NCIS: Los Angeles Review: They Grow Up So Fast

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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.

Deeks & Kenzi in Mexico

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?


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I was bummed when they talked about Sec Nav being there looking for a debrief and then we never saw him.


This episode strained credulity past the breaking point for me when the writers asked us to believe that a Mexican cartel hitman infiltrated a secure DEA building, fatally poisoned an agent (how did the hitman even know which dish was Ness's?!), and then exfiltrated without being caught. And the DEA seems oddly complacent about Ness's death - you'd think they'd be downright furious about it, but they merely let NCIS go about their job without comment. Really?!


Nice review! I love the openings of this show; they are such a light-hearted way to kick things off. Of course, Deeks volunteered to help Kensi. I actually did think the garbage truck was a setup since it was parked completely across the street and Kensi shut off the SUV (which she would have never done if they needed to escape). Deeks note of the gold watch did make me question it though. I know I was rooting for Kensi to hug Javier at the end, as they've been ever so slowing pushing her character in that direction, and had to hold my breath to see what Deeks' reaction would be. Her ask for his help at the end was a big leap for her, but we still have to ask why - did she fear she'd really need help with the kids, just wanted to spend more time with him, or wanted to relive that sense of comfort she had in that situation in Neighborhood Watch??? Every episode for the rest of the season looks awesome. However, things have been progressing so nicely for Kensi & Deeks, I'm certain something completely terrible will happen in the finale. :(


great episode.but it would have been be also great if they actually showed us kensi and deeks babysit.also liked it how sam was trying to find a babysitter for his kids.
now that sam has mentioned kids again.from what i understand is that sam and michelle have one daughter together(mentioned in S4 e17) and that sam has other kid(s) from a previously relationship.but why does he only talks about his daughter and not about her older sibling(s)?? any idea ??


Good episode. At the beginning when Sam tried to ask kenzi to babysit and she said no and they asked her if she hated kids and Sam saying you hate my kids and kenzi just saying I don't hate kids was really funny. It was also funny that Sam asked Eric and Nell if they had plans and they both said yes and and Sam and callen walked away and ran into Hetti and she asked if she could help them with anything and they just said no and walked away. At first I thought the garbage truck thing was real but then I started thinking this is NCIS: LA it was probably all part of the plan and it turns out it was. Can't wait for the next episode it looks really good.

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