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 !!

10 thoughts on “NCIS Los Angeles: Previously… About Jack !!

  1. Evi

    I have to admit I wasn’t surprised with Jack’s comeback. I expected it. I just have doubts about wether he is truly the White Ghost. They surely made it seems that way, but what if nothing is as it seems?

    Other than that I won’t blame Kensi if she punches him the moment they have a face to face encounter. After all, he left her without any explanation on Christmas morning. He could have written a letter…a note…a post it….Something that would indicate that it’s not her fault he is leaving.

    Yes, she probably loved him dearly back then, but now she has Deeks in her life. He protects her, keeps her safe, makes her laugh, care deeply about her but most of all, he is madly in love with her. And I believe she is as much in love with him too. She may feel torn between the two men but she has to remember. Jack was the one that crashed her heart, but Deeks was the one who gave her back life.

    Other than that, I think it was a good choice of actor. He is like I always pictured Jack would be. The exact opposite of Deeks.

    well, we’ll just have to wait and see!!!

  2. justdreaming-83

    “Uncle Brennan” and our show’s writers sure know how to ramp up our emotions – just tidbits of information that so often just leave us with more questions.

    This was an awesome read, Merrie! Thanks!!!

  3. Tara

    I remembered that conversation Kensi had with Hetty in ‘brimstone’ and wondering which part was really true. Than ‘disorder’ came around, and the pieces all started to fall in place.
    Now the bigger question is has Jack really turned his back on his country, or is there more to it?
    Jack looks exactly like I pictured him to be. The opposite of Deeks, and I always thought Jack would be tall with dark hair. This actor they found is very good looking. And yes, Kensi does have good taste in men who are good looking. Jack, Deeks, etc.

  4. Charla

    Thanks Merrie for the recap. It’s easier to go back and put the pieces together. I wonder too if Jack really is the White Ghost. The writers always like to mess with our heads. However, I think he probably is. What I am anxious to know is, if he is the White Ghost, has he been in Afghanistan sense leaving Kensi? I also can’t wait to see how they interact with each other. Does he still have a soft spot for her?
    Does anyone know was Kensi a federal agent when her and Jack were together? If not I wonder if Jack has kept tabs on her all this time.
    One thing is certain. We are all going to have brown paper bags to breath into to keep from hyper-ventilating, along with a box of tissues for the rest of the season, and probably the entire summer.

  5. Aisling

    Like Evi, I’m not convinced Jack is the White Ghost either. I have my theories that Jack is not as bad as we may think. Especially if he ends up back in LA (Three Hearts). It wouldn’t be as hard a decision for Kensi to say goodbye to Jack (after getting answers as to why he left years ago) if he’s a bad guy.

    I think Kensi’s decision will be left up in the air in the S5 finale (funny enough, a la Ross deciding between Rachel and Bonnie in ‘Friends’) and of course ultimately Deeks will win her heart (at least I hope he does). I just have a feeling that Jack being the WG makes it too easy for Kensi & Deeks to be happy when she gets back. And we know Densi being happy as a couple hasn’t gone smoothly yet 😉 Just a thought.

    1. densidream

      It’s a guess of yours that Jack “ends up back in LA” in ‘Three Hearts’, right?

  6. Richtsje

    Loved going back in time with Kensi. This all fits the storyline so well. I do admire the writers so much for some kind of anticipation when Daniela got pregnant!!

    Now, I simply am so curious to where this goes. Will Kensi and Jack meet again, or will she kill him? And is she won’t, will it be Deeks, or Sabatino?
    Thank you for this article on your Magazine!

  7. mckenna

    I have to admit that since Jack was such a popular choice for the White Ghost, I thought I wouldn’t be surprised if he was, but I convinced myself it wasn’t him because it was an obvious choice. When he showed his face though, I immediately thought it was Jack, but Kensi’s immediate reaction had me surprised and shocked with her. Shows how great of an actor she is if she can still surprise and shock me even if I already guessed it was coming. I kinda freaked out when I realized that Jack was finally revealed. He’s just like I imagined him right when I first heard Kensi’s story. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

  8. tati

    T be honest when I first read that we are probably going to see Jack during this season I thought it was just a rumor. But now it’s actually happenig. We have already met him and I can’t wait to see what happens next (definatly not a love story).

  9. densidream

    1. so that guy is Jack, but I’m not convinced he is also the White Ghost
    2. it seems to me that several people including the writer of this article think that Kensi accidently (because of shock, surprise?) let off a shot at Jack, but just missed. My opinion is that she deliberately took that shot, and deliberately missed. What I can’t figure out is why, especially because she could’ve been shot by those guys then, who spotted her…
    3. general question: if Jack has or had PTSD from being in Afghanistan, why is he there again?
    4. It’s probably because I’m Team Deeks all the way, but I don’t think Jack is that good-looking… no offense to the actor 😉

    I’m so excited to see how the relationships between the 3 will play out!

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