NCIS: Los Angeles Review: Freaks, Geeks and Deeks

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NCIS: Los Angeles suffered through an uncharacteristically bad night on "Dead Body Politic," as it missed the mark by taking on a boring, unoriginal, non-NCIS related case.

If they wanted to do an installment about the election, they should have gone in a direction that made sense for NCIS to be involved. Instead, we got a procedural case that could have been on a dozen other shows with very few line changes.

I missed the military/terrorism aspect of the show, as well as the normal action-based tone. The agents just spent most of their time doing detective work here.

Deeks and Lange

The justification for taking over the case was flimsy at best. Shouldn't the FBI have handled it? I don't watch many procedurals because they rely on cookie cutter storylines with minor character differences. For all those reasons, this episode failed for me.

From the beginning the case looked like an inside job. I initially thought that someone within the campaign was desperate enough to win that they killed Clay to boost Monica Tenez's likelihood of winning. If she came out strong against the killing, it would change the voters perspective on her. 

When she decided to drop out of the race after the sniper attack and no one on her campaign strongly opposed her decision, it no longer seemed likely. That's also when the stolen money was discovered. In the end, Tenez did win the election because of these horrible events, but that wasn't part of the actual plan.

Despite the underwhelming case, there were some great character moments that saved the hour. I love the dynamic between them all; I'm even starting to appreciate Granger a little. The political case and the election season provided the perfect framework to find out about Hetty's political prowess. 

Hetty is an exquisite  physical specimen. She may come in a small package, but she has grit like no other. Most people's hearts race when they listen to political speeches or talk politics, even when they agree. Hetty exercises while listening to Reagan and barely breaks a sweat.

And, Hetty as president of Nicaragua. Way to go! 

The banter between the team was witty and funny as always. In particular, I loved that Kensi objectified Deeks by looking at his ass. Nice reversal. Though, Deeks put his foot in his mouth on more than a few occasions. 

Deeks: Easy Wonder Twins, you're scaring the old folks. | permalink

And then dissing Granger inadvertently in front of him. Oops. Not only did Deeks lose big time in the push-up contest with Sam, but Kensi got the best dig on the day.

Kensi: Freaks, Geeks, and Deeks. | permalink

Even though the case fell flat, the episode had enough good character moments to make it worth watching. Can't beat Hetty getting on the phone to help the moderator with the Presidential debate, can you?


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I agree the case didn't really work for them and I wish they would go back to the terrorist and other cases they usually do. I liked the episode because it was funny and the characters were great this episode as usual. Can't wait till the next episode.


I thought the episode was okay, but it was played too black and white between the two candidates. If the scum bag was known as such, I find it hard to believe he'd have a chance to run again (Nothing in the dialogue suggests it was secret knowledge). Might also be that I'm sick of all this debate talk and mudslinging, especially since it interfered with both NCIS shows last week. I agree with Hetty that you should politics and I wouldn't mind a Tenez in the real world, but keep our of my favorite shows. One last note: Very good keeping this episode timeless by not referring to either Romney or Obama when the Presidential debate came up. I know that the Presidents are usually referenced several times, but 90% of the time I think both NCIS shows and JAG refrained from actually naming the president which I think will keep all three more accessible in the following years. Yeah, there are enough references so viewers would have an idea (like the first NCIS episode having Bush or a later one having a guest character pictured with Obama), but I think the show's doing good to try and limiting topical references.


definitely a case of trying to hard to make a story fit with "current events"...but I'll cut the team some slack because I'm totally with the recapper about the team moments being so great, esp the guys reacting to hetty's stationary bike heartrate being 32 & the freaks geeks & deeks line, how have they saved that line for 4 years? that was great!


I was irked a lot by this episode - the heroic, wholesome underdog candidate versus the sexist pig incumbent with no discernible redeeming qualities whatsoever. Naturally, at the end, the courageous underdog has made a huge boost in the polls to the point where she is equal to the scumbag incumbent. Surely, SURELY, the writers could have come up with something a *little* more creative than a David-and-Goliath ripoff. It was annoyingly predictable and totally stale. Worse, the actual conspiracy made no sense, either - are we supposed to believe that this woman suddenly jumped from campaign contribution theft to cold-blooded murder? How much time the the writers spend on this episode, anyway?

Sue ann

I watch this show to see Hetty and Deeks, in that order. I liked this episode, but I agree, the story was weak. It was telling that Kenzie was thinking of Deaks whilst in her morning shower, though.

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