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Hetty’s Closet – File 41-9

41-9 ‘Vagrant’

HC Vagrant

Description: Homeless person, deployed throughout the city, commonly found begging for money

Garments/Accessories: Clothes provided by Det. Deeks, They are stored in a bag in his fridge. Requires additional cosmetics for decaying teeth, dirtied fingernails, and general rattiness of appearance

Advantage: Able to move throughout the city without notice. Alias has been cultivated by Det. Deeks for years and it has built his knowledge of the city.

Disadvantage: See note.

Suitable for: Surveillance, gaining entry to previously unattainable targets, able to scout locations

Note: There have been numerous requests for the shower limit to be lifted for Det. Deeks following an outing. A decision is pending.

Would you approve the request for the shower limit to be raised?

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Decidedly Deeks: Fifty Shades Of Plaid

When Merrie and I were rewatching Season 2, we kept on pointing out that Deeks was wearing plaid. When I was asked to have a topic for Decidedly Deeks my first thought was to look into how much plaid Deeks wears.
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We start off with Season 1 Episode 20 “Fame”. He tells Kensi

“Don’t worry, Fern. I’ll be back.”

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Then there is Season 2 Episode 9 “Absolution” (one of my favorites) where Deeks says


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Marty Deeks: Why do bad guys always have such awesome houses?
Sam Hanna: What’s the matter, Deeks? Not feeling your loft?
Marty Deeks: This guy’s got his own Hobbit Shire.
[Season 2 Episode 20 “The Job”]

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Believe it or not I actually have taken a chair and dragged it all over the carpet to make tracks so it look like I vacuumed… but I was also 15 and my Mom was coming home from work in five minutes.

DEEKS: And then she put her darks in with my whites and now all my clothes are purple, so I look like Barney the dinosaur. I mean, what husband can put up with this? This marriage is doomed.
KENSI: No, no, this marriage is doomed because you are OCD.
DEEKS: What do you mean, because I like to clean? At least I’m not the one that took a desk chair and dragged it over the carpet to make tracks so it looks like I vacuumed. I mean, honestly, who does that?
[Season 3 Episode 22 “Neighborhood Watch”]

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You know your kids have watched NCIS: LA when you get a package and they scream

“What’s in the BOX!!!!”
[Season 4 Episode 14 “Killhouse”]

Note: While working on this I realized that he doesn’t wear plaid that often but there is at least one character who does in every episode. Maybe that will be a summer project for me.

So which one is your favorite?

Season 1
Episode 20: Fame

Season 2
Episode 9: Absolution
Episode 12: Overwatch
Episode 13: Archangel
Episode 14: Lockup
Episode 16: Empty Quiver
Episode 18: Harm’s Way
Episode 20: The Job
Episode 22: Plan B

Season 3
Episode 11: Higher Power
Episode 22: Neighborhood Watch

Season 4
Episode 1: End Game
Episode 10: Free Ride
Episode 14: Kill House
Episode 24: Descent

Thanks to B for setting up this post with the help of Merrie, Richtsje, Bee, ChrisDaisy, Vicki and sindee.

[1/30/14: Original post; 11/2/15: Repost due to a “certain movie world premiere”… 🙂]

Decidedly Deeks: Spiraling out of the Comfort Zone


“Spiral” & Deeks: Clowning, Cocky, and…Competent?

Let’s review the events of “Spiral” once more, but this time with a focus on Deeks. While this was episode was filled with some classic Deeks moments, there were some surprises along the way.

One-Two Punch

Deeks started the episode with the first half of his combo, showing off, by channeling his energy into taking on some stand-in bad guys and rocking a sleeveless tee. When Kensi studiously ignored his antics in favour of some calmness, he moved on to the second part of his classic move: pestering her. She puts an end to this as well.

As always, Kensi doesn’t break a sweat while Deeks tries to figure out why the world’s upside down.

Suspect Take-Down


Launching in three…two…

Having the high ground is important. And the team likes to take down their criminals in style. Jumping off of a parked van and launching yourself into a person carrying a loaded weapon is certainly making a statement…that you’re a jungle cat.

