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10×1 - "To Live and Die in Mexico” - Gravely injured and unable to communicate with the team in the U.S., Callen, Sam and Kensi, with an unconscious Deeks in tow, search for a safe way home as a cartel boss places a “dead or alive” bounty on their heads. Also, Mosely and retired Navy Admiral Hollace Kilbride (Gerald McRaney) beseech their contacts in Mexico and D.C. for assistance with their missing colleagues, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday (9:30-10:30, ET/PT) on CBS.
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admin / April 9th, 2014   Performer of the Week,Site Update

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You don’t want to mess with Nell Jones. That’s all thanks to Renee Felice Smith. Having joined the series and the team in Season Two, Nell Jones has proved time and time again that there is so much more to her then meets the eye. She’s a character that once you think you have her all figured out something changes and you’re thrown for a loop. This week was no different. It’s in tonight’s episode of NCIS: Los Angeles that Nell proved that not only is she good at what she does, but she again proved she has what it takes to be a great agent too.

The episode started like any other. You start off seeing the crime and what’s going to start the team on their mission. After the opening credits you get that the guys talking about Kensi and then Kensi walks back in the bullpen. Callen and Sam acted like Kensi coming back was no big deal while Deeks was being all awkward and unsure of what to do. Eric comes in calling them all up to the Ops center for their assignment. Nell and Kensi seeing each other for the first time in the episode. That concludes the awkward meet and greet between the characters and they move on with the mission. Callen and Sam figure out where to go to first and Deeks gets ready to work with his partner again, but Nell gives them the bad news that Hetty wants to seem them. Hetty tells Kensi and Deeks that Kensi will be up in Ops with Eric and Deeks will partnered with Nell. It then cuts to a scene of Nell coming down the stairs all ready to go.

Start of the case and Nell is telling Deeks this wasn’t her choice and asking if they were good. Lets start with that. I love the way Eric Christian Olsen and Renee Felice Smith play off each other. You could get that hint from Deeks that he’s not amused that he’s still has not got his partner back, but at the same time he knows what Nell is capable since they have been paired up before. Once they move past that moment they are right back into that partnership they had created in previous episodes. Which shows very nicely come the scene when Deeks and Nell got to talk to Deeks’ CI. “It’s all about Respect” Deeks says, yet Nell’s the one doing all the talking and showing how much stronger she is and really coming into her Agent status. Not going to lie really saw the scene going that way and it was perfectly done. Nell is showing more and more she can handle herself and even outshine the boys a little. If you go back to Season Four when Nell asked Sam and Callen about becoming an Agent, they responded for her to trust her training.

Continuing on in the episode you got Deeks and Nell with their banter back and forth to which Nell gives as well as she gets. Which is one thing to love about Nell, she’s not afraid to joke and tease right back. One of the great scenes in tonight’s episode was when Nell comes back and she talks with Kensi about her being back in the field. You feel the tension in the air, because Kensi is jealous that while she is in Ops bored Nell is out in the field. Then there is Nell who feels bad because she wants to be an Agent, but at the same time Kensi is her friend and co-worker. What was great about this scene is that Nell spoke her mind; she told Kensi straight out ‘Have you ever wanted something, really wanted someone, but not in the way you got it? Then she goes on to say ‘I want to be an Agent, just not like this.’ It was just this simple moment where you know Nell isn’t willing to take this from Kensi even if it’s want she really wants. That she respects the friendship and work relationship with Kensi too much to take her job from her. Kensi replies back with ‘I get it,’ that she understands and that she’s not mad at Nell. Kensi knows this isn’t Nell’s fault, but she’s starting to accept the things that aren’t in her control. This scene then leads to the power duo in Ops working their magic once again, doing what they do best. Eric is having issues cracking a firewall and Nell comes in to help. They are able to crack it and figure out there was a jukebox purchased that leads Callen and Sam figure out that it is where the money is stored. This all leads us to the final moments of the case when they let their suspect go, which leads the terrorist to the money. Just when you think the bad guys are going to get away with the money Callen and Sam appear out from behind wine crates and the two sides start a gun battle. One of the terrorists gets away and he takes off running only to be stopped by Nell. As Deeks is handcuffing him Nell is teasing him.

