NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Modern Day Ninjas

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Poor Connor Maslin! He is dishonorably discharged from the Marines because he fell in love with the wrong Japanese woman. Then, he reunites with her, only to be framed for killing a Japanese tourist when he gets home. I hope the girl was worth it, because if the NCIS team hadn't disobeyed orders, he would have not only lost his job and his girl; he would have been in jail.

Everyone Laughs at Hetty

"Honor" was a case of the good guys winning. The NCIS unit in Los Angeles has a unique doctrine in that they disregard their orders when they feel it is necessary; at the same time, they respect the military code. They did this when they went to Romania and again to clear Maslin's name. You don't leave a Marine behind...

In the end, Hetty authorized them to go get the girl as long as they were "modern day ninjas." How awesome is Hetty? The squad was incomplete while she was gone. It needs her guidance and kick-ass leadership. It doesn't get better than "no one can know it was us."

Actually, I guess it can and did with Eric and Nell getting out in the field with a "hall pass from Hetty." For being the tech geeks of the team, they did a great job playing TSA agents screening Tanaka's group. The frustration on Tanaka's face when he had to go through the scanner again and again was priceless. Where were your State Department contacts to get you out of this one, Tanaka? Even though it was a little thing, I loved seeing him treated as a common man.

The team was pretty slick in its maneuvers. They did as Hetty asked, in and out without anyone knowing what happened or who did it. All Tanaka knew was his daughter somehow escaped his control and got off the plane. The crew may have gone against the State Department, but it did the right thing.

Not only did the guy get the girl - he got chance to clear his record and get an honorable discharge. A great day for the ninja NCIS team!

Odds and ends:

  • Each week the team's banter is one of my favorite parts of the show. This week, members went after Deeks' drawl. He definitely has one, but it is adorable.
  • The continual competition between Kensi and Deeks is hilarious and the hotel job was no exception. Deeks won when his room service delivery was accepted while Kensi, the maid, was rebuffed. But, Deeks should have been much more suspicious looking. What upscale hotel allows their employees to have a stubbly mess like Deeks?
  • Now that we have learned about Callen's background, is it time to learn more about Sam? It look like it with the reveal that he has a family. Is he married? I'd love to learn more about him. Though, I hope his family doesn't get put in harms way. That would be too cliched for me.
  • After the mess in Romania, it seems the team is back to normal. While I enjoyed that arc, I'm glad it is over and the team is back together and closer than ever.
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walter was one of hetty's guilts, an agent who suffered a stroke and hetty organised a nursing home placement under the name of brandon cole, supposedly hetty's husband.


I want Kensi to have a serious love interest just for the fact that I would love to see a jealous Deeks.


@Evan..that's not really what sam says...and i highly doubt that's his true philosophy.


ehh..i thought we knew the first letter in Callen's fist name...and as i remember it was a "G"...who the heck is Walter?! 0_0


To Evan, I don't see how that is annoying about Sam, he has a code that he lives by, he's a soldier, he's not gonna leave an innocent person to die, it's who he is and it's what any true soldier would do in his position. Would you rather that he just doesn't care? His loyalty to the military and soldiers is a part of what makes him who he is, it's a part of his quirk, just like for Callen it's his impulsiveness, for Hetty it's her mystery ninja ways, for Kensi it's her feisty tomboyish independence, and Deeks for his humor and style. Sam is a soldier, he is dependable, he is a man's man who is a protector. There is nothing wrong with that.


I think G's grandfather is George and Hetty claims not to know G's father. I don't know who Walter is either.


I thought Walter was mentioned as one of Callen's relatives (grandfather?) during the Romania ordeal. I could be wrong... just trying to recall offhand.

Carla day

Could Walter be Callen's real name? That's my only guess at this point.


yes, who is Walter??

Carla day

@me Connor was played by Drew Fuller (Charmed, Army Wives).