What We Know
Over various seasons there have been a number of references to Deeks’ career changes. However, they have been brief mentions versus deep-dives. While some of us would prefer to know all the details of our detective’s backstory, it prompts our imaginations to get creative. So Counselor, what are the facts?
Nearly a decade ago(!), way back in Season 2 the aspect of Deeks having previously been a lawyer was offered as part of his character development. This arose again in Season 4 when a past client, Jenny, called Deeks in the middle of the night for help (in “Drive“). We also know Deeks is a “doer” with a strong drive for justice. This is not a man who will simply passively sit along the sidelines.
At some point Deeks offers that he was inspired by television shows TJ Hooker and CHiPs, but that felt more like the utterance of a child or Deeks’ attempt at a customary cover with humor. Since then most of the references have related to mocking and jokes. For example from “Paper Soldiers”:
Deeks: …Everyone knows that public defenders are the rebel of the legal profession.
Kensi: Rebel without a due process clause? Ha!
What We Don’t
The Why. The depth of a person stems not from the what of an action, but rather the why of a decision. Without provided facts from Deeks and the writers, viewers are left to their own presumptions.
It’s a strong guess Deeks’ lifelong career in law enforcement is at least in part related to his traumatic childhood and parental figures. Being a lawyer targets that drive for justice. However, that active drive likely got frustrated with where the lawyer lands in the timeline of events – after a crime has been committed. Time as a lawyer would have shown him the cops were out in the field with the opportunity to stop some of these wrongs before they happened. Also do we really believe Deeks wasn’t restless as we envision the suit, tie, and desk as well as the restrictions of the bar and penal code?
Why It’s Important
Past decisions forecast future actions. How many times have there been references to his (and Kensi’s) life post-NCIS? (And this doesn’t even note the “Will he ever fully leave LAPD and become an official NCIS agent?!” That question could still be its own entire article here….)
We’re often forced to speculate what the detective will do as he grows his family and becomes a father (in some fashion). The simplest option is to go back to being a lawyer. However, Deeks typically doesn’t take the easy route. Add to that there’s a reason he left law in the first place. Plus, can we honestly envision Deeks settling into a hum-drum, structured, nine to five office environment after his days of running and gunning?
What do you think is Deeks’ post-LAPD/NCIS career move?