‘See you got to stay in control Deeks’
‘Is that so’
‘Yeah cause it’s all about respect’
“Okay well played, well played.’
Well played indeed.

admin / April 4th, 2014   News,Release,Spoilers


Daniel Henney Guest Stars as Paul Angelo, the Undercover NCIS Agent

“Three Hearts” – When an undercover NCIS agent is suspected of working for the smuggler he’s supposed to be investigating, the team takes him into custody to find his true intentions. Meanwhile, Kensi and Deeks discuss their personal relationship as Kensi returns to the field, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, April 15 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Daniel Henney guest stars as Paul Angelo, the undercover NCIS agent.

CHEAT TWEET: .@danielhenney guest stars as the undercover NCIS agent that is taken into custody by the #NCISLA team! #CBS 4/15 9/8c

admin / April 2nd, 2014   Performer of the Week,Site Update

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So after watching tonight’s amazing episode of NCISLA, I decided to try something new for the site. Hopefully we can continue it for the rest of the season and into the next. While everyone on the show is amazing and shines in every episode, we have decided to pick out who we think stood out in the episode, and write up a little reason to why.

In tonight’s episode 5×19 Spoils of War we believed that actor Eric Christian Olsen stood out in the episode. While the episode had so many great moments, here are our top picks for the best moments in the episode. From the start of the episode you knew this wasn’t going to be an easy mission for Deeks. That it was in fact going to be gut-wrenching mission for him. His partner, the woman he cares the most about in the world is missing. Hetty already knows Deeks is emotionally involved in this case and tells Sam if he needs to he can pull Deeks out. We all know this is something Deeks wouldn’t do, not when it comes to Kensi. When they arrive in Afghanistan they have no idea what is going on. Sam then tells Deeks to stay at the house. Of course Deeks isn’t too happy about that one. After Deeks and the other guy left behind by Granger enter the house Deeks searches for the information to the questions he needs answers. Deeks is a cop and not an agent or a seal so doing things the way he knows how to do them. It makes the scene where Deeks talks about torturing the guy for information, but says he wouldn’t do that. That he has morals.

Cut to the scene where Deeks get the phone call and he starts it off with a little light comedy. When Hetty give Deeks the news of the photograph (one I am still trying to figure out why she would do that when she knew he was emotionally invested in this mission) you just see this change in Deeks. What Eric Christian Olsen does so beautifully is how he conveys emotion in his eyes. You watch as Deeks gets the news and you see him slowly start to realize Kensi is dead. They have this picture of Kensi where she appears to be dead, but even when they say they don’t believe it for a second, he’s still in this mentality of “she is dead, she is gone”. He brings you to this place Deeks is at right now and you heart breaks for him. What continues to shatter your heart over and over is when he asks for them to send him the photo and he tries to come to terms with the photo of Kensi dead. You know this is the moment where Deeks changes. And he does change, because now he’s angry and hurting and blaming himself for all this. He makes a comment about how Kensi is the person he cares about most on this planet and that she’s here because of him. We all know it had nothing to do with him, sure timing was a little off – Cough Hetty Cough-, but we find out that she was sent because Hetty was ask for help by Jack and she knew Kensi would never kill Jack. Olsen is able to bring you to that place Deeks is at in that moment, you feel his pain and his angry and how he feels responsible for this.

Then you have the moment were Deeks has just given up, this guy isn’t telling him what he wants to know and now he needs to do what he ever it takes to find the answers he needs. So Deeks slowly pushes past this point where if he truly crosses this line, he might not return. You get to see that played out when Deeks gives the guy one more chance and when he doesn’t tell him what he wants, Deeks starts to water board the guy. He’s filled with anger and this need for the information and says if you tell me what I want I’ll stop, but only to realize how wrong it really was. That whole quick change in the character and the ability to go from this man on a mission to a guy helping out this person he hurt and realizing he went a bit to far. Beautifully done transformation. Which leads Deeks to be more caring to the guy and it shows that even in the situation where the person he loves and cares about most is in danger, he still not okay with crossing that line. The Season ended and started with Deeks being tortured, so yeah he’ll have person issues with it, demons he needs to face, but it also shows that he’s not a ruthless person. Like he had mentioned early in the episode he had morals. (If you look at the scene with Callen, Sam, Granger, Sabatino and the other guy, just about three of them were willing to kill a young girl and/or let the young girl die to protect themselves. I’m thankful Callen and Sam were so not on board with that.)

