Happy 150th episode NCIS:LA fans! The team gets to celebrate by taking a long deserved day off. I was beginning to think these guys worked 24/7, so it’s good to see them get some free time every now and again. Unfortunately the good times don’t last very long as Callen and Sam are forced back into the ‘saving the world business’ when they receive a mysterious cell phone with a threatening message.
As the show opens, we’re treated to a powerful image of the boys escaping from behind an exploding truck, cool as cucumbers. Only five hours before, the team had completed their last case which had Kensi undercover as a femme fatale to successfully dispose of a domestic terrorist. Deeks, for one, is happy to see this mission come to an end… but he leaves a troubled man. How can he even compete for Kensi’s love when it comes to money and power? He’s not able to let it go either. I’m not used to this new Deeks. It doesn’t seem in character but love does strange things, I guess.
Later as Sam and Callen sit at an outside café enjoying the latest fad smoothie (to Callen’s chagrin) a very clever and highly intense scene plays out as a mysterious cell phone is literally dropped into their laps. The ominous (and slimy) voice on the other end has the two agents franticly searching for the location of his threat. As the bomb explodes, Sam and Callen rescue a group of innocent bystanders (with cameos by COD’s real life wife and daughter), which is only the beginning of the cat and mouse game they are forced to play against their will.
Harimoto comes through again! Thank you Kyle for giving me the Densi scene that I have been longing to see for so long! Breakfast with Deeks!!! And it’s frittata! This time we get more than just a glimpse of his new home and find that Mr. Deeks is a virtual Martha Stewart! It was wonderful to see the couple enjoying a bit of domestic bliss as they relax after a long case. Even though Kensi and Deeks’ affair has been out in the open for a while, we rarely get to see them interacting the way couples do in private. These kind of intimate conversations are usually rare as they run around chasing bad guys all day long. But here we finally get to hear Deeks’ hopes and dreams and Kensi’s contentment in relationship to his love for her. It was a beautiful and poignant interaction and one of the small moments that make this episode so special.
But Deeks is not his usually happy-go-lucky self as he broods over his inability to give Kensi the riches of the world. It’s apparent that buying the house and sharing her with his mom is part of his quest to make Kensi proud of him. But it was surprising to hear Deeks’ equating happiness to wealth and even more surprising to hear him express it out loud. (Deeks: You know me, I could care less about money, or big cars, or clothes, or watches. It doesn’t matter to me. But, I don’t know. Sometimes I think I want to get those things for you.) To Kensi’s credit, her love is the real deal. (Kensi: I don’t care where I have breakfast, as long as you’re there.) That whole scene felt genuine as well. So simply played between the two lovers because Deeks is just a boy wanting a girl to love him for himself… and she does. But will it be enough? Their tender kisses seal the deal but something tells me this whole issue is not over and may lead back to the IA investigation. Deeks has been acting strange lately, and even if Kensi doesn’t see it, the show has been dropping little hints along the way and this may be one of them. Maybe I’m reading too much into Deeks’ insecurities, but I have a chill going up my spine and it wasn’t from that kiss either!
The caller, played by Nicholas Taylor, was one of the creepier villains we’ve seen in a long time. Sam may not like him, but Brunson gives us another “love to hate” character that this show has needed for a long time. (Callen: I don’t think he’ll be liking any of your Instagram pics anytime soon.) We eventually find out his master plan for the two agents as the Ops team speculates that Chad Brunson is out for revenge.
This episode had so much going for it and on so many levels. We had the perfect Densi scene, a story of revenge, bombs going off all over the place and the return of the agency mole that still haunts NCIS. (Brunson: One of your own is going to take you down from the other side.) From all angles this was a well written and directed story. Kudos to Harimoto and O’Hara… what a great way to celebrate 150 episodes! When we get a superior effort like this from the cast and showrunners, it reminds us that NCIS:LA can be one of the best shows on television by far.
• Poor Eric. I keep saying that a lot these days. Well at least he keeps trying his best to impress Nell… but I think he should just give up and be himself… the skinny, flip-flop-wearing, scaredy-cat, IT nerd that we all love and admire.
• Some of my favorite moments in this show are the times when Sam tries to get Callen to eat healthy. It’s usually a lost cause but some of the best bromance banter has come out of these scenes. (Callen: Tomorrow we’ll be eating shower mold because it’s high in Omega-threes.) Yes, these two should have a theme song!
• Nell came across a tad more believable in her field skills this time. Not sure Granger would agree though. (Granger: Someone shoot me in the head.) Old softie Granger comes through in the end when he stops Nell from apologizing for her insecurities. Nell is still a bit unsure of herself and Granger can intimidate anyone but a show of vulnerability on both sides was a nice touch… I’m glad Granger put her straight.
• Deeks is not a happy camper when being called into the Mission on his day off. Not something we’re used to seeing coming from the consummate cop, but who can blame him.
• Do we really believe Kensi’s flippant attitude after her undercover mission with the billionaire? Although Deeks finds it somewhat amusing, I think it’s the first time I’ve seen this much insecurity make itself apparent.
Kensi: I like things with flaws.
Callen: Well that’s no secret.
Deeks: Easy tiger.
• Flip a Flop? Deeks cracks me up with his money scheming plans but Kensi is on to him now. (Deeks: I’m glad we talked about this… I really feel better.) I wish I could say the same, Deeks. You’re up to something, and you may be in over your head.
• Me and Monty take over the World! I just love this image.
With this effort, Kyle Harimoto may now be my new favorite Densi writer. So move over Kalstein! These are the moments we love to watch! We’ll be back next week but don’t forget wikiDeeks has more coming later, with Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal… and don’t forget our Edit of the Week. See you here next time for “Blame it on Rio”. I’m really looking forward to this DiNozzo crossover!
Episode: “Command and Control”
Writer: Kyle Harimoto
Director: Terrence O’Hara
Original Air Date: October 12, 2015
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