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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BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! I never saw the twists coming either. Meanwhile, I just about howled with laughter at the black-out line from Hetty ("Haters gonna hate!")


@dianemc Because I can and because I am a fan of Callen and Hetty


Michael, you're back. Try to stay with me here. There are thousands of TV shows that I don't watch because I don't care for them. I am assuming that your TV has more than one channel and an off button. Why are you watching something you don't like? Use the remote!!!


I loved this episode. It was intense but not in the same way as last week's show. I did wonder at the beginning if Hetty and Deeks had something going but it never dawned on me that everyone was involved excepted Kensi. I should have, knowing that Sam and Callen would never desert a team member. I did think that Quinn was the mole as soon as he appeared, not because of my great deductive reasoning, but because I liked Angela, so did Kensi, and she loved and trusted Bates (it's a girl thing, makes no sense at all but it is what it is). Lastly, I thought that both Kensi and Deeks acted like there is a lot more going on with them than a working partnership but again that's probably because that's what I want and not necessarily what's best for the show. I'll just have to trust the writers to get it right. Overall, one of my favorite episodes.


Again these bring up the issue I have last week if Sam Callen and even Deek are going to lie to Kensei and not treat her as a team memeber how can she trust them these is the same issue CM is having with Hotch emily and JJ how can you trust someone who does not trust you. Why is it over the Evil cops too you know cop put their life on the line a lot more then anybody out there and these is how we treat them no wonder none of our child want to be cops. They got to fix these show its going downhill fast they need to get rid of Sam


Absolutely love this episode! Brilliant from beginning to end! As for Kensi and Deeks, honestly, I can see them going romantic or just stay partners and either would be perfectly fine for me. Obviously right now I don't think Deeks is actually talking or thinking about romance, but who knows, somewhere down the line there might be something in the future, that'll depend on how the writers want it to be, and if they can write it right, then I see no reason they shouldn't, Daniela and Eric have amazing chemistry. I gotta admit, I didn't see those twists coming, and I like you was quite surprised that Callen and Sam didn't fight it that hard, that should have been my first warning bell and Quinn trying to get too close should have been another! You know, it's the mark of an amazing episode when you get so caught up in the character story that you don't even see those twists coming until it hits you right in the face! I love it! :) This is what good writing is all about! Twists and turns that make sense but you're smart enough to cover them well enough that the audience doesn't realize it until it happens! Bravo for LA! I did love that in the end, Deeks' boss recognized that Deeks did find a family with NCIS, but still acknowledged that Deeks is still one of his boys, I thought that was rather cute and sweet. I gotta say, honestly, the show bringing on Eric Christian Olsen was probably one of the best decisions they did for the show because it certainly has made the show even better than before when he came on, the quality and perfect banter just soared! :)

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