NCIS: Los Angeles “Vengeance” Review – A Rock and a Hard Place

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) Vengeance

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “Vengeance,” the team has a task before them that I did not envy for one second. Starting out as almost any normal case, they are out to find out who murdered an ensign and put his body in a testing range for explosive, but what happens after that is anything but ordinary and starts to pull the group apart. Turns out that the suspects in the crime are the man’s unit, a team of SEALs that are set to leave for a very important rescue mission – a mission that only they have the knowledge and skill to complete.

This is where things get tough. Like “rock and a hard place” kind of tough. Our people must investigate the murder because that’s what they do, but at the same time they know that delaying the team means putting innocent lives in danger. No one is in a more difficult position than Sam. As Kensi put it at one point, Sam is forced to investigate his “family” and it’s not easy. Callen doesn’t want to give the men any special treatment but nor is he immune to the fact that there are lives depending on those men.

In the end, Sam makes a huge decision and after getting all the facts, decides to send the team on their mission. Since no one knows if they were compromised, and the evidence hadn’t yet proven that they didn’t actually murder the man (it was his asthma that killed him, not so much the knife wound), it’s a decision that could end in disaster for all of them. When all are safe and Hetty agreed with Sam’s recommendation, I nearly wanted to faint with relief.

Overall, I have to say that this was probably one of the most intense episodes we’ve had and brilliant in the way everything played out. I was never sure who actually committed the murder, nor was I positive what was going to happen to Sam once he decided to let the team go. It kept me right at the edge of my seat the whole time and I loved it.

My favorite bits..

Eric jumping half out of his skin when he saw that “HotShot7” was in fact Hetty.

Deeks immediately starting to sing the moment that Kensi told him not to.

Finding out that Deeks did said singing so as to drive down on his own. Haha! Brilliant. I’ll have to remember that trick.

Aw, loved the double-mint moment with Kensi and Deeks saying “Got it!” in unison.

“I’m ready for my close-up, Miss Lange.”

So totally agreeing with Callen about his opinion that the SEALs were not beyond reproach.

The ultra cool slowmo shot of Deeks turning away as the car burst its way out of the garage.

“We’re making him interrogate his family.”
“We are?”

Deeks pointing out that Heather was a consummate professional because she agreed with his opinion of Sour Patch Kids.

Deeks’ “ouch” when Heather said that the SEALs were a little old. Ouch indeed.

Haha! YES! So with Callen on this. Junior Mints are indeed the best movie candy.

Callen deciding that he had to be the one to tell Sam that the fence was cut.

Foster making a full confession so as to keep the rest of the team on their mission. Wow.

“We came here for the truth, Commander. Not a scapegoat.”

Callen agreeing with Sam’s plan to get the SEAL team alone in a room with him. So much trust shown by Callen, that he would agree to that.

Sam turning off the camera?? Whoa!

“What’s in you heart when you confront the enemy, Chief Hanna?”

Loving the silent communication between Deeks and Kensi in the hallway. Especially her slapping his leg to let him know she was ready for him to go through the door. I always love seeing teams working together like that.

Deeks coming up with a unique way to stop the transmission from going through.

Sam making the decision to send the SEALs on their mission and Callen pointing out that it may have just cost him everything.

Eric somberly realizing the images on his screen this time were not a game.

“Sam would die for what’s right.”
“He may have just done that, Mr. Callen.”

Everyone’s relief when they saw the SEALs coming out of the cave alive, and with the hostages.

“That could’ve been a trap, but those men went in anyway.”
“That’s what we do.”

Hetty agreeing with Sam’s decision, and her heartfelt “Thank you” to him. Wow, just….wow.

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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  • guest

    I loved this episode.It was so intense and emotional. And this episode questions idea of justice. was killing a man for betraying the country patriotic? should there be justice brought to them? in the end I agreed with Sam. nicely done