NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Love is Helmet Hair and an Itchy Sweater

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At the heart of terrorism is money. It's not just the bombing materials that need to be paid for, but the housing and food for the cell members.

In NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 13, NCIS tracks down terrorist cells in Afghanistan and LA through their money transfers after a FinCEN agent is killed while investigating the illegal money trail.

Hanna & Deeks

Even though Kensi and Granger are in Afghanistan, they were able to work with their LA team members on this case. There may not have been any progress on the White Ghost case, but at least there was some interaction between the team.

The relationship between Kensi and Deeks continued to be at play. It was adorable to see both Deeks and Kensi freshen up before their joint team video calls. Though, both times the partner on the call was left disappointed when their counterpart was absent on the other side.

Instead of giving up hope, they each sent the other a "selfie." The photos were perfect. They looked amazing. When Kensi and Deeks are finally reunited, it better to an epic moment. I fear that it will be a tragic or strained reunion given their missions though. The distance between them has definitely made added to their spark rather than diminishing it.

The case of the weeks this season have been a bit of a mixed bag, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It made sense for the two halves of the team to work together on this. The breakdown of how the terrorists were funding their operations through Hawala was educational. It must be incredibly difficult to track those types of money transfers.

The highlight of the hour was Ehsan Navid. He provided a little comic relief, but it was his passion for America that was commendable. He was willing to do whatever was needed in order to protect his new homeland. He had a youthful exuberance that was admirable. I'm not sure how many natural born citizens would have been as energetic or helpful as he was.

When Navid was surprised with a naturalization ceremony of his own, I had tears in my eyes. He wanted it so bad, "I don't need to repeat. I know it by heart." Wow. A true American hero. He helped protect and serve the country and was appropriately awarded American citizenship. It doesn't get better than that.

What was your favorite moment?


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Good episode. My favorite part about it was Navid he was so funny. I loved him dancing in the interrogation room because he didn't know there were cameras, I loved him asking the guys if he could keep the suit for a little while because he wanted to got out with a pretty girl that played online football. Navid helping Sam with the bomb was really cool and at the end him becoming a citizen was even cooler. Navid seems more American than most Americans by the way he acted during the bombing. Dekes and Kenzi's selfee's were funny. Can't wait till the next episode.


I personally really enjoyed this episode; I actually laughed out numerous times (really humorous at the right times!) and also teared up...


I really enjoyed this episode, although I was very disappointed that Deeks and Kensi did not get a chance to see each other on the video calls. It would have been so nice to get one more sweet Densi moment before we have to wait 3 weeks for a new episode. I thought this was a great debut for Andrew Bartels, a new writer on the show, in combination with Frank Military, who has written some of my all time favorite episodes. The characterization was spot on, and the humor was wonderful (and never mean spirited). The case had plenty of action, and although I thought Ehsan was a bit overdone coming to the rescue when Sam needed an extra hand to hold the deadman switch, that was a minor quibble since the rest of the ep was so well done. I loved how the teams in LA and Afghanistan worked together - that must have taken a lot of planning since the Afghanistan scenes were filmed months ago! I admit to some trepidation that Sven was going to be way over the top, but not so, and I loved the reaction shots from Sam. Overall, the episode showed off all the characters doing what they do best. Great job!


Didn't feel like a good one wish they would kill these thing between deeks and Kenis no one likes it and its so stupid and get back to the White Ghost story arc

@ Michael

"no one likes it" - My ass, I for one love it. Hell Deeks was the one that made me stay on for season two because I was ready to walk away from the show. Kensi and Deeks chemistry and banter is off the charts in brilliance.

@ Michael

I disagree. Who are you to say "no one" likes it. My favorite story line of NCIS LA is the relationship between Kensi and Deeks.

@ Chris1215tine

Someone who doesn't need to see adults acting like teenager to watch a show

@ Chris1215tine

Just ignore Michael. He's a guy who will write a bunch of crap and then claim it's fact.

@ PatrickC

real mature patrick did you come up with that all by your self


Great ep, but similar to NCIS, this White Ghost story arc is getting dragged out, likely building to a climax during Feb sweeps.

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