NCIS: Los Angeles pulled a fast one on "Resurrection."
The faked death of cartel leader Miquel Barbosa wasn't too much of a surprise... but I never saw Kensi and Deeks' plan with Javier coming. Well done, writers.
It's storytelling twists like that which make an otherwise routine procedural hour of television a joy to watch. When Javier ran away from the NCIS vehicle, I wrote in my notes, "What the heck was he thinking?" Even though he loved Barbosa like a father, I couldn't imagine that he would risk his life to go back to him.
I was wrong, because Javier did risk his life to see Barbosa again. Though, it wasn't for a family reunion, but to turn on the resurrected leader and lead NCIS right to him. Initially, Javier didn't have any reason to withhold information from NCIS. His father figure was presumed dead. Through Javier's story about the song, "Resurrection," the team realized that Barbosa wasn't really dead.
That's when Javier had to decide whether to risk his own life to bring down his replacement father or let NCIS come up with a different plan. When Kensi and Deeks were transporting Javier to "Witness Protection," I bought the story. I also didn't catch on that the garbage truck attack was a set up. It definitely seemed real enough with bullets flying every which way. And, Kensi sold it by yelling after Javier to not run away. But, it was all a set-up to get Javier back in with Barbosa's cartel.
When the hidden camera on Javier and the fake ambush were revealed, it got serious. Javier was no longer responsible for his own life and decision, that responsibility fell to Kensi and Deeks. Would they be able to protect him? It was a close call, but in the end they were. Callen's impersonation of killed DEA Special Agent John Ness provided the distraction needed to save Javier.
Even though Barbosa took Javier as a hostage and threatened his life, there was a moment when it wasn't clear which side the young man would choose. Javier loved Barbosa, but he ended up chosing his own life and dreams. He could have gone into Witness Protection, but then he would have had to give up his life as a singer and songwriter. Instead, he decided to bring down Barbosa, so he could continue his life without fear.
In a touching moment after Barbosa was killed, Javier reached out to Kensi for comfort. The usually stoic Kensi showed her compassion and reassured him by saying, "Javier, you did good. You did good." In that moment, Kensi overcame her fear of connection as a proud Deeks looked on.
After initially refusing to help Sam out by babysitting his kids, Kensi agreed to do it after her experience with Javier. Though, she had one condition, which was that Sam had to let Deeks babysit too. I've continually disliked the idea of Kensi and Deeks becoming romantic, but for the first time, my heart felt for them when they talked about playing house. I fear I'm softening to the idea of them together.
They are such good partners and friends that I'd hate to see them ruin that by hooking up. At the same time, they are growing as individuals together, which could lead them to the perfect personal partnership. I'm still not there, but it's becoming more clear that perhaps they really are meant for each other. Maybe....
Did you see the twist coming with the fake ambush and Javier going undercover? Should Kensi and Deeks move their relationship from friendly professional to something more personal and romantic?