NCIS: Los Angeles: Season 1, Episode 14

LD50 (2 Feb. 2010)

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Reporter Gage Jensen's On The Line TV crew follows an ATG bust at LaGrange Industries, only to find in the drugs lab dead career criminals, including Ian Albers and corporal Lachlan Ames, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Julianna McCarthy ...
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Andrew Connolly ...
Jacobus Troyger
Gage Jenson
Simon Amputuan
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Sadiki Hassan


Reporter Gage Jensen's On The Line TV crew follows an ATG bust at LaGrange Industries, only to find in the drugs lab dead career criminals, including Ian Albers and corporal Lachlan Ames, both in false USMC uniforms. Thei phone records lead to retired bacteriologist Esther Balmore, an Alzheimer patient who believed to help Uncle Sam by growing botulin, used for botox and biological arms. The team tracks an auction to terrorists. Written by KGF Vissers

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Callen and Sam in the process of interrogating a suspect they mention to him that they know some Mossad agents. Could they be referring to Ziva David. But if NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles time lines are the same at the time this episode aired Ziva had already denounced Mossad. See more »


Special Agent G. Callen: Besides, what's the worst thing that could happen?
Nate Getz: Oh, I don't know. Let's see. Sam gets made. They kill him. Then you, Kensi and the others storm the place and the Dutchman releases the toxin killing all of you and half of Los Angeles.
Special Agent G. CallenSpecial Agent Sam Hanna: Which half?
Nate Getz: I'm going to go brief the Director.
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References The Dirty Dozen (1967) See more »

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Birth of Tension
24 November 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

And NCIS: Los Angeles is back to doing average episodes - watching this is no waste of time, but one could do a lot better. This episode has all the ingredients for a great, tense thriller, yet fails to give birth to any *real* tension. Clichés run rampant an after a while the human brain will likely reduce the memory of this one to a faint recollection.

The best thing about this episode is the adorable Comic Relief Old Lady. I'm not familiar with actress Julianna McCarthy's body of work, but she is the star here. The regular actors fall yet again to their thin roles - but it's the writers who are at fault in not giving these characters the same great personalities than their colleagues in the original NCIS. Sam Hanna may be the hardest hitter of both shows regular characters combined, but the attempts to make Kensi as bad-ass (and great ass) as Ziva have no chance of succeeding. Though the victor would be self-evident, I'm guessing male viewers would like to see a fight between these two tough females. C'mon, someone needs to outdo the Holy Grail of TV cat-fights, the breath-taking one at the climax of season 2 of Alias! And the funniest character in this show so far has been Special Guest Star Abby Sciuto, everyone's favorite goth. Sorry, Los Angeles, you have to do better. You've already shown it in #1.13, now just do it again!

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