We try to imagine what people working in the most extreme circumstances will be like in retirement. The NCIS: Los Angeles team got a scary, yet accurate picture of what they would look like in 30 years. Last week their suspect Yaniv made off with $40 million worth of gold bars accidentally made accessible because of a lapse in judgment by one of their own. That mistake triggered a massive crime spree in Los Angeles. Chegwidden, Langston, and Bridges had the brilliant idea of spreading the word that there were 80 gold bars somewhere in the city. Since that made things ten times harder for NCIS, Kensi, Callen, and Sam spend the day babysitting their elders while they search for the gold bars. The worst part is that the older generation does not adhere to the stealth in stealth operation.
Langston and Bridges drive Callen and Sam crazy with their take no prisoners tactics. Not that the younger men haven’t bent the rules a bit in the past, but if something happens to a suspect on their watch, it’s their careers on the line. The four spend the day chasing the last known buyer Yaniv was meeting with, while Kensi and Chegwidden try to track Yaniv through his investment advisor. In this day and age, how gullible do you have to be to buy a gold bar for a fraction of its worth and not find that suspicious? With cold, hard cash in his possession, Yaniv has more resources at his disposal. Moving the gold out of Los Angeles is risky, but bringing a buyer in is not. Plus, it’s much harder for NCIS to dig through dozens of potential buyers than one suspect. Luckily there’s always a digital trail these days, and someone too dumb not to cover it. Yaniv’s investment advisor was the middle man in his deal, and she just wasn’t smart enough to pick someone who wasn’t on her official list of clients. The old crew rides in like renegade cowboys on motorcyles to save the day, then wraps the case with a toast to their fallen brother Granger (aka Obi-Wan).
Deeks doesn’t get the chance to work with the veterans because he has a much more pressing personal matter to fix. We knew Deeks’s confession to Detective Whiting would rear its ugly head again. On the one hand, Deeks is guilty. On the other, he killed his partner to protect someone and confessed to Whiting so he could save Kensi. Deeks did what he had to do. Now that she knows Deeks a little better, Whiting can see past his actions to the intentions behind them. It helps that Deeks saved her life. None of that means that she’s going to forget his confession, it just means she’s got better uses for it. Now Deeks will have a sword constantly held over his head so that Whiting can make a case against another corrupt cop, the man who nearly killed Deeks when he was first under investigation by Internal Affairs. It beats going to prison, but living in constant fear isn’t really living. I guess it’s comforting to know Kensi would run away with Deeks if it came to that. Hopefully it doesn’t.
Admiral Chegwidden was a wonderful sight years after JAG. Should he, or one of the other veterans from the last two episodes, take Granger’s place in NCIS?
NCIS: Los Angeles Season 8 Episode 22 Review: "Golden Days"
NCIS: Los Angeles teams up with their veteran counterparts to find missing gold, which turns out better than Deeks’s predicament.