NCIS: Los Angeles Boss: Daniela Ruah's Pregnancy Gave Birth to a 'Great Arc' for Kensi

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NCIS LA Daniela Ruah PregnantThough NCIS: Los Angeles cast member Daniela Ruah is due to give birth this winter, there will be no pause — pregnant or otherwise — in Kensi Blye’s storyline.

For the forseeable future, “You will see Kensi in every episode,” NCIS: LA showrunner Shane Brennan promises, thanks to the miracle of clever editing “and through the miracle of storytelling, too,” he notes.

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“If you noticed, she went to a cold climate where she needs to rug up!” Brennan says of Kensi’s top-secret assignment in Afghanistan, which yanked her away from lover boy Deeks and where the only friendly familiar face is Granger’s. Tonight (CBS, 9/8c), we’ll check in on her as she manages to find holiday cheer, receiving “the perfect gift from one of her co-workers.”

As retrofitted into what was otherwise a meticulously planned Season 5, Brennan says, Kensi’s Afghanistan op “has turned into a great arc for the second half of the season — the whole mystery of what she’s doing there, who the ‘White Ghost’ is…. And it’s been fabulous to team her up with Granger” (who will grow so scruffy that Eric in a coming episode will liken him to a “pirate”).

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But most importantly, though it devastated those who were thrilled to see Kensi and Deeks finally take a step forward in their nascent romance, Kensi’s abrupt reassignment, at Hetty’s doing, played out organically. Says Brennan, “We didn’t want to just send her off so she disappeared for a number of episodes, so we thought very carefully about how we could do it.” The solution, “from a production point of view, was very challenging,” Brennan says, basically requiring the writers to write eight or so episodes ahead.

Through it all, Brennan effuses, expectant Ruah has been nothing short of “remarkable,” resolved to keep Kensi in the picture as long as she can before her delivery date arrives. Says Brennan: “Now we’re just waiting for the blessed event!”

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Comments (86)

  • The Deeks/Kensi romance has been terribly written, from Kensi punching Deeks in the face and never apologising for it, to a lack of any kind of physical intimacy (not even a kiss!) to the current arc (OK, DR’s pregnancy forced that, and I understand the writers have rolled with it).
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    This used to be a must-watch show for me, and isn’t one any longer.

    Comment by Apples – December 17, 2013 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Could not agree more about the horrible punch. Whether it was in character for Kensi or not, the show unapologetically showed battering without apology in an intimate relationship. No one from the show has addressed the objections people have brought up. It’s hard to ship a relationship where it’s okay for Kensi to hit Deeks when she’s angry without apology.

      Comment by k1972 – December 17, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Then she shouted at him in an episode after, that his shot could have taken her head off….poor guy can’t win…..whatever he does !!!

        Comment by Linda Burns – December 17, 2013 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • OK first Your the comment that caught my eye…
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          Your wrong in away she didn’t shout at him as an ANGRY shout it was like a ( MY GOD I got Deeks back he saved me from been I believe stabbed or shot was it that one in the freezer Your un-about if so then that’s what that shout was about it was a good shout not a bad 1.

          Comment by Tony Firth – December 18, 2013 07:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, I have to agree about the punch. I really felt that it was out of place and totally inappropriate. Certainly it would never be ok for Deeks to punch Kensi and likewise it was not ok for her to punch him. And for such a stupid reason to boot! I like them as a couple, but I was shocked by the punch. Felt the writers were very WRONG to include it.

      Comment by Amanda – December 17, 2013 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought their kiss at the end of last season and how this season started with not so much as a mention was not too smart. Then you have them having dinner and rush off to his apartment for who knows what. I sense there is going to be an episode where Sam talks to one or both of them being that that is how he met his wife.

      Comment by Ange – December 17, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • this is one of the best shows on TV!! Next to NCIS the original!! Who cares if she never apologized to Deeks!!! That’s how it goes on TV!!!

      Comment by Melann Johnston – December 17, 2013 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Your wrong in a million ways just like everyone else below saying things like what You have mentioned.

      First you must not be watching the same NCIS:LA as me because the Deeks and Kensi Romance I see is Awesome simply because it takes time for Characters that are been put in a relationship in the show together You can’t just boom put a couple that are mean’t to be together in the show right of the bat it takes time in my mind a long time sometimes depending on story-lines and plots that develop over Seasons.

      So Your wrong just like your followers.

