We all love NCIS: LA, but we also come to the show with high expectations. We’re invested in the lives of these characters and wishing for certain things to happen in the future, whether it be this season or beyond. Exactly what we’re wishing for brings me to this week’s topic: The Top 3 Most Wanted NCIS: Los Angeles scenes.
One rule I’ve applied to my choices this week is that the most wanted scenes need to be something we’d like to see in the future. (Stay tuned for a separate post for missing scenes from past episodes.) Also, I tried (only partially successfully) to limit my wishes to a single scene as opposed to an entire episode or story arc. And of course since this is wikiDeeks, the scenes should be Deeks or Densi-related.
The Top 3
If you couldn’t tell from my choice of feature image above, I love the angst, so there’s not a ton of fluff happening in my Top 3. (Don’t get me wrong- I do enjoy the fluff. I just crave the drama.) In reverse order of importance, my Top 3 Most Wanted Scenes are…
#3. Gordon John Brandel appears unexpectedly and Deeks gets closure
I know, Deeks’ dad was reportedly killed in a car crash in 1998. But what if he wasn’t? What if it was a case of mistaken identity, or his dad made it look like he had been killed? How dramatic would it be for him to reappear in his son’s life? At first I thought I’d like a scene where Brandel pops up and poor Deeks is overcome with shock. Ah, the angst! But the version of this scene I’d most like to see is Deeks moving past the shock and confronting his father for being such a terrible human being, telling him he wished he had shot him sooner, and receiving strong support from a fierce Kensi who is ready to jump down her future father-in-law’s throat if he even looks at Deeks the wrong way.
I know Deeks says in “Internal Affairs” that he wishes he had shot his father earlier, but I’m not so sure he still doesn’t harbor feelings of guilt over that event. This scene would give him a chance to address those lingering issues. Plus I just want him to have a chance, as a grown man, to stand up to his father without fear. I feel like that would be so good for him. However, it’s something I can live without, something that I don’t see as crucial to character development or to my overall satisfaction with the show. That’s why it’s not higher on my Top 3. I would look at it as an unexpected bonus, particularly if the showrunners refrained from spoiling or sneak peeking it.
#2. Sam and Deeks are on a mission together where Sam expresses confidence in Deeks
It’s no secret I have been obsessed with these two characters since “Descent.” That episode triggered a complete series marathon re-watch in an effort to understand their relationship (which eventually led to my “job” here at wikiDeeks). I was so angry at Sam but for me, he’s largely redeemed himself since that Season 4 finale. He apologized and complimented Deeks in “Ascension,” he defended Deeks from Callen throughout “Omni,” and although he may still mock him on a regular basis, I don’t feel the same edge of disdain, or even anger, that was once there. I believe Sam has genuinely changed his attitude and beliefs towards our shaggy detective. But I’d like to see a little bit more.
Specifically, I’d love a partner swap where Sam and Deeks are isolated on a dangerous mission and where Sam expresses full confidence in Deeks’ ability to protect him and carry out the mission. Better yet, I’d like to see Sam ask to be partnered with Deeks on a dangerous mission (should Callen be indisposed for some reason) because he trusts Deeks and believes he’s the best man for the job. That kind of validation would have to mean a tremendous amount to Deeks. I know it would mean a lot to me.
#1. Kensi or Deeks make a potentially life or death choice between their partner and a mission
Here’s the scene I think is longest overdue. Deeks and Kensi hesitated to go all in for years because of what such a change might mean to their work partnership. We all know what happened post-“Recovery” when Deeks failed to take the shot in “The Frozen Lake.” One moment of hesitation caused them to question whether they could ever be more than partners. After another year or so, they finally got bold enough to move forward together, albeit with Kensi’s regularly broken workplace rules forbidding public displays of affection on the job. But are these rules enough to keep disaster from striking if they are once again pushed into a make or break situation?
Since “The Frozen Lake,” the two of them have not been put into a position where one had to choose the mission over their partner. What would Deeks do when the love of his life is threatened but rather than save her, he must protect an innocent witness? What would Kensi do if she were forced to repeat her actions in “Ascension,” when she left an injured and traumatized Deeks behind to face his torturers? Could she do it again? I kinda want to believe that she couldn’t, but I’m not sure. Whatever choice they would make would have huge ramifications- if they chose their partner, then their partnership must surely be put in jeopardy. If they chose the mission, what effect would that have on their relationship?
Wow, I warned you that my Top 3 was filled with angst! I love seeing the characters pushed to their limits- that’s when the emotions and the drama run highest. I’m not totally heartless though- all my runners-up were 100% fluff!
Also in the Running
I did consider a number of fluffy scenes for my list, but they just didn’t make the final cut:
- The proposal (actually it sounds like the upcoming version might be pretty angsty)
- Kensi calls him Marty during Kensi-and-Marty Private Time
- Deeks becomes an agent
- Deeks calls Ray to update him on his Thing
- Deeks asks Sam and Callen for their blessing on the engagement and receives wholehearted, sincere support rather than the usual mocking
Put on your reporter’s hat, because next week’s topic will cover the questions we dream of asking Eric Christian Olsen- The Top 3 things we most want to know about his work as Marty Deeks.
In the meantime, tell us your Top 3 Most Wanted Scenes. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers! Give us a full explanation for your picks or just your short list. What do you most long to see?
Or, return to last week’s Top 3, the Top 3 Deeks Mysteries.