Still hunting for the elusive mole, NCIS: Los Angeles is managing better than its big brother in keeping us entertained. Keeping the team together is one important factor in this. So, Daniela Ruah might have been pregnant with her second baby (right up until Labor day, of all days), but they have worked round this. No sudden introduction of two or three new faces to make up for the loss of a much loved one.
We could tell she was pregnant towards the end of season seven, and now they have hit on the clever solution of having Kensi badly injured and putting her in a hospital bed. How long for is another matter, but she is there. And out on jobs she has been replaced by Nell, without the need for a new actor.
The question is who will turn out to be the mole. I suspect that when they first thought of having one, they never decided who it would be. Maybe they still haven’t. (The first actor to want to quit, perhaps?)
Hetty is ripe for retirement. Will she go? Granger has improved and risen in everyone’s estimation, and he could replace Hetty, were it not for the interaction the two of them have.
To be honest, however, I am less bothered by the LA team, because I never loved them as much as I did their Washington colleagues.