NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “The Chosen One” – Callen is Put in Danger, And in Glasses

NCIS Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 13 The Chosen One

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “The Chosen One,” Callen goes deep undercover again and ends up attached to something that he wasn’t expecting.

Oh how I love it when Callen gets to go undercover, especially when that undercover mission puts him in glasses. Unlike this show’s older sibling (aka NCIS), we haven’t seen this cast in glasses too often. I guess it’s because NCIS used to put their cameras in glasses so we got to see many of those characters in them. But the tech on NCISLA is beyond that, with button cams and the like. Oh yeah, and of course there was all the danger and the seriousness of the case and teak tracking an Al Qaeda cell, and all of that goodness. No, I’m not going to do nothing but talk about Callen in glasses throughout this entire review. Even if I might want to.
Of course the other thing I always love about this show is the team dynamic and though that wasn’t a huge part of this episode (because sometimes we’ve got to let characters have their own moments every once in a while), there was enough of it to keep me happy. From Deeks and his doppelganger fish tank, to Eric and Nell’s continued awkwardness after the kiss (though it’s more Eric’s awkwardness at this point than Nell’s), this episode was chock full of all the fun stuff we like to see from the team. It balanced out well with the seriousness and the danger of the case, just as it always does, and I appreciated the lighthearted moments in between Callen being in imminent danger.

My favorite bits..

“Obviously wasn’t a game of strength.” “Or wits.”

Deeks’ doppelganger aquarium. That. Is. Awesome.

Deeks describing all of the fish in the tank.

Eric adding a fish-face to his normal whistle.

Deeks messing with the guy at the car rental place by moving stuff around on the counter.

Eric asking Nell if she knew that their fish were kissing fish, and Nell pointing out that they were actually fighting.

“My fish is fine…I think.”

Of course Deeks is excited by a stakeout. He and Tony from NCIS would get along so well. I hope someday we can see them together.

The shared look between Eric and Nell when Callen asked if there was anything from the “kissing fish side of the tank.”

Kensi punching Deeks in the arm.

“It was like shooting fish in a barrel.”

Callen in glasses. Just sayin’.

Being very proud of Callen for not jumping (like I did) when they shot Masud.

“Don’t screw this up, Fish Boy.”

Gloria telling Callen her story.

Finding out what “The Chosen One” meant, and that it was Callen. Oh, boy.

Sam, Deeks and Kensi managing to stop the van..only to find out that Callen had never left the building.

Callen getting discovered because he wasn’t a lefty, and ending up tied to a bomb for his troubles.

Okay I really don’t want to get nitpicky here, but did they clearly give us a reason why they couldn’t wait for the bomb squad, and Sam had disarm the thing? There didn’t seem to be any rush, the phone was inactive, so why not let Callen sit there calmly and wait for the professionals? Sorry, but that’s all I could think during that scene.

Hetty moving the fish tank to her office and deciding on a guppy for herself.

The teeny tiny guppy scaring away all the bigger fish. Haha! Yep, that sounds about right.

“You guys can swim, but you can’t hide.”

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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