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NCIS: Los Angeles Review: The Right Now

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NCIS: Los Angeles started "Recovery" like many other television procedurals before it: with a dead man in a pool. In this hour, the answer of who killed this man in the pool and why, however, was unique.

I never saw it coming until the motive was revealed on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 9. It felt a little far-fetched that the intelligence could be put to use in such a short amount of time, but beyond that it was believable. A disaster is just one mouse click away....

Dinner with Deeks and Kensi

While this week wasn't nearly as meandering in the beginning as NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 8, it took quite awhile for the investigation to get on the right track. The stuff at the rehab facility ended up being necessary to solving the case, but wasn't particularly engrossing to sit through.

Both Deeks and Kensi's undercover roles could have been better utilized for some funny moments. The conversation between Kensi and the cook should have provided a few laughs, but it wasn't very interesting or funny. It felt like a means to get the protein bar mention into play so it could be used to solve the case and nothing more.

And a sex addiction ... Deeks never appeared like someone struggling with his urges. He interacted with two different females and there was an obvious lack of sexual attraction or interest. For someone with a sex addiction, he should have been like a dog looking at a juicy steak in front of him. And where were the laughs?

The visit to the car dealership ended up being a dead end for this case, though I hope it comes up again. There has to be a reason that Homeland Special Agent Tom Panetti is working undercover as security for the owner. 

It's crazy to think that a Navy Officer could go to rehab, end up being drugged, questioned, and killed for information about the US drone program. And that he had enough intelligence to give the extremist group access to not only control a drone, but launch a missile. Shouldn't there be rotating security codes? Or, double passcodes needed? 

They aren't nuclear weapons, but I would think that a single Navy Officer wouldn't have all the key details necessary to take that kind of control after hacking into the secure system. I hope not anyway. As far as creative license, it definitely created a tense period of time while the team tracked down the perpetrator.

With only seconds to spare, Sam was able to prevent the bombing of the US ally, Pakistan. If that missile landed in Pakistan, it would have created a foreign relations nightmare. Scary!

At least that was the only nightmare of the episode. The final scene could have ended up being one for Deeks, but instead it was something entirely different.

Kensi: Because once again you're trying to say something without actually saying it. And it's driving me nuts.
Deeks: I think you lost me.
Kensi: No. I don't think I did. I think you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Deeks: Do I?
Kensi: Damn it, Deeks, you asked me out on a date without actually asking me out on a date. Now, if this keeps going this way and we can't communicate, and we've been over this -- you never say what you mean, and if this is the way it's gonna be, then I don't know how we're ever gonna --
Deeks: I don't want to be here with you right now.
Kensi: What?
Deeks: I want to be at my place, right now ... with you.

WHAT!?!?! After a few episodes of Deeks and Kensi acting as if he was never tortured, never expressed that they were a love story, and never used her as his constant ... they finally had their moment. The talk. Sorta.

Kensi was a bit harsh on him. After all he is the one that kissed her and later told her straight out how he felt. Sure, he's had problems saying what he meant in the past, but he did open up to her. Should he have asked her on a proper date? Perhaps. Though, this move felt more like him just being Deeks than him holding back.

I'm not sure there could have been a more perfect time or exchange between them to finally get them to move forward. It was honest and heartfelt without being overly sappy and romantic. They are neither of those things. In that moment and I hope that night, they will finally release their pent up emotions and feelings for each other.

When they wake up in the morning ... a whole new set of problems will manifest themselves. And, it likely won't be pretty. I sure hope that next week opens with the happy and not the complicated!


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    I lost interest in the show when Kensi was sent away. Ridiculous plot twist.

    @ Coile Estes

    What! Why? I think its such a good move - it adds a deeper level of emotion that is rarely seen in tv shows. I'm loving it.


    One thing.

    Kensi always says Deeks never says what he means. Yet, we never ever see or hear how Kensi feels, 'bout anything towards Marty.

    So far, all this romance-thing has been on Deeks' shoulders.


