NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1, Episode 1

Identity (22 Sep. 2009)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A commander in Naval intelligence dies during a shootout involving others with the LAPD; Callen returns to duty. The gang find the pieces and put them together; Callen pitches a deal, and he and Sam find and return a missing girl.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Bobby J. Jenlow
Helen McGuire
Luis Perez
Emma Perez


A commander in Naval intelligence dies during a shootout involving others with the Los Angeles PD after a traffic stop; Callen returns to duty after recovering from his gunshot wounds incurred at the end of the pilot episode; the Office of Special Projects (OSP) has moved into different quarters. Director Vance says that the case of Callen's shooting remains open. The gang in LA find out about the victim, his sister, her daughter (who's missing), and a long-time best friend, who enters the scene and the action. Both Nate (the staff shrink) and Hetty (the operations manager) make constructive contributions. The team start putting the pieces together. Sam and Callen attend a party with fireworks, then they pitch a deal to someone who's someone else; the surprises multiply, and the atmosphere becomes tense, but Sam and Callen work things out and return the missing daughter to her distraught mother. Hetty spreads a blanket over Callen while he sleeps. Written by DocRushing

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Did You Know?


As Callen and Sam are walking into Ops, Kensi is heard speaking (somewhat angrily) in a foreign language. She is speaking Portuguese, a language Daniela Ruah (who plays "Kensi") is fluent in. See more »


Callen asks Eric to look up information on a house at 1727 Pacific Coast Highway. But looking over Eric's shoulder we see he's typed 1726 PCH on his terminal. See more »


NCIS Special Agent G. Callen: What are you my mother or something?
NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna: You could use one.
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References NCIS: Legend: Part 2 (2009) See more »

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A questionable start.
22 September 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am astonished at this lackadaisical attempt at a series premiere! The introductory 'Legend' two-part episode on NCIS last season was ten times better than this, and I generally hate intro episodes! This incarnation of the NCIS franchise is supposed to be the undercover/special operations version, and yet they only played at going undercover. (I think I'll be a realtor today. How about you? Feel like playing the lawyer?) Still, I can see the potential for a good season if they can continue with some of the cutting-edge tech and gadgets they played with in 'Legend'. Sure it will make for an expensive show, but haven't they already put out the setup cash? One thing I liked and look forward to hearing more about is Callen's name. It's an interesting back story to the character and obviously something they plan to play up in the early part of the show. I find myself hoping that Hetty (WONDERFUL to see Linda Hunt on the show!) will take it upon herself to either research his original name, or assign him a nickname of her own.

Let's give this a few episodes' warm up and see where it goes.

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