NCIS: Los Angeles Recap: Praesidium
"NCIS: Los Angeles" Season 6 Episode 3 "Praesidium" aired last Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. on CBS. In this episode, the entire team worked together when they learned that Operations Manager Special Agent Henrietta “Hetty” Lange’s (Linda Hunt) house had been broken into. As Hetty was in Washington, undergoing a committee hearing, the team raced against the clock to uncover who was behind the attacks on her. Meanwhile, Hetty held her own in Washington and discovered a truth that she did not exactly like. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened in a house during the night, when a masked man with a gun, injections and a zipcord entered. However, he was shot by the guard on duty. As he bent down to examine the injections and the zipcords, he was shot by another gunman.
Because of this incident, as the house that was infiltrated was Hetty’s, the entire team was called into operations as it was an emergency. The man that was shot at Hetty’s first house, Dovecote, was her personal bodyguard, Duke Fletcher, and was in critical condition. Her house address had come out in the open as someone had paid $ 250,000 on the dark net website called Chauvenet for Hetty’s personal information. Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones (Renee Felice Smith) then showed them the contents of the USB Hetty had given her in case of an emergency. On it were the addresses of all of Hetty’s houses, including her boat. After cross referencing that addresses in the Chauvenet email to Hetty’s addresses, they decided to split up to make sure that those weren’t compromised as well. Special Agents Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and G Callen (Chris O’ Donnell) decided to check out two of the houses, while Special Agent Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) and Detective Marty Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) checked out her boat. Assistant Director Owen Granger (Miguel Ferrer), who had just come in, warned them to get out of sight before Agent Wallace and her team of investigators came back to interview them about Hetty.
As they left, Granger and Nell wondered on who was responsible for these attacks. Granger also informed Nell that he would inform Hetty of what has been happening.
At Washington, during her committee meeting, Hetty received a text informing her that Duke died and that Dovecote had been compromised. She was brought back to the present by Congressman Michael Thomas (John Heard), who questioned her on her unsanctioned mission to retrieve Special Agent Kensi Blye from Afghantistan. She revealed that she had funded a part of the mission, and the other half was funded with money from the government.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team realized that if those armed men could get into Hetty’s houses, then they were all in danger. At one of Hetty’s houses, Sam and G exchanged shots with several armed men who came up. G managed to gun down one of them, whose phone number and picture he sent to Technical Operator Eric Beale (Barrett Foa). However, the other guy got away in a blue Mustang, which they told Eric to trace.
Meanwhile, back at the Los Angeles headquarters, as Agent Wallace could not find any of the other agents, Granger decided to volunteer himself as the first interviewee. However, he wasn’t able to give her much information about Hetty, as she kept on asking questions about her, when she should have been asking him questions regarding his role as Assistant Director.
At Washington, while being questioned, she suddenly fainted and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.
At the boathouse, Kensi and Deeks tried to figure out how Hetty’s information had gotten out. Deeks immediately suggested that it could be Congressman Thomas, and Kensi suggested that they might have a mole in their operation. However, their conversation was cut short by Nell, who informed them that Hetty had fainted, which made G furious enough to want to go to Washington right away in order to make sure that Hetty was safe. However, Sam reminded them that they had to stay focused and to work with what they already know. Eric then called them from operations to inform them that they had gotten a hit on the phone that G had sent — Craig Lennox — a German national who owned a furniture shop, which G and Sam immediately decided to check out. However, before Eric could close the video call, Agent Wallace came in and saw the boatshed.
They then decided to interview Eric right there and then. The agent in charge of him said that he could tell him everything, and Eric launched into the tale on how he had lost the 1993 Junior World Championship of a computer game to another guy. He then continued to overshare, saying that as part of the Los Angeles team, he gets to compete with himself and feels empowered. He then ended his interview by hugging a very awkward agent.
Meanwhile, at Washington, the ambulance Hetty was in suddenly stopped, and Hetty was helped out by the paramedic so she can get out. She was then given a gun, just in case, before she left the ambulance and walked away.
