NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “Drive” – Deeks Revisits His Past Career

NCIS: Los Angeles season 4 episode 11 Drive

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, Deeks gets a call right before his birthday from an old friend needing help and Kensi ends up on a date with a totally unexpected person.

You know, after watching tonight’s episode NCIS, I have to say that it’s a good thing that NCISLA decided to go with a lighter episode. Considering the shocks that NCIS delivered to us tonight, I don’t think I could’ve handled anything really heavy from this show, too.

As it was, we got a nice Deeks-centric episode, with a bit of Kensi-centricness (yes, that’s totally a word) in it as well. It was a nice throwback to early in the series to hear Deeks talking about his days as a public defender. They mention it so rarely that I often forget that he used to be a lawyer. I think it would be awesome if we could actually see him using that knowledge on an undercover op in an upcoming episode but for now, I was happy with where this story went.

Kensi going undercover as the tough-as-nails chic who can steal anything on wheels was cool, as was the adorable crush that Jaime developed for her over the course of the episode. Seeing the look on her face when his mother showed up on their dinner date was classic.

After the mistletoe-kiss we got in the Christmas episode from Eric and Nell, it was cute to see them back to their normal banter. As I said in my review of that episode, I’m perfectly happy with them continuing to flirt. Sam and Callen’s banter about New Year’s resolutions was as funny as all of their discussions. Overall, I found this to be yet another good episode. Perhaps in a couple weeks when I’ve had a chance to recover from NCIS’ shocker of an ending, I’ll be ready for NCISLA to deliver some heavy angst. For now, I’m quite happy to feast on the lighter fare they are delivering.

My favorite bits..

Deeks calling the team from the top of the stairs. No Eric? No crazy whistle? Uh oh, this must be serious.

“See, that’s the problem. If you did have a feminine side, you’d be touching it all the time.” “Wow, and yet, so true.”

Talia telling Deeks and Kensi that she woke up every day prepared to hear that her mother was dead. Wow.

Eric and Nell reporting the death of their “patient.”

Sam and Callen walking after Jaime as he was “running” away.

Eric admitting that he could drop two grand a month on fantasy action figures.

“What if I have to call you?”
“Why would you have to call me on the weekend?”

Kensi threatening to kick Jaime’s sorry ass all the way to Chula Vista.

Deeks as a sign tosser.

“Well, excuse me, Dora The Explorer.”

“Reel him in, Krafty.”

Callen and Sam (looking mighty fine in their LAPD uniforms) telling Kensi that she drove like an old lady.

Eric referring to Callen and Sam as “Crockett and Tubbs.” Classic.

Sam and Callen singing a little mini duet.

Laughing when I heard Eric say their suspect was travelling “north on Tujunga and left on Penrose,” because I used to live right in that area. Scary how many of their bad guys seem to be in my old neighborhood.

Deeks using a sign to get the better of the …..oh wait.

Jaime saving the day with a blow torch…and then being unable to get out from under the truck.

Callen arguing that his orange soda couldn’t have caffeine because oranges didn’t have caffeine.

Callen’s “Fail!” when they found out Kensi ate some chocolate.

Poor Deeks thinking that Kensi was taking him out to dinner for his birthday.

Poor Kensi ending up at dinner with Jaime…..and his mother.

Final Funny Blackout Moment: “Aye caramba.”

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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  • Qgirl123

    Thanks for the great review as always. Completely agree on your favorite bits, although I think the verb you were looking for was “Sam and Callen “strolling” after Jaime as he was “running” away” – they have such a casual way about them at just the right times – love it. Definitely nice to have a lighter episode after the hit from NCIS.

  • Kat

    I enjoyed it. And thought it was very sweet of Kensi to go out to dinner with Jaime as a thank you for saving her life.

    Unfortunately the majority of fandom are having a meltdown as according to them Kensi is a gigantic bitch for forgetting Deeks birthday and not going out to dinner with him. *eyeroll*