Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season seven episode “Granger, O.” Please note that this isn’t a recap of what happens. I’m assuming that you’ve already seen the episode. There are spoilers in this review.
We already know from the episode title that we’re finally getting a Granger-centric episode which will reveal more about his past. The twist revealed was a bit predictable but it was made better by the strong performances. In addition, there was strong connection to other episodes from this season, making “Granger, O” a strong episode as we rapidly approach the end of the season.
As we’ve seen all season long, the episodes work much better when they build upon previous storylines. This one ties into the story from “Cancel Christmas” where the team had to deal with North Korean spies. In that episode, we learned that Granger had a connection to the spy Jennifer Kim (real name: Yujin). This episode cleans up the loose ends left from the previous story and expands on Granger’s past. As opposed to last week’s episode where the case’s connection was to a story from more than a season ago, this connection is fresher in the audience’s mind since it just aired in December. In addition to the North Korean spy angle, there was also more discussion of the mole problem. It’s nice to see that this storyline is finally getting some traction since it had mostly been an afterthought all season long. Connections like this make the episode feel more like it takes place in reality instead of a self-contained hour each week.
While the team was focused on tracking down the last of the spies, the real heart of the story lay with Granger and Jennifer Kim. I thought it was a good decision to have the two characters spend most of the episode together on the airplane. It gave them enough solitude and quiet to talk together about their connection. The reveal that Jennifer was Granger’s daughter was really rather predictable and soap opera-y, but it does give the audience a different insight into Granger as a character. Their talk where Granger apologizes for abandoning them was one of Miguel Ferrer’s best performances of the series. While Jennifer may not be as upset about growing up without a father, it is easy to see that it has affected Granger. And the best part was when Granger said he hoped they may be friends someday even though he doesn’t have a lot of friends in general. It gives much more insight into Granger than before, which is nice because his closed off demeanor has always made him a bit of an enigma.
Overall, this was a strong episode. In addition to the excellent Granger scenes, we still had time for fun banter and interactions for everyone else too. It was a “business as usual” kind of episode, but the Granger scenes added the extra emotion to elevate it above something like a filler episode. As the season winds down, I’m very excited to see what’s left in store for us.
Notes from the Boat Shed
- Callen shops at Ikea for his furniture LOL! That was probably one of my favorite details from the episode, but also the discussion of “thrash metal” LOLOLOL “it sounds like… farm equipment,” Sam says.
- “That Sam Hanna is one cool guy” might be the best line delivery of the episode
- Eric is good at basketball apparently. Why won’t you guys let him play with you??
- Most awesome moment of the episode was Jennifer stabbing that guy in the leg WITH A FORK
- As much as I love Densi together (and their discussions about weddings were cute), I’m beginning to think they need some actual conflict or a temporary break up. When you look at their arguments, the two of them are actually quite the opposite of each other and I wonder how sustainable their relationship actually is. (The actress, Daniela Ruah, just announced her second pregnancy so who knows what will happen with her character anyway)
- Creepiest moment of the episode was Eric thinking Granger and Jennifer were dating. EW
So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.