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  1. I like your comparison of Callen to Jada (but, of course, Jada knew that her brother was a mass murderer and did nothing about it until forced to act while Callen was completely innocent). Also, I think one reason Joelle was able to deceive Callen is because he was/is desperate for human intimacy. I'm glad Hetty judges her harshly.
  2. That's true about Callen and Kristen, but you're assuming that he's done this on undercover assignments before and there's nothing to suggest that that's true. To do something once doesn't mean you do it twice. Plus, we don't know how "long term" that relationship was since his undercover character came in at the end of the action, and Kristen must have found solace with someone else rather quickly since her son was the age he would have been if Callen had been his father. And there's no indication that Sam or Deeks have ever had intimate relations with a woman when they've been undercover. Besides, it seems more complicated than simply having a physical relationship. That's what makes the characters and all their relationships and personal journeys interesting, especially Callen's. Considering what we read in the news about all the leaks coming out of the actual intelligence services (largely due to outside contractors), these stories don't seem so far fetched anymore. More's the pity. As for Eric hitting the gas tank, wasn't that the extra fuel can hanging on the back? And if you get a bullet anywhere near a gas tank -- uh oh.
  3. I thought that at first, but I think I was wrong. Look at what we know about Callen: since season 1, I think the only intimate relationship he's had has been with Joelle. Before then, he had a relationship with Tracey (in the CIA) that ended badly (she abandoned him on a mission) and Kristen (while undercover and he had to leave her in order to maintain his cover). Sharov also alluded to a time when Callen was working in Russia and was deceived by a female asset and almost died (he directed Callen to the safe house). Until Joelle, Callen had no one to talk to about work or anything going on in his life. He doesn't have any personal connections: no old classmates, no relatives, nobody. The people he's closest to are Hetty and Sam and to a lesser degree, Arkady. He's not even close--on a personal level--with Kensi or the others at work. It struck me as a stark contrast with Deeks when Kensi mentioned in this episode how easily Deeks makes friends--and that's one of the things she loves about him. I think Joelle's comment was right on target; Callen was/is desperate for human intimacy. I can't even imagine not having someone to talk to about my job when I've had a horrible day; going without that for years would probably drive me crazy. And when he first met Joelle, he had to maintain his cover, and then when his cover was gone, he still couldn't talk to her about the minutiae of his work. Maybe he didn't love her, but having human connection is something most people crave and need. It may also be why his reaction was so intense and why his response was different from Sam's: Sam said they were fooled because they were human, but Callen said they'd been sloppy. When relationships fail, a lot of people aren't just angry at the other person; they're often more angry at themselves for letting the other person hurt them.
  4. You may be right about this. I just find it hard to believe that Hetty--knowing that Deeks actually did kill Boyle--would provide the evidence needed to strengthen the case against him, especially when she's said multiple times in different episodes that even though he's LAPD, he's part of her team. If she did do it, I think there would have been some kind of confrontation or discussion between Deeks and Hetty about it after Kensi's rescue. I hope Hetty didn't do it. It's also not impossible to believe that Ferris and his crew had the connections and the info necessary to provide the anonymous tip. Either way, I'm sure we'll know for sure before the season ends.
  5. I thoroughly enjoyed the opening scene with Callen and Anna--and Hetty. It's not easy to mingle sex and humor, but that scene really worked. OMG, I loved the ringtone Callen has for Hetty. It's little things like that that make scenes work. And Hetty's comment as she's leaving (Looks like you're gonna need another one [bed]). Now I'm just waiting for a scene with Callen, Anna, and Arkady. Also enjoyed the road trip scenes (although the "singing" was not the best). Enjoyed Sam going undercover as Switch again, but doubt he can use that dude anymore. Still, it was nice to see him in action. Kensi's definitely back, and liked seeing her in the field (someone asked why Nell went along, but it's policy for them to go with a partner). Deeks seemed off his game: jumpy when Kensi entered the van, complaining about "cleaning up" after Sam, questioning Sam's decision making (more than once Kensi had to tell him they should wait for Sam's word because he [Sam] knew what he was doing. Maybe these signs are nothing or they portend more problems--along with Whiting--for Deeks down the road. All in all, enjoyable. Looking forward to the rest of the season and to seeing where Callen and Anna go from here (as well as Nell and Eric next week and Kensi and Deeks on the 26th).
  6. There's a big difference (and the death penalty is not on the books in CA) between killing Boyle and killing Ferris. First, Deeks is a cop. As an officer of the law, his duty is to follow the law. Killing a person--even a reprehensible person like Boyle--because he's threatened to kill someone is against the law. There were other ways Deeks could have handled it. As I recall when Deeks talked about this, there was no imminent threat to Tiffany; if there had been, the killing of Boyle would have been justifiable and Deeks wouldn't have covered it up. Obviously, in the case of killing Ferris, Kensi's life was in imminent danger, so the killing of Ferris was justifiable. They are completely different, and as both a cop and an attorney, Deeks understood that very well. Maybe killing Boyle is just the first indication of what a short fuse Deeks has and may lead to other issues this season. Well, while they were in the gunfight was not the time to check, but in the subsequent scene, the sheriff was being loaded into the ambulance and was conscious (the shots were to his shoulder).
