NCIS: Los Angeles 13×22 “Come Together” is the kind of happy episode we don’t always get as a season finale, one that pays off on two big personal storylines for this team, and yet one that also sets up a lot of dynamics we are very happy we get to explore more – with Callen and Anna finally engaged, and Deeks and Kensi finally parents.
This show has always been explicit with the concept of team as a family, and yet this episode goes a step further, by putting that into words. These people are each other’s families, and that’s why, as Rosa finally comes home to Kensi and Deeks, there’s no better place to celebrate than with the team, just as there’s no better moment for Callen to propose to Anna.
In the same way this episode is about that family, this episode is about growth, too. For Callen, in particular, because he spends the hour seemingly ruminating on something he’s already decided he wants to do, as Sam, his best friend and the angel on his shoulder, urges him to seize the moment. Anna is right there with him, and Anna makes him happy. That’s the most important thing Callen should focus on.
Callen’s journey towards finding out who he is — who can be be — is not over, and not just in the ways every normal life journeys are ongoing. He’s still got some stuff to figure out, and a long overdue conversation with Hetty is required in that. But that doesn’t mean that Callen needs to put his entire life in pause, and it doesn’t mean that just because he isn’t perfect he doesn’t deserve Anna.
The truth is, Anna is as broken and lost as he is — and yet she’s found her peace with him, with Callen. Sometimes home isn’t a place, it’s a person, and just like Kensi and Deeks found homes in each other and are now at the point where they can make that home something that extends to someone else, well, Callen and Anna are each other’s home. And that doesn’t fix every other problem, but it helps. We all need a safe port in a storm.
And yes, Callen has had Sam, has had the team, for a long time. But he has also had Anna for a long time, too, and it’s very, very good to see him not just accept that, but enjoy it.
Just as it’s very, very good to see the team rally around Kensi and Deeks as they start a new stage of their lives. Sure, they’re good people and they care about Rosa, which is the important part, but the mix of elation and panic they went though at finding out she could come home with them was something a family barbeque could make better in a way nothing else could.
It takes a village, they say. And considering this team, this family, there’s no doubt that Rosa will be raised by two loving parents, but that she will have a village of people in case she ever needs them. Just as Kensi and Deeks will. Just as they have, all this time. And, as the team spent one last moment under the setting LA sun celebrating together, we, the fans get to celebrate too. A perfect episode. An amazing season. And more to come. How lucky are we?
Things I think I think:
- Even though this isn’t the end, I really do appreciate a show that can craft a season finale that feels like a series finale.
- Look, Deeks is right, I would also feel like there’s no greater love than being picked up from the airport with food waiting in the car.
- The Callen part of the convo really showcases how this show excels at making fun of itself, in a good way.
- Happiness turned panic but still happiness looks good on both Kensi and Deeks. At least this kind of panic.
- Sam’s dad broke my heart, in such a real way. From such a good moment, to confusion in the blink of an eye.
- I adore Fatima and Roundtree’s dynamic.
- “I want to be normal with you” is everything.
- Killbride’s response to Deeks’ banter will never not amuse me.
- But really, Roundtree, HOW could you not mention Moana? 😂
- lol to “I don’t do guns in my cake store”
- Sam and his Dad made me CRY, okay? TEARS.
- Rosa treating Deeks like a serious person is NOT gonna last.
- I CRIED AT THE BALLONS. And like, every second after.
- “That’s our …and now your family.”
- Sad Hetty wasn’t around, glad she was mentioned. And really, really glad we have another season to, hopefully, see her again.
- Wasn’t that a perfect Callana proposal?
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NCIS: Los Angeles aired Sundays at 9/8c on CBS. It’s set to return for Season 14 this Fall.