NCIS: Los Angeles

Season 1 Episode 2

The Only Easy Day

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

As the team is working the murder of a drug dealer, the case ends up being personal for one of the team members.

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  • Sam feels betrayed when a former SEALs team kill some LAPD cops

    This was an interesting episode when former SEALs kill LAPD cops that are actually dirty and NCIS are stuck in the middle of it all and must stop more deaths by finding the rest of the SEALs.Throughout the episode Sam finds it hard to believe that the SEALs killed the LAPD cops until they actually found out they was dirty.This is another good early episode to a promising show.
  • Let's get it started!

    This should have been the pilot episode of the show. It was fun, entertianing, and suspencful. But what I really like about it was it really gave us a chance to see how the charater's interact with eachother. We saw it with Hetty and the Team, Hetty and Dom, Hetty and Sam, Sam and G, Kensi and Dom, and Sam and Dom.

    This was an extrodinary episode that had me on the edge of my seat until the final seconds. Now, why this wasn't the Pilot beats me, but all in all I thought that this was a great episode!moreless
  • Surprise! Seals vs. The Man

    This episode it was rogue navy seals against drug dealers and dirty cops. Sprinkle in a little NCIS and LAPD and you got yourself a good episode. Compared to last weeks episode I would say this one is better. There's still "something" missing that I cant quite put my finger on. The team is working well together. The humor was even better this episode. This episode had some of the classic NCIS style plot twists and a bit of that frustration. Toss in a little anger mixed with frustration from Sam who himself is a seal and its a marked improvement from last week. This episode makes me eager to see next weeks and the week after that. If NCIS:LA keeps this up for the next couple episodes they've hooked me in as a fan. Till next week!moreless
  • Is this an improv show?

    Last week we had "Special Forces" operators storming a drug dealer's hidey-hole with no Tac-vests or ballistic protection.

    This week we see a bunch of SEALs going in with no preparation and no weapons off the back of unchecked anger and dismay at the loss of a team member.

    Do the "writers" on this program have any sense of who they're writing about?

    Is there any consultation going on with bonafide experienced military personnel?

    Is the fight choreographer a first timer or perhaps his actors don't have the commitment to learn how to fight? LL Cool J's throw down with his fellow SEAL was so stilted, wooden and uncommitted. Demi Moore woulda taken them both and not popped a button!

    Given the lineage of this show where is the production experience and wisdom of NCIS here?

    I love Linda Hunt but here I can't help thinking E in The Incredibles. Can they spell plagiarism?

    Sure it's early in the run but the primary actors don't seem to have finding their characters yet. The past couple of seasons have seen fantastic debuts of new shows with actors (known and unknown) who have been cast so well. Even with their script short-comings they made their characters something we wanted to engage with. And we've certainly seen some cancellations of far more polished shows coming to the plate.

    I'm just not feeling it with this supposedly elite team. The Bromance of Cool and O'Donnell is more Brokeback than Band of Brothers. A gay principal romance would be neat but perhaps not in the style that's being shown here.

    Out of respect to it's older and better sibling on the East Coast I'll be watching this a little more but so far its weeks 2 of BUDS and these guys are looking like they'll be ringing the bell before long.moreless
  • Not as good as the season premiere, but still strong.

    When LL Cool J came out of the water, I lost it. Just a ridiculously awesome scene as when it comes to action NCIS: Los Angeles sets the bar on television today. It's parent series, the Eliot fight scenes from Leverage, they all are just not even close.

    The show also has witty dialogue and intriguing characters who have all established their identity just two episodes in. But sometimes the show just feels "quiet" for lack of a better term. Some of the actors just do not have the screen presence necessary to carry the second highest rated show on TV and that could be trouble if Chris O'Donnell or LL Cool J end up leaving the show at some point.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

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

LAPD Detective Douglas Grozen

Guest Star

Brian Gross

Brian Gross

Morris Raspen

Guest Star

Seidy Lopez

Seidy Lopez

Gail Ramirez

Guest Star

Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa

Tech Operator Eric Beale

Recurring Role

Kathleen Rose Perkins

Kathleen Rose Perkins

Coroner Rose Carlyle

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • GOOF: In the side shot we see Kensi climb into the back seat and Dominic moving his head to avoid her back side which passes the head rest of the driver's seat. In the next shot, her back side is in the front with once more passing the driver side head rest and Dominic moving his head to the side.

    • When Callen and Hanna go to see the SEAL's widow, they give her their names, but never identify themselves as NCIS agents or show their badges, which is standard procedure.

    • When Hanna and the LAPD detective draw on each other at the crime scene, the cop shows Sam his badge, but he doesn't show his in return. It doesn't make sense that the cop would accept Sam's word that he was NCIS without seeing his ID.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Hetty: Oh for the love of Gucci!

    • (Hetty finds Sam punching a bag)
      Sam: Why does something have to be wrong, can't a guy just get some exercise?
      Hetty: Pilates is exercise, beating the hell out of something is an aggressive expression of male frustration.

    • (Hetty finds Dominic aggressively punching a bag)
      Hetty: What is the matter with you, man?
      Dominic: Sorry, I was just letting off a little steam.
      Hetty: Like the little engine that could. I know you lost a target, big deal… it happens… get over it!
      Dominic: So, you heard about that.
      Hetty: Of course, I heard about it, I know what you ate for breakfast.

    • (Callen lets Sam go into interrogate Raspen)
      Nate: This is a bad idea.
      Callen: Trust me, Doc, sometimes you have to let the big dogs work it out.

    • Nate: Sam, I know you're angry and you take their action personally, but ……
      Sam: (Interrupting) Whoaa, Doc, do me a favor and stay out of me head!

    • Dominic: It's hard being the new guy.
      Kensi: Try being the new girl, they used to make me crawl into air vents, under house just because I was the smallest one, yeah. When was the last time you had to put on a bikini for an assignment, yeah, that's right, try hiding a gun in your thong.
      Dominic: Alright, I'd just never thought of it that way.
      Kensi: Yeah, well, it's obviously not like that anymore. I mean if you can prove you can protect yourself and protect your team, then they'll let up. If Sam is hard on you in the office it's just because he wants to protect you in the field... Well of course, either that or he genuinely doesn't like you.

    • Nate: What is the world coming to when drug dealers aren't even safe in the comfort of their own fortified homes?
      Hetty: Oh, your professional psychological analyst is an invaluable asset to our team, Nate.
      Nate: Thanks, Hetty.
      Hetty: But your stand up needs some work, save it for open mike night.

    • (Eric whistles and everyone leaves, Dominic standing with his back turned did not notice)
      Hetty: Personally, I don't respond to being whistled at like a sheep dog, but Eric seems to have trained the others. So, I suggest you learn the appropriate Pavlovian response. (Dominic has a questioning look on his face) Which is GO!.

    • Sam: SEALs work together as a team. Holgate had the tendency to act like a lone wolf, if you know what I'm talking about.
      Callen: Actually, half the time I don't know what you're talking about. And the rest of the time, I just disagree.

    • (Dominic stands with his hands raised, unaware that Sam's taken off.)
      Hetty: What are you doing?
      Dominic: Training.
      Hetty: To go undercover as a scarecrow?

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 7, 2009 on Channel Ten
      United Kingdom: October 21, 2009 on Sky1/Sky1 HD
      Sweden: November 17, 2009 on TV3
      Norway: December 14, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: March 3, 2010 on A&E
      Germany: July 24, 2010 on SAT 1
      Finland: August 18, 2010 on Nelonen
      Czech Republic: November 12, 2010 on AXN
      Slovakia: June 28, 2011 on Markiza