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#402 : Les recrues

Une attaque de drone sur un site de production de bombes en Afghanistan met à jour le cadavre d'un  Marine qui vient juste de démissionner. Pourquoi cet homme est-il retourné là-bas? A-t-il choisi de trahir le pays pour lequel il s'est battu? L'équipe va tenter de répondre à ces questions en se rendant sur place.

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Titre VO
Recruit

Titre VF
Les recrues

Première diffusion
02.10.2012

Première diffusion en France
22.03.2013

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Sam (LL Cool J) patiente devant sa voiture

Sam (LL Cool J) patiente devant sa voiture

Deeks et Kensi avec Brian et carol Adams joués par Glenn Morshower et Kate McNeil

Deeks et Kensi avec Brian et carol Adams joués par Glenn Morshower et Kate McNeil

Sam à l'arrière d'un pick'up

Sam à l'arrière d'un pick'up

LL Cool J prend la pause devant des fans

LL Cool J prend la pause devant des fans

Callen et Sam interrogent un homme

Callen et Sam interrogent un homme

Callen, Deeks et Kensi ont rejoint Sam à sa voiture

Callen, Deeks et Kensi ont rejoint Sam à sa voiture

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Scenario : R. Scott Gemmill

Réalisation : James Whitmore Jr.

Guests : 

Glenn Morshower ............................ Brian Adams 
Antonio Leon ............................ Omar
Felix Ryan ............................ Danny Levian
Anthony Azizi ............................ Adanan Al-Ahmadi
Kate McNeil ............................ Carol Adams
Enuka Okuma ............................ Major de la marine Denise Young
Matt Bushel ............................ Jason Smith 
Jonathan Fraser ............................ Bob
Courtney Hope ............................ Mary Clark 
Roshawn Franklin ............................ Pilote de drone de l'Air Force 
Juan Alfonso ............................ Carlos 
Monica Lawson ............................ Contrôleur Air Force 
James Bane ............................ John Harris

En Afghanistan, un véhicule cahote en direction d’un bâtiment isolé. Trois hommes armés en descendent ; le 4ème inspecte les alentours. La scène est suivie de près par des militaires américains, qui lancent une reconnaissance faciale sur le dernier type, qui a fini par entrer dans le bâtiment ; il s’agit bien de Triple A. Une procédure de mise à feu d’un missile lancé par un drone s’engage. Mais à la dernière seconde Triple A ressort et le fait d’être à côté du véhicule le protège lorsque la vieille maison vole en éclats ! Il repart aussitôt dans le 4x4 – les américains ne peuvent que constater qu’il y a un survivant...

GÉNÉRIQUE

Callen est au cimetière, sur la tombe de sa sœur ; Hetty est venue le chercher, une affaire les attend au bureau. Elle s’étonne qu’il n’ait pas changé le nom sur la pierre- G aime penser que sa sœur est toujours là, quelque part. Hetty savoure la paix du lieu, qui en même temps lui rappelle douloureusement combien de personnes elle a elle-même envoyées 6 pieds sous terre. Elle fleurit la tombe d’Hunter – mais demande expressément à G de ne pas avoir de cérémonie lors de ses funérailles, et que personne ne lui apporte de fleurs. Il s’amuse : pas de problème, de toute façon il parait que Granger veut la faire empailler pour son bureau...

Pendant ce temps Kensi s’entraine avec le robot de combat ; du moins essaie de le faire alors que Deeks s’acharne à lui montrer les photos de ses vacances. Elle les connaît déjà, de toute façon, il lui a envoyé des mails tous les jours. Il était inquiet, son téléphone était éteint ; en fait on lui avait demandé de partir dès que l’hélicoptère de secours s’était posé sur la plage... ; et elle faisait un stage de yoga. Quand Nell vient les chercher, Deeks veut à tout prix lui montrer une photo –lui sur un chameau- mais elle a fui !

Sam est déjà de mauvaise humeur : il pousse une chaise loin de son bureau. Eric qui venait lui demander des nouvelles de ses vacances, s’en mord les doigts : il a donné l’ancienne chaise de Sam avec d’autres fournitures pour une oeuvre de charité. La nouvelle a 25 points de réglage, un bijou destiné à améliorer l’assise, donc réduire la fatigue et augmenter la productivité. Seulement l’agent Hanna pense que ses fesses n’ont besoin que de deux points d’ajustement, et qu’elles réclament donc de récupérer leur vieille assise. Malheureusement, elle est partie pour une école du Guatemala. Sam s’éloigne, furieux. A cet instant, Kensi rencontre G – elle trouve qu’il a bronzé ; il prétend travailler sous couverture dans un institut de bronzage. Elle n’en croit rien. Ils sont interrompus par la chute brutale d’un objet qui ne survit pas à l’impact : une chaise! G rigole, quelqu’un a du essayer de changer la chaise de Sam ! Celui-ci vient bien de la jeter du premier étage. Eric contemple les restes- 25 points de confort, murmure-t-il. Plus maintenant...

Dans la salle des OPS, le portrait d’Adanan Al-Ahmadi est affiché sur l’écran. Sam le connaît : il fabrique des bombes pour Al Quaïda, les talibans, ou quiconque est prêt à le payer pour. L’attaque qui le visait a fait des victimes parmi ses associés, mais aussi un ex-marine, spécialiste du contre-espionnage, David Adams. Libéré depuis 18 mois, il n’était absolument pas censé être en Afghanistan ; et il n’a pas non plus été enlevé. Sa présence au milieu de terroristes connus est le mystère qu’ils doivent éclaircir.

Adams vient d’une famille de Marines : son père et son grand-père ont obtenu la Silver Star. Sous couvert de tirage au sort (bidon) Callen envoie Deeks et Kensi chez les parents Adams pendant que lui et Sam rencontreront une responsable de l’opération qui lui a coûté la vie.

Celle-ci est perplexe : leur renseignement sur Al-Ahmadi était exact, mais il semble que les siens étaient encore meilleurs. Comme s’il avait toujours une longueur d’avance sur eux, au point de suspecter une complicité interne. Ce qui n’était qu’un soupçon est devenu certitude lors de la fouille du bâtiment détruit : des plans, des données secrètes ont été retrouvés dans les décombres. A côté du cadavre d’Adams, ce qui le désigne comme un coupable idéal. Même si toutes ces données datent de 18 mois, il s’agit d’un acte de trahison que personne pourtant n’attendait d’un Marine exemplaire sous l’uniforme.

Les parents du jeune homme refusent d’y croire, de toute façon. Pour eux ce n’est pas lui qui a été tué là-bas : il a un travail, une petite amie dont il est follement amoureux, et il a même prévu de reprendre des études. Absolument pas de repartir au Moyen-Orient !

Dans la salle des OPS, Eric confie que son élément préféré est le tungstène, ou wolfram. Nell est fan de l’ununoctium, une molécule créée de toute pièce et extrêmement rare. Plus sérieusement, ils découvrent que David a pris un vol pour Cincinnati 8 jours plus tôt. Et bientôt ils reconstituent pour Hetty un voyage plutôt étrange : en changeant systématiquement de compagnie, il est passé par New-York, Rome, Madrid, Bruxelles, Prague, Istanbul, Ryad, Doha pour finir à  Abu Dhabi. Il cherchait à rendre quasiment impossible une reconstitution de son parcours. Fiers de leur association wolfram/ununoctium, ils se congratulent et expliquent à une Hetty perdue ce que cela signifie. Son élément préféré, à elle ? Le scotch !!

Kensi et Deeks rejoignent dans la rue Sam et G. Celui-ci partage ses tacos au poisson avec Marty, les autres s’abstiennent. Ils sont en route pour aller voir la petite amie, Mary Clark. En admettant qu’Adams ne soit pas reparti en Afghanistan pour travailler avec des terroristes, quelle en serait la raison ? Quelqu’un à voir, une femme – Kensi se récrie, il a déjà une petite amie ici – les autres lui lancent un regard de pitié qui la fait marmonner qu’elle déteste les hommes.  Marty, influencé par Les Goonies, suggère un  trésor. G approuve, il ne serait pas le premier à retourner profiter des infos collectés sous l’uniforme pour s’enrichir. Le fait qu’Eric leur apprenne qu’il a reçu de l’argent versé d’un compte de Dubaï  8 jours plus tôt pourrait confirmer cette piste.

