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The Top 3 Cheekiest Moments


Deeks once told Hetty, “I’m not cheeky; I’m charming.” I’m not going to argue about the charm, but I would have to agree with Hetty that Deeks can be a “cheeky bastard.” I find it one of his most endearing qualities. After all, a bit of cheekiness can be the perfect way to send a message to someone who takes themselves too seriously, or to get the better of someone in authority without directly taking them on. So what are the Top 3 examples of this cheekiness?

The Premise

No real guidelines on this topic, except that we’re talking of course about Deeks’ moments.

The Top 3

I found myself evaluating the possibilities based on two factors: their humor and the degree to which Deeks was challenging someone in authority. In reverse order of importance, my Top 3 is…

#3. M-O-U-S-E in “Absolution”

Written by R. Scott Gemmill, this moment comes about a third of the way through Season 2, when we and Kensi are still getting to know Deeks. When the duo are surprised by a pair of alleged NSA agents, the alphabet soup that rings out as each person identifies him or herself is pretty ridiculous on its own. Deeks sees that and decides to have a little fun by ending the exchange with “M-O-U-S-E.” It’s funny and qualifies as a classic Deeks use of humor to defuse tension (a future topic). But Kensi isn’t amused. At this point they are still feeling their way into their partnership. As Deeks says after Kensi “tees off” on one of the men, “Sometimes I don’t even know you.” The contrast between then and now is huge. If Deeks were to do something similar now, Kensi would at least acknowledge the effort if not laugh outright.

#2. Trying to rile Sam in “Tin Soldiers”

R. Scott Gemmill is back with my #2 pick. After an operation ends poorly, with Deeks and Sam kicked out of a nightclub after Deeks’ cover is blown, Sam is grumpy the next morning and blameseeks for the results. Deeks isn’t having any of it:

Deeks: You know what? You should be thanking me. I staved off those bouncers so you, my friend, could make a clean getaway.
Sam: The day I need your help, Deeks, is the day I hang up my gun.
Deeks: Oh yeah, really? ‘Cause there’s this little hook right here next to my desk, if you wanted to utilize that.
Kensi: Guys! Come on.
Sam: I know you’re tryin’ to rile me, but I won’t be riled.
Deeks: You want a hug?

No one else talks to Sam like this. Sure, Callen gets away with teasing him when they banter, but Deeks is the only one who directly challenges him. He has done it right from the start of their relationship, and it’s one of the reasons Sam doesn’t initially like him that much. But I admire Deeks for it. He doesn’t let Sam’s gruffness intimidate him. Sadly it never really earned him Sam’s respect, instead just reinforcing his mistaken assumptions about Deeks’ character. At any rate, it makes my list because it’s an example of the great chemistry between these two characters I enjoy so much.

#1. Shooting target Hetty in “Enemy Within”

Not only is Deeks the only person other than Callen to get away with taking on Sam, he’s the only person who gets to talk to Hetty in a cheeky way. His interactions with her are unique, reinforcing his (and our) notions that he is, in fact, her favorite. Lindsay Sturman gave us what I consider the high point of Deeks’ cheekiness, at the end of an episode where his competence has been called into question. He “accidently” shoots a paper target of Hetty. Right in the head. It’s hilarious, as is his reaction. “Uhh, oops?,” he says, smiling. Hetty’s reaction is even better. She appears shocked that he would dare do such a thing, and as the credits descend, we hear her famous “Cheeky bastard” line. The moment is hilarious and utterly Deeks.

Also in the Running

The Top 3 would seem to indicate that Season 2 was the high point for Deeks cheekiness. However, Deeks is so consistently cheeky, there are many great examples from every season. Among them:

  • Talking to Bates about his porn star moustache in “Internal Affairs” (Chad Mazero, R. Scott Gemmill): That’s a nice moustache Lieutenant. You doin’ undercover work in gay porn again?
  • Slapping Kensi’s ass in “Skin Deep” (Gil Grant): It was fine. It was, uh, firm. It was good. All right, I enjoyed it. A little.
  • In the boatshed standing up to the whole team in “Hand-to-Hand” (Matt Pyken): …that Internet photo thing really sold me. So riddle me this: did you pre-plan that, or maybe, maybe that happened in real life.
  • Calling out Granger for getting fooled by the “Crimeleon,” who “is very, very good,” according to Granger (Frank Military): Good enough to have fooled you.
  • Throwing Kensi on the bed in “Raven & The Swans” (R. Scott Gemmill): You know what, sweetie, honey, this is how somebody gets hurt.
  • Telling Granger he couldn’t (“not really”) stop the bad guy sooner in “War Cries” (R. Scott Gemmill): You couldn’t come out before he made me get down on my bad knee?
  • Challenging Kensi about naked photos in “Hand-to-Hand” (Matt Pyken): You mean like the two of you watching the sunset at Santa Monica Pier, or the kind where you’re not wearing anything but a smile?
  • Asking Hetty about the fancy watch in “Special Delivery” (Gil Grant): Does it shoot poisonous gas, or anything cool?
  • Mocking the FBI agents in “Archangel” (Shane Brennan, R. Scott Gemmill): Oh buddy. That badge better be real or my partner’s gonna kick you in the FBI-balls.

