NCIS: Los Angeles Review: White Ghost or Not?

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Kensi's mission in Afghanistan took a turn on NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 18.

She voluntarily was taken by Taliban forces in the hope of seeing the man she targeted as the White Ghost, but couldn't shoot. She got her wish, but he appeared to be held by them as well.

When Kensi saw him and shouted his name, he ignored her.

Who is the man that she risked everything to see? As many suspected, the man is her ex-fiance, Jack. Though, their encounters were a bit suspicious. Was that because there's more going on? Or, was the Taliban using him to get information from her.

Jack was brought to her cave, but as Kensi shouted his name the guards hit him and took him away. What was the point of bringing him there, taking him away and then bring him back to talk to her later? I fear it's all a ruse. That what he told Kensi about finding freedom and a peaceful existence in a village was not the whole truth.

The only other explanation that makes sense is that the Taliban found out Jack was approached by and cooperated with the CIA. That would be a good reason to take him into custody. And, then they used him to find out information about why Kensi was really there. They got the information they needed and then pulled Jack out when she talked about using the fire to escape.

At this point, I don't believe that Jack is the White Ghost. He may have been set up to take the fall as the White Ghost, but he didn't do the killings. So, then who did them? Sabatino is likely the CIA officer that approached Jack., so he could have set him up. Nothing is certain except Kensi has gotten herself into a big mess and her teammates from Los Angeles are on the way to try and rescue her.

While she was reunited with Jack, the team back in LA was saving San Francisco from a hacked Russian missile. This case was full of twists and turns. With troubles with Russia in the news right now, it was quite a timely story to have the missile controls stolen from the Chechens. 

Their decision to target the missile at the US in the hopes of starting a war between the two superpowers was quite an extreme measure to get Russian troops out of the Caucasus. I'm not even sure that would have worked, but maybe? This was one of the more interesting cases of NCIS: Los Angeles season 5

The team mission to infiltrate the system where Ira sent the Zero Day was outstanding. Callen played the CEO perfectly, while Sam and Deeks provided him support and then got into the computer room. It was a mission impossible, but not for them.

The relationship between Eric and Ira provided some insight into the Tech Operator that we haven't seen before. Instead of leaving NCIS to make a lot of money working with his friend, Eric found real purpose in the work he does. And in this case, he saved thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives while facing flying bullets.

And, once again Nell went into the field and was hit on. She gets flirted with more than anyone else on the team and she doesn't even get out in the field that often. It's crazy! Eric really needs to just tell her how he feels. His jealousy was raging when Ira and Nell were together. It used to be cute, now it's getting somewhat creepy.

Nell's comment to Eric about his glasses and eyes provided the perfect opportunity for him, but he didn't take it. Maybe another day! At least, Callen has finally given love a chance. I hope we get to see his lovely teacher again soon!

Did Jack tell Kensi the truth?

Check out photos from NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 19, when the team heads to Afghanistan to rescue Kensi.


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NCIS: LA' Star Daniela Ruah Says the 'Spoils of War' Episode is like a movie. So I am watching this episode - the team is under fire and are they are - LL COOL J looks at a picture of his wife and daughter and says "ALLAH AKBAR"..............not 'Thank God" LL COOL J..(expletive deleted)...I wrote a more inflammatory comment but out of literary niceness I won't print it...BUT NCIS LA is off my viewing list and I am encouraging all my friend on FACEBOOK and other media to black list it....


Does anyone think we could see Nate return to help Kensi like he did with Sam and Deeks?

@ PatrickC

Probably. Incorporating Nate into the personal storylines is something that the show has done before, and I don't see them veering off that track now.


I felt really sorry for Kensi during this episode. Jack was just uttering those sentences like "I have married", "I have a child", "I left everything" without any compassion to Kensi.
I don't want him to be the White Ghost but I don't have another explanation for his behaviour... Also wonder where is Sabatino? I may be only one but I think that Callen in love is a strange idea. Of course, he is the most handsome man from the show but he has always been such a loan wolf and a bit miserable that I can't imagine him in a relationship.


This was a good episode. I know Eric's character is supposed to be this nerd that isn't strong with women, but the last few times it has been cringe inducing. For a guy like him, I know a Nell can be intimidating, but she seems to reciprocate some of his feelings. Deeks and Sam were their usual characters, which are always wonderful, and it was nice to see that Callen has a love life. The case was interesting enough, and it wasn't too far-fetched. I felt bad for Kensi. For her to see her ex-fiancee again and he just dropped all these bombs on her in the span of five minutes. Hopefully Deeks doesn't kill Jack, seeing as that their sister show already ran a similar storyline. The end of the episode foreshadowed that Hetty was withholding information from Granger; maybe she knew that Jack was in Afghanistan and that this could provide Kensi some closure. I'm going to trust that the writers don't turn this Kensi-Deeks relationship/partnership into some long, overwrought mess that goes halfway into next season.

@ vontrapp

I see that happening


What Christina wrote goes for me as well - This Jack fellow reeks with shady motives - I'm mean how the hell did he know that Kensi was there anyway, there's no way in hell that she introduce herself to her captures and then it started flying from the grapevine. I could be wrong, but I don't Think so - Anyway am I the only one fearing that Deeks will be the one that shot him dead, not knowing that it's Kensi's ex.
Deeks killing Jack would put a damper on their brewing romance - Just sayin'


+1 Eric, get some of that Nell action or turn in your Man card.


Jack's working for the Taliban. Did anyone notice how just when Kensi mentions burning their clothes to create smoke the terrorists come in to haul off Jack & put the fire out. Jack was obviously wearing a wire.


What an episode. I think Daniela Ruah did a fantastic job what a prerformance. It was gret to see Eric come to the forefront of a storyline that was very refreshing. Deeks what can I say Deeks is just all around great. Poor Kensi, Jack is twisting her head every which way. He is liar. In my opinion what he is doing way worse then any physical torture. Emotional torment it leaves you barren and your sould wounded. I think Jack is the White Ghost, he's using his intimate knowledge of Kensi to get information out of her. She is so shocked and stunned by seeing him she is playing right into his hands. I don't buy that he heard she'd been captured what was that the local gossip at the market? He told Kensi he had married had a child, this is someone you where suppose to love and you are pouring salt in an open wound. He didn't even ask her if she was hurt or if they had hurt her? Clear sign he's a selfish piece of crap that should be staked on an ant hill and covered with honey! Hope he dies a very slow and painful death.

@ christina

A perfect Review and I'm with you all the way


ok episode. i think eric looks good without glasses and he should ask nell out but these shows have to drag the romances along. i assume when kensi comes back they will have issues with their relationship just like tony and ziva


I'm really curious to see how things will develop between Deeks & Kensi after she returns… if that's what will happen. I'm still rooting for them both. But I'm really hoping this doesn't turn into a "Ziva/Dinozzo" situation!

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