G et Sam rencontrent le supérieur d’Adams dans son métier pour une société d’entretien des ports, qui avoue engager souvent des marines après leur service, en remerciement d’une part, et pour leurs qualités humaines. David avait été affecté à la drague du canal de la Marina Del Rey. Il avait toutefois abandonné son emploi une quinzaine de jours plus tôt (après le préavis légal de 2 semaines) pour s’embaucher comme bucheron dans le nord. Travail difficile mais bien payé qui lui permettrait d’assurer ses frais de scolarité. Il ne croit pas une seconde non plus que le jeune homme soit reparti en Afghanistan. Sam suggère alors de parler avec quelqu’un qui l’a connu dans l’armée.

Deeks a ressorti ses photos de vacances – notamment sa préférée, où il ressemble à Laurence d’Arabie. Kensi en a toujours autant plein le dos. Elle lui balance qu’il a surtout l’air d’un travesti ! Elle enfonce le clou : « touché », en français dans le texte. Marty se lance alors dans un cours détaillé d’escrime d’où  il ressort que seul le « touché » a le droit de dire touché ! Bien sûr Kensi se moque de lui – de toute façon jamais il ne la touchera avec son épée...Bref, ils rencontrent Mary à l’extérieur. Comme les autres elle refuse absolument d’envisager que David ait pu retourner en Afghanistan. Kensi reçoit un appel de G qui lui parle du changement de boulot. Mary explique qu’il est parti en Alaska, pour une compagnie pétrolière. Ils ont Skypé 5 jours plus tôt : il allait s’enfoncer dans une zone sans connexion pour quelque temps. Il avait touché un bonus financier le jour de la signature, et le travail était très bien payé, un gros plus pour eux puisqu’il allait essayer de reprendre ses études. Il n’avait pas prévenu ses parents parce qu’il attendait le bon moment pour leur annoncer...que Mary est enceinte.

Sam et G sont à l’annexe avec un homme qui a fait deux séjours en Afghanistan avec David Adams. Il en garde le souvenir d’un Marine de grande qualité ; s’il est retourné en Afghanistan, ce ne peut être que dans le but d’aider la population ; ou plus vraisemblablement pour le compte de la CIA.

Seulement l’agence dément formellement, comme le souligne Hetty. Donc s’il ne travaille pas pour eux, c’est forcément contre eux...D’autant qu’aucune ONG ne connaît David Adams. Pas plus que la compagnie pétrolière pour laquelle il était censé être en Alaska. Mais ses e-mails auxquels ils ont pu accéder grâce aux infos données par son amie, ont appris à Nell et Eric qu’il avait été embauché 3 semaines plus tôt par Atama, Sécurité et Protection, une compagnie travaillant dans le monde entier, y compris au Moyen-Orient.

Un boulot dangereux, secret, et très bien payé, voilà qui cadre parfaitement. Mais pourquoi Atama n’a-t-elle pas signalé qu’un de ses employés avait disparu ? L’ignorait-elle ou voulait-elle préserver son image de marque ? Consultée par téléphone, elle a déclaré qu’elle ne donnait aucun renseignement sur ses agents pour garantir leur sécurité – pour Adams, comme de ce côté-là c’est trop tard, elle a promis de se pencher sur son cas et de rappeler le NCIS...Hetty ne l’entend pas ainsi : à eux d’aller prendre la température à la source !

Donc G et Sam entrent dans des bureaux qui semblent déserts. Sam ricane devant les posters publicitaires où les agents de sécurité ressemblent à de  figures de mode...Un type qui avait un casque sur les oreilles (et était en plein jeu vidéo) se rend soudain compte qu’il a de la visite. Il se met à tirer sur Callen et Sam à travers la cloison de séparation ; les agents se retranchent derrière des bureaux. L’homme est un piètre tireur mais a des réserves de munitions. Sam oblige G à le couvrir (c’est son tour de faire diversion). Pendant que son équipier et le type échangent donc de des coups de feu, Sam crapahute et se rue sur l’employé en pulvérisant au passage la cloison. Le gars est envoyé pour le compte sur son bureau où l’ordinateur clame « Game over ».

L’homme est un étudiant Arménien habitant chez un oncle et une tante le temps de ses études. Il raconte n’être au courant de rien chez Atama, puisqu’il est seulement standardiste. La plupart du temps il est seul dans les bureaux d’ailleurs, à part quand il y a un entretien d’embauche dont se charge un certain ...Jones ! Il ne connaît pas David Adams. Il a créé le site web de l’entreprise, et le processus de demande d’emploi, c’est tout ; les agents ne savent pas trop quoi penser de lui – il est peut-être vraiment hors du coup. En tout cas l’entreprise ou quelqu’un dans l’entreprise s’était spécialisé dans le vol d’identités ; il y a eu des dizaines de plaintes de candidats...

 Nell et Eric sont partis fouiller le contenu des ordinateurs et téléphones d’Atama sur place. Eric panique en se rendant compte qu’il est tout seul, son équipière ayant disparu. Il se réfugie sous un bureau et appelle le QG ; il veut parler à Hetty. Nell était seulement parti s’occuper des lignes téléphoniques...Quand elle revient, il lui demande si elle est armée. Il apprécie qu’elle le soit ! Elle tente de le rassurer, ils sont si proches l’un de l’autre qu’un baiser parait imminent...Mais Eric les rappelle à leur travail.

Quelque temps plus tard, ils présentent leurs découvertes aux autres dans la salle des OPS, à partir de photos de 4 personnes (5 avec Adams). 4 recrues d’Atama ayant en commun d’être d’anciens militaires aujourd’hui disparus. Quant à Atama, son existence paraît ne remonter qu’à 3 mois, et leur siège réel n’est pas localisable : ils utilisent des proxys en cascade qui passent par Curaçao.

Une chose est sûre, par ces temps difficiles, les gens ne rechignent pas à donner le maximum d’informations sur eux-mêmes pour décrocher un emploi. Ce qui facilite le vol d’identités. Mais Sam et G commencent à comprendre : sur des centaines de candidatures, seules celles des anciens militaires a été retenues. On leur a donné une avance, fait signer une clause de confidentialité, et payé le voyage jusqu’à Dubaï. Qui se trouve être un point d’entrée bien commode...en Afghanistan. Où Adams a fini avec Al-Ahmadi. Atama vole peut-être des identités, mais surtout des êtres humains qu’elle offre (vend) à des types du genre du terroriste...

Et malheureusement, il y a six autres personnes qui ont été recrutées – peut-être plus. Seules deux d’entre elles sont en route – une femme doit arriver à Madrid dans quelques heures ; Interpol l’interceptera.  John Harris arrivera le lendemain à Dubaï.

Sam et G s’occupent d’obtenir la permission d’Hetty d’aller s’occuper de l’affaire sur place, sans avertir les autorités locales. Hetty les voit possiblement finir dans une prison du cru ; sans compter qu’elle n’aura rien à dire à Granger s’il leur fait une petite visite surprise. Mais ses agents insistent : ils ont déjà perdu un  américain ; au moins 4 autres sont en ce moment torturés – un cinquième le sera bientôt s’ils laissent faire. Ils pourront toujours mettre ça sur le dos du Mossad si ça tourne mal ! Hetty ne goûte pas la plaisanterie, mais appelle Eric pour qu’il s’occupe de trouver un avion pour Dubaï le plus rapidement possible. Celui-ci est perplexe : un avion est déjà prêt. Hetty se tourne vers Sam et G ; penauds, ils avouent qu’ils comptaient qu’elle dise oui...

