In a lot of ways, NCIS: Los Angeles season 10 episode 18 veered fairly off-course from what we saw on this past episode. For example, there weren’t too many mentions of Deeks and Kensi’s wedding. As a matter of fact, Hetty was MIA and there wasn’t really even all that much of an explanation for it.
Yet, there was still a whole lot of great stuff that reverberated through the episode tonight, mostly if you’re a fun of one Nell Jones. She got one of her most immersive missions of the season, working with her sister Sydney in order to help someone they had some serious connections to from high school in Andre. They thought that he was out to be killed and because of that, they had to do what they could to leave him vindicated.
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Where things got a little hairy was when Nell didn’t have communication with a lot of the team for most of the episode, and we do still wonder what the reason was for that. We understand that there can be trust issues at times when working on a dangerous operation, there are a few different things to consider. Take, for example, why Sydney wasn’t okay bringing Andre’s cast to people who would have been more than eager to try to help her. Beyond that, why did it take so long for so many characters to actually come back together?
The one moment in this episode that certainly raised some eyebrows was seeing Nell have to get into a lip-lock at one point with Andre — and right in front of Sydney, who had a crush on him for years! While it was a part of keeping him safe (otherwise known as “the job”), there were some conversations that had to happen after the fact between her and Eric where she made it clear that it didn’t mean anything … and he trusts her.
At first, this was an irritating subplot for the characters back at the office, as they did everything that they could to avoid having some sort of communication with Rogers about their genuine thoughts and feelings about the case. That was before they started to realize that he wasn’t out to do anything other than help them and that they would be wise to actually be better off collaborating with him. He even turned up to Deeks’ bar at the end of the episode! He’s already ahead of Shay Mosley in one way here: Camaraderie.
While we’re not 100% sold on the notion of Rogers being a permanent part of the team (he’s a special prosecutor, so how do you keep him with the group together?), tonight was the first time he felt like an organic inclusion as opposed to one part of an ever-changing list of Hetty replacements who have come in and out virtually throughout this entire season.
We give this episode bonus points for giving Nell some fun stuff to do, especially with her sister out in the field. We do wish that there was more connectivity to the wedding, meanwhile, and that someone actually spoke about Hetty more than we had it. This was fun, but also felt somewhat like filler for the sake of syndication where they don’t like to have one episode necessarily linked all that much to some of the others around it.
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