NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Let's Get Faded

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No, it wasn't death by exploding cigar, but perhaps that would have made this episode a little more exciting.

"Collateral" was an odd story to tell. It started out as a case about a former CIA operative that was blown up on his balcony, but turned into a look at Hetty and Granger's past.

With the agent's complicated history and life, it could have been an intense thriller. Instead, the story got ahead of itself and became a bit convoluted along the way, starting with Callen's immediate suspicion of Hetty. He read way too much into her actions for it to seem plausible.

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Why would Hetty put them on the case, disappear and not tell them what was going on? Both Hetty and Granger have been secretive in the past, but here it just didn't make sense. Yet, she left clues for Callen to find her. Why didn't she just say where she was going?

Granted, it created suspense and drama about her nut allergy and the quest to find out where she was, but it was contrived and unoriginal. I felt like I was watching two different cases that were poorly merged together.

Fatima Khan was highly motivated in her desire for revenge. It took her years to put all the pieces into place. She went to a good school, made a lot of money and put herself in a position to get the security clearance necessary to find out who killed her father.

She successfully killed two out of the four people responsible. And she very well may have killed Hetty and Granger if the boat shed crew didn't show up when they did. They prevented Fatima's getaway, but it was Hetty that took the final kill shot. It was intriguing that Callen felt the government was responsible for Fatima's ultimate lot in life. 

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While the case itself fell flat for me, the characters saved it throughout the hour. Their interactions felt authentic, even though they were full of hilarious banter. However, it was the closing conversation between Hetty and Granger that was surprisingly touching.

Hetty and Granger have been through quite a bit in their career and together. They had choices to make and it was reassuring to hear that Hetty was comfortable with those decisions. As she noted, "I didn't choose this life. It chose me." 

Odd and Ends

  • Kensi won a dinner with Deeks. Interesting....
  • The cartoon references were hilarious, especially, Yosemite Sam. Too bad, Callen's favorite wasn't G-Force.
  • For once, it wasn't Deeks having his cover blown, instead he knew the girl was an escort.
  • Nell's new found love for football and all the references has to be one of the best topics the show has ever done. Loved it!
  • Who knew that Kensi would be such a pro at getting a gig at a high end escort service? Too bad she's not as good at being hit on by a girl. Uncomfortable.
  • Nell giving in and helping Callen get in Hetty's box didn't work for me. She gave in way too easily. 
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  • Is Sam a geek? Or, is he just "a complicated man?"
  • Hetty: Let's get faded. | permalink


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I liked the episode. I still don't trust Granger, although it looks like he is starting to fit in a little more. As far as Sam, we all like things that are considered a little geeky, even an ex-navy seal. Let try not make everything political. I don't think it was a jab at any military action, but lets face it, not every military move in our history was right, and no one can expect it to be. This is a TV show, not a documentary, if you are entertained, then thats all it should be.


On Hetty, "her gong fu is strong and her magic powerful" , indeed, Go Hetty!!!
The team is awesome together, loved the Nell/Eric scenes, loved that Callen went protective on Hetty but in my head knew Hetty would end up in the thick of it :). Densi banter was awesome as usual and wished they let us in on what bet was lost by Deeks to the tune of a dinner at Crustacean. I do love their roasted crab and garlic noodles, yum! Sam and Isaac Hayes music, yes! And the 50 yr old scotch ending with Hetty and Granger, made me like him, hmmm (disclaimer, not sure for how long since we are never sure about him).


Hetty: Let's get faded. THAT WAS SO BOSS! like Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools.


@swan30 Be carefully what you say because that goes both ways


oh by the way Sam is not a geek. He has an appreciation and is the collector of vintage items


Anyone let me know the name of the rap song that LL Cool J is rapping as Kensi goes in the escort agency.


@robyn.Hetty didn't say that,Callen did.Hetty told Granger she was okay with what they did because taking two lives potentially saved thousands.She had no regrets.And I agree with her.Evil people like that deserve what they get.It's too bad if their family has to suffer grief over it,but that's just the way it is.


I meant to write terrorists.


continued... What made her a killer was having a father who associated with terroriss and her not having the morals to see that not what Hetty's team was forced to do to protect their country from murderous criminals.


It was a so-so episode worsened by two moments.First there was Kensi's uncalled for assault of the madam at the escort service. The madam didn't kidnap her off the street, she walked in there of her own volition and featured her cleavage to get into the main office. If she can't handle a bit of flirting and being barely pawed by a madam without losing her cool after being warned by Deeks that someone might attempt to sample the goods she has no business going undercover. She could have exited on any pretext and left the door open for if they needed to go back there someday.Second if the Khan girl discovered who killed her father she's bound to have found out her father was a terrorist's chauffeur. He knew what he was risking doing that job and got what he deserved and I think that even though I'm as liberal as they come. What made her a killer was having a father who associated with terroriss and her not having the morals to see that not what Hetty's team was forced to do to protect their country from murderous criminals.

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Her Kung Fu is strong and her magic is powerful.


She wasn't born a killer. We made her one.