Et le lendemain, à l’aéroport de Dubaï, John Harris se dirige vers un homme qui montre une affiche portant son nom quand il est violemment bousculé. Se baissant pour ramasser ce qui lui a échappé dans mains, il s’entend dire- par Sam qui lui montre discrètement son badge, qu’il est en grand danger ; il le suit sans discuter. C’est donc G qui se présente au type en tant que John Harris. Seulement l’homme n’est pas dupe, il a manifestement déjà vu une photo de celui qu’il attend. Il tourne les talons et s’éloigne, attrapant son téléphone. Qui tombe à terre quand il est heurté par le matériel de golf d’un touriste distrait (Deeks !). Le dit touriste se confond en excuses et rend le téléphone – en enfonçant une aiguille dans le cou de l’homme qui s’effondre dans un fauteuil roulant poussant par une femme entièrement voilée – Kensi. L’homme est « évacué » sans que personne n’ait rien remarqué autour d’eux ; les OPS ont suivi de près toute l’opération.

La suite se déroule dans un coin désert : Sam et G ont emmené l’homme dans le coffre de leur voiture, dont ils l’extraient afin de parler un peu. Il commence par prétendre ne pas parler anglais – pas de chance,  les deux agents parlent arabe. Il ne compte pas les aider pour autant ; mais Sam sort son arme et se montre très persuasif...

Du coup l’homme emmène G comme il aurait emmené John Harris. Sam descend quand ils arrivent près de maisons désaffectées –les deux autres continuent vers une cour fermée et gardée par des types armés –le révolver braqué sur le chauffeur par Callen l’aidant à ne pas se rebeller...

Sam découvre deux des disparus, portant des marques de torture, l’un d’eux évanoui.

G descend du véhicule, joue l’étonné, dit qu’il doit rencontrer quelqu’un Atama ;   c’est Al-Ahmadi lui-même qui l’accueille. Et qui visiblement ne croit pas non plus qu’il soit Harris. Au moment où la situation va dégénérer pour l’agent du NCIS, une femme voilée s’approche de leur groupe. Elle se lamente en arabe, crie, supplie ; le terroriste se décide à s’approcher d’elle en confiant G à la garde d’un de ses hommes. C’est l’instant où une voiture force la porte en bois de la cour – avec Deeks au volant ! Kensi, la femme voilée, cachait une arme automatique et s’en sert aussitôt. Sam surgit pour prendre part à la bataille à laquelle G et Marty participent déjà. La fusillade sépare les agents en deux groupes ; elle cesse quand tous les méchants sont à terre. Sam s’inquiète de ses collègues, Deeks répond qu’il va bien. Et se préoccupe de Kensi qui ne dit rien.  En fait elle s’est précipitée pour rattraper Al-Ahmadi qu’elle oblige à se mettre à genoux devant elle. G répond pour elle que tout va bien. Elle fait voler le turban du type par la manœuvre réglementaire et sourit : de quoi les garçons ont-ils peur?!

C’est avec soulagement qu’Hetty accueille les dernières infos données par Nell et Eric : les deux américains retrouvés sont en route pour un hôpital en Allemagne mais sont plutôt en bonne forme ; Harris est dans un vol de retour. Le Département de la Défense a pris en charge le cas Al-Ahmadi, à eux d’essayer de trouver un arrangement avec les Emirats Arabes Unis.  Les agents sont aussi en chemin pour rentrer.

Et dans cet avion, Kensi doit de nouveau affronter l’ennui des photos de vacances de Deeks. Elle déprime à l’idée des 16 heures de vol. Sam qui revient des toilettes et aperçoit Deeks sur un chameau pile à leur hauteur : « c’est marrant, il en a d’autres ? Oh on dirait Laurence d’Arabie » ! 

Marty exulte ; Kensi se lève pour laisser Sam s’installer : celui-ci parait véritablement ravi ! Kensi se glisse à côté de G qui lui dit que les parents Adams vont apprendre la vérité sur la mort de leur fils. Cela devrait les aider de savoir qu’elle a permis de sauver plusieurs vies, et d’arrêter un terroriste notoire. Un éclat de rire les fait se retourner : Sam et Deeks sont pliés de rire devant une des photos. G sourit, c’est sympa de voir les garçons s’entendre aussi bien ; Kensi trouve surtout génial que ce soit quelqu’un d’autre qui ait à regarder les photos de vacances de Deeks. Cette fois c’est G qui éclate de rire...

Un peu plus tard, Hetty entre dans la salle des OPS déserte, une tasse de thé à la main. Elle met sur le grand écran tout un tas de vidéos live de caméras de surveillance ; un nouveau clic sur le clavier de l’ordinateur met un gros plan sur les passagers endormis d’un avion. Elle éclate de rire quand la tête de Deeks roule sur l’épaule de Sam...

                                                            ----------- FIN -----------

 

...

[In Afghanistan, a SUV is heading to a small house, a shack, lost in the middle of nowhere. 3 armed men gets out; one is looking around.]

[In a small room 2 American officers look at them on a screen surrounded by buttons, data or maps.]

MAN [over radio]: Target has exited the vehicle with another passenger and is approaching the building.

WOMAN: Copy, Tango One. Sensor confirms.

OFFICER: We got a positive I.D.?

WOMAN: Running facial rec.

[Afghanistan. The unknown man is in the house, he speaks Arabic with the others]

[Small room: the computer beeps]

WOMAN: Affirmative. We have positive I.D. on target Triple A.

OFFICER: Thunder One Two has positive I.D. and lock on target Triple A.

MAN [over radio]: Copy, Thunder One Two. Engage at your discretion.

OFFICER: Wings hot. Arm laser targeting.

WOMAN: Laser targeting.

OFFICER: Weapons hot in three...two... one...Rifle.

[He presses a button: an UAV launches a missile. At that right second, “Triple A” closes the door in his back, he goes to the SUV.]

WOMAN: [Over radio] We've got a target exiting the building.

[The building blows out; the man is thrown on the ground behind the car but is safe]

WOMAN: Contact. Building has been destroyed. Tango One, Tango One. We have one survivor.

[Triple A is driving away...]

 

                           ♫ ♫ NCIS: LA 4x02 ♫ ♫ Recruit ♫ ♫

                           ♫ ♫ Original air date on October 2, 2012 ♫ ♫

 

[♫ Ducks are quacking near the lake in the cemetery]

HETTY: I thought you might have replaced that headstone with her correct name.

CALLEN: I guess it makes it easier for me to pretend my sister Amy's still out there somewhere.

[Hetty looks around]

HETTY: Oh, it's always so lovely and peaceful here. And yet a painful reminder.

CALLEN: Of our own mortality?

HETTY: I was thinking more of the number of people I've put in the ground. Hell, I could fill my own graveyard.

CALLEN: I'm sure most of them deserved it.

[Hetty shakes briefly her head]

CALLEN: You put fresh flowers on Hunter's grave.

HETTY: From my garden. It seemed the least I could do.

CALLEN: She would have appreciated it.

HETTY: I like to think so. I, however, will not. When I'm gone, I'm gone. No ceremony, no memorials, and absolutely no bringing of flowers to my grave.

CALLEN: Don't worry. There will be none of that.

HETTY: Good.

CALLEN: From what I hear, Granger is going to have you stuffed in a lifelike pose for his office.

HETTY: Don't be cheeky. Though... I wouldn't put it past him. Come along, Mr. Callen. No rest for the wicked.

 

[NCIS office. Kensi is training, Deeks is behind the system and keeps showing his phone screen]

AUTOMATED VOICE: Turn that punch on!

DEEKS: And this is me on a camel, on the way to Petra.

KENSI: Uh-huh, that's awesome.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Power kick!

DEEKS: You're not even looking at it.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Get your feet going.

KENSI: Yes. That is camel, and I think he likes you.

DEEKS: What?

AUTOMATED VOICE: Power body!

[Deeks checks the pic carefully]

DEEKS: No, that's my foo…I think that's my foot. Ooh, wow, that is awkward. Moving on. This is the Wadi Mujib, on the way to the Dead Sea.

[His phone is hiding her screen]

KENSI: Get it out of my way. I'm working out, Deeks.

DEEKS: Uh, while I'm trying to show you my vacation photos, which is more than a little rude.

