NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 19

Hand-to-Hand

5
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 06, 2010 on CBS
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6.8
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Episode Summary

Sam is assigned to go undercover as a fighter in a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) gym while the team is investigating the murder of a Marine.

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  • ONe of my favorites, that's for sure!

    10
    This was a unique episode that standed out and stodd up well on ts own. I really enjoyed the undercover work in this one, and I have ot say that if this show can continuously develop storyline s that have not been recycled from NCIS, it's parent show, then it can really succeed!



    I thought this was an amazing episode! It ranks right up there with some of my other favorites! The storyline was good, the case was interesting and I highly enjoyed all of it!



    Quite funny too, and Hanna and Hetty were both great in this episode, as usual!



    Keep it up, LA, because I'm really enjoying some of the last few episodes, and I can't wait until I see some more!moreless
  • good episode ***contains spoilers***

    8.5
    this was a pretty good episode i enjoyed this episode very much.

    sam goes undercover as a mma fighter to find out who killed another mma fighter and then on in the epsidoe we find out that ncis isnt the only one investigating but the los angeles police department is too. but anyways i liked this episode i thouht there were some jokes at times and it was good acting at times to. i liked when callen and kensi were at the home of the killed mma fighter and then a guy walks in and then they ask questions like what are you doing here and then kensi is like well i emailed some personal pictures i liked that scene lol.moreless
  • Great episode.

    8.0
    Maybe it is just the Mixed Martial Arts fan in me, but I really loved this episode. Seeing it shown as a legitimate sport and not human cockfighting shows how far it has come in society and how people are starting to embrace it now.



    The storyline was really good here with Sam actually going undercover as an MMA fighter only to be thwarted by an undercover LAPD cop who was already investigating the gym. Chaos ensued and some great fight scenes, including a surprisingly somewhat realistic MMA fight ensued.



    This episode has not been getting great marks from my TV.com peers but personally I loved it. Good story, good ending, good episode.moreless
  • finally some undercover work

    6.0
    This show contained a plot hole that was at the same time a revealing mistake of what is wrong with this series.



    From the beginning the point to this show was doing undercover work. While Gibbs & Co. usually flash their badges all the time, these guys were supposed to keep low profile, play roles and only reveal who they are in the end. But we are almost done with the first season, and Tony DiNozzo has done more undercover work than the whole NCIS-LA team combined.



    In this episode we finally have a little undercover action, and immediately the writers screw up. That LAPD detective was undercover for six month. Now, one of the guys in the group he tries to infiltrate is killed. At the same time, two people suddenly appear out of nowhere - the 'girlfriend' and the 'replacement'. But this cop didn't figure out that at least one of them might be a cop, too? Huge plot hole.



    That's what you get for not sticking to your concept.moreless
  • A Marine is found dead, and Sam goes undercover to find the killer.

    6.0
    Definitely toward the bottom for me. This wasn't one of the better written episodes. As for the new character they seem to be introducing, he was okay for the episode. That's it, I'd rather he not be a recurring character. Just follow up on Dom, don't add anyone else new to the cast. It just makes things more complicated than they have to be. Again, no minimal character development (I know I keep harping about that). Please guys, just stick with the characters you've got and develop them better. And maybe focus on one of the other characters (especially Eric or Nate since they get minimal screen-time).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

Matt Gerald

Matt Gerald

Victor Janklow

Guest Star

Graham Hamilton

Graham Hamilton

Scott Davis

Guest Star

Dayo Ade

Dayo Ade

Nelson Shabazz

Guest Star

Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen

LAPD Detective Marty Deeks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Wyler: Danny's laptop?
      Kensi: I emailed him some photos. Private photos.
      Wyler: You mean like the two of you watching the sunset at Santa Monica Pier, or the kind where you're not wearing anything but a smile?
      Kensi: Certain kind of person finds private photos like that, they end up on the internet.
      Wyler: Wow. So definitely …uh.. x-rated then, huh? Nobody under 17 admitted? Well played.

    • Kensi: (about Deeks) Something about him set off a warning bell.
      Callen: Maybe it was his baby blues.
      Sam: Or his fluffy hair.

    • Callen: Hey, I don't break the rules, I just bend them.
      Sam: Listen, I love the rules; the letter and the spirit. They're the foundation of civil society.

    • Nate: Look, Zuna was desperate to prove himself. In my experience, relentless behavior like Zuna's is almost always driven by some major-league personal demons.
      Callen: Does "major-league personal demons" actually appear in the DSM IV?
      Nate: Well, sometimes I feel like I'm getting too technical, so I throw in the occasional colloquial term.

    • (Walking up to Zuna's home)
      Callen: You want to do the honors?
      Kensi: What, no key?
      Callen: Well, where's the challenge in that?
      Kensi: Why does everything have to be a challenge for you guys? (Kensi looks at the door) Lock has a double sided cylinder; you saw that coming up the walk.
      Callen: Pain in the ass, aren't they?
      Kensi: (lock clicks) For some. (Kensi walks in the house)

    • Kensi: I'm still stuck on Wyler
      Callen: Stuck. Smitten. Whatever.
      Kensi: He's hiding behind an alias, he's carrying a weapon. From the first moment I saw him, he seemed hinky.

    • Callen: This guy doesn't stand a chance going toe-to-toe with you, so he's going to want to grapple, get you on the ground.
      Sam: It's okay, I'll sprawl and brawl. Stay on my feet and outlast him.
      Callen: Outlast? This isn't Survivor!

    • (Sam walks away)
      Hetty: Trouble, Mr. Callen?
      Callen: He's not ready.
      Hetty: I beg to differ, but Sam's technique is splendid.
      Callen: I'm not talking about his technique, Hetty. He's reluctant.
      Hetty: Because he has nothing to prove. There is no joy in a blood sport for a man like Sam, who's been tested so many times in battle.
      Callen: Wyler's not going to hold back.
      Hetty: But you think Sam will?
      Callen: Sam doesn't want to hurt him. I think that makes him vulnerable.
      Hetty: Sam knows what he has to do.
      Callen: I just hope he does it.
      Hetty: The body versus the mind, there's a fight indeed.

    • Hetty: I imagine your still smarting from where the Chief of Police ripped you a new one.
      Deeks: How did you know that?
      Hetty: Because I just experienced something similar from my director. It seems we need to coordinate our operations a little better.

    • (Hetty asks him to be a liaison between the two agencies and hands him a file)
      Deeks: Hmm…Who are you guys?...I mean…I mean...H-how did you get all this information?..I mean the only thing missing here is….. (Hetty hands him a pen)
      Hetty: No need to date it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 6, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 17, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Australia: June 8, 2010 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: June 22, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: July 12, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: November 13, 2010 on SAT 1
      Finland: December 22, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: October 13, 2011 on Markiza

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