NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Sunshine and Gun Powder

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Sam's wife, Michelle aka "Quinn," was back and forced undercover again in "Wanted."

It was inevitable that Isaak Sidorov would eventually return and insist that Quinn complete the assassination of Anatoli Kirkin. That day arrived and provided NCIS with an opportunity to find out where Sidorov was keeping the three stolen nukes.

Of course, Sam wasn't thrilled to see Michelle back at work and putting herself at risk. I have mixed feelings about this. I understand that Sam wants to protect his wife, but at the same time he feels it's okay for him to put his life on the line every day. It's definitely a double standard, but one that at least makes sense. There is a difference between one parent risking their life and both parents doing it. And, they decided that Michelle would be the one to give up the job.

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Love will make people do crazy things and for Sam that meant breaking out of jail. He had to be there to protect his wife. It wasn't that she couldn't take care of herself, but he felt a duty to be there there for her. And, in the end, that was a good thing.

After months of waiting for the Sidorov/Quinn story to be revisited, it was a disappointment. While faking Kirkin's death worked, it was unoriginal. Though, the use of social media and a viral video of the assassination was a nice modern touch. The story would have been better if it focused more on the search for the nukes, than on the assassination attempt. Though, as a transition story for an overall Sidorov arc, it wasn't too bad.

The highlight of the hour was on the personal side and interactions between the agents. The Kensi-Deeks partnership has been downplayed over the last few episodes, so it was a pleasant surprise to see it spotlighted again. From the magazine partner quiz, distracting Agent Snyder, Agent Sobatino's flirting, wet dog scenario, to the touching moment after Snyder's death, Kensi and Deeks actually considered their feelings for each other outside of work for the first time.

A romance between them has been tossed around before, but never in an even semi-serious aspect until now. Will the loss of Agent Snyder provide the opening for them to actually talk to each other about their feelings instead of around them? From the very beginning, I've been against Kensi and Deeks becoming a romantic couple. They are NCIS agents and partners; that's just a line that shouldn't be crossed.

If they did begin dating, they should be forced to get new partners. They could try to hide it like Rick and Kate on Castle, but as NCIS agents that would be dangerous. They care about each other as partners should, just like Sam and Callen, but anything more would be detrimental to the show. Sam's love for Michelle put him in a bad situation. He acted as a husband and not as a agent, which provided an example of why Kensi and Deeks can't hook up and remain partners.

Michelle's life is still at risk now that Sidorov is free and unaccounted for. Will Sam's family be forced into protective custody? While the fake assassination worked in the short term, Sidorov will certainly find out that Kirkin is still alive. NCIS needs to find him and the nukes. As Hetty said, "This is far from over."

Odds and Ends

  • Nice reappearance of Agent Sobatino. He previously seen as an actuary on "The Watchers," when Granger shut down the investigation. Now, we know why. He was an undercover agent.
  • Kensi and Deeks conversations to distract Agent Synder were a highlight of the episode. I could watch their hilarious banter on constant repeat.
  • Sobatino's comments to Kensi were awkward! But, the reasons he gave about why he couldn't be Kensi's partner were spot on regarding the potential relationship between her and Deeks.
  • Are there aliens in Area 51?
  • Kensi: Eww. You're like a wet dog. | permalink
    And, then Deeks shaking his wet hair out on her ... priceless!
  • Kirkov winked at Deeks! Ha!
  • The heart-to-heart between Kensi and Deeks about not dying was touching. But, nothing better than his answering the question about what she smells like:
    Deeks: You smell like Sunshine and gun powder. Two of my favorite things. | permalink
  • Where are the nukes? I want to know where the dangerous nukes are!¬†

Were you satisfied with the non-conclusion to the Sidorov case? Should Sam have followed Hetty and stayed in jail? Or did he do the right thing by breaking out? Are you rooting for a Kensi-Deeks hook-up? Would it be realistic for them to date and continue to be partners?


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The season finale looks awesome!


I have become so turned off by all the cute small talk between the boys & girls. So sappy. The writers waste so much time with the senseless banter. My husband won't watch anymore. I'm giving up. I miss the intrigue, action, and purpose this series used to have in the story lines.


Guss just because this season focuses more on sam you have to make negativ comments or what??
all the other seasons it was most about callen and he already had 3 big season finales ended with cliffhangers.and didnt bother you right ?? now give LL some credits and let the writers develope his character. iam sure it has nothing to do with "who has more fans " thing.dumb ! and if you dont like LL and dont sam centric episodes then dont watch them !!


