NCIS: Los Angeles (2009– )
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Dom shows up as a prisoner on a jihadist website; the OSP team swing into action; Sam sees his friend Moe; a runner provides a lead to a wealthy source of funds for terrorism; Dom escapes with help, and Sam finds him but not soon enough.


James Whitmore Jr.


Shane Brennan (created by), R. Scott Gemmill

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen
Peter Cambor ... Nate Getz
Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye
Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale
Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange
LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna
Adam Jamal Craig ... Dominic Vail
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Man
Carlo Rota ... Kalil Abramson
Ronald Auguste ... Mowahd Dusa
Ben Youcef ... Yari
Aliah Whitmore Aliah Whitmore ... Ameenah Shah
Abdoulaye NGom ... Iza (as Abdoulaye N'Gom)
Mo Darwiche ... Jihadist
Tom Winter Tom Winter ... Agent Nassir


Dom as a prisoner shows up on a jihadist website, on which an unknown terrorist threatens to execute Dom unless the USA releases a particular Muslim prisoner; the OSP team swing into action; Hetty calls in help from various sources. Sam recognizes his friend Moe in surveillance footage; G, Sam, and Kensi make inquiries and find a runner, and Kensi rescues a computer; G talks with the runner, and Sam leaves an impression on him. G and Sam find and pursue a lead to Kalil, a wealthy businessman in LA suspected of funding terrorist activities; they find him in the company of his lawyers; Hetty advises G to use extreme measures, so he does, and he produces results. Dom has made a friend among his guards, who offers him help in escaping; meanwhile G, Sam, and Kensi follow Kalil to an old theater; Kensi suddenly discovers that Dom has been in the theater; fireworks break out, then Sam finds Dom but not quite soon enough. Written by DocRushing

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Release Date:

4 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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6 January 2011 | by ttapolaSee all my reviews

So... the sequel to the Best Episode So Far, #1.13 - Missing, has finally arrived. Hopes are high - not a single episode since Missing has come even close to equal, let alone surpass, it.

The driving concept behind this episode is a compelling one: different intelligence agencies compete for funding with little regard on the fate of the "rank-and-file". The whole US intelligence community was examined in an article in late 2010 by The Washington Post and was found mostly to be a huge black hole that sucks devastating amounts of money with not enough justification. This would have been a great subject to explore.

What NCIS: Los Angeles offers us is a quick reference to the pissing contest between the agencies and gives us instead a standard investigation episode, which just happens to include a hostage situation. Not to mention the series shameless attempts to appeal to the lowest common denominator: When a suspect tosses a laptop into a swimming pool, who dives in after it? Is it G? Is it Sam? No, of course it's Kensi, because then we get a nice shot of *wet* cleavage. Not that there is anything wrong with that, as the famous line goes, but the writers could have been more subtle...

A man's life is in danger yet the investigation lacks any real sense of urgency. The pace is sluggish and even music is way off from creating the necessary sense of race against time. And the requisite "extreme situations demand extreme measures" discussion? As faulty as 24 became after the first two excellent seasons, at least they took the matter seriously, with consequences. Here, it's just briefly touched upon. Also, Jack Bauer never had the time for this kind of a drag. Plus, when Jack interrogates a suspect, they better talk - G would most likely get laughed at and mocked: "Make me talk? You? The Boy Wonder?"

There are redeeming features. It's always nice to see Carlo Rota, who, funnily enough, portrayed Morris O'Brien in 24, but as a whole, this episode is not different enough from any other to live up to the standards set by its excellent predecessor. Even the climax is predictable, by the numbers, every single element seen before elsewhere, done better. Sadly, a 6/10, the usual for most NCIS: Los Angeles episodes.

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