      GO-Away and learn what TV-Shows are about.
      :)

      Comment by Tony Firth – December 18, 2013 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed! I think they are handling the relationship really well and this whole separation is adding more to the emotional depth of it. I think some fans are a little too impatient. I think if they got the immediate happy ending that many people are wanting then it would have been a missed opportunity. :)

        Comment by nicky – December 19, 2013 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A very sweet article! While the previously mentioned “punch” seems to linger in question, in taking a step back, that’s totally Kensi’s character. She has never been able to deal with her emotions, so she goes to what she knows – her agent training. Did we want some physical expression of their “thing”? Yes. Did we get (or really expect) it? Nope. And I’m perfectly good with that. Elements like this build the mystery & anticipation, much like what the characters are feeling.

    Seeing Deeks (& even a bit of Kensi) sad/heartbroken over their forced split – & knowing more doom awaits this season – stems from incredible storytelling. We know at some point, some how, they will overcome these obstacles, and when they do, it will be that much sweeter.

    Comment by Dr.Gayle (DensiLand) (@DensiLand) – December 17, 2013 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i really don’t see anything “sweet” in two people who supposedly care for each other deciding it’s okay to resort to physically assault on the other. Maybe Brennan will get even bolder and have Deeks punch Kensi in this face. If it’s good for one, it’s good for the other, right?
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      Falling back on her agent training? Why aren’t all agents running around punching each other when they can’t control theirselves emotionally? Maybe there needs to be more training in that area.
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      Abuse is abuse. It’s not cool, sweet, or anything else under any circumstance. I say run away, Deeks, as fast as you can.

      Comment by Debbie – December 17, 2013 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree. The NCIS universe seems to think it’s perfectly okay for the females to insult and physically assault the males (Kensi, Ziva) while the males just smile and take it like a…well, not a man! If they had the males abusing the females there would be holy war! This double standard is just bad writing, and I agree that there’s nothing about this kind of dynamic that shouts “love”. At least Kensi shows some affection towards Deeks at times, which is better than the now moot Tiva dynamic. I’ll never understand why some writers equate snark and physical attacks to being a “strong female” character. So happy some fandoms get it right, like Castle’s Beckett and Elementary’s Watson. Strong, smart, sensitive women minus the bad attitude.

        Comment by Mel – December 17, 2013 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Watson, yes. Beckett, no. They write Beckett poorly every year. Throws hissy fit, argue, uses the “it’s my life” line….

          Comment by kevin – December 17, 2013 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • True, Castle’s Beckett is very inconsistently written. I hate that selfish “my life” line they’ve recycled the past three seasons. One of them walks away at the end of it and I don’t know why the guy keeps going back to her..I prefer other female characters on TV.

            Comment by sarah – December 17, 2013 09:23 AM PDT  
        • Agree with you on Beckett, Watson or even someone like Abbie on SH. Vastly better written and developed female characters than those dished up by the procedurals of the NCIS/JAG family.

          Comment by Apples – December 17, 2013 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not to mention that Deeks comes from a broken home. He watched his father abuse his mother on the daily, and had to deal with him violently abusing her and himself until he had no choice but to retaliate. Kensi and Deeks had been sleeping together for, at the point of the punch, less than half of a day, and she was ALREADY hitting him? Yeah, I and any other sane person should be saying, “Run away!” Kensi is (was?) a fan favorite, and I think that’s why many of the viewers refuse to accept how out of line she was when she resulted to physical abuse.
        I’m not even going to get into the awful writing of the PTSD, the emotional battery from Kensi in particular this season, the mounting dislike I have for Hetty, or the frustration of shipping a couple for the past three and a half seasons and their sexual tension amounting to a dinner date that lasted all of forty five seconds (but, come on, couldn’t Kensi have grabbed his hand when she stood up and they left with their fingers intertwined or SOMETHING? I know Daniela can’t have her pregnant belly exposed for the world to see, but would it have been that hard to initiate some sort of physical contact so the viewers could get the right idea?) It’s all very frustrating, to say the least.

        Comment by Cierra – December 17, 2013 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I 100% agree with this. At the time of the punch i thought it was messed up but took it at face value (a female “one of the guys” Marine out in the field having just been held at gun point) but with all that back-story that they (the NCIS:LA writers) have written, ie said PTSD, childhood abuse to him and his mother, oral trauma from torture etc…that punch was insane, and the lack of an apology? I wish very hard that TVLine would bring this up next time they interview Ruah/Olsen/Showrunner.
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          I completely agree about their romance. I thought (at the end of the dinner date episode) that the next episode would premier with them both leaving his/her house (making it obvious they had sex) or maybe even her brushing her teeth in his bathroom as hes laying in bed (that morning) as they get ready for work. I mean at LEAST Castle had the hot and steamy sex scene and the next episode they are waking up in bed together….now im not saying i need porn, or TV-MA, but what we got was garbage. 100% implied? After how many years of the show flirting them? The actor/actress/showrunner teasing us about their upcoming coupling? Thats the culmination? Wow.
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          Personally id understand and respect (a lot actually) if the actor and actress refused to do sex scenes because she is engaged to Olsen’s brother and pregnant with his baby. So i’m not saying we need to see the Castle/Beckett scene of mega hot making out and undressing each other and stuff but come on.

