NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 23


Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 18, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Callen finds himself being tailed and a security breach at NCIS forces him out into the cold with no way to contact his team.

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  • Another in a long line of amazing episodes! And something tells me that it's only going to get better!

    Unlike the popular oopinion, I do feel that this show is heading forward in leaps and bounds! There were some great episodes earlier where we had some great cases, and in the last couple plus this one, we have also been developing the main storyline very well.

    I feel that this episode was great from the get-go. I love d the part where the man on the phone said "I know what the 'G' stands for," and I think that this is a great overlying storyline for the whole show to have!

    I've definitely come to like every character a lot more since the premiere, and Hetty was as amazing as usual in this episode! Definitely think that the character development is also headed on the right track!

    Keep it up NCIS LA, and I hope this show continues to accelerate into the fasst lane, and I look forward to the season finale next week!moreless
  • Burned

    "When you're burned you've got nothing, no job, no money...."

    Oh, sorry, wrong show.

    NCIS: Los Angeles returned tonight where we saw what happened when G got burned, and actually nearly got the answer to the burning question of why a character's first name on a primetime drama on the old people network is simply a G.

    The episode was just a bit too much for me. They tried to do too much, and they got a little exaggerated with some of the shootout scenes that we saw here (although that wouldn't be the first time this has happened.)

    It's a shame because this show could be so good and yet it really has no direction at this point.moreless
  • Callan gets tailed, and then things go wrong from there.

    I really wanted to like this episode. The idea, while not original, was still a good one and had potential. And Steve Bacic is always enjoyable to watch. My main complaint all season (besides the lack of character development- which actually somewhat happened here!) has been the lackluster writing. I understand that it's the first season and it's still finding its feet, but that's no excuse. Some of the dialogue was just bad (game?) and the plot was shaky. Good to see more Eric in this, but the writer's couldn't seem to think of anything for Nate to do. It's a shame too, his character has such potential, and Peter Cambor's sorely underused. Overall, I found it a lackluster season finale with a kitschy cliffhanger. But I'll most likely be back next season since overall, I like show enough.moreless
  • Major holes in the writing make this episode seem less edgy and intense and a little overdone. Also the plot lines set down for Callen end up confusing and somewhat incoherent.moreless

    Since the first episode we've been told Callen doesn't know what the G. stands for or about his past, however he conveniently remembers he'd been in 37 different foster homes. This makes the entire point of him not knowing about his past completely moot. Its hard to buy that in 37 foster homes no one told him his name or nothing in the 37 foster home paperwork would have his full name at any point.

    Now if Callen remembers about his stay in 37 foster homes, what exactly does he not remember? His parents? How is that relevant to him being an undercover agent. It seems they are trying to make this more mysterious than it ultimately should be. Maybe if they had given him the always over used selective amnesia it may have worked better. Nate again ends up being a joke for most of the episode in which he barely appears. Eric spews out more techno babble which is hardly coherent. Kensi suddenly goes from knowing her way around men and being able to easily seduce them in a previous episode to being totally clueless about the most basic pickup techniques. Come one, Kensi can do so much more than be the awkward tomboyish girl agent in the team. And we get a bad guy who hardly offers anything to Callen except a white key card to what turns out to be a server room somewhere, but yet with nothing more than an empty promise manages to get him to meet with a Bulgarian that seems to get expendable henchmen at Goons R' Us. The Bulgarian's are after the itinerary of some business tycoon so they can kill him and prevent a merger. I may have missed it but I never got why they wanted to prevent the merger.

    The Bulgarian ends up being killed by Sam in his third encounter with NCIS. Callen chases down the main bad guy which goes from an all seeing all knowing super techno snitch, to a gullible fool that has no idea what is going on. Callen conveniently shoots him so he doesn't have to explain why his plan doesn't make any sense. When he could have easily shot him in a non lethal area, arrest him, and question him. Lets hope they can write themselves out of this mess in the next episode with the information they'll get form the server room. Its sad that NCIS has such god story lines, and encompassing arches, while NCIS:LA has a hard time keeping there main character's story line coherent enough to understand.moreless
  • Callen gets burned.....

    In this episode of NCIS LA, the following happens. When Callen's cover is blown, he is forced to cut all ties with NCIS. As he tries to find out who was following him and why, he gets a phone call, from a man claiming to know everything about him. Mean while the rest of the NCIS team work together to try and help Callen out the best they can. As he sets up a meet with the man who is after him, it goes bad, and the man makes a run for it, with only Callen chasing after him. He manages to catch him and Callen has no other option than to shot and kill them even though he knows that with him dead, he has no way of finding out more about his past and where he came from. Overall a very enjoyable episode. With so much of Callen's past unknown I am almost as curious as he is. Hopefully more of his past will be revealed in future episodes. Also I thought Hetty quit and now suddenly she is back? But hey I don't care I love her!moreless
Chris O'Donnell

Chris O'Donnell

NCIS Special Agent G. Callen

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt

Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange

LL Cool J

LL Cool J

NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna

Peter Cambor

Peter Cambor

Operational Psychologist Nate Getz

Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah

NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beal

Peter Wingfield

Peter Wingfield

Eugene Keelson

Guest Star

Steve Bacic

Steve Bacic

Ruman Marinov

Guest Star

Gregory Alan Williams

Gregory Alan Williams

Phil, the vendor

Guest Star

Brian Avers

Brian Avers

NCIS Special Agent Mike Renko

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Nate: What's Callen going to do now?
      Hetty: What he does best. Become a ghost.
      Sam: Um, so we can't find him?
      Hetty: Not until he's ready to be found.

    • Hetty: Oh, Mr. Callen, is this your third cell phone of the day?
      Callen: I'm keeping receipts.
      Hetty: Oh, good. I'll expect a detailed expense report for all of your necessities while on the road, and I do mean necessities.

    • Hetty: Mr. Hanna. You know I'm aware you speak several languages, but I don't recall having used one you're unfamiliar with when I instructed you to not make contact with Mr. Callen.
      Sam: What makes you so sure I cont……
      Hetty: (Shakes her head and interrupts) It was a breach of protocol…. And one I understand.

    • Callen: What happened to protocol?
      Hetty: It went out the proveribal damn window. I've been thinking a great deal about your situation. Nate has misgivings about your state of mind.
      Callen: Well, he's going to have to get in line.
      Hetty: During this crisis, he thought he should have a gun.
      Callen: You didn't?
      Hetty: Perish the thought.

    • Callen: Eric, I need you to bring our servers back online. I want you to re-activate the computer virus that Keelson introduced to our system.
      Eric: Are you serious?
      Callen: Very.
      Eric: You're asking me to commit technological malpractice.

    • Callen: Glad to see everything back up and running; you can surf the internet for your, um, funny cat videos again.
      Hetty: (laughs) At least my web browsing doesn't require a full system purge at the end of the day.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 17, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: June 14, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: July 6, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Norway: August 9, 2010 on TV3
      Sweden: September 28, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: December 11, 2010 on SAT 1
      Finland: January 19, 2011 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: March 18, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: November 11, 2011 on Markiza