'NCIS: Los Angeles' Season 11 Episode 5: Kensi's pretentious art connoisseur avatar is simply unmissable
Trying to get a hold of a missing artwork priced at $40 million, the NCIS team set up a sting where Kensi pretends to be an art collector interested in lowkey, off-market art.
This article contains spoilers for season 11, episode 5.
On tonight's episode of NCIS: Los Angeles season 11, aka episode 5 titled 'Provenance' art and action come together as one with an infamous painting making the rounds on the black market, presumably to fund terrorist activity. But as the hunt and chase for this painting ensue, it is Kensi's hilarious impersonation of a chic art connoisseur as she pursues the painting at a museum that has managed to catch fans' attention.
The painting that manages to stir all that drama was being handled by a middleman, considering it was all over the black market. Once believed to be Saddam Hussein's, and called 'The Cube', the painting is valued at $40 million according to online buzz, as the team finds. But between an extravagant couple and a bored millennial, the painting gets lost and the only person who would have any knowledge of its whereabouts was a middleman. Trying to get a hold of this middleman, the NCIS team, working alongside insurance pro, Katherine, set up a sting where Kensi pretends to be an art collector and visits a museum to inquire from the curator about lowkey, off-market art from wannabe artists. And boy does Kensi bring her full game into the operation!
She arrives at the museum decked in the edgiest outfit - full with asymmetric drapes and shoulder pads, her hair rolled into a sleek, but coiffed bun, and bright red lipstick for the added chic. When a curator, Kim, finally approached her, Kensi showers them with a downpour of casual 'whatevers and played it cool with an accent that couldn't have been more wannabe. The things our badass agent has to do to get a job done. From pretending to be intrigued by the most pretentious blank canvas to making sure she wasn' surprised at the exorbitant prices of those paintings that couldn't have been more basic - Kensi strikes the perfect balance that really makes one think exactly how much and how often life imitates art.
While the sting didn't really come of any use as other leads emerged, leading them directly to the people dealing the painting in the black market, it did make for hilarious online reaction, with one fan noting: "Are art admirers that mesmerized or hypnotized by art? It's like art admiration comes with an accent of its own. #NCISLA #NCIS Los Angeles."
'NCIS: Los Angeles' season 11 airs on Sundays at 8pm, only on CBS.