It’s always a treat to watch the team go undercover and even more so when it’s Kensi and Deeks. This is Chris O’Donnell’s third time in the director’s chair, and veteran script writer Frank Military is there to lend a helping hand. I’m really not a fan of these episodes filmed out of order because they usually have a very disjointed feel to them. They seem to come out of left field and leave us wondering what’s going on with all the unresolved storylines. But the opening yoga workout with Densi left all of those concerns in the dust! All that talk of deep straddling and Deeks’ pelvis left me swooning like a southern belle. (Deeks: Wow, deep straddle. That’s a crowd pleaser.) Suffice it to say, this latest Densi interaction was also a crowd pleaser for the fans as we finally get to watch them in a sexy and provocative workout while at work. There’s no doubt how Deeks feels about his partner as he unsuccessfully tries to focus on the yoga positions and not Kensi’s iliac crest. Classic Deeks.
So after taking a cold shower, I sat down to watch the rest of the episode, which centered around a former DOD engineer who is suspected of handing over classified government information to a well-known cult organization called the Church of the Unlocked Mind. (Deeks: All aboard the crazy train.) The church may be selling military intel to China, and the team must close down the operation before any more damage is done. Densi also has to move quickly to infiltrate the group as the DOJ wants to shut down the agency’s operation in fear of offending the church.
Once inside, Kensi and Deeks go through a memory extraction technique which was very disquieting. It’s hard to believe people can be so drawn into the hype. Yet, when you are broken and desperately searching for the keys to a better life, then places like this can be a comforting port in any storm. Deeks and Kensi are pretty convincing as a couple of lost souls and the cult administrators are salivating over ways they can use the information they are feeding to them for future gain. It only gets creepier as the members try to cure Deeks’ faked aversion to water and discipline cult members with a game of Simon Says. Kensi’s ‘special’ initiation was probably the most disturbing practice. This is scary stuff.
Some of the facts Military scattered throughout the episode were extremely interesting, especially regarding cults and their litigious nature. I was also surprised they even mentioned Scientology within the same conversation, courageously poking the bear, as Callen remarks. Even the DOJ is scared of them. With missing members unaccounted for and Deeks and Kensi out of communication with the rest of the team, the case gets even more perilous. Deeks ups the ante by making the first move to try and help the former DOD engineer escape. (Some nice moves there, Deeks!) With Kensi drugged and Deeks plotting a breakout, the other members of the team try to stop the exchange of intel with China while also staging a rescue to release Densi from the grasp of the cult leaders. I was really happy to see Deeks take such a commanding lead in this mission. I don’t think anyone can complain about the lack of respect that’s sometimes dished out at his expense. This was a man on a mission and he was a lot of fun to watch as he swashbuckled his way out of the building to save Kensi and take down the bad guys. My hero!
- Even a drugged Kensi is a force of nature. Never count her out!
- Family comes first and Sam is not beyond lying to the DOJ to save his teammates inside.
- Oooh, I could hear that arm cracking as Deeks attacks the cult’s goon. (Deeks: How’s that for your spiritual awakening?)
- Welcome to my reality plane. Assistant Director Granger is feeling the love for his team and you just gotta love him back after this line: No this fish stinks from the head, it was my plan, my orders. I’m a megalomaniac… just can’t be stopped. You gentlemen with the cuffs, I have delicate wrists.
- Ganging up on the DOJ guy provided classic NCIS:LA banter. You can’t get much better than this dialogue… and I loved the smirking smiles all around. Even Nell can’t bear to be left out of the ruse: Nell: I told him I’d jack him up if he didn’t do it. Sam: Scared the hell out of me.
- Just for once why can’t Hetty keep her nose out of her agents’ personal business! Yes, there was a cute factor to all of it (Hetty: You had better hope that love conquers all, Mr. Deeks!) but would it kill her to give them a moment of privacy, please? Jeez!
- Deeks’ bizarre sense of humor serves him well for this assignment as cult members and our funny detective didn’t let me down: Deeks: Well the good thing is, nonsense is my middle name so go ahead and probe my inner mind, brother. Eric: Why am I scared?
- Deeks first sexual encounter story is a hoot. Anybody really surprised? But can we believe him or was he method acting for Kensi’s sake? Deeks: I’m good at what I do and what I do is undercover work. Nell: Undercover work indeed, Mr. Deeks. Deeks: Are you seriously turning into Hetty, because you’re freaking me out! Nell: No, no. Don’t divert the freak to me.
- Kudos to Military for writing what is probably the closest we will get to an ‘R’ rated Densi scene. Who knew yoga could be so titillating on prime time.
- This time around I learned that I really don’t care if there is an out of order episode, especially when we get wonderful Densi scenes like the ones that opened and closed this episode. Although we got to take a break from all the worries over the IA investigation, these heartwarming moments between the two lovers may make what’s coming even harder to take. But on the plus side, I think the writers have finally started listening to us by reading our rants on the pages of this website! Hallelujah! It was glorious to see them sharing these small moments in their love story, worrying about each other, being grateful that they have one another for consolation and getting a hug and a kiss at the end of a long day was a perfect way to end the mission. Forget about the rules, Kensi because not even Hetty can spoil this moment!
Episode: “An Unlocked Mind”
Writer: Frank Military
Director: Chris O’Donnell
Original Air Date: November 9, 2015
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