WRITTEN BY: R. Scott Gemmill
DIRECTED BY: Chris O’Donnell
Season Four is definitely the year of Sam Hanna. We have had the opportunity to peek inside the doors of casa Hanna to discover the moments that define him as a family man and husband. In Wanted the revelations continue with the return of Sam’s wife Quinn or Michelle depending on which role in life she is currently playing. At this time it looks like Mrs. Hanna wants to return to her former CIA undercover work and Sam doesn’t approve. He’s worried about his family and who can blame him? Getting involved again with a psychopath killer like Sidorov can lead to no good. But why should she give up a career she loves? The problem is when you have children, someone has to be responsible for their upbringing if the other dies. In this lethal mission, they both could be leaving behind orphans.
It’s great to see Chris O’Donnell adding directing credits to his resume and who better to interpret the character of Sam Hanna than the man who plays his alter ego, G. Callen. O’Donnell knows his character’s partner very well and should bring some new insight into the problems that Sam will face as he deals with stopping Sidorov and keeping his family safe. Sam Hanna wears his heart on his sleeve most of the time and I think O’Donnell will be able to find ways to exploit the positive and negative traits and turn it into a captivating episode.
Sidorov is up to his old tricks, killing off a would-be assassin and leaving behind clues and video of the murder for his rival, Kirkin. The team needs answers…so where do you go to get all the Russian gossip on the streets of LA? Arkady Kolcheck of course! (Do we all look alike?) He has his suspicions why Sidorov would want to kill his rival but this also means Sidorov has returned to sell the stolen nukes and Sam’s wife is back in the game. And so is CIA Officer Michael Snyder…who Kensi and Deeks are trying to keep out of the way while Sam and Callen continue the investigation on their own. Snyder’s interaction with Densi throughout the episode was definitely the highlight of the show for me.
Now that Sidorov is back, Sam is afraid that he and his partner, Greshnev know exactly where his family lives and has been watching Michelle the whole time. If she was made…she is in extreme danger. Fake Roger from season three’s The Watchers is back and we find out he was really a CIA officer (now working with Snyder)…and he has returned this time to help Michelle. Sam has no other choice than to go undercover again as David Forman and Michelle must return as Quinn. I enjoyed the conversation between Sam and Michelle addressing the nature of their work together. (At least no one is trying to kill us on date night.). You can tell it’s a conversation they have had many times before. It’s a dangerous life for both of them and I don’t know how you work out that conundrum. The bad guys will always keep coming and your family will always be in harm’s way. Sidorov is forcing her to kill Kirkin within 24 hours or she’s dead too.
Callen is now responsible for Michelle life after Sidorov finds a way to get rid of Sam and the weight of that assignment doesn’t fall so easily on his shoulders. Despite having to adjust and adapt (Hetty’s orders), he doesn’t want to ever face Sam, if he fails. In the meantime, Kensi has her own plan to go after Sidorov and it looks like it includes Deeks going undercover in a spa to romance Kirkin. I thought Deeks was a goner when he came right out and introduced himself as LAPD, but in his inimitable way our favorite detective is able to convince Kirkin to go along with the plan…. despite a few tense moments underwater.
The scene in Venice beach was a challenge to film according to O’Donnell but it was an exciting end to the episode with Sam saving the day. Synder may have been the CIA officer you loved to hate, but I was really sad to see one of the best Densi antagonists gone. In the end, Sidorov and the nukes are still missing….and as Hetty says…this is far from over.
O’Donnell did an admirable job as a first time director and from all the behind the scenes pictures and videos, it looks like he had a great time. I look forward to seeing him return behind the camera again soon.
-Every scene with Deeks, Kensi and Snyder. Magic.
-Nice to see even Sam and his wife have their little tiffs and domestic misunderstandings like any other married couple. Forget it Sam…you’re not going to win. (What are you two doing sneaking up in here like the damn Hardy boys?)
-Did Snyder just call Hetty a garden gnome? Oh no he didn’t…..oh yes, he did! He is going to wish he watched Deeks dislocate his wrist instead!
Best Lines in the Show:
Kensi: I’m so alone.
Deeks: Does this mean we’re not looking for a German nail spa? Kensi? Liebchen? (Add that to your list of Kensi kicknames!)
Callen: It means it’s only a matter of time.
Snyder: When he does, we need to be there…preferably without Sonny and Cher here.
Callen: Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Deeks: I got you babe.
Deeks: Ok, this is going to be hard to believe, but I’m not exactly following the Kensi logic train. Apparently it doesn’t make stops in my neighborhood.
Kolcheck: You two, still together? That’s nice. You’ve lasted longer than any of my marriages. What is secret?
Sam: We don’t go to bed angry.
Callen: I let him drive.
Sam: Thanks for having my back in there partner.
Callen: I will take a bullet for you but wives are a whole other thing.
Sam: I’ll remember that.
Callen: I don’t have a wife so….
Sam: Stop talking.
Callen:….so I’m not talking from experience.
Sam: So you should really stop talking. But you won’t.
I loved seeing Kensi and Deeks open up the episode with their classic Densi banter:
Kensi: How would you describe how we settle arguments?
Deeks: I apologize even when it’s not my fault…typical male, female dynamic. Why?
Kensi: What’s your greatest fear?
Deeks: Quicksand…no headhunters…headhunters and being buried up to my neck in an ant hill which headhunters do.
Kensi: So basically anything in a Tarzan movie.
Deeks: Pretty much.
Kensi: Do you have any reoccurring nightmares?
Deeks: Just the one with Hetty and the burning monkey.
Deeks: I thought everybody had that. I know Eric does. That’s awkward.
Kensi: What other job would you be doing if you weren’t in law enforcement?
Deeks: School teacher.
Deeks: Who lives a double life as a Gigolo. Why are you asking me all these questions?
OMG…bridal magazines, biological chocks and baby making? I’m still trying to process all that! What has gotten into Kensi?
Snyder: You two really think you can stall and keep me here all day?
Deeks: I don’t know, can we?
Kensi: How we doing so far?
What follows is one of the best head to head banter sessions that ECO and Daniela have ever put forth on an episode. Supersillious? Plain brilliant!
Sobatino thinks there is something between Kensi and Deeks! As much as Kensi denies it….the chemistry between her and Deeks is there. Come on Kens!
Synder is also getting his chance to pull Deeks strings too, dissecting his partnership with Kensi. I don’t think Deeks is too happy that Synder thinks she is only his partner. Look at his face! Yep, Snyder has touched a chord. I think this is the first time I’ve seen out and out jealousy in Deeks. Oh, one of these days….
Deeks… naked… in…. a… spa. I really don’t need to say anything else, do I ladies?
Yes, like a dog, he’s leaving his smell on Kensi….oh and the look he gives Sobatino! You are way out of your league, Sobatin, baby…and you are playing with the master now!
BEST DENSI EPISODE EVER! I think I’m tearing up along with Kensi! Finally! Thank you Shane Brennan for moving the relationship a little bit further along! YES!
And I’ll leave you with this:
Deeks: You smell like sunshine ….and gun powder. Two of my favorite things.
Now I’m crying….
Check out our interview today with Marcus Giamatti. What a memorable guest star performance! He was a delight to speak with and get to know! We are taking a break next week with a replay of Recruit. In two weeks, it’s the highly anticipated debut of the new NCIS franchise…NCIS:Red. Callen and company will join the new undercover team in a two part crossover. Join us back here at NCIS Magazine for my next review.
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