If you love a man in uniform, here’s a chance to see some of your favorite NCIS agents getting down and sooty! In this episode Sam and Callen go undercover as firefighters in search of stolen top secret terrorist information. We have another script by Andrew Bartels who has come into his own as a part of the NCISLA writing team and has crafted a really enjoyable episode this week.
The relationship between Densi has been progressing so well that it’s not surprising that Deeks is nervously waiting for some kind of inevitable disaster to come tearing around the corner. I can’t say I blame him because I’ve been waiting for that other shoe to drop for a long time too and from what I read so have other readers of this site. Actually, I’m surprised the writers have allowed Densi to enjoy their burgeoning love affair this long without incident. It’s sad our usually happy-go-lucky detective is the one who is having such a hard time accepting his good fortune. There hasn’t been much sustained joy in Deeks’ former life and this good fortune makes him very nervous that the gods have looked down and favored him with such a charmed life since he fell in love with Kensi. Realizing this, his partner tries to be understanding by asking if Mercury is in retrograde. A couple of years ago she would have dismissed Deeks and made fun of his off-centered ‘hobbies’. Now Densi complements and supports one another without question. But I do wonder what the couple will have to face before Deeks can get down on his knees and propose to Kensi next season (as R. Scott Gemmill has hinted to TV Guide this week). Look out for more falling shoes, people!
Getting back to the storyline… There’s one dead firefighter and a cache of stolen secret government information that has the team working at top speed to find out what happen at a suspicious fire. Arson, murder, espionage… a lethal combination for sure. After investigating all possible suspects there’s a missing Navy Lieutenant and a possible fellow firefighter who has been identified as the chief suspect in the case. This is where Sam and Callen come in as undercover firefighters to flush out the murderer/thief. Despite being newbies on the job, the team is able fight the fire and capture the imposter firefighter. Director James Hanlon’s experience as an NYC firefighter serves him well. The scene in the burning building, although too short, was pretty exciting. An interesting turn of events is revealed when the real suspect turns out to be a misguided arson inspector who is out to incite a witch hunt for everyone that is on the stolen government list of terrorists, some of which could be innocent. The team swoops in to stop the misguided rebellion and takes down the insurgent.
Deeks is not the only one feeling anxious these days. Hetty is feeling that other shoe dropping too as the elusive mole hangs like a monkey around their collective necks. Will we get any closer to finding it who s threatening the agency as we come down to the final episode of the season? Only time will tell.
•Granger cracks me up. He’s funny even when he’s trying not to be. (Granger: I’ll be here.) Even Nell agrees Granger is hilarious!
•Callen’s a little touchy over the use of his first name. I think he’s going to have to get over it.
•Baby Beale dressed up as a firefighter? Now that’s cute.
•The mole is still out there but we’re still no closer to finding out who or what their game is. It’s time for a reveal, don’t you think? How much longer can they drag this storyline on?
•I enjoyed Nell’s analysis of how the world needs dreamers and realists. Just like the show needs characters like Granger and Beale. One of Nell and Eric’s sweeter musings.
•I think Sam and Callen liked this undercover assignment just a little too much. (Sam: I feel like Iron Man!)
•Boxers or Briefs? I guess we finally know! (Deeks: What do I know? I was never in the Navy, except for Old Navy where I buy my boxers, not the loose ones, the tight ones.)
•Mr. November? Yes, but there’s December, January, February…need I go on?
•It’s wonderful to see how much Deeks worries about Mama Deeks. No surprise that a new boyfriend for his mom could really set off the hurt child inside. But I’m glad Kensi was able to talk him off the ledge at least long enough to put his gun down. I have a feeling this is not over yet.
•Kensi: Oh, I agree. You could never go up against Sam. Deeks: Love and support, that’s what this relationship is built on, folks.
•What?!! (Kensi: No more sex for you!) I agree with Deeks. Totally irresistible. No one could go more than a day! Ha!
Did you enjoy this episode? Let us know in the comments below. We have the season finale next week and then we get to call it a wrap for one more year. Deeks and Kensi are still journaling and you can check out the Deeks’ Surf Log and Kensi’s Journal later this week… and don’t forget the Edit of the Week. See you back here for our final Season 7 episode review next week!
Episode: “Where There’s Smoke…”
Writer: Andrew Bartels
Director: James Hanlon
Original Air Date: April 25, 2016