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NCISLA Case Briefing: “Cancel Christmas” (S7E11)

NCISLA CANCEL CHRISTMAS 3NCISLA Case Briefing: Cancel Christmas (S7E11)

“Cancel Christmas” – When a suspected North Korean spy is poisoned and hit by a truck carrying Christmas trees, the team must search for who is responsible for smuggling spies into the country. Also, Deeks and Kensi try to find a way to include their mothers in their Christmas plans, and Hetty notices that Granger isn’t feeling the holiday cheer, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Dec. 14 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Written by: Joseph C. Wilson | Directed by: Paul A. Kaufman

Will the holidays ever simply gift the team with “comfort and joy”? In being federal agents working for the Office of “Special Projects”, the answer is almost always no. So with that, what might the spirit of the season have crafted for our weary gang this week?

Apparently one answer is of the “Bah Humbug” nature. What’s the issue with Granger the Grinch? How can Hetty surmise a downtrodden assistant director compared to his customary curmudgeonly characteristics? Is this a personal matter or something related to one of the many ongoing cases? Could some new, troubling occurrence be the source of his sourness?

And let’s not overlook the fact there is an actual case this week. A foreign spy, poison, a vehicular wreck, smuggling, and… holiday decor?! I’m sure none of these were on the team’s wishlist to Santa! Who is smuggling in spies? Why would he be murdered? Could he have been a double agent? What was the spy’s task? As always, there’s much intrigue surrounding the week’s case, but not as much as with our team’s ever-entertaining holiday hijinx.

On that note, it appears Callen has decided to gift some Christmas mischief to his dear partner. Does the man have a near death-wish in “Rudolph-ing” the Challenger?! LOL! Perhaps the red “nose” will help them see better flying about in those dark, stormy snow-filled skies. (Oops. Wrong show!) How do you think Sam will react? Perhaps with an expected eye-roll and disingenuous smirk of annoyance? Might he fill Callen’s Christmas stocking with a firm dose of retaliation?

It’s doubtful Sam will keep a target centered on Callen, when his presumed favorite Christmas present arrives in the form of his son, Aiden. After all, everyone deserves some well-earned holiday cheer – well, except for the team busting in as holiday party crashers! Evidently Callen’s past proclamation that even criminals take Christmas off doesn’t ring true this year.

Speaking of Callen’s Christmas stocking, where might it hang this year based on the recent reference to being ousted/ousting himself from his own home?! Is Callen on more than one Naughty list? Are Joelle and the Season of Noel at odds? How sad would it be for Callen’s Christmas stocking to find its new cozy home near the flames of the Burn Room?!

Is the Ops duo about to march into battle? Is there a new uniform requirement for the Tech Team? It appears Nell has (yet again) commandeered Eric into an amusing yuletide costume. A promo photo leads us to believe the duo is deftly conducting an annual holiday gift-giving scheme. Yet is Mr. Beale’s attire in long pants (Uh oh.) a punishment for his “naughtiness”? (At least he seems to have avoided tights this time.) Or is he rewarded for his regular “niceness” with his comfy shorts and festive footwear? This year-end conundrum must be addressed: Which came first? Toy soldier or oversized elf? Regardless, it’s easy to predict the spritely Miss Jones is likely toying (much to her own self-entertainment) with her professional partner. Nell is the very embodiment of “elfin’ amazing”!

Speaking of that throwback to “Free Ride” (4×10), might the Mission’s seasonal decor yet again include the notable mistletoe? It wouldn’t be the holidays without it, right? Who might be the beneficiary (or victim) of it this year?

Deeks’ Week: Santa Deeks. Need we say more? This likely makes every Deeks fan’s Top 5 or 10 List for Most Wanted Cover! On a more serious note our detective has just escaped (for now) a murder charge, which will make a grateful holiday for all – even if the Ghost of Christmas Past lingers. Since NCIS:LA Christmas episodes are traditionally quite light-hearted, it’s doubtful the dark issues brought to light in “Internal Affairs” will be mentioned. That fact in and of itself is likely a relief to the majority of the team and fandom.

Yet, the holidays are prone to include at least minimal elements of stress. It sounds as if this year’s offering could be in the form of a “Meeting of the Moms”. (Too bad the Guest Cast listing for this episode doesn’t include the wonderful women who bring Roberta Deeks & Julia Blye Feldman to life! Imagine the possibilities of that introduction!) Let’s hope their motherly inclusion only strengthens the Densi ‘ship! With that, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night (of NCIS:LA)”!

Gayle H. is a contributor at Follow her on Twitter: @DensiLand

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Gayle is a WikiDeeks writer and has the challenging task of penning the "Surf Log" each week. Known as "DensiLand" on Twitter, Instagram, & Tumblr, Gayle obviously "ships" Densi and has sincere love for the entire cast (& crew) of characters.

7 Comments on NCISLA Case Briefing: “Cancel Christmas” (S7E11)

  1. How Exciting! I also wished they would have included both of their mom’s! ❤️💚


  2. I just read the ‘big twist’ in in Deek’s murder storyline does occur in this episode. Lets hope it is a ‘good’ twist’ for Deeks and Kensi. Thanks again for the wonderful reviews throughout the year. It is much appreciated.


  3. I think we all need some “relief” after the emotional roller coaster which was “Internal affairs” and what’s better than Santa Deeks?

    I have two hopes for “Cancel Christmas”:

    – Densi first year anniversary will be acknowledged somehow or other (the best would be with a fluffy Christmas scene, but I know we can’t ask too much)

    – This won’t be the episode in which Callen and Joelle split. I think it would be a pity to spoil the festive atmosphere with a broken-hearted Joelle, I like her character (and the actress too) and I hope, if Callen is meant by the authors to be with someone else, Joelle will be treated respectfully.


    • I expect we’re all still processing what “Internal Affairs” means for Deeks in the future as well as how this impacts how/what we think about this character. It seems as if there is at least continuing acknowledgement of Densi since the issues of their moms and the holiday are included. We should probably expect to hear talk, but not actually witness anything notable. Agree that a split with Joelle would crash the holiday. The big question with that would be why, especially since she’s in the know about what he does – which I supposed could answer the why in the first place.


  4. Gayle, thank you for the briefing. I found myself really, really enjoying your brief while imagining what can happen. Even with the serious case of the week, the team antics left me smiling. I’m feeling hopeful that this will be a good christmas episode.

    Now we know the moms won’t make an appearance, is Aidan appearing? I always love scenes where families are reunited.

    I agree with Cladani, if Joelle is not meant to be, I hope the showrunners treat the relationship and Joelle respectfully.

    Thanks for making Sunday Briefs something to look forward to, Gayle. Love this column!


    • “Tam antics” – yes, more of those please! I appreciate the show consistently makes a big deal of this holiday (more so than NCIS and Halloween). Yes, Aiden will appear on-screen (which I personally think is a precursor to a big Sam storyline at the end of the season). Thanks for reading & commenting – always appreciate thoughts & feedback!


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