There has been a lot of trepidation by Deeks fans leading up to this episode. We are slowly now getting bits and pieces of Deeks’ backstory and this week Dave Kalstein adds to the Marty Deeks legend. Whether you love him or hate him, Dave always writes from the heart and respects the characters’ personal story, and he does his best to take on those special moments in the episode. I really look forward to his first episode of the season and this this time was no different.
It was wonderful to watch Densi’s relationship flourish out in the open! I’m also happy that Kensi feels comfortable enough to call him ‘baby’ in front of their friends and colleagues. Did someone say the ‘M’ word in that opening scene? We also find out that Deeks has acquired a new bachelor pad- or is it going to be a new and larger love nest for the out-of-the-closet sweethearts? Deeks has graduated to a house, which means at least he’s thinking in the right direction! Mysterious phone calls, an apartment full of plumbers? Deeks is definitely hiding some monumental secrets throughout this episode and I think hiding stuff is a bad idea too, Kensi!
Talia makes her return and has a few fun moments, but for the most part was annoying as hell. Yet the woman played an integral part in cementing Densi’s relationship. She surely had a role in pushing them closer together so why does she have to keep drooling all over Deeks? Stupid question, sorry. (Talia: Deeks, you are looking good. Never thought I’d hear myself say that either.) And while we’re asking questions… what’s with Kensi’s reaction to Talia’s declaration? She’s totally gone the other way, no jealousy here, except a little controlled anger. Is she really that confident in their relationship and how did that happen so fast? (I think Dave was hesitant to write any more punching scenes after “The Frozen Lake.” Ha!) Yet Talia serves a purpose if only to keep reminding Kensi of the man she has in Deeks. I think I’ve had enough of Ms. Talia for a while… but I wouldn’t be surprised if she shows up again sometime in the future. Someone call Human Resources, please!
I don’t think it was a coincidence that Kalstein entitled this episode “Citadel”, and not only because it was the name of the security company featured in this episode. A citadel is the strongest part of a fortress, hidden well inside the last line of defense. What an apt description of what Deeks has been hiding deep inside this wall of secrecy. But you have to hand it to Kensi, who is learning how to deal with this side of Deeks’ personality. By repeating her new mantra: ‘more being… less doing’ (probably a lesson from Kalstein’s Sayoc training), Kensi learns how to successfully make her way through the twists and turns of their relationship. Sam’s advice also serves her well when meeting Deeks’ mom for the first time. She remains true to herself despite wanting to make a good first impression (Mrs. Deeks: Do you cook? Kensi: No. Mrs. Deeks: Do you want to learn? Kensi: No!). The look on Deeks’ face is priceless.
I’m still wondering why all the subterfuge from Deeks though? Where has Mom been all this time and why return now? I guess I expected a lot more emotions would go with her showing up on Deeks’ doorstep. Yes, this party has only just begun, and according to Kalstein we will have to remain patient in order to find the answers to all these questions. This may turn into more of a Deeks season after all. Don’t let me down, guys!
• Is Sam Hanna not human or is he just pushing Callen’s buttons? Sam Hanna doesn’t fail! And the bromance continues….
• I don’t think Callen failed that test on purpose. Too many disturbing daddy images for real.
• Looks like Sam is making the rounds these days among his colleagues. It’s rare to see a Hanna-Blye heart-to-heart talk… particularly when it’s subtly veiled in terms of how relationships work. Of course the big man probably has the most experience in this area and who better to advise her in matters of the heart? (Sam: You got to let it flow. More being…less doing.) His advice comes in handy later when searching for the sniper. Let’s see how it works in dealing with Deeks! A classic and sweet Kalstein moment.
• One good scene deserves another as Callen tries to give Deeks advice. We need more of these big/little brother moments between the two. It was beautiful to hear him admit to Deeks that he was trying to look out for him. Even though Deeks found it a bit unnerving since he is used to looking out for himself (I thought ECO was going to break out into tears!). It was another sweet and poignant moment between the two agents… and long overdue.
• I was wondering where Ms. Lange had gotten to! Great entrance! Typical, beautiful Hetty. Of course she invented the test… would we accept anything less?
• Perfect gift from Hetty to Callen. I agree, it’s time for that beard-thing to go! Although I wouldn’t mind seeing him keep the longer coifs for a while longer. Please!
• I love the way Deeks/ECO accented the word ‘think’ when he corrects Kensi about her use of food companions. (Callen: Should we put the lid back on this can of worms? Sam: No they can close it themselves.) Love that squeaky voice.
• Yep, it’s official… No one can deny that butt. Did you see the way Talia lusted for Deeks’ derriere? Stand in line, honey.
• ….yet Talia has no problem calling him an idiot. (Deeks: That’s a rhetorical question.) Wow.
• More reveals: Deeks: I know what it’s like to lose somebody. The crazy thing about it is that after they’re gone, everything that passed between you seems like the most precious thing in the world. Who could Deeks be talking about?
• Marty Deeks’ words to live by: It’s not a fetish. It’s just a lifestyle! I think this should be emblazoned on a t-shirt!
• Another reveal? Deeks’ profile test predicted that he would turn on the LAPD. More fodder for the IA investigation theorists. Is this a glimpse of what will come regarding the investigation? OK, now I’m really hooked and speculating.
• I found it interesting that during the drive by shooting, Deeks didn’t try to protect or cover Kensi.
• Have to hand it to Kensi, she’s not letting Talia get to her… yet. (Kensi: I’m going to take the highroad on this one. Deeks: As opposed to…? Kensi: Bleeding her out.)
• I’m not sure if Deeks is just trying to appease Kensi when he apologiz
es for Talia’s actions or if he’s just plain scared of them both… but it was kind of cute.
We have a new episode coming up next week and wikiDeeks has all the bases covered. Make sure you read Gayle’s Case Briefing for “Driving Miss Diaz“ and Tess DiCorsi will follow up with a Classified Preview. Until then sit back and enjoy this week’s Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal and find out what’s going on inside Densi’s collective heart. We’ll see you back here next week!
Writer: Dave Kalstein
Director: Eric Laneuville
Original Air Date: September 28, 2015
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