NCIS Los Angeles review: “Plain Sight”

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

As far as memorable standout NCISLA episodes go, “Plain Sight” isn’t one of them. But that’s perfectly okay. With a show on its ninth season already, not every episode is going to be the one you think about weeks or months later. What this week’s episode was, however, was a fun return to form. Between tracking down stolen guns and infiltrating a fancy gun show, the team got to work with Mosley and show what they do best.

The case wasn’t too unusual this week, but it was a different change of pace from the last few episodes. It’s always more interesting to watch when the team is racing to thwart some sort of plot instead of merely solving a murder. They get to be more dynamic in their actions, and the race to stop the assassination gave the episode a sense of urgency.

They spent a vast amount of time out of the office this time as well. Instead of bringing the Young guy back to the Boat Shed for interrogation, Deeks and Kensi just talked to him where they found him. Sam and Callen spend a lot of time at the fancy outdoor charity event thing too, and while they aren’t undercover like usual, they still get to move around a lot as they investigate. This varied use of scenery is something NCISLA always does well. It’s not always chasing bad guys in abandoned warehouses (though that does happen too).

The best part of the episode, however, was getting to see the team work with Mosley and Hidoko out in the field. We haven’t had a chance to see them outside of the office yet, and this didn’t disappoint. Hidoko especially did a nice job in her undercover position. Mosley didn’t do much other than use her job status as an excuse to talk to the right people, but it was a glimpse of how they could all learn to work together in the future. That’s certainly a possibility, though I believe things will get worse between them before they get better.

A weakness of “Plain Sight” might be that we do not gain much insight into any of the team. Other than Sam’s boat project, there’s not much of a b-story to the episode. There is a bit about his friend Byron from last season’s “Kulinda,” but it feels like an undeveloped idea. In the end, Sam hasn’t misjudged Byron’s character who was only trying to protect his family. While the writers might have been trying to draw some sort of vague parallel between Sam’s family situation and Byron’s, I felt like it wasn’t developed enough to work. It will be interesting though if Byron makes any future appearances. We’ll have to see.

Overall, this was an enjoyable episode to watch. And that’s the most important thing!

Notes from the Boat Shed

  • We’re four episodes into the season and Eric and Nell have yet to really do anything. I hope they’ll get more vital screentime this season (not just talking nonsense for the laughs.)
  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the absurdity of this gun party thing. I can (unfortunately) imagining this happening in America, but the idea of giving drunk people a bunch of guns without any sort of safety precautions seems too ridiculous for real life. I wonder whether this plot point was meant to be some sort of political statement.
  • We’ve had two episodes in a row with snipers, but no episodes of Kensi getting to show off her sniper skills. I’ll admit I’m disappointed!
  • Best banter of the episode was Callen and Sam’s argument over jet skis. But Deeks and Kensi putting on their aviator sunglasses at the same time was almost as fun.
  • Arkady is back next week! My favorite recurring character! Looking forward to his shenanigans.

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

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2 thoughts on “NCIS Los Angeles review: “Plain Sight”

  1. Thanks so much for your review. Perceptive as usual! You have covered everything, so I have little to say. I liked the episode very much. It may not stand out but it was easy to follow. The team work was interesting with Mosley out in the field with the boys. However, a fundraiser and gun show together was foreign to me. What could go wrong? I hope that there was a political aspect about it. Deeks and Kensi were great together as partners and did provide some of the lovely banter on display. However, I think less is more with Deeks. Finding out that the car belonged to Mosely was really funny. The banter between Sam and Callen is always priceless. Jet skis imagine! I always like to see Eric and Nell in ops where they do what they do best. I missed them and Hetty but Harley saved the day. Team work! Looking forward to the next episode!

    • I believe the fundraiser gun show was meant to have a subtle political aspect to it, though they didn’t explore it much. I agree with you about Deeks (sometimes!) because he does have a tendency to ramble and that kinda kills the joke sometimes after he makes it. I really kind of hope Sam and Callen end up with jet skis somehow later in the season and remember this argument 🙂 Didn’t it feel like Nell was hardly in the episode at all? Hopefully she and Eric get to do more important tech stuff in Ops this week!

      Thanks as always for reading and commenting!

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