NCIS: Los Angeles Review: What's In the Box?

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While Callen and Sam are one of the strongest partnerships on television, the Viennese Waltz is just a bit too much for them. Callen will run off after Sam into harm's way, but dancing together ... nope! It will be fun to see what happens if this carries over and Eric collects on the favor they both owe him.

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It's the little things like that which make NCIS:LA one of my favorite shows: the dancing scene, Kensi and Deeks with the pig, and especially this week -- Nell and Eric with the flowers. Other shows may have their investigative teams and partnerships, but none have the rapport and bantering of this boathouse crew.

"Greed" was sold in the previews as a "What's in the box?" mystery. I was afraid it was going to turn into a Pulp Fiction-type situation where we would never find out what was in the box and why people were dying for it. Thankfully, that was not the case and we not only found out what was in the box, but the answer was quite a surprise.

The mystery led the team to follow a trail of clues: a military man transporting the box of gold, a drug dealer stealing the box of brown heroin, and ultimately to a group of Sudanese air condition repairman with the box of powderized uranium.

Just what we need ... another potential weapon to be used to kill people. This was the first time, I'd heard of uranium being used outside of a bomb. Scary stuff! While it is horrible that Michael Saleh was contaminated by the uranium, it sets up a reason for the Sam to return to the Sudan and for Callen to eventually join him. Is this mission tied to retribution for Moe's death or something else?

In contrast to the gun fights and terrorist plot, this episode delved deeper into the relationship between Nell and Eric. In the past, they have bantered and mildly flirted, but never broached their personal lives or feelings for each other. While I know there are some Kensi and Deeks fans out there, I'd prefer that they remain strictly professional partners. But, Nell and Eric ... I'd love to see them get together. I'm sure that would be frowned upon by Hetty and the NCIS, but I don't care. They are adorable together and such a perfect match. Nell wanted flowers and sent herself them and there is nothing wrong with that. But, now Eric knows what to do -- send the girl some flowers!

Odds and Ends

  • What ever happened to the mechanic? Is he still in the boat house interrogation room?
  • The clueless-looking-at-a-painting-move by Deeks to save Kensi from the gun pointed at her head was brilliant. Loved it! That should make up for crushing her feet while dancing.
  • How the heck is it possible for Nell and Eric to get all that information and so quickly? Is that a TV trick or can our government really access all that data? Kinda scary.

Greed Review

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