NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 3 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The NCIS team becomes involved in the Libyan conflict when a news reporter is murdered. Callen learns something about his past from Hetty and it could affect their relationship.

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  • Hatty withheld this information from Callen? Why?

    The ongoing story of Agent Callen's efforts to learn about his past and his family have been intriguing, but if a television show is going to stretch such an arc out for so long, there should be a payoff.

    Instead, we learn that Callen's grandfather was a member of the OSS during World War II and worked to bring down Romanian Nazis. He married a Romanian woman and they had a daughter (Callen's mother) who also became a clandestine agent for the U.S. government, going into Romania, and eventually killed (after bearing a son) by the Comescu family for her father's and her work again them.

    We also learn that Hatty has known this information for a long time and has been withholding it from Callen. This is where it falls apart for me. What possible reason was there to not tell Callen about his family history? If anything, leaving him in the dark about the fact that there is a criminal family that wants him dead would seem to put him in more danger.

    The writers have tried to make Hatty this mysterious, almost all-knowing character, who was involved in many crucial intelligence operations for the United States. The revelation that she withheld this information makes her look like a manipulating schemer, without any regard for a character that she is supposed to care a lot about.moreless
  • 304

    It seems like every single week the show either is tackling a small time drug cartel or dealing with a huge corrupt government of a foreign country and this one fell in the latter category. Not that it was not enjoyable, it was a fairly entertaining episode, but the show is starting to repeat itself more often than not.

    And I also do not care about G's past, and since that was a big deal here maybe that is why I could not fully enjoy it.moreless
  • Case was OK, but the story of Callen was the most interesting part of tonight's viewing.

    This was another highly interesting NCIS: LA episode. It is safe to tell you that this episode's case was the least enjoyable case so far this season - but that isn't saying much, as the season has been terrific thus far!

    I did, however, thoroughly enjoy the case regarding Callen's past. The beginning of the episode was done very well, and I thoroughly found it to be enjoyable and insightful. I(t was definitely thoroughly interesting and it will hopefully have a significant impact laster on.

    The case had its merits. The begiinning was interesting and thoroughly enjoyable, and Deeks's dog added another angle to the episode, even though I didn't find it to be a particularly enjoyable thing.

    Sam's relationship with the dog was definitely funny, though!

    All up, a good case and interesting back-story! I hope NCIS: LA continues to improve, because this season had been terrific thus far!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

Daniela Ruah

Daniela Ruah

NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye

Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen

LAPD Detective Marty Deeks

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beale

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Deeks: Alright, I'm gonna need some password help here, Eric.
      Eric: I'm gonna have to teach you guys the basics of encryption bypass one of these days.
      Deeks: That's cool, then I can read Kensi's diary.
      Eric: Oh, I already did. You do not wanna go there.
      Deeks: You didn't read Kensi's diary, did you? Hey, did you really? Eric? (Eric cuts the call off)

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: October 11, 2011 on Global
      Australia: October 18, 2011 on Ten
      Belgium: November 17, 2011 on VT4
      United Kingdom: January 22, 2012 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Germany: March 8, 2012 on SAT 1
      Czech Republic: December 6, 2012 on AXN
      Finland: June 23, 2014 on Jim