    Finally and it was about time Kensi and Deeks - I have waited for this for "only" three years give or take. With the promo and the fact that Daniela will be on maternity leave I have bad feeling sadly - It's safe to say that I'm hoping I could be wrong and they will find their way back somehow next year because I'm not sure I could wait for them much longer.
    They're the soul reason I watch this show to begin with!


    Other than the official Keeks and Densi ship sailing, about which I am happy even if the ship hits rough weather and water, I am baffled by the case itself.

    It was Irony after all. What actually was being recovered ?

    Story - A dead man found in a pool in Tranquility Villa, a rehab center opens the case for NCIS LA Ops team. The dead man is a Navy personnel. And preliminary investigation through Sam-Callen and Kensi-Deeks field visit yield information on someone tampering GPS logs of the outsider friend of the Navy man, so that he can get framed for the man’s cause of death, security footage cleverly kept clean away from cameras, except for a girl running away. So mission is to find this girl and what’s going on in the rehab. Kensi and Deeks go undercover as Nutritionist and Sex Addict. Kensi’s job is to get all inside trashed security footage and Deeks job is to get the name of the girl’s whereabouts and why is she being chased. Its successful mission enough and we get info on the miscreants involved in the Navy man’s murder. Its a domestic extremist group that is planning to drop missiles in Pakistan using US military drones. Now that part of it, the intelligence from the Navy man going for execution was too far-fetched. Question is...did the woman just get lucky that the Navy man get checked into the rehab and she planned all that activity impromptu. Is she that smart ? Unbelievable. There is that unnecessary piece of Muslim connection Faziz * with the Rehab Facility Owner that thankfully goes nowhere, except the fact that Homeland Agency is already keeping an eye on that man.


    The case of the week was just ridiculous from start to finish. It was worth it to get the Kensi and Deeks scene at the end, though. I also got a kick out of Sam and Callen over Callen considering getting a tattoo.

    @ zagsfan

    Agree. Me too.


    I did not get this week's case at all. The criminal was some secondary character who wasn't developed at all--we learned nothing about motivation and we didn't see or hear her associate with anyone shady. However, I will give the writes kudos for the perp NOT to have been the dealership owner--while that could have been the obvious choice (a grudge against the Pakistani government perhaps), the fact that it wasn't just made it more of a twist.

    As for Densi....oy. Why'd they go there? BOUNDARIES!!!!!! This is NOT going to go well.

    @ MrWriteSF

    Haha! Increasingly the cases involved with domestic treason all baffle me. Its not international but national subjects and their motives behind their actions, spilling everything onto international arena. Impact left us nowhere. The case is still unsolved. Omni, Unwritten Rule, Big Brother, Livelong Day - all perpetrators are from domestic territory and have mercenary intentions. Only Fallout had Russian involvement Cold-war style. And this one Recovery - with Drones being controlled and targets such as Pakistan....what was the message to all from that woman ? No motive seen unless she was seriously deranged fanatic for a lost cause and love for launching missiles. And yes, absolutely true that she worked single-handedly after the murder to have her gear in position to launch the missile and also during day-time do her job. Damn! she was SO FAST. Faster than Ellie Bishop - the newly introduced NSA Agent from yesterday's NCIS Episode.


    I loved the end I hope next week is good


    That final scene was perfection!!! Seeing Deeks so nervous really showed his feelings for Kensi. Their relationship, work and personal, are very important to him. And I love how once again he put that stunned look on her face :) Nothing like seeing Kensi thrown for a loop lol If I had to pick only one tv couple to pull for hands down its them. IMO these two are meant to be. Unfortunately for Densi fans the next episode is going to give us the exact opposite feeling that we had tonight :( But I do wish Daniela Ruah a happy and healthy maternity leave :)

    @ Kira

    Agree. Same feelings here :)


    "I sure hope that next week opens with the happy and not the complicated!"

    Based on the preview, it didn't sound like they were going to be very happy. That's too bad, because they make an excellent couple.

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