KENSI: Dude, I've seen them.

AUTOMATED VOICE: Nice job.

KENSI: Several times. You e-mailed me every day.

DEEKS: Well, maybe next time, you should come with me.

KENSI: I've been to Jordan.

DEEKS: Okay. Well, then, we can go someplace else. How about, say, for instance, the Amazon? Or Norway, the land of my forefathers?

KENSI: How about "no,"

AUTOMATED VOICE: Good work.

KENSI: because we work together every day. Why would I want to vacation with you, too?

DEEKS: Because we're partners and I'm awesome.

KENSI: Which is all the more reason why I value our time apart.

DEEKS: Whatever. You totally missed me.

KENSI: Ha! You didn't give me a chance to miss you, Deeks.

DEEKS: Is that why you turned your cell phone off?

KENSI: I turned my cell phone off because I was at a yoga retreat,

AUTOMATED VOICE: Great game!

KENSI: and I needed to relax.

DEEKS: Uh, wait a minute. You don't do yoga. I do yoga, and you mock me for it.

KENSI: That's because I do it for spiritual centering. You, on the other hand, do it to pick up chicks.

DEEKS: So what you're saying is...you couldn't make a hook-up even with a yoga dude?

KENSI: Okay. You know what? I was asked to leave after the rescue helicopter landed on the beach.

DEEKS: I was worried about you.

KENSI: Thank you for that.

DEEKS: Well, maybe you shouldn't have turned your cell phone off.

[Kensi starts leaving and hits Deeks just when Nell appears]

DEEKS: Ow!

NELL: Hetty wants you guys up in Ops. Got a hot one.

DEEKS: Nell, wait a second, hold on, you got to see this. This is me on a very excited camel, on the way to Petra... Nell?

[She’s already far away!]

DEEKS: Nell? I got a... camel and a...

[He laughs]

DEEKS: I'm on a camel.

 

[Entrance near the agents desks]

ERIC: Hey, Sam! How was your vay-cay?

[Sam is pushing a chair away from his desk]

SAM: Uh...It was, uh...it was good. It was short. Yep. Too short, but... good. Quality family time, you know? You?

ERIC: Um, awesome. I helped design and build a wind- and solar-powered clinic in Guatemala, and still had time to hit up a couple of ren faires, my lord.

SAM: Where's Nell?

ERIC: Uh, she's rallying the troops. What do you need?

SAM: A new chair.

ERIC: That is your new chair.

SAM: I want my old one.

ERIC: I-I thought it was broken.

SAM: Yeah, it was broken in the way I like it.

ERIC: Oh. Well...I mean, this chair is ergonomically designed to improve posture, reduce fatigue and increase productivity. So... um...plus, this baby's got over 25 points of adjustment, yo.

SAM: Well, my butt only has two points of adjustment, and they both want my old chair back, yo.

ERIC: I-I think it's...it's gone. Here, you know what? Here's what I'm gonna do for you. I'm gonna put in a request and, uh, try to get you a different chair.

SAM: Where's my old chair?

ERIC: Well, you know, we donate all of our old furniture to...to one of our charities, so if it's any consolation, it went to a good cause.

SAM: It's not. Find out where they took it. I'll buy it back.

ERIC: It might be...in a container on a boat, on its way to a girl's school in Gwandara, Nigeria.

SAM: It might be?

ERIC: It... is. I'm... I'm sorry. I'm sorry, dude. I just...

[He clears his throat while Sam drags his chair upstairs]

ERIC: You know what? I can get you a matching lumbar pillow.

[Callen comes in the bullpen and meets Kensi]

CALLEN: Morning.

KENSI: Morning. You look like you got some sun.

CALLEN: Yeah, I'm working undercover at a tanning salon.

KENSI: Yeah, you wish.

CALLEN: Mm-hmm.

[A chair crashes down just in front of them]

CALLEN: Looks like somebody tried to replace Sam's chair again.

KENSI: Really, Eric?

ERIC: It has over 25 points of adjustment.

CALLEN: Not anymore!

 

[OPS center.]

NELL: This is Adanan Al-Ahmadi. He's also known as...

SAM: Triple A. He's a bomb maker for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, anybody else who's willing to pay him.

DEEKS: So he's an equal opportunity exploder. No? All right. At least I'm trying.

ERIC: He narrowly escaped a drone strike.

NELL: When our people went in to confirm the casualties, they found the remains of several of his associates, including one who appeared to be a Westerner.

ERIC: DNA analysis positively identified the Westerner as an American.

NELL: Not only was he an American; he was a Marine. Counterintelligence Specialist Gunnery Sergeant David Adams.

KENSI: Was he kidnapped?

ERIC: No. Wasn't even supposed to be in the Middle East. His enlistment ended 18 months ago.

CALLEN: So what's he doing back in Afghanistan with known terrorists?

ERIC: That's what we have to find out.

 

                             -------------------- ZAPPING -------------------

 

[OPS center. Kensi comes back]

KENSI: Hetty already made arrangements for a Marine Corps rep to meet us at the boatshed to tell us what they do know.

CALLEN: Of course she has.

SAM: According to his file, Adams comes from a highly decorated Marine family. Both his father and grandfather were awarded the Silver Star.

[Deeks is speaking on phone]

DEEKS: We really appreciate it. Yep. Okay.

CALLEN: What's the family saying?

DEEKS: Well, evidently, they're refusing to accept he was even in Afghanistan, let alone dead.

CALLEN: Perfect. Pick a number between one and ten.

SAM: Seven.

DEEKS: Four. Eight. Six. Five. Five or...five or six.

KENSI: I really don't care.

DEEKS: Why are we doing this? Doesn't matter. I'm gonna go back with my original number, which is my lucky number, which is four...point zero zero two six.

NELL: The atomic weight of helium?

DEEKS: You're good. She's good.

SAM: Your favorite number is the atomic weight of helium?

ERIC: And you call me a geek?

DEEKS: Helium makes you talk funny.

SAM: Makes you think funny, too.

CALLEN: You win, Deeks. Number was four.

DEEKS: Boom. What'd I say about my lucky number?

CALLEN: You two talk to the family, we're gonna speak to the Marine Corps.

DEEKS: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait. Why do we got to speak with the grieving family? That's not fair. Sam's your partner. I could've said any number, and you would've said I won.

KENSI: Come on, Einstein.

[Deeks sighs loudly]

DEEKS: I hate this game.

 

[Boatshed. The Marine Corps rep called Young is briefing Sam and G in the observation room]

YOUNG: We've been tracking Adanan Al-Ahmadi for months. Our intel was good, but his was better.

CALLEN: How so?

YOUNG: He has an uncanny ability to stay one step ahead of us. To the point we started suspecting he had inside information.

SAM: But you were never able to prove it.

YOUNG: Not until we recovered evidence from our last attempt to get him. These are some of the notes we recovered from the rubble.

[She hands files to the agents]

YOUNG: These are translations and intelligence evaluations, but basically they show intimate knowledge of our operational procedures. Fortunately, the majority of the information recovered was somewhat outdated, but it's all classified. It could only have come from someone within one of our Marine units.

CALLEN: And you think that someone was David Adams?

YOUNG: The man was killed in one of Adanan Al-Ahmadi's safe houses with his jihadi poker buddies. Evidence doesn't get much more damning than that.

SAM: You said this information is outdated?

YOUNG: Yes. About 18 months.

SAM: That's roughly the same length of time since Adams was in the Corps.

CALLEN: But Adams never showed any indication of this sort of behavior while in the Corps?

YOUNG: No, sir. From all reports, he was a model Marine.

SAM: So why turn traitor now?

YOUNG: I only wish I could ask him that myself, Agent Hanna. Perhaps we'll never know. I hate to think that any American, let alone a fellow Marine, would compromise his country. But anyone who puts American servicemen in jeopardy is an enemy of mine and the United States.

 

[Adams’ parents house. His mother takes a picture in a frame]

Mrs. ADAMS: He was so proud to have followed in his father's and his grandfather's footsteps.

KENSI: I can imagine. My dad was a Marine, too.

