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The Dragon and the Fairy 

In LA a man survives gunfire while trying to enter the Vietnamese consulate; G and company investigate; the victim's personal effects include the name of a Marine first lieutenant; the team save lives, solve the case, and reunite a family.


Tony Wharmby


Shane Brennan (created by), Joe Sachs | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... G. Callen
Daniela Ruah ... Kensi Blye
Eric Christian Olsen ... Marty Deeks
Barrett Foa ... Eric Beale
Renée Felice Smith ... Nell Jones
Linda Hunt ... Hetty Lange
LL Cool J ... Sam Hanna
Dan Lauria ... James Cleary
Lydia Look ... Mai Nguyen
Sumalee Montano ... Yen Tran
François Chau ... Binh Tran
Christopher Khai ... Tuan Nguyen
VyVy Nguyen ... Qui
James Chen ... Cadeo Hoang
Sam Medina ... Phuoc


Yesterday in Los Angeles, while a young man tries to enter the Vietnamese consulate, an unknown gunman in a passing car shoots him, injuring but not killing him; tomorrow the SecNav will attend a Southeast Asia conference at the same consulate; Callen and company investigate. While G and Sam visit the victim in a hospital, his employer shows up; his personal effects include the name of a Marine first lieutenant; as Kensi and Deeks approach the consulate, a car explodes; the car belongs to a local lawyer of Vietnamese descent who's a leader in a group seeking to introduce democracy and other human-rights reforms into the oppressive regime of the socialist government of Vietnam. G and Sam check out the tailor shop and follow a van to a second place, where Sam later drives into the building and saves many lives. The team figure out everything, discover domestic dissonance, eliminate bad guys, reunite a family, and shoot baskets while Hetty officiates. Written by DocRushing

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Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

20 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Translators and translation are mentioned several times. The correct term, however, would be interpreter/interpretation. A translator works with text, spoken language is handled by an interpreter. See more »


Nga: They don't know I speak. I learn with little boy. Every day we watch Sesame Street.
Marty Deeks: Elmo rocks...
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My Favorite of ALL the episodes
14 April 2014 | by buckeyejerseygirlSee all my reviews

The story of the American GI never finding his Vietnamese family is so touching because it is a true scenario for thousands of soldiers. This episode tackles the slavery issue as well and how these captors terrorize their own country men with threats of rape and torture by our police. Cleary is cast perfectly. What a beautiful tale of the Dragonand the Fairy. I read the other review and yes its odd that they play net for so long but every episode starts with something similar: rock wall climbing, teasing of a partner, planning birthday parties and convincing Callen to play Lupin-so whats the big deal. The context of the show is what is important.

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