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NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Hand Them Over

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The NCIS: Los Angeles unit has been through more in a few months than any team should have to deal with over years.

Despite the hope the Callen found his father and then lost him on the show's 100th episode, there was no concern for how he was handling the death or the information about his real father. The focus of concern shifted back to Deeks and they were on to the next case.

Though, it's not like Callen went out an broke the "Unwritten Rule" like Deeks did, so perhaps that's why both Hetty and Kensi were focused on Deeks' recovery and his "heart."

Deek's Breaks the Rules

When Deeks rode up on the bike, I had equally concerned for his well-being and confident that he was healing appropriately. A motorcycle is a dangerous mode of transportation, but it also allows for physical sensations of freedom while riding. The wind, sound, environment would encapsulate Deeks and help him to let go.

Would he have bought the bike if he knew about Hetty's unwritten rule? Probably not. He's pretty scared of her. Though, once he had the bike and enjoyed its therapeutic abilities, he didn't want to let it go. Why would he? Plus, Kensi has a bike. Why should she be any different?

The bike was only a symptom of their concern for Deeks though. Hetty's conversation with him before she even knew about his purchase confirmed that. She had no doubt that he was ready for work, but she worried about his relationship with Kensi. He may not have wanted her to play her "Jedi mind tricks" on him, but she did.

Deeks may have freed his heart some with the kiss and then his honesty with Kensi, but that only created new, unspoken feelings between the two partners. And, it did become a bit of an issue when Kensi shared her concern for Deeks over the bike.

I have mixed feelings about Kensi and her approach to Deeks. She shared that she didn't want him to have the bike because of her belief that it was a reaction to PTSD. While that's a legitimate concern and one that he didn't fully embrace, it did open his eyes a bit. The problem I have is that she stressed their partner relationship as justification for her care and concern.

She knows how he feels about her which made it come across as a way to dodge the bigger issue. They were on a case, so maybe that's justification enough ... though it felt more like putting salt on Deeks' wounded heart. At some point, if she doesn't either acknowledge her own feelings or lack thereof then their partnership is bound to fracture and potentially put both of their lives in danger.

The next few episodes will likely be a relationship minefield that they both will have to carefully navigate or risk being exposed and destroyed. For now, it looks like even though Deeks isn't an official NCIS agent, the bike's gotta go! Hand over the keys, Deeks. At least he enjoyed it while it lasted and if he needs a rush, perhaps Kensi can take him on ride!

The case of the week involving the former Navy officer, William Garrett, and his tech start up company provided for some great character interactions, but that's about it. As soon as the raid involved common thugs and the girlfriend was released, I was sure she was involved. That explained why the abduction took place in a high-profile location and with lots of cameras around.

With the recent national security leaks from contractors, it's scary to think about all the people who have could be threatened into turning over top secret technology to American enemies. At least in this case, William thought to put in a fail-safe to destroy the information. He didn't want to betray his country, but didn't see another option.

The best part of this case was that Nell got out in the field again. Whenever she gets to leave the tech center, she lets loose and we get to see another side of her. With all her dating woes, I couldn't help but feel like she was at dating social when she arrived that the start up. All the guys were leering at her and she soaked it all up. Of course, Eric didn't appreciate it and his appearance cracked me up.

Plus, Nell was carrying a gun. And, she shot it! She looked like a natural with the pistol. She needs to get out of the dark, walls-filled-with-screens room much more often. And, just like Deeks let his feelings for Kensi out, Eric needs to open up to Nell. No more flirting and back-tracking. Just go for it, dude!

NCIS: Los Angeles season 5 started out with three extremely suspenseful, stressful and emotional episodes. This was a good episode that held my attention, but it definitely was back to business as usual from the high intensity episodes that started the season. 

What do you think will happen next between Deeks and Kensi? Should they go back to being partners and ignore what was said? Or do they need to talk about it and move forward? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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I agree with your comment about Kensi. She's dodging the issue, which is par for the course for her. She's emotionally very cautious, but at a certain point she has to recognize that Deeks has made himself totally vulnerable in finally "saying what he means." She owes him the same degree of openness and honesty.
I find it equally troubling though, that Kensi can only express her concern for Deeks in terms of statistics, and not in terms of what he must be feeling. She recognizes that risky behavior could be a sign of PTSD, but doesn't acknowledge that Deeks' need to embrace risk may be what he needs to feel fully alive after such a brush with death.

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@Shallow
This episode was all about the NCIS characters and less of the case itself. There was Eric&Nell, there was Bromance between Deeks-Callen-Sam in the bullpen. Deeks finally is admitted into brother club through Vroom-Vroom smile to Callen and Muffin reference to Sam. We also see that Deeks is getting away from Kensi, not wanting to flirt with her or get close to her, instead he is finding other past-times such as bike-riding which simply takes his stress away to address the communication lost between him and Kensi due to the Kiss and that was what exactly Deeks was rambling on to Hetty. He is honest guy and can never lie to people he respects and cares about. So a simple "I see" from Hetty for his lie about Kensi is doing great (in his emotional world)makes him give up the truth about contrasting effect as unresolved personal feelings between him and Kensi and he stops himself right in the middle as he realizes that he might have talked too much.