DEEKS: Do you have any idea why your son would go back to Afghanistan?

Mr. ADAMS: He wouldn't. And I don't believe he did.

Mrs. ADAMS: As much as he loved serving his country, he was glad when his last tour was over. He liked being a Marine, but he was eager to start the next chapter of his life.

[Kensi clears her throat]

KENSI: Now, I know this must be difficult for you, Mr. and Mrs. Adams, but...

Mr. ADAMS: You've lost a child?

Mrs. ADAMS: Brian...

KENSI: No.

Mr. ADAMS: Then you have no idea.

DEEKS: If I may, sir, you have our deepest sympathies. But the DNA evidence confirms that one of the casualties in the drone attack was indeed David.

Mr. ADAMS: Where's his body?

KENSI: His remains are being flown back as we speak.

Mr. ADAMS: Remains? So you have a body?

KENSI: I don't know the extent of what was recovered from the attack site, sir.

DEEKS: Did your son ever talk about his time in country?

Mr. ADAMS: No. Most of what he did was classified.

Mrs. ADAMS: All I cared about...was that he do his best to keep himself safe and come home in one piece. And he did.

Mr. ADAMS: Which is precisely why he wouldn't go back, especially on his own. He has a good job with the county. He loves his girlfriend to death. He was even planning to go back to school in the spring. Does that sound like somebody who was going back to Afghanistan?

DEEKS: No, sir, it does not. But if it wasn't David who was killed, where is your son?

 

[OPS center.]

ERIC: Tungsten.

NELL: What's that?

ERIC: My favorite element-- it's tungsten. Number 74 on the periodic table, and formerly known as wolfram.

NELL: Okay.

ERIC: It's got the highest melting point and tensile strength of any metal.

NELL: Um, that's nice.

ERIC: Oh, come on. What's your favorite element?

[Nell laughs]

NELL: Um, do you use this line at the Genius Bar?

ERIC: No. I just thought you might have a...You know what? Never mind.

NELL: Ununoctium.

ERIC: What?

NELL: That's my favorite element.

ERIC: Uh, that's the stuff they mined on Pandora in Avatar.

NELL: No, um, that's unobtanium. This is ununoctium. It's element 118.

ERIC: There is no element 118.

NELL: Flerov Laboratory in Russia produced one atom in 2002, two in 2005. It's quite rare.

ERIC: Sorry. Must have missed that issue of the Periodic Times.

[Nell has a mocking laugh]

ERIC: Ah, that's cool. Unun...Hello.

NELL: Ununoctium.

ERIC: No, no, no, look. Eight days ago, David Adams took a Delta flight from L.A. to Cincinnati.

 

[Hetty has joined them]

ERIC: Next day, he flies to New York, boards Alitalia from JFK first to Rome, then to Madrid. From there, he takes Brussels Airlines flight 3728 to Brussels. Did you even know that Brussels has an airline?

HETTY: Of course.

NELL: Okay. He then took Czech Airlines flight 637 from Brussels to Prague, continues on Turkish Airlines 1768 to Istanbul, followed by Saudi Arabian Airlines flight 264 to Riyadh and, finally, Qatar Airways to Abu Dhabi, with a stopover in Doha.

ERIC: Which means...

HETTY: He needs a new travel agent.

NELL: Clearly, he was trying to make it difficult, if not impossible, to track his movements.

HETTY: But you did. Well done. Inform the others.

ERIC: You can run, but you can't hide from Team Wolfram and Ununoctium. What?!

NELL: Hey-oh.

[They clap each other’s hand. Hetty can’help looking puzzled]

ERIC: That's our, uh, favorite elements from the periodic table. Come on, Hetty. You must have a favorite element.

HETTY: Scotch!

 

[Venice. G is buying food at a truck]

MAN: Dos tacos.

CALLEN: Gracias, Carlos.

[Carlos gives him 2 bottles of water]

MAN: Y dos aguas. De nada, G.

CALLEN: Thank you.

[He smells the tacos]

CALLEN: Oh, that's so good.

[Sam is waiting outside his car]

CALLEN: You sure you're not hungry?

SAM: Not now. What the hell is that?

CALLEN: Fish tacos.

SAM:  What kind of fish?

CALLEN: The kind that swims in the ocean. Mmm.

SAM: How could you eat something without even knowing what it is? That could have been last week's bait, for all you know. Even looks like chum.

CALLEN: Carlos is the Iron Chef of the food trucks.

[Deeks and Kensi arrive]

KENSI: Smells good over here. What's for lunch?

SAM: Mystery fish.

DEEKS: Oh, Deep Sea Surprise is back?

CALLEN: Help yourself.

DEEKS: Seriously?

CALLEN: Mm-hmm.

DEEKS: Nice. Sharesies?

KENSI: No, thank you. And don't say "sharesies."

DEEKS: All right.

SAM: How'd you two make out?

KENSI: Parents are in denial. Their son worked at L.A. County Beach and Harbor and has a girlfriend, Mary Clark, who we are on our way to go see now.

DEEKS: This is delicious.

SAM: Too bad you don't know what it is.

DEEKS: Sure, I do. It's a Lake Superior white fish. I'd say caught in a gill net. Probably two or three days ago.

[Sam groans]

DEEKS: What? I'm a surfer--I know my fish.

KENSI: Yeah, he's kind of like a trained seal, only without the "trained" part.

SAM: Or the "SEAL" part.

CALLEN: So, why would David Adams go back to Afghanistan if it wasn't to work for Adanan Al-Ahmadi?

SAM: Maybe he left someone over there.

DEEKS: Maybe he met a woman.

KENSI: No, he already had a girlfriend.

[They stare at her]

KENSI: I hate guys.

DEEKS: Maybe it wasn't a girl. Maybe it was treasure.

KENSI: You watched Goonies again, didn't you?

DEEKS: No. Maybe.

KENSI: There it is.

SAM: What? It's a great movie.

CALLEN: Deeks could be right.

SAM: It's a good movie, not a great movie.

CALLEN: No, no, about the treasure--or something like it. Adams had access to a lot of intel. Wouldn't be the first person to go back and try and profit from his time overseas.

KENSI: So, what are you thinking?

[Callen’s cell phone rings]

KENSI: Um, drugs? Weapons? Stolen antiquities?

CALLEN: You got something for us, Eric?

ERIC: [Over phone] We found proof that David Adams flew to Dubai eight days ago. There's no evidence of how he got into Afghanistan once he got there, but we're still looking.

NELL: He also received a $2,500 deposit into his bank account a week before he left. It also originated in Dubai.

SAM: Blood money?

ERIC: Looks that way.

CALLEN: Okay, thanks, guys. I guess treason doesn't pay what it used to.

 

                       ----------------------- ZAPPING -------------------------

 

[Venice. Sam and G are talking with Adams’ chief]

MAN: I like hiring guys and gals with military experience. They're good at taking orders. Usually got their act together, especially Marines. Besides, it's nice to give a little something back to the guys who served, you know?

CALLEN: What can you tell us about David Adams?

MAN: He's a good kid. Hard worker. Knew his way around the water, so I put him on the dredging project.

SAM: Doing what?

MAN: Anything that needed to be done. Army Corps of Engineers is taking over a million cubic yards of sand out of the Marina del Rey channel. Big job. Unfortunately, I got 20 more miles of beach and a couple dozen other marinas to deal with.

CALLEN: He ever mention anything to you about going back to Afghanistan?

MAN: Afghanistan? Thought he was going to Oregon.

SAM: He told you he was leaving?

MAN: Yeah, he put his two-week notice in about a month back. He was real apologetic. Said he got a job offer up north. I could have swore he said Oregon.

CALLEN: What kind of job?

MAN: Logging. It's tough work, but they were paying a lot more money. He needed it for school. You sure we're talking about the same kid?

SAM: Maybe it's time we talked to somebody he served with.

 

[Kensi’s car is running: Deeks is again with his photos…]

DEEKS: Oh, look at this. Check that out. That's my favorite.

KENSI: Deeks, I'm driving.

