‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: The Team Investigates an Arsonist and Eric Deals with Nell’s Departure

Here’s everything Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows about NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11, Episode 20.

What’s happening during ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Season 11, Episode 20

NCIS Los Angeles cast | Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images
NCIS Los Angeles cast | Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images

During NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 11, Episode 20 (titled “Knock Down”), the team must join forces with the Department of Justice. They’re helping the department investigate an arsonist who is planning an attack on an FBI safe house. The safe house is hiding a political activist seeking asylum.

Hopefully, Hetty (Linda Hunt) will be more helpful this time around. In NCIS: Los Angeles Season 11, Episode 19 (titled “Fortune Favors the Brave”), she wasn’t very responsive to the team. Hetty seemed distracted and a bit out of touch with Deeks, Eric, and Nell. For example, when Deeks asked her to give a new agent some words of advice or wisdom, the only thing she told him was not to get himself or anyone else killed.

Eric is dealing with Nell’s departure

Renée Felice Smith and Barrett Foa | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
Renée Felice Smith and Barrett Foa | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

The week before, Nell struggles with her desire to leave the team. This week, we’ll see how Eric (Barrett Foa) is coping with her absence. At the beginning of episode 19, Nell told Kensi she didn’t want to be an NCIS agent anymore. However, Kensi recommends that she just take a step back instead of deciding then and there what she is going to do.

Nell later has a discussion with Hetty about her plans to leave. “I am resigning,” says Nell. “You probably already know this, too, but I’ve been through so much lately. And I feel like I just can’t give this job the proper focus that it requires, and frankly, deserves.” Nell goes on to say Hetty taught her a lot over the years. Hetty told Nell to use her vacation days first and then decide if she really wants to resign. “If I don’t hear from you once [your vacation days] have elapsed, you can consider yourself resigned,” Hetty says to Nell.

A new agent shadows the team

LL Cool J in a scene from NCIS Los Angeles Season 11, Episode 20 | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images
LL Cool J in a scene from NCIS Los Angeles Season 11, Episode 20 | Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images

The week before, viewers also got a peek inside FBI Special Agent Devin Rountree’s first day on the job. It was a rough day filled with near-death experiences. When Deeks and Devin investigate an abandoned car, they’re surprised to learn it’s wired with a bomb. Unfortunately, Devin sits in the car before he realizes there is a bomb inside. The team and the bomb squad had to spend time slowing down the bomb so Sam could attach himself to a harness and pull Devin out of the car seconds before it exploded.

Later on, Devin is able to joke about his experience. When asked how he enjoyed his first day, Devin describes it as “bombastic,” and says his first day had some “ups and downs.” Deeks joins in on the wordplay and said he thought Devin’s first day was “lit.”

Read more: ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Daniela Ruah Shares How She Is and Isn’t Like Her Character Kensi

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