WHEN ONE OF THREE FOREIGN SOLDIERS TRAINING IN THE U.S. IS FOUND DEAD AND THE OTHER TWO ARE MISSING, THE TEAM MUST FIND THEM BEFORE KIDNAPPERS EXTRACT CLASSIFIED MILITARY OPERATIONS, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, MARCH 9
“Savoir Faire” – While the team investigates the death of one of three Afghanistan soldiers who are training in the U.S., they discover two other soldiers are missing and must find them before they’re forced to reveal classified military operations to their captors. Also, Sam is back to work but his team worries it may be too soon, and Callen realizes he has very little in common with his partner, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, March 9 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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Are Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) moving too fast on NCIS: Los Angeles?
Since agreeing to go all-in with their relationship a few episodes ago, the couple have been moving full speed ahead – but a “post-wakeup argument” on Monday’s episode leaves Kensi perhaps wanting to put the brakes on.
“They wake up together and they’re super cuddly, and on a turn of a dime she gets really offended about something and he doesn’t know where it came from,” Ruah told TVGuide.com during a recent set visit. “I think it’s really well-written in the sense that I understood both parts. It’s one of those arguments where the stereotype man and the stereotype woman are in completely different playing fields in what they’re talking about. In this case, Kensi is kind of offended about something that he says. And to him it’s like, ‘Why would you ever be offended by that? It’s really no big deal. … You were just kissing the back of my neck. How did we get here right now?'”
Unfortunately, that’s not the only fight they’ll deal with in Monday’s episode. A work-related crisis forces Densi to table their argument to deal with more pressing matters. In a callback to the Season 5 episode “Frozen Lake,” the episode marks the return of the Nepalese Gurkha Thapa (Ernie Reyes Jr.), who the crew enlists for help after Sam (LL Cool J) is shot while trying to apprehend a spy. But, in the course of their investigation, Thapa and the NCIS team begin to suspect that his own country may be working against him. which leads to Deeks and Kensi squaring off with a slew of knife-fighters in a hospital corridor.
“It’s kind of a race to find the truth in the midst of trying to keep Sam alive, and trying to keep Kensi alive, and trying to navigate a relationship,” Olsen notes. “It doesn’t stop.”
Ruah worked with the episode’s writer, Dave Kalstein, to choreograph the hospital fight scene based on martial arts and the Filipino knife-fighting technique known as Sayoc Kali. “I’m very meticulous when it comes to fight scenes,” she says. “It’s one of my favorite things to do on the show. And I do have a dance background, so I think of everything as a choreography with beats. … My body knows the dance alphabet. So when they tell me to spell a certain word, I know how to do that. Even though it’s a fight versus a dance.”
So how does this particular fight scene stack up against other ones Ruah has performed on the show? “In terms of moves, I think this is probably the hardest that I’ve done,” she says. “Because it’s also a very specific type of fighting. It’s not like you’re just throwing punches or something like that. It’s a specific type of fighting and you want to be as faithful as you can to the technique of it. I’m not perfect or anything like that. And then there’s also the fact that I just want to look tough.”
For Deeks, who at one point finds himself on the other side of a hospital door, watching Kensi and Thapa tussle with the other Gurkhas, it’s a new dynamic. “The stakes are so much higher because of the fact that he’s in love with her,” Olsen says. “So, it’s that delicate balance of trying to stay alive while trying to do justice to that love.”
NCIS: LA airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.
Now that Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) have decided to take the plunge into a full-fledged relationship onNCIS: Los Angeles, the next step is navigating the waters. And perhaps the most important question is this: What impact will their coupling have on their approach to cases?
“Everybody’s kind of waiting to see if our work is jeopardized by the success of the relationship,” Olsen told TVGuide.com during a recent set visit. “Now you have two characters that are obviously meant to be together, together under the most dynamic and terrifying of circumstances. When things go wrong, is it going to be the fault of that relationship?
“We make decisions based on being a good agent,” Olsen continues. “We make decisions based on what’s in the best interest of the country or the mission, and everything kind of flies out the window when you become so emotionally invested in your partner. … Now [Deeks] has this realization that [Kensi] is the most important person in the world to him. And I think it’s going to be the catalyst for a lot of mistakes.”
Other complications arise from the couple’s reluctance to share the news with their colleagues – who, let’s face it, have their suspicions already. “I think eventually the team’s going to have to know what’s going on between Kensi and Deeks,” Ruah tells TVGuide.com. “I don’t think it’ll be a surprise for any one of the other characters, especially not Hetty. I think she could see it coming a mile away.”
