NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 7

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Callen finds out why he was targeted over six months ago, while investigating the death of a young Russian woman.

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  • Best of series so far...

    10
    This episode is the best of "NCIS: LA" so far. I'm glad that they answered the major questions posed in the spinoff episodes of "NCIS" last season. It's nice to learn some about Callen's past, but like Gibbs in "NCIS" we only really want (need) to learn a little at a time. This episode kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and surprised me at points. It's really the first episode of "NCIS:LA" that reminds me of "NCIS"... and that's definitely a good thing. I've have my doubts about this show from the very beginning... if they keep making them like this than they'll definitely hook and keep me as a fan.moreless
  • The show just keeps getting better and better.

    10
    This episode had everything I was hoping for. We got more information on Callen's past, more involvement of supporting cast, and even though this was a emotionally heavier episode, we still got a couple of moments of light humor to break it up. Hetty is endearing herself to me more each week. Great from the gate has been the chemistry between O'Donnell and LL Cool J, and that was no different here. O'Donnell gave a strong and understated performance. He simultaneously expressed the pain and damage of Callen's past while still coming across as a strong and capable individual and agent. Too much one way he appears weak and ineffectual, too much the other he becomes unsympathetic. O'Donnell balanced it perfectly. There are still some overall kinks to work out, but I can't think of another show on television that was this good by only the 7th episode.moreless
  • Quite definitely a top notch episode!

    10
    This was a thoroughly entertaining episode, and one of the best so far. The storyline was very interesting, and filled with several twists and turns, and the whole episode was sensational.



    I felt that the episode was quite funny, such as Hanna accusing the security guard of taking his girlfriend, and that scene was just hilarious! I also laughed at the scenes where Hetty attempted to forcefeed tea to everybody!



    I thought this was perhaps the best episode of the show so far, but maybe not as funny as some others. It was a huge improvement over last week, and to me, that was a positive sign. The show is interesting, and I would highly recommend this episode, for the above factors.moreless
  • I liked this episode but...

    7.0
    In this episode we find out why during the original NCIS Callen got shot. Not that it wasnt filled with interesting plot twists and old friends turned evil enemies and we even get a bit of Callen's secretive history revealed. Something in this episode however left me unfulfilled. Here's the gist. I was expecting WAY more out of the Callen shooting. I thought the writers were going for a season 1 cliff hanger or at least something to draw it out for a few episodes. A man gets shot and its all wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end? I feel like if your going to draw viewers in with something as drastic as one of your main characters getting brutally gunned down in the street there needs to be a little more than that. Don't get me wrong, this was a great episode and it both helped build Callen's character, give the viewers some background, and finally answer that question we've all been wondering...WHAT was up with that girl he was trying to avoid. Just a heads up for next time though. Give the audience a little bit more credit and creativity. Give us a little bit more juice and drag it out just a little bit longer so we can REALLY see this show's full potential.moreless
  • A young woman who is doing surveillance is shot and killed while she is watching and recording a subject. NCIS is brought in because pictures of Callen taken about the time he was gunned down are found on the USB drive picked up at the scene.moreless

    9.0
    There are some people who seem to seriously dislike NCIS: Los Angeles. I hadn't noticed before but the ratings on the episodes are pretty low. No worries though, the series is doing quite well and was sold into syndication recently pretty much selling it for a few years at least.



    As far as this episode is concerned, the show continues to develop its characters and in this one we learn a little more about G then we knew so far. I also like that they are developing Kensi's character more as well. She is out in the field with G and Sam on a regular basis. She seems to have a pretty good eye and handles herself pretty well.



    The story was interesting as we learned some about G's past and they reveled a little information about his childhood. The blonde lady who was killed he actually knew which was a bit of a shock. Also we learned why he was actually shot down and who was involved.



    I think the information was laid out pretty well and the ending was a little surprising, but the way the team handled it was sufficient and almost an afterthought. It's interesting when the action is an afterthought. What it means is there has to be some plot to support the episode and in this case the writers came through. We also saw some nice light moments with Hetty in this episode which was great as everyone is generally so afraid of her. All the bits with the tea. The bit with the computer set up near the floor was funny as well.