The end is from Deeks seeing Kensi for the first time to the finale hug. As Deeks is walking across for the trade you see him look back at Kensi and you know he wants to just walk away from the guy and go to her. You can see the struggle on his face because he can’t go to her just yet. You all see that worry and sadness because she’s just this wounded person. He knew she’d be hurt, but don’t think he ever expected it to be this bad. When he goes back to the team, kind of sad you never really saw him with her, but you did kind of see her with Jack. Cue time jump, Deeks back in street clothes and he goes to find Kensi. Only he finds her with Jack and you kind of see him want to go, but doesn’t want to interrupt at the same time. You also got this whole he’s not sure of what this is that is happening. Only walks over after Jacks starts to walk away, really enjoyed that moment. Deeks knew about the history between Kensi and Jack, so could be seen as a moment of like take care of her. When they finally see each other and talk to each other so many emotions in one scene. Deeks starts off with just trying to be like I want to hug you and tell you how happy I am to see you again, because I thought you were dead and going out of my mind, but instead tried to act normal. Things between them are not normal, and it’s nice to see this whole what do I do kind of thing. You get the hug where they are just embracing for the first time after being apart for so long, than along comes Callen and Sam. They try to have this normalcy between them, even though a lot as changed. I really liked that aspect, they are like we are so glad you are safe, but try and make it seem like things are okay for Kensi. After they leave Kensi has this moment where she opens up to Deeks and leans on him. Deeks just pulls her into his arms and tells her it will be okay and that they are going home. You see his face his heart breaks for Kensi. He just wants to make it okay for her, but he doesn’t know how.

I don’t think I have seen so many sides to Deeks in one episode. Each new element that was brought in during the episode Eric Christian Olsen was able to pull you into his mind. He had to play so many emotions in this episode and so many different sides to Deeks, each one you were able to be in that moment with the character. I believe one of the big things in this episode with Deeks were Eric Christian Olsen eyes and how he was just in the moment. It was the eyes.

admin / April 1st, 2014   Articles,Interviews,News,Sneak Peek,Spoilers

The entire “NCIS: Los Angeles” team is on its way to Afghanistan to rescue Kensi (Daniela Ruah), who’s been captured by the Taliban. While she’s there, she discovers that she’s been sent to assassinate her ex-fiancé, Jack (Matthew Del Negro), who is living a completely new life as the White Ghost. Ruah talked to Yahoo TV about how this week’s episode, “Spoils of War,” will affect Kensi’s relationship with Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and how Ruah’s experience as a new mother will affect her work on the show.

What can you tell us about shooting this episode?
It was awesome! It was very dark. It was very emotionally dark for [Kensi], considering what we’ve seen in the previous episodes with Jack, trying to figure out what happened there with him and in her past. This episode is very much going to be like a movie. If there were ever going to be an “NCIS: LA” movie, this would probably be similar to it. It’s incredible. It was written by Frank Military, who also debuts as a director in this episode. He’s also one of our darkest writers.

Anytime we delve into something personal for any one of our characters on the show, it always makes for a great episode. I think viewers really enjoy when they get to know us a little bit — to be part of milestones that end up shaping who [the characters] are in the future, and that’s very much what this episode is.

How is it affecting your relationship with other members of the team, especially Deeks?
I think it will inevitably affect their relationship. They were coming so close to turning into something for them, and then all of a sudden, Hetty [Linda Hunt] sends Kensi away on this mission. And she sends her away for a few months with very little contact with Deeks other than photographs they send each other. I think it’s like… what’s the expression? All of a sudden I’m thinking in Portuguese and I’m trying to translate into English! [Laughs.] It’s a stone in their shoe, it’s a thorn in their side. [Laughter.] Damn foreigners!