Back in Los Angeles, G went inside the furniture shop to check things out, while Sam waited inside the car, as the blue Mustang, which had fled the scene earlier, pulled up in the driveway. Agent Wallace showed up, demanding that she interviews Sam even if they were on a stakeout. Inside, things quickly went south, and a shootout occurred, in which G was able to overpower Lennox but wasn’t able to catch his accomplice, who drove away quickly, with Sam in pursuit. While Sam chased their other suspect, Agent Wallace asked him about Afghanistan, to which he replied that it was a mission to rescue a fellow agent, which they were successful in doing, and that some of the money that was used for the mission was from Hetty’s own personal funds. However, Sam quickly lost the blue Mustang.
Back at the boatshed, G had Lennox on hold when they learned from Nell that Hetty had gone missing. Sam then returned, accompanied by Agent Wallace and her agents, who threatened that none of them could leave without being interviewed first. G resisted and told them that they could handcuff him if they wanted to because he had to leave as they were currently in the middle of a case. However, this was a big mistake on their part, as when they entered the other interrogation room, they discovered that he had gotten out of his cuffs and swam away. Thanks to a trapdoor in the room. Outside, he was picked up by Sam and suggested that since the armed men were after Hetty, maybe it would be a good idea to trick them into thinking that she was around Los Angeles and was vulnerable.
Meanwhile, in Washington, two black vans pulled up in front of her and was picked up by a suited agent who told her that if they had wanted her dead, she would have been dead a long time ago.
Back in the boatshed, Agent Wallace decided to interview Kensi first, while Deeks waited outside, and Nell returned to operations. Deeks made life quite difficult for the two agents guarding him as he taunted them and talked too much.
Inside, Agent Wallace asked her about what happened in Afghanistan. Kensi replied that she and Jack Simon were once engaged to each other, but the information that he was the “White Ghost” was not accurate, as there was no “White Ghost.” According to her, the reason why she had left the base when she got captured was because she was following up on a lead that she had. However, Wallace found it strange that she left alone in hostile territory without informing anyone on the base and that they had wasted millions of dollars in negotiating with terrorists to rescue them, even if they weren’t supposed to. However, Kensi got angry and told her that she had no idea what she went through in captivity. Afterwards, they decided not to question Deeks, who comforted a very shaken Kensi, who still was not yet really over her entire ordeal there, as she just wanted to forget that it happened.
Meanwhile, G and Sam set their plan in motion by having Nell disguise herself as Hetty. She then went inside the house, while G left the house and stayed at a distance to lure in the armed men to the house.
At Washington, Hetty discovered that the entire thing, the committee hearing in Washington, was set up by Director Vance (Rocky Carroll), as it was the only way he could get her out of Los Angeles, as he could only protect her if she was in Washington and under his jurisdiction. He then informed her that her personal information had been compromised and that she had a leak in her operation, making it not safe for her to go back, giving her no choice but to stay in Washington.
Meanwhile, it did not take long for several armed men to infiltrate Dovecote, where Nell was. G and Sam fought off the gunmen, while Nell experienced her first kill, as she had to shoot a man who was about to shoot her. However, thanks to Hetty’s instructions, as she had called Nell, they were able to escape using a secret passageway in Dovecote that led to the trapdoor in the boatshed, while the police and SWAT team came in to deal with the gunmen.
Back at the boatshed, Granger informed them that Hetty was fine. Kensi and Deeks had brought Nell home, who was shaken as that was her first time to ever kill someone in self defense. Eric then called to inform them that he had identified two of the gunmen. Both of them had legitimate passports from Germany. However, what was interesting was that he had been able to flag an old adversary of theirs who had hurt Hetty before — Mattias Draeger. G then decided that their best step of action would be to make sure that they followed up on the promise they had made him before, that if he ever hurt Hetty again, he would pay with his life.
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