NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Look Who's Back

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Kensi's back on NCIS: Los Angeles, but it's not back to business as usual.

The team's transition back to Los Angeles from Afghanistan felt very disjointed. Deeks didn't seem to have had much contact with Kensi since she was rescued. Given their relationship, that doesn't make sense at all.

Plus, wouldn't they have all flown back on the same flight?

On NCIS: Los Angeles Season 5 Episode 20, Kensi's return was awkward for her and the team. Hetty decided that she wasn't ready to return to the field and assigned her to work hang out with Eric in Ops. Her skills were of no use there, besides giving Eric a back rub.

Since Kensi was working with Eric, Nell partnered with Deeks out in the field. She's gradually increased her experience outside of Ops throughout NCIS: Los Angeles season 5. She proved she's a capable agent, but she was uncomfortable with replacing Kensi. When she stopped by Ops and sat down at the computer, a weight lifted and she shined.

Nell's done a great job on her assignments in the field, but I'm not sure that's where she belongs permanently. She seemed much happier in that moment when she stepped in to help out in Ops. That's her gravy. Perhaps there's a way for her to get the best of both worlds. I'm not sure what that would be, but it would be a shame to waste her tech abilities.

I was disappointed in the lack of mention of what happened in Afghanistan. Both Hetty and Granger made questionable decisions about the mission there and neither were addressed at all. And what happened to Jack? Given Hetty's concern for Kensi, I expected some sort of conversation between them about him. Hetty send Kensi to Afghanistan to find her ex-fiance after all.

All Hetty did was send Kensi to work in Ops where she was out of her element and a basket case. Whether or not she was ready to return to the field, sending her to Ops was not the solution. There wasn't anything there to help her acclimate back into her job. I hope we do get some resolution of the outstanding issues from Afghanistan.

The case of the week was intriguing. Millions of dollars were embezzled from Iraq and Al Qaeda wanted to get their hands on it. When the former marine, Adrian Davis, was released from prison for embezzling the money, the terrorists targeted him.

The motive behind taking the money was the main interest point. One of their fellow marines was injured in duty and they wanted him to get care better than what the VA offered, so they took the money, They stole for a noble purpose. That didn't make it right, but at least it wasn't about selfishness and greed. In the end, Davis was let off with time served for assisting in the investigation. 

The team solved the case and Hetty decided to allow Kensi back into the field. When Kensi told Deeks that she was back,  joy was written across their faces. Whether their personal relationship will be renewed or not is still up in the air, but they are back where they belong as partners.

Deeks: And there she is.
Kensi: Here I am.

Is Kensi ready to be back in the field with Deeks?

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