell informs them of Granger’s accident. At the scene, Callen and Sam assess the situation and come to the conclusion someone inside is gunning for the team. First Hetty and now Granger. The geek team, Eric in particular, is worried about Hetty after watching her consume six cups of tea! She asks him to keep his wits about him… ah… how could this sweet guy be the mole? Kensi and Deeks are checking in on Granger at the hospital. (Deeks: Hey buddy. How’s our favorite little curmudgeon?) But Granger is more than grouchy and the two agents are shocked at his altered state due to being poisoned by a plant… wolfsbane. Strangely enough, the potted plant shows up on Kensi’s desk to the group’s surprise and shock. Looks like Kensi was next in the killer’s path.
We have a mole in our midst and it ends today!
The Mission is contaminated with the plant and the call is to evacuate the old building, but Hetty is not playing along. We soon find out she has no intention of letting the mole escape the building and the agency goes into lockdown. Wow! After six years this is a first… and by the expressions on Kensi and Deeks’ faces it may have been the first time they have ever witnessed this protocol happening as well. Extreme times call for extreme measures. Everyone in the building has been accounted for except three employees, one of which is Granger’s assistant, Lisa Manning. But Callen and Sam find her unconscious and barely breathing at her home. Another victim of the mole!
As Nell is setting up the polygraph, her funny conversation with Eric and his comic book investment turns serious as she discovers a large deposit in Eric’s bank account. Nell pleads with him to report the money but he lashes out at her and insists he wants to handle it himself.
Don’t ever smell me again!
No surprise that watching Hetty take a polygraph test was going to be one of the highlights of the hour despite the seriousness of the situation. Committing treason, trying to kill Granger and admitting it all with calm assurance was hysterical. But things turn deadly once again as another employee is found hanging in a supply room. I find it funny that these guys can find surveillance footage anywhere in the world except when it comes to a lockdown at the Mission. This mole knows the workings of this agency well and they are using it to their advantage. Holmes and Watson (Kensi and Deeks) ascertain their co-worker didn’t commit suicide but instead was strangled and then hung up to make it look like a suicide. I thoroughly enjoyed Densi working together to try and solve this crime. Despite the barbs, they make a great team on and off the field. Now if we could just see more off the field moments, I would be a happy camper.
Callen and Sam aren’t too bad of a team either as they explore the employee’s home and find a cache of wolfsbane growing in a greenhouse out back. But Hetty was right… it’s always the one you least suspect. I enjoyed the little subterfuge the writers played as Densi was gathering DNA samples from the group of suspects. But it couldn’t be that obvious could it? Yet, it was enough to pull our attention away from the real perpetrator (Brown). No longer a suspect, Eric uses his wits to lure Brown into the basement with a promise it will get him to the outside and freedom.
Of course I knew the team would rescue our favorite geek, but it was a strange interrogation and ending. This guy had it all planned out, didn’t he? But how did Callen know it was all a bluff? Not sure if I buy their method of getting him to talk. This was pretty serious stuff with treason heading the list. The evidence was stacked against him and he committed some outrageous crimes. So why bring in the fake Russian agents? I’m still trying to figure that all out. But this tale is far from over. They still haven’t found out a motive for his actions and Brown was probably working for someone else which means the threat is still out there. Hmmmm. Where do we go from here?
My faith has been restored a bit more with this episode. There is nothing this gang won’t do for the other members of their team and I love when this kind of story is played out on screen. But because we were left hanging and all they have is this laughable suspect, I didn’t feel like there was enough importance given to this major threat surrounding the team. Somebody wants this team dead and until we find out where that danger is emanating from…. no one will be safe. To be continued…
- It was jarring to see Granger hurt in such a violent way. It was a pretty nasty crash and the effect was very effective, especially after cutting directly to the Densi banter.
- I had to laugh as Kensi is blowing these paper bad guys away with those very imposing guns but Deeks is more concerned over who stole his sea urchin burger. Great Densi!
- Sam was also amusing as he describes the interior of Granger’s home. (Sam to Callen: I’ve seen homeless people with more possessions than the two of you combined.) Must be the job!
- Nell slapping Eric was something out of an I Love Lucy episode! (Eric: I needed that. Nell: Yes, you did.)
- How many cats does a crazy lady make? Callen’s assessment of how many cats someone can have before being called certifiable was a riot.
- But after the Lucy and Ricky scene, I did love the tender moment between Eric and Nell at the end. There is a deep friendship there (maybe more) that can’t be denied.
- Granger upon waking up and seeing Hetty: Clearly, I haven’t died and gone to heaven. LOL!!!
So now we know Deeks doesn’t pee in public toilets! TMI, folks!
Kensi: Is this why you don’t pee in public toilets?
Nell: Wait, who doesn’t pee in public toilets?
Eric: I don’t blame him.
Deeks: (To Eric) You got a suspicious anomaly? Is it above or below the waist? (Oh, Deeks, only you could come up with that line!)
How’s this for communication, Kensi…?
Kensi: How did they ever give you a detective’s badge?
Deeks: I’ll have you know at the LAPD they use to call me Sherlock Holmes.
Kensi: A fictional character… well done.
Deeks: I also know you better than you think, missy.
Kensi: Yeah? What’s my favorite color?
Deeks: I’m so sorry, let me be more specific… cornflower blue.
Kensi: That was such a lucky guess
Deeks: A lucky guess! First off that’s not a real color and secondly you don’t even own anything in the cornflower hue.
Kensi: Not that you know of… see apparently you don’t know everything about me.
Deeks: I know you hate liver but love bulgoooooogi.
Kensi: So does everybody else.
Deeks: Your favorite movie on the planet is Titanic.
Kensi: Me and a billion other people.
Deeks: I know that you love mojitos and techno music at the Apex hotel. I know that you played college softball. I know that you dressed up as a Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtle as a kid for Halloween. I know that you keep a journal. I know that you want to have an oregano garden even though you are a noted plant killer. I know that your favorite New Kid on the Block was Joey Mcintyre and why not, because he was the dreamiest. Bam! Oh and I also know that you hide girly magazines under your bathroom sink.
Kensi: I do not.
Deeks: I mean not like girly magazines. I mean like magazines for girls things like Cosmo and Modern Bride because our kickass Kensalina has a softer, lacy, lady side that no one knows about but me… and I love it.
Kensi: You couldn’t have said that any creepier.
Deeks: Creepier? I thought that was pretty charming.
Nell: Depending on the level of exposure it can cause severe diarrhea, pain, paralysis, vomiting and eventually cardiac arrest.
Deeks: (To Kensi) Sounds like your chili.
We have a break next week but don’t forget to check out some of our other features like Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. We also have a very special fan fic for this holiday season from Jericho Steele…The Ties that Bind. Check it out! See you soon.
Writers: Michael Udesky & R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Eric A. Pot
Original Air Date: November 24, 2014
Diane Volpe is a Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @phillydi