NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Laughing is Good

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The NCIS: Los Angeles season 5 premiere didn't waste a moment. The action picked up right where it left off in season 4 finale with Michelle hanging off the side of a building and Isaac Sidorov holding Deeks and Sam.

"Ascension" was action-packed, filled with tension and the perfect conclusion to the epic season finale. As great as it was, I would have preferred to see the two parts back-to-back weeks with the time jump as the cliffhanger. The long summer wait was well worth it though.

Checking on Deeks

The Barbies were no match for Michelle and Kensi. It was awesome to see the women being so bad ass. I'm not sure how Michelle had the energy to continue fighting after pulling herself up from outside the building. And, Kensi rocked it even more when she pulled the scam in the ambulance to get the location of the auto parts store.

With nuclear weapons in the hands of criminals, there's not much that the team wouldn't do in order to get them back. In this case, it meant that instead of taking the tortured Deeks and Sam to the hospital, they had to remain behind to re-establish Quinn's cover and protect her life.

This mission required quick thinking and actions by all involved. I never would have guessed that NCIS had prepared kits to fake someone's death. They definitely came in handy for covering Michelle and saving both Deeks and Sam's lives.

I did appreciate that it was clear from the beginning that Quinn, Sam and Deeks were all in on the plan. It would have been devastating to watch her shoot her husband and Deeks with the belief that it was real, especially after Deeks never gave up her name.

In addition to the action, there were several touching moments. When Deeks told Sam, "I didn't give her up." their relationship was forever changed. Sam had been disrespectful to Deeks just before they were taken, now he knows that Deeks is much more than his long hair and witty comments.

In the aftermath of the Deeks and Kensi kiss, their relationship had also changed. It pained her as a partner to see Deeks in pain and tortured. While he didn't want her to see him that way. What happened next between them will forever change their friendship and partnership.

Deeks' admission that Kensi was what got him through the torture was powerful. It wasn't just the words that he said, but that he was able to verbalize his feelings at all. He had never been able to tell her how he felt even in the slightest way.

Deeks: Kens, I just want you know that the place that I went to in my head to stop the pain was you. I just kept thinking about your smile and your laugh. Everything. It's the only thing that got me through. For whatever it's worth. | permalink

The kiss was his first expression of love towards her. With his proclamation, he put it all out in the open. There's no more dancing around it or ignoring it while continuing their partnership as it was. Deeks clearly was traumatized by the torture, so it's probably not the best time for him or her to make life-altering decisions either. 

For someone who is usually so serious and faulted Deeks for his fun nature, it was a surprise to see Sam show up with toy teeth. And, then for Callen to join in. They realized that to start the healing would take laughs and they accomplished that. The team was damaged, but they survived.

As far as the missing nukes are concerned, they were found and with that the case was over. Well, except for Marcel Janvier. Callen visited him in prison four months later and the Janvier taunted him, "The game is not over." Will he break out of prison? If anyone can, Marcel Janvier can.

With the four month time jump, it will be intriguing to see what has happened to Deeks after being tortured and declaring his feelings. And, which has a greater impact on his life. Will Deeks and Kensi still be partners? Will he still be a cop? A full-fledged NCIS agent? It's a good thing we only have to wait one week to find out.

What should happen between Deeks and Kensi now? Partners? Lovers? Both? Will Deeks be able to recover from the torture?


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I really enjoyed this show I hope Deeks will stay. He is a great team member. I really love NCIS Los Angeles. All the team is great. All the team members work well together Stuart Berdy


I wonder how much longer Marcel Janvier will be on the show is he really a highlander :)

Sue ann

I had four wisdom teeth removed at one time. I looked like a chipmunk smuggling large nuts for three weeks. I find both Deeks's clarity of speech and his svelteness of face unbelievable so soon after dental assault such as he suffered, although regarding the speech, as he had no anesthetic, it is possible that his speech would have been unaffected by the damage and pain. That said, I thought it was a very well-written, well-acted episode.


I thought it was a great premier. I especially liked Deeks' character development and that they didn't just immediately recover and brush off the torture as though it never happened. And yes, MrWriteSF, I had the same thought, that Deeks was sure speaking well given what he went through. And I agree that his telling Kensi that thinking of her is what got him through was a huge leap forward for him and for the two of them. My pet peeve about this show, though, is that they never have any FBI, SWAT or police back-up like the orignal NCIS does. Their tiny little team, plus Sam's wife, Michelle, is all they have to go after THREE major bad guys? And nukes are involved? Come on.


WOW....what a GREAT ep--tied off all the loose ends, with the one teeny tiny possible thread of Janvier escaping prison. Like the other posters here, Deeks vulnerable moments were well-done; nice to see he can be "human." I really felt him this ep--the confusion, the overwhelming urge to just run away... Also, Michelle's "Barbi" bit was hilarious!!!!!! There were a few things that required suspension of disbelief though: 1. I didn't care for the opening girlfight--I found it slow and labored.
2. For someone who suffered considerable dental trauma including what I heard to be a broken jaw, Deeks sure recovered his normal speech rather quickly.
3. Viziri had both his hands SAWED off, was laying in his own blood for what could have been hours, and still fired off the word "balcony?" Still, I wasn't disappointed by this ep (or by the premiere of NCIS--great night of TV for me).


There's a four month time jump because all shows have a real time four month time jump between season finale and season premiere. I don't think the two would be linked. I thought Deek's monologue with Kensi at the end was amazing, such a powerful moment. That was by far one of my favourite Deeks/Kensi scenes.


First off loved both NCIS and NCIS: LA's Season Premieres. The plots were complex and intricate. And a full hour of action. But, here's what I'm wondering. Both shows have a four month time jump. NCIS--Gibbs is about to shoot what appears to be Fornell. NCIS: LA--Janvier is put in prison. Is there a major crossover on the horizon? Has Janvier and the "Brotherhood of Doubt" worked together before? Am I the only one to catch the same four month time jump?


So excited to watch this episode. It was freaking awesome. I just don't know how Michelle was able to use that curtain to climb up. Must have been very anchored to something!
Janvier has become THE villain of the series, I think its good. I hope that someone uses their brains and turns his daugther. That is the smart move.
I am so glad that Sidarov died and it was Deeks who took him down. Best momenet of the episode and my top Deeks moment. ECO was great in his episode. I am impressed.
I hope that they somehow write Kensei's pregnancy into the plot of the show. It would be different and create an even more complex Densei story.
Lastly the new opening sequence is so good!!!

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

I love happy endings.


Kens, I just want you know that the place that I went to in my head to stop the pain was you. I just kept thinking about your smile, and your laugh. Everything. It's the only thing that got me through. For whatever it's worth.