NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Inter-Agency Non-Cooperation

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Last night's NCIS: Los Angeles had a twist that I didn't see coming. Did you?

It was obvious from the opening of "Patriot Acts" that Gavin Knowles wasn't the bomber from the look of surprise on his face when he revealed the bomb in his truck. But, the search for the truth was not clear cut at all.

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The lack of cooperation from the FBI was disappointing to see, but probably fairly realistic. But, NCIS has withheld information from other agencies in the past as well. Definitely not the best way to keep citizens safe from terrorists. It also provided the perfect opportunity for Nate to return.

Nell's reaction to Nate, though, was surprising. She joined the NCIS boat house crew when Nate left for the Middle East. How did they get close enough to send emails and for her to apologize for not sending a care package?

The return of Nate was a positive, as was Granger's limited involvement. If it continues to only be via Hetty and the phone, that would be nice. The distance made his involvement appropriate and limited his manipulation of the investigation. From afar, Granger isn't so bad. Let's hope it stays that way.

What I didn't understand about the case was why the FBI so quick to blame Knowles and discount that there was a larger plot at play? Were they trying to save face? Prevent fear of another attack in Los Angeles?

On a first watch, I thought they were trying to protect themselves from it getting out that they arrested the wrong man, who was killed in prison. But, the FBI wouldn't have known about that connection since Mia was using an alias.

Instead, it appears that Agent Ambrose cared less about the truth and more about closing the case. He was railroading Knowles, just like he did with Mia's boyfriend, Raffi. Unfortunate, but not something he should die for doing.

And then the twist ... Adam was responsible for not only the bomb in Knowles's truck, but for the one that Raffi was convicted of years before. Adam manipulated Mia and played the FBI. Thankfully, NCIS stuck with the case and followed it through to find the actual perpetrator and Mia finally got justice for Raffi.

Outside of the case, what did you think about Nate exposing Nell's feelings or possible feelings for Eric? Over the last few episodes, I thought it was possible that they were already secretly dating, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

I love the two of them together, as I've mentioned before. I'd much prefer to see Eric and Nell hook up than Deeks and Kensi. Do you want to see either of these two potential NCIS: LA couples together?


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I definitely want to see Kensi and Deeks together but I'd prefer it to happen at a later time. The dynamic is perfect for now. The two obviously have feelings for each other and in the end, they should end up together. However, putting them together too early could cause problems for the balance of the show. We (the fans) know that they definitely care for each other and when the inevitable happens and the show eventually comes to a close, the two should finally be able to tell each other how they really feel. Until then, I'll happily accept them as just partners with occasional acknowledgment of the romantic undertones and the flirtatious banter.


I like Deeks and Kensi as partners. I don't like how a lot of shows think they have to romantically connect male/female partners like Kensi/Deeks & Ziva/Tony & Patrick Jane/Lison. I don't see romantic chemistry in any of the couples. I agree though about Nate. PLease bring him back. My favorite person on the show is Heddy, cracked up when Nell mentioned going to the Monster Truck rally and Hetty said "I'm surprised I didn't run into them there." It was no surpise to me to think of Heddy at a Monster Truck rally. She is such an interesting character.


@Zia - We always want what we can have. Just like H50 fans want Kono with Steve, NCIS LA fans want Kensi with Deeks even though it's not "right". That makes things more interesting. I think in each and every show there is a situation like this.


I think we can all agree that this is a great show. I don't think the so called "Densi" is a good idea, on that we disagree. That does not mean that there is anything wrong with me because I disagree with you.


Hell yeah!!! i deffo want densi to hook up! whats wrong with u! the chemistry is off the chart!!! i hate it when they hint these things and then it goes no where! thats why im now bored of tivas relationship! just repeats


Nell was really childish in this last episode. She's playing hard to get with Eric definitely wants to make him jealous. I was expecting more from her. Eric is a good guy. Yesssss, I want to see Deeks with Kensi, they definitely have a great chemistry and belong together. Writers pls hook them up :)


Great episode. I didn't find the FBI's behavior surprising and the plot twist was very interesting.
I think both Densi and Eric/Nell make great couples. Maybe not to have them as a couple just yet but later on to explore how a couple balances work with dating would be fun.


I think Eric and Nell are a good couple pairing. I don't like Kensi/Deeks, the flirting is fine, but partners that turn into something more just makes it messy. Usually is done when a show has nothing else to explore, and I don't think thats the case with NCIS LA, they have so much more to do before it gets old. I loved the plot, good writing. I like it when the ending is not quite what I expected. I hope Nate stays, but replace Sam, no way Michael. I got the impression that Nell made up the care package just to make Eric jealous. Anyway, I was a little embarrassed for Nell, she looked a little awkward trying to make Eric jealous.


Yea! Nate's back. Away too long. Hope he is staying.


Great show and really good characters. Loved seeing Nate again. All these characters bring a lot to the show.

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