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Between the Lines (5×17) Preview

By Gayle (@DensiLand)

Written by: Joseph Wilson; Directed by: Dennis Smith

Official CBS Press Release – “Between the Lines” – When an undercover agent is identified and executed by a local gang, the NCIS: Los Angeles team must locate the mole before other agents’ lives are put in danger. Meanwhile, Granger begins to worry when Kensi disappears in Afghanistan, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, March 18 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

One of their own has become a victim. While national security is always their top concern, the safety of their colleagues raises the stakes to a whole new level. Yet a local gang is behind this? What could their motivation be? Or is there a cloaked “puppet master” pulling the strings as a cover for a more sinister plot? And this murder is no accident or coincidence, not when someone purposefully posts it online for the world to see. As Sam firmly states, “Someone… wants to send a message.” Message received loud and clear!

With veteran writer Joseph C. Wilson penning this production, known for his explosive storylines (both figurative and literal), he’s sure to take us on daunting journey that places more than one of our beloved agent in the crosshairs of peril. Likewise seasoned director Dennis Smith, a foundational figure throughout the JAG/NCIS/NCISLA franchise, is certain to deliver action-packed sequences that are a cornerstone of the show, including Callen teetering on the ledge of a soaring building!

Yet the focus shifts to a wider scope when Hetty forcefully asserts for all agents to be extracted from every operation. All agents. Every operation. Is this the moment Granger discovers Kensi has gone missing? The questions surrounding this topic are all disconcerting. Under what circumstance has she lost contact? Did she voluntarily or unintentionally put herself in danger, or did someone else name her as a target? Is the White Ghost behind her disappearance? How will Granger respond? How does the recently spotted mystery man (now confirmed to be Jack) fit into this chain of events?

Jack. Jack? Jack! Let’s take a moment to consider the fact that Kensi’s former fiancé, who abruptly left her with no apparent rhyme or reason and disappeared on his own accord, has suddenly reemerged. Having been urgently separated from her team at a time she was already emotionally frayed and now finding herself half a world away, how will the customarily independent bad ass Blye simultaneously manage her mission, face her past, and control her emotions?

We’ve seen the team respond when both Sam and Hetty, respectively, have been out of contact. How will they react to this news about Kensi? Does Granger even present Hetty with this information? Does Hetty dare share it with the team, knowing very well what their expected response plan will be? And then there’s Deeks. How will he react to his partner (& more) being off the grid?

A charge of NCIS has always been to place the success of the mission before the life of a single agent, but when they are one and the same, what happens Next… on NCISLA?

NCIS Los Angeles: Previously… About Jack !!

Well, we were warned… Shane [Brennan] warned us… Dave [Kalstein] warned us… They told us that he was out there. They told us we would be meeting him sometime in the future. They have been dropping hints since season one, but honestly, were any of us really ready for his arrival? I know I wasn’t, and I consider myself a hardened and cynical NCIS: Los Angeles fan. But I sat there on the couch on Tuesday night, watching Kensi [Daniela Ruah] target the ‘White Ghost’, and pondered, much like so many of you, why didn’t Kensi take the kill shot? What made her hesitate? What spooked her?[11-04-32]And then Hubby, not even looking at me, or the TV for that matter, says, “It’s Jack.” Period, end of story. He left me, jaw dropped, and wide eyed. What? Jack? Why hadn’t I thought of that?? Well, there are many reasons, one of which is that Twitter has not been on the top of my to do list these past few weeks. {I say that with head hung.} But unfortunately, it’s true. Anyway…

When he dropped that bomb on me I squeed, well of course I did, we were finally getting to meet the illustrious, run away groom! Okay, he never actually got to the wedding part, he left when he was only a fiancee, but still, he left. And that’s been the recurring, theme for most of the Christmas episodes, starting in Season 1 Episode 10 – Brimstone. Why Christmas, you ask? Don’t worry, I’ll get to that. Right now, let me take you on the rocky journey of introducing, Jack.