Scaling Buildings

"It's a terrible idea, let's do that." But it looks SO COOL !!

“Look Mommy, it’s Spiderman!”

Seriously, what is with this guy and climbing out of windows? Sure, it was justified here and during 3×10 “The Debt”, but cracking a window at these heights is a dangerous habit to have. Then again, with these experiences, he’d make a great window washer (future alias, perhaps?).

Disarming Bombs

Sam has previously demonstrated his ability to disable explosives, and did so earlier. But with Sam out hunting with Callen and cell phone reception requiring one to imitate a monkey, Kensi and Deeks were on their own in a room full of hostages that was primed to blow. But, surprise, Deeks had been sent to a course on what to do (which he apparently failed). With a diagram in hand and Kensi encouraging him to trust his training, each bomb was successfully disarmed. This feat, achieved under the stressful conditions of having a walking mountain mere steps away holding the detonator, should be submitted as a re-test, therefore giving him a pass in the course.

Just think of it as an extreme version of a pass/fail exam.

Team Work

Where does one find a card that says “Thank you for not blowing us all up, now let’s go take down a bad guy”. Does Hallmark have a section for that?

As someone who came to this team used to working undercover and mostly alone, Deeks is now quite happy to have his partner at his side – especially when attempting to neutralize a terrorist wearing a suicide vest holding a dead man’s switch. Although, in this case, while they would consider the end a success, the elevator technician would probably not agree.


With news that all is good, Deeks can get back to the important things in life; hanging out with friends, relaxing, and drowning out any protests from Kensi.

Enjoying the calm after the storm…or is it the calm before the next storm?

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What did you think of Deeks’ new skill? Is it in character or not? Do you think he and Sam will debate the best techniques for disarming bombs over drinks? Detonate your thoughts in the comment section.

Decidedly Deeks: Nicknames


Back in Season 3 there was a list of nicknames started (read the original here). Thanks to your help, here is a new and improved version (now with episodes)!


For Kensi
– Babe
– Baby Girl: 1×20 ‘Fame’
– Dora the Explorer
– Fern: 1×20 ‘Fame’
– Hon Bun
– Honey
– Kensalina: 5×22 ‘One More Chance’
– Kiki: 2×07 ‘Anonymous’
– Lady MacGyver: 2×07 ‘Anonymous’
– Liebchen in 4×17 ‘Wanted’
– Light of my Life: 3×22 ‘Neighborhood Watch’
– Maverick: 4×10 ‘Free Ride’
– My Girl
– My Sweet: 2×04 ‘Special Delivery’
– Ninja
– Pocahontas
– Princess
– Shnookums: 4×08 ‘Collateral Damage’
– Sugarbear: 3×22 ‘Neighborhood Watch’
– Sunshine
– Sweety
– Tiger
– Wifey: 3×22 ‘Neighborhood Watch’
– Wikipedia: 2×22 ‘Plan B’
– Wonder Woman: 2×19 ‘Personal’

For Nell
Nellosaurus: 5×12 ‘Merry Evasion’
– Velma: 5×12 ‘Merry Evasion’
– Skinny-Mini: 5×24 ‘Deep Trouble Part 1’

For Callen
G-Bacon: 5×24 ‘Deep Trouble Part 1’

From Kensi:
Beach Boy: 4×03 ‘The Fifth Man’
– Buddy: 3×04 ‘Deadline’
– Hon Bun
– Honey: 2×19 ‘Enemy Within’
– Hubby: 3×22 ‘Neighborhood Watch’
– Shaggy: 4×03 ‘The Fifth Man’
– Sleepyhead
– Stumbles: 3×21 ‘Touch of Death’
– Sweetie: 3×04 ‘Deadline’

From Nell:
Shaggy: 5×12 ‘Merry Evasion’

Do you know anything we missed? Add it in the comments below so we can update the list again.

Decidedly Deeks: Round Table, S5 Finale Edition


The events of last week’s finale have had time to sink in and now we have the time to ask ourselves the really important question:

Kensi let Deeks drive?!?


Your Honor, Exhibit A.

While you ponder that, we mulled over some other aspects of the finale.

Question 1: How have the dynamics between Deeks and the other team members changed between last season and this season’s finales?

