NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “The Fifth Man” – Little Girl Lost

NCIS: Los Angeles - The Fifth Man

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “The Fifth Man,” the team searches for a missing video gamer and Kensi finds a kindred spirit.

The previews for this episode were very clever in that (at least the ones I saw) never hinted at what became the best part of the story for me. I knew that the team was going to be searching for a video gamer, but instead of finding the “fifth man” they ended up finding a young girl. Astrid was definitely an interesting character, not only because of her intelligence and mental issues, but because of what she represented for Kensi. Having lost her father at a young age, Kensi took to the streets for a while and understood some of the struggles that Astrid was going through at a deep level. I liked the connection we saw between them and also what that connection brought out in Deeks. It showed again how well he and Kensi have grown to know each other that he was aware of what was going on, and knew when he should just step back out of the way and offer his support of Kensi from a distance.

Though it only got a few minutes on screen, I also really enjoyed the relationship between Nell and Hetty we saw in this one. For a while now I’ve thought of Nell as sort of a mini Hetty, and the one person in the group who could actually become another Hetty someday. I totally saw Eric being the one to be tapped to play the video game, so it was a nice surprise that it was Nell instead who got to figure out the inherent flaws in the game and lead them closer to solving the case.

The last thing I really got a kick out of in this episode was seeing the cast’s moms. Their scene may have been short, but to me it represented how much this group of actors has become like a family and it made me smile to see the moms getting to be a part of their kids’ TV series.

My favorite bits..

Kensi making excuses for Deeks being late.

Kensi standing up for Deeks’ date. Too funny.

“The only way they could know is if a certain person who watched Pretty in Pink for the 98th time last night ratted her partner out.”

Sam giving Deeks a little lesson in Sayoc.

Kensi answering Deeks’ question about the ride being full of long silences, with another (somewhat) long silence.

Kensi and Deeks arguing over whether the girl was a hipster or emo. I’m with Kensi on this one, she was totally emo. Oh and DUH, of course she was running for a reason. C’mon guys!

Deeks continuing to refer to Astrid as “Manic Pixie Dream Girl.”

The fact that Kensi kept on defending Astrid. Looks like someone is feeling a connection to a certain runaway.

Hetty defining ‘the art of civilized bushwacking’ and telling everyone not to ask how she knew that. Oh Hetty, you’re so full of secrets.

Hetty telling Deeks about Kensi’s time on the streets after her father died. Wow.

The scene between Hetty and Nell. Love those two together.

Yay to the cast’s moms. They did such a great job!

“I love a little butter with my cheese.”

Kensi calling Deeks “Shaggy.” Ha!

“Hey, that’s my laptop.”
“Wow, nothing gets past this one.”

“I’m fine.”
“I know, I’m just getting some water.” – So much said without words there. Especially when Deeks silently put a water bottle in front of Kensi.

“When I tell Deeks about this, you better vouch for me.”

The look on Nell’s face when Eric referred to her as his “lovely assistant.” Oops.

Callen letting Kensi take over when they saw Astrid holding a gun on Mathers.

Wait. Deeks went to Vegas for what?? Haha! That is awesome!

Deeks telling the guys that he also saw Andrew Dice Clay in Vegas, to “even it out.” LOL.

Astrid asking Kensi if she was in love with her partner.

Final Cute Blackout Moment: “You feeling lucky?”

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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