It’s truly going to take an amazing episode to live up to viewers’ expectations after “Expiration Date”. Of course, they all can’t be home runs, but Dave Kalstein’s script has raised the bar for the last few remaining episodes of the season, which means the pressure is on for “Savoir Faire”! Jordana Lewis Jaffe is stepping up to the plate with writing duties this time (you can tell I’m ready for baseball season to start!) and Director Eric Laneuville returns for another go behind the camera.
In this episode the team is directed to find two missing, top-security Afghani soldiers before their government secrets fall into the wrong hands. If we go by the definition of the phrase ‘savoir faire’ and how it pertains to our on-screen heroes, we know this team has always been adaptable and knows what to do in any and all situations. But in this circumstance they are working with a DEA agent who is not exactly a team player and her actions may have left the Afghani army security at risk. This makes it a mission that is not entirely in their hands, but we are used to our agents always discovering new and creative ways to solve their case and this episode is no different.
Three cheers to Jaffe for writing a simple but enjoyable script that had me laughing at every turn. Although the subject matter was serious, the exceptional banter between the whole team helped to make this a really enjoyable episode to watch. The highlight of the show was Deeks’ hilarious monologue with himself as the Ops team listened in on every hysterical word. (“Whatcha got, public defender? Whatcha got?”) I’m not sure how much of this dialogue was on the page and how much came from the improvisational skills of Eric Christian Olsen but it certainly made for one of the more memorable Deeks scenes ever. ECO’s comic talents were on display and it was great to see him spend a few moments on screen by himself and to get to show off these remarkable skills.
- “He’s alive!” Sam’s back and not a moment too soon! Great banter between the team regarding who has taken the most shots in their career so far. A bit of macabre cop humor?
- “I’m standing right here, Agent Callen.” Granger just keeps getting funnier and funnier. We’re going to have to get him his own comedy hour! Actually, it’s great to see Miguel Ferrer loosen up and allow Granger room to breathe. He’s becoming a much more interesting character to me and I love seeing this fun side of this former curmudgeon.
- Not sure if I loved or hated the Neric banter this episode. Eric is still longing for Nell’s approval and he is so sweet when asking for her help, but Nell on the other hand comes off as the alpha male in the relationship (yes, no, maybe?) and you really wish she would check her smugness at the door.
- “She just hung up on me!” I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hetty more astounded! Great moment!
- “Best bubbles in the world, baby.” And that’s got to be one of the best Sam Hanna lines ever too. Besides, I don’t know why Callen is so upset over their differences. Isn’t that what makes their partnership so strong?
- Only Deeks can look good in ‘tourist chic’ despite what Kensi has to say about it. I want a pair of those glasses just to say I own a pair! LOL!
- Kensi and Deeks’ investigation of the shop owner was classic Densi. The expressions on their faces were brilliant as she describes her morning coffee ritual.
- Why is it that you can have all of that fire power being aimed at the van and nobody tries to hit the tires as it speeds away? Ah… come on guys! Do I have to tell you everything?
- Callen wins the prize for the best WTF look as Deeks regales him with his knowledge of pancakes. Knew that would be a short conversation.
- Touché? Maybe Sam just doesn’t want Kensi to miss Deeks too much or is he letting her know he’s in on their little secret? Hmmm?
- Not exactly a Hallmark moment at the end with Nell and Hetty. Is this some sort of cryptic message of what is to come, or a scene to fill in the additional few minutes of the show? What do you think?
Deeks: Do you think she’s ordering that shot of tequila with a shot of irony?
Deeks: So our guy’s wearing a black tee shirt, baseball cap heading for a close bus stop. That narrows it down.
Deeks: Granger. Of course Granger is there. It’s like the whole Opsapalooza! What’s going on guys? What can I do you for?
Granger: Question. Do you crumble graham crackers into your s’mores cakes?
Deeks: Do I crumble, cra…wait, are you being serious? Do you really want to know?
Granger: What do you think?
Kensi: This is nobody’s style. Who buys this stuff?
Deeks: OK, there’s a trunk in my garage, it’s a blue one that says ‘college’ on it. Yeah, don’t look in there.
Kensi: Nope. Note to self.
We have another break in the action while we wait for a new episode in the pipeline. In the meantime, settle back and read this week’s Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal… and don’t forget Writing Deeks. Next week we will also be announcing a special charity that wikiDeeks is helping to support and we hope all you Deeks’ fans out there will join in the festivities that we have planned. See you next time!
Episode: “Savoir Faire”
Writer: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Director: Eric Laneuville
Original Air Date: March 9, 2015
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