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@Shallow
To continue ... o I guess I got my answer to Hetty’s question,�How is Deeks emotional center?� She was basically asking Deeks, how is Kensi doing and Deeks could not even answer her. And that’s another worry for Hetty. There is Kensi who wouldn’t take the next step after the kiss and there is Deeks who wouldn’t go close to Kensi if she doesn’t answer his open question, “How that for communication?� So Hetty’s problem is that Deeks and Kensi are not talking and the bike is just a rule that everyone has to follow, it just became a catalyst for us to see Kensi’s opinion on PTSD patients because of her experience with Jack. She is seeing a Jack in Deeks. Now that does not look good at all to me.

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@Shallow
Thx so much for replying. I wanted to further add this. Its a fairly long comment. so if it gets stripped off, I will add another one to continue :) Hetty and Kensi are concerned… and it seems to me that this theme is going to be stretched for the entire season around the Impact of Trauma&Kiss. Kensi worried about the Trauma Impact on Deeks & Hetty worried about the Kiss Impact on Deeks. So basically he is the subject of worry for these two women when he could have a perfectly enjoyable male bonding with Callen and Sam which he never had before in the earlier seasons. And thanks to Deeks, we do agree that their job is actually risky at every step of it and they could have potential problems with partners they fall in love with, with or without torture and trauma involved. Even if the torture had not happened, Kensi would never have discussed the Kiss by herself and that is essentially Hetty’s problem. So I guess I got my answer to Hetty’s question,�How is Deeks emotional center?� She was basically asking Deeks, how is Kensi doing and Deeks could not even answer her. And that’s another worry for Hetty. There is Kensi who wouldn’t take the next step after the kiss and there is Deeks who wouldn’t go close to Kensi if she doesn’t answer his open question, “How that for communication?� So Hetty’s problem is that Deeks and Kensi are not talking and the bike is just a rule that everyone has to follow, it just became a catalyst for us to see Kensi’s opinion on PTSD patients because of her experience with Jack. She is seeing a Jack in Deeks. Now that does not look good at all to me.

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@SD Ooh, I forgot to add I did feel they lost a bit of continuity to last week's episode - they're usually good at that. I think that's happened because from what I've read, this episode was filmed out of sequence last year.

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@SD I think the difference is that Sam has received extensive training to deal with the toughest of situations. He's seen more, been through more, and is more highly trained than Deeks - as is Callen. Deeks is fully aware of all this. In regard to Deeks having experienced being shot - and that would have been traumatic - it's also true, as Nate said, that the degree of trauma someone suffers varies greatly depending on who they are and what their trigger point is. Deeks mentioned the shooting as one of the things that keeps running through his head, so he wasn't fully over that. Besides, there have been plenty of storylines, the majority of them in fact, that focus on Sam and Callen. It's more than time that Deeks and Kensi share some of the focus/action rather than just being the second team who always go in the back door. ;-)

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@SD we see it in Sam and Callen you just have to look real good

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Thanks for the review. I think they are overdoing the torture Impact for Deeks and underplaying it for Sam and Callen. Sam almost lost his wife. But he is a Navy Seal, he is left after one episode. Callen's find about his father in last episode is neither tacitly shown as joyous feeling for Callen or any other aspect that lets us know that Callen might be brooding on that detail. And Deeks is he is considered that non-NCIS like, then how come he is able to handle tougher emotions associated with his LAPD undercover Ops. And in and out he is flitting between dangers like gunshots, explosions and speeding vehicles. So the torture and shot to his heart actually has made him scared of action ?! But that doesn't convince me at all because in Season 2 Personal, Deeks was aimed and shot even if it was not to his heart that he took the bullet...but he did look into the man's eye. I mean I am lil bit having a difficulty in digesting the overplay of trauma for Deeks and not the same for Sam. Hetty and Kensi are concerned... so does it mean they are going to stretch the trauma for the entire season?

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Great episode. I wondered about the business partner being a double-crosser. It's a common plot device. When the girlfriend wasn't with the thugs, I knew she was in on it. But I didn't figure on them working together. Nell and the geeks were so funny!

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Really enjoyable episode with some really fun Deeks moments (which made me happy) like him revving his bike when G was talking. How does ECO manage to deliver his wordy lines so fast and with hardly taking a breath? That scene with Hetty reading the book and Deeks going on and on about how ready he was to be back was a classic. Linda Hunt is such a gem! Poor Deeks, having to give up his motor cycle. Nice to see Kensi's concern for her partner. Personally, I don't think she had to admit to anything greater. I did enjoy her pushing him out of the way of the truck - I always think actions speak louder than words anyway. An interesting mystery. I didn't suspect the kidnapped girl until she was released. All in all I was thoroughly entertained the entire episode - although it was a little weird knowing they'd filmed this episode last year and we saw Daniela back to her slim self when the week before she was clearly in the early stages of pregnancy.

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