          Comment by M3rc Nate – December 17, 2013 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Exactly. I don’t expect the show runners to force Daniela and Eric to shove each other’s tongues down the other’s throat, especially considering she was carrying his brother’s son at that point in time. Even as the show progresses I honestly don’t need a full on, M rated steamy bedroom scene. But Dani couldn’t have held Eric/Deeks’s hand as she left the restaurant?
            It makes me mad that we’ll never know how it was the morning after. Awkward? Cute? Funny? Quiet? Did they display any signs of regret? I feel like we’ve been denied important milestones in their relationship. We’ve gotten one “real” kiss. One kiss that wasn’t even reciprocated by Kensi. One kiss that was never mentioned again. Is that going to be our only kiss? Will the familial ties between the actors prohibit us from ever seeing Kensi and Deeks display affection, or settle down together?
            They make it out like they’re going to make Densi an over-glorified soap opera for at least the remainder of this season, because apparently having them both happy and together for more than an episode is boring. I get that we need some twists and turns, but it’s frustrating that things didn’t work out the way the fans (or at least I) wanted them to. Hopefully things will look up for them.
            And now this spoiler about Deeks not staying faithful or true or whatever to Kensi while she’s away. You have got to be kidding me. After all of the times Kensi has been hurt by men she cares about in her past…

            Comment by 1bigsis – January 25, 2014 05:19 PM PDT  
      • I love this show but I have to say there is NEVER a good reason for a man to hit a woman for the sake of entertainment. I hope the writers keep in mind that a lot of really impressionable people out there that might think that that is OK.

        Comment by matt – February 17, 2014 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The punch wasn’t really as big of a deal as you guys are making it. If you’ve been following the show, the only thing that has really been preventing the two from a relationship is their job. When they decided to do whatever they did that night, it ruined the balance and chemistry of the team which is something I think Kensi blames herself for. As seen in other episodes she doesn’t express herself well with words, as many other members of the team, and usually results to violence.

        Deeks wasn’t really angry about the punch because he knew Kensi was right and he deserved it, which is why he told Sam and Callan that it was his fault the intel wasn’t recovered at the hotel.

        Comment by DebbieDowner – February 18, 2014 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m sorry, but there is an incredible double-standard at play wrt the punch, with fans turning a blind eye to a vicious strike to Deeks’s (not long ago tortured jaw). Combined with Deeks’s history of coming from an abusive home and a complete lack of apology and acknowledgment of wrongdoing on Kensi’s part…I really don’t want them to be together.
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      I hope they are broken up, and kept broken up. Deeks deserves better than a girlfriend who turns to violence to express her anger.

      Comment by Apples – December 17, 2013 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Don’t see it, not an issue for me. The two actors work well together as well and that’s a plus.

        Comment by John 1138 – December 17, 2013 09:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. I don’t see it as an issue either. I have seen much worse on other shows (I mean hellow scandal, good wife, etc). Why would you have to apologize for something that you did in the heat of the moment, I can tell you that I never say I am sorry to my husband and he never says it to me; I was always taught sorry means that you will never do it again and I can’t promise it will not happen again. I have been married for 16 years.

          Comment by KM – December 17, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Uh… Kensi is suppose to be perceived as “another one of the guys” so I dont have a problem with the punch as I could see Callen punching Sam, and vice versa, for doing something like what Deeks did.

        Comment by james – December 17, 2013 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • We’ve never seen Callen or Sam punch each other, though, in their many angry confrontations. We’ve never seen Deeks punch Kensi in anger. I don’t see what you’re saying here at all.

          Comment by k1972 – December 17, 2013 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Exactly what I’ve been saying. Even when Sam lost Mo and Callen didn’t have his back during/after or whatever he didn’t strike out with his fists. And if Kensi’s just one of the guys, totally hardcore, then would it be okay for Deeks to punch her? How about Callen? Sam?
            Remember when Sam beat Deeks for practically no reason in season four’s Christmas ep? I’m starting to wonder if Deeks is not only comic relief for the team but also a punching bag when they have to relieve stress, and even when they don’t.

