NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 12

Past Lives

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Callen wants to take on a mission by himself when a parolee he put in jail is murdered. The team tries to keep track of him from a distance, as he resurrects one of his old aliases.

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  • We finished watching all the weekly shows like 24, Burn Notice, Leverage, White collar, NCIS & decided to give this spin-off one more chance...

    We finished watching all the weekly shows like 24, Burn Notice, Leverage, White collar, NCIS & decided to give this spin-off one more chance, but instead of getting better the show got WORSE! I can't wait for them to take it off the air & resurrect the Unit!

    At one point the characters were playing ping-pong & we started discussing ping-pong. Finally, my thirteen-year old friend named King Joe said: "Let's just watch some ping-pong on Youtube. It's better than this".

    Bottom line, if you have nothing to do, you're better off watching random clips on youtube that watching NCIS Los Angeles.

    P.S. I love L.A.!moreless
  • Way too complicated, and this was why the episode became unenjoyable.

    This was one of my least favorite episodes of the show so afar, and this was quite a dreadful one,, in my opinion.

    The actual case was indeed quite interesting, but it turned out to be way too complicated, too detailed and the episode didn't focus enough on the important things.

    There were some good moments, and the ending was great, but I didn't enjoy the episode as much, because it was quite difficult to flollow.

    I wouldn't recommend this one, unless you enjoy confusion. The show needs to step up, beacause it was amazing a few weeks back, and it is now in some poor form.

    Please improve, LA!moreless
  • G goes undercover as one of his former alias to uncover a plot to kill everyone involved in a military heist of 5 million dollars after one of the men involved is gunned down. Kensi goes to the state pen to talk with the one person still in prison.moreless

    I'm not sure exactly what was missing from this episode. Chris O'Donnell's lingering angst filled looks got a little old after a while. The situation with Kensi and the Jag officer was a little strange and the prison scenes were not that good as well.

    The case involved G as a guy named Tedford as an undercover operative five years or so ago. He pretends to be a crooked MP and gets in with the three men who took the money. Eventually after two of the men who turned states against the other one get released from prison four years later turn up dead some additional twists come up.

    Also G had a relationship with one of the men's sisters and then just left her without explaining anything and there is a little boy involved and a new fiancee in the picture. So that explains the soulful angst filled looks by O'Donnell. It could be that the brother was gunned down while standing next to him as well that was causing his character grief.

    It becomes obvious that there are outside influences and a very unsatisfactory ending which may have been my problem with the episode.

    It did seem like a lot of going thru the motions on certain actors parts. Overall the cast is still pretty good. A disappointing episode compared to some of the other recent ones. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • G goes lone wolf.

    Finally, some funny banter to kick this show off. It's been a while since that has been the case, but this NCIS staple is one of the reasons this series has become so popular.

    But I also like when the humor is kept to a minimum, just in the opening scene essentially, and there is a good story for the other 35 minutes, and that was the case again tonight. For once there wasn't 25 twists and there was just an easy to follow plot, that also involved a former member of CBS' The Unit, which for me led to a mark-out moment.

    Not the best episode the show has done, but this was definitely a good installment.moreless
Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt

Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange

Chris O'Donnell

Chris O'Donnell

NCIS Special Agent G. Callen

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

Adam Jamal Craig

Adam Jamal Craig

NCIS Special Agent Dominic Vail

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Lieutenant Commander Neil Corby

Guest Star

Audrey Marie Anderson

Audrey Marie Anderson

Kristin Donnelly

Guest Star

Kenneth Johnson (III)

Kenneth Johnson (III)

Tommy Boyd

Guest Star

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beale

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Returning from commercial break we see Sam and Kensi listening to Eric's information. When Eric says "Prime Suspect" we see a woman walking by on her cell carrying a folder. A few seconds later during a close up shot on Eric, we see the same woman walking by on her cell with the folder.

    • At the end of the episode, Kristin says that Tommy is all right and will be coming home tomorrow. However, as a convicted felon possessed a gun and attempting to use it in a public place on a naval officer, he would likely face criminal charges.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Discussing possible activities for their team outing)
      Kensi: Cowboy bar on Sunset?
      Callen: With the mechanical bull?
      Kensi: Yeah!
      Callen: No! Hetty plus mechanical bull plus tequila shots equals bar fight. Trust me I've been there.

    • Callen: Dom? Is that a doll?
      Dom: Uh-huh no, it's a one of only five hundred Alpha Centauri Imperial Class Guardians Bobble-heads in the entire world. This is not a doll.
      Callen: You're playing with an alien doll? At work?

    • (Discussing possible activities for their team outing)
      Dom: How about Disneyland?
      Kensi: I hate Disneyland.
      (Sam walks in)
      Callen: Kensi hates Disneyland.
      Sam: The happiest place on earth.
      Kensi: I have issues with grown men in furry costumes.
      (Nate walks in)
      Sam: Unless it's Thursday night?
      Nate: What are we talking about?
      Dom: Quality time with the team.
      Callen: Apparently it's been too long since we hung out unless there's a corpse involved.

    • (Discussing possible activities for their team outing)
      Nate: Bowling, it's great competition, builds camaraderie and you get to wear those funny shoes.
      Sam & Callen: (Unison) No bowling!
      Nate: Okay, what about the cowboy bar on Sunset?
      (Hetty walks in)
      Hetty: Oh, that sounds like fun.
      Sam: There's a mechanical bull, Hetty.
      Hetty: Oh, no, never mind.

    • Callen: I've been a lot of people.
      Hetty: Yes, but you enjoyed being Jason Tedrow the best.
      (Hetty walks away and finds Sam in her office)
      Hetty: It bothers me too, Mr. Hanna.
      Sam: He's going lone wolf one us.
      Hetty: Keep an eye on him.
      Sam: He's good at spotting tails.
      Hetty: And you're good at running them. Stay close. Lone wolf or not, Mr. Callen is one of our own.

    • Nate: (to Sam) A ping pong night for the team outing. And not to brag or anything , but, um, I'm really good. Fortunately for you it's easy to pick up.
      (They begin playing ping-pong)
      Nate: How's the case?
      Sam: Callen wants to work alone.
      Nate: Ah, behavior that conflicts with one of the fundamentals tenets of Navy SEALs psychology: teamwork.
      Sam: One of the fundamentals of G. Callen is to tackle things solo.
      Nate: It's the way he makes sense of the world, he's been doing it his whole life.
      Sam: You debrief him after every case, you would know what's not in the file… and that's all you're going to say?
      Nate: It's all I can say. If it effects NCIS, then it's my job to speak up. But as far as the inner most thoughts of the field agents are concerned, it's my job to make sure they stay confidential. He trusts you more than anyone else, Sam.

    • Callen: This crowd can smell a cop from a mile away.
      Sam: I smell like a cop?
      Callen: You smell like baby powder, but that's a whole other conversation.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 29, 2010 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: May 24, 2010 on TV3
      Germany: September 25, 2010 on SAT 1
      Finland: November 3, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: January 28, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: August 18, 2011 on Markiza

    • Charlie O'Donnell plays Michael Donnelly in this episode and is the son of star Chris O'Donnell.