Next Week

While we’re covering random bits of Deeks dialog, why not continue next week with the Top 3 Deeks Rambles. Which examples of Deeks’ “incessant babble” will make your Top 3?

In the meantime, which moments of cheekiness made your list? What did I forget?

Or, return to last week’s Top 3, the Top 3 Deeks/Sam Scenes.

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13 Comments on The Top 3 Cheekiest Moments

  1. From Raven & the Swans:
    Kensi (being carried by Deeks): Put me down.
    Deeks: You laugh funny and your eye looks weird.


  2. You touched on so many of my favorites, although I’m sure there are more, since he seems to be cheeky most of the time. However, I’ve been trying to think of an example where he was cheeky with Callen and I couldn’t think of any. Granted it’s very early in the morning, but there have to be a couple. If anyone thinks of one, please reply. Love this series, Karen.


  3. You guys are so awesome with knowing which line is from which episode and the names – sigh. I remember the scene where he “baits” the extra-large marine (who turns out to have I think 2 or 3 degrees in engineering or something) about tearing phone books and gets him to expose his less than desirable lack of temper control. “And there it is” was the ending line, and even Kensi gives him a look that seems to say she gets what he just did.
    The only cheeky thing I can think of with Callen is the scene about Callen’s long “glorious – it’s alive” hair after G had been undercover in prison.
    They all just come so naturally LOL!


  4. One of my favorite cheeky moments was when Deeks comes out of the bath house after meeting with Kirkin. Deeks gives Sabatino a wink and shakes his wet hair like a dog as he gives Kensi a hug. Very cute scene!

    Well, that whole bath house scene was awesome.


  5. quotes are not exact , but you get the idea….

    heard over comms after throwing Kensi onto the bed…..are you in position
    …deeks reply ” well one of us is”

    about Callen’s beard…. “It’s like an angelic bathmat ”

    I am too your type… “are we recording this, because I would love that for my ringtone”


  6. Just thought of one…Little Angels: at the beginning of the episode Hetty remarks on an inappropriate comparison the same as…”to call Lady Gaga just a singer” to which Deeks replies …”Still lovin’ the Gaga, huh?”


  7. I really liked your list of Deeks’ “cheeky” moment, Karen.
    These are mine (but the ones you mentioned are milestones!)

    3) The first part of the dialog between Deeks and Snyder in the car in “Wanted”:
    DEEKS: Does CIA have mind-control machines?
    SNYDER: I wish.
    DEEKS: Who shot JFK?
    SNYDER: Lee Harvey Oswald.
    DEEKS: Who else? You don’t even know, do you? Are there aliens in Area 51?
    SNYDER: No.
    DEEKS: What? You’re smiling. That’s a tell. That means there are aliens in Area 51. I knew it.

    2) All the interrogation with IA Detective Whiting in “Internal Affairs”, in particular everything Deeks said about that special kind of coffee while the detective was going to write thinking he was revealing details about Boyle’s murder. Deeks challenging authority was at its top there.

    1) Bed wrestling with Kensi in “Raven and the swans”, especially how Deeks makes fun of Kensi after having launched her onto the bed (“I’m so sorry. That was too much. It was inappropriate. I’m so sorry. You’re an agent, we’re in a working environment”): a perfect scene, it couldn’t have been better, everything worked there, the dialog, the timing between the characters, the innuendo, the reference to the jungle-cat and the ninja assassins, Sam and Callen listening in their earwigs, Nell interrupting

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  8. one of my favorites.

    Eric……His file says he was working with a small team based in Kabul.
    Deep undercover at Prince’s Money Market investigating hawalas.

    Deeks….Ugh, you can never trust a koala, man.
    You never know what they’re hiding in their pouches.
    In fact, I won’t turn my back on any marsupial.


  9. another one
    Eric—-LAPD just called with a double homicide.
    Both former military and both formerly employed by Any guesses?

    Deeks— Cirque du Soleil.
    No, Applebees.
    You been there? Triple Treat Sampler? Place is delicious.
    Entertainment industry or service industry? (clears throat) What? At least I’m trying.

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  10. Karen, after reading and enjoying your- and
    the others’ favourites. Here are my two
    classics of Deeks’s cheekiness:

    -Shooting the Hetty target
    -The entire Internal Affairs interrogation


    Liked by 1 person

  11. evelynmarie2014 // November 6, 2016 at 11:49 PM // Reply

    I think it was in Neighborhood watch when he told Hetty he preferred his tea in a bottle vaccum sealed in America. The uh oops one is my all time favorite one though.


  12. Thanks everyone! Reading all your favorites brought a much needed big smile to my face.


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