NCIS: Los Angeles Review: "Fame"

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We're used to seeing the NCIS: Los Angeles team goes undercover, but exploring the shady underworld of the city's nightclub scene is a realm they hadn't explored yet.

Tuesday's episode, "Fame," took us there in a big way.

The mystery begins as a couple’s car is rammed as they overlook a cliff. Safe to say the offending driver didn't do it on purpose - he's bleeding out from gunshot wounds.

After he plunges to his demise, we learn that Navy Lt. Brian Roth was driving a car belonging to a missing socialite, Aubrey Darva. Thus, the quest to find Aubrey begins.

Working undercover on the club scene, the team tracks down Aubrey, who reveals she took Lt. Roth back to her house, and they had sex, but claims he got up and left.

No idea where he was going or why he took her car. A recovering drug addict with a heart of gold, it was hard not to like Aubrey a bit, despite her suspicious connections.

Deeks and the Gang

Callen, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi go clubbing.

In what began relatively simply but involved into a surprisingly complex plot, Roth’s murder was tied to someone he saw at the house, independent of the break-in crew Aubrey was a part of. NCIS: LA stories have definitely evolved and become more elaborate since last fall.

The episode definitely captured the glitz and glamor of the exclusive scene in a celebrity-obsessed town with the hip, fast-paced tone the NCIS spinoff is known for.

Plus, Daniela Ruah's outfits last night? Comments rendered unnecessary.

A big highlight of the episode came in the form of LAPD liaison Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), who we met in "Hand to Hand" and works great with the team.

Well, most of the team. Sam is having a hard time coming around.

Deeks' second case saw Sam still holding out hope of finding missing Dom, and as a result, taking out his frustrations on the new guy a little more than necessary.

Intriguingly, the LAPD was not as high on Deeks as we were led to believe, and Hetty’s interest in the undercover cop was not strictly for use as an LAPD liaison.

She thinks of him as a potential NCIS agent. But there's one caveat, and it has nothing to do with him. On next week's episode, entitled "Found," guess who is?

While it's unclear if he survives, or the team gets to him in time, we know Agent Vail plays a role next week. It would be interesting for this story line, dropped for so many episodes, were to be brought back, only to end tragically. Talk about a twist.

Do you want him to make it? Or do you prefer Deeks? Could the show keep both? What did you think of last night's episode? Comment below!

Fame Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

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