NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Crockett, Tubbs, Krafty and a Sign Spinner

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Has NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 dealt with more cases that aren't directly related to the military this season than in previous ones? It definitely seems that way..

"Drive" was one of those episodes. At least we were given two reasons why NCIS would handle the case, but both were marginal at best. Deeks received call in the middle of the night from a former public defender client.

Yes, Deeks was (is?) a lawyer. She had some crucial information to give him about a stolen car ring that was associated with terrorist activities overseas. Two connections: Deeks and the tie to terrorism.

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In this situation, the case was pretty much handled as a local police investigation into a stolen car ring and kidnapping. There wasn't a military tie-in and the only terrorist connection was unrelated to catching the criminals. Sure, I'm harping, but I much prefer when the episodes revolve around a military or national security case.

Despite that minor complaint, the set-up allowed for funnier than normal circumstances. There was no bomb to defuse or immediate threat to lives, so the focus could be on the situations. 

Kenzi's tough chick undercover act was scary good. She had the accent and the attitude and took down two guys without hesitation. It was no surprise that Esposito decided to give her a chance. Her stealing cars trick sealed the deal, plus her mad driving skills. She sold the role so well, he even wanted to date her. And,what an appropriate excuse she used to get out of it. Family. Way to go, Kensi! 

In contrast to Kensi's undercover work, Sam and Callen became "Crockett and Tubbs," as Eric referred to them. That saying that men look better in uniforms? Not Sam or Callen dressed up as cops. They just looked awkward and uncomfortable.

Poor Deeks was left outside the auto shop to spin a sign and fill Kensi's ear with miscellaneous tidbits. Though, he was the one that came through and put himself at risk when Kensi's cover was blown. He provided the few minutes needed for Callen and Sam to show up to provide back up. The hero was Jaime, who saved Kensi with the blow torch as she was being held at gun point. 

The NCIS team was able to shut down the car ring, save Jenny and even plant surveillance technology on the stolen cars going overseas. It ended up a big win for NCIS, especially with the new source of intelligence in the fight against terrorism. And they celebrated with a toast. Oh, wait, that was for Deeks' birthday. Happy Birthday, Deeks!

Odds and Ends

  • Note to self: Do not share your New Year's resolution with Sam. He will hound you and humiliate you when you fail.
  • Eric may need to go to Action Figure Anonymous. A couple grand? Wow.
  • Nell and Eric's surgical approach to the jump drive was hilarious. Too bad their patient was dead on arrival. Not much you can do with that.
  • Krafty - I hope that nickname sticks around for Kensi, though I doubt it will. Kensi the Krafty! Krafty Kensi! Nice ring to it.
  • Deeks walking into the auto shop spinning his sign with a sales pitch was hilarious. Unfortunately, it was short lived, but a nice delay tactic.
  • Kensi probably wished she took Deeks out for a birthday dinner. Oh, how awkward her "date" with Jaime and his overly optimistic mother became. Oops. I hope her gratitude doesn't extend to marriage and a baby carriage.


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I am a huge fan of the show but this episode irked me. Deeks called for police back up along with Sam and G and yet the police didn't seem to ever show up. And then, in the scrapyard there were four of them looking for a possibly wounded woman? AND they didn't have an emergency crew on hand? I know this is TV and not reality but these points distracted from my viewing-- when they are dealing with military cases then I expect them to be insular but when they are working with civilians I would expect there to be SOME police involvement.


i love the show Deeks is just amazing,i still dont get eric and nell they`re really stupid and the romance just make it even more silly baaaaaaaaaaa


Continued great character development. Don't understand the reference to Crockett and Tubbs. They were detectives and didn't wear uniforms. A better reference would have been Reed and Malloy from the old Jack Webb classic Adam-12.


I liked the last show of NCIS-Los Angeles This show would not be the same if Hetty and Calen left the show. Does the NCIS Los Angeles team learn of Zivas fathers death and Leons wife death. Do they go to Washington DC to support Ziva and Vance


For those of you who are new fans our just don't remember, it was stated in Deeks third episode, Human Traffic, that he had indeed been to law school and had passed the California Bar Exam. Some of his undercover work aliases have also been attorneys.


Deeks being a lawyer was either he took it in College and changed to be a cop, or it was undercover for something? Maybe it public service he had to perform? Either way Jenny contacted the right person. Good that her and daughter Talia weren't as estranged as it seemed at first. Deeks spinning the sign for the cheap cell phones was funny. Coming in when Sam and G were slow responding was cute too. Jaime did save the day, with the torch. I'm surprised they didn't help him up though so quick. Surprised PD wasn't closer.
Eric and Nell didn't seem as close as they did on Christmas Episode when Nell kissed Eric,seems like she backed off. Not giving the new number sealed it. And to bad they couldn't save the USB stick. But it shows they can be destroyed.
Jaime being chased again my G and Sam was funny as they walked after him.
I liked G and Sam as Crockett and Tubbs, and telling Kensi she can't drive during the pursuit. She played the Banger(cousin Carlotta)pretty good. She took down Merto and Paco after they harassed Jaime. Alto was stopped before he got to her, surprised later she didn't have to take him, instead there was lots of shooting.
The gardener(Vargas) did set it off that he must be involved when Kensi and Deeks went to see Mrs. Alisha Hall. And they stared at him when they entered the driveway.I told my wife he must be involved. She lost Jewelry and keys the week before.
Nice for Kensi to go to dinner with Jaime. His mom was cute. I hoped he wasn't forgotten. Deeks had the birthday champagne but no party.


A Mexican stand-off with real Mexicans? The writer sure had his/her tongue firmly implanted in his/her cheek.


Good episode. How could Deeks be a lawyer(insert lawyer joke here). I felt bad that nobody took Deeks out for his birthday.

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