A good time was had by all last night as the two clown princes of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles faced off in this week’s episode entitled “Blame it On Rio”. Michael Weatherly joined the cast of NCIS:LA and had a chance to work alongside Eric Christian Olsen as each brought to the show their own endearing comic style we have all come to know and love. We can only hope that the crossover will have enticed enough viewers of the mothership to come over and lend their collective support to the drooping ratings that NCIS:LA has experienced in the opening weeks of the new season. (Editor’s note: Hooray! Early ratings have the episode as #1 in the time slot!) With veteran showrunners Gemmill and Smith writing and directing this week’s episode, it definitely was a winning combination all the way around.
It’s time for fun in the gym as the opening scene finds Kensi waiting impatiently for her partner to join her for a workout. What would possess Deeks to put on that ugly workout suit just to prove his undying devotion to Bruce Lee? It only gives Kensi and Sam more fodder to make fun of Deeks’ combat skills. While Densi and Sam are verbally sparring in the gym, Granger is up in Ops with a more ominous task for Eric. The Internal Affairs investigation rears its ugly head as Granger asks Beale to find out specifics. This thing is happening, people! But first, welcome Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo to the secret lair of the west coast Avengers, AKA the Mission!
I loved watching the two shows collide as DiNozzo strolls into the Mission toting that big ol’ smile and classic good looks with him. As soon as he arrives, the wisecracks and hilarity immediately ensue. (DiNozzo: Nice to see you, Uma.) It’s a laugh a minute and a delight for long time NCIS/NCIS:LA fans everywhere. It seems DiNozzo has lost his prisoner, the resourceful Mr. Rio, somewhere between Singapore and LAX, and requests the NCIS:LA team for backup in tracking him down. Besides being wanted on money laundering charges, Rio has the kind of intel on criminal finances that the government can use to stop future terrorist funding. And with that background, the pursuit begins…
How can you not delight in watching the comedy team of DiNozzo and Deeks? It certainly sounds like a new nightclub act, doesn’t it? As soon as Deeks declares “Shotgun!” the male testosterone starts to fly and the game is afoot! DiNozzo tends to use sarcasm and movie references to get a smile (and some groans) from those around him, and Deeks likes to tease his victims with a whole lot of charm. Together it’s a magical recipe for hilarity. These two can’t help but try to one-up each other as they search for the missing crook. (Tony: Deeks, I only say this because I care… it’s dangerous for you to cook the meth in your trailer. Deeks: Do you know you can OD on teeth whiteners?) When D & D bond over their love of ‘The Hoff’ a new bromance begins. Move over Callen and Sam! (Callen: Do you ever get the feeling we’re working alone here? Sam: Every single day.)
DiNozzo was on a roll throughout the case and his typical one-liners never stopped coming:
How Hardy boys of you!
Do you guys have a treehouse?
He’s very method.
Can you imagine a whole decade without Palates, Prada and Botox?
Don’t get your wig in a mess.
I thought they were working for Pippin now?
Bam! Did I call that or what?
I’m not as fast as you think I am.
Although this was a filler episode filmed at the end of last year, it still addresses some recurring themes like Deeks’ IA investigation and Nell and Eric’s continued attempts at furthering their relationship. But mainly this was a feel good offering and it was great to see the cast enjoy themselves and have some fun while they were doing it. Mr. Weatherly, you are invited back anytime to the bat cave. It was a treat!
• Is it me or is the show always starting off with a ‘poor Eric’ segment? This guy just can’t get a break! Et tu Granger??
• Nell is definitely trying to ingratiate herself into Eric’s world of Renaissance festivals, going so far as to have Hetty help her with her costume. (Hetty: You will make a fetching wench!)
• DiNozzo and Hetty? You knew this face-off was bound to happen:
Callen: Whatever you do, don’t look her in the eye.
Sam: Let her smell your hand first.
Isn’t that the truth? This is Tony DiNozzo at his best as he tries to avoid eye contact with the formidable Ms. Lang and attempts to find a way out of the Mission in one piece before she attacks. Poor Tony. Jethro Gibbs has nothing on Hetty Lang! If you read the annotated scenes on mashable.com, all I can say is Mr. Weatherly you were good, very, very good!
• DiNozzo: What’s a bat cave without a tunnel? Tony, don’t you know our NCIS:LA agents are all super heroes?
• That’s all fur now. I enjoyed Neric’s strange talk about fur conventions even if I have no idea what they were talking about.
• The original bromance duo was at it again as Callen teases Sam about cross-dressers, a set of bizzare twins, and a bar full of midgets! (Sam: Deeks would love that story.)
Deeks: Well Kensalina, I’ll have you know that a lot like Batman, my unique combat skills come from a variety of fighting styles which is jeet kune do, aikido, taekwondo…
Sam: Curly, Larry, Moe…
Deeks: Oh, I see what’s happening here, you’re mocking me which is interesting, because when you mock me, you mock my brother Bruce Lee, which seeeeeems a little bit racist and I actually expect more coming from you.
Sam: Keep it up and you’re going to get a lot more from me.
• I got a kick out of Deeks rolling his eyes and twirling in his seat as Sam orders DiNozzo out of his chair.
• The biggest laugh of the night for me came from Rio when he shrieks that he is being attacked by a homeless man (Deeks)! If only he knew! Speaking of Rio (Bobby Lee), three cheers for one of the funniest criminals to ever grace the show!
• So glad DiNozzo called Deeks on the hair flip:
Tony: What is that thing you do?
Tony: With your hair. It’s like a nervous tick or something.
Deeks: What are you talking about? I can’t see. I got hair in my eyes.
Tony: Get a haircut!
Rio: He’s right. You should go to Super Cut, you need to get some layers.
Deeks & Tony: Shut up!
Beale: Is there a problem?
Kensi: The problem is my partner takes longer than the average Kardashian to get ready.
• I enjoyed seeing Kensi flirt with Tony long enough to annoy Deeks. (Kensi: I do wish more men would dress like adults…)
• I just LOVED this interaction between Deeks and DiNozzo:
Tony: You and Blye.
Deeks: What? Our partnership?
Tony: The other ship.
Deeks: What other ship?
Tony: You know what ship.
Deeks: I don’t know what ship you’re talking about.
Deeks: Oh if you’re shipping us you need to stop right now before you embarrass yourself.
We have another full week of features coming your way including Deeks’ Surf Log, and Kensi’s Journal. Don’t forget we also have an auction going on over at eBay for our last autographed picture we have of Eric Christian Olsen and Ernie Reyes, Jr. from the set of “Expiration Date”. All proceeds go to Pets of the Homeless so be sure to head on over and bid on this great collector’s item. Go to: http://www.ebay.com/itm/321891001428. Good luck! See you in two weeks!
Episode: “Blame it on Rio”
Writer: R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Dennis Smith
Original Air Date: October 19, 2015
Diane Volpe is a Contributing Editor at wikiDeeks.com.
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