[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 12, Episode 5 of NCIS: Los Angeles, “Raising the Dead.”]
By Meredith Jacobs
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The second of the December 6 double helping of NCIS: LA is one of the best episodes of the series — and the most terrifying one since Season 9’s “The Monster.” That makes sense since both were written by Frank Military, who also guest stars in “Raising the Dead” as David Kessler, who so badly wants to haunt Kensi Blye’s (Daniela Ruah, who delivers one of her best performances of the series) nightmares.
The agent must speak with the man she helped put away prior to joining the Office of Special Projects (among his crimes: human trafficking of minors) because he knows where a man who wants to kill the president is and will only tell her. Among his chilling words during the Hannibal-esque conversations is a promise to hunt her down, have sex with her, and kill her when he escapes, “maybe not in that order.”
He shares what he knows only after a secret phone call with the president(!). “You’ll never get me out of your head now,” Kessler promises as Kensi leaves. He may be right because that call also results in his release, by presidential executive order, for undisclosed national security issues. And he’s not alone: his girlfriend, Michelle (Izabella Miko), is with him after fooling Callen (Chris O’Donnell) into thinking she was terrified of him.
Meanwhile, Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) finds out that not only has his liaison position with NCIS been terminated permanently, but the agency never takes people his age — and there’s nothing Hetty (Linda Hunt), from an undisclosed location, or Nell (Renée Felice Smith), filling in for her, can do.
Here, Ruah breaks down “Raising the Dead,” “Densi” this season, and more.
How soon are we going to revisit Kessler? Will he return or will we see more of the psychological first, with him in Kensi’s head like he said he’d be?
Daniela Ruah: We haven’t shot any episodes where he comes back, but I know for a fact this is one of those seeds that gets planted, as NCIS: LA tends to do, where later on when you least expect it, it just blows up in your face. It surprises the audience.
In the [December 13] episode, there’s obviously a concern from Deeks — “You shouldn’t be doing this, Kessler’s still out there” — but Kensi seems to be a little bit less concerned than he is. She’s dealt with this guy. She definitely knows how dangerous he is [and] what he’s capable of. But her mentality is, “I’ve caught you once, I can catch you again.” She’s too smart, too mature.
Even during this episode, she definitely shows some cracks as he’s trying to manipulate — he keeps knifing, right? He’s trying to look for that weak spot until he finds one, when he talks about her inability to have children — but she’s a mission-first woman. “I’m not going to let this guy break me. I need to find this other guy before he tries to kill the president.”
I think he’s going to come back in the future to haunt them, but for now, we’ve gone on with our lives.
Read the full interview HERE