NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Hoodwinked

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We've had NCIS cases that have taken twists and turns, but none that I recall as crazy as that in "Crimeleon." Wow. That's all I can think to say. Plus, unrelated to the case, that last minute with Granger was insane!

I don't even know whether to start with Granger or the investigation, as both were spectacular. Let's go with Granger. As Hetty kept asking him, "Why are you here?" We all want to know the answer to that question.

What is the real answer? The one that Granger "looked?" Or, what he said, "I'm here to catch a killer?" Could they possibly be the same thing?

Tattooed Kensi

When Granger first looked at Kensi, I thought, "Oh my ... he is her father!" Now, why would that be? And, if he is, why would he come into the boathouse and be such an ass? If not, could he know her father? For some reason, this season seems to leading towards a reveal about Kensi's dad.

If the look and the remark are connected, how is Kensi connected to or responsible for a killing? I didn't like Granger from the beginning, but this secret mission of his - while intriguing - is annoying! What is his story?!? I'm finding it frustrating.

The "blackmail" move by Callen and Hetty to get an answer from Granger was perfection, especially since he brought it on himself. There was no reason for Callen to take the blame for DeGramont getting away. How was he supposed to know the guy wasn't the driver? The documents supported that the dude was Ghillas; plus he had a bullet in his face!

Granger, on the other hand, let a fake Interpol agent into NCIS. Wouldn't Interpol send over information about their agent? If not, he should have requested a picture and verifiable information. At a bank, they have photo records for the armor car guards to verify against. A company ID isn't enough. NCIS would surely have at least the most basic security protocol in place, right?

Obviously, something went awry and DeGramont was able to infiltrate NCIS. I became suspicious of Kallstrom when they were all in the tech center and Callen complimented DeGramont on being able to impersonate three people with three different accents. Kallstrom's reaction there was off. I thought maybe he was DeGramont. He wasn't bug he was pretty close.

Of course, when Kallstrom was killed, I discounted my suspicions... only to be wrong again. So, many twists and turns. In the end, Kallstrom was killed, the fake Kallstrom was killed and the only person left standing was DeGramont himself. And, he was so close!

Unfortunately, he has his sights set on Callen and is determined to take him out. DeGramont must want to do it in a spectacular manner because he had plenty of opportunities to just shoot him during this case, most easily at the night club.

DeGramont is a scary guy, perhaps the most ruthless that the team has faced. I have confidence that they will be able to bring him down! Callen can't die, right?

Did you fall for all the twists, too? And, why do you think Granger is in Los Angeles?

Odds and Ends

  • I love the funny moments with the team. This week, we found out that Eric was a puzzle champion. Who knew there was even such a thing? But, Nell ended up solving the matchbook puzzle. Poor Eric.
  • Kensi Kensi Kensi! She was smokin' hot in that dress. I'm not always a fan of tattoos, but the ones up her leg, arms, and especially her back - hot!
  • The banter between Deeks and Kensi was priceless. He IS her type? Hmm....
  • Granger - what the heck is he up to?!?


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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In which episode was DeGramont shot in the mouth?


Love the episode. One of best villain ever, seems to me that Callen has a new nemesis! Love the whole team working together! Loved Kensi & Deeks banter!
One of my favourite eps this season.


the producers said someone's gonna die in the season ender.maybe its kensi.hope not.


do you know Granger is the current Real NCIS Boss


I very much liked this episode. Loved the beginning about the health drink, very funny. I too thought from the start that Degramont was the interpol agent. I was surprised that he was just the employee of Degramont. Very good deception by the writers. Since the next 2 episodes will be about Kensi and her being a suspect in a murder, we won't see Degramont coming after Callen anytime soon. The H50 crossover won't be until May, so I don't know if Kensi's deal will connect or not. But they may find a way. We will have to see. I'm looking forward to seeing how the team gets Kensi out of whatever she is accused of in the next 2 weeks.


In this episode it seemed that the team didn't really kill anyone, normally they shoot every bad guy they see. I really liked the episode, Kensi is by far my favorite character. Can't wait till next week!


I don't like Granger-he worse than nails on a blackboard. I missed the first few minutes so was a bit confused than realized who Callan/Sam were dealing with. No, Callan can't die!! The team'll figure a way to flush him out and get rid of him once and for all. I was a bit shocked when Granger revealed he's looking for a killer and sorta looked at Kensi. But this could be a set-up for the crossover with Hawaii 5-0. Remember when he told her not to go to Hawaii anymore and I don't think Granger's her father either. I agree - Kensi looked smokin in that dress and w/those tatts! Love this show!


I knew something was "hinky" (to quote Abby Shuto) about the interpol guy from the start, but I thought he was the bad guy and not just another hired hand. Didn't see that one coming. Was so glad to see Granger brought down a peg or two, especially after he rubbed it in Callen like he did about his supposed mistakes. Granger couldn't be Kensi's dad as she was a teenager when her dad was killed. It does appear that they are going to be really focusing on his death though in upcoming episodes. I am sure we are going to be seeing DeGramont again. His threat about knowing where Callen works and lives and more importantly who he cares about...the best way to hurt Callen is to hurt the very few people he has let himself trust and care about. Callen has always found it hard to get close to others, and to now have their lives in danger because he cares about them could cause him to close himself off and pull away from them...


Anyone else pick who the crimeleon was? Christopher Lambert from highlander.

Uncle jackass

Am I the only one who thinks NCIS LA is better than the last two seasons of NCIS? I may be a bit nutty, because I do turn off my brain to watch LA.

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