            Comment by Natalie – March 7, 2014 07:53 PM PDT  
          • perhaps because of that punch next time he will take the shot. That punch took 1.8 seconds there are approximately 3,000 seconds per episode. multiply that times how many episodes there have been . maybe this is being over thought and talked about. for those of you that are concerned about her baggy clothing when its cold you grab anything you can to layer on and warm up. if you don’t believe me go and spend 10 minutes in Chicago during the winter time and you’ll see what I mean. and for those of you that are concerned about what the characters are thinking or feeling about, they are not, they’re not real they are characters in a show. it’s a fantasy, a good one but nonetheless a fantasy.

            Comment by matt – March 7, 2014 09:28 PM PDT  
  • the better story arc would’ve been Callen & Kensi.

    Comment by alex – December 17, 2013 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t know, too much baggage with both of them.

      Comment by John 1138 – December 17, 2013 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No no a thousand times no. I was afraid in season one they might go that way, and was so glad when Deeks was brought in instead. So much better! I’ve been loving the Densi ship this season.

      Comment by JC – December 17, 2013 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perhaps Jack, her fiancé who left on Christmas morning, will come back, which would be her new “storyline”

    Comment by Anaelle – December 17, 2013 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think he’s who she’s assigned to kill. It’ll be interesting.

      Comment by A – December 17, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh, I hope so. That sounds really good!

        Comment by Amanda – December 17, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That was my thought as well.

        Comment by Lisa London – December 18, 2013 05:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Glad to hear she will appear in all the episodes! I’m enjoying all of the Kensi/Deeks moments this season.

    Comment by Heather – December 17, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Kensi-Grayson ones are turning out pretty good as well. They seem to be writing him a bit lighter (so far) which is all to the good.

      Comment by John 1138 – December 17, 2013 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Grayson? Do you mean Granger? That guy’s always the most hated by the fans apparently.

        Comment by kevin – December 17, 2013 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes Granger. Maybe all the hate is why they’re lightening him up some?

          Comment by John 1138 – December 17, 2013 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to add my own comment about the punch… Kensi punching Deeks would have been terrible enough without the fact that he was tortured recently and supposedly went through “a rough time” because of this. Not to mention his dark past with his abusive father. (By the way, but where is the promised PTSD-storyline? Dear writers, you had a great chance to use the topic of mental trauma with Deeks, it’s so painful to watch that you’re just throwing it away. We got almost nothing from this storyline. Very disappointing.)

    Comment by Cornelius – December 17, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The punch that was apparently heard ’round the world needs to die now. I’m actually surprised that people were so offended. Kensi and Deeks are great together. I love the chemistry and the way they have been written. The fun is in the slow build. About the lack of physical intimacy, I don’t think they actually did the deed at the end of episode 9. I think it will come out later that they ended up waiting for whatever reason.
    Happiness and blessings to Daniela during this time. She is awesome.

    Comment by ee – December 17, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not sure about the cold climate…it’s obvious she is pregnant. Her clothes are not as tight and her vest hovers over her baby.

    Comment by Ange – December 17, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is wonderful to read. Kensi and Deeks bring a unique and fantastic twist to the cast as a whole. We as the fans have come to love and expect the playful and sexual tentions that come from them. While the show may continue to do great because of the other fantastic cast, I think it would take a great “hit” if kensi and Deeks were to be never more.

    Comment by Jeffry W. Johnson SR. – December 17, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My 2 cents… The punch, nope, nada, zilch. Just did not ring true to me on all levels. As for the story arc. Okay, it is a TV program, and reality really is not vital. But come on! There is a need for an NCIS sniper skill set, being shipped to the Sandbox? Really? No one else was available in theater, so it had to be Bly? Silly choice of arc IMO.

    Comment by Grinning Bear – December 17, 2013 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cleaning up a mess of their own (or at least Granger’s) making?

      Comment by John 1138 – December 17, 2013 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think Granger needed a NCIS agent with the sniper skillset and they had other options but Hetty pushed it to be Kensi cause of what was happening with Kensi and Deeks. Considering where she ended up had a NCIS team there (nerds/analysts it looked like) it makes sense they wouldnt just call for a SEAL, they are keeping it in the NCIS family. So it seems quite simple, it didnt HAVE to be Kensi, Hetty orchestrated it to get her out of reach from Deeks. I quite like the arc because i am a big fan of snipers and Kensi’s character and her being all military/huntress.

