WRITTEN BY: Frank Military
DIRECTED BY: Terrence O’Hara
The wild speculation leading to the final episode of the season has been a very powerful rallying call for the fans of NCIS Los Angeles. We’ve all been speculating as to what will happen to our crusading heroes after watching all the horrifying trailers. Images of team members floating in water, crashing through windows and being tortured have been circulating throughout the media sites for days now. Even Shane Brennan says he can’t watch some of the scenes without grimacing. We’ve been following the ominous thread all season with the theft of a number of nuclear bombs by a known Russian arms dealer. The storyline began in Rude Awakening and continued later in the year with the episode Wanted. As Isaac Sidorov gets closer to selling the weapons, the team tries to match him step by step. Unfortunately, the man keeps eluding them and in the finale the team must stop him from making the sales, locate the weapons and save the world from nuclear annihilation. Jeez, not asking too much, are we? To add further angst to the pot, Densi fans who have had to watch the painful pas de deux between Kensi and Deeks over the past couple of episodes, now wonder if they will ever be able to overcome their own personal demons when it comes to resolving their feelings towards each other. Apparently facing an untimely death tends to put a whole lot of things into perspective.
A parade of evil guest stars (including the Chameleon) gather to make this one of the most explosive finales in the show’s history. To try and fit all this action and emotion into one hour is going to be hard to watch while knowing we will have to wait all summer for the conclusion!
The last show of the season is off and running after a nuclear bomb explodes in a Mexican dessert. Sidorov wants to prove that the bombs are still functional because he needs to find a buyer. The team knows the exact man to do business with Sidorov! I guess we never thought after last year that the Chameleon would return to broker a weapon’s deal and help the people who put him away. Callen and Kensi partner-up for a trip to Iran to find Janvier. There’s a new chess game in town and Janvier doesn’t want to play until Callen throws him a poker chip instead….revenge. He agrees with one condition…that Callen finishes what he started by killing him after the mission. Callen’s refusal sets up Janvier’s next move on the board. It will lead to the team’s ultimate destruction.
Meanwhile, Granger orders Sam and Michelle to find Sidorov and reconnect as part of his team. The husband and wife team are able to rejoin Sidorov by playing another dangerous undercover game and helping him set up the eventual deal with Janvier.
Deeks has been assigned as Sam’s new partner during this phase of the mission and Sam is not happy. What a surprise! As a side bar, we have been witness this year to Sam’s continuing insults to the team’s LAPD liaison, Deeks. Although his remarks were often funny and seemed to be in good nature, it looks like there was something actually brewing under the surface all along. Amazingly, Deeks has kept his feelings under wrap for a long but finally loses his patience (a rare occurrence for sure!) and demands an explanation. Sam just doesn’t like different. How could he find a problem with Deeks character? Really? I have a feeling he will regret these words by the time the show is over. Not sure where the writers are going with this…but it is an interesting reveal about Sam.
Back in the boathouse, Callen instructs Janvier to call Vaziri to find a buyer for the weapons and then convinces Sidorov he will play middle-man and introduce him to Vaziri’s buyer deep in the Mojavi Dessert. Janvier is going to be the one to broker the deal himself…this time there is another request…a daughter in Paris that he wants the blood money to go to. Something just doesn’t feel right to Callen. Yes, the inside of Janvier head is a scary place. There are so many pieces on this chessboard, my head is spinning.
The deal goes down, Janvier does his job but Callen is still not feeling right about it all. He doesn’t like being on the same team as Janvier because he feels he’s being played. The exchange is in process…the gold is good and Sam gets to deliver it to the bank. But Sidorov has a more sinister idea in mind! Sam and Michelle have been made! When Sam is pushed into the pool with a box of heavy gold bricks attached to his wrist, Deeks races to the rescue. Can you just see Deeks used CPR to save Sam….oh boy! Don’t you wish they had filmed that scene!
Brennan is right; the violence against the team is hard to watch. First Sam and now Michelle. Oh no, and now Deeks! I really can’t watch this. The expression on Sam’s face begging Deeks not to give into Sidorov’s cruelty is heartbreaking. We end the season with Deeks screaming in terrible agony. I think I will hear that scream ringing in my ears all summer long.
Callen was right. Janvier had only one purpose in helping NCIS and that was to take revenge on the senior agent….he will kill everything Callen loves and that includes Sam….sadly, Deeks is collateral damage. Like I said it’s going to be a long summer, folks.
- The action was intense and the quality of the episode was first rate. Kudos to Mr. O’Hara and company. Frank Military also turned in another excellent script. Can’t wait to see Joe Wilson’s conclusion to the two-part episode next season.
- Nice to see Deeks finally demanding the respect he should receive from all the members of the team. About time!
- Enjoyed watching Callen trying to keep his cool while working with Janvier. Oooh this so sticks in his claws! Emotions are at an all-time high! Janvier may get his death wish yet!
- Deeks complains about Kensi’s communications skills but unfortunately, he’s also held back from saying what he wants to say due to fear. Poor man is afraid of what his partner might eventually tell him, I suspect. Where does that leave us? Yep, love sucks.
- The green eyed monster is back again leading to…..THE KISS!! No need to say more. But did Kensi just act like it never happen? Yeah, she did. Damn!
- So I stand corrected. Deeks has great communications skills! Densi fans can be heard sighing around the world tonight. Thank you Mr. Brennan!
Another thank you goes out to Massi Furlan (Mikhail Andros) for being our final guest star interview of the season and talking to us about his career and the explosive season finale. Massi will be sharing some exclusive photos with us…so check back later this week. It was a real treat to talk to Massi and we invite him back any time to NCISLA Magazine.
I also would like to thank all of the incredible readers who have read and graced this review with their comments and remarks about the show over the last 24 episodes. I’ve had a great time and I can’t wait to do it all again next September! Have a wonderful summer and I’ll see you back here then! Let’s hope we can all make it to Season Five without any more casualties! Take care!
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