Why as this show all of the sudden become the Sam-Show? I am sick of the Sam and his noble muslims story lines, Sam and his kick-ass wife episodes, Sam the seal episodes. Did LL throw a hissy about the fact that Kensi and Deeks were becoming more popular with the fans so the writers have decided to make it all about Sam? Is this why the writers are all of the sudden writing Deeks as a complete moron?


Why can't there be a Kensi Deeks connection? I'd also like to see a Tiva connection too. I think a relationship adds a deeper meaning to a partnership and makes a more faceted team. The writers could still put sexual tension into the show if they spun it right. If people give up watching the show because they get together then it really isn't the show they like. Look at Danny and Lesley on CSI NY. They've been together for a few years now. It didn't hurt the ratings. Bones and Brennan are a bad example, the writers make them out to be an old married couple that should not be together, instead of a new couple, just discovering love. It was an oops I'm pregnant, thrown together relationship. Beckett and Castle are going strong. It's all in how the writers spin the relationship.
Back to NCIS LA. I think the whole team makes the show, the way they work together and the rapport between the five of them not just Kensi and Deeks, that's just a side show. Granger could take a hike and that wouldn't bother me in the least, never did like that man. I think he would be the one hurting the ratings, because he is such a pain and tends to cause so much uncertainty for everyone. I am noticing a change in Hetty this season though, she seems more tense and unsure, and she has ridden Sam a bit more than usual this season. There is definitely something brewing with her and I think it just might involve the story line they've been weaving with Sam's wife. I think that story line is foreshadowing for something bigger.
Nobody even talked about his family until the episode that involved the woman from either Iraq or Afghanistan. I can't think of her name, but she was the sister to that Middle Eastern Leader that was wanted for war crimes and Sam's friend was killed because of a Mole in the CIA.
The end of that episode was the first time we saw Sam go home, check on his daughter, and climb into bed with his wife. I believe it was on last Season. He's stepped across the line a few times this season, and not just on the shows that involved his wife. Maybe he'll get the boot and be picked up by the CIA (he has done work for them before) and he and his wife will work together (can anyone say Spinoff) For the Deeks and Kensi fans, that will open up Callen for another partner, and free them to bring in a new face and the show will continue to go on being one of the greatest on TV today.*S* Maybe a little too optimistic but I believe in the show, and I believe that the actors, writers, producers . . . etc. will make it work and keep its excellent standing and ratings among its viewers because the people involved behind the scene as well as in front of the cameras are a great team.


What a HILARIOUS coincidence that there was a minor gay subplot directly affecting both NCIS class clowns...on the same broadcast night (On NCIS, DiNozzo was mistaken for half a gay couple because he was bickering with his partner (undercover) agent...while wearing a PINK shirt).


What a wonderful episode! Sam and Quinn make an awesome team and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I appreciated the conflict that Sam is going through seeing his wife in danger. HIs apology to Michelle when she pointed out that she has the same feeling about him every day was perfect. All of the Densi scenes were better than awesome. Deeks in the pool ;) and the wet hug was hilarious. Hetty lowering the boom on Sam...aaww. Love the entire team!


@Damon I disagree, Deeks is part of the main team so I see no reason for him to be in the background. As far as I'm concerned he isn't getting enough air time. This show only started to be appealing after they brought deeks in!!


@Michael, I disagree with you about the reason for killing off Jackie, for the mere fact that you said the ratings for the show was bad. Far from it; the ratings are great. I think they may have wanted to give a meatier arc to Vance, instead of him just having little tidbits of conversation throughout the eps. Vance is a wonderful actor, and I am sure well-liked. I think they wanted to show him more, and this was the way the writers took. Nothing about ratings at all.


@Michael. @ DeeAnn. Thanks Michael. I was just about to write the same thing to DeeAnn.I can't understand why she would want a hook up. Didn't realise she was one of those shippers. Why would she think that two working partners whose life depends on each other, must hook up romantically? Even realistically it would not be good. Not because you like the banter with two partners, and their seeming flirting, means they must hook up. I can't understand intelligent-sounding people who write on these boards and always want a hook up. I often wonder if their own lives are so lacking in the romance department that they're always looking to ship characters. So weird and so unnecessary.

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