NCIS: Los Angeles Review: All Good Indeed

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Action! Bullets! Lives at risk!

"Kill House" was a standout episode for NCIS:LA season 4. Not only was there plenty of tension, it was one of the rare circumstances when the entire team worked together. It makes sense that they usually break into two units to investigate, so it was a special treat to see the foursome in action. 

Kensi Kill House

After a tactical team's mission was compromised and ambushed, NCIS was tasked to find out who was responsible for the intelligence leak. They quickly tracked the likely source to be from the military contractor responsible for training the tactical team prior to the mission. The boat house crew went undercover as a tactical team to train to complete the compromised mission.

This NCIS crew was not properly prepared for this hardcore, life threatening training, but they went in confident and with a bit of fear. Even though it was training, it was as real as it could be with modified bullets, dull knifes and full force punches. When the team entered the Kill House, it was very real.

The first mission was going well until the end when their mission goal became unclear. They found a laptop on the table, but there was also a woman being held hostage. What were they supposed to do? They went after the hostage and were "killed." They were set up to fail the training exercise. Being top notch investigators, they used this failure to their advantage.

The two main trainers, leader David Inman and Chad Parish, went after the team for their lack of teamwork. NCIS pushed back to try and determine which one of the trainers could have leaked the information. Parish was the only one married and had a kid on the way. That both worked in his favor and against him. And then there's Inman himself. Could the former military man have sold out his trainees?

On the next training exercise, NCIS got its big break when someone killed Parish. It gave them a reason to bring in Inman for questioning. And just when Granger had started to gain the trust of the team a little, he bust that with a huge lie. He was friendly with Inman! What?

Nell showed up at the crime scene to analyze the cameras there and see if there was any proof that Parish was murdered. The rest of the team left her to work and they continued to investigate. After their training, why would they leave Nell alone? She's at a crime scene where a military professional may have killed his teammate. She should have had a partner with her. Safety! This took away from the otherwise well done episode.

Inman kidnapped Nell. The team had to go into the Kill House once again and this time for real, with live ammo and weapons. Their approach was quiet. They made their way to Nell who was being held by Inman. She trusted her team, grabbed the magazine from the gun, ducked and her teammates took Inman out. It was brilliantly executed. A sign of a well-synced team.

Case closed.

Eric and Nell's reunion after she was rescued was touching. They do work well together. The idea of Nell becoming a field agent is both exciting and saddening. She could follow in Hetty's footsteps of a huge presence in a small package, but her ability to analyze data and help the team would be sorely missed. Plus, she would be leaving her banter buddy, Eric, behind.

"Kill House" was a nice return to an action packed hour. There were military maneuvers, guns fired, knives thrown and Deeks' incredible take down of the red vest in the restaurant.

Should Nell get out into the field more often or permanently? Was it believable that Nell would have been left alone at the crime scene? Can the team ever trust Granger?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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You can't blame Nell for not wanting to get out into the field more often. She's a great computer geek but it has to get pretty boring sitting and watching all the action (kind of like us?).
I thought it was odd that she was left there alone, but she is an ass kicker all on her own, she knows how to take care of herself.
I think Nell, as well as Kensi, know that one should NEVER date one's co-workers. It turns into a real mess. One stops thinking of one's co-worker as a co-worker or a teammate and more as a mate. The thing with the box was just banter. It's what teammates do when they're not actually working at what they're trained to do.
If you've ever been in the Army (as I was), you will know what I mean. Boy do I hate Granger. What a seagull manager. Comes in in the middle of a planning session, shits all over your plans, then leaves. And expects you to continue on with what he comes up with, which is usually plain stupid. Granger is a politician, he's working hard for his promotion, and will walk over whomever gets in his way. He needs to go back to DC and get a job that's he's qualified for, like selling hot dogs.


They should just stop selling Nell as the next Hetty!


The only issue I had was Deek and Kenis talking about the box with they should of been doing their job that was so bad that dude could of killed that woman and they would't of known.


Beth, Season 4 of NCIS:LA may not air in the UK until the season is over in the US. If we have to wait for Downton Abbey to finish IN the UK... :-)


Kudos to Eric for finding his balls by shutting down the argument between Granger and Sam(?); didja see the worry on his face? ASK HER OUT ALREADY!!!!! :-) Leaving Nell alone seemed suspicious to me too, but then we wouldn't have seen that whoopass ending!!!


Hang on im confused i cant find any new ncis starting in the uk on sky! helpe!!!


Good episode. My favorite part was when Nell disarmed the guys holding her hostage then ducked to let the rest of the team shoot him. The teams reaction was great deeks asking how and kenzi saying that was probably the first and the last time that would happen. When Nell asked callen and Sam about when they wern't afraid anymore to break down the door guns blazing and they told her when they trusted there training I knew something was going to happen. Can't wait for the next episode.


A tad farfetched. I knew it was the guy that had been on Body of Proof. Why isn't Hetty in charge. Nell needs to stay by her computer and not go into the field anymore.

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 14 Quotes

Callen: Somewhere Granger is laughing.
Sam: Can't hear it. We're dead.

Deeks: ... if you hear my yell "noodles," that means I'm in trouble.
Callen: If I hear you yell "noodles" I'll shoot you myself.