NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 Episode 18 Review: “Fighting Shadows”

NCIS: Los Angeles

This week on NCIS: Los Angeles, the death of federal agents is only the start of a much bigger plan. In the midst of the investigation, Deeks and Kensi must also face the consequences of their relationship being exposed.

The team is tasked with investigating the death of three FBI agents. You would think the investigation would start with the idea of foul play, but since the operation these agents had just wrapped up involved C4, it starts off more as containment. That idea goes right out the window when Sam discovers that the C4 in question wasn’t even touched, meaning there was another bomb. The actual investigating is made all the more complicated when there is a partner switch-up, but more on that later.

So this leaves Sam and Kensi in the desert, and Callen and Deeks working the criminals. The clues from both sides lead to a mechanic who promises that this explosion was only the first of many attacks to come. It turns out he is out to make a point about how his nephew was “set up” by the FBI to go down a path the lead to terrorism. This man has convinced himself that he is teaching the FBI a lesson by using their own playbook of sting operations against them. Callen uses hubris to get to this man’s weakness, denying his own culpability for his nephew’s situation. Really, when you think about it, every criminal or terrorist blames their actions on someone or something else, so why not a revenge-seeking mechanic? Coming full circle to his true target, the attack is set for the FBI offices at the hands of two kids manipulated into the act. Luckily, Sam is able to convince the kids that what they’re doing is wrong in time to stop the attack, but their lives will never be the same again.

At the same time, while Densi shippers everywhere are overjoyed with the way this relationship has been going, not everyone else may feel that way. Even if Deeks isn’t officially an NCIS agent, the dating of partners is almost always prohibited. Deeks and Kensi start to feel the heat when a) they realize everyone at work knows about their relationship, and b) an unknown person has been surveilling them. Hetty seems to be protecting Deeks and Kensi, though Deeks gives an off-the-record “No” to staying away from Kensi. Sam makes the point that eventually his coworkers are going to have to figure out their relationship, just as he and his wife Michelle had to when they got pregnant with their first child (how cute would a Densi baby be?).

Sure enough, the situation is what they think it is, as Deeks is being investigated by LAPD Internal Affairs. Hetty promises to do everything she can, but seeing as the LAPD wouldn’t be wrong if their assumption is that Deeks is in a relationship with his partner, it’s going to be difficult to find a way out of this one. Cue my sad face.

Do you think this investigation will harm Deeks and Kensi, or even worse, NCIS?

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