NCIS: LA “Internal Affairs” Review (Season 7, Episode 10)

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Internal Affairs

Dear NCIS:LA, more episodes need to be like what we were given with “Internal Affairs.” That’s not to say this installment didn’t have its problems (such as Deeks escaping the LAPD without a hitch…okay), but it did a fine job addressing many of the issues that plague the show every week. In many ways, this actually felt more akin to a NCIS episode. The humor was there, yet regulated. The plot didn’t revolve around some technological device that was stolen, hacked, etc. And more importantly, the stakes felt raised (not regarding Deeks getting off but instead revolving around a certain outing of emotions by one Kensi Blye).

I’m of the mind that Eric Christian Olsen is the show’s most valuable asset. He proved it again here sliding back and forth between the light-hearted and the utmost seriousness with perfect ease. As an actor, I think he could be overlooked in the same way Deeks as a person could. And yet, our Marty Deeks was the one to kill his former partner Francis Boyle after all. Back in “Unspoken” he told Kensi he’d cover for her if she ever had to kill someone for the right reasons. This made me believe Deeks had either done that himself or was holding a similar secret like that for someone else. It turned out to be both in a sense. By taking out Boyle to save Tiffany, he had committed an act of murder (for the right reasons) and also had kept that secret to himself this whole time. I’m not sure why Deeks just didn’t go to the police saying he killed Boyle in defense of Tiffany (he was going to admit to manslaughter as self-defense anyways), but then I’m reminded this is a TV show and that’s how Hollywood goes. Either way, the whole scenario gave plenty for Olsen to work with, all of which he did effortlessly. I wasn’t a fan of his sarcasm in the interrogation room yet have a feeling he probably did that to hide his own guilt. Getting serious about the situation could have caused him to potentially break. His scene in the cell with Pamela Reed along with the final moments concerning Hetty were the main stand-outs.

Speaking of one Henrietta Lange, BRAVO KENSI FOR EVERYTHING YOU SAID (and fabulously played by Daniela Ruah). I have now decided my like for Hetty comes more from Linda Hunt than the character itself. Everything Kensi raged about informs this reason. Hetty is what I’m going to deem “Dumbledore-esque.” She knows much and yet reveals little. In many cases this happens to be the right thing to do. In others though, it’s not. And Kensi’s frustration was earned. That scene was so well done it made me wish for a follow-up with just Hetty and Kensi. The latter spewed loads of venom on the former, and there needs to be another conversation concerning that event. Honestly, I would love a whole episode of everyone confronting Hetty about their frustrations. Kensi can’t be the only one who feels them. And should that happen, it would help our “Edna Mode” come across more human. Think how much more fascinating Dumbledore became after learning all the mistakes he made.