NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 Episode 6 Review: Glory of the Sea

Perhaps the OSP should be more focused than Rear Admiral Gordon.

The Navy Officer at the Heart of NCIS: Los Angeles Season 14 Episode 6 didn’t let everyday concerns get in the way of a good obsession.

This time, viewers got an adventure essentially free of the team’s embarrassing personal issues.

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As it turned out as Sam and Callen wandered his home, Gordon had dedicated his life to all things maritime.

And as the mystery of his kidnapping is solved, the squad embarks on a real adventure with no real consequences. While Gordon initially seemed in danger, by the end it was evident that his captors had bitten off more than they could handle in the Rear Admiral.

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At first it seemed like normal business as the OSP struggled to keep cutting-edge naval technology out of the hands of a hostile power.

That led to the social media personality’s diversionary tactics, which may see him directing Chinese hackers onto Gordon’s ocean glider. But at least he brought Kensi and Rountree to Gordon’s true passion. So this misdirection was not a total loss.

It was notable that it took the entire team to solve Gordon’s riddle so that he could ultimately be rescued.

Kensi and Rountree had to do the drudgery to explore the nautical technology nook. But they met Fiore, an engineer with a grudge, and Moore led them to librarian Meredith, the last person expected to reveal vital information needed to solve the case.

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Meredith was so nervous that it appeared she was in cahoots with Gordon or his captors. But no, it turned out that she was either absent-minded or intimidated by the agents unexpectedly entering her quiet realm.

She kept pulling out all the items Gordon had left behind until she brought out the gold mine: his briefcase with the drawing piece hidden deep inside.

Sam and Callen did much of the heavy lifting, beginning with the discovery of Gordon’s Mystery Ship, which changed the direction of their investigation.

Though that word was a little strong as her quest for Gordon was turning into a treasure hunt by this point. To find Gordon, they had to figure out how his mind worked.

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Gordon’s riddle led them to the statue of the lonely sailor and then to the maritime bookstore where Gordon had hidden another small piece of his ocean drawing. More importantly, they reconnected with Fiore, whose jealousy led him to betray Gordon and who was able to reveal the whole misunderstood plan to them.

Most surprisingly, Gordon put his obsession aside long enough to save his traitor, Fiore. But he had already carefully left the clues needed to bring OSP to his rescue.

But to do that, Fatima and Kilbride had to uncover Gordon’s message, hidden in his journal’s ocean drawing, which revealed where Gordon believed the treasure from the Spanish galleon was buried.

Then came the disappointing rescue where Sam and Callen had to sneak up on a couple of idiots (Jack Bones and Long John). All they knew was that after all the talk about duds, one of them was going to blow himself up. How was the runner ever going to escape from an island?

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So did Gordon really find the treasure and send Sam and Callen that little bag of bullets? The viewer has to decide that.

At least it allowed the two partners and Kilbride to philosophize about what treasures lie in their lives. It was a moment of reflection at the end of a pleasant escapade.

Now for the obligatory ongoing personal stories from the team members. That’s exactly how they were treated in this episode.

The most interesting thing (a low bar, admittedly) was that Kensi was Rosa’s single mother, while Deeks took Roberta to look for apartments in the area.

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Kensi made the same mistake as many new parents, confusing activities that enrich the child with those that are “fun.”

Luckily, Fatima tactfully pointed out the flaws in Kensi’s thinking and later offered a creative scavenger hunt solution that made Kensi’s suggestions a little “funny”.

However, Fatima was delusional thinking Kensi could ever be the “funny” parent. Deeks never really left childhood, so of course he’ll be the “fun” parent and she’ll be the badass.

Another question is, will Roberta be making more appearances this season, or will she just take care of Rosa off-screen so the new parents don’t have to forgo work as much?


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Sam’s troubles with Raymond continued when his forgetful father started a fire in Sam’s kitchen.

At least Sam finally remembered Sister Constance, who Raymond had hit it off with in episode 4 of NCIS: Los Angeles season 14. It was surprising that it took Sam so long to think of such an obvious solution to his problem.

Then, of course, there was Sam’s good-natured nagging at Callen for his lack of preparation for his far-off wedding. I’m afraid there will be some of this in every episode, although it will be repetitive.

Sam gave him the most practical of suggestions: let Anna plan the wedding and agree to whatever she wants. At least get through the ceremony before voicing a conflicting opinion.

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To review Sam’s relationship with Raymond, watch NCIS: Los Angeles online.

Did you enjoy this treasure hunt?

Any chance of Kensi becoming the “funny” parent?

Should Callen and Anna just write a save-the-date card and then put the wedding story on hold until Hetty comes back?

Comment below.

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