NCIS: Los Angeles Season 4 Review “Wanted” – Sam’s Wife Returns, Deeks and Kensi Get Real

NCIS Los Angeles Season 4 Episode 17 Wanted

In this episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, called “Wanted,” Sam’s wife Michelle gets pulled back in on a case when an old enemy shows up again, while the rest of the team works out some partner issues thanks to a little test.

First up, I just have to say kudos to Chris O’Donnell for his directorial debut. They gave him quite an intense episode that was still light enough in parts for him to give us those little funny moments that we’ve come to expect from the team. Overall I’d say he did a bang-up job and I hope he decides to step behind the camera again.

If any of you read my review of the first time we met Sam’s wife, then you know that I’m not a huge fan – which really sucks since she and I share the same name and it’s always fun to hear my favorite characters saying it over and over again. And while I can’t say that I am entirely in love with Michelle, I do like her a bit more than I did before (boy, that was a weird sentence to write – I feel like I’m talking in the third person). I felt like we got to know her a bit better than before, thanks to a few stolen moments between her and Sam in the car, and now I’m at least curious to see what happens as this storyline progresses.

As for the other story in this episode, I loved the way the magazine quiz got Deeks and Kensi looking at their relationship again. Kensi’s reaction to Snyder getting killed was a teeny bit heartbreaking and so not something I was expecting after all the humor we had from Kensi and Deeks throughout the entire episode. Deeks’s quiet little comment about the way she smelled was very sweet, too and both gave us just enough of a taste of romance to (hopefully) keep fans happy for a little while longer. Because it’s starting to look like they may just drag this will they/won’t they thing on for a very long time. Sigh.

My favorite bits..

Finding out that Deeks’ greatest fears came from Tarzan movies.

Finding out that Deeks and Eric share the same dream about Hetty and a burning monkey.

Finding out that Deeks would be a schoolteacher leading a double life as a gigolo if he wasn’t a cop.

Deeks offering to help Kensi out with making some baby ninja assassins.

The entire “Babar” conversation between Sam and Callen.

“What’s your secret?”
“We don’t go to bed angry.”
“I let him drive.” – Aha! So that’s why Callen does it, to keep Sam happy.

Callen pointing out that he’d like to see another Christmas when Sam was dodging through traffic.

Michelle and Sam getting into a screaming match when he found her vacuuming with headphones on.

Callen wisely deciding to stay out of the argument between Michelle and Sam.

The way that Deeks and Kensi kept Snyder occupied.

“My lady dost knowest me well.”

Nell finally catching on that the survey was for partner partners.

“I will take a bullet for you, but wives are a whole other thing.”

Not being able to help smiling every time Sam or Callen said my name. It’s the little things in life.

Deeks and Kensi busting out Margaret Thatcher impersonations.

Snyder calling Deeks and Kensi Sonny and Cher.

Michelle pointing out to Sam that the way he felt about her getting into the field was exactly what she goes through every time he walked out the door to go to work.

Kensi’s reaction to Sobatino guessing that there was something going on between her and Deeks.

“Actually a very courteous and cautious driver for a bad guy.”

Hetty leaving Sam in jail for his own good.

“Sam is a part of that team!”
“Not today.” – Wow, the way she said that shut Callen down in no time flat.

The look on Deeks’ face when he realized HE was Kirkin’s type.

Deeks in a towel. That is all.

“Oh please, how many times have I had to go undercover in a low-cut blouse and a high-cut skirt?”
“Both of which are more than I’m wearing right now.”

Deeks dropping said towel. That is REALLY all.

Deeks sweet-talking his way over to Kirkin.

Deeks signaling with his hands how much space he needed between himself and the bodyguard..and then making his hands farther apart. Haha!

Deeks giving Kensi a soggy hug.

“Ew, you’re like a wet dog.”

Sam coming out of nowhere to save Michelle. Yep, totally saw that coming.

Kensi ordering Deeks to never get himself killed.

“I’m not kidding.”

“You smell like sunshine! ..and gunpowder. Two of my favorite things.” – Aw

Callen abandoning Sam with an angry woman, again.

Final Blackout Moment: “This is far from over.” – Uh oh!

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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  • cintia

    Por favor que kensi no empieze un romance con el personaje de la cia se perderia parte de la magia!!!!!!!!! Si no que traigan a jak el ex de ella tendria mas sentido

  • ptjackson

    Deeks shaking his head and spraying water from his wet hair, doggy style!

    BTW, I did not hear what was said about what Eric would do if he was not in law enforcement – what was it??

    • simon says

      i didn’t get it either. it was “professional [something] performer”.

      • ptjackson

        Hmmm….. ok, so I will have to make something up. Professional mime performer……. LOL…..

    • Professional ren-fair (Renaissance Fair) preformer

      • ptjackson

        Oh, thanks!!!!

  • simon says

    not sure what to do with this episode. storywise almost nothing happend. dead guys on both sides and the bombs are still missing. so i feel we ended up where we started. and at the very end i felt a little cheated. there was so much build up in this episode between deeks and kensi that i expected the to kiss. the mood was definetly there. and we saw kensi show a lot of emotion for deeks. i would have no problem with the two of them staying ‘professional’. but it feels like there is more and that the show wants us to think so. why else would the have the cia guys talk about it like that?

    it’s the same with tony and ziva. showing the chemistry that could just be friendship but then show jealousy and flirting and have people on the show constantly saying there is more.

    so i’m getting a little tired of the will they/won’t they. it’s everywhere (twice on ncis la and twice on ncis) and it makes me see it on other shows even if there is barely a hint of it.

    • ptjackson

      Which is exactly why I am opposed to main characters having a romance on these types of shows. In my opinion, it detracts from the action.