    A pretty revealing episode with a nice mixture of plot and background. Good acting by the cast and guest stars. Very enjoyable. Thanks for reading...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

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

John Cole

Guest Star

Gregory Sims

Gregory Sims

Max Tyrus

Guest Star

Andrew Rothenberg

Andrew Rothenberg

Teddy Morgan

Guest Star

Rocky Carroll

Rocky Carroll

NCIS Director Leon Vance

Recurring Role

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beal

Recurring Role

Vyto Ruginis

Vyto Ruginis

Arkady Kolcheck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: In the opening scene, the guy offers the girl in the white bikini some champagne, when he's done serving it the glass is almost full; however when he gives the glass to the girl the glass is half-full and in the next scene the glass is almost full again.

    • Goof: Nate notes that Callen has been in 37 different foster homes between the ages of 5 and 18 and that 3 months was his longest stay in one home. If you divide the 37 homes by 13 years that equals 2.8 homes a year, divide that by 12 months and it equals approximately 4 months per home.

    • The longest Callen stayed in any one foster home was with the Russian girls family (Alina). He learned Russian from her when she was four and he was fourteen.

    • When Callen returns to the home where he lived when he was 14 years old, he finds where he had carved his name in the closet door, with the date carved of "'83". That would mean that Callen is 40 years old.

    • Callen had been a DEA agent 10 years ago.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Director Vance: Somebody's been watching you Agent Callen. I need to know why. Anything you might have forgotten to tell me about?
      Callen: Not that would explain this.

    • Director Vance: If your find anything that links this to you getting shot six months ago, I need to know. Do I need to write that down for you Agent Callen?
      Callen: I think I got it.

    • Nate: I need access to a personnel file.
      Hetty: In your position as our head shrinker, you should already have access.

    • (Kensi has gotten the manager to offer her the use of an apartment under the table)
      Kensi: (proudly to Sam & Callen) Less than forty seconds.
      Sam: She's good.
      Callen: She's better than good. We owe her ten bucks. Five apiece.
      Sam: You're the one who bet her she couldn't get him to make an offer in under a minute.
      Callen: Yep, and you stood there and let me do it.

    • (Whispering in Hetty's office)
      Kensi: Where does she get this stuff?
      Nate: None of it is redacted, not a single word.
      Kensi: What if she is the redactor?
      Nate: There is a scary thought. Hetty is the cleaning house for censored government documents cleared to the public.

    • Sam: You got a plan?
      Callen: Yeah, how about we kick in his door and ask him why he is the only one of us that didn't get shot?
      Sam: I've used that one before. It's a very effective plan.

    • Hetty: It worries you how little is in the file?
      Nate: Every time I come back to it, I hope someone has filled in the blanks. But it's still just a single page. No family history. No next of kin.
      Hetty: All the things we take for granted.

    • Sam: His current location?
      Eric: The usual tricks are coming up blank. Cole is as close to invisible as anyone I've ever seen. He's -- he's not leaving an electronic footprint anywhere. (throws out hands in frustration)
      Sam: That hand gesture looked like a sign of surrender, Eric.
      Eric: I was -- I was stretching my arms.

    • Sam: You never listen to me even when you have to, G.
      Callen: Name one time.
      Sam: You're not listening to me now.
      Callen: Yeah, I am.
      Sam: No, you're not.
      Kensi: How long you two been married?

    • Kensi: So how does a former KGB agent end up so wealthy, so fast?
      Hetty: Because he knows where the bodies are buried. (pauses) Most likely because he's the one who buried them.

    • (Hetty and Nate talking about a case Callen is working on)
      Hetty: Nate, what others may view as the most inconsequential of things can be a revelation to Callen. A thread here, a scrap there. Maybe this time, a tiny piece of the fabric of his life.
      Nate: And if it goes badly?
      Hetty: Well, then, you get to tell me I was wrong. The director gets to rub me a new one.
      Nate: (chuckles, then turns serious) And Callen?
      Hetty: Does what he always does….. Survives!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:

      Normal Man by Duff Dugan

    • International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: November 11, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Norway: January 18, 2010, on Tv3
      Sweden: January 26, 2010 on TV3 Germany: August 21, 2010 on Sat.1
      Finland: September 22, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: December 17, 2010 on AXN
      Slovakia: July 21, 2011 on Markiza

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