It will affect them; of course, it will affect them. Kensi confronts Jack and that whole situation from her past. It was unfinished business, for sure. But I think she finally came to terms with the fact that she was probably never going to see him again, and suddenly he shows up in a really strange setting for her, completely out of context. She thought he was dead or probably at least living in America. And it turns out he’s living in Afghanistan with this whole other life that he’s started. And he was the love of her life at one point. And what does that do to see the love of her life? If you think it’s not a real relationship, I think these two are definitely in some sort of relationship, Kensi and Deeks. So it affects it. Of course it does.

Was this a difficult episode to shoot? Stuck out in the desert like that?
I think when the writers and producers give us the opportunity to play scenes like this that are so juicy and so wonderful, I think any one of us cast members would do anything for a piece of our past, as characters — to play with a piece of our past. Because I think our show can be pretty light-hearted. It’s obviously a drama, but in terms of the characters themselves, it can be relatively light-hearted. And then once in a while, they show us these wonderful goodies to play with, and that’s what they did for me this season — they gave me this Jack situation to play with. And so I don’t think it was necessarily a challenge; it just made me want to be better.

Do you feel the need to differentiate your relationship with Deeks from other “NCIS” relationships… the relationship that Eric and Nell have, that Ziva and Tony have?
Of course, I want to differentiate as much as possible. I think that even though there are equivalent duos, we are still our own characters and, as actors, we play our roles in our own ways, so that’ll always make a big difference from other couples. And then, it kind of all depends on what we’re given to play. There’s a lot of banter, ups and downs, backs and forths with “Densi” or “Keeks,” as the fans call them. And they place obstacles in their way, and we try to get over those obstacles.

Especially if you compare us to the other couples on the show, obviously there’s a huge difference. You’ve got the nerdy couple, and they’ve got their own thing going on with their own nerdy type of humor. Callen and Sam are two men, and they have the relationship of partners and best friends. It’s almost “Lethal Weapon,” where you’ve got this rogue cop, Mel Gibson, who kind of attaches himself to Danny Glover’s character’s family, like this appendage that follows them around. That’s what Callen is to Sam’s family. And then you’ve got Kensi and Deeks, who will kind of get spicy once in a while. And then on the other hand, she’ll punch him in the shoulder

Are there any couples you’d liken Densi to? Sam and Diane? Lucy and Desi?
No, I think they are their own people, and they’ll create their own environment. And fortunately for us, it’s been working really well with the fans. They’ve been responding really well; if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t still be playing with this relationship. So, someone’s doing something right!

Do you feel like the relationship’s progressing either too fast or too slowly?
I definitely wouldn’t say too fast! I also don’t want to say too slow because, honestly, if we’re going to be playing it with it for 10 seasons — I don’t know how long we’ll go — but if we’re lucky enough to hit 10 seasons… I think at one point, of course, we’re going to have to have resolution one way or another. Whether they stay together or decide to fully not be together. I think they want to be together; I think they just need to find the right time and place to be together. But I definitely think they both want to.

Any more exciting things you get to do this season?
I think what I’ve been able to do so far has been pretty exciting! For me, the actress playing Kensi, the fact that they’ve allowed me to [shoot while I was pregnant]… They preshot a lot of the stuff. My first episode back was the episode that played last week. I was no longer pregnant there — though people might think I still look pregnant. [Laughs.]

I shot all the way up to seven and a half months. I had to lie on my tummy on the floor — we dug this big hole in the ground. All of that was so much fun to do and to play with. And one day, when my child is a little bit older, I can show him some of the scenes and say, “Look, you were in Mommy’s tummy at that time. Getting rid of bad guys and running away from explosions and gunshots, and you were in her belly the whole time.” So all of this has been a completely unforgettable experience for me. I don’t think there are a lot of people who could say that their pregnancy was registered in this kind of tone.

