'NCIS: LA' Season 12 Episode 6 Spoilers: Eric Beale is finally back, but is Deeks leaving the show permanently?

We can't shrug off the idea of Marty Deeks leaving the show permanently, and here's why


                            'NCIS: LA' Season 12 Episode 6 Spoilers: Eric Beale is finally back, but is Deeks leaving the show permanently?
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Spoilers for 'NCIS: LA' Season 12 Episode 5

After what was probably the tensest episode of 'NCIS: LA', there is some Christmas cheer to lighten up the mood. Beating all odds and answering the most anticipated return, Eric Beale finally seems to be back in the Los Angeles headquarters of our crime-fighting special agents. But with Beale's joyous return, there is something gloomy and foreboding to watch out for. More of a burning question right now, we can't shrug off the idea of Marty Deeks leaving the show permanently, and here's why.

The reason behind this aching gut feeling about Deeks' stay on the show coming to a stop is the heartbreaking news Nell gave him towards the end of Episode 5 of season 12. As deeks was leaving the NCIS HQ after watching Kensi deal with the toughest negotiation of her entire life, he stumbled upon Nelly who informed him that the position of the LAPD liaison with the NCIS was terminated permanently. Shocker as the news was, especially considering Deeks and Kensi just put the house on the market and were going to actively try for a baby again, what hurt even more was that neither Hetty nor anybody else could do anything to get Deeks back in the zone. 

Deeks also suggested maybe he could apply for the FLETC program and join the NCIS from scratch, thereby losing all of his LAPD pension as well as the pay scale where he had climbed to after years of experience. But Nell hit him with more sad news; the NCIS doesn't hire people Deeks' age. Nell tried to ease the blow saying 'doesn't normally hire' but Deeks could get it immediately. We don't see the aftermath of Deeks getting the news as there is a life threat to Kensi immediately after and everything gets clouded with that, but we expect it to unfold in the span of the next few episodes as major fan outrage over Twitter demands the writers fix this. 

There has been no official statement on whether Eric Christian Olsen is leaving the show, but if there isn't any scope for Deeks in LAPD or NCIs, they are hardly going to carry him on as just Mr. Kensi Blye, hovering around like the ghost of a badass NCIS counterpart there once was.

Speaking of agents there once was, Beale is back and sure enough with a bang. It is expected to be awkward with Nell also reinstated into the HQ and the couple having left things hanging at the end of Season 11 with Nell leaving for a sabbatical at the time. But when she came back, Beale wasn't around and she was able to slip into the role of Hetty quite easily. Just five weeks into the job and her ex is back, albeit with Christmas cheer and gifts; but can we expect that relationship to head somewhere? A closure perhaps? Only Episode 6 will tell!

'NCIS: LA' Season 12 airs on Sundays at 8 pm on CBS.

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