      Comment by M3rc Nate – December 17, 2013 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If Hetty did not want that romance to be why did she give them a way to be in touch when ever they wanted?

        Comment by matt – February 17, 2014 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The punch was not part of a domestic fight, it was in a professional context. It was a wake up punch for Deeks to remind him that that was a mission and he had to act like accordingly. That was not a romantic date, but a life-death situation.
    The new arc looks very promising, it gives the show something different from other seasons, and i think their production effort will pay.
    Really glad to have Kensi in all episodes, with a dedicated story line.

    Comment by Lange – December 17, 2013 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t forget that Kensi also broke protocol and rushed into the meat locker even though Callen had instructed his team to wait a little longer. By that logic, Callen should have given Kensi a wake up punch – in a purely professional context of course, to remind her that it was a mission and she had to act accordingly. It was after all a life-death situation. Personally I would not excuse Callen if he did that, but by your logic, apparently I should.

      I love the Deeks and Kensi chemistry, and would love to see them as an official couple, but sometimes the things the writers come up with make me shake my head and wish they’d handle it differently.

      Comment by Jan – December 20, 2013 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Or just a back of the head slap like Gibbs does with his team

        Comment by matt – February 17, 2014 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you for this article. I like how the show is handling Kensi and Deeks’ relationship and the impact of the actress’ pregnancy on the storyline, so far.

    Comment by Diane – December 17, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She punched him because not taking the shot wasn’t nothing. It was a big effing deal.
    1. The guy holding her could have shot her while Deeks was standing there scared.
    2. Showing that he can’t do his job the same because of the shift in their relationship was probably Kensi’s number one fear about them getting together.
    3. Kensi punches and elbows Deeks all the time in jest.Why is everyone freaking out now? 4. We see Deeks later and it certainly doesn’t look like she did much damage. And I have no doubt that it’s because she pulled her punch, alot.
    5. Deeks is about as mad at himself for not taking the shot as she is at him. His actions jeopardized their chances of having both a relationship and their partnership.

    So, off the punch now.
    We may not have gotten a kiss this season, but what we get from Kensi and Deeks is better in alot of ways.
    1. Deeks uses his words to tell her exactly what he wants “I want to be at my place right now, with you”
    2. Kensi admits that a relationship with Deeks is the thing she wants MOST in the world.
    3. Deeks proves he can take the shot while Kensi swallows a little humble pie and realizes that she let her feelings seep into the work.
    4. They may be apart, but they sure are pining for eachother. Now us viewers just need to have patience with them.

    Comment by Lauren – December 17, 2013 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 1) He was VERY recently tortured and needed major oral surgery (ie jaw/teeth, where she punched him)
      2) He has PTSD from said torture
      3) So your listing all the reasons its okay for a woman to punch a man? Just like a man punching a woman, there is no reason for it.
      4) She is a former Marine who boxes and lifts weights daily, how in the world do you assume it didnt hurt or she pulled her punch? Just cause they didnt spend the money putting him in makeup to make it look swollen/bruised doesnt mean anything. Notoriously network tv doesnt show what the real damage of punches (especially bare knuckle) look like on characters faces.
      5) Playful/flirty under-toned punching in the shoulder and chest is NOT the same as decking someone in the face with your bare-knuckle fist.
      6) Deeks grew up in a VERY abusive home where he watched his father beat his mother and experienced his father beat him, to the point that at age 10 or so he shot his father and never talked to him again after that.
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      How many years has this show flirted with Kensi and Deeks connection/spark? How many interviews have Ruah/Olsen/Showrunner done where they tease their connection and flirtation and teased that their coupling will actually happen? What we got with his kissing her (saying what he means) was great, and then again when he asked her out. But it stopped being great when they just walked out on the dinner, fade to black..and next episode come into work acting all weird. Even Castle writers knew to have the scene where Beckett is at Castle’s door soaked from the rain and they get hot and heavy and the next ep they wakeup in bed.
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      Want to know why we the shippers care so much about the first time the characters we are shipping hook up? Because on network tv they only ever show them together once, the first time, if that. How many times have week seen Castle and Beckett since that scene makeout and show their affection? None. Booth and Bones? We didnt see it the first time and havent seen anything since. Network TV shows build it up, show it the first time then never show it again because they are network TV, and dont want to keep showing graphic making out/intimacy/sex scenes. That thinking actually bleeds over a lot to Cable tv too. But they typically get more creative and find ways to show you how the couple still has the spark and spice without having to show a hot and steamy scene (like waking up in bed together or flirting a lot or something).

