We waited until Season 3 for the first, albeit undercover, one. We waited until Season 5 for the first real one. Season 6 had one that signified Densi was “all in,” but not much else. It wasn’t until Season 7 that the floodgates unleashed and we got a plethora of Densi kisses. But which ones make The Top 3?
There’s so much to consider here! Technical difficulty and artistic merit must be taken into account. But the most important factor for me is the emotional importance of the moment.
The Top 3
There were quite a few kisses I did excluded from consideration. Cover kisses, for example, just didn’t do it for me. I know there is genuine emotion behind them (just look at Deeks’ face in “Neighborhood Watch”), but for me they lack the romance to be found in the “real” kisses (plus they frustrated me since I desperately wanted the real thing). Speaking of frustration, I also excluded that adorable kiss at the end of “Come Back” because I couldn’t get past my overall frustrations with that episode. In reverse order of importance, my Top 3 is…
#3. “Command & Control”
This breakfast kiss is the most perfectly domestic Densi kiss ever. Deeks has just done a wonderful job of communicating his insecurities about providing for Kensi, and in turn, she’s reassured him (This is exactly how I wanted to feel. I don’t care where I have breakfast, as long as you’re there). The kiss is the very sweet, physical reinforcement of her words. It’s also nice because we get a glimpse of how the situation might escalate to more than just kisses. We don’t ever get Steamy Densi, but here we get the tiniest glimpse of what it might look like. (written by Kyle Harimoto)
#2. “Cancel Christmas”
This is one of the most emotional Densi kisses ever. Post-“Internal Affairs,” Deeks has finally gotten up the nerve to tell Kensi his long-kept secret. But she surprises him by revealing that she had already figured it out. Deeks is overwhelmed with relief and gratitude at her easy forgiveness. (I love the moment he covertly wipes a tear from his eye when he reaches to brush his hair back.) His words to her (written by Joseph C. Wilson) – Do you have any idea how much I love you right now? – sum up his feelings perfectly. Rules or no rules, he really does need to kiss her in that moment. Kensi takes a page out of Deeks’ book, and alleviates the tension with a bit of humor, joking that she hopes his love will be reflected in her Christmas gift. She continues to keep the moment light by giving him a quick smack on the lips, giving them a chance to dial back the intensity and get back to doing their jobs. It’s not the sexiest kiss, nor is it the longest. But for me, it’s one of the sweetest.
Again, who knew that the Prince of Darkness Frank Military was such a romantic? He had two of my Top 3 Romantic Scenes, and all three of the Top 3 Sexiest Scenes, including this hilltop kiss from “Descent.” For me, no kiss is more important, for it came at a time when Deeks and Kensi were completely unable to use actual words to convey their feelings for one another. They were both frustrated with the situation until Deeks took matters into his own hands and showed Kensi exactly how he felt. There was absolutely no mistaking his intentions or feelings. It was the moment where more than three years of sexual tension finally had a brief outlet. And his “How’s that for communication?” line just topped off the moment perfectly. In retrospect, there’s a bittersweet quality to the whole thing because we know what happened immediately after, and how it affected their relationship, but it’s still the biggest, most epic Densi kiss ever.
Also in the Running
A few other kisses I considered:
- The Hetty-interrupted end of “An Unlocked Mind” (Frank Military)
- Telling Deeks all she cares about is that she has him in “Queen Pin” (Joseph C. Wilson)
- “Humbug” all in- not listed higher because of ice-induced technical difficulties and questions about why Kensi was the one to take the big step (Kyle Harimoto, Andrew Bartels)
- Sweet morning greetings at the hospital in “Home Is Where the Heart Is” (Joseph C. Wilson)
- Passing an earwig to him in “Under Siege” (R. Scott Gemmill)
Next week is a pretty hefty topic, as we take on The Top 3 Best Written Episodes. What goes into a well written NCIS:LA episode? What are your Top 3?
In the meantime, how do you rate the Top 3 Densi Kisses? What makes your Top 3 rise to the top? Tell us about it in the Comments below.
Or, return to the last Top 3, the Top 3 Funniest Episodes.