NCIS: Los Angeles “Higher Power” Review

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) Higher Power

This episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “Higher Power”, was chock full of lots of Christmas tidbits. Whereas I was worried (for no reason as it turned out) about NCIS trying to do a serious Christmas episode, I could tell from the previews of NCISLA that they were going the fun route. No heavy moments (well, unless you count Sam and Callen nearly dying on a rooftop), just bunches of action and comedy. What more can you ask for in a Christmas episode?

The team is put on the case of a missing weapon that can knock out all the power (hence the title) in Los Angeles. That may sound like no big deal until you realize how many people need power to actually survive (and no, I’m not talking about people losing the use of their iPhones). While the team is out tracking down the bomb, Eric is put on the most important case of all – hunting down very special pony toy for Sam’s daughter. In the end, the bomb is diffused but more importantly that that, Eric makes the ultimate sacrifice – he gives Sam his own pony to give to the little girl.

Meanwhile, Hetty has decided that though they all have to work over the holidays, they should all try to enjoy themselves as well. She orders them to have some “merriment” once the case is solved and we got to see the team do what they do so well, just hang out and act like the somewhat dysfunctional family that they are. None of them can tell their real families what they do or why they have to work on Christmas, so in some ways, this group is a family of its own and it was entirely appropriate that they spend part of the Christmas together.

My favorite bits..

“You don’t get it. She talks, she flaps her wings and she responds to thirty commands.”
“Oh, five more than Deeks.” – excuse me a second… *rolls on floor laughing for a full minute*

Hetty ordering everyone to gather for merriment.

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Hanna.”

Eric using a bell to call the team, instead of a whistle, for the holidays.

“If Eric can’t find it, no one can.” – Truer words have never been spoken.

Sam and Callen arguing over who invented the elevator trick.

Deeks playing a janitor while Kensi got to play student. Yep, that sounds about right.

Deeks looking through the lockers and eating what he found inside. Yep, that sounds about right.

Deeks and Eric Skype-ing to discuss the bomb.

LOL! Loving the Gremlin. A bunch of my family members had those back in the 80’s. But I do agree, they are indeed ugly little cars.

Too funny, that’s where I keep my grenades, too.

“Deeks! Pee or perish!” – now there’s something you don’t hear every day.

“I think I’m gonna need a new shirt.” – LOL for a second there I thought he was going to say that he needed a new pair of pants. They both looked pretty scared to me.

Haha! See? Even the kid who made the Tesla Coil said that it’s just supposed to “make people pee their pants and run away.”

Eric and Nell discussing the cover stories they give their parents. Aw, that’s kinda sad that they have to lie to their families.

“Did I just meet your parents?”
“I guess so.”

Hmm…now I’m wondering what Nell told her parents, too.

“We found it, we actually found it.”
“The PONY???” – his excitement made me laugh so hard I had to rewind the DVR and watch that part again. A lot.

“You still coming over for Christmas dinner?”
“Not if you’re serving peanut butter sandwiches.”

“You’re hanging out with the janitor?”

Hetty telling Sam and Callen she hoped she wouldn’t have to identify them from their dental records. Ouch. Merry Christmas?

Sam threatening to tell his daughter that Callen was the one that couldn’t get her the pony. That is SO messed up!

Kensi sliding down the side of the escalator. Oh man, I so want to try that now.

Deeks slapping the bad guy down with a giant candy cane.

Sam and Callen taking a bomb apart, then jumping off the side of a building.

Thinking that explosion looked very much like a scene out of Die Hard – appropriate, as it’s one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time.

Hetty telling Sam and Callen that next time they should pack parachutes. Haha!

Sam hugging Eric when he gave him the pony. Aw.

Finding out that Eric got the pony at Comic Con. Bwahahahaha!

Final Blackout Moment: Hetty’s “God bless us, everyone.”

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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