We have some pretty heavy duty showrunners writing and directing this two-part episode and as much as I try not to put heavy expectations on these men, it’s only natural to expect an enjoyable story to add to this entertaining season so far. The story takes us back to where we left off at the beginning of the season as the team goes in search of Arkady and a missing CIA agent still in Russia. His daughter Anna returns to this episode and goes undercover with the gang to find any clues that might lead her to her father and perhaps open the door to Callen’s search for his elusive father. Kyle Harimoto and R. Scott Gemmill have collaborated on this first installment of “Matryoshka” together with director Dennis Smith behind the camera.
Since this is a two-part episode, I’ll wait and leave my collective thoughts after the conclusion to part two. Until that time, let’s look at the special moments from the first part of “Matryoshka”:
•Kirkin! My favorite Deeks-lovin’ Russian is back. Seriously, who can blame the man?
•If Callen didn’t have his flaws (social media dislike this time) whatever would Sam find to razz him about?
•We know Deeks looks great even in a waiter’s suit, so why can’t Eric look equally as stunning in a tactical work kilt? (Sam: Oh boy!) You have to admit, if there is a way to make Eric look ridiculous in these opening scenes, the writers will find it.
•Wow! Callen finds a novel way to get the attention of Kirkin’s henchmen in the bar. Even Sam’s impressed… sort of.
•I loved that they put Hetty in her ‘55 Spider to have a one-on-one chat with Anna. Looks like Hetty is still working behind the scenes. Perhaps to solve Callen’s family mystery?
•Who wouldn’t want to get sweaty with Sam? So suave.
•Ooooh, I think Callen is doing a little more than pretending to kiss Anna. Could he be smitten?
•Not to be outdone by Callen and Sam, Densi has their own bitch session outside the spa and Deeks is definitely off his game. Definitely time for a massage!
•Beach boy? Kensi has a new endearment for Deeks… I like.
•I kind of agree with Deeks… I mean who wouldn’t want to have a massage with her beach boy? (Deeks: What’s not to get? Me, you, together, lying naked?) Oh, believe me, I get it Deeks!
•It’s fun to see Deeks get jealous and a little testy over the therapist hitting on Kensi.
•Did you hear Anatoli calling out to Deeks? “Marty!” We’ve come a long way since that bathhouse! LOL!
•Densi’s debriefing with Kirkin was one of their more enjoyable interrogations in the boatshed… well maybe not for Deeks so much. (Kirkin: This playful arrogance of yours Marty, it really works for you. You got it!)
•The team can’t help but tease Deeks on his “relationship” with Kirkin. Talk about easy pickings, but Deeks knows how to fight back this time: (Deeks: Listen, no one is immune to the Deeksness, man or woman. It’s a curse really, I’ve had to deal with my whole entire life. I think it’s my kind and soulful blue eyes.)
•I think Kirkin is turning out to be one of my favorite bad guys: (Kirkin: Marty when I get set up, I will send for you. And pay no attention to the critics! Your hairstyle is glorious!)
So we’re off to Russia to rescue Arkady and the missing CIA agent! If you thought you were going to get some instant gratification in terms of finding out the conclusion of this story next Monday… well they are going to make us wait again! And it looks like after seven years, Callen may finally get those longed for answers. So we’ll see you back here in two weeks but in the meantime check out all our other features like Deeks’ Surf Log, Kensi’s Journal and our Edit of the Week. See you then!
Writer: Kyle Karimoto & R. Scott Gemmill
Director: Dennis Smith
Original Air Date: February 8, 2016
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