Welcome back to NCIS:LA as we start the new year with a brand new episode. Humbug” is definitely going to be a tough act to follow for Densi fans, but if anyone is up to the task, I have faith that Dave Kalstein and Larry Teng will be able to bring it home! We’re going back to basics here and as we bask in the warmth of that Densi kiss, we have a team episode we can rally around. Callen has been taken hostage while undercover and the team has to find a way to rescue their leader despite the explosives in and around the building. It’s an exciting opening for the show as the terrorists gather the hostages to relay their demands to the outside world.
God, I Love Your Metaphors So Much.
Romance aside, Densi is back at it again, slinging barbs and using the physical humor that we have come to know and love (at least most of the time). I know Kensi enjoys playing badass Blye but sometimes I think Deeks also enjoys letting her take her best shot. Deeks can be such a drama queen when it suits him! Did Kensi really think she was going to be able to meditate with Deeks egging her on? In Ops, the team finds that Callen is one of the hostages that has been captured during a terrorist takeover of a company operated by the arms dealer being investigated by Callen. The group demands the release of 150 Freedom Fighters, the most dangerous criminals being detained by the US government. This operation is unlike any other Jihad event in the past and Deeks finds it a coincidence that the man being investigated, Thomas Blanchard, didn’t know the terrorists before he was killed. Granger sends Kensi and Deeks to help Sam infiltrate the building. As Callen tries to help some of the hostages, he makes a keen observation that the terrorists may not be who they say they are as they hang a propaganda banner upside down. Outside Sam finds the militants have rigged an elaborate system of explosives that are ready for detonation. He immediately calls off the rescue mission. The team is going to have to find another way to stop this attack…and without backup.
Wolves Never Linger Around Sheep for Long.
Sam sets out to locate Callen because he knows his partner will separate himself from the hostages to pursue the terrorists. Kensi and Deeks inconspicuously join the group of hostages but recognize their rescue plan will also have to wait as one of the terrorists walks around with a dead man switch in his hand. One false move and they are all dead. Kensi and Deeks need help from Ops if they are going to be able disarm the explosives near the hostages but Deeks is having trouble trying to text pictures to Eric and Nell. Sam discovers Callen is in his own pot of hot water, and together they overcome a group of terrorists but not before two of the men get away. After reviewing what was left behind, they realize the whole hostage scheme was a ruse to throw them all off the real reason for their mission. They go in hot pursuit and methodically take down as many of the terrorists as they can.
That’s a Terrible Idea…Let’s Do That.
Deeks doesn’t let a little thing like the fear of heights scare him into finding a way to get his message to Ops. Watching Deeks hanging off the side of that building nearly took my breath away… not that we haven’t seen Deeks in this situation before. It’s just another day at the office for our LAPD Detective. Back at the Mission, Granger finds out Blanchard, who is a known arms dealer, targeted the 19th floor of the Wyatt Tower for a reason… it’s right next door to a storage lab for a pharmaceuticals company. Blanchard was trying to get the bio-weapon they had unwittingly developed while developing a vaccine for a project named Spiral. All the vials of the vaccine were due to be delivered to the CDC the following morning… but the terrorists had other ideas. Meanwhile, Sam and Callen are performing daring acts of their own by hanging in elevator shafts to take out the rest of the rebels. It’s at this time that they discover who they are actually dealing with. Didn’t see this coming… Irish militants? This breakoff group of the Irish Republican Army was working with Blanchard but turned on him instead in the end.
Deeks Doesn’t Even Show Up Until Game Day
Deeks failed the EOD course? Oh boy… but you got to love his attitude when he tells Kensi that he’s got this one! Red, yellow or black? Kensi encourages him to trust his training (Kalstein’s original words of wisdom from “Kill House”) as Deeks desperately tries to remember which wire to cut. When Hetty returns from her lunch, Granger is ready to call in the DOD Special Forces to destroy Spiral which would mean huge collateral damages and loss of life, including all the members of her team. Hetty insists that she is the only one who will make that decision when it comes to her team. You go, girl! While Deeks is disarming the bomb, Callen and Sam are busy destroying the vials of vaccine before the terrorists can get to it. But the plot takes a new twist as the real mastermind of the operation is revealed. Dr. Ward has no intention of destroying the vaccine but to use it as a means of escape… but not before she infects Callen. Sam is not going to let Callen’s possible death go unavenged and takes out the last standing conspirator on the roof top of the tower. It was a very touching scene with Hetty and the team as they watch the medical unit try and save Callen’s life. When he wakes up in Georgia two weeks later, we’re all relieved to find him alive and well. Doesn’t look like the virus took away any of his bantering skills though, as Sam and Callen continue their bromance where they left off. Nice scene between the two partners.
Speaking of partners…. We end the show with a wonderfully written epilogue for Kensi and Deeks who are attempting to become one with the Universe as they try to meditate together. The innuendos are flying, courtesy of Mr. Deeks but I love how effortlessly this scene flows between the two. The fun continues as Eric and Nell join in the Zen fest too. Even though this was a Densi-light episode, I was happy to see the couple enjoying their new found romance. Even though Kensi is still trying to hide the relationship, I think the jig is up. Great ending to another first rate episode from Dave Kalstein and the rest of the NCIS:LA crew.
- It seems Deeks is the only fan of Dave’s metaphors these days but I loved the dig by Mr. Kalstein. I’m glad he has a sense of humor regarding his writing. It’s all that Sayoc training probably? LOL!
- Hetty is having lunch in Nicaragua? Of course she is.
- Eric and Nell seem to have a different demeanor about them after their trip to visit Nell’s parents for the holiday. Maybe one day we will find out what happened on that romantic holiday??
- Is it me? But I just love how Deeks covers his mouth when he’s upset or trying to think things through. It’s such an endearing trait. More likely an ECO trait… but whatever.
- Somehow I have a problem with Deeks failing the EOD course. Probably got bored. You know how he hates taking all those training courses!
- Did you notice Deeks has been cursing more lately? Could it be the new time slot?
Deeks: Alright, that’s a human resources’ violation. I’m going to fill out some forms. There’s going to be consequences.
Kensi: You were in my energy sphere.
Deeks: God, I love your metaphors so much.
Kensi: It’s an allegory, actually.
Deeks: Crush Crew on Deck? Rock and Roll.
Kensi: Why do you have to bring sex into everything?
Deeks: I don’t know what you’re talking about sex? I’m talking about Zen. I’m talking about being one with the universe here.
Kensi: Zen, he says. Zen?? I know a metaphor when I hear one.
Deeks: Oh, you’ll love my metaphor when I whip it out.
Kensi: And there it is again.
Deeks: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
It’s always great to see a Dave Kalstein script hit the screens and he never disappoints for me. We have another two week hiatus in front of us so we will have to wait patiently for a new episode. Make sure you check out a new Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. We also have a new Writing Deeks this week as well. Happy Birthday, Marty Deeks! We have a special birthday fan fic on Thursday from hermoinesmydawg. So stay calm and wait for a new NCISLA coming your way soon!
Writer: Dave Kalstein
Director: Larry Teng
Original Air Date: January 5, 2015
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