NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “History” – Terrorists, Past and Present

NCIS Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 15 History

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “History,” the team tracks down people involved in an old terrorist group and find that at least one member may still be around causing trouble today.

Having spent most of this week on assignment in Miami to visit the sets of USA’s new series Graceland, as well as A&E’s The Glades, I was unable to watch this episode when it aired. I downloaded it and watched it on my flight home, but since I wasn’t able to take note for my usual “favorite bits,” I figured I’d do this review a bit differently than normal.

Terrorists, past and present

The basic storyline – a homegrown terrorist group coming out of the woodwork after disappearing around the 70’s – was pretty good. We’ve had many episodes that talk about terrorists from other lands coming here to wreak havoc and it’s sometimes easy to forget that we have just as many nutjobs who are eager to do the same thing here on their own home soil. The professor who was part of a radical protest group now teaching another generation how to hate and kill was very scary because it’s true.

Deeks and Kensi

As always, Deeks and Kensi had a lot of fun scenes in this episode. I especially enjoyed their trip to the woods. Was it any surprise that Deeks would be completely lost out in the wilderness, not in the least, but that didn’t make it any less funny when he stepped in a giant pile of poo and Kensi showed him up by being able to track their victim to a cabin. But Deeks wasn’t just the butt of the jokes in this one. He also got to play the hero when he found a bomb under the professor’s desk and helped to evacuate an entire building. That was probably my favorite Deeks scene. As for Kensi, my favorite scene from her came in the end when she knocked on their could-be-someday terrorist’s door and asked him out for coffee and a chat. It was a great moment to show us all how violence could be stopped with a kind gesture.

Rock, paper, scissors

The running joke in this episode involved Sam, Deeks and many games of rock, paper, scissors. Poor Deeks couldn’t seem to win to save his life, that is until he got smart and realized the best way to beat Sam was to play by Sam’s rules. That is, he used the Art of War and let Sam know exactly what he was going to do. Sam of course assumed it was a trick and came back with a weapon that would not win. Say what you want about Deeks, but he does learn lessons pretty well. Perhaps not in the quickest way possible, but he does learn.

School kids and astronauts

Another fun bit that ran through most of the episode was the chatter about Sam doing a presentation at his daughter’s school. I enjoyed that not just because it was nice to hear about his family again, but because of the astronaut outfit and the reactions that everyone had to it. Of course Callen would tease Sam about going into space and of course Eric would have a nerdgasm at the sight of the suit hanging up in the squadroom. Just because everyone’s reactions were predictable, doesn’t mean they weren’t great to watch.

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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