While trying to get information out of a suspect, Hastings King, he and Kensi begin talking about the corp. She reveals her father was a Marine, and that she grew up moving from base to base. She then states, “I was even engaged to a jar head once.” To which King responds, jokingly, “You managed to escape?” Kensi then reveals, “Killed in Fallujah.”

At the end of the episode, Kensi is found by Hetty, sitting at her desk, contemplating her choices and the morality of them. After being nudged by their Machiavellian leader, Kensi reveals that her problem isn’t with the danger but the deception. She tells Hetty, “Like with Hastings King, for example, today. Some of what I said was true. Some of it was a complete lie. And some of it was a… was combination of both.” Hetty, always with an answer even for the most difficult problems, reveals, “The deception you perpetrate is a necessity, Kensi. You need to embrace it. Not fear it. I’m sure your father would agree. Anyway, if men wanted the truth all the time, I wouldn’t have a… a French Maid’s outfit in my boudoir, would I?”

At this point, from all of my research and my partner-in-crime’s research, there was no mention of the dead fiancee. Not until Season 2’s Christmas episode, Disorder, or as B and I like to call it, “The One With the Guy from ‘The Fresh Beat Band’”. Anyway, the team is dealing with a recently discharged Navy Intelligence Officer, Lieutenant Lance Talbot, who has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Disease). When this is first brought up in Ops, Kensi remains silent, and looking very uncomfortable. We only see her for a brief moment as the lens scans the room while Callen, Sam, Deeks, Eric, and Nell are discussing the shooting from the night before. Once the team get’s Talbot into the boat shed, we see Kensi even more uncomfortable with the case, and then blurting out a number of medications used to treat psychological disorders. When Talbot’s doctor [Jonathan Frakes], questions the team about having an agent who knows about these medications, Callen reveals that they hadn’t realized Kensi knew these things either.[(018928)09-56-32]As Kensi, gently tries to persuade Talbot to head back to the scene of the shooting, so much more is revealed about the illustrious ex-fiancee, including his name. She asks Talbot about Afghanistan, trying to gain his trust, and you can see that her reaction, to what he is saying, is much more emotional than it should be, in regards to this case and this man. What is going on? Why is Kensi all jittery and teary eyed. And then Pandora’s box is opened.

KENSI: Six years ago, I was engaged to a Marine. And his name was Jack. He was stationed in Fallujah. His unit was tasked with enforcing curfew. Shootouts and ambushes every night. He came back home…but I knew he wasn’t the same.
TALBOT : Post-traumatic stress disorder.
CALLEN: This is news to me.
SAM: Me, too.
KENSI: He said life over there was like falling through the sky. Constant rush of adrenaline. Everything felt vivid and real. And coming home to me… coming home to me felt like hitting the ground. And I did…I did everything I could. Um, I… (sniffles)… I worked with his psychiatrist. I helped with his meds. And I listened, I always listened. Always. It was Christmas morning. I woke up… and he was gone.
TALBOT: Where did he go?
KENSI: (sighs) [She can’t speak, fighting her tears, she waves in an “I don’t know” manner]
DEEKS: She’s-She’s playing him. She’s trying to get him to open up, right? [He looks at his partners, hopeful. Sam stares at G., they don’t answer].

And there you go… the big reveal… he left her… ON CHRISTMAS! Talk about foreshadowing! Kensi’s ex-fiancee, the man she loved and tried to help him through some very major issues our troops are facing today, left her, telling her she just wasn’t enough, on Christmas. Well, if that wasn’t enough to bring on the, self-depreciating downward spiral, it was certainly enough to start the serial dating we know Kensi to be famous for. Talk about abandonment issues.

Then there is nothing, while Shane [Brennan} and the writers build up the tension between Kensi and Deeks, the nuclear weapons plot that involves Sam’s wife, and more of Callen’s backstory. Nothing… until now. If you recall, in a huge plot twist, Kensi is sent to Afghanistan, leaving her newly blossoming romance with Deeks, cut short. We find out she is, overtly, sent in as a sniper to kill the terrorist “The White Ghost”.

