NCIS: LOS ANGELES “Betrayal” Review

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) Betrayal

NCIS: LOS ANGELES “Betrayal” Season 3 Episode 9 – I think I may need a few hours, a good night’s sleep, and possibly a stiff drink to get my head on straight after the ending of tonight’s episode, but I’m going to do my best to write this review now anyway.

Once again I find myself trashing most of the notes I made throughout an episode of a TV show that just knocked me on my butt. Not that I’m complaining. If it means we get endings like the one tonight, I’m all for getting knocked on my ass a few times. So much for all the things I was going to say about Sam being caught in a romance straight out of a romance novel – falling in love with the sister of the man he’s trying to take down, etc, etc.

Instead what we had was Sam on the job and doing whatever it took to catch the bad guy, up to and including making a woman believe that he loved her. I’ll admit to a wee bit of confusion along the way, as I had heard that Sam was supposed to be married (even though we had yet to meet his wife). I just figured that information was wrong or he’d gotten a divorce, etc. But this…this was so much better. I am so in love with the idea of Sam taking a mission as far as he did, even though I know it wasn’t easy on him. Plus we’ve now gotten that little glimpse into his home life that we’ve all been craving. Not nearly enough for me, but I guess it’ll have to do for now.

My favorite bits..

Nope, not going to believe that’s Sam. Not for one second. *puts fingers in ears*

Okay, even though I knew for a fact that wasn’t Sam, it still killed me when Callen had to identify the body. Especially when he looked up as if for strength before pulling back the sheet.

So sad, I knew that had to be Michael.

Everyone’s relief when Callen spotted Sam.

Haha! Brilliant of Callen to use Eric’s name to clue Sam in that it was him behind the door.

“You know I still love you, right?” – That was awesome.

Deeks pointing out that everyone wears masks at some point.

Kensi saying that Sam would die for them and they, in turn, would do anything for him.

Knowing that “hill” was a mass grave the moment I saw it. Wow.

Sam’s “I need this” when he told Callen that he was bringing Jada back to the U.S.

Oh noes! Not Sam! C’mon Eric, you broke the internet once, you can do this.

Callen grabbing Jada and asking her how much she loved him.

Yes! Way to go, Jada.

Wanting to laugh at Elmsley for even suggesting that Callen get in the car without Sam. Yeah right, like that was ever going to happen.

Wow. Just…wow. I was so glued to the TV watching the final minutes of this ep that I couldn’t even think of anything to say. So let’s just call everything from the moment Sam and Jada hit American soil to the final blackout moment one big “favorite bit” and all it even, k?

What did you think of this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • http://kalikahuntress.livejournal.com/ Shonaille

    Anyone else think there is more to Sam’s family life, the little glimpse we saw suggests the job has taken a toll. Well, I kinda got that from the song at the end after I listened to the lyrics. It’s so sad that Sam doesn’t really have anyone he can be totally honest about or really knows him. Sure he has a family at home but they don’t know anything about what he goes through and they don’t get to see him. At first I was really angry at Sam because I felt awful for his wife and poor Jada but as much as I’m not too comfortable with this insight into Sam’s character, I can appreciate it more after I sat down and thought about it. 
    I still think the show is leading up to some big blowout over his family and the job, no way this could continue for long.

    • Anonymous

      Well I think Callen is that person for Sam, the one he can tell everything. Obviously Callen knows about his family life and he works with him. But yeah, it must be hard to keep things from your wife and children, yet I understand why he must. Anything they know could be dangerous. 

  • Tammy Ransdell

    Yeah, the ending totally took me off guard….I was stunned and I totally relate to your description of everything throughout the show; step by step.  The same things struck me also.  I can’t wait to find out more!  I went to bed thinking about it all, and woke up this morning questioning my husband about what he thought.  Seriously?  I think I get too “into” my show characters!  LOL  

    • Anonymous

      Nah! No such thing as getting too “into” the characters. I used to do that all the time and it’s only gotten worse over the years. In fact that’s one of the reasons I review TV shows, just so I can talk about them to my heart’s content.  

      I want to know more, too! They can’t just give us this tiny tidbit and leave it at that. Hopefully we’ll find out more as the season progresses. 

  • JoAnn

    Loved, loved, loved this episode.  So gripping!  The look on Callan’s face when he thought the body might be Sam’s truly showed the depth of feelings he has for his partner.  And I really felt for Sam, being put in the position of using someone, as the job sometimes requires, only to start to have feelings for them.  Reminds me of NCIS’s Tony and Jeanne.  Sometimes you just can’t help who you love.  The ending was great too and so emotional.  I knew Sam had a family but you never knew just how much time he spent with them or if he even lived with them and seeing him go home was enlightening.  Though it left me with more questions.  What did his wife mean when she asked “how was the operation in Miami?”  Does she know he is some kind of agent but not the extent of his job or was she talking about some other job she thinks he has?  Also, does his family know Callan? At the beginning of Season 2, he told Hetty he was staying at Sam’s.  I hope they reveal more soon.  Lastly, seeing Sam put his wedding ring back on was so very poignant.  This show just keeps getting better and better.  Can’t wait for next week.

