The Tuesday, April 29 episode of "NCIS: Los Angeles," 5x22, "One More Chance," sees the team have to decide whether to trust Sam's instincts about a kidnapped girl and her mother or to go with what the evidence seems to be pointing to, with the potential for an unmanned aerial vehicle to fall into the wrong hands.
While the case itself isn't the most intriguing one this season, it's still a good one, and it's especially good when the loved one isn't in on the kidnapping. That's a fact that Sam is ready to stand by from the beginning, insisting that while Jessica Peyton may not be Mother of the Year, she is a good person and wouldn’t let anything happen to her daughter. It's too often with cases like this that it turns out that the person is actually involved and not what they seem, but in this case, Jessica is just a mother who wants her daughter back, and if that means ditching the agents protecting her and trying to help her, she does just that.
However, that's just something that makes her look guilty, until Sam realizes that the reason she was looking in Kensi and Deeks' direction – something that prompted Kensi to play girlfriend to give her a reason in case she was being watched – was because of a message in graffiti on the wall behind them. The kidnappers had grabbed her, but luck is on NCIS' side because they have the driver in custody, and they take care of business when he shows up with the truck at the address sent to him.
In the end, the family is reunited, and we get a sweet glimpse at Sam with Riley, as it was the booklet of a rock band he knew she liked that made him realize that she was missing in the first place. She then gives that booklet to Sam when he offers it back to her – its good luck worked for her – and we get a tease that hey, some people don't just disappear after the case is done because she wants to schedule in a jam session reminiscent of the time they spent together when he was part of Jessica's protection detail in Saudi Arabia.
Sam then offers that booklet to Callen, suggesting he put it under his pillow, pass it on, etc. When it comes to episodes that highlight their partnership, this has to be mentioned, as does "Tuhon" earlier this season. While Callen sees Granger's points, he still sticks by his partner throughout everything, even when it seems like Sam may be wrong to trust his gut. That's called trust, and one of the best parts of "NCIS: Los Angeles" has always been Sam and Callen's partnership. You have to love that the show hasn't forgotten about it and still finds ways to showcase it in the fifth season.
Oh, and hey, a nice continuity point: Kensi's surprised that Callen has a date. Remember, she was in Afghanistan, so she missed out on what's going on in Callen's love life.
"NCIS: Los Angeles" season 5 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of episode 22 "One More Chance"?