Gone are the days of denial, hiding kisses and meaningful smiles from their colleagues and no longer having to live in fear that their friends may discover their clandestine romance. Once their secret was revealed to the world and they were all in, Densi for the most part has been successfully walking a romantic tightrope, keeping their partnership at work professional while nurturing their love affair in private. So I guess I was a bit surprised when Kensi announced excitedly to their teammates the next step in their relationship: “We’re moving in together!” When Kensi said she wanted to be bold with Deeks, I suppose this is what she had in mind. No more secrets from friends and family or from each other. This is going to be a totally transparent relationship. That’s why I was particularly looking forward to this episode to see what happens when you throw an ex-fiancé into the mix (again!) and stir vigorously! There were no big explosions going on… just little mini earthquakes of the heart. It’s great to see Erin Broadhurst flying solo for the first time and she has given us a first rate script and a Densi-centric episode at that! What more could Densi fans want??
More Trouble For Jack
I can’t ever remember NCIS:LA kicking off an episode with a Hetty action sequence. As soon as I saw that diminutive figure I knew it could only be one person. Matthew Del Negro returns to the show as Jack, Kensi’s mysterious ex-fiancé and he’s in trouble again. This time he needs Hetty’s help. The former White Ghost is trying to prevent a list of antiquity sites from being sold to the highest bidder, which could include terrorist groups looking to raise funds for their covert operations. Now he’s being targeted by the very person he was helping in Afghanistan and…. Surprise! Kensi and Deeks are sent in as protection detail to keep Jack safe. Let’s just say it was another well-kept Hetty secret that catches them by off guard. Even Sam questions Hetty’s reasons for holding back personal information from the team and sometimes not for classified purposes either. As Densi listens to Jack’s story, there’s a slight uneasiness in the room as the former lovers try to reconcile their feelings for each other. Deeks is noticeably nervous and feeling a little bit self-conscious as he tries to gauge what’s going on his partner’s mind. Although Deeks trusts Kensi implicitly, he has a right to be apprehensive. After all, Kensi and Jack have a history together and despite her assurance she’s fine, Deeks knows she won’t get any closure until she’s able to talk to Jack.
Stop the Violence
Hetty sends Granger to debrief Jack who doesn’t seem all too pleased to see him. Jack is still having nightmares about Afghanistan and I wouldn’t be surprised if Granger isn’t part of some of those nightmares. Granger insists on knowing why he had to fly 8,000 miles to meet Hetty over a list of antiquity sites. Jack admits there’s an important reason he needs the government’s help, which has to do with patriotism but not for his former homeland. He wants to protect the Afghani people and country he has adopted and also to stop the violence that threatens to tear it apart.
On the rooftop, Kensi is able to convey to Deeks what happen during her time with Jack. You can tell there was a lot of pent up emotion inside the agent as she tells the new man in her life what it was like to live with the sadness of not being able to help Jack in his time of need. It’s rare when we see Kensi cry so you know this has got to hurt. Deeks advises her to talk to Jack. He knows what it’s like to keep all that emotion bottled up inside. But surprisingly it’s Deeks who is awkwardly forced into a heart-to-heart talk with Jack and finds out what’s really important in the other man’s life. Their discussion about Kensi’s lack of neatness was typical guy banter as only two men who love the same woman can share. But what we really find out is that Deeks and Jack have more in common than just Kensi. They are still both suffering from PTSD going back to their time spent in Afghanistan and Deeks is worried that his own nightmares will haunt Kensi as well after they move in together. Jack advises Deeks without jealousy or ennui. He just wants the best for Kensi and it was reassuring when he turns out to be Densi’s champion. This was a great scene and one I wasn’t expecting. I loved the way the two talked about their experiences, including Deeks use of torture in Afghanistan. Kensi’s love brought them together in a very non-threatening manner and she finally gets to have her talk with Jack at the end. I’m not sure they totally resolved their past differences but it’s nice to see that Jack could give Densi his blessing when all was said and done.
A Tale of Two Men
The final action scene was one of the best ever created by the show runners. Although I knew Kensi would be saved, I wasn’t so sure about Jack and I was on pins and needles waiting for the team to arrive and rescue them. It was such a moment of relief not only for the team but for Jack too as Hetty hands him a phone to talk to his loved ones who are safe and unharmed back in Afghanistan. I have to admit I got a little teary eyed as well. I thought this would be a Densi episode or at the very least an episode about Jack and Kensi but it actually turned out to be a tale about two men who love the same woman and the reason why she means so much to them. This was also a story about appreciating what you have before it’s too late and not taking anything for granted. Deeks got that message loud and clear. This turned out to be the perfect episode for me because it came with so many special Deeks moments. It will definitely rate as one of my top five favorite NCIS:LA scripts. Nice work Erin Broadhurst, you’ve done us proud, girl!
- Eric just makes you laugh out loud sometimes: (Eric: Your final destination is Hetty’s office… that’s a puppy free zone.) I bet it is!
- Why does Callen get so much joy in teasing Sam about his mathlete standing? Could it be Callen was a poor student or does he just like seeing Sam squirm? I suspect the latter.
- Indiana Jones-Jones? Nell brings her deductive skills to a whole new level. For some reason I can see her with that whip in her hand. Watch out Beale!
- Kensi is still holding a grudge against Hetty and questions her reasons for how the agency used Jack to accomplish their mission. I’m glad that Kensi is still holding Hetty accountable for her actions; it keeps the old girl on her toes. But the hug was a nice touch. Momma bear knows how to pacify her cubs.
- How cute were Kensi and Deeks as they tried to find the words to tell their friends they were moving in together? Not very impressed with Callen and Sam’s reaction though. (Callen: I thought you were already living together.) But maybe this means they have totally accepted their romance and are comfortable with their love affair. But from the embarrassed expression on Deeks face, I’m not too sure.
- What a perfect kiss to end the show! I’ll be remembering that for a long time to come. I loved the way the door framed the couple as the camera pulled back. What a great piece of romantic directing (if there is such a thing) from Eric Laneuville. (Kensi: We can always make time for noodles. Always!) Aww….Just perfect.
- Deeks: Did you see that look? I just got the ‘do not say anything inappropriate’ look. Jack: Oh, yeah. I know that look.
- My favorite line of the night? Deeks: I’m going to go talk to Granger about my feelings. (Now why do I think this was undoubtedly an ECO adlib?)
Just when we get some momentum going we’re back to another rerun and will have to wait another week for a new show. Make sure you come back for Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. You know they will have a lot to say about what happened in this episode. We have a new Edit of the Week too. Next week wikiDeeks stays busy with our bi-annual Roundtable Discussion and a post episode fanfic for “Internal Affairs” by Sweet Lu. You really don’t want to miss all of that! See you soon…
Episode: “Come Back”
Writer: Erin Broadhurst
Director: Eric Laneuville
Original Air Date: January 25, 2016
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