Were you chomping at the bit to come back, or was it hard to return from the pregnancy?
No! River, my son, gave me a wonderful gift other than himself — he decided to show up three weeks early. So that gave me extra time with him, because we had planned on when I would be coming back. Shane [Brennan, the show’s creator] and the writers were really flexible. They’re like, if you don’t feel like you can come back at this date, we’ll push it longer. But fortunately, I was aiming to come back when they were hoping to have me back. And they gave me another two weeks, which made it even easier.

And also another thing, too: They’ve been super-accommodating with me, which I’m so appreciative of. They make it easy for me to bring my son to work with me. I have a nanny, obviously, who takes care of him when I’m on set, and I get to be with him. Every lunchtime, I come back to my trailer. Every time we have some time between scenes for setup, I run back and I spend time with my son. I’m able to be a working mom, which is the example I have from home and the mom I always wanted to be. Moving train never stops! And he’s on the train with me all the time, which is awesome. I’m very privileged to be able to do that.

Has having a child given you a different perspective on your work?
The perspective is that I don’t matter, other than to keep him safe. When your mom says, “Don’t you want to wear a jacket?” and you say, “Mom, I’m 30 years old, I think I can make that decision for myself” — I don’t think I’m ever not going to tell him to wear a jacket outside; I don’t care if he’s 45. There’s just this sense of protection and love like I’ve never known it before. It’s so big… it’s so big that it makes you want to cry when you first feel it, when you first see your baby.

If you ever do it, if you ever decide to, there’s no bigger love. And I know people say this all the time, but you just feel it, it’s in you. It’s like, uh-oh — I’m toast. I’m done. I completely surrender to this little person that can’t even speak. It’s an incredible, incredible feeling, and I would do every all over again.

“NCIS: Los Angeles” airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on CBS.


admin / March 31st, 2014   Articles,Interviews,News,Sneak Peek,Spoilers

Does what happens in Afghanistan stay in Afghanistan? For NCIS: LA’s Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), the answer is probably not.

On Tuesday’s episode (9/8c, CBS), Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Sam (LL Cool J) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) are sent to Afghanistan to rescue Kensi, who’s being held captive by the Taliban after a botched anti-terrorism mission in which she discovered that the alleged traitor she was sent to assassinate is none other than her former fiancé, Jack (Matthew Del Negro).

“I think this is probably my favorite episode that we’ve shot,” Ruah tells “It’s sort of like a movie. The action’s incredible. I think everybody was on their game, when it came to performances. There’s some really intense scenes. … It’s the team fighting for one of their own, which always makes for a good episode. There’s a lot at stake.”

The question, of course, is less whether Kensi will make it safely out of Afghanistan and more about what kind of condition she’ll be in when she returns. “She obviously cannot go unaffected by everything that’s happened,” Ruah says. “She’s a really strong woman and she does the best she can to get back in the job. She’s desperate to get back to normality, if that’s even a word. … I think there may repercussions later on with that.”

Hetty (Linda Hunt), for one, is “not entirely confident about Kensi’s psychological and emotional abilities when she first comes back,” Ruah notes. “So we’ll see how that pans out.”

Aside from any professional or emotional consequences, will Kensi’s encounter with Jack be the latest in a long line of wrenches thrown into her budding romance with Deeks?

“I think that there’s some sort of personal failure in Kensi’s mind … and I think it really hurts for her to think that she may have been part of why [Jack] had to leave. It’s definitely a painful situation,” Ruah explains. “I always feel like when you break up with somebody, if you break up because you don’t love them anymore, it becomes so much easier. But when you still love them and you have to break up for any other reason, it becomes really, really hard, and that’s kind of what happened to her. He left, and she still loved him, and she had to let those emotions pass with time, and all of a sudden [this] just rekindles everything. And of course, what does that do with her relationship with Deeks? Where does that stand? Does this sort of make everything go to zero, or does it make it stronger? We’ll have to see.”

While fans are clamoring for “Densi” to take their work partnership to the next level, Ruah is less convinced the two are destined to be together. “I don’t think anybody understands them better than they understand each other — but that could also make for a wonderful friendship,” she hedges. “It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll become a couple. I think they have to set their priorities straight, before anything could ever happen. What’s more important: their job or their future life together? … I’m actually indecisive of where I would like them to go.”