DEEKS: We're in a parking lot. You're pulling over.

KENSI: Yeah, to let you out. Next time, I won't slow down.

DEEKS: Okay, you have to admit, though, I am rocking that turban. I look like Lawrence of Arabia. Hmm?

[The car is parked]

KENSI: Okay, that's a kaffiyeh, not a turban, and you seriously look like you're in drag. Touché.

DEEKS: Okay, that is mildly amusing, but you can't say "touché."

[They get out]

KENSI: Think I just did.

DEEKS: Yeah, but it was inappropriate. I'm the one that's supposed to say "touché."

KENSI: I can say "touché" if I want.

DEEKS: Yeah, you can say it, but it doesn't make any sense. All right, if I say something and you say something witty in return, which, by the way, is highly unlikely--let's just say for the sake of argument that you do, perhaps by accident-- then, and only then, would I say "touché."

KENSI: Yeah, see, I think you're just mad that I beat you to it.

DEEKS: That's not how it works, all right? Only the person being bested says "touché."

KENSI: Really?

DEEKS: All right, you know what? Let me just drop some knowledge on you for a second, all right? It's French. It comes from fencing. It means "to touch." So, if I were to touch you with my sword, then you would say "touché."

KENSI: Then I wouldn't say it because you ain't never touching me with your sword, Zorro.

DEEKS: Wow, that just happened. Fair enough. Okay, that was a touché.

KENSI: Okay. Touché.

DEEKS: But you don't get to say it!

KENSI: Touché, touché, touché.

DEEKS: Yeah, it's like teaching semantics to a dolphin.

[Kensi knock at a door]

WOMAN: Yes?

KENSI: Hi, Miss Clark. This is Agent Blye and Detective Deeks, NCIS. We spoke on the phone.

CLARK: I'll be right there.

KENSI: Okay. ♫ Touché, touché ♫ You cannot touch my touché. ♫

DEEKS: Okay, that's a human resources violation, which is going in my report to Hetty.

[She makes a popping sound]

DEEKS: Really?

 

[They speak outside, at a table]

MARY: David's parents told me you spoke with them. They don't think it's true, either.

KENSI: We wish it wasn't, but, unfortunately, all the evidence points at David being dead.

[Kensi’s cell phone rings]

KENSI: It's Callen. Excuse me.

[She steps a little further]

MARY: But it could be a mistake.

DEEKS: We don't think so. But at this point, anything you can tell us is going to help us learn the truth. So can you think of any reason why David would go back to Afghanistan?

MARY: No. He wouldn't do that.

DEEKS: But he did.

MARY: I'm sorry. It just doesn't make any sense.

KENSI: [On phone] Okay, thanks.

[She comes back to the table]

KENSI: So, according to his boss, David quit working for the county two weeks ago.

MARY: Yes, he got a new job in Alaska.

DEEKS: Doing what?

MARY: Working for an oil company. I just talked to him Thursday, and everything was fine.

KENSI: You spoke to him on the phone five days ago?

MARY: We Skyped. He said that he was going into the interior the next morning on some geological surveys, and that he would call or e-mail me whenever his crew got to someplace where they had cell or Internet service, but he didn't know how long that would be.

KENSI: Do you have the name and number of the company he was working for?

MARY: Yes.

DEEKS: Why would he switch jobs?

MARY: It was more money. They even gave him a signing bonus.

KENSI: Why wouldn't he tell his parents that he was going away?

MARY: He was waiting.

KENSI: Waiting for what?

MARY: The right time. I'm pregnant. And David thought that we would need more money now, especially if he was going to try and go back to school.

[Kensi sighs…]

 

[Boatshed. Sam and G are with a man in suit in the observation room]

SAM: You served two tours in Afghanistan with David Adams?

MAN: Yes, sir.

SAM: How would you describe him?

MAN: Squared away with sharp corners, sir. Smart, tough, reliable. A damn fine Marine.

CALLEN: When was the last time you spoke with him?

MAN: Probably about a month or so ago. I tried to convince him to come work at Homeland Security with me.

CALLEN: He wasn't interested?

MAN: He was trying to get into law school.

SAM: Any reason you can think of that he'd go back to Afghanistan?

MAN: Not really. Unless it was a humanitarian effort.

CALLEN: Why would he lie about that?

MAN: No reason. No reason, I guess, but...he was very sympathetic to the plight of the Afghani people.

SAM: Sympathetic enough to betray his country?

MAN: No, David wasn't a traitor, but...but he did believe that the Afghani people, they needed our help. And he talked about that a lot.

CALLEN: Maybe he thought he was helping them.

MAN: If David did go back to Afghanistan without telling anyone, my first guess would be that he's working for the CIA.

[Sam and G exchange a look]

 

[NCIS office. Hetty is on phone; Deeks and Kensi are at her desk- she hangs up]

HETTY: Well, Langley swears that David Adams was not working for the CIA.

KENSI: So, if he's in Afghanistan with known terrorists and he's not working for us...

HETTY: He's working for someone else.

DEEKS: Which is the same thing as working against us.

HETTY: Mm-hmm.

[She nods approvingly]

NELL: So, I think we found something.

[Deeks and Kensi follow her to the agents’ desks]

NELL: I've been in contact with every humanitarian and charitable organization operating in Afghanistan, none of which know David Adams.

DEEKS: No surprise there.

NELL: The oil company which he was supposedly working for in Alaska never heard of him, either.

[They stop in front of a monitor at Eric’s side]

NELL: But we were able to access his e-mail account with the info his girlfriend provided, and that's where it gets interesting.

ERIC: We found a bunch of correspondence with a company called Atama Security & Protection. They're a private security firm that operates around the globe, including the Middle East. They hired David three weeks ago.

KENSI: It makes sense-- high pay for a dangerous job. He doesn't want his parents and his girlfriend to worry, so he lies, says he's going to Alaska where he can't be reached.

ERIC: But why wouldn't the security company notify someone he was missing?

DEEKS: Maybe they didn't know about it.

KENSI: Or they did know and considered it bad for business. Did you guys call?

NELL: Yes. They said it was against company policy to reveal information about their employees' whereabouts for their own safety.

DEEKS: It's too late for that. The dude's dead.

NELL: Yeah, they said they'd look into it and get back to us.

DEEKS: Great.

HETTY: Yeah, that's not going to happen. I need you to turn the heat up on Atama Security.

 

[So G and Sam enter Atama Security – door is not locked.]

CALLEN: Place is empty. Where is everybody?

SAM: Check out these posters. Is the security by Abercrombie? Guys couldn't protect a frat party. [Loudly]: Federal agents! Anyone here!

[A man stand up and stare at them]

CALLEN: Hello?

SAM: You work here?

[The man starts shooting at the agents- they hide behind desks]

CALLEN: Nice customer service there, huh?

SAM: Federal agents! Throw down your weapon!

[New bullets answer]

SAM: Who taught this guy to shoot, Deeks?

CALLEN: That's funny till he wings one of us. How many shots was that?

SAM: Seven.

CALLEN: How many you think he's got left?

SAM: Not enough. Give him something to shoot at.

CALLEN: You give him something to shoot at.

SAM: It's your turn to be the decoy.

CALLEN: Pick a number between one and ten.

SAM: Get out of here.

[G shoots at the guy who shoots back at him; meanwhile Sam comes close to him and pushes him down- with the wall. Guy is knocked down on his desk]

SAM: G?!

CALLEN: I'm good.

[Sam searches the man and cuffs him. G points at the monitor]

CALLEN: "Game over."

SAM: No doubt!

 

                               -------------------- ZAPPING -------------------

 

[Boatshed. Interrogation room.]

CALLEN: Danny Levian. You're a long way from home.

LEVIAN: I live in Glendale.

CALLEN: With your relatives. You're on student visa from Yerevan, Armenia.

SAM: Your aunt and uncle know you're working with the Taliban? Or is it al-Qaeda?

LEVIAN: I work for Atama Security.

SAM: Which is a terrorist front.

LEVIAN: What? I don't know what the hell you're talking about, man. I just answer the phones.

