‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Episode 12×02 Recap: “War Crimes”
The second episode of NCIS: Los Angeles followed up with war criminal Navy Chief Petty Officer Thomas Argento. In “War Crimes,” the team is following the trial of the man accused of murdering an unconscious Taliban prisoner. It seems as though the case is a slam dunk, with the witnesses set to testify.
Unfortunately, things take a turn when the first witness, Special Warfare Operator Malcolm Kendricks, suddenly changes his testimony. It’s up to the team to figure out what happened and if there was witness tampering in the case.
Actress Tracie Thoms, known for Rent and 9-1-1, plays Lieutenant Colonel Lucilla Catro, who is the prosecutor in the case. It’s always a treat to see her on-screen and she shows poise and grace in the face of possibly losing a case that has the whole world watching.
Fatima and Nell work together in order to figure out if anyone was giving Argento information while in prison. Tracing a lead to a courier service, in which Deeks and Kensi have comedic scenes with a man named Martin, they are able to figure out who the person could be.
It turns out that there was, indeed, witness tampering involved. A second member of the SEAL team and witness, Petty Officer William Moffett, began receiving threats against his young son. A twisted web is revealed that turns former teammates against one another. But in end, justice does prevail. Or at the very least, there is hope this will happen.
Even though there may not have been a lot of action, it was great to see this case tied up and not stretch out for an entire season. Now is there a chance we could see Argento again? With this show, you never know for sure. But there were strong performances and comedic material throughout.
This episode also allowed Rountree to follow up on what had been his first case with the team. Then, when it looked like things would go south, he stepped up to see to it that Argento did not get away with murder. He is shaping up to be a great asset to the team and I look forward to seeing him grow as an agent.
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