If Kensi and Deeks had hoped to keep their burgeoning love affair to themselves indefinitely, it looks like the jig is up! We’ve known all along that Hetty had a pretty good idea there was probably some happy dancing going on under the sheets between the partners and in this new episode she finally has a reason to worry about the repercussions. Andrew Bartels has been very active in Season 6, particularly with crafting the Densi love story arc and in this episode he takes on the topic of total disclosure to a new level for the couple.
The team is on a mission this week to find who is behind the deaths of three FBI agents killed during an explosion. In order to get answers, Hetty decides to shuffle the playing cards and reassign her agents to different partners. Nobody seems happy with this move and even though Sam and Kensi are simpatico… Callen and Deeks? That’s another story. After last episode’s pancake debacle I wasn’t expecting smooth sailing between these two but what’s behind Callen’s uneasiness? Callen may look at Deeks as the little brother who he hates wanting to tag along with him and big brother Sam, but having to work alongside the LAPD detective is another thing all together. He seemed to revel in breaking the news to Deeks that the entire Mission, including the motor pool, knows about their affair. Deeks is introspective and upset over the news but he had to know their secret wouldn’t last long. Hetty has kept their little secret for a while now but he is right to be more concerned about Granger’s reaction to the news. It could mean the end of their working relationship.
So who’s this mystery woman and what does she have to do with Hetty keeping Kensi and Deeks apart? Hetty is adamant that the two work separately and it may have nothing to do with their affair. But why all the subterfuge? Even Nell is not sure about the method behind Hetty’s madness. Kensi and Deeks have a lot to be worried about but not knowing why they are being followed only adds to their anxiety. The scene in the boathouse was a beautiful Densi moment as Deeks tries to assure Kensi that everything is alright between the two of them. Kensi’s trying her best to believe his sweet words but you can tell by the expression on her face she’s not so sure.
Finally, Kensi gets down to the bottom of why they are being followed but the news is unsettling. Deeks is being investigated by the LAPD and it looks like we have the beginning of a new arc for Densi. Up until this time, Kensi and Deeks biggest concerns were having to fight the bad guys while keeping their love affair and their personal safety intact. Now their fears hit closer to home. Kensi has to worry that the LAPD will use his love for her against the detective in order to get to the reasons behind the investigation. Now we know why Hetty separated the partners. She knows they can use Kensi against him but she doesn’t know why. Interesting. Although Deeks insists the LAPD has nothing they can use against him, there is just something in his response that tells me he’s not telling the whole truth. There’s no protesting, no objection or pleas of injustice coming from him. Deeks is quiet and that’s not a good sign. I’m hoping that this investigation will lead to his backstory and we can finally find out more about Marty Deeks’ elusive past. I can’t wait to see how this plays out!
• Deeks looks shell-shocked when Callen tells him everyone knows of Densi’s affair. No jokes, no funny quips. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen this side of Deeks.
• I had to laugh when Kensi brings up Deeks’ pistachio eating habits to Sam. (Sam: He leaves the shells everywhere, it’s disgusting.) Poor Deeks. He’s getting picked on from all sides.
• Hetty keeping secrets again? I guess we’ll never understand her ways completely.
• OK, Sam redeems himself insisting he would never want to see Deeks removed from the team. (Sam: Don’t tell him I said that!). Sam understands even though he may not approve of their relationship. But he has a good point about kids popping up… By the look on Kensi’s face, I don’t think it ever even occurred to her.
• I really enjoy watching Deeks interrogate people. You never know which angle he’s going to explore and if he’s going to take the good cop or bad cop stand. He’s brilliant. Makes me wish we could see him in front of a jury.
• Higher purpose, my ass! Don’t you just love some of the things that come out flying out of Hetty’s mouth?
• I’m glad that Hetty didn’t lecture Kensi and Deeks about their relationship. I think she has always been in favor of the union but knows it’s going to be a difficult road to travel down. Her job now is to protect them and whatever lies ahead for Deeks. Yes, Hetty this is just the beginning.
• Ending the episode with Hetty whispering bugger is never a good sign!
Hetty: Are you thinking of retaking the California bar, Mr. Deeks?
Deeks: Three days of hell? I’d rather clean half of Kensi’s apartment.
Kensi: I keep offering.
Deeks: I got muscles in all the right places. I’m a lean, mean, sex machine. At least that’s what my ladybird says.
There were some nice moments all around with this episode including the final action scene with Sam successfully talking the young men out of following through on their mission. Not sure I fully understood and accepted the uncle’s motives behind his actions though. I’m still trying to figure out how much blame to put on the FBI or not. Was he delusional or what games is Bartels accusing the FBI of playing? Still, we got to see a much more serious Deeks in this episode which is always a plus in my playbook and I can only imagine what dangers are lurking around the corner for Deeks. Will his past come back to haunt him? Seems he will be fighting those shadows for sure in the upcoming episodes. Nice work by Andrew Bartels and Tony Wharmbly all around.
Next week we have a new episode, “Blaze of Glory” and two other love birds, Neric, take center stage. Don’t forget to come back this week for Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal and a new Writing Deeks! See you soon!
Episode: “Fighting Shadows”
Writer: Andrew Bartels
Director: Tony Wharmbly
Original Air Date: March 23, 2015
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