CALLEN: And shoot at people.

SAM: Which, in this case, is attempted murder on two federal agents.

LEVIAN: Wait. Hold on. You broke in, all right? I thought you were gonna kill me and rob the place. What do you expect me to do?

CALLEN: Try again. The door was unlocked. Where are your coworkers?

LEVIAN: Most days, it's only me answering the phones. One time, another guy was there interviewing somebody, but I haven't seen him in a week or so.

SAM: You got a name?

LEVIAN: Mr. Jones.

[Sam and G exchange a look]

LEVIAN: I-I only work there part-time, okay? I swear. You can check. I'm a student at Santa Monica College.

CALLEN: Yeah, not a very good one. You've got a, uh...you got a C in American Cinema. Who gets a C in a film studies class? All you do is watch movies.

[Sam chuckles]

LEVIAN: It's just an elective.

SAM: That's the spirit.

LEVIAN: I think he broke my jaw, man.

CALLEN: You're lucky he didn't break your neck.

SAM: Day's not over yet. You know this guy?

LEVIAN: No. Who is he?

SAM: You tell us. He works for your company.

LEVIAN: I told you, I just answer the phones.

SAM: Yeah? Well, let me give you a hint-- he was killed in a drone attack with some other high-profile terrorists a few days ago.

CALLEN: Look, Danny, you seem like a smart kid.

SAM: No, he doesn't.

CALLEN: You really don't, but...we're gonna give you a chance to do something really smart which may actually save your ass. Right now, our forensics computer team are about to rip through every byte of your personal history, including that of Atama Security. They find even the slightest link between you and this man, well, I shudder to think of the consequences, and I seldom shudder.

SAM: It's true. I've never seen him shudder.

 

[Atama security office. The elevator bell dings: Nell and Eric get out – black dressed, with sun glasses. They take them off when they’ve reached the desks. Eric stares at the empty place]

ERIC: Don't even think about trying to hide something from us. You ready?

NELL: We're gonna tear this place some new inodes.

 

[[NCIS office. Deeks, Kensi and Hetty are watching the interrogation room scene footage]

LEVIAN: [Over video] I did their Web design and process the job applications, okay? I have no idea what happens after that.

[Kensi turns the TV off]

KENSI: What happens after that is a whole lot of stolen information. Prospective employees give up tons of personal details, like Social Security numbers, banking details, all under the guise of security background checks.

DEEKS: Dozens of applicants have reported identity theft.

HETTY: Even if Atama Security is a scam, it doesn't explain why David Adams was in Afghanistan.

KENSI: Yeah, but scam or no scam, somebody's bankrolling it. You know what they say. When in doubt...

KENSI & DEEKS: Follow the money.

 

[Atam security. Eric is typing on his tablet]

ERIC: Mmm, nice to get out for a change, huh? You know, sometimes I think Hetty makes us stay in Ops just so she can keep an eye on us. Like we're gonna get in trouble out in the field.

[He chuckles. Nell doesn’t answer]

ERIC: Nell? Uh, Nell? Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones, NCIS?

[He starts worrying]

ERIC: Hello? Is, uh...is anyone else here?

[He grabs his phone and sits down under the desk]

WOMAN: [Over phone] NCIS Ops.

ERIC: Hey, it's Eric for Hetty.

WOMAN: Who is this?

ERIC: Eric.

WOMAN: Eric who?

ERIC: Beale.

[Nell appears and leans towards his head]

NELL: What are you doing?

[He gasps]

ERIC: Um, hi, hi.

WOMAN: What's up?

ERIC: I was...No, no, never mind. Um, I was just, um...I was just, uh...Just have her call me back. Okay, bye-bye. Hey.

NELL: Wow! Is there a problem here?

ERIC: No. Why? Is there?

NELL: I don't know. Why do I feel like you're acting weirder than normal?

ERIC: No. Weird? I'm not weird. You're weird. No, you're not weird. I mean, it's like...it's like... this is weird that you're asking me. Where were you?

NELL: I was tapping into their phone lines, remember?

ERIC: Right.

NELL: Yeah. Um, are you sure that you're okay?

ERIC: Yeah, yeah. I'm awesome. Yeah.

NELL: Okay.

[She chuckles]

ERIC: Hey, um, are you strapped?

NELL: Excuse me?

ERIC: Packing? Carrying heat?

NELL: I'm sorry, I...

ERIC: Do you have a gun?

NELL: Yes, I have my service weapon. Why?

ERIC: Good. No, I'm just checking. Just checking.

NELL: Wolfram, you're safe with me.

[They’re face to face, very close…]

ERIC: We should... get at it. Uh, at work.

NELL: We should. Yeah, we should probably get busy...doing stuff...that we were doing. Okay.

[She steps aside; he clears his throat]

 

[OPS center.]

NELL: These four are all employees of Atama Security, and they all have two things in common.

SAM: All former military?

NELL: Correct.

KENSI: And the other?

ERIC: They're all missing. None of their families know where they are.

NELL: They all follow the same basic pattern as David Adams. They were all hired by Atama Security, wired money prior to leaving the country, and never heard from after reaching Dubai.

CALLEN: That's a more than two things in common.

ERIC: Even though Atama Security purports to be a decades-old global company, we can't find any evidence of their existence dating back more than three months. And I'm still not sure where they're actually based because everything's being routed through a proxy-mix cascade in Curacao.

DEEKS: Ah, of course, Dutch Antilles.

KENSI: What?

SAM: The economy's tough. People need work. They're willing to give up tons of personal information in hopes of getting a job.

CALLEN: Even if Atama Security is a glorified phishing scam for identity theft, someone wired these five guys money and plane tickets. Why?

SAM: How many job applications did Atama Security receive?

ERIC: Hundreds.

CALLEN: Only these guys were hired.

SAM: All military, all missing.

CALLEN: Dubai's an easy point of entry.

SAM: And they probably signed a bogus confidentiality agreement so no one knows where they're going.

CALLEN: David Adams ended up in Afghanistan with Al-Ahmadi.

DEEKS: Okay, do you two have something you want to share with the rest of the group?

SAM: Atama Security is stealing more than identities. They're stealing people, specifically former military personnel.

CALLEN: it's a honey pot. They offer them a good job. They even give them a $2,500 signing bonus. They fly them overseas and hand them off to guys like Al-Ahmadi.

NELL: Unfortunately, you're wrong about one thing. These aren't the only five they've hired. They're just the only ones who were reported missing. They've hired at least six others. There could be more…

 

                         -------------------- ZAPPING -------------------

 

[Kensi and Nell are leaving the OPS]

NELL: Of the six new hires, only two have already left. Jennifer Lee arrives in Madrid in a few hours before continuing on to Turkey.

KENSI: Okay, we can have Interpol intercept her at the airport in Madrid. What about this guy?

NELL: Unfortunately, John Harris arrives in Dubai tomorrow.

 

[Hetty’s office. She’s looking at Sam and G]

HETTY: Dubai?

[They nod]

HETTY: And you're going to do this with the blessing of the Emir, of course?

CALLEN: We were kind of hoping to get in and out before anybody really noticed.

HETTY: And I was hoping to be living on a quiet vineyard in Saint Emilion by now.

CALLEN: Well, if this goes wrong, you'll get that chance.

HETTY: And you might get the chance to see the inside of an Emirate prison.

SAM: Won't be the first time.

HETTY: No, but it might be your last…What am I supposed to say to Assistant Director Granger if he decides to grace us with a surprise visit?

SAM: Hetty, we've already lost one American. Four others are missing--five if we don't intercept this next one.

CALLEN: All of whom are probably being torted right now for information on our military operations, assuming they're not already dead.

HETTY: All the more reason not to rush into this.

SAM: If it goes bad, we'll blame it on Mossad.

HETTY: Oh, not funny.

CALLEN: It's a little bit funny.

HETTY: A little. What the hell. Oh, Mr. Beale, would you make arrangements for our team to get to Dubai ASAP?

ERIC: Uh, we've already secured a flight out of Edwards Air Force Base.

