NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Blindsided!

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I usually can see twists and turns coming, but "The Debt" got me. I was blindsided not once, but twice. I never even considered that Deeks didn't shoot and kill that guy. I should have been suspicious when Callen and Sam were nonchalant about him leaving the team. I thought it was odd, but figured maybe they really didn't like him after all.

Deeks, Kensi Photo

Now that I consider it, that is crazy. Sam is strong in his conviction that you leave no teammate behind and if the shooting was real, he would have been right there helping Deeks out. But they all needed to have Kensi frustrated and angry so she could honestly vouch for Deeks. Their plan worked!

She was more forgiving than I think I would have been. However, a favor from Hetty could come in handy. Plus, she understood why they did it even if she wasn't happy about it; it comes with the job. I hope the show doesn't just drop this when it returns next year.

Kensi and Deeks need to have a heart-to-heart, don't they? Don't get me wrong, I don't want to see them get together romantically at all. They are incredible together - as partners. Regardless, they need to clear the air. If the same situation happened between Callen and Sam, I'd feel the same way.

The other twist I didn't coming was about the mole. Duh! I thought Bates was the mole until Kensi got the phone call about Quinn. How could I not have seen that coming?!? I was so wrapped up in the team dynamics and Deeks trying to clear his name. I never considered Quinn, when he was right there trying too hard to get involved in the case.

Overall, I enjoyed the episode above others because I was blindsided. The writers did an amazing job putting together that mind-blowing twist. I was wondering how Deeks would get back with NCIS, but turned out he never left! The question is: will he remain an LAPD-NCIS liaison or will he turn in Hetty's letter to become a full-fledged NCIS agent?

Were you surprised by the Deeks shooting twist, too? Love it? Hate it?

Odds and Ends

  • It was refreshing to see an episode that didn't focus on Callen and/or Sam. After last week's emotionally-charged Sam-centric story, this was the perfect follow-up.
  • Deeks getting his hair cut would have been a tragedy.
  • Oh, Deeks out on a ledge. How did he remain so calm? Lucky that the window next to Bates was open.
  • Did you catch that it was Deeks who leaked the raid at the end to Quinn on the phone?
  • "Just don't let that little ninja lady come after me!" Ha! Gotta love everyone knows and fears Hetty!
  • Deeks doesn't see Kensi as a female ... umm, what? She is one of the "guys," but his interactions with her indicate that he does realize she is a female. I'm guessing he just doesn't handle girly stuff well.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I really enjoy NCIS LA - I wouldn't watch it if Deeks wasn't in the show; they are all good but Deeks really adds a lot to the show, lots of life. The show is so much better since Deeks came onboard. I like the rest of the cast a lot too.


Will we see Monica Lee again? She should represent all the criminals. Chemistry was good with cast from what we saw in one scene. Nice legs!


i hate watching this show..they are the most stupidest and arrogant people on tv right now..i am a muslim and i am proud to be a muslim:)i feel like this show is discriminating the islamic religion.because every show is all about muslim....which u guys refer to as a not all muslim are terrorist.:(


The episode was awesome. As for Callen and Sam, I can see why they might not be able to fight that hard for Deeks. They realize that he's not NCIS and if LAPD decides to cut ties then there's nothing they can do about it. Now, Hetty not fighting is something to wonder about. Hetty recruited him and wants him as an agent, seemed a bit suspicious. As far as Deeks protecting Kensi, "us", "our thing", I think he meant that he was protecting her from Bates and his interrogation skills. If Bates figured out that there was something more than partnership between them, he would get suspicious about where Deeks' loyalties lay (he kinda already was). Deeks joining the show was brilliant. Although , I will admit that I wasn't that fond of him when he first appeared in season one. Kensi is more multi-layered in season two and beyond because Deeks is the one person on the show who is able to get under her skin and start peeling away the many layers that there is to Kensi. Shane Brennan said that in the second half of season three we're going to find out more about Kensi and how she came to be at NCIS. It's supposed to be a heartbreaking episode. I hope that one day they get together, but only if it is done on Kensi and Deeks' time. They are both emotionally damaged people and have defense mechanisms they use to keep people from getting too close. Deeks has his jokes and Kensi just puts up walls. I agree with the reviewer that they need to have a chat about what their feelings are.


hi friends can u please tell me how i can watch ncis-la online.


Callen and Kensi are not gonna happen. Honestly, I doubt that any romance is really gonna happen within the team, despite the obvious attraction between Deeks and Kensi. It'll be a lot like the Tony and Ziva angle they've had working on the original NCIS for years. They'll dance around the subject always making sure the viewer knows that one of them is jealous when the other gets attention from someone else. They might have Deeks and Kensi hook up when the show ends, or if one of the characters leaves the show, but those are about the only situations I could see an actual romance happening.


have not watched this episode coz season 3 aint started in the UK but i have been catching up with all the eps and i was a bit dissopointed at deeks for doing that to kensi! just get together!


Callen and Kensi?!?! Yea right, I hope they never get together, they would make a terrible couple on the show. Now, Kensi and Deeks would make a great couple! Go Densi! Can't wait till the next episode!


u keep spelling her name wrong its K-E-N-S-I not kensei


I think Deeks doing undercover surprised us all. I loved the show. @Mikaylah - Kensi and Deeks will never get romantic, although they care for each other.

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