NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “Dead Body Politic” – Political Episodes Ain’t for the Faint of Heart

NCIS Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 4
In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “Dead Body Politic,” the team works a case involving a murder surrounding a senatorial race, Hetty reveals even more secrets and Deeks proves he is no match for his elders.

Before diving into why I didn’t particularly enjoy this episode of NCISLA as much as I normally enjoy this show, I should first give a disclaimer: I don’t like politics. I feel that needed to be said so that any of you who do enjoy politics can feel free to ignore what I’m about to say next.

The idea of the team taking on a case involving the murder of a man who worked for a woman running for Senate could have worked, but I wondered from the preview why they would be put on such a case and unfortunately I never felt like that was answered. I get that possible terrorism was involved but it still felt, I don’t know, strange that NCIS would be on this one.

But obviously the team had to be put on the case so that we could be subjected to what felt like about 40 minutes of preaching. Showing us the super-slimy politician who epitomizes everything we hate about politics, up against an opponent who represents everything that is supposed to be pure and clean in the world – it was clearly a message. Trouble is, I’m not quite sure what that message was supposed to be. I kept waiting for an epiphany that never came and all I ended up with was confusion when it was all over.

That being said, the team interactions and antics were right where they always were and that is why I didn’t flat out hate this episode. Deeks making an idiot of himself after calling Sam and Callen “old” was hilarious, plus I enjoyed finding out more about the ever enigmatic Hetty and the crazy/awesome life that she has led. All of that made this an episode that I was actually able to sit through, though I doubt I’ll ever feel the need to do so again.

My favorite bits..

The guys working out with Hetty and finding out that she was basically kicking their butts.

Everyone telling Nell that she should not discuss politics with Hetty.

Deeks putting his foot farther and farther into his mouth after mentioning that Sam and Callen were “old.”

“The only person who does push-ups on his knees is Gra…nger..ah Assistant Director Granger good morning.”

“You know that’s okay, I can definitely walk to the curb from here.”

Kensi turning the tables on Deeks and checking out *his* butt will he was picking the lock.

Eric reminding Sam and Callen that they were wearing mics as they were grumbling about not being old. Oops.

Deeks reluctantly getting pulled into a hug and photo with Osborne.

Osborne referring to Deeks as a stallion and Kensi as a filly. Wow, this guy gives slimy a whole new name.

“What hit list?”
“Oh, that was almost convincing.”

Deeks only agreeing that Osborne was a pig when he realized that the guy hadn’t been complimenting him.

Hetty hanging up on the CIA.

Kensi following Deeks’ twisted mind all the way from Hillary Clinton to Monica Lewinsky. Boy does she know him well.

“Well, I ruled Nicaragua once for 72 hours. Don’t ask.”

“Computers make her nervous.”
“I heard that, Ms. Jones.”

“If I look at one more email, I’m going to need thicker glasses.”

Sam going around the coffee shop and playing the environmental activist to find out who had sent the threatening emails.

Thinking that Tenez’ bodyguards needed to be paying better attention, if Kensi was able to spot a shooter out of the blue like that.

Tenez thanking Kensi for saving her life. It’s nice that someone appreciated it.

Deeks trying to lighten the mood with a little push-up humor when saw that Kensi was worried about Tenez.

Deeks in a suit. That is all.

“It’s gonna make a really interesting anecdote for my memoirs.”
“Freaks, Geeks and Deeks?”

Deeks of course fixating on the whole “shower” aspect when Kensi admitting to coming up with her zinger in the shower.

“Okay you just made your ‘I just found a Kit Kat in my seat cushion’ face.” – The funniest part is that he knows exactly what that face looks like.

Ooh….and Callen in a suit, too. Thank you, show.

“I missed it?”
“The old folks took care of business.”

Deeks collapsing on the floor after Sam kicked his ass in push-ups.

Hetty’s absolutely ancient TV. It was so old it was kinda cool.

Final Funny Blackout Moment: “Direct the first question to the president.”

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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  • steph

    Well, apparently most people hated the episode because of the political theme. I didn’t think it was that bad – and I don’t like politics either (but I’ve watched my whole West Wing box set at least ten times now… so maybe I’m just good at ignoring that aspect 😉 I thought it was interesting to see them in a completely new environment, as long as they don’t go there every week I’m fine with that 🙂
    Didn’t Hetty/Granger say something along the lines of “find out if NCIS should be involved in the case, otherwise we’ll hand it over to the FBI”? My guess is that since politicians represent the people, a threat against one of them is considered a threat against the nation and a possible act of terrorism – and that’s where NCIS comes in… Does that make sense?

    Anyways, my favorite bits: The Kensi-Deeks scenes with the lock picking and the shower, Sam in the coffee shop (have to admit, it took me a while to realize what he was doing ;), the whole bit about Sam and Callen (not) being old, including the opening scene – yeah, basically everything you said 😀

  • JustanotherTVwatcher

    I actually like the political theme this week — it felt timely without being in-your-face or supporting either  party. I think LL rocked it in the coffee shop scene playing the environmentalist. The stationary bikes bit at the beginning was hysterical (and she works out to Ronald Reagan!). And the Deeks-Kensi banter was top notch as usual. 

  • Yeah, I’m with you a bit – not quite sure why the team was solving a political mystery – but at the same time, I didn’t care, cause it wasn’t really about the politics for me; it was about the team and the banter between them!  🙂 
    And did you like the little cameo of New Zealand’s own Kimberley Crossman?!  🙂  I think she did so well, especially playing a scene opposite LLCoolJ!  Heh heh!

  • Sdl71books

    I’m one who was disappointed that they went political this close to the election. Even more disappointed that the two politicians were so clearly caricatures. I expect better from NCIS and NCIS LA. Imagine if the roles were reversed and the white guy was the one down in the polls and with a great message, and the young minority was the sleazy character. Never gonna happen in Hollywood today, but that would have been an unexpected twist. Apart from those irritations, the rest of the show was great. Although – excuse this grumpiness – demeaning Deeks is getting as old as the constant demeaning of McGee.

  • ptjackson

    Wow, something else the same about us…. I loathe politics. But, I was able to ignore it and focus on the characters – and Hetty – wow, you are such a woman of mystery – I love it!! She ruled Nicaragua for 72 hours? I think there is nothing this woman has not done. In fact, I would not be surprised to find out she walked on the moon!!

    Callen and Deeks in a suit, well, as you said, that is all….. I liked that Callen’s suit was sand colored – nice change!

  • Ceindreadh

    For me I think the problem with this ep was that the script could have easily been used for any number of procedural shows without too much tweaking.  It didn’t really feel like an NCIS LA ep.