“NCIS: Los Angeles” decided to go big for its fourth-season finale — and what could be bigger than a stolen nuclear weapon being exploded — with more being put on the market for sale to terrorists.
The plans for the finale were discussed early in the season, so that several episodes that previously aired this season could introduce the story, the players and the events leading up to the big bang.
One of those measures was the introduction of NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna’s (LL Cool J) wife Michelle (Aunjanue Ellis), a retired CIA operative, who had to be reinstated because she had the trust of Russian arms dealer Isaak Sidorov (Timothy V. Murphy) from her previous undercover work. She is the one person who can get the team in with Sidorov to, hopefully, uncover his plans for the nukes.
“Clearly, the stakes are very, very high here,” executive producer and showrunner Shane Brennan tells xfinityTV in an exclusive interview. “Michelle is integral to them catching Sidorov. Sam doesn’t have a choice; neither does she. There is a greater good here to bring these weapons back before they can get out onto the market and are sold to terrorists.”
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The personal element of Season 3 was focused on Special Agent G. Callan (Chris O’Donnell) and discovering more about his Romanian family background. In Season 4, the focus has been on stories about Sam. It had been three years and viewers weren’t aware that he had a wife and kids until it was revealed this season.
To further the focus on Sam, in the season finale, Hetty (Linda Hunt) reorganizes the teams, so Callan is paired with Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah), and Sam is partnered with L.A. P.D. Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen). The latter two definitely have some friction between them, which causes a ripple effect that make the story unfold in a different way than it would if everyone were with their regular partner.
From the promo for the episode, it also looks as if this new partnership puts Sam’s life in jeopardy — because we see him floating face down in a pool, seemingly unconscious.
“Basically, we put the screws to Sam and he finds out he is not in the comfortable position of being with Callen, but the uncomfortable position of relying on Deeks,” Brennan says. “It comes down to: Who do you trust? Can you trust a new partner? They have a great relationship, but they are always needling each other, so not having Callen there can lead to some unpredictable situations.”
Another interesting turn of events in the finale, is what looks like a kiss — or an almost kiss — between Kensi and Deeks. Last week, when Deeks went undercover and had sex with another woman so he wouldn’t blow his assignment, Kensi seemed miffed — if not actually jealous.
“There is definitely a moment, isn’t there?,” Brennan teases. “That moment is as explosive as the opening moment of the promo when the bomb explodes. It is probably the biggest moment between Kensi and Deeks in the series to date. So anybody who has been following their relationship, looking at it and trying to figure out will they-won’t they, this is a moment that will inform all sorts of different things. You shouldn’t miss this moment.”
Another interesting note from this season was the friction between Callen and Hetty. It has become obvious to Callen that Hetty can help him answer some of the questions he has as far as his childhood is concerned, but she seems reluctant to do so. This season, he challenged her, and she had to reveal some very painful truths to him.
“That kicks off where we are going to go next season,” Brennan says. “The rocky relationship between Hetty and Callen is the catalyst for certain things that are going to happen next season for Callen. I can tell you right now that Callen will find some answers next season.”
What Brennan wouldn’t reveal — even though he was asked — is whether or not Callen finds out what the G stands for.
The fourth-season finale of “NCIS: Los Angeles” airs Tuesday, May 14 at 9/8c on CBS.