As we get to this point in the season, I marvel at how half the year has already flown by and I’m still trying to figure out where the second half will take us. You may remember I wasn’t a big fan of Joe Sachs’ last episode from Season 6, “Blaze of Glory, so I watched this next offering with a bit of trepidation, OK a lot actually. Thankfully, this time Sachs has redeemed himself with the help of veteran director Karen Gaviola, who teamed up to give us another enjoyable and thought provoking episode. Of course, anytime Deeks and Kensi can go undercover I’m usually a pretty happy camper and this time was no exception.
It’s rare when we have a story where the NCIS: Los Angeles team is actually investigating a case involving Navy personnel. The plot this week involves a moonlighting Gunnery Sergeant from Camp Pendleton who was exposed to radiation poisoning. The team is sent to find out the source of the radiation and whether it involves terrorist activities. This is a case right up their alley.
The investigation discovers a straight-away marine who has been collecting hazard pay as a security guard at a decommissioned nuclear power plant. Radiation risks still exist underwater where a cooling pool holds decaying radioactive material. The question for Callen and Sam is how the marine got exposed and what secret is plant management hiding behind those smiles? There can only be one person for this job! Who you gonna call? Janitor Deeks? Homeless Deeks? Lawyer Deeks? No! We get security guard Deeks! I’ve always wanted to see Deeks in an LAPD uniform but this will have to take second place as Kensi and Deeks go undercover at the plant. Callen and Sam are alerted to a dangerous drop in the water level at the plant, exposing significant radiation to the security guard as he makes his rounds. With three malfunctions at the site- the valve, the alarm and the security cameras- there is only one suspect… the plant’s operation scientist, Chadmont. Do we have a whistleblower or someone purely out for revenge? It’s seems to be an open and shut case as Densi talk about Deeks’s facial hair or lack thereof, until… Boom! It’s obvious this is not going to be a simple case. Someone set the backup generator to the water pumps to explode and next they have their sights on sabotaging the plant’s primary system. The team quickly discovers the main bomb hidden within the piping system of the plant and captures the homegrown terrorist before he is able to initiate a full scale nuclear disaster.
Watching the team work their way out of this one was exciting and it was nice to see them getting back to basics, but it also presented a disturbing reality of what law enforcement agencies face every day as they fight the war on terrorism. You never know where the violence is going to come from and how it will happen but every day these professionals work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep this country safe. Keeping one step behind the terrorists is not an easy job and sometimes it doesn’t happen at all as in the case of the San Bernardino attack. If only we had the NCIS:LA team at our back!
- It was fun to listen to the team out-palindrome each other in the opening scene. Very clever piece of writing. And I don’t even want to know what kind of high school has a palindrome club!
- It’s not an episode of NCIS:LA without a little bromance going on. Callen: Maybe someday we’ll find out that kale is toxic and yoga is bad for your spine. Sam: Why do I even bother?
- Sam Hanna words of wisdom: Trust me. Nothing good comes from lying to your wife. Or so I heard.
- I love watching Sam figure out how to disarm a bomb. Call me crazy, but there is just something sexy about all that brainpower on display as he tries to divert a nuclear disaster.
- Granger to the rescue? LOL! Good to see that all members of the team get to play hero even if it was a bit farfetched. Sam: Ain’t that a bitch.
- Deeks: Is she being serious about the lead-lined boxers because I have my lineage to think about, you know, it could be the end of the Deeks’ family tree. Sam: You could be doing the world a big favor. (To Eric) Are you comfortable?
- Deeks can’t help but tease Kensi amidst the seriousness of their situation: I believe I was exposed… to the toxicity of the vending machine’s chimichangas. Seriously my tummy hurts.
- We find out more about Densi’s home life together and that Kensi leaves globs of toothpaste in her sink…which is more than I think I wanted to know. But I do think it’s adorable that she leaves Deeks asleep in her bed as she goes off to take her morning run. What a wonderful gift to return to.
- I agree Kensi, I want to see a hairless Deeks too!
- There was a lot of talk about Densi and babies this episode and whether or not the couple is contemplating becoming parents one day. The look on Deeks’ face is soooo sweet as he watches Kensi rock the crying child. As they serenade the baby with their wobbly version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star you know that one day these two lovers will make great parents if just given the chance. Nice ending.
It’s that time of the year when they play games with the series schedule as CBS gets ready for February sweeps. We are off next week, but will return with a new episode written by Andrew Bartels. So join us again next time and don’t forget we have a new entry in Deeks’ Surf Log, Kensi’s Journal and the Edit of the Week coming up later this week. See you then!
Episode: “Core Values”
Writer: Joe Sachs
Director: Karen Gaviola
Original Air Date: January 4, 2016
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