Mary: There is still a lot of teasing. And Deeks tends to be the brunt of many of the joking remarks (and I personally think he purposefully puts himself in that position.) But he has been allowed join in more of the discussions with Sam/Callen, and has even teased THEM without having his head taken off. I definitely see more than just an acceptance of him… there is a new respect for him.

Keviana: I think the major turning point was the torture recovery. Sam started accepting him more. This season was growth in respect.

Bee: Could you imagine if Deeks had pulled the ‘d-word’ stunt last season? Sam would’ve done more than just give him a passing glare.

Mary: I agree, Bee. And Sam wouldn’t have been playing around. Most of the time, the dynamic duo seemed to ignore Deeks, rather than deal with him. For me, being ignored would hurt much worse than being teased. It would make me feel like I wasn’t worthy of their attention. Woah. Got way off task there.

Vicki: There is more trust between Deeks and the big boys for sure. He is more at home now too. Feeling like he’s really one of them. He’s proven his weight in gold. The season started rocky for the detective, but he’s grown and should really become an agent now. Even Granger is playing nice with him. Deeks and Kensi have grown more too. He can now say how he feels about Kensi. Such as when he called her beautiful in the season finale.

Merrie: Wait, what torture recovery? There was no recovery. For him or Kensi! It was just POOF he’s FINE!!! Very disappointed with the writing and story lines this season. Haven’t seen the finale and not sure when I plan to. They’ve ruined what used to be my favorite show.

Mary: I think the same thing every time they rush through recover in any show I watch, Merrie. I know they have a short time to tell a story, and LA is particularly an action-packed series, but they don’t have to drag out the recovery in order to acknowledge that it is needed, or taking place. And I can’t help but wonder how much the pregnancy thing disrupted the flow of things this year. I am still very much “into” the show – just hoping season 6 brings back more of the things that caused me to fall in love with NCIS:LA in the first place. You know what? I don’t think this little rant had anything to do with the DD question. Sorry ’bout that.

Richtsje: It is true what you are saying that is was as if there was no time for Deek to recover from the torture. However… there was this shot with Callen with Janvier which showed that it was 3 months later, am I right?
I got the feeling Callen and Sam appreciate Deeks being one of the team far more after that torture, especially Sam does.
The fact that Kensi was away was in fact also good for the teambuilding of the boys and is now considered to be a part of the team. There was more banter between the three men. At first Callen and Sam were mostly kidding about Deeks, later it was kidding WITH Deeks.
Deeks was partnered up with every single possible other agent, which I liked less. There was Nell (on more than one occasion), Granger, DEA’s Talia… I mean, he could have worked with only Sam, and have Callen and Granger team up. Or – something I REALLY would like for once – partner up Callen and Deeks!
All in all it is good that Kensi is back…

Bee: Richtsje, you’re right, Hetty also talked about the length of time between the first episode and the second.
After Deeks came back and was fine, I was kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop – something that showed that he was still thinking about it and he wasn’t completely over it. I think we got that when he had his little chat in Afghanistan. It’ll come up again.
And you’re right again Richtsje, the jokes aren’t pointed at Deeks anymore. Like Keviana said, there’s respect now, not tolerance. Can we take a moment, though, to acknowledge the cute (completely platonic working) relationship building between Deeks and Nell? Those two are so much fun together!

Richtsje: True True True Bee! Especially in Merry Evasion [5×12] there were so many parts. Remember this one?

Hetty: And you two can go interview the senator.
Deeks: The two of…You mean the two of me?
Hetty: I want you and Nell to see the senator, find out if he knows anything about these Chinese PLA threats.
Deeks: Me and… Nellosaurus?
Hetty: Yes, I move fast, Mr. Deeks. Gotta keep up.
Nell: Let’s go, Shaggy.
Deeks: Well played. I’m with you, Velma.

ChrisDaisy: I agree with you all – there’s definitely more respect now towards Deeks, especially from Sam and Callen. Things seemed a little awkward in the beginning with Kensi being gone but that changed over the course of a few episodes. In this season we even saw Callen and Deeks teaming up “against” Sam various times (with the DIY discussion and the Christmas Cards). I really, really would like to see Callen and Deeks sipping that Mojito together.
I like how the dynamics have changed “in favor” of Deeks (you know what I mean, right?) and I wonder if the same development would have taken place if Kensi had not been sent to Afghanistan.

