This week’s storyline is ripped right out of the headlines as they are playing out right now around the world. Men and women who willingly give their allegiance to become members and participate in ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist plots is the basis for this current NCIS:LA episode “Defectors”. The team must go in search of a missing teenage girl who may have been recruited by one of these terrorist organizations. As relevant as this story is, we have also been on bated breath to find out what will happen to Deeks as the IA investigation arc comes to its (anti)climatic end. More on that later as we analyze this week’s episode.
As the story unfolds, a man is dead, and a known terrorist is loose on the streets of LA. So what’s the connection? A mysterious note is found in the dead man’s car with the name of a suspected ISIS terrorist scribbled on it, and not even his wife can believe her spouse could be connected despite his strange behavior recently. Callen and Sam find three cell phones on the floor of his battered car, and Eric is able to ascertain that the out-of-work accountant was moonlighting as a taxi driver. But where did the strange note come from and what does it mean?
The team discovers that the ISIS terrorist is Luqman Badr Al Din, the organization’s charismatic recruiter who is heavily involved in their propaganda/social media side. (Deeks: So he’s the Tony Robbins of terrorists?) It’s the biggest lead the government has so far, and the team has got to find and stop him before he goes any further. Hetty and Granger’s conversation at the top of the stairs is one that many people around the world are having this past week after recent world events. It gets scarier every day and all bets are off.
A series of clues leads the team to a 16 year old girl who is the connection to the taxi service and the strange note. After finding out more from her parents about a modeling agency she visited, could this be how they are recruiting young brides for a whole new generation of ISIS terrorists? As the agents confront the reality that she may have run away to join ISIS, it’s a race to find the girl and bring her back before she disappears for good. She could also be one of many young girls being recruited in LA, which is an even more disturbing notion to contemplate.
As ISIS keeps building its army one by one, innocent people get caught in the crossfire. The team eventually saves all three girls from a precarious future, but unfortunately there are a lot more where they came from. As the world watches the impact of ISIS and their terroristic activities, community leaders will quickly have to find ways in the future to protect our children from their grasp. It may be one more step in the war against this extremist group but a vital one. I applaud the showrunners for facing this story head on and dealing with just one of the many ramifications of this worrisome world problem.
- We get a Kensi/Callen bromance type moment to start off the show, which was more of a brother/sister kind of conversation between the two. I was surprised that Callen decided to take Kensi head on about her pathological obsession with clutter but I should have known better! Ah, Deeks… You got Callen to do your dirty work, didn’t you? You’re never going to win, guys!
- At least we found out what happened to Joelle. Another one bites the dust. (Callen: What about Joelle? Kensi: Oh, I’m sorry. Is that serious? No, I didn’t think so, because you couldn’t commit to a coffee cup.) Ouch!
- Eric! The sax? Really? One, two, three… hey!
- No, I could never see Sam as an Uber kind of guy. Sam without his wheels… no way!
- So we add one more famous person to Hetty’s closet of illustrious celebrities as we find out she has rubbed elbows with the glamorous Jackie O! Yeah, I can see that.
- Now where in the hell did Kensi pull her gun from while wearing that skimpy dress? Must be the bra holster in action again!
- You’ve got to love Deeks wanting to go undercover as a male model to infiltrate the agency. His indignation when Callen nominates Sam to go in is hysterical. (Deeks: What?! No! They don’t make Italian clothes in this man’s size!!)
- Deeks catching the CFO in an uncompromising position was a funny scene although I’m not exactly sure how it fits in with the plot. (Deeks: I’m just keeping the peace here… protecting and serving.)
- Densi’s conversation with the runaway girl’s sister was sweet. You could see how much they were enjoying the conversation.
- Kensi will get even with Deeks’ plan to stop her hording… it’s only a matter of time. (Deeks: I don’t know what you are talking about fickle mistress!)
- Deeks finds out something new about his ladybird. (Deeks: Wow, warm tones, you are just full of surprises.)
- For those of you who think Densi doesn’t act as if they are in a romantic relationship, one listen to their ‘double entendre’ argument will change your mind. (Sam: Guys! I’m not listening to another Touché debate.)
- I love you. It’s the scene we’ve all been waiting for. Deeks didn’t seem surprised at all by the arrest, but more resigned to his fate. His declaration of love to Kensi was almost a plea of forgiveness, as if he knew this day was coming and there was no way to stop it. It will be interesting to see how he will get out of this mess. It’s hard to watch our noble detective being on the other side of the law. I love you. Three simple words but it’s all he has to give Kensi now. A chilling moment for Densi fans. Unfortunately, we know from watching “The Long Goodbye” that Deeks seemed to be no worse for wear after the investigation and his arrest for the murder of Francis Boyle. Does this mean that after all of the emotional expenditure over why the LAPD was investigating Deeks, that it was was just a simple mistake without any repercussions for Deeks or his relationship with Kensi? We will have to wait to see what happens after next week’s episode and if this arc was worth the wait or a disappointing bust.
There’s a break in the action next week but the IA investigation will return in full force after that and we will finally discover what skeletons have been hiding in Deeks’ closet. While Deeks is in jail, there will be no Deeks’ Surf Log (sigh) but I’m sure Kensi has a lot to say in this week’s Journal and be sure watch out for our Edit of the Week as well. We also have a Thanksgiving Day FanFic treat from Tess DiCorsi so don’t forget to come back here to wikiDeeks on Thursday. Have a great holiday to all our American fans!
Writer: Jordana Lewis Jaffe
Director: Dennis Smith
Original Air Date: November 23, 2015
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