"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 continued Tuesday, Oct. 29, with episode 6, "Big Brother," and the team had to deal with a 15-year-old hacker—but that was just the beginning.
Overall, this was an intriguing "NCIS: LA" case, and it all began as a joint NCIS/FBI/CIA task force ready to take down a cartel with ties to terrorists walked right into an ambush. Two agents lost their lives, and a third was in the ICU. The new SecNav, who has only appeared on "NCIS" so far, assigned the team to find the mole that tipped the cartel off, and that meant Kensi and Deeks got to interview FBI Agents Jenkins and Ambrose, CIA Agent Lowell, and NCIS Agent Carter, who had sleep apnea thanks to his run-in with Kensi. They all insisted they followed protocol, and that was when Eric discovered the CIA and FBI had been hacked. "You can run, but you cannot hide from the E to the B to the T to the O," he exclaimed, proud of himself. The malware on Lowell and Ambrose's phones converted calls to texts, and with those two targeted, the team had to follow them. It looked like Ambrose had something shady going on with a teenager, but they were drawn away when Eric located the hacker, only for them to find a teenager, who kicked Deeks between the legs before trying to run. She just thought he was a pervert. Poor Deeks!
But the only thing Cindy was directly guilty of was hacking the mean girls at her school to find out what they were saying about her. As she explained, if they had Wi-Fi, she only needed their phones to get to their computers and vice versa. These mean girls also happened to be the daughters of VIP parents, and to keep an eye on things, someone had to go undercover at the school. The guys all chose Kensi, even as she protested, but she couldn't go in when she got there. In the end, Callen had to go in to deal with the "savage beasts," as the school administrator called the students, but his substitute teaching days were cut short when a teacher was found dead in the lounge. He had hanged himself after he was blackmailed for being too friendly with the star hurdler of the track team. Yes, that girl was one of the girls Cindy hacked.
Eric and Nell took a look at the girls' Facebook pages and found one "friend" whose identity couldn't be confirmed: Matt. Cindy met him in a hacker chat room, and he liked to wear baseball hats. Hacker confirmed. Eric discovered that "Matt" had hacked Cindy the previous Saturday, and she confirmed everything they suspected: he drove her for frozen yogurt after bowling—his car had Wi-Fi—and had her watch a video. They were able to get a photo from traffic footage and ID him as Ethan Bloom. He had a clean record, but he also happened to come into money lately. He was selling the information. They had no way of finding him—except Cindy. She had him meet her at the bowling alley and was ready to strangle him. When she didn't play it cool, instead of shoving him, he ran, and the team followed. Deeks chased him up stairs, but the rest of the team saw the "For Lease" sign on the side of the building and knew the door was locked, meaning Ethan had to jump back down, right to where they were waiting. Ethan was caught, the malware was destroyed, and a new joint task force was already assembled. All that was left was for Cindy to figure out how to use her skills for good. Oh, and if she had it her way, maybe look up Eric in five or six years.
Meanwhile, Deeks, after his hippie aunt sent him an article about being healthy, got himself a "walking work station," as he called it. "I just don't get kids these days," Callen commented upon seeing Deeks going one mile per hour at his desk. Deeks loved it, the others didn't care, and Hetty reluctantly "agreed" to let him keep it—until, as she claimed, it drew enough power to cause a delay in their network. Then she just got rid of it. Was it a ridiculous storyline? Yes. Did that make it any less fun? Not at all.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 6 "Big Brother"?