      Comment by M3rc Nate – December 17, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 1. I was saying it was completely in character for Kensi to punch Deeks. Also those “playful” punches always result in some non sarcastic “ow” like noise from Deeks. And he usually didn’t deserve those. Now this’ll piss ya’all off, but Deeks kinda had it coming to him.
        Now, I’m sure that Kensi is sitting in her bunk, missing Deeks and wishing she hadn’t punched him. But right in that moment, It was completely within her character to punch him square in the jaw. She isn’t one for words and often lashes out in moments of strong emotion. Also this isn’t a man/woman thing. Yea, Deeks never would have punched her. He doesn’t react with violence, not in his wheelhouse. She always has though. It’s about characters, not gender.
        2. Things move fast in these shows, what was recent to us is rarely recent to them. . In cop shows characters get over trauma pretty fast. I don’t know why you think Deeks has PTSD, every trauma doesn’t go that far. He just took a few weeks to get a grip make sure he still wants to chase down bad guys. It’s a normal reaction. It’s also over. No cop show spends half it’s season still thinking about the season premiere, unless it’s an unfinished story. There is no way Kensi has been treating him with kid gloves this whole time.
        3. Even though this is Shane Brennan’s show, it’s still in the Bellisario camp. Previous USTs being Harm and Mac and Tony and Ziva. Now, I’m gonna just say that the sexy first time scene that you wanted was probably never going to happen. It’s just not this show’s style. I think we’re lucky that Shane Brennan at least pulled the trigger. He always said he was gonna do it in a unique way. Well, this is unique. Brennan did “The Frozen Lake” in UST hyper drive, he pulls the trigger on their relationship effecting the team, he shows them admitting what they want, and he finally shows them fight for each other. Then he sends Kensi away.
        4. Look, if you wanna get all up in arms about how your fav. couple don’t kiss on cam enough, go right ahead. But as a longtime shipper I advise that you trust the writers to love the characters as much as you do. Because at the end of the day what you think is AU and what they write is cannon. They gave you the couple in the first place, so you know, try to exercise a little trust. Also the networks aren’t the Big Bad Wolf.

        Comment by Lauren – December 17, 2013 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with everything you’ve just said. Think some shippers are being a little too impatient

      Comment by nicky – December 19, 2013 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Id say what im most worried about is are they going to back track on Kensi and Deeks? I really really hope not. I realize it was weird timing cause Ruah got pregnant so she is gone…but are they going to have something happen to Kensi (almost get shot, etc) that has her come back and just want to be partners? Lets just say if Kensi comes back and they pick up where they left off and they are TOGETHER for real (though obviously working on it and figuring it out) then i will be shocked and insanely happy.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – December 17, 2013 03:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is very good since she is one of the, if not thee only character to watch, in this oft times poorly written show… now if you get rid of Granger forever, I may even become a fan… it’s not only me either… I have not discussed this show with anyone who actually likes Granger, Granger’s character, or anything about Granger…

    Comment by RDL – December 17, 2013 04:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I actually like Granger. He’s got the balls to stand up to Hetty, he’s clearly a highly skilled man in his field and the character, to me anyway, is portrayed as one of the most real personalities on this show.

      Comment by Emma – December 28, 2013 01:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love this show and love Densi but i can not help the worry that they are going to end this relationship before it even starts as many shows that i watch seem to do and i have taken to stop watching them when they destroy them when they have spend years building them up as it has started annoying me so much . my fingers are crossed for Kensi to come back and the and Deeks to pick up where they left off so i can continue watching this

    Comment by Steph – December 17, 2013 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The punch Kensi gave Deeks bothered me a lot. It would have been alright if she apologized to him at the end.
    Having said that, I am still quite fond of the show and the characters and think this season has been well done so far and I prefer it to season 4. Of course, seasons 2 and 3 were the best so far.

    Comment by yen35 – December 17, 2013 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the punch very unneccesary. personally don’t like the kensi deeks relationship. all he does is talk talk talk trying to be funny and he isn’t. plus he needs shampoo and haircut

    Comment by barbara – December 17, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, suddenly everyone hates Densi? :( I still think they’re great. Yes, the punch was ill-advised on the writers’ part, but it’s not going to make me suddenly change my mind about a character and a ship that I’ve been enjoying for a long time, especially since the writers are actually allowing the relationship to progress this season. And I don’t get the need for sex scenes and the complaint about being “cheated”. None of the NCIS shows have ever been the type for sex scenes and if you’re watching for that, boy are you watching the wrong franchise. I’m just fine with the way it was handled and I don’t feel even remotely cheated. I was fine with the way Castle handled it too, and people complained that that wasn’t enough. Sorry, but I just don’t get it.

