Watching Sam and Callen trying to get along together in a tiny food truck is almost worth the tedium of having to sit through another bio-terrorism storyline. But Joe Sachs is one of my favorite Densi writers, and Dennis Smith is a sure thing behind the camera…so what the heck! Let’s sit back and enjoy this one.
This episode was for all the Sam and Callen lovers out there and when the bromance is getting hot and heavy, they sure are a lot of fun to watch. But Kensi and Deeks had their own special moments in this episode as well that can’t be over looked either. Although this was a storyline that had international terrorist implications, it really dealt with family loyalties, one good and one bad. We get to see where hatred can drive people to commit all kinds of acts and how love can bring them together. It was good to see an emotional tie to this story that didn’t have to do with just faceless bad guys. Whether it was a little boy and his grandfather or the brother and sisterhood within the NCIS team, family is what matters most and this episode beautifully highlighted those sentiments. Great effort from the entire team.
- Cactus Karma? We don’t flush for number one? This was one of the funnier opening scenes this year. Oh, Deeks….you crack me up.
- Aztec rain stick….The Beale-man gets creative! I was beginning to miss his inventive ways of calling the troops. Where the heck did he find that thing?
- Can’t you just see Hetty surfing the beaches of Mexico?
- Fast Gringos Sam and Callen are at their best when they are getting on each other’s nerves. The bromance is in full swing in this episode as Callen refers to Sam as George Foreman and Sam threatens to fry one of Callen’s body parts, which will be left unnamed. I think they should just pick out the ring and get it over with!
- Kensi and Deeks are also like a relay comedy team when interrogating bad guys. It’s one of the aspects of the partnership I enjoy watching the most.
- I see Granger still hasn’t warmed up to Deeks’ charm. Some things never change.
- Think they’re on to us? That was an exciting run away food truck scene! Don’t see that very often. Phew…just in time!
- Sad to see Marisio was made. Another sacrifice made for a loved one.
- Kudos for a great action scene on the helicopter pad as Sam and Callen bring down the bio-terrorists. Sam is so self-assured as he fires that last bullet. No one is going to stop him from getting his man! We came, we saw, we kicked ass!
- The real bad guys turn out to be Homeland Security as they take Alexandro into custody. The team is so distraught, particularly Deeks as this was not the ending they envisioned. It was a heartbreaking scene and we can’t even blame Granger…. for long.
- After the ‘Humbug’ kiss, it was the best moment of the year: Deeks hugging Granger! The ol’ curmudgeon was a bit uncomfortable but he endured Deeks affection nevertheless. Maybe we have a new bromance brewing? Terrific scene.
- Deeks the Environmentalist? Ok, it makes sense since our fav Detective is always looking out for new ways to improve the world. I want to know how come the rest of the team can never get on board with his noble ideas?
- To the Batmobile! We all know Deeks is cute but I particularly love it when he uses that lawyer brain of his to make sense out the clues they are given. So fun to watch.
- A Spanish speaking Deeks? Now that’s sexy!
- Don’t you love seeing Deeks interacting with kids? Of course, it takes one to know one! Yes, Deeks. The good guys always win!
- So it’s not surprising how devastated Deeks becomes because he can’t be the good guy for Tomas. He’s not a man who reneges on his promises. The boy’s disappointment really tugs at his heart along with the rest of the team. His eyes were so expressive in his anguish.
- What’s all this talk about being bold? Even if they weren’t a ‘couple’, as partners I would have thought Kensi would have helped Deeks out of his cactus ‘problem’ instead of walking away? Morgan Freeman indeed!
- A water softener for Kensi? Oooh…. Deeks gets a zinger back and Kensi actually enjoys it. We definitely have a new improved Kensi going on here.
- What makes these partners great is their ability to trust in each other. Even it is stupid, they are positive they can make anything happen when they are together…. and that’s why we love them.
- As Hetty was telling her folk tale about the cactus, I loved how they cut to Kensi and Deeks’ reaction to the story. It was wonderful to see another expression of their love even if it was very subtle. I find it’s the best kind.
Be sure to come back next week as @anonklp reviews “Forest for the Trees”. Don’t forget to check out Deeks’ Surf Log tomorrow and later on this week Kensi’s Journal and Writing Deeks. See you back here next week!
Title: “The Black Wind”
Writer: Joe Sachs
Director: Dennis Smith
Original Air Date: February 2, 2015
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