    • Anonymous

      You know, I never got that Sam actually loved her. Not after I’d seen the end anyway. I just felt like he was struggling with how far he was having to lead her on, not that he was falling for her. 

      But either way, it’s a tough road for him and I too wonder how much his wife knows about what he does. 

      And I agree, this show really does keep getting better and better. 

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy this show, but THIS episode was a powerful emotional ride, and the ending, I just sat there in shock. I don’t think it was so clear cut as you do mokibobo- that Sam was just doing his job. First I thought- it’s his cover act, then I thought, he really loves her, then back to thinking it’s a cover- I think a lot of the emotional power came from swinging back and forth on what the “truth” is. Even at the end, the twist just left me more uncertain, thinking there was no clear cut truth. I think he betrayed Jada, his wife, his heart- he betrayed everything but the mission & his comrades. Sam is such an inscrutable guy, this show gave him so many more elusive emotional layers.

    • Anonymous

      “Sam is such an inscrutable guy, this show gave him so many more elusive emotional layers.”

      Yes! I totally agree. 

  • Anonymous

    I enjoy this show, but THIS episode was a powerful emotional ride, and the ending, I just sat there in shock. I don’t think it was so clear cut as you do mokibobo- that Sam was just doing his job. First I thought- it’s his cover act, then I thought, he really loves her, then back to thinking it’s a cover- I think a lot of the emotional power came from swinging back and forth on what the “truth” is. Even at the end, the twist just left me more uncertain, thinking there was no clear cut truth. I think he betrayed Jada, his wife, his heart- he betrayed everything but the mission & his comrades. Sam is such an inscrutable guy, this show gave him so many more elusive emotional layers.

  • steph

    Wow. So I was right about the coffee mug thing – and wrong about everything else… The episode itself was already intense enough, and then they give us such an ending? I was really surprised, I never thought Sam actually had a family to go home to at night! Kids, yes, but that he lives with them, and of course has a wife too? No idea how he could make that work for so long… Anyway, now that it’s out I get a bad feeling that the writers have something planned with his family, why else would they suddenly reveal them? Sam has enough enemies who would want to harm them… Thanks, now I’m scared, I don’t want anything bad to happen!

    But other than that, amazing episode! How everyone was so worried about Sam, and then so relieved when Callen finally saw him on the street, the determination of Kensi and Deeks at the CIA guys office, the scene in ops with that email, the showdown when the stupid kid told the bad guy, and and and… All in all lots of opportunities for all the actors to show some really great acting, especially Callen’s scenes (the one at the morgue – wow!) and of course all that drama for Sam…

    • http://kalikahuntress.livejournal.com/ Shonaille

      Judging by the song at the end, I don’ t think Sam has to worry about enemies as much as the job and Sam’s priorities really messing up his family life. I agree, the reveal IMO means that Sam is going to be facing some hard choices when it comes to the deception to his family at home and his team.
      As for it working, I think the show has just shone a little light on how it isn’t working.

      • Anonymous

        “As for it working, I think the show has just shone a little light on how it isn’t working.”
        Very good point, I wonder if that is the direction they are going to take this storyline? There are so many places they can go now that they’ve introduced his family. 

        • http://kalikahuntress.livejournal.com/ Shonaille

          I honestly can’t see it going anywhere else. I get the protecting your family thing but the wrongness of it that the extreme lengths Sam goes to keeping them safe also prevents him from being really close to his family. Unless he decides to spend more time at home and get a desk job so he can be with daughter more? And I really want to see how they explain how Sam takes vacations, holidays and time after work with co-workers when he has such crazy hours. There is a lot that they set-up that I can’t wait for them to reveal. I have theories but the show will most likely exceed them so I won’t get to into them,lol. 

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everything you just said. In fact you said it so well I can’t think of a single thing to say in response. :o)

      • steph

        Thanks 😀 Can’t wait to see what happens next! (If anything happens at all… maybe I’m wrong again and the end scene was really just that, a bonus to emphasize the emotional storyline… Or they’ll come back to it weeks from now when noone expects it anymore – that’s probably the most likely option, it seems they like to do that 😉

  • ptjackson

    I was totally caught off guard when Sam turned on Jada – in retrospect, it is in character, but just totally unexpected for me!

    Great episode, great review!