    Comment by JC – December 17, 2013 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone is complaining about them getting together atleast we got something, in NCIS just when we saw some Tony/Ziva love picking up she left. They never made anything of it, with NCISLA atleast we get a love connection between them.

    Comment by z3h2 – December 17, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, since the comments on this article have gone waaaayyyyy sideways, I will just add that Kensi (Daniela Ruah) is having a baby with Deek’s (Eric Christian Olsen) brother in real life. That might make the kissy/huggy scenes extremely awkward for all involved.Especially since David Paul Olsen works as a body double for his brother. I think it shows a sensitivity to the actors’ personal lives.

    Comment by Y – December 17, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, that’s a terrible way to think when you’re creating a tv show. You want to please the audience, not the actors (it’s the tv network’s job to keep them happy). Their personal lives should not affect the show in any way. (and I’m pretty sure it’s not affecting it, it’s just bad writing we’re experiencing).

      Comment by Cornelius – December 19, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree that their personal life’s shouldn’t interfere with their jobs, but I do respect, for Daniela and Eric’s sake, that they didn’t force her to showcase ECO’s brother’s baby in her stomach for the world to see and force him to make out with her. It would’ve been more than a little crude IMO.
        And I also agree that it is mostly just bad story telling. The Frozen Lake could’ve been handled so much better with only a few changes, the main one being to exclude the punch. Couldn’t Kensi have just put him through the silent treatment for an hour or two? Like, come on. A freaking punch?! CBS is all for no hate and anti-bullying and relief funds and acceptance, but they think it’s appropriate to send the message that domestic abuse is okay? I just don’t get it. This is not a healthy start to a new relationship, or the display of released tension that I was expecting to get rewarded with for sticking with the show for five seasons.

        Comment by 1bigsis – January 25, 2014 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well after last night it’s clear: Hetty is a Densi shipper.

    Comment by John 1138 – December 18, 2013 07:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the punches just the relationship I think Nate is the white ghost

    Comment by Robert Waltman – December 18, 2013 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh wow that would be a dark turn. And a lot of motivation to keep the solution to the mess “in the family”….

      Comment by John 1138 – December 18, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, people are taking the punch out of context. Kensi could have DIED! for the “inaction” of Deeks. That punch was not domestic violence it was a wake up call. As for the jaw, Im no doctor but Im pretty sure his jaw is healed after 6 months. Remember most of “Assention” took place in May and now with “Merry Evasion” it is december. And just because he may have PTSD doesnt mean Kensi should walk on egg shell. Yes she should show compassion but she shouldnt treat him as if he is weak.

    Comment by Ryan – December 19, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes i know Frozen Lake was November but still 5 months after his jaw should be ok

    Comment by Ryan – December 19, 2013 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love kensi and deeks: the tension building and now a willingness to go into the unknown/uncertainty of exploring the potential of a relationship together (knowing that intimate relationships within Ncis are forbidden) -this is risk taking and I am eagerly waiting to see what transpires. Kensi punching deeks – not ok! Abuse is abuse regardless of the context. And sorry is about an awareness that what you have done is not ok/mistake not “I will never do it again”. Its always the respectful abd mature person who acknowledges their limitations and does something to address them. For the record I want deeks and kensi together (I only watch the show because of deeks) and he does not need a wash or hair cut ( he is subversive in a controlled and contained work environment – this is his claiming of self).

    Comment by Kaz – December 22, 2013 03:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ok people….. clearly some of you claiming to be such fans of the show are not. or at least not too observant or insightful. give the whole “punch” subject a rest! if you’ve followed kensi throughout all 5 seasons, you’d notice that action fit her character development perfectly. i agree that violence is wrong, HOWEVER, for heaven’s sake, you’re watching a FICTIONAL TV show where background scenes, plots, and themes center around bombings, guns, terrorism, etc. so it seems a little hypocritical for you to comment on that one scene.
    as for all of you wishing for some hot sex scene on the deeks/kensi front, if you watch NCIS (11 seasons) and NCIS LA enough, you’ll notice that’s not the way these writers/creators work. they’d prefer to leave some of the relationships to the audience’s imagination. it seems to work because look at all the “TIVA” lovers there are out there and there weren’t ever any over-the-top scenes with them either…just lots of innuendos and insinuations. besides, you all want the characters of KENSI and DEEKS together, but some of you seem to forget that while kensi is not pregnant, daniela is….so an intimate scene between eric/deeks and a stand-in for kensi wouldn’t satisfy your curiosities, would it? and while i’m a huge fan of this couple and their banter, i think some of you are hoping for too much of a soap opera storyline which i personally think would ruin the show. trust the writers, they’ve been spot on so far.

