NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Happy Anniversary!

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Happy Anniversary to Callen and Hanna! I'm not sure why, but it seems like they have been together much longer than five years. At the same time, five years is a long time to work side-by-side with the same person.

In "Partners," the case of the stolen diplomatic shipment provided further insight into Callen and Hanna's relationship and what their future could look like. They have a trust that is unparalleled, even more so than that of Dunross and Clark.

Put Your Hands in the Air

While Sam already has a family, Roger wanted that for himself, while Callen is all alone, just like Diane. They all lean on their partners in a way that transcended friendship and family - a unique support system. But could Diane or Roger have betrayed this partnership and turned to the dark side?

At first I didn't think so. I bought that the boss, Ed Gornt, was behind the illicit shipment even though both Diane and Roger acted a little suspicious at times. What I knew without a doubt was that even though the episode started with Sam hitting Callen, it wasn't real. There was no way that Sam would really try to kill Callen. It had to be an undercover situation that was going bad.

I'm gettingĀ  a little tired of shows using this plot device of depecting a future scene and then flashing back to the beginning. In this case, it didn't add to the story and I wish the episode had just started with the anniversary gift exchange.T hat is my only complaint.

The case was suspenseful and I didn't foresee the twist ending at all. Even Granger's appearance worked well. In fact, it was satisfying to watch his mistake unfold. Until Sam and Callen confronted the couriers at the end, he didn't have a clue what was truly going on. He had offered the wrong courier a deal; at least he was smart enough to not give immunity for the crime.

In the end, Diane pretended to be Roger to set up the deal. She worked with her boss to smuggle the ephedrine out of India. Roger was lucky that he was in a remote Malta town when it happened, otherwise, Diane may have gotten away with setting him up.

What a shame that she turned on her partner of 10 years because he wanted to make a life for himself and have a family. They weren't even romantic. It would've make a little more sense if she was a scorned lover, but to not want your partner to find happiness is just sad. How unfortunate that she decided to set her future up on money, rather than finding someone to share her life.

I don't see Sam and Callen heading down this path. Do you?

When Granger first showed up a couple episodes ago, he was universally disliked. Did you find this appearance less abrasive or do you still hate him?


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Who played Diane Dunstan and Rodger Clark in this episode?


Well it was all about anniversaries this week !


I liked this episode, not one of the greatest, but very good. I did like the twist at the end. When they walked thru the door we thought it was Clark, but then they proved that it was Diane instead. Very nice. As far Granger, still not liking him. There is more that he is hiding, which I'm sure we will find out before the end of the season. I'm sure Hetty will find out before the rest of the team. I kind of get the impression that Callen does want a family at some point, since he did not have one of his own. I don't think he will become Diane and turn on Sam, ever.


Currie Graham was Clark. Has been on numerous series going back to NYPD Blue.Alana de la Garza was Diane. She is best known for being ADA Connie Rubirosa on Law and Order. It looks like the series doesn't even bother to try and have a Navy connection anymore. Theft of government property is the FBI. Drugs are DEA.


Was a good episode, but too much Diane-Clark and not enough Deeks & Kensi!

Frank lee meidere

Decent. I'm also sick of the extended flashback trope. It can be used to good advantage on occasion, but it's getting to be redundant. Especially when it starts with a scene the audience knows without a doubt is not what it seems. Essentially, all it did was telegraph the fact that the rest of the team was about to make a last-minute rescue. I'm also sick to death of "bromance." Is it possible to cleanse the language of this ridiculous word? Other than that, it was a solid episode. I did, however, know that Diane would be involved in some nefarious fashion -- that actress always is. Of course, her partner often plays untrustworthy characters, but in his case it sometimes turns out to be a mistake and he ends up being innocent after all. She, on the other hand, is pretty well always guilty. (And no, I don't remember these actors' names.)


I don't like the whole "flashback" thing either, but having missed the prologue for this ep, it worked out to my advantage this time. This was a great episode because of the twist that occurred right at the very end--I LOVE when a show does that. Obviously, they can't do it all the time or we'll come to expect it, but the look on Granger's face when he found out he blew it... Oh...and "keep your grubby hands off my scotch"--I LOVE Hetty!!!!!


Loved this ep! I also knew Sam wouldn't kill Callen (loved that he said he pulled his punches!) but that didn't ruin it for me. I enjoyed the parallels between Sam/Callen, and the courier partners. I admit, I did like Granger much better in this ep, and his mistake humanized him. I thought he treated the team & Hetty much more respectfully, this time around. Also loved his off-the-cuff comment about Hunter.


This was a great episode it was great seeing Callen and Sam celebrate 5 years together. I new Sam wasn't going to kill Callen because he would never do that to hits partner. Liked the end where they were trying to find something to toast with cause they both didnt want to use there champaign or there belgium beer. The next episode looks amazing I cant wait.

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