In exploring a new side of Kensi, Ruah says she drew from her own experience with her now-husband, David Olsen (Eric’s older brother, who sometimes acts as a stand-in on the set of NCIS: LA.) “I went through a similar situation when my husband and I started dating,” she admits. “There was this, we’re not ready to tell people yet. We’re not ready to make this a thing for other people to deal with. And then eventually you get comfortable.
“Very few people manage to hold a balance when something so big transitions in your life. … A part of me feels like she’s going to be better at hiding it than him,” Ruah says of her character. “I think she’ll almost go the opposite side of the pendulum. Instead of giggling and whatever when nobody’s looking, I think she’s probably going to almost keep her distance more. … My husband would talk to me less on set when we started dating than he did before we were dating. It was like, ‘I’m going to be so pretending this is not going on that I’m going to ignore you completely, instead of being normal around you.’ I think people react in different ways.”
Despite the fact that NCIS: LA has moved to 10 p.m. this season, fans shouldn’t expect a lot of hot and heavy Densi scenes. This is, after all, still a police procedural.
“They have to keep it serious and professional at work,” Ruah notes. “There’s not a great, if any, distinction in the scenes that we did prior to dating officially to post-dating officially. Their professionalism and their banter and their looks are pretty much similar or the same. It’s just in these little wonderful tidbits that the writers drop for us, such as scenes where they find themselves alone or on a date or whatever it is.”
And of course, it won’t all be smooth sailing from here on out. Future episodes will explore “navigating a relationship with just the lack of communication skills these two characters have, and their struggle to kind of make anything work,” Olsen teases. That includes (spoiler alert) the couple’s first argument, in the episode airing Feb. 23.
But even Olsen and Ruah admit they’re not certain about where the relationship is heading.
“I don’t get the scripts until a couple weeks before you guys see them on TV, so I’m just as emotionally invested in this relationship and where it’s going as the audience is,” Olsen admits. “Will they, won’t they –I thought that would go on for 10 seasons. So, when they decided to pull the trigger, the thing everybody else felt watching the show is the same thing I felt reading the show. Like, oh my god, now what? … All the questions as an audience, they’re asking, I’m asking the same questions.”
Adds Ruah: “It was a surprise to me when they wrote that Kensi had that conversation in the Christmas episode with Deeks. I didn’t think it was going to happen for a while, so much so that in interviews they kept asking us, ‘What would you like to see happen?’ And I was like, ‘Well, I don’t think they should get together yet, otherwise there’s nowhere to go.’ … And then all of a sudden, they threw us this curveball. I’m very curious to see where they’re going to take this and what obstacles they’re going to throw in our way, because they have to. They have to throw some sort of obstacle, because it can’t just be smooth from now on. It can’t. … Even I’m excited to see where this is going to go.”
NCIS: LA airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.
SAM IS SHOT AFTER A MISSION TO INTERCEPT A SPY GOES AWRY, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, FEB. 23
Ernie Reyes Jr. Returns as Thapa and Parminder Nagra Guest Stars as the Spy
“Expiration Date” – When Callen and Sam are tasked with apprehending a spy contracted by the CIA, Sam is shot and the team enlists the help of Thapa, the elite Nepali soldier from their past, to help to find the shooter. Also, Kensi and Deeks have their first official argument, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Feb. 23 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Ernie Reyes, Jr. returns as Thapa and Parminder Nagra guest stars as the spy.
CHEAT TWEET: Kensi & Deeks have their first official fight! Whose side are you on? #NCISLA 2/23 9:59pm
CALLEN AND SAM ARE KIDNAPPED WHEN THEY FOLLOW A TIP ABOUT A MISSING NSA AGENT, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, FEB. 9
“Forest For The Trees” – Callen and Sam are kidnapped when they follow an anonymous tip about a missing NSA agent. When the team discovers they are nowhere to be found, they realize it could have been a trap set by terrorists, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Feb. 9 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Callen & Sam are kidnapped! Who could b behind the attack? #NCISLA 2/9 9:59pm
CALLEN AND SAM HEAD TO MEXICO UNDERCOVER AS FOOD TRUCK OWNERS TO FIND THE SOURCE OF AN ANTHRAX POISONING AND PREVENT A BIO-TERRORISM ATTACK, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, FEB. 2
“Black Wind” – Callen and Sam go undercover as food truck owners in Mexico to find the source of an anthrax poisoning before it’s used to create a bioweapon, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Feb. 2 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Don’t miss Callen&Sam show off their cooking skills in Mexico while undercover as Food Truck owners! #NCISLA 2/2 10/9c