NCIS: Los Angeles Recap: Forest for the Trees

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
NCIS: Los Angeles Recap: Forest for the Trees

“NCIS: Los Angeles” “Forest for the Trees” aired last Monday, Feb 9, 2015, at 10 PM on CBS. In this episode, NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and NCIS Special Agent G Callen (Chris O’Donnell) went missing after receiving an anonymous phone call that someone had a tip regarding a missing NSA analyst. As the rest of the team investigated their disappearance, both teams realized that this had something to do with the fact that Assistant Director Owen Ganger (Miguel Ferrer) was about to meet up with the only informant on the only ISIS cell active in Los Angeles. Read on to learn more about this episode.

NCIS Special Agent G Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) went out to a dirt road in Sta. Clarita in order to meet the person who had left them a tip regarding a missing NSA analyst. However, soon after they went over to their informant, they were taken out by smoke grenades, flashbangs and tranquilizer darts.


Meanwhile, NCIS Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and Los Angeles Police Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) found it strange that Sam and G hadn’t come in for work, and tried to call them up, but to no avail. They then decided to check with Technical Operator Eric Beale (Barrett Foa) and Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith) in order to see if they could track them down. After they couldn’t do so, they informed Operations Manager Henrietta “Hetty” Lange (Linda Hunt) and Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer), who had been talking about the major operation that was going to happen that afternoon — he was going to meet up with Joseph Abaq, the only informant with knowledge about the only ISIS cell in Los Angeles that was headed by Omar Hubarak.

At operations, they informed Hetty that the pair’s GPS trackers had been shut down and their last known location was at a dirt road in Sta. Clarita where they were supposed to meet the person who had tipped them off about the missing NSA analyst. Hetty told Kensi and Deeks to check out the area.

Meanwhile, Sam and G woke up in a machinery room, where they realized that there was no way out as the window was barred with metal plates and the door was made out of steel. They then found an old access panel which they opened with a screwdriver that they found in the room. The panel led to a tunnel which led to a hatch sealed from the inside with metal bars. G then crawled back to the first room that they were in to get the screwdriver so that they could get out.

Meanwhile, Kensi and Deeks took pictures of the tire tracks, smoke grenades and tranquilizer darts and brought with them the smoke grenades that they found. Because of this, they realized that Sam and G were still alive but probably incapacitated somewhere. This made Hetty and Owen realize that this might also have something to do with their planned operation to meet Abaq, as it was too much of a coincidence. They then both agreed that Owen’s operation must still continue, and Hetty began to reach out to NSA to verify if they really had a missing analyst.

Meanwhile, Sam and G came out of the tunnel only to find themselves in a secluded area with lots of grass and trees. They then both wondered out loud who had taken them and what this was all about, as it had seemed really easy to get out of the room that they had been in. They walked over to a fence, which they realized was an electric fence. All of a sudden, a man who introduced himself as NSA analyst Martin Samir told them that if G moved another step, he would trip a fishing wire connected to a block of wood with nails that would puncture his heart. He then quickly dropped to the ground and narrowly missed it. They then discovered that Samir was the missing analyst that they were looking for, and discovered that he had been grabbed that morning after exiting a particular garage at the NSA. They then all deduced that this whole thing had something to do with the ISIS cell operating in Los Angeles, as Samir told them that he had heard the men where he had been kept captive talking. He knew that Hubarak was planning something big, and he had heard rumors that Abaq was planning on betraying ISIS. Because of this, they realized that they had to warn Owen that his meet-up might be a set-up, and told Samir where they were meeting. They then decided that they had to find a way to shut down the fence.

Back at operations, Nell and Eric discovered that the flashbang and smoke grenade were part of a bunch of weapons stolen a month ago and that Oscar Willits, a low-level weapons dealer, had been selling it. It also turned out that his office was in Sta. Clarita, really near to where Sam and G had gone missing. Kensi and Deeks then went over there and managed to bring him to the boatshed for questioning.

Meanwhile, at operations, Hetty learned from the NSA that Martin Samir was indeed missing and that there were signs of a struggle at his apartment. They then looked at a photograph of Samir on their screen, which was not the same picture as the man who was with Sam and G who claimed to be Samir.

Meanwhile, the man posing as Samir excused himself from Sam and G so that he could go to the bathroom somewhere secluded. At a particular area, he pretended to do his business while he texted his fellow ISIS members the location and time Abaq’s meet-up was going to take place. Sam and G then interrupted him and told him that they were planning on taking the building, so that they would be able to shut down the electric fence. He then left his gun and followed them.

Back at the boat shed, they managed to get Willits to tell them to whom he had sold weapons too; and Nell and Eric managed to get a possible location of Sam and G — Old Topanga. However, just as Kensi and Deeks were about to go to save them, Owen stopped them and told them that he needed them more as they were the only ones prepped for his operation.


Back at Old Topanga, G smashed open a window in order to get in. The man posing as Samir got a little bit antsy as G was taking long, but he managed to open the door for them. Inside, Sam shut down the circuit breaker to turn off the fence, and told G to look for their cellphones. He then found a man tied up in a room. He then learned that the man inside was actually Martin Samir.

At the restaurant, Owen waited nervously. Kensi served him as she was posing as a waitress, and Deeks was also watching as he was the chef. Finally Abaq came; and before Owen started to record their conversation, he assured Abaq that they were truly safe from his fellow ISIS members.

Back inside the old building, the man posing as Samir found a gun and pointed it at G, who, to his surprise, also had a gun already pointing at him. The other man told him that they were too late as ISIS was on their way to intercept Abaq and Owen, but G revealed that they had known right away that he wasn’t NSA, and had fed him false information. He then tried to make a run for it, but ran into the electric fence, which Sam turned on again.

Back in Los Angeles, a whole army of Federal Agents swooped down on six ISIS members and took them down.

Back at the headquarters, G revealed they had discovered that the man posing as Samir, Jamal Nezzi, wasn’t NSA as the garage that he said that he had come out of was currently under construction. After G had gotten back into the building, he had easily found their guns and phones which allowed G to text them the location that they had given to Nezzi. Apparently, the cell’s plan was to kidnap two NCIS agents and then have one of their own pose as an NSA analyst to get them to give up the location of the meet-up with Abaq.

Afterwards, Deeks invited everyone to eat his Swedish Nachos only to discover that no one liked it. To everyone’s surprise, Owen, who finally got to taste it, really liked it.

And that was all for the recap on “NCIS: Los Angeles” Season 5 Episode 15 “Forest for the Trees.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “NCIS: Los Angeles” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

Catch “NCIS: Los Angeles” every Monday at 10 PM on CBS.


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