  7. Do we know that for sure? When did this come out? The only thing we saw in the episode was that Hetty had put the body in Sam's car and the body at Callen's.
  8. Linda Hunt in "The Year of Living Dangerously" Great acting job! And when ECO was a "teen idol" So cute! It's hard to find pics of Daniela in other films/TV shows, but those would be fun! That was a funny episode! I love to see actors in roles that aren't "typical" for them. I haven't seen LL much, but would love to see him play a really different character--gay or a thug (like Denzel)--and ECO as a Ted Bundy type.
  9. OMG, Linda sounds the same--even if she looks a little different--and Pamela sounds exactly the same--and looks pretty much the same, too. the ladies have aged well.
  10. Look at this still from an ECO film in 2001 (I think)! lol And he was in the second Dumb and Dumber movie. Awww, I'm going to miss Nate even if he did show up only once in a while (but like you say, good for him). ;-)
  11. I'm not sure, but you seem to be saying that lying to people we are involved with personally--a significant other--as Deeks did with Kensi re: the Boyle incident is somehow less objectionable than lying to people who are suspected of, targets of, or being used for investigations into criminal activity. If that is, in fact what you're saying, I couldn't disagree more. Personal relationships are built on trust and honesty; undercover work is intentionally--and by its very nature--built on deception.
  12. But Deeks did reveal his secret to Kensi eventually--before he was absolved of any wrongdoing or knew what to do about it--precisely because he loved her and couldn't continue to lie to her, and that put her in legal danger (as evidenced by her and Deeks's reactions when the threat of a subpoena was mentioned in Under Siege) , so I think that argument is weak. Agree. Joelle had no excuse for her role, for doing what she did--and Hetty also knew how vulnerable Callen was because he so seldom ever got close to people.
  13. I disagree, but as I said earlier, the changes are subtle--Callen isn't given to outward expressions of emotion. For example, the discovery that his "little Russian sister" Elena had been murdered trying to avenge his (supposed) death after his shooting and that he had had a sister who loved him so much that she cried herself to sleep every night because she couldn't be with him made him realize that he had been really loved, and this led him to be able to put down roots, something he'd never done in his life. The fact that he could live in the house where he had the happiest memories growing up gave him a sense of home that he'd never known. You could see this in Sirens when Sam said he'd have to move and Callen hesitated. It was obvious Callen hadn't told Sam about his history with the house, and it was equally obvious that when Callen said it was just four walls and a roof and he could find that anywhere that that was no longer true: it was his home--the first real home he'd ever had that he could remember. Having a home and feeling comfortable, in turn, led him to begin a relationship with Joelle. Also, watching the film at the end of Reznikov, N. gave Callen visual proof that he had had a sister and a father--who might still be alive--and it made finding his father Callen's obsession, an obsession that drove him to take risks he might never have taken otherwise, especially for Arkady. Throughout the series, Callen--an exceptional agent--is only learning to value himself as a person and to begin to live life as though there's more than work. He's learning (to paraphrase Hetty) that damaged goods have special value because of their damage.
  14. With the character of Callen, I think you have to remember that he's been with NCIS more than 8 years and has been Sam's partner for almost 10, so he's not the same man he was in Season 1. He's evolving. The other thing about Callen--as opposed to the other team members--is that he keeps almost everything inside; he rarely lets his emotions out even now. He rarely lets his anger show (a quality that makes him a good leader) and he still has difficulty opening up to others, but he's not a recluse or a monk. I don't think he's ever resorted to torturing someone as Sam and Deeks have. Is it because he has a strong moral character, or is he afraid of losing control or maybe both? He's also learned to trust some people--even when they haven't always been honest with him (like Hetty knowing so much about his past)--and a lot has happened in his life: he's learned about his mom, discovered he had a sister, met his father, found out his name, and learned that he has family relations. He's also learning things about himself and maybe what made him uncomfortable before doesn't now (his ability to relate to children has developed over the seasons). Also, his relationship with Joelle might have been given short shift because of the unending attention on the Kensi and Deeks relationship during seasons 6 & 7, but his relationship with Anna has been developing since the end of season 6. I agree that Alex is dull, and I can't imagine her playing an important role in subsequent episodes, but his relationship with his dad is still evolving. I do think Callen is an immensely complex character: capable and self-reliant in so many ways, but still discovering who he really is. His emotions are subtle and nowadays, histrionics is often considered more dramatic.
  15. So, she stopped spying on him, but if she knew the op was not kosher, why not tell him what was going on? She didn't do very much to protect him; she seemed more interested in protecting herself. Same with her actions in Payback. When they "rescued" her, why not come clean? All three mole episodes were, IMO, just a mess. The writers seem to have started off going in one direction and then changed course drastically. Some of the problems in the story lines may have been due to Miguel's illness, but writing is their job. Still, we don't know what the long term plans are for the team, so this may have been the best the writers could do on relatively short notice and still keep things on track for the season finale. I honestly hope they don't do much with Alex and her son. I don't even care about seeing much more of Callen's dad. These characters have served their dramatic purpose; they've brought Callen from having no family to having a biological family, and I'm more interested in seeing how this affects his behavior than in seeing more of them. I would, however, like to see his love life develop--and have an episode with Arkady. That could be very funny.