Deeks didn't come out and declare his love for Kensi, but this was the conversation that changed everything for these partners. Snyder's death allowed their hearts to open just a little.
"You smell like sunshine and gun powder. Two of my favorite things."
The mysterious box that Kensi had on her desk reappears a few weeks later on Deeks' desk. What's in it? We'll have to wait to find out. Deeks has it, but hasn't opened it yet.
Deeks: I was just gonna see if you were good. Kensi: Yeah. You? Deeks: I'm good if you're good. Kensi: I'm good. Deeks: Okay. That's good. We're good. Which is, you know, great. Kensi: I'm glad we cleared that up. See ya tomorrow.
If this was Lost, this was the moment that Deeks declared that Kensi was his constant. She got him through the torture and recovery. "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."
"It's a love story." - Deeks had a difficult time after he was tortured. When Kensi came over and sat with him, he finally was able to fall asleep.
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.
Deeks takes Kensi out to dinner and she confronts him about what it means. They have their first real honest heart-to-heart.
Deeks: This thing? Kensi: Yes. Our thing. Deeks: I'm sorry. I didn't -- I didn't hear you because there are so many people walking by. Maybe say it louder. Once more just for me. Kensi: I hate you. Deeks: You don't. You don't. You don't hate me. Kensi: Our thing. Deeks: Wow. Phew. Kensi: You have to promise me something too. Deeks: Anything. Kensi: Promise you'll be patient with me. Deeks: See you tonight. Kensi: Yeah.