Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season eight episode “Tidings We Bring.” 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.
Christmas episodes are generally much more lighthearted than usual and “Tidings We Bring” was no exception. It was a nice episode with low stakes which focused more on characters than the inconsequential case. Hetty explicitly sets the episode up to be filler by essentially telling Callen that they’ll just procrastinate on finding the mole until the last minute like college students avoiding a deadline. This would be annoying but the character stories are more entertaining to watch anyway, so this is probably how a Christmas episode should be.