NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 2 Episode 1

Human Traffic

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 2010 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

When Deeks goes missing on his LAPD undercover operation, the NCIS team begins their search to find one of their own. LAPD wants NCIS to stay out of its case when a LAPD Detective is killed.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Season 2

    I was really happy how the season had started off with an interesting case where Deeks goes missing and the episode just builds up from there with the team trying to find out if Deeks is still alive and Deeks trying to get revenge for Detective Traynor.
  • Toxic camera work killed this episode

    I had to stop watching this crapfest after the first action sequence.

    The production was typical trendy hand held shaky cam, jump cuts, swoops, zooms, attention deficit disorder editing, and irritating. Get a tripod. NAIL down the camera. STABILIZE the image. SLOW down the cuts.

    In short, another episode ruined by jerky, hand held camera work. What more can I say?

    I can't blame the actors. Can't blame the writers. Can't blame anyone but whoever is making the creative decision to make crappy visual TV.

    Come on - buy a tripod - nail down the image. It may be trendy, but this jittery jumpy image is unwatchable, especially on an 8' wide HDTV screen. I watch TV for entertainment value - not nausea nor motion sickness.

    When I have to avert my eyes, or shut them, the show devolves into UGLY RADIO.

    This is the age of HDTV, digital image processing, and pristine detail. And what do we get? A never ending Brownian movement background, hand held shaky cam shots ad infinitum, and action sequences that one cannot grasp because the jump cuts and edits mar any continuity of vision.

    When I, a live human being, watch something in real life, I don't see a shaky image, I see a steady image even if I'm jarred. I possess a visual processing computer system that transcends any piece of photographic hardware existing by a huge margin. There is absolutely nothing endearing about shakycam, it's a fad that's being overused by individuals without a scrap of real creativity. It works in very small doses (very very small) where it can express chaos but when it's the entire visual presentation it's just visual noise.

    I, for one, am not a fan of noise.

    Noises off.

    And now off my "must record" list.moreless
  • 201

    NCIS Los Angeles, they certainly had an explosive season premiere hoping to retain as many of the people watching the original NCIS before this, and I think that they accomplished it. The episode was fast-moving, the plot was interesting, and they gave you a good idea of these characters if you were watching for the first time. They also teased a possible season long arc with G Callen trying to desperately catch someone.

    The episode was fun for what it was, but I do not like the addition of Eric Christian Olsen to the cast. I think he's a bad actor and the show has no use for him. They could use another female, if anything, but not him.moreless
  • The show continues to be just as amazing as Season Onne!

    I really was excited to see 'NCIS: LA' back for its season two premiere, and it certainly was a terrific one!

    I really enjoyed the opening scenes, with the chase throughout the city. Thta was a great way to attract the attention of the viewers and build the episode from that point forth.

    I thought the case was very interesting, and right up nuntil the end, there were many unexpected surprises, that you couldn't possibly predict.

    I hope this show continues to excel, and hopefully, they will produce more amazing episodes! Can't wait to watch the next one, and I would ihighly recommend that you watch this episode!

    Great work, NCIS: Los Angeles! Terrifc!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

Michael Harney

Michael Harney

LAPD Detective Frank Scarli

Guest Star

Meta Golding

Meta Golding

LAPD Detective Jess Traynor

Guest Star

Moe Irvin

Moe Irvin

Tommy Bishop

Guest Star

Peter Cambor

Peter Cambor

Operational Psychologist Nate Getz

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Hetty says that a C-117 iswaiting for Nate. She should have said a C-17. The C-117 was the VIP version of the WW II era C-47 Skytrain.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Hetty approaches Callen as he is sleeping, he wakes up staring at Hetty)
      Hetty: Did you catch him this time? You were twitching like a sleeping dog.
      Callen: Well, you now what they say about sleeping dogs. (looks at Hetty)

    • Callen: Is there a military angle to any of this?
      Hetty: No, but Detective Deeks is still the Liaison Officer with the LAPD, which makes him about as close to one of us as it gets.

    • Hetty: Then that's what you should do, stay out of their way and find Mr. Deeks.
      Callen: They're not going to like it if they catch us.
      Hetty: Then don't get caught.

    • Hetty: Mr. Callen, I don't take kindly to being tailed.
      Callen: I'm more of a wingman than a tailman.

    • Hetty: Second unrelated question, do you have plans for this weekend?
      Nate: Plans?
      Hetty: Plans.
      Nate: Uh, are you asking me out? No, that'd be weird. No, no plans.

    • Eric: Gotta love that bureaucracy.
      Nate: The bureaucracy we work for?
      Eric: Like I said, love that bureaucracy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Peter Cambor (Nate Getz) was billed as a special guest star for this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 21, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: October 4, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: November 29, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: January 8, 2011 on SAT 1
      Australia: January 30, 2011 on Channel Ten
      Sweden: February 6, 2011 on TV6
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: January 5, 2013 on Dajto
      Finland: February 18, 2013 on Jim