NCIS:LA Case Briefing: Active Measures (S7E1)
Note: Welcome to a new weekly column, the “NCISLA Case Briefing”. This will serve as an episode preview of sorts. It will allow us to consider what we’ve been preemptively told about the episode and speculate on a myriad of aspects such as character reactions, continuing plotlines, and connections to past episodes. With this being presented by wikiDeeks, it also includes a feature titled “Deeks’ Week”, where we can consider the detective’s specific role in the investigation and his interactions with teammates, suspects, and a few notable visiting acquaintances. So settle in as we begin tackling our first case!
Official CBS Press Release: “Active Measures” – When Callen goes rogue and embarks on a secret mission that leaves Sam and the team in the dark, Hetty demands that his operation be shut down and tasks the team with finding him, on the seventh season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES. Written by R. Scott Gemmill; Directed by John Peter Kousakis
Welcome back NCIS:LA fans as we likewise welcome the team home from Russia! The hiatus is finally over and lucky number Season 7 is upon us! With inaugural members of the NCISLA family, R. Scott Gemmill and “JPK” launching the season, it’s sure to be a surprising and intriguing turn of events!
As Callen has just stumbled upon more clues related to his father, he reacts in an expected way. He goes rogue. Again. Oh Callen. Will he never learn this Lone Wolf tactic is detrimental to pretty much everyone involved?! It’s this “everyone” that will surely be an incredibly compelling aspect of the episode.
Sam knows his partner. He knows when to give him space and when to rein him in. So which strategy will The Big Guy choose this time? In the press release we’re informed “Hetty demands”. (Of course she does.) This indicates Sam won’t have a choice. Will this bring Callen into check or perhaps damage their partnership?
Yet, this time it’s different. Very different. Forget a verbal exchange. Save your fists. And leave your knives in the kitchen. No, this time they pull out the “big guns” so to speak – on each other! In the promo we see the brotherly partners staring down the barrel of the other’s weapon!
The tension continues to build as we unbelievably see Hetty tasing her favored agent?! This all seems so outrageously out of character can it be real? Or might this only be a case-based ploy to bait a suspect? Based on the reactions by the rest of the team both in Ops and nearby, it’s anyone’s guess.
Meanwhile it appears Densi may have found some non-work workout time. Similar to their resistance tether (that Eric & Daniela actually broke!) in the park, the partners are now ocean-side. Promo pics show us a humorously tumbling Deeks. Did the detective encounter a road hazard, or more likely was distracted by his (literally) dashing partner? It’s a great illustration of Shaggy physically “falling” for his Fern.
Speaking of Fern, it appears as if the beloved SRX may have been retired. Sadface. Is that a new black Audi Q7 she is about to put to a test? In addition to her aggressive driving, this ride makes Bad Ass Blye appear even more dangerous! You go girl!
Deeks’ Week: It’s fairly easy to surmise the California-bred surfer relieved to have returned to the comforts of sun, sand, and sea (especially with his Sunshine at his side). So how might Callen’s supposed AWOL status affect Deeks both professionally and personally? More importantly now that he’s back in the City of Angels, what “devils” might await him in the presumed ongoing Internal Affairs investigation?
Gayle H. is a contributor at wikiDeeks.com. Follow her on Twitter: @DensiLand