Question 2: Hetty’s gone, Sam and Callen are taking a trip with Terrorist Cruise Lines, and Granger’s in charge; where does this leave Deeks going into next season?

Mary: I thought about this when the show ended last night. Sam and Callen will be out-of-commission when the season starts. I guess this is the first time we will see the two of them in a completely helpless position, depending on the rest of the team to rescue them. It will be up to Granger, Deeks, Kensi, and the wonder twins to locate them and get them to safety. I would think that would put Deeks in more of a leadership role. I think he will do great. Remember, earlier in the season, when his partner was on assignment? He stepped up, took initiative, and proved his skills to the rest of the team.

Bee: I agree, he’ll be put in a leadership position and I think he’ll handle it well. However, with Hetty’s return uncertain, will Granger keep him around? The paperwork he’s been holding on to has Hetty’s signature on it but if she doesn’t come back or falls out of favour, those signatures might not mean anything anymore. The question is, does Granger see what Hetty sees in him, and would he be willing to fight to keep him.

Mary: Thanks for TOTALLY ruining my summer, Bee. Never thought of that scenario. Now I’ll be all worried about Hetty AND Deeks. lol (But I really do see your angle.)

Vicki: Ah yes the ever abiding question over Deeks and him still being a liaison. Will be interesting to see how that plays out. But I think Granger does respect him. A lot has happened in season five for us to process. But I think that he’ll stay and things will develop with him and Kensi. Granger is aware of it, as he stated in 5×24 ‘Exposure’. Time will tell how Granger will deal with him. I think we will see leadership from Deeks also in the coming season. Especially while the big boys are out at sea.

Mary: “Out at sea.” Ha! Vicki. It sounds so pleasant when you word it like that – like they’re on a cruise or something. Bet they WISH they were on a cruise ship, huh?
I keep thinking Granger is not the bad guy he tries to act like. He seemed troubled at what was going on with Hetty. Even though he must have expected it (and maybe didn’t defend her to the fullest) I think he will want the team to stay together. He has come to appreciate how they work. Don’t know if Deeks will ever do more than liaise, (just had to throw that in since our lawyer/detective knew it was an actual word), but I think he will continue to grow, and to shine. At least I hope so.

ChrisDaisy:  I agree with the leadership thing for Deeks and I think he will be good at it. And I believe that Granger will keep him. Deeks has proven his value for the team again and again (e.g. in Ascension and during Spoils of War) and Granger knows that. He acknowledges ALL members of the team in 5×23 ‘Exposure’ when he says at the end “They’re quite a team, Henrietta.” – and that definitely includes Deeks.

Bee: I think Granger is that crotchety old guy who really doesn’t want to be liked, because then people would want to talk to him. But like many, the crankiness hides a gooey centre. He might want to keep Deeks, but the question is can he. There may be other forces at work. I’d like to see him go to bat for Deeks, and for the whole team. But then we’ll all know his secret that he’s really a good guy and that might ruin his rep.

Richtsje: Remember that deep sigh of Granger in the finale? I am very sure he is caring more than he shows for this team.
What’s more… Granger is well aware of the fact that those two partners have more feelings than one might allow.
Do you all have that same feeling, that Hetty will not (never?) return? I do, actually, and it makes me feel sad. But you did not ask about Granger or Hetty, it was about Deeks. In fact, I think the other team-members will understand by now that despite the fact Deeks can be a real goofball sometimes, they can rely on him as a partner who will always have their back!
Not important if he is or is not an NCIS agent or still liaised to the team.

ChrisDaisy: I know, not the question, but I am with you regarding Hetty, Richtsje. I somehow think we saw less and less of her during the past season. Her presence somehow diminished compared to what it used to be – at least that’s my perception.
I tend believe in the good in people (aside from Janvier that is…) therefore I think that Granger would keep fighting for Deeks. I still don’t see him become an agent in the near future… don’t know why…

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