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The Top 3 Funniest Scenes


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Those who don’t watch it think of NCIS: Los Angeles as a procedural where someone usually gets brutally murdered before the opening credits. They don’t think of it as a comedy. But fans of the show know it can be silly and witty and laugh-out-loud hilarious. This week we’re taking a look at the individual scenes that have made us laugh the most. In the wake of the sad news of Miguel Ferrer’s passing, this may not feel like the most appropriate topic for the week. But let’s laugh a little through our tears and use this lighter discussion as a temporary reprieve from the sadness.

The Premise

I could easily list off the top of my head many scenes that made me laugh out loud. The challenge was narrowing that lengthy list to The Top 3. As usual, I did limit myself to scenes featuring Deeks or Densi. Otherwise a camera hidden inside a garden gnome called the “Hettycam” might have made the list.

The Top 3

In order to get down to The Top 3, I rewatched these scenes so many times that I’m really no longer sure which ones deserve the top spots. I went with those that continued to make me smile on multiple viewings. In reverse order of importance, my Top 3 is…

#3. Undercover as FRA Inspectors in “The Livelong Day

This undercover assignment, written by Joe Sachs, came close to making my Top 3 Deeks Undercover Roles, and I think it’s one of the funniest scenes ever between Deeks and Kensi. (And I’m not even counting what I consider a second scene where Kensi throws a frozen apple at Deeks’ head, a candidate for the single funniest moment of the entire series.) Deeks’ Matthew Dunkler is quite the character, and I love how he even makes Kensi laugh behind the back of the railroad employee. The highlight happens when they dive into the women’s restroom to avoid being recognized by the private detective. My favorite line is after Kensi pushes him into a stall, when he whispers, “Most ladies buy me a couple drinks first.” But the best part, which I can’t believe was scripted, is when he sits behind her on the toilet and reaches to pick something out of her ear, forcing Kensi to maintain her composure while she chats with that same railroad employee in the next stall over.

What makes this scene particularly special is that it’s the first time since the torture of “Descent”/”Ascension” where these two seem to be fully back to themselves, where they’re really having fun with one another. Before this there were some awkward torture jokes from Kensi in “Omni” and worry about his risk-taking behavior in “An Unwritten Rule.” This scene immediately calls to mind the joy we saw between them bantering in the boatshed in “Wanted,” probably the last time they had so much fun together.

#2. Completing the “partner survey” in “Wanted

Speaking of “Wanted,” written by R. Scott Gemmill… I had a tough time deciding exactly which scene from this amazing episode to include on my Top 3. I didn’t actually love Kensi’s snide comments in the spa scene later in the episode (although Deeks is utterly hilarious). And the boatshed scene about corgis run amok was my #1 Densi Banter scene. So in the end I chose the opening scene because it really is packed with jokes and funny one-liners, and they all work. Deeks’ answers to Kensi’s questions are amazing. He’s afraid of “basically, anything in a Tarzan movie.” If he couldn’t be in law enforcement he’d be “a schoolteacher who lives a double life as a gigolo.” He has recurring nightmares of “Hetty and the burning monkey,” which he assumed everyone does.

But it’s not just the jokes. It’s about the state of their relationship, and about what Kensi is trying to work out about her feelings. It gives Deeks a chance to tease her about her biological clock and making ninja assassins. It sets up the final scene where he tells her she smells like sunshine and gunpowder. It’s a gem of a scene that’s hilarious while also being completely specific to these two characters.

#1. Wrestling in “Raven & The Swans”

Scott Gemmill also takes the top spot with what has to be the single silliest, most over the top Densi scene ever. Again, everything about this scene works, from the hilarious awkwardness of Deeks trying to pick Kensi up to carry her over the threshold (“Congratulations to us”), to competitive Kensi turning his actions against him (“You know what, sweetie, honey, this is how somebody gets hurt”), to Interrupting Nell’s expression as she witnesses the two on the bed, to what might be my favorite part, the deadpan expressions of Sam and Callen as they listen in from the hotel lobby. I have no idea what from this scene was even in Gemmill’s script. It feels 100% improvised, and like we’re seeing the first and only take. I had this episode on my DVR for the longest time, simply queued up to this scene so I could rewatch it again and again. No matter how many times I do, I enjoy the zaniness and the chemistry that’s about ready to boil over between these two.

Also in the Running

Here are some of the other hilarious scenes that I considered putting on my Top 3:

  • Deeks at the spa in “Wanted” (R. Scott Gemmill): I’m pretty sure naked Viggo Mortensen is gonna jump out at any second and start pummeling me.
  • Discovering the sex dungeon in “Neighborhood Watch” (Christina M. Kim): Actually I would like to know what you were thinking, I mean mostly out of professional curiosity… I can read it in the report.
  • Undercover at the spa in “Anonymous” (Christina M. Kim): No I’m actually not a pervert.
  • Playing with dry ice undercover in “The Livelong Day” (Joe Sachs): That anger management class was money well spent.
  • Meeting Kip in “Reign Fall” (Joseph C. Wilson): You weren’t playin’ about this one- she’s bad.
  • Bantering about the Queen’s corgis in “Wanted” (R. Scott Gemmill): Have you seen my corgis? They’ve run amok.
  • Worrying about dead guy juice in “Inelegant Heart” (R. Scott Gemmill): You can’t wash out ghost.
  • Climbing the pergola at the ex-SEAL’s house in “SEAL Hunter” (Sara Servi, Frank Military): You’re looking at my butt, aren’t you?
  • Discussing Christmas traditions at the safe house in “Disorder” (Gil Grant, Dave Kalstein): Oh I’ve tried it [ice cream and beer], although it was in seventh grade, and it didn’t end pretty for anyone, unless of course you like Jackson Pollock.
  • Telling stories about fathers and pet snakes in “Borderline” (R. Scott Gemmill): Snakes don’t pounce, they strike.
  • Interior decorator Sven, who I considered pretty offensive, but I include here primarily for LL Cool J’s hilarious deadpan reaction, in “Allegiance” (Frank Military, Andrew Bartels): Bring on ze wonderful, ya?… You can’t be afraid of ze color!
  • Deeks as an injured soccer player in “The Job” (Frank Military, Christina M. Kim): My career is over. You might as well just hand another endorsement to Beckham.
  • Comparing Deeks to Malibu Ken in “Borderline” (R. Scott Gemmill): He’s not anatomically correct either.

