An adorable moppet was the star of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 8 Episode 8.
Nadia is the 12-year-old daughter of Yuri Volonez, who spent the episode in a coma after being electrocuted in the opening scene.
Nadia is also a genius who has already been an early admission to college, and she provides much of the clues necessary to solve the case of the week. She even engineers her own rescue after being kidnapped. Her prize: her first ice cream, from Hanna and Callen.
By the end, Nadia has decided that she wants to become a special agent. Kensi better hurry back or get replaced.
It's nice that Hanna has Nadia around, as his daughter who's the same age wants to go away to military school. Callen doesn't agree with this idea.
Callen: Kids need a supportive family.
Hanna [to Callen and Deeks]: They do. Otherwise they'll end up like you two knuckleheads.
There's even talk about Callen having kids someday, if he can ever find a woman to put up with his quirks and his job. Maybe him adopting Eric is the right idea.
Kensi's new "friend" Sullivan is a nice addition, just what she needs to motivate her through what promises to be a difficult stretch of physical therapy. He instantly gets on her nerves.
Kensi: You trying to be funny?
Sullivan: Actually I was shooting for disarming, with a touch of charm.
Sullivan definitely has Kensi's number. I loved his perfect description of Deeks.
He's going to be fit, but thin, more cute than manly, sort of a cross between a beach-boy surfer and a terrier.Sullivan [describing Kensi's fiancee]
At least Kensi is finally acting like herself again. She apologizes to Deeks for treating him like crap since she's regained consciousness. She's also using her engagement ring as the prize she will get when she finally leaves the hospital.
They're still talking about six months of physical therapy for Kensi, I'm not sure how they're gong to abbreviate that to get her back in the field before the next calendar year.
It was a great Deeks episode. He and Nell always work well together, and this time he was playing Nell's poet boyfriend Sheldon (maybe a Big Bang nod). It was amusing to watch him stumble around an engineering lab spouting his version of Eastern philosophy.
Deeks was a fish out of water when speaking with the engineering big brains.
That's fascinating. I one time made a potato clock.Deeks [to Oluwa]
The squad had little adult supervision in this episode. Hetty must have been off on her mole hunt, although there was no mention where she was. Granger's main contribution was looking disgusted as Nell and Eric played rock-paper-scissors to see who went undercover.
Speaking of the mole hunt, it's about a month into Hetty's 90 days to find the mole or resign. Maybe that should be a main storyline sooner rather than later.
To follow Kensi's recovery, watch NCIS: Los Angeles online.
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