That’s not to say Ruah doesn’t appreciate the Densi ‘shippers, however. “It’s really flattering,” she says of fans’ emotional investment in the plot line. ” It keeps me in a job, for one. If people didn’t find us amusing or entertaining, we wouldn’t be happening. I feel appreciative, and I love playing along with it.”

Of course, the Afghanistan story line was a way for the show to deal with Ruah’s real-life pregnancy. (She gave birth to a baby boy in December.) Ruah is grateful that, as a result, she was able to keep working until she was seven-and-a-half months along.

“They could have just said, ‘Oh, Kensi’s in Afghanistan. We’ll see her in two and a half months when she’s back,” Ruah said. “[But showrunner Shane Brennan] decided to incorporate that as a huge part of this season’s arc, and we got a few bigger developments with Kensi and Deeks because of it, and I’m just really, really happy that I got to do all that stuff. They sent me to the Hindu Kush because it’s cold, and I could wear layers and layers of clothing, which means we could hide my belly. In Episode 18 … I think I was about six months pregnant there, and I had to dig a small hole in the sand so I could lie on my front. And then when they start shooting at me, I had to sort of roll over and I just felt like a turtle on my back. I couldn’t get up.”

With Season 5 of the drama winding down, future episodes will reveal to viewers (via flashbacks) more details about Kensi’s ordeal in Afghanistan — and in some ways, will bring the season full circle. Will her experience mirror that of Deeks in the first few episodes, after he and Sam were tortured?

“I find it interesting how they react in two very different ways,” Ruah notes. “Deeks began to sort of doubt what he’s doing with his life and wonder if he should come back, where I think Kensi has a very different reaction. I think what she finds stability in is her job, and I think that’s what she’s going to hold onto to make herself not go crazy, or feel overly traumatized about what happened.”

NCIS: LA airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS. Where do you think Kensi and Deeks will go from here?


admin / March 31st, 2014   Articles,Interviews,News,Sneak Peek,Spoilers

This Tuesday at 9/8c, CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles team makes tracks for Afghanistan, to track down and rescue a fallen-off-the-grid Kensi. TVLine spoke with new mom Daniela Ruah about filming Kensi’s solo mission while increasingly pregnant, her character’s conflict, “turbulent” times for Deeks and a somewhat controversial clobbering.

TVLINE | As I’ve spoken to Shane Brennan over the past six months or so, I’ve marveled at what he was able to pull together to work around the pregnancy and spin an exciting yarn, all without missing a beat. When did you tell him what was going on?
I held off from telling anybody but family until the 12-week mark, but that happened to come along about two weeks before we started shooting the season, which bode well for me because I gave Shane plenty of time to make a plan. So I scheduled a call and said I had some awesome news, that I’m 12 weeks pregnant, and his reaction was one of immediate joy. I said, “I know this is kind of like going to happen in the middle of the season, which doesn’t make things easy for anybody…,” but he was like, “No. No. No. This is the most joyous thing that’ll ever happen to you. Take advantage of every moment of it!”

TVLINE | I think the only consideration in this particular instance is that it’s one thing for Scandal’s pregnant Kerry Washington, who has fashionable pocketbooks and Oval Office furniture to hide behind, while we’re used to seeing Kensi running around in the field, packing heat, chopping guys down….
Right. I mean, the fact that they [accommodated] all of this is a huge, huge testament to how creative and supportive our writing staff is. It would have been so easy for them to just say, “OK. We sent Kensi to Afghanistan and she’ll be back when she’s back” — and they didn’t.

TVLINE | What did pre-filming Kensi’s storyline translate into for you?
I kept working until I was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. That was actually one of the reasons why they sent me to a place that would be cold, so I’d have an excuse to wear all that clothing and hide the belly. Scott Gemmill wrote the loose scenes of Kensi’s time in Afghanistan and then the writers of each episode would basically take those and make sense of them when they wrote their respective episodes. As I watched the show, it didn’t feel like the scenes stood out as being something we shot three months ago.