Next Week

I hope this list brought a smile to your face. I know it did to mine. Next week we’ll switch gears in a pretty big way to talk about The Top 3 Most Romantic Scenes. Another tough selection, as there are a lot of wonderful Densi scenes to choose from!

In the meantime, tell us about your Top 3 Funniest Scenes. What makes you laugh out loud the most?

Or go back to last week’s Top 3, the Top 3 Uses of Humor to Defuse Tension.

About Karen P (159 Articles)
wikiDeeks Writer & Assistant Editor. I never wrote for fun before... until my ECO-obsession. Now I love to analyze any and all aspects of the best character on television.

12 Comments on The Top 3 Funniest Scenes

  1. The injured soccer player is my favorite – especially since it made Kensi smile even if she didn’t let him see that.

    Great list.

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  2. Loved Ravens and the Swans. I also loved when he was talking to the pig in the desert. Can’t remember the episode name.

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    • Yes Diane, the pig scene is funny. I like when he thinks the soldiers stopped following them for nefarious reasons but it’s really because they crossed the border into America. Is that Greed?

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  3. Love the list; perfect — they’re my favorites also. My #1 is the bathroom scene in Livelong Day; Deeks make me laugh every time; its such a great scene. Also the wrestling scene is just wonderful. In my opinion the list is complete; a great list and we’re so lucky to watch these amazing actors do their thing!!

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  4. All the scenes you have in your Top Three are so funny that they make me laugh every time, especially the one in The livelong day, one of my all time Densi favorite.
    I have to admit, though, that there is another hilarious scene that has a special place in my heart, first because it belongs to Season 2 in which I was still unaware of how much I would care about Deeks and Kensi in later seasons, and second because the Densi banter and spark was already there and it had the power of intriguing me so much just from the start. I remember how much I waited for Deeks and Kensi’s scenes together week by week and when I realized it I was already hooked. Madly in love with them… 🙂

    I’m talking about the “yoga bunnies” scene (2×09 Absolution) which always brings a smile to my face:
    Deeks: Morning, Sunshine!
    Kensi: You lied to me.
    Deeks: Not so much as a hello? I called ya Sunshine.
    Kensi: You said you needed a ride.
    Deeks: I do.
    Kensi: Deeks, I’m your partner, not your chauffeur. Thought you were having car trouble.
    Deeks: Nope.
    Kensi: What are you doing?
    Deeks: Huh?
    Kensi: Please tell me you didn’t.
    Deeks: What?
    Kensi: Oh my God. You’re using me as bait?
    Deeks: Not bait. As a wingman. This is what partners do.
    Kensi: Do you know how how utterly unprofessional this is?
    Deeks: You should tell me.
    Kensi: I don’t… what?
    Deeks: Don’t stop. Keep telling me. Get mad. Act like we’re breaking up. Get angry. Ready, go.
    Kensi: Are you for real?
    Deeks: Partner…
    Deeks: Ah, come on. Sunshine. Wait.
    Keeks: Stay away from me! It’s over! I can’t do this anymore!
    Deeks: Listen, I’m, I’m sorry. Alright, I know that’s it’s tough. When I’m on the road all the time. Touring…. with the band.
    Kensi: I don’t care about that! You, you cheated on me! With my brother.
    Deeks: That’s just mean.

    (credit for the dialog transcript: Densiland)

    Deeks’ expression at the end looking at victorious Kensi go away is priceless!

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  5. I always try to come up with different ones than your choices to give a little variety (but I love all the ones you listed) and luckily there are so many to choose from now that we’re in the 8th season. I don’t know if I think are THE funniest, but I do look upon them with fondness. In no particular order:

    “Deep Trouble Part II” undercover at the restaurant looking at a place for “their wedding reception” and Deeks is riffing off of asking her identical twin sister first, “Second place it is!”

    “Out of the Past” dog whisperer. “Wow, you must really want the bacon.” And when he’s silencing Kensi with “Zzzt.”

    “Lokhay” creatively financing his college through the arts “the provocative, expressionistic format”

    I do love love love the bed wrestling in “Raven”, the bantering about the Queen in “Wanted”, and “You can’t wash out ghost” … oh heck, I love them all. It’s like making someone choose which child is their favorite (and I don’t have kids so I avoided that fiasco).

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    • peakae I appreciate the effort to introduce some new items for the lists! Those are great suggestions too. I particularly loved that scene with the poodle, absolutely adorable. And Kensi is so bold the way she grabs for the chip reader.

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  6. I’m going with the Russian spa scene in “Wanted”. That line about Viggo Mortensen jumping out to pummel him made me laugh out loud. The rest of the dialog as he crossed the pool was all an improve by ECO according to Chris O’Donnell. And besides we got an almost naked Deeks, which always makes me smile.

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