G Callen is a distractionist.*
You see it in the way he goes about his life.
How he interacts with his team.
How he deals with Hetty.
Dis-trac-tion-ist (adjective) – [meanings] One’s ability to create either a false or true front meant to distract from the issue or situation that really matters; akin to throwing a rock to make a person look in a direction, away from what’s actually happening; similar to playing hard-to-get, yet without letting on what true motives are; in extreme cases, fronting a front in front of a façade in front of a façade.
We see it every time Callen is working the case with his Team, yet is secretly concerned with what is going on behind the scenes, say, with Hetty, or Hunter, rest her soul, or Granger.
The point of these distractionist moments is to keep everyone snowed. Unknowing. Until he get the answers he wants.
Considering who G Callen’s boss is, and the feisty legend that she is, maybe he learned this practice from her. Perhaps? We all know he didn’t learn distractionistism^ from Sam Hanna. Or, Kensi Blye. Ooooooor, maybe it was something he was taught by Gibbs.
There may not be a better distractionist in the world than Leroy Jethro Gibbs. I’m sure he could’ve been responsible for teaching Callen and thing or two…
Seeing Gibbs mentor Callen in any way doesn’t seem so bad to me. In fact… I’d love to go back to that time in Moscow. To that op. In the winter snow. Bad guys. Danger. Guns. Gibbs and Callen, speaking Russian… Mmmhmm. That’s the stuff good daydreams are made of.
My favorite Callen distractionist moment?
The time that Callen was deciding what he thought of Walton Flynn, using his own facts, while everyone else was telling him what to think. (See Season 1, Episode 4, “Search and Destroy.”)
In the end, Callen and Flynn had a moment, and Callen made a judgment call he could live with. It was amazing. None of his team saw it coming, either.
What are your favorite Callen distractionist moments?
*This term was first tweeted by @TeamCallen.
^This term was first introduced by me, Keviana Elliot, and I dare you to say it three times, fast, without laughing.