NCIS: Los Angeles Season Finale “Sans Voir” Review – What Will Callen Do Now?

NCIS: Los Angeles Sans Voir Season 3 Episode 23

Last night’s season finale of NCIS: Los Angeles was called “Sans Voir,” which we find out during the course of the episode means “playing blindfolded.” Which is appropriate considering that it felt like the team was playing that way nearly the entire time.

A case comes across their desks, looking almost like any other until it comes out that the men killed are connected to Renko, who is currently undercover. Thinking his cover must surely be blown, the team goes in to save his life, only to have him shot right under their noses.

As the clues add up, soon Callen realizes just who they dealing with but knowing that it’s the Chameleon doesn’t prevent the man from taking out another one of their agents. Tying Hunter to the steering wheel of a car and blowing it up while the team watched was brutal, proving what lengths the Chameleon was willing to go to in order to exact his revenge against Callen. But even after they capture the man, he’s still in control. They continue to play blinded as they struggle with negotiating with him so that they can save yet another agent.

In the end, the Chameleon does end up getting his revenge, though I doubt it would’ve been his first choice. Callen shooting an unarmed (at least in the traditional sense of the word) man on live TV is going to have consequences that are going to be hard to make go away with the snap of a few fingers. The truth is, in the eyes of the law, he committed murder. But it does make one wonder – did he? I mean, does Callen deserve to go away for taking out a man who did as many awful things as the Chameleon did? That’s the moral question we’re stuck with all summer.

My favorite bits..

Whoa! I wasn’t counting on the assassin getting a bullet to the back of the head. Yep, totally made me jump.

Sam picking Deeks up with his head. Um.ouch?

“I’m hearing whistling.”
“That’s the wind blowing through your wallet.”

Uh oh…I think I know who’s gonna die. Poor Renko.

Kensi pretending that she knows nothing about guns. Too freaking hilarious. Especially when she thumped Deeks in the chest.

Holy mother of…that made me jump as high as Kate getting shot in S2 of NCIS. Why did I let myself think that Renko was safe?

Callen’s quiet “Hetty” bringing her down as she started blaming everyone for Renko getting shot.

Why am I not shocked to find out that Granger was involved with all this?

“You were his handler. Why weren’t you handling him?” – I heart Hetty so hard right now.

I do know that this is just a TV show, but every time they say a bad guy is in the area where I live, I can’t help but to get a little nervous. Is that weird?

Hetty breaking down briefly before having to tell the team that Renko died.

Deeks knowing when to be quiet and stop pushing Kensi to talk about Renko.

The hotel clerk offering Callen and Sam a room for $30 an hour. Haha!

Sam and Callen saying “a freaking psycho” along with the clerk.

The moment that Callen realized the Chameleon was behind it all.

Hunter?? OMG! Wait. Did that really just happen??

Oh wow, Hetty sees ghosts too? I thought that was just a Gibbs thing.

“You always were an impertinent little brat.”
“That’s why you loved me.”
“Too much.”

“Sometimes I really hate that guy.”
“Only sometimes?”

Granger telling Callen not to test him, even before Callen had a chance to say anything.

Callen diving to tell Eric to get the team out of the building.

Wow! Now THAT was an explosion.

Sam stumbling out from behind that building. Whew! With the way things have been going in this episode, I was worried about him for a second there.

Callen putting his gun in the Chameleon’s hand and asking him to shoot.

Hetty telling Callen to put his gun away before she took it and shot the Chameleon herself.

Hetty trying to tell Callen that she didn’t have “favorites.” Yeah, right.

Hetty asking if Hunter knew what was going to happen to her and if she was afraid.

“Any other orphanage kids you want to tell me about?”

“That’s a giant train about six inches to your left.”
“Deeks, shut up.” – That seems to be a theme in this episode, telling Deeks to shut up.

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking I’m caught this time.” – Hm, interesting coming from a man who’s locked up in the boathouse. I’m very nervous now.

Gotta love the “key” that Deeks used to open that door.

Nell’s reaction when Eric said he felt like a chili dog.

“But there’s only one thing he’s not and should be. Dead.”

Whoa. Screaming match between Callen and Granger.

Oh no! The huge TV screen on the side of a building? Oh man, this is so bad.

Callen flashing on all the people that the Chameleon got killed.

I knew he was going to do it, but still, that was intense.

The team having to stand back while Callen was taken away in handcuffs. Wow.

Hetty changing the date on her original resignation letter. Double WOW.

“To Be Continued..” – Nooooooooooooo!

