"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 continued Tuesday, Oct. 8, with episode 3, "Omni," and while Deeks returned to work, Callen wasn't sure he was ready to be back as they investigated a bio tech company and a classified vaccine project.
Fast and furious The case in this "NCIS: LA" episode took a couple of twists before they finally figured out who was responsible for blowing up Tom Norris and his car, and while the end result wasn't too surprising—jealousy, power, and greed are always pretty good motivators—it was a fun ride. Norris had managed to evade a police chase only for his car to explode when he was hiding. His company, Norris Biotech, had been working on a ricin vaccine (oh, "Breaking Bad's" Lydia would have been very interested in that), and once Sam and Callen looked over his car, they found white phosphorus near the trigger—and Omni, a transnational criminal organization had been found with some of that phosphorus during a sting, but not all of it. Was Omni responsible for Norris' death? It was looking like they were, especially when they turned out to be the reason why Dr. Leonard from Norris Biotech was stealing the vaccine samples (and really, Sam could have been skipping and still would've run down the doctor in the Biotech parking lot) and had invested in the company after they reached phase 2 of the vaccine trials. They had his family and had offered a trade. The NCIS: LA team intervened, they set up a new meet, and, as expected, it didn't go down as expected. They cornered the guy on a roof and killed him, but he had passed the vaccine case off to a woman on the bus, and they tracked the case back to a race track, the same race track Norris had been a member of and where Kensi had had fun driving Hetty's car. But Omni hadn't been responsible for Norris' death.
It was someone in Norris' company, and who better than the person who had started the company with him? Yes, it was Paulson. He had seen it as an opportunity to get out from Norris' shadow and take control of the company. Like every other killer out there, Paulson tried to run and then just began shooting wildly. Sam easily tackled him—and he's not a giant, he's just husky. Dr. Leonard was made acting president of the company, and Omni's shares were made property of the US.
Back too soon? Even Deeks wasn't quite sure if he was back for good when he first came in to the office, and he was clearly not the same guy he had been before his trauma. "I'm going to take it one day at a time," he told Kensi when she found him at the shooting range. While everyone welcomed him back, Callen had his concerns, concerns he made known to Hetty, Sam, and Deeks himself. Sam thought Deeks would be fine, saying he'd seen guys go through worse, but when Deeks didn’t take the shot, his excuses and his insistence that he was fine didn't convince the rest of the team. As the episode ended, Callen pulled him aside and told him that he didn't want him there until he was ready to be back. It wasn't safe for Deeks or the team for him to be second guessing himself. However, they were good once Deeks insisted he was ready to be back, and as Kensi and Deeks flirted their way off to dinner, Hetty watched with a "Welcome back, Mr. Deeks."
Any progress? We feel like the ball is firmly in Kensi's court at the moment. Deeks kissed her, told her that she helped him through the torture, and yes, he may have been sleeping at the end of the last episode, but she heard him say, "it's a love story." In "Omni," after a few "too late" jokes, she blurted out "I missed you," and there's just something about when these two are honest and do say what they mean that makes their relationship so great and so entertaining to watch develop.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 3 "Omni"?