NCIS Los Angeles review: “Assets”


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Here’s my review of NCIS Los Angeles season nine episode “Assets.” 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.

I was told last week there was a scheduling switch and “Assets” was originally supposed to air before “Se Murio El Payaso.” I don’t know why they changed the schedule, but at least we get a continuation of storylines that began in the season premiere. “Assets” was an entertaining follow-up episode, giving our characters room to figure out how to get used to their new normal.

Mosley continues to be everyone’s annoying splinter you just can’t quite reach to remove. Though she tells Hidoko the plan is still to split the team up, she lets Deeks keep his job based on making a good basketball shot and she’s never outright hostile to the group. And her point about the team’s high body count is still a valid one. It seems clear she’ll be a bit more villainous down the road before, presumably, things get better, but at this point, the struggle against her is more subdued and subtle. I’m really interested to see what the writers have in mind for this storyline (and hopefully it will not play out like every other antagonistic leader story on this show.)

The case this week was not very interesting, and honestly, by the end of it I was a bit muddled on the details. (Perhaps that’s because I was so sure about a reveal that never panned out.) But at least a murder investigation like this allows the team to talk about personal stuff in between working.

Deeks and Kensi talk about the future, with Deeks admitting a possible desire to retire from getting shot at each day. It’s a fascinating sentiment to hear from him after he literally recites the NCIS mission statement to Mosley to keep his job. This episode gives us a lot of “telling” instead of “showing” but it sows the seeds of what could be a great storyline for Deeks in upcoming episodes. His position as “liason” has always put him in a category all his own. What will he do going forward?

Speaking of going forward, Sam is also making big changes in his life, selling his house and belongings to move into a boat. Though grief is a difficult topic to delve into, I’m glad the writers aren’t shying away from it. Is Sam dealing with the loss of his wife well or in a healthy way? We shall see as the season continues. But I appreciate glimpses like this within the episode, such as when he tells Callen where he plans to spread Michelle’s ashes. And it’s good to see Callen as the supportive friend he’s always been.

After last week’s episode which felt like a pause button on all our continuing storylines, “Assets” put everything back into motion. But only time will tell which direction we’re heading in.

Notes from the Boat Shed

  • This episode opened with a Migos song which seems hilariously out of place, but I enjoyed it. The Migos are a fun group.
  • Mosley said she played basketball at UCONN, which is quite the dominant powerhouse in women’s college basketball. Which leads me to think Mosley could totally have made the shot even wearing her frumpy business outfit. Either way, I hope she plays one-on-one with Deeks at some point this season.
  • How dare Mosley want to build on her own office! Open concept offices can be fun once you get used to them 😛
  • I am shocked that Callen did not have his own handy pair of tiny screwdrivers, like Sam did.
  • Callen not even noticing that they got a new car last year got the biggest laugh out of me.
  • I still wish I knew why they held this episode off for a week. But I’m not a producer, so they would know how to run the show better than me. Anyway, it’s over and done with now, so it’s time to look forward to the rest of the season!

So what did you think? Like it or hate it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

4 thoughts on “NCIS Los Angeles review: “Assets”

  1. Good Review! At first I thought Mosley was wearing a bullet proof vest, LOL. Frumpy business outfit is very accurate. I thought one of the friends was the killer and waited with anticipation for that. Callen as supportive friend was so sweet. Looking forward to seeing what happens with Sam as he deals with his grief.

    • Bulletproof vest is definitely a great description for that suit lol. And I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought one of the friends did it! I thought for sure they’d go with that as the obvious twist. Oh well! I enjoyed supportive Callen, but I wonder if there’s a limit to how much support he will give if Sam’s mourning takes a turn for the worst. We’ll see~

      Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

  2. Good review as always! Thanks. I liked the case as it seemed easy enough to understand and not too technical. There was thankfully not a lot of time to discuss major personal stuff. We did have time to hear Deeks and Kensi talk about their possible future though. It was so good to see them work together as partners again and to show us how well they do that. I loved Sam and Callen together. We saw their usual banter despite seeing Sam and his grief being displayed. A real change for Sam! A move from a house and home to a boat! I understand his reaction perfectly. Now it is Callen’s turn to look out for his partner. The big question here though is the Mosley storyline. It looks like she is going to try to bring about change to the team whether we want it or not. Whether we need it or not. She, as a character, is meant to be a thorn in everyone’s side. It is going to see how it all plays out.

    • I’m not a huge fan of murder mystery cases, but I agree with you it was nice that the case wasn’t too technical. Loved seeing Deeks and Kensi back in the field, and loved seeing supportive friend Callen. Wonder if Sam will end up regretting the move to the boat or will love it. Only time will tell! Mosley is definitely stirring things up! Can’t wait to see how the team will deal with that.

      Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

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