Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been a champion of the grumpy Assistant Director of NCIS since he was first introduced as a recurring character in Season 3. The fact that we get a glimpse into Owen Granger’s private life before we get our desperately awaited, “Deeks, M.” is just pure frustration on this fan’s part. We all know that at PaleyFest Shane Brennan promised Deeks’ special episode would be a part of next season’s lineup. Let’s just hope he keeps that promise or I have a feeling there will be a riot going on the Paramount Studio’s lot by some very angry Deeks’ fans! Until then, we have an episode of spies, lost daughters and the elusive NCIS mole in a script by Kyle Harimoto. Veteran director Denis Smith also lends an experienced hand for what turned out to be a very subtle episode, much like the character this story is based on.
Like father, like mother, like daughter? I guess it really runs in the genes. Unbeknownst to everyone else (outside of Hetty), Owen Granger has a daughter. Jennifer Kim insists she has no abandonment issues, but don’t believe her. Even Granger has to tell himself lies in order to reconcile the issues he has with being an absentee father. Both are still carrying around a lot of baggage all these years later. Yet there are no histrionics, no overt emotion between the two. Just quiet acceptance. Still I get the sense that Granger is enjoying this mission… if only for the chance to work together for the first time with the daughter he’s never known. In order to keep Jennifer safe and not tip off any moles in the organization, Granger decides to go lone wolf. But it’s Granger Danger for the win!
So how much did we really find out about Owen Granger in the end? Once again some subtle clues but maybe it’s what we didn’t find out about the man that’s even more interesting. The story showed a deep desire to be needed that I never knew existed in the man. So what else could be lurking underneath that gruff exterior? Granger wants to be a father but will he settle for being a friend? This relationship has a long road ahead but in this family still waters run deep. Who knows where it will lead but one thing’s for certain… Assistant Director Granger will surprise us once again, I’m sure.
*I love when the team can let their hair down and relax over a game of b-ball. Deeks is so confident playing with his lady. There’s nothing they can’t do as a team!
*So is Eric really a closet Michael Jordan? What other talents is the Op Tech hiding? (Eric: Three years on varsity, bitches!)
*Sam has got to get over this obsession with Callen’s lack of furniture. G’s a minimalist and he should know by now he’s never going to change his partner. (Sam: When something comes in a tiny box, with a million screws and turns into a bedroom set, that’s not furniture.)
*Did Callen just mention going out on a date with Anna? Lalalalalalalala (hands over ears). I didn’t hear you, Callen!!
*This is certainly a Sam and Callen bromance evening and nobody does it better. Their carbonite/Hans Solo banter was one of the best this season. (Sam: That Sam Hanna is one cool guy! Callen: You’ve lost your mind!)
*Hetty’s a Laker’s girl? Or a Laker girl? I kind of enjoy the second image better too!
*I love the way Kensi is just resigned to her partner’s ridiculousness sometimes. (Deeks: Baby, I got this all day, that’s why they call me White Chocolate.)
*Speaking of which… It’s great how Deeks has combined all of Kensi’s previous nicknames into one: Baby! There is a lot of love every time he says it and it just gives me a little tingle each time.
*More marriage talk and a kiss in Weapons. What can be more romantic than that? Maybe a small beach wedding with the moms and Monty? Perfect and magical. Just keep all the Mandy’s and those sniper school guys out of it!
So what did you think of this week’s episode? Have you become a Granger fan or are you just not sure? Let us know in the comments below. Only two more episodes left now, which will lead us to the end of Season 7. We will be back next week to see how Sam and Callen take on their new roles as firefighters but in the meantime check out our other features this week: Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal. Don’t forget the Edit of Week too! See you all then.
Episode: “Granger, O”
Writer: Kyle Harimoto
Director: Dennis Smith
Original Air Date: April 18, 2016