We’re back to basics as the team investigates a terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Tunisia. Writer Tim Clemente and Director Karen Gaviola are teamed up again for this episode after previously working together on “Blood Brothers” in the first season.
No Answers….Just Conspiracies
You know things are serious when there is no fun banter to kick off an episode. It’s all business as the team races up the stairs to be briefed on the attack. The ambassador, Nancy Kelly, and her team are seen under fire and racing from the terrorists. Sam knows her Navy attaché, Tom Harris, who unfortunately does not survive the violence. After a briefing with the FBI, they are told the terrorists are in complete control of the compound and Callen is concerned that all the evidence will be destroyed. (Sam: Hell no.) You know this is not going to happen on Sam’s watch! But the FBI is firm that the country will consider any military force illegal action. But Callen has a better plan! Kensi and Deeks insist on traveling with Callen and Sam to Tunisia, but it’s not going to be a mission for the entire team this time. The senior partners need to go it alone.
That leaves Densi to interview Harris’ boss Captain Beck about his connection to the victims. Beck is sure that the military had no prior knowledge that an attack was imminent or of any activity that would arouse suspicion. The Captain is tired of diplomacy, he wants the team to find out who planned the attack and kill the perpetrators. The man doesn’t mince words.
What Does Not Kill Us…..Only Makes Me Want to Kill You!
Once in Tunisia, Callen and Sam survey the area with a little help from Ops. The partners covertly storm the embassy and head directly to the safe room where they find the bodies of the murdered consulate staff. While Callen is recording the evidence, the terrorists discover the team’s activity but not before they are able to escape with the invaluable photographic evidence in their possession. As they are being debriefed on the flight back, Callen and Sam find out that several members of the terrorist brigade are traveling to Mexico most likely to find their way into the States to completing their failed mission.
What I Really Need is a Hetty Bobble Head Doll
Kensi and Deeks check out the FBI’s 3-D printer working to reproduce the safe room and the evidence that was retrieved from the scene. Good to see Deeks is back to his silly self as he requests if the fancy machine can build him a Stretch Armstrong and Hetty bobble head doll. Nell also informs them that they found a hole in Captain Beck’s statement that proves he had visited Harris in Tunisia only a few weeks before the attack. Densi return to his office to demand the truth but he’s not talking. What’s up with this guy? Back in the gym, Callen and Sam are analyzing the safe room evidence that was recreated by the 3-D printer. Pretty impressive, huh? The boys find a key clue… there is no blood trauma or bullet wounds on the bodies. It actually looks like smoke inhalation killed both victims.
As Densi leave Beck’s office, Deeks spies what looks to be the infiltration of the bad guys on American soil. I just loved how Deeks calmly surveyed the street as he talked with Kensi… always the vigilant cop. As the partners take on the terrorists, a few still get away. I know Deeks was out there in the open, but boy was he lucky these guys were such poor shots with all that firing going on! All evidence is pointing back to the evasive Captain Beck who has been recorded having secret meetings with the CIA and Callen knows exactly how he can find the mysterious CIA operative.
This is Just Adorable Partner Banter
Kensi and Deeks are in rare form as they review the evidence at the recreated safe room. Yes, Deeks you both were adorable and Kensi was really enjoying the verbal barrage. It was the first really light scene in the entire episode. But it leads to an important clue and a piece of paper that is lodged in Harris’ hand. Dogleg? That’s the question Callen and Sam bring to their meeting with Wally the CIA operative who plays dumb until Sam pushes the envelope and forces the information from him. Dogleg is the code name for a top secret black op in Tunisia but that’s about all he’s giving up. (Callen: I can’t exactly hold him here, Huggs!)
The elusive mole reemerges in a conversation between Hetty and Granger, as Granger worries over Mission security before the Ambassador arrives to visit the crime scene reproduction. Eric has also found footage of her arguing with Harris in Tunisia. As Callen and Sam review the video evidence with Kelly, Callen speculates that the mission was a kidnapping event and not an assassination attempt. Kelly points out that she may not have been the target since not all of the images from the terrorist communication were of her. Harris was the common denominator and was probably the real target. Callen confronts Kelly and feels she may know the reason why they were after Harris particularly in regards to Dogleg. Kelly explains she argued with Harris because he wouldn’t tell her who was involved with the op. She also identifies Captain Beck as part of the operation and most likely the terrorists’ next victim.
That’s Not Good
Kensi and Deeks are sent to locate Beck but instead find an empty home that’s been ransacked. (Deeks: Wow it looks like your house after you clean it.). Beck was abducted by the terrorists and eventually the team sets off to storm their compound and rescue Beck. I had to laugh that with all that gunpower at their disposal, Deeks was able to take down the terrorist with a simple fireplace iron and save the day. (Deeks: I thought about hitting an eight but I decided to just choke down a seven iron.) My hero!
The final scene in the Mission was sweet despite the team ragging on Deeks. (Sam: What’s wrong with you? Callen: He’s a bobble head. Kensi: He’s more like a chchchchia pet.) Ah, but we love our slightly dysfunctional family, don’t we? Just remember folks, who saved the day!
- Use your wizardry to make it work, Gandalf! Sam has found another way to tease poor Eric but of course we all know Eric is the Wizard of Ops!
- Callen gets back at Sam in the name calling game: Huggy? Perfect!
- Don’t you ever get sick of drinking that stuff? Granger is lucky he didn’t find a kitten with claws!
- I loved the Walton reference at the end by Deeks and when he addresses Sam as John Boy, I thought I would lose it! Shut up Deeks!
Oh, the team, definitely know what’s going on between these two:
Deeks: What’s up boys? How’s the honeymoon going?
Sam: Really, you two want to go there?
Kensi: Oh, no. Not us two. Keep me out of this.
Can I get an ahhhhh?
Deeks: Do you have my back?
Deeks: Wow. Now I know how Mr. Magoo felt!
Deeks: Magoo. Seriously? Oh, ho, ho Magoo. You’ve done it again.
Deeks: Seriously, nothing? It must have been before you time.
Kensi: My time is your time, so how is that possible, Einstein?
Deeks: Because you don’t have an appreciate for vintage animation.
Kensi: If by that you mean I don’t like old cartoons, no I don’t.
Deeks: First off, the word cartoon, is demeaning to the art form and secondly, cartoons are cool.
Kensi: Oh yeah, you think they are cool?
Deeks: Yeah, I think they are rad.
Kensi: How rad do you think they are?
Deeks: I think they are awesome possum.
Kensi: How awesome possum?
FBI: What is this?
Deeks: This? Aw don’t worry about this. This is just adorable partner banter. You’re going to come to love this!
Not a whole lot of Densi movement going on but we do get an acknowledgement from Sam that the team is quite aware of their relationship. Unfortunately, I wish it was a more interesting episode. There were moments of action and some drama but they never made me really care about the Dogleg mission and why it was so important and why the terrorists would risk coming into the US to kidnap or kill Beck. Although I would have liked to have found out more about the mole who was briefly mentioned and then promptly dropped again to my frustration. But we did get to see why our slightly dysfunctional team is such a great working unit. Nobody does it better and that’s why we love them.
We have another break next week but be sure to come back to wikiDeeks for our Team Roundtable Discussion. Our contributors review season six so far and what we hope to see in the future. (No surprise it has to do with wanting more Deeks in the future!) Don’t forget Deeks Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal later this week too! See you soon!
Title: “In the Line of Duty”
Writer: Tim Clemente
Director: Karen Gaviola
Original Air Date: January 19, 2015
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