TVLINE | Any fun anecdotes of braving “Afghanistan” while pregnant?
In the scene where I purposely missed the shot with Jack, I think I was six-and-a-half months pregnant, so we dug a hole in the sand that I was fitting my belly inside. And then when the bad guys started shooting in my direction, I remember feeling like a turtle on my back, not being able to get back up! [Laughs] It was pretty funny. In the future, I can be like, “Hey, River, you were right there during those scenes,” if [my son] ever decides to go back and watch my work.

TVLINE | So now Kensi’s missing. Where does the next episode pick up? Are we going to immediately see what she’s up to?
The way the episode was written was one thing and the way it actually ended up is another, because the episode was so awesome that it ran 10 minutes over, so a little chopping had to happen here and there. But it is literally like a movie. It was written by Frank Military, who’s tends to write the darker material, like when that episode a couple seasons ago where the girl was buried alive in a box and we had Sam’s flashbacks of being buried…. It was also his directing debut. The whole team goes to Afghanistan to try and save Kensi, who has gone rogue and allowed herself to get captured by the Taliban, because she’s trying to get in touch with the White Ghost, with Jack. I’m so excited for “Spoils of War” because it’s going to be dark and heavy, and every single one of these characters is going to suffer in one way or another. It’s probably the best episode we’ve had on the show ever.

TVLINE | Speaking of Jack, what do you think was going through Kensi’s mind when she first saw him out there?
Complete shock. She hasn’t seen him in years, after he just left her one Christmas Eve because he was suffering from PTSD. So when she sees him, it’s like, “Is he better? Is he worse? Has he turned? Is he an enemy now?” You don’t know what that kind of disorder does to people. But at the same time there’s this missing him and wondering, “Can I pull him back?” And then there’s also this feeling of maybe personal failure — “What could I have done more to make this person better that I loved so much?” It’s a lot of internal conflict.

TVLINE | What kind of obstacles is the team going to have to deal with in order to save Kensi’s bacon?
The Taliban, for one. That is our large obstacle, and then there are a lot of personal obstacles. There are really tough decisions that our boys have to make in the process of saving Kensi. Deeks, for one, definitely goes through a very turbulent few moments.

TVLINE | What is it like when Kensi and Deeks first lay eyes on each other again?
I think it’s a little different for both of them — and once you watch the episode, you’ll kind of figure out why.

TVLINE | It sounds like it maybe doesn’t happen under the best circumstances.
Not really. And also, we still kind of don’t know what really happened after that dinner between them. They go home together, and then we’re supposed to meet at the end of the episode and she gets sent off [to Afghanistan]. Things were left off at this really uncertain place, so it’s like, “Where do you go from there?” They haven’t really talked about it. They never talk about their thing.

TVLINE | Before we go, there’s one thing that I promised readers I would bring up with you: When Kensi punched Deeks [in “The Frozen Lake”], it left a bad taste for some.
The punch after he doesn’t take the shot? Yeah. I know exactly what you’re talking about. And I completely understand where people are coming from. In a way, you could view it as sort of promoting aggression between colleagues at work, that kind of thing, and it being OK because there are no repercussions to it. However, I think if you take the situation and relate it only to these characters who people have seen progress through the seasons…. You know, Kensi kind of punches him all the time. Not that it makes it right, but that’s who they are. They’ve slapped each other on the butt. It’s not something for anybody who is in a working environment to imitate or to take as an example, but I think this is a completely isolated case, where characters would try and spruce things up. It’s what they do to each other. There was that time when where they’re in the hotel room and Deeks literally tosses Kensi onto the bed, and then he does it again and then they start jabbing at each other. It’s the way they play. Now in this case it wasn’t a play situation, but I still think that it’s who they are. But again, I completely understand why that may have bothered some people, and that obviously was never the intention.

TVLINE | One common refrain is that if the roles were reversed, such a scene wouldn’t be tolerated.
That also makes sense, but I think a guy did that to Kensi, she’d probably kill him – also not an example of what I want to put out!


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