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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  • Kat

    Oh, Renko 🙁 Kensi staying at hospital (& same doc as when Deeks was shot) & shutting down emotionally.

    I so ADORE Linda Hunt. Glad Shane’s apparently putting her in for an Emmy nom.

    Deeks using the “key” on that door was damn hot.

    Well that was a bit of an ending! Bit hard to be undercover when your faces have been plastered all over the news. Plastic surgery next season? Could bring in a whole new cast 😉

  • Tara

    A part of me hates when a characters takes the law into their own hands, but at the same time I was glad to see the Chameleon finally get what he deserves.  Now questions remain, how will Callen get out of this? How will Callen and the rest of the team for that matter remain undercover? Will the others have to work to get the footage of Callen’s arrest erased before it spreads any further to the rest of the media outlets? After all Eric did break the internet back during season 2. Could he do it again?
    I jumped when Renko took a bullet to his face, didn’t see that coming.  And yes, Linda Hunt so deserves an Emmy nom for this episode, but sadly, something tells me that wouldn’t happen.

  • Chris

    This team without Callen as the leader is MUCH less interesting.  His interaction with Sam is hilarious, as noted above.  To be the leader he needs to maintain the trust of his team and some psych defense or a long drawn out ridiculous rationalization just won’t do it.  To destroy the Callen character who is central to the series seems to take the series in a direction I don’t think I will watch.  He was always at the edge, but never went over and was one of the most interesting characters on TV.  I also disliked Hetty’s resignation (again!).  She is a strong woman who could handle this situation better than any man in that position ( like Granger).  The constant resignations make her look weak, which she is not. I might watch the season opener, but I think the interest level I had for this series has been greatly diminished.  And yes, Deeks is HOT!!  I hope they keep him the same.

    •  I disagree. Callen has been pushed quite hard these past 2 seasons and the fact that he’s kept it together so well is amazing. He needs to come to grips with everything he’s learned. Hetty, although she tries to hide it, looks on the team as her children and in the case of Hunter, quite possibly raised her or something to that effect. She’s now lost four agents, five if you count Callen and the mess he’s in. Anyone else would resign too, I think. But I’m pretty sure there’s more going on than meets the eye and we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • ceindreadh

    I think that Hetty must be in shock or something, because if she was thinking clearly, she’d surely realize that she could be of more help to Callen by staying on at NCIS.  

  • Suzricky

    I am saddened by what they did to my favorite Tv character Callen. Doubt I will watch the show anymore……bummed out big time.

  • Suzricky

    I am saddened by what they did to my favorite Tv character Callen. Doubt I will watch the show anymore……bummed out big time.

  • Suzricky

    I am saddened by what they did to my favorite Tv character Callen. Doubt I will watch the show anymore……bummed out big time.

  • Mac

     Anybody else think those weren’t real bullets and that Callen changed their game? Things aren’t usually what they seem with this show.

  • Jess

    Another fantastic review, on this fantastic show!!!  Can’t help feeling like there’s more to that final shooting than meets the eye … well, I’m hoping so anyway; I can’t imagine NCIS:Los Angeles with G Callen!!!  

  • steph

    Okay… I was going to write something about being sad that it was Renko, but extremely glad it wasn’t one of the regular cast, or about the fact that it was sooo obvious that the phone thing was a trap before they even got there, so stupid to just walk in there… But that ending was such a shock I don’t even remember much of the rest! What happened there???

    I know there’s more to it… They can’t do the show without Callen and Hetty, and they can’t keep Callen out of prison if it was real – so obviously he didn’t really shoot him. But how did they pull it off, and why, and what the hell are they going to do about having their faces on camera? Yeah, it’s gonna be a looooong summer!

    By the way, I have a suggestion for the showrunners: How about taking turns with the cliffhangers on the two shows??? I mean maybe one year NCIS, one year L.A… The one on NCIS was bad enough, I can’t take two at the same time 😀

    • ptjackson

       steph, moki and I are usually on the same wave length, but now it seems I have found another. I could not say it better!!

      • steph

        Thanks! Yeah I’ve noticed that too, nice to have someone to agree with 😀

        • ptjackson

           Definitely! 😎

  • Surely there must be something behind it all.

    Not doubt that Callen was obliged to do this with the Chameleon to save his team. The Chameleon was not really dead, but it was a hoax. Is only a guess.

    I just hope that Callen is back, he’s my favorite character!

  • TB

    I think Granger is being set up.  The “problem” agent might be him.  Too little was done to keep Callen from killing the Chameleon and a live TV crew during a transfer of double agents with a clandestine agency involved?  It doesn’t add up