This week’s episode switch was due to an unexpected turn of world events. I wasn’t surprised that CBS pulled “Defectors’ from the Monday night lineup. With mentions of Isis in the sneak preview, the network wanted to show deference to the horror that happened this past weekend in Paris. CBS skipped ahead to a Dave Kalstein script, “The Long Goodbye” which was just recently shot. As a result we have to patiently wait to find out what happens to Deeks and the IA investigation and his apparent arrest by the LAPD. We’re going to have to keep our anxiety contained a little bit longer to find out what happens in the aftermath of those proceedings. I thought skipping ahead would be a bit confusing but since there was no mention of Deeks’ IA problems, it really didn’t make a difference. Kalstein tweeted on social media that it wouldn’t upset the storyline and it looks like it didn’t. But does this mean that after “Defectors” and ”Internal Affairs” that Deeks’ problems are over? Kind of anti-climactic, huh? I guess time will tell, but in the meantime let’s talk about this substitute episode.
Jada returns to the show to haunt Sam and cause a whole new set of problems as the government places her into witness protection. Can someone tell me why it took them four years to get this woman into a federal protection program? I’m surprised she stayed alive as long as she did. What had she been doing all that time other than missing her only friend, Sam? I can understand why she wanted to return home, but deep in her heart she’s got to know it’s a death sentence. After a car bombing attack to abduct her and bring her back to her warlord brother, she gets that chance to return after she turns up missing. The team switches up partners and goes in search to find her and bring her back. Easier said than done.
Kensi may have lamented that she was the only female in the bullpen, but be careful what you wish for Kensi…because your girlfriend is back! Talia returns this time to partner with Kensi on the undercover mission to rescue Jada. Whether you love her or hate her, the powers that be feel the DEA agent spices up the show although her ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude of the past can be an acquired taste. You have to admit she was actually a bit more self-contained this time without using Deeks as the ‘object of inappropriate workspace attention’. (That line cracked me up!) I think Deeks was even missing her attention a little bit this week too. I did enjoy watching Talia and her plus one Kensi, work the pool area in search of information that would lead to Jada’s return, but unfortunately in the end it may not be enough to save her.
This script was a very plain and basic tale from Dave Kalstein. No metaphors or mystical storylines here, just some well written moments around a very simple story. Probably not one of my favorite scripts but I always enjoy how he writes for Deeks’ character. He knows the man well. He also addresses Talia’s inappropriate behavior towards Deeks, what it would be like if Deeks and Callen were BFFs, and of course the serious topic of how we women just want to vent sometimes. One thing to point out is we did find out that Deeks is still part of the LAPD after all of the speculation of whether he would become a federal agent after the IA investigation. If this episode was supposed to air after “Internal Affairs”, I’m a bit disappointed that there was no follow-up to what should have been a pretty traumatic time for Deeks. It looks like he survives the investigation with little to no aftermath. I would think there would be some lingering complications left over from his time in jail, but once again, I guess we will have to wait and see.
- Callen had probably the best line of the night: (PSB will be MIA ASAP.)
- Don’t you think we need more Callen/Deeks alone time? It was great to see them working together and sharing some bromance time in the bullpen and in the car. (Deeks: I think we’re social animals, well…most of us anyway.)
- Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall the weekend Deeks and Callen actually get around to having some bro time together? But come to think of it… why not? I think Callen would enjoy spending a guys’ night out with Deeks if he would just give it a chance. I enjoyed Deeks teasing Callen about his lack of social life too but something tells me this guys’ night out is never going to happen. I think Deeks pushes Callen past his comfort zone. Too bad. It’s your loss, Callen.
- Knowing Jada was probably heading to her death once she got on that plane was a sad ending to this story.
- Poor Deeks. I can’t imagine why no one wants to hang out with our lovable detective. (Deeks: Who’s going to sit here and listen to me vent?)
- Deeks complaining about his cold coffee was really very cute. Look at that pout. (You sure this isn’t iced?)
- Deeks: Wow… Hey guy? Can we take a moment of silence to appreciate the awesomeness that’s happening right behind that screen? Callen: Yeah guy, we can.
- Deeks on the challenges of working undercover: The truth is if I’m undercover by the time we meet chances are no one is going to get that fairytale ending.
- Deeks: What? Kensi nooooooo!!! The whole Parking Spot Bitch scene was fun to watch with Callen and Deeks trying to give Kensi advice/solution to her PSB problem. Yep, been there, done that. Sometimes it’s just about the talk.
Episode: “The Long Goodbye”
Writer: Dave Kalstein
Director: John P. Kousakis
Original Air Date: November 16, 2015
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