And then they, (Uncle Shane and the writers), go all Siegfried and Roy on us, trying to misdirect us with Agent Sabatino, and his sneaky goings on. They tell us that, covertly, she has another mission… from Hetty (of course). Find the mole that has infiltrated the unit. By this time, not one of us is thinking about the White Ghost, because we are all, pretty much, convinced that Sabatino is the White Ghost. And then BAM! or as writer Joey Wilson would say… BOOM!

The Ghost is spotted and Kensi is sent in. She has him in her sites, she’s ready to take the kill shot, and then the Ghost turns around, removing his scarf and… OH MY! Well, if he doesn’t make a girls heart go pitty patty, then Kensi has no taste in men… and we know that’s not true. No matter how many she’s dated, they’ve all been hot. Somehow, we just know that. She’s not going to waste her time on a guy who doesn’t tip the scales at at least an 8, because we all know it’s only going to be one date anyway. After all, she’s the best first date girl in LA!

But back to the original topic. Seeing that handsome, and apparently familiar face, Kensi freezes. She get’s off a shot, but it’s wide, and alerts the men to her presence. She runs and the episode ends with us knowing nothing more about Kensi’s connection to the man she was sent in to kill. The writers were mum on the topic and none of the regular cast had made any comments about the guest star on this episode.

And then Matthew Del Negro, the actor playing the White Ghost, confirms a question on his twitter feed:

Amelia ‏@Mrs_Amelia: Calling it now: Jack is played by Giovanni from ‘Rizzoli & Isles’! AKA @MatthewDelNegro. No worries, I’ll wait for ur confirmation.
Matthew Del Negro @MatthewDelNegro: @Mrs_Amelia correct. Consider that confirmed. More to come in a few weeks

Not sure if this was a total spoiler, or if he had been given the go ahead to reveal who his character actually was, but the storm this tweet and reveal created, was major. Densi lovers are all abuzz about the fragile relationship that was left hanging when Kensi was whisked away to her secret mission, and what this means for the major ‘ship on the show.
Will there be a love triangle? Will Kensi leave Deeks to go back to Jack? Will she eventually complete her mission, and kill her ex-fiance? So many questions and without a new episode this week, no answers as of yet.

But fear not brave and loyal viewers, Shane and the writers have never given us a cheat tweet without coming through in the end. So eventually, maybe by Season 10 or 20, we will have our answers! 😉

Thanks to Merrie for this awesome recap about Jack !!

NCIS Los Angeles “Between The Lines” Press Release


“Between the Lines” – When an undercover agent is identified and executed by a local gang, the NCIS: Los Angeles team must locate the mole before other agents’ lives are put in danger. Meanwhile, Granger begins to worry when Kensi disappears in Afghanistan, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, March 18 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: Will the #NCISLA team find the culprit before more undercover agents are put in danger? #CBS 3/18 9/8c

Chris O’Donnell (NCIS Special Agent G. Callen)
LL COOL J (NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna)
Linda Hunt (Henrietta “Hetty” Lange)
Daniela Ruah (NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye)
Eric Christian Olsen (LAPD Detective Marty Deeks)
Barrett Foa (Tech Operator Eric Beale)
Renée Felice Smith (NCIS Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones)
Miguel Ferrer (NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger)

Derek Webster (ATF Agent John Stone)
Paul Zies (ATF Agent Richard (Rick) Bower)
Kelly Sry (Jason Anakawa)
Andrew Leeds (NCIS Tech Operator John Booker)
Neil Brown, Jr. (Tommy Walker)
David Sullivan (ATF Agent Kevin Clark)
Bruce Locke (Takashi Shiro)
Napoleon Tavale (Yakuza Goon #6)
Nikki McKenzie (Dealer)
Bibi Amos (Receptionist)

WRITTEN BY: Joseph C. Wilson
DIRECTED BY: Dennis Smith