[She stares at the agents]

CALLEN: We were kind of hoping you'd say yes.

 

[Dubai airport. Woman is speaking Arabic over P.A., people are showing signs with names- in Arabic or English]

[OPS center. Footage from Dubai is on screen.]

ERIC: I got a security cam and the button cams that Sam and Callen are wearing. It's a live feed, but it's delayed, a little sketchy.

HETTY: Well, this should suffice, Mr. Beale.

[Dubai Airport. John Harris, the man the team wants to save, has spotted his name- he’s heading to it when a guy bumped into him. They kneel to pick up stuff they dropped off in the incident- Sam shows his badge, whispering to the guy]

SAM: John Harris. Sam Hanna, NCIS. You're in serious danger. Follow me.

[Callen is walking toward the John Harris sign. He puts a hand up]

CALLEN: Howdy. That's me. I'm John Harris. You from Atama Security?

[The man holding the sign frowns, stares at G, steps back and walks away]

CALLEN: He's not buying it.

[The guy has taken his phone and dials]

CALLEN: You're up, tiger.

[Deeks is carrying golf gears and accidentally knocks them at the man whose phone falls down on the ground]

DEEKS: Oh! Oh, I'm so...I'm so sorry, sir. I'm so sorry. Let me just get your cell phone back. Go, Ken.

[Taser crackles: guy is hit in the throat, he faints at once, and falls down backwards- sit on a wheeling chair that a woman in burqa is pushing; no one around notices anything]

DEEKS: Beautiful.

[OPS center.]

ERIC: Okay, that was cool.

HETTY: Let's hope it stays that way.

 

[Sam is driving a SUV. He stops in a desert place; G opens the trunk, pulls out the guy they kidnapped at the airport.]

CALLEN: Let's go. Out.

[Guy is cuffed. He’s pushed backwards against the car]

CALLEN: Where were you taking John Harris?

MAN:  Ana la atakellem inglieezi.

SAM: Mafi mushkilah. Ana a'taklam alarabia.

CALLEN: Wa ana aydan. Save that crap for the tourists.

MAN:  Taking me against my will is a crime. I've done nothing wrong, and you have no authority in this country.

CALLEN: No, you're absolutely right. But if you don't cooperate, you're gonna be absolutely dead. Where's Adanan Al-Ahmadi?

MAN:  I know no such man.

SAM: You recognize these men?

MAN:  Friends of yours?

CALLEN: I don't think he's taking my threat seriously.

MAN:  You Americans are very good at making threats. But you do not know the true meaning of jihad. Your friends, however, they soon will.

[Sam pulls out his gun]

SAM: Yeah. And you'll know the meaning of La'anatullah.

CALLEN: Looks like you just bought yourself a one-way ticket to paradise.

[Sam forces they guy to kneel down]

SAM: Where he's going isn't paradise. Atamana an Tahtareq fee al jaheem.

 

[The agents’ car is arriving at a small destroyed village. Sam gets out and hides himself- Callen is the passenger, the guy drives further toward a place watched by armed men. The car horn honks: men shout in Arabic and they open the wooden door]

CALLEN: Let's go.

[Guy looks at the gun threatening him and obeys]

[In one of the room, rats are squeaking, wandering around a fainted man chained to the wall. Sam enters and puts a finger in front his lips: a 2nd man is here, awake, chained to the wall too.]

[The car stops; G and the guy get out. The agent looks around, surprised… Adanan Al-Ahmadi himself welcomes him…]

AHMADI: Omar...He speaks Arabic.

[G’s driver looks embarrassed but doesn’t answer]

AHMADI: Who are you?

CALLEN: John Harris. Supposed to meet somebody here from Atama security.

[Ahmadi and Omar exchange a look]

CALLEN: Am I in the right place?

AHMADI: No. I'm afraid you are in the wrong place.

[One of his guy grunts- a woman in burqa  speaking Arabic is coming- Kensi. Ahmani waves at her; they all speak Arabic; the woman is pleading. She calls Rachid – Ahmani starts going toward us- tells one of his men to watch G- a car crashes the door and at this right moment Kensi pulls out an automatic weapon and shoots. Deeks out from the car, Sam from the house, G and Kensi, they  manage to hit all the guys]

SAM: Everybody good?!

DEEKS: I'm good! Kensi?!

[Kensi is with Ahmani – G at her side]

KENSI: On your knees!

CALLEN: We're good!

[Kensi is searching Ahmani]

KENSI: What's shaking, boys?

 

[NCIS office. Eric and Nell are briefing Hetty in her office]

NELL: So, John Harris, the man we intercepted at the airport, is on a flight home, and the two men we rescued have been taken to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany for further medical evaluation. And so far, they both seem to be doing well.

HETTY: Excellent.

ERIC: What's going to happen with Adanan Al-Ahmadi?

HETTY: Out of our hands now. The D.O.D. will hammer out some sort of an agreement with the United Arab Emirates to deal with him.

ERIC: And our team should be safe and sound on their return flight back.

HETTY: Well done. Go home.

NELL: Are you sure you don't want us to wait?

ERIC: When she says go home…

[He grabs her arm and pulls her to the exit]

ERIC: we go home, Ununoctium.

 

[Inside the plane…Deeks is again with his photos…]

DEEKS: This-- oh, this is my favorite. Look at that. This is me riding through the sand dunes. You can't tell that's me, but I'm the driver. Look how much air I'm getting in this photo.

[Kensi looks bored beyond death…]

KENSI: Oh, my gosh, this is a 16-hour flight, Deeks.

DEEKS: Oh, don't worry, we'll get through all of them before we land. And this--that, you know that guy.

[Sam is coming back from the toilets- he stops dead]

SAM: Hold up.

DEEKS: Huh?

SAM: That you on a camel, Deeks?

DEEKS: Yeah.

SAM: Let me see that. That's funny. What else you got?

DEEKS: I got this.

SAM: Ha! Look like Lawrence of Arabia.

DEEKS: Right?! That's what I said!

[Kensi gets up]

KENSI: Be my guest.

SAM: Yeah? That's cool.

[He sits down, looking sincere and happy]

DEEKS: All right, check this out. You're gonna love this.

[Kensi sighs and sits down with G]

CALLEN: Hetty made arrangements for someone to debrief Mr. and Mrs. Adams about their son's death.

KENSI: It won't make it any easier, but hopefully they'll find some closure knowing that he wasn't a traitor.

CALLEN: If anything, his death saved others, and it helped us catch Al-Ahmadi.

SAM: That's awesome!

[They laugh loudly]

CALLEN: Love it when our boys get along.

KENSI: Love it when someone else has to look at Deeks's vacation photos.

[Callen laughs!]

 

[OPS center. Hetty comes in with a cup of tea. She sits down, presses a button on a keyboard and footage from many surveillance cameras pop up onto the large screen. She types again, and the team appears, still in the plane– they’re all asleep; Deeks’ head slides down on Sam’s shoulder. Hetty laughs!]

 

                                        ------------- THE END ---------------

 

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Austin83  (23.05.2019 à 21:39)

Ah ah ah ah Sam à ses habitudes, surtout ne jamais les changer sans lui en parler auparavant et lui envoyant un fax, un mail et un courrier recommandé en 3 exemplaires :p :p j'ai cru qu'il allait assomer Kensi et Callen :p :p !!!! Oui cet enquête est haute en couleur et en rebondissement, j'adore la fin lorsqu'ils partent tous à la fin, un vrai travail d'équipe comme ils ont l'habitude de faire !!! et ah oui... Touché ;) !!!!! 

Les photos que Kensi refuse de regarder, disant qu'elle les a déjà vue, tu vas découvrir dans la saison 5 que la miss est maligne et qu'elle cache bien ses sentiments <3 !!!!!
schumi  (21.05.2019 à 19:05)
San ne serait pas un peu excessif avec sa chaise de bureau ? La rencontre entre Callen et hetty au cimetière est à la fois apaisante et instructive: la mort fait partie intégrante du métier. L'enquête est passionnante car elle part un peu dans tous les sens et on a du mal à démêler le vrai du faux.

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