NCIS: Los Angeles Review: "Imposters"

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The hunt for a Navy SEAL impostor and a potential dirty bomb (again) made for a strong episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, but Hetty's actions cast a pall over it throughout.

Hetty had been behaving strangely all night and Agent Callen, like the rest of us, just wanted to get to the bottom of why. By the end of the night, he wasn't any closer.

In fact, the mystery deepened as Hetty resigned and a new Operations Manager, played by Claire Forlani, has apparently taken her place. Why did Hetty step down?

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The brief glimpse of her in Prague indicates that it wasn't to sit on the beach in the Maldives. Henrietta Lange is operating outside NCIS parameters, but she is still on a mission.

A mission, next week's promo hints, that has to do with Callen.

Next week's second season finale revolves around Hetty's sudden resignation and Callen's attempt to track her down. This intriguing plot could go in any number of directions.

What they find and whether Hetty returns, Forlani's character stays on or both is anyone's guess, but this largely overshadowed the bulk of last night's episode, solid as it was.

In "Imposters," the team investigated the murder of a man posing as a retired Navy Seal who was hired by a radical anti-government group to make a dirty bomb form them.

The victim, Carl, was posing as his childhood friend and real Navy Seal who died in the Gulf War. Carl assumed his identity and persona. As Deeks said, we've seen this before.

He got mixed up with a group of radical anarchists who got their hands on a fourth missing canister of radioactive pharmaceuticals, which was traced to Yusef Afzal's murder.

The team follows the residue of the material and Nell finds the middleman between Carl and Afzal's killers. It turns out the leader of the radical group, Shepherd, hired Carl.

When Carl didn't deliver on his fake promises, Shepherd had him killed. The team set a trap for Shepherd and apprehended him after he nearly blew up an entire public park.

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Luckily, the bomb that was placed in the trash can did not contain any radioactive material. Still, as Callen and Sam said, it'd be a shame not to let the bomb squad do its job.

As expected from a show that never disappoints, "Imposters" contained all the elements that make NCIS: LA fun. Deeks and Kensi are hilarious, and Sam was in rare form.

The fact that someone posed as a Seal ate at Sam, who was particularly testy (and funny). He's always a strong presence, but it was great to see LL Cool J at the forefront.

It says a lot that the characters on this show can make you laugh out loud a half dozen times a week while still making you take their business seriously. It's a hoot.

Between Hetty exclaiming "Mother Hubbard," Sam and Callen arguing over whether to go on vacation together, Sam berating Eric over his sardine sandwich and Deeks complaining he was "cop-blocked," the funny moments were almost too numerous to count.

Nevertheless, there was a sense of poignancy, and urgency about last night, making for an interesting juxtaposition with the typically strong doses of humor and action.

It was touching to watch Hetty reach out to the agents, even if by doing so, her departure (hopefully short-lived as it may be) was foretold. How will it play out next week?

Comment on that and last night's NCIS: Los Angeles below.


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If Linda Hunt (Hetty) goes, then I go as well!!! The show would suck without her! Its like getting rid of Abby or Ducky on NCIS!


Even if they bring back Hetty I will not watch if Lauren Hunter/Claire Forlani stays on. She irritated me with her smug attitude.




So very true! Great show, masterful entertainment, excellent ensemble chemistry! Hope everyone is back in September, minus annoying girl, plus Nate.


I had been waiting for Hetty to spring NCIS recruitment papers on our good LAPD Detective Deeks ever since he first popped up on the show. Callen realized quite quickly, after all, that Hetty was looking for a new agent, rather than a liaison officer.


People who stop watching a show because a character leave are not fans of the show


I have always liked Linda Hunt, and she is particularly good as Hetty. She's a big part of what makes this show work, even when it stretches credulity and approaches silliness. The show will be not be the same without her. But, for goodness sakes, get rid of that annoying Nell! Her know-it-all attitude and attempted cuteness fall totally flat. I don't like her at all! Bring back the psychologist guy, please! I miss him.


as said in the promo hetty left to protect callen and the team she will most liikely bbe back shes a fan fav and shes hunting down the people who are trying to hurt her team she didn't want to put them in danger so she eliminated all clues linkied to ncis which is probaly why she"reisgned" so they wont worry about her and ask if she needed help"dobut it" so i hope this sinareo is true hety is to funny sweet and skilled to leave ncis......oh and by the way deeks should stay reason being hes a fanfave and kensi has had to many partners i dobut he'd hurt her that way cause hes really a nice guy HOPE HHE STAYS


@gulliver summum it well...


I hate when shows do things like this, especially at the end of the season. If Hetty doesn't come back and soon I will stop watching the show. We get to think of the cast as family so when you take out the patriach of the family we don't take to it. I love the original NCIS so I was cautious about a another NCIS but the cast won me over, especially Hetty, who I liked before the show but even more so in this role. She has always added class and depth to anything I have seen her in. I know alot of people feel the same way, their a good cast but she pulls them all together.

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