    Comment by grace – December 30, 2013 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, just look at Tiva. They never had sex (okay, MAYBE between seasons 3 and 4), and now Tony is going to be miserable and alone for the rest of his life. Besides, I thought this was an NCIS: LA thread, not NCIS? The two shows aren’t connected. We should look at them for what they are, separate shows. And Tiva is not an ideal comparison for any couple. That ship was awfully executed and ended in heartbreak for Tony, the viewers, and all parties involved.
      I respect that the show runners didn’t write in a steamy scene like Castle’s. But the implications that they’d slept together the night before didn’t cut it for me. As I said before, a morning after scene at the very least would’ve been nice.

      Comment by 1bigsis – January 25, 2014 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think they have ruined yet another great cop show by adding the romantic interest between two lead characters. I love the NCIS shows, but not watching for romance.

    Comment by Betty – January 1, 2014 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They haven’t interfered so far in my view, not like on some other shows. The litmus will be when Daniela comes back from her break and Kensi with Granger return to L. A. I suspect, what with the Granger character involved, that the least of the story lines troubles will be she and Deeks….

      She setting up to kill someone and I suspect that is going to be a very dark story. This franchise likes to do layered so this isn’t going to be her popping some unalloyed bad guy. Nothing that easy.

      Comment by John 1138 – January 1, 2014 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love both NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles but I miss Ziva and now, Kenzi. What other changes will I have to endure? Now that “Intelligence” begins tomorrow night, does that indicate that NCIS LA is no more or will return in the spring?

    Comment by Ann Bartels – January 6, 2014 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • when will densi kiss!!!!???????

    Comment by Tsegidimond – January 8, 2014 10:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Come on u people u know how these love story lines are written, get over the punch it was a LOVE punch. NCIS & NCIS LA are 2u of the greatest shows on tv on should be interesting when Kensi returns, these on-the-job relationships take time, it took 9 seasons for Tony and Ziva

    Comment by cecilia – January 15, 2014 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A “love” punch? How is a punch suppose to display love? It made me think that either (a) Kensi is an awful person or (b) Kensi doesn’t care as much about Deeks as I’d like to think she does. I definitely was not getting loving vibes from the punch.

      Comment by 1bigsis – January 25, 2014 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh me word!!! Are u guys for real??? Kensi has been punching Deeks since series 3 – get over it!!! If u don’t like the “abuse” why are u still watching the program and whining!?!? An apology? Bwhahahahaha, gawd this has got to be the funniest post I’ve read since 2005 – y’all getting your knickers in a twist over A STORY!!!! Did y’all whine about “The Hunger Games” too? ROFLMAO

    Comment by Micklain – January 26, 2014 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You guys are rlwtong. She didn’t unapologeticly punch him as his lover. She punched him as his partner. You don’t just not take a perfectly good shot when your partner has a gun to their side. As his love interest punching him would be bad however she punched him because he dint take a shot for the simple reason he was afraid he would mess up and hit her. She can’t have a partner like that. No one with that kinda job can

    Comment by leah – February 10, 2014 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why bother calling this show N.C.I.S. Los Angeles as there rarely seems to be ANY naval connection in their storylines? They deal more often than not with “terrorists” – often overseas – and even spent two episodes chasing down old a-bombs! Both would seem better suited to the FBI, Homeland Security and even the C.I.A.

    Comment by George – March 6, 2014 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • please tell me what is the brand of kensi watch in season 5

    Comment by masha – March 9, 2014 12:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Porfirio – March 20, 2014 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am truly amazed how petty some of the viewers are based on the comments expressed. As far as “The Punch” goes, I thought it was entirely appropriate. Deeks allowed his new found emotion (elevated emotion) to get in the way of the task at hand.

    As far as the kiss from last season and why it was not addressed in a more overt way, well a little subtlety wouldn’t hurt. Evidently, Deeks took matters in his hands by “inviting” Kensi back to his place, and I am assuming they did not spend the night discussing politics. He finally “said what he meant” in a most profound way.

    Personally, I hope that is the extent of the relationship as far as the fans are concern. While the “DENSI” factor is my MAIN reason for watching the show, to have them become a real couple will destroy the chemistry and will eventually kill the show. As far as I’m concerned, they can resume their 3-year+ flirtations